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Old 01-03-2003, 05:41 PM   #1
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Rankings include all games played from Sept. 5th through Dec. 30th. See where your favorite team is ranked and why.


1.-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES--(12-4)-.750-(PF-415-PA-241)-The Eagles lost to the New York Giants, 10-7 in overtime, at New York in East Rutherford, NJ. Philadelphia's offense racked up only 209 total yards of offense, compared to the Giants 462. The Eagles defense had 56 sacks this year. Linebacker, Eagles, Carlos Emmons led the defense with 14 tackles against the Giants Saturday. The Eagles have home field advantage throughout the postseason. Philadelphia has a bye week before playing their first playoff game of the 2002 season.


2.-OAKLAND RAIDERS--(11-5)-.688-(PF-450-PA-304)-Oakland defeated Kansas City, 24-0 in Oakland. Now Oakland is the number one seed in the AFC. The Raiders and the Chiefs have met 88 times in their history and this is the first time either team has shut the other out. Running back Charlie Garner rushed for 135 yards on 29 carries and scored one rushing touchdown. Quarterback Rich Gannon passed for 4,689 yards this year, more than any other quarterback in the NFL. Gannon threw 26 touchdown passes.


3.-GREEN BAY PACKERS--(12-4)-.750(PF-398-PA-328)-The Packers got crushed by the New York Jets, 42-17 at New York. Wide receiver Terry Glenn caught five passes for 76 yards and one touchdown. Glenn will have to play at his best to help the Packers advance into the playoffs. Linebacker, Na'il Diggs, Packers, led the defense with eight solo tackles. Na'il had 84 tackles for the regular season. Green Bay lost its first round bye by losing to New York and will face Atlanta this coming week.



4.-TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS--(12-4)-.750-(PF-346-PA-196)-The Buccaneers defeated Chicago, 15-0 at Chicago. The Bucs were rewarded with being the number two seeded team in the NFC with Sunday's win. Kicker Martin Gramatica accounted for all 15 points for his team, by kicking five successful field goals. Gramatica's longest kick was a 33-yarder. He kicked two of those in the final quarter. Gramatica finished the regular season with 128 points. That placed him in a fourth place tie with Green Bay's Ryan Longwell in the NFC.


5.-TENNESSEE TITANS--(11-5)-.688-(PF-367-PA-324)-The Titans beat Houston, 13-3, in Houston to gain a first round bye for the playoffs. This wasn't Tennessee's best game, but they won. Eddie George rushed for 102 yards on 25 carries and he scored one rushing touchdown. George finished the regular season with 1,165 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. For the first time in their 42 year old history, they have a 3,000 yard passer in Steve McNair, a 1,000 yard rusher in Eddie George and a 1,000 yard receiver in Derrick Mason. Tennessee was 6-0 playing in their division this season.


6.-NEW YORK GIANTS--(10-6)-.625-(PF-320-PA-279)-The Giants beat Philadelphia, 10-7 in overtime at New York. FGK Matt Bryant who had missed an earlier kick in the fourth quarter kicked a 39-yard field goal in overtime to win the game for his team and take them to the playoffs. Running back Tiki Barber, Giants, fumbled several times, but rushed for 203 yards on 32 carries. Barber ended the season with 1,387 yards rushing. The true hero was probably Giants rookie tight end Jeremy Shockey who caught 10 passes for 98 yards and one touchdown. Shockey grabbed the ball away from defender Brian Dawkins in the end zone, to score their only touchdown of the day. Can you say Rookie of the Year?


7.-PITTSBURGH STEELERS--(10-5-1)-.656-(PF-390-PA-345)-The Steelers beat Baltimore, 34-31 in Cleveland. Pittsburgh won the game when quarterback Tommy Maddox threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Antwaan Randle El. Maddox completed 20-of-30 for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Maddox threw two interceptions also. Amos Zereoue, Steelers, ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns in place of the injured Jerome Bettis. Pittsburgh will play Cleveland in Pittsburgh this coming weekend in the first round of the playoffs.


8.-SAN FRANCISCO 49ers--(10-6)-.625-(PF-367-PA-351)-The 49ers got shocked by blowing a big lead, and losing to St. Louis, 31-20 in St. Louis. The 49ers defense allowed the Rams to score 28 points against them in the fourth quarter. Wide receiver Tai Streets, 49ers, caught five passes for 53 yards and two touchdowns. Played his college ball for Michigan.


9.-NEW YORK JETS--(9-7)-.563-(PF-359-PA-336)-The Jets crushed Green Bay, 42-17 at New York, winning the AFC East. New York started the season 1-4. Quarterback Chad Pennington threw four touchdown passes. Running back Curtis Martin rushed for 83 yards on 18 carries and scored one rushing touchdown. Martin finished the regular season with 1.094 yards rushing. That makes his eighth consecutive season rushing for over 1,000 yards. You know New England regrets letting him go.


10.-INDIANAPOLIS COLTS--(10-6)-.625-(PF-349-PA-313)-The Colts defeated Jacksonville, 20-13 in Indianapolis. Quarterback Peyton Manning completed 20-of-28 for 146 yards and one touchdown. Manning finished the regular season with 4,200 yards and 27 touchdowns. Manning finished third in passing yards in the NFL this season, trailing only Drew Bledsoe and Rich Gannon. Wide receiver Marcus Pollard caught five passes for 39 yards and one touchdown. The Colts' Dwight Freeney had two sacks in their win over the Jags, giving him 13 on the season--the second most by a rookie in NFL history. Indianapolis made the playoffs and will play the New York Jets this coming week.


11.-ATLANTA FALCONS--(9-6-1)-.633-(PF-386-PA-290)-The Falcons got beat by Cleveland, 24-16 in Cleveland. This game went back and forth. Atlanta knocked out Cleveland's starting quarterback Tim Couch with a broken fibula. Wide receiver, Brian Finneran, Falcons, caught three passes for 77 yards and one touchdown. Michael Vick didn't play his best game of the season, completing 17-of-40 for 240 yards and one touchdown and one interception. Atlanta plays Green Bay in the first round of the playoffs.


12.-NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS--(9-7)-.563-(PF-381-PA-346)-The Patriots defeated Miami, 27-24 in overtime, at New England. Kicker Adam Vinatiera kicked a 35-yard field goal in overtime to win the game for New England. Vinatiera had kicked a 43-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. The Pats came back from a 24-13 deficit in the fourth quarter to tie and then win in overtime. Great effort, but no playoffs. Quarterback Tom Brady was 25-of-44 for 221 yards and one touchdown. Brady did throw one interception. Running back Kevin Faulk played an important role in helping New England move the ball up and down the field. Faulk caught nine passes for 70 yards.


13.-MIAMI DOLPHINS--(9-7)-.563-(PF-378-PA-301)-The Dolphins lost to New England, 24-21 in overtime at New England. Miami running back Ricky Williams rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns. The performance pushed Williams' season total to 1,853 yards, eighth-best in NFL history. Dolphins didn't make the playoffs.


14.-CLEVELAND BROWNS--(9-7)-.563-(PF-344-PA-320)-The Browns beat Atlanta, 24-16 in Cleveland. Starting quarterback Tim Couch was knocked out of the game with a broken fibula. His replacement Kelly Holcomb was 7-of-14 for 86 yards and one touchdown, but he threw two interceptions. Holcomb is the crowd favorite for some reason. Rookie running back William Green, Browns, rushed for 178 yards on 27 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns. Green finished the season with 887 yards rushing. Green played his college ball for Boston College. He has great potential. Just needs a good offensive line to run behind.


15.-DENVER BRONCOS--(9-7)-.563-(PF-392-PA-344)-The Broncos beat Arizona, 37-7 in Denver. Rookie running back Clinton Portis who played his college ball for Miami rushed for 228 yards on 24 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Steve Beuerlein was 16-of-24 for 203 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Ed McCaffrey had seven catches for 112 yards. McCaffrey had 69 receptions on the year. The future of quarterback Brian Griese is uncertain at this time.


16.-NEW ORLEANS SAINTS--(9-7)-.563-(PF-432-PA-388)-The Saints lost to Carolina, 10-6 in New Orleans. The Saints started the season 6-1 and ended up missing the playoffs after losing to Cincinnati last week and Carolina this week. Quarterback Aaron Brooks did not look sharp and hasn't in a couple of weeks. Brooks completed 12-of-31 for 145 yards and two interceptions. I though head coach Jim Haslett would bring in Jake Delhomme to replace Brooks, but he didn't. Rookie running back Deuce McAllister rushed for 117 yards on 28 carries. McAllister ended the regular season with 1,388 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. McAllister was the leading rusher in the NFC was one yard over the Giants Tiki Barber.


17.-KANSAS CITY CHIEFS--(8-8)-.500-(PF-467-PA-399)-The Chiefs lost to Oakland, 24-0 in wet rainy Oakland. Kansas City's offense ended up ranked third in overall offense in the AFC for the season, averaging 375.0 yards per game. Running back Priest Holmes missed the final two games due to an hip injury. The Chiefs definitely need to rebuild their defense for the 2003 season.


18.-SAN DIEGO CHARGERS--(8-8)-.500-(PF-333-PA-367)-The Chargers lost to Seattle, 31-28 in overtime, at San Diego. Quarterback Drew Brees completed 27-of-49 for 332 yards and three touchdowns, but threw one interception. Tight end Stephen Alexander(6-4-250), Chargers, caught eight passes for 129 yards and one touchdown.


19.-BUFFALO BILLS--(8-8)-.500-(PF-379-PA-397)-The Bills beat Cincinnati, 27-9 in cold Buffalo. Quarterback Drew Bledsoe ran for a touchdown and passed for another as Buffalo erased memories of last year's 3-13 season. Wide receiver Eric Moulds caught nine passes for 75 yards and a touchdown and became the first Bills player to reach 100 receptions.


20.-BALTIMORE RAVENS--(7-9)-.438-(PF-316-PA-354)-The Ravens lost to Pittsburgh, 34-31 in Pittsburgh. Quarterback Jeff Blake was 19-of-26 for 336 yards and two touchdowns, but he threw two interceptions. Running back Jamal Lewis rushed for 86 yards on 14 carries. Lewis finished the season with 1,327 yards. Tight end Todd Heap caught seven passes for 146 yards and one touchdown in that loss to Pittsburgh. Heap had 68 catches for the year.


21.-St. Louis Rams-(7-9)-.438-(PF-316-PA-369)-St. Louis beat San Francisco, 31-20 at St. Louis. The Rams scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to win this game. Quarterback Jamie Martin completed 22-of-35 for 245 yards and three touchdowns. Martin threw two interceptions. Defensive end Leonard Little had two sacks for the Rams. That gave Little 12 sacks for the season.


22.-CAROLINA PANTHERS--(7-9)-.438-(PF-258-PA-302)-The Panthers defeated New Orleans, 10-6 in New Orleans. Carolina kept the Saints out of the playoffs by winning. Carolina's defense had four sacks and two interceptions on the day. The Panthers defense ranked number two in the NFC this season, allowing just 290.4 yards per game.


23.-SEATTLE SEAHAWKS--(7-9)-.438-(PF-355-PA-369)-The Seahawks defeated San Diego, 31-28 in overtime at San Diego. Kicker Rian Lindell kicked a 24-yard field goal in overtime to win the game for Seattle. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed an amazing 36-of-53 for 449 yards and two touchdowns, but he threw two interceptions. The passing yardage is a new team record and a career high for Hasselbeck. His wide receiver Koren Robinson caught nine passes for 103 yards and one touchdown.


24.-JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS--(6-10)-.375-(PF-328-PA-315)-The Jaguars lost to Indianapolis, 20-13 in Indianapolis. Head coach Tom Coughlin was fired Monday. Rookie quarterback David Garrard completed just 13-of-26 for 125 yards and no touchdown passes. Garrard played his college ball for East Carolina.


25.-MINNESOTA VIKINGS--(6-10)-.375-(PF-390-PA-442)-The Vikings beat Detroit, 38-36 in Detroit. Minnesota ends the season on a positive note at least. Their offense rolled up 450 total net yards of offense. Quarterback Duante Culpepper was 21-of-29 for 312 yards and two touchdowns. Culpepper did throw one interception. Receiver Randy Moss caught six passes for 109 yards. Moss has 106 receptions on the year to lead the NFC. He has 1,347 yards of receiving too.


26.-WASHINGTON REDSKINS--(7-9)-.438-(PF-307-PA-365)-The Redskins finally beat Dallas, 20-14 at Washinton. Washington ended a 10 game losing streak to Dallas and owner Daniel Synder finally got his game ball. Linebacker LaVar Arrington scored one touchdown and set up another one as he recovered a couple of fumbles. It was Washington's first win over Dallas since Oct. 13th, 1997. This was cornerback Darrell Green's last game in the NFL, as he is retiring. He's 42 years old. What a great career.


27.-ARIZONA CARDINALS--(5-11)-.313-(PF-262-PA-417)-Arizona lost to Denver, 37-7 in Denver. The Cardinals finished the season losing nine of ten after a 4-2 start. They were 0-4 against AFC teams. Their head coach Dave McGinest needs to go too.


28.-DALLAS COWBOYS--(5-11)-.313-(PF-217-PA-229)-The Cowboys lost to Washington, 20-14 at Washington. Head coach Dave Campo was fired Monday and legendary coach Bill Parcells was hired with a four year contract worth $17.1 millon dollars. Dallas needs either another quarterback or a real good running back. Quarterback Chad Hutchinson may be fine, but we'll let Parcells decide that. By the way, rookie wide receiver Antonio Bryant, Cowboys, had seven catches for 170 yards and one touchdown in their loss to Washington.


29.-CHICAGO BEARS--(4-12)-.250-(PF-281-PA-379)-The Bears lost to Tampa Bay, 15-0 at Chicago. Chicago's defense held the Bucs to just 272 yards of total offense. Linebacker Brian Urlacher led the defense with 11 tackles and one sack. Urlacher also finished the season leading the NFL in tackles with 152.


30.-HOUSTON TEXANS--(4-12)-.250-(PF-213-PA-356)-The Texans lost to Tennessee, 13-3 in Houston. Quarterback David Carr completed 21-of-40 for 214 yards and no touchdown passes. Carr threw one interception. Carr ended his season throwing for 2,592 yards and nine touchdowns, but he tossed 15 interceptions. His completion ratio was 52.5. The Titans were booed heavily by the Houston fans since they were once based there as the Houston Oilers for 37 years.


31.-DETROIT LIONS--(3-13)-.188-(PF-306-PA-451)-The Lions lost to Minnesota, 38-36 in Detroit. Wide receiver Bill Schroeder, Lions, caught six passes for 132 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Mike McMahon threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns, but threw three interceptions too.


32.-CINCINNATI BENGALS--(2-14)-.125-(PF-279-PA-456)-The Bengals lost to Buffalo, 27-9 in Buffalo. Head coach Dick LeBeau lost his job on bloody Monday too. LeBeau's record was 12-33 since coming to coach in 2000 for Cincinnati. The Bengals haven't had a winning season in 12 straight years. They also set a new franchise record for the fewest wins and most losses in a single season. Quarterback Jon Kitna was six snaps short of earning a $1.625 million dollar bonus. He was required to appear in 80% of the Bengals offense this season to earn the bonus. Something like that lol
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Old 01-03-2003, 06:04 PM   #2
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23rd for my Seahawks. We will be better next season. (I hope anyways)
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YES I think they will be much improved and Hasselbeck will be even better.
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You can only hope so with Holmgren now only a coach after giving up his GM duties. They will make better decisions and he will be a more effective coach, IMO. They need to address defense badly.
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That and I think we'll get Jake Plummer as our QB.

I'm still pissed we didn't get Bledsoe... I mean go out and sign the local boy.... damnit anyways
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Jake Plummer may do well in Seattle, but he sure didn't impress me playing in Arizona. I realize he never had a good team in front of him.
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Old 01-05-2003, 04:18 AM   #7
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Plummer!!? Shaggy, you're actually perferring Plummer over Hasselbeck...? Man, you gotta be KIDDING me!!
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