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    Admin Newsletter: November, 2018

    I'll split it into two options most likely but the current one will be no FB at all. I should have receivers. WR and TEs. Yeah it goes with what I said with rabid above. There'll probably be like 20+ new gameplans to choose from, some a lot more specific, and most will predefine run/pass percentages but there'll be multiple of each. So imagine like 60/40 Pro Style 70/30 Pro Style 70/30 Pro Style 2RB
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    Disclaimer: Since this is the first power ranking of the year for the Sun Belt, I talk about all of the games the teams have played so far. In the future I will just be writing about the previous week. 1. Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-0, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: N/A Previous results: Bye, at UNT W 45-17, Bye Positives: Holy cow, Arkansas State made quite the statement in their first game of the season defeating North Texas by the score of 45-17. The Red Wolves’ passing game is legitimately dangerous with QB Eugene Salas and WR Roscoe Bishop leading the charge. Against UNT, Salas completed over 60% of his passes with half of them going to Bishop. The Arkansas State secondary was also able to keep UNT QB Elias Noble in check keeping to him to just a 50% completion rate and forcing three interceptions. The Red Wolves returned a punt for a touchdown as well. Negatives: Despite the big win, the offensive line for the Red Wolves was definitely suspect. Giving up 4 sacks with just a 3.4 rating is a huge concern going forward, especially against teams with solid front sevens. Even with this being a pass-first, pass-second offense, they’re probably going to need to show a little bit more on the ground if they want to keep teams honest. Running Back Robert Robertson carried the ball only three times for ten yards. If teams are able to limit Salas and Bishop the Red Wolves’ offense could be in trouble. Kicker Jack Edwards also missed a 36 yard field goal, which could be a problem if the Red Wolves find themselves in a close game this season. What’s next: at Tulsa 2. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: N/A Previous results: Bye, at Virginia L 3-55, vs. Kansas State L 16-19 Positives: Louisiana-Lafayette’s defense played very well in week 2 against a feisty Kansas State team, not allowing the Wildcats to be very successful in the air or on the ground. Cornerback Corey Flaherty has been a key piece to that, having defensed two passes, and intercepting another so far this season. Kicker Vaughn Hudgins has played well so far, going 4 of 5 on field goals, only missing from 45 yards out. The schedule should start to soften up a bit for ULL as we get closer to conference play. Negatives: The offense does not look very high powered thus far. They have played tough opponents, but receivers have failed to find space and QB Emory West has left much to be desired through two games. West is going to need to cut down on turnovers if ULL has plans for a deep run in the Sun Belt this year. It may not be completely West’s fault as his line is averaging just a 3.0 rating over the two games and has already given up seven sacks. The special teams coverage needs to be improved as well as the Ragin’ Cajuns gave up both a punt return TD and a kick return TD against UVA. What’s next: vs. Eastern Michigan 3. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (0-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: N/A Previous results: Bye, Bye, at Georgia L 21-31 Positives: Wow, what a game by ULM. Georgia came into this matchup as 24.5 point favorites, but the Warhawks gave them a hell of a fight on warm Saturday morning. Quarterback Martin Johnson looked good, despite throwing one pick. The passing game is definitely going to surprise some teams this year as they were able to do fairly well against UGA without stud TE Abdoul Brinson making much of an impact. The offensive line gave up 3 sacks, but had a respectable 4.4 rating against a solid SEC front seven. The Warhawks were also able to strip pro-ready Bulldog RB Grant McLean one time for their lone turnover. Negatives: The Georgia offense was still able to sleep-walk through the ULM defense. Georgia QB Zeke Burnett carved up the Warhawk secondary to the tune of 20/26 for 239 yards and two touchdowns. And despite the fumble, McLean was still able to gain 94 yards on 21 carries for two touchdowns. It appears discipline was an issue for Louisiana-Monroe this game, being penalized 8 times for 80 yards. This made a big difference as it caused some 3rd and manageables to become difficult to convert against the hostile Sanford Stadium crowd, resulting in a lousy 4/13 3rd down conversion rate. What’s next: vs. USF 4. Georgia State Panthers (0-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: N/A Previous results: Bye, at logo L 7-38, Bye Positives: Georgia State’s first game of the year had few bright spots. Despite giving up four sacks, the offensive line graded out fairly well with a rating of 4.6. Zachary Mattson showed some flashes of what he can be in the future, but it wasn’t sustainable at any point against the Demon Deacon defense. As far as the first game goes, that’s about all that went right, but the Panthers still have one the conference’s most talented rosters going forward, so there should be improvement as they get more games under their belt. Negatives: Quarterback Zachary Mattson looked every bit of a true freshman during Georgia State’s first game. Completing under 50% of his passes and turning the ball over twice is not the debut he was hoping for, but he does have tremendous potential as long as the coaching staff spends plenty of time with him. The offense couldn’t get anything done on the late downs, going 0/9 on third down and 0/1 on fourth down. This was against ACC competition, but that certainly doesn’t look promising as they must play two more power conference foes before heading into conference play. This team has plenty of talent, they just need to put it all together. What's next: vs. Florida State 5. Texas State Bobcats (0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: N/A Previous results: at Michigan State L 20-45, Bye, at UTEP L 28-30 Positives: The Texas State defensive line has proved it has been out for blood so far. Between their first two games they have accumulated five sacks and are looking to improve that when they start facing weaker competition. Junior DE Ryan Starling will be the focus in the film room for offensive line coaches as he already has 2.5 sacks and 4 TFL. Middle linebacker Jayden Tyson is also starting to put together a nice campaign for himself with 13 tackles through two games. Negatives: Texas State’s offense has not been creative enough on third down this year as they are converting on just 25% of third downs. This simply isn’t acceptable if the Bobcats have postseason aspirations. The secondary has been sliced up so far allowing a 67% completion percentage. The defense needs to be a little more opportunistic as well as they have yet to force a turnover in two games, even against an average UTEP squad. The loss against the Miners definitely stings, but Texas State should be talented enough to win some scrappy games and claw their way into a bowl game. What’s next: Bye 6. South Alabama Jaguars (0-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: N/A Previous results: Bye, Bye, at USF L 10-38 Positives: Despite a fairly lopsided game, the South Alabama secondary showed out pretty well in this one. Allowing just 219 yards on 18 attempts isn’t too shabby for a fairly young group of cornerbacks. Freshman Zahir Allen is already showing off his ball skills as he intercepted a pass in his first game in a USA uniform. The defense was able to shore up on third downs, as the Bulls only converted on 2 of their 7 third down attempts. The offensive line held up alright against a very talented USF defensive line, which will help with their confidence as the season progresses. Negatives: The offensive backfield had a forgettable experience in this one. Talented quarterback Rafael Higgins didn’t look the part in this one, as he threw a pick and lost a fumble. USF’s secondary is fairly talented, but more needs to be seen from a guy who was considered one of the better QB’s in the Sun Belt this year. Ray Ray Dougherty didn’t get much going on the ground either averaging less than three yards a carry and losing a fumble. When you convert only 20% of your third downs it’s tough to score and the Jaguars showed us that on Saturday. USA will need to figure out how to score if they want to win ball games. What’s next: at Texas Tech 7. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: N/A Previous results: Bye, at Northern Illinois L 14-51, vs. North Texas W 28-24 Positives: The 2022 Coastal Carolina football team has already won half as many games as last year’s squad. It was an ugly win against a coachless team, but a win nonetheless. CCU has showed quite a bit of discipline through two games, accumulating just 54 penalty yards. This is an important thing to continue if this talent-stricken squad wants to keep winning games. Freshman running back Amadou Jackson has looked good so far, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and punching in three touchdowns. The secondary looked good against North Texas limiting the Mean Green to just 168 passing yards and picking off an errant Elias Noble pass. Negatives: This is still one of the least talented rosters in the Sun Belt. The offensive line hasn’t looked good, even in the win. They have yet to eclipse a rating of 3.0. This shows on third down as CCU has converted just 5 of 26 third down attempts. Kicker Greg Luther III has yet to make a field goal, going 0/2 from distances of 39 and 45 yards out. Another thing killing the Chants’ offense is turnovers. Junior quarterback Roger Reese threw an interception in each game and Jackson lost a fumble against NIU. Despite their respectable performance against UNT, the secondary was absolutely torched by Charlie Sanford and the Huskie receivers, giving up 444 yards and 6 touchdowns through the air. This year will be a struggle for the young Coastal Carolina team, but getting that first win doesn’t hurt. What’s next: Bye 8. Georgia Southern Eagles (0-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: N/A Previous results: Bye, Bye, at Tennessee L 0-38 Positives: This is definitely a Georgia Southern team looking towards the future. In their game against Tennessee, 15 of their 22 starters were either freshman or sophomores. In-game experience is the best way to learn and these players certainly won’t have any shortage of that. Freshman linebacker Jude Herring had himself a decent day, getting six tackles in the loss. Negatives: The youthful Eagles certainly struggled on both sides of the ball, resulting in more negatives than positives. Their defense was carved up in the air and on the ground. SEC offenses have a tendency to do that, but there are some high-powered Sun Belt offenses that could be trouble for Georgia Southern. Penalties certainly didn’t help the Eagles in this one. They were penalized 10 times for 96 yards, which contributed to their inability to score on the Volunteers’ defense. Turnovers didn’t go in their favor either, with two different players losing fumbles and QB Ian Sorensen throwing a pick. There should be improvement throughout the year, but this first game had some growing pains. What’s next: vs. Georgia 9. Appalachian State Mountaineers (0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: N/A Previous results: Bye, vs. Mississippi State L 3-62, vs. Iowa L 7-31 Positives: Appalachian State hasn’t showed much thus far, but there are a few good things to take away. After giving up a whopping six sacks against Mississippi State, they were able to cut that number in half against Iowa. Linebacker Ian Fleming looks to be the leader of this defense, totaling 15 tackles through just two games. If he keeps it up he could find himself on an All-Sun Belt team at season’s end. Other than that, Appalachian State has struggled mightily. At least they’ve got a bye week to figure some things out before taking on Troy. Negatives: Opening the season against two power conference foes is never easy, but when you play both of them at home, you hope you can at least show some hope for the season. App State did not succeed in doing so, getting blown out in both games. NFL-hopeful wide receiver Jermaine Jennings hasn’t shown much to scouts yet, as he was essentially nonexistent against these secondaries. The freshman struggles have been real for quarterback Hernando Cortez who has already turned the ball over four times. Appalachian State should be able to score on lesser opponents, but will need to convert on third downs first. The Mountaineers are an abysmal 3 for 27 on such downs so far. App State’s schedule gets lighter from here, but there are definitely improvements to be made. What’s next: Bye 10. Troy Trojans (0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) Change: N/A Previous results: at Tulane L 17-42, Bye, at Alabama L 10-41 Positives: Troy was able to hang with the Crimson Tide for a quarter before getting shut down. Even though it was just a quarter, Alabama is one of the top teams in the country, so this is certainly a good sign for the Trojans. Quarterback Jose Lynn has proven that teams will need to respect his legs, running for 101 yards on just 12 attempts. After giving up a punt return touchdown against Tulane in their first game, the Trojans’ punt coverage got much better against Alabama. They held the Crimson Tide to just 26 punt return yards. Negatives: Troy did not play well at all against a Tulane squad that wasn’t supposed to be that great this season. The Trojans should have been able to hang with the Green Wave, but were out of the game by halftime. Lynn hasn’t been able to show much passing the ball, which isn’t beneficial if Troy is going to keep having to play from behind. Punter Robert Allred didn’t put the defense in optimal positions with a well-below average punting average in both games. Although this didn’t help the defense, it should be asked if the defense would’ve been able to stop these offenses anyway. They were picked apart by both the run and the pass, giving up around 400 yards of offense in each game. What’s next: Bye
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    Admin Newsletter: November, 2018

    Better gameplan control options? Hell yes. Eventually I'd like Texas State to default to a 60/40 power Option, possibly with 2TE in a Jumbo package. Something along those lines anyway.
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    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qVn6hTMhzmONlVFXtbhLiIbwdTbOD3GSx3FqiPPjcdI/edit#gid=0 Thanks to @Jieret and his team we've got the all time lookup capabilities for rankings by team by week. Figured it should be added to this sub as a lookup feature.
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    Admin Newsletter: November, 2018

    Soluna's Admin Newsletter No. 4 | November 2018 Everything last month went pretty well except the one delay on games. In addition I released 1.5g which fixed a bunch of problems that I didn't really like with the engine up to that point. Upcoming Events NFLHC/CFBHC Regular Season continues. What am I doing Owner Update work continues but has obviously been pushed off to be implemented next offseason. I'll be pushing a second engine update in the near future that should allow offensive gameplans to adapt themselves more during the game in addition to improving how wide receivers are implemented in different offensive styles. What can you expect in the near future? NFLHC/CFBHC Regular Season continues Possibly CFBHC 1.5h Any questions for me? Soluna
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    [2022] Injured Reserve

    Chicago Bears place WR Aaron Pagliei 6-3 185 5 Florida [Speed] [-1] 82 on injured reserve. He suffered a Severe Achilles Rupture in week 2 and is out for the season.
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    2018 CFBHC Midterm Special Election

    Why do people hate collusion so much? Legalizing collusion allows you to take control of your own destiny, instead of being a victim of behind closed doors crootlusion. Making collusion illegal doesn't stop it from happening, it just keeps the good guys from doing it!
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    Cleveland ran right around the Raiders this week with an Overtime win What a crazy week of NFLHC action! We had some shootouts, some blowouts, some nail-biters, and some cakewalks. Results this week have given us not only a new #1, but also a new #32, so congrats the NY Giants on not being the bottom anymore. The AFC North suffered it's first loss of the season (yes, that's true), but still see 3 of 4 teams in part one of these rankings. It is truly the Spookiest time of year...when up is down and in is out. It's all a blur these days in the NFLHC. Bring on the rankings... Remember, if you don't like where you are in these rankings...play better! Power Rankings – Following Week 2 1. Philadelphia Eagles (+1) The Iggles used their Sunday 1pm matchup to essentially run masterclass for the Bears on how to build a team based around a running QB. While Vaughan Abraham had a nice day, he was matched in every way by Marshawn Miller. The Philly WRs were effective (despite the loss of Seb Babb), and Allan Taylor just flat out busted Mo Foster. Stat of the Game: 3/14 on 3rd down for the Bears vs. 4/11 for the Eagles. 2. Tennessee Titans (+2) The Titans are starting to look like contract killers—no emotion, just destruction. They went into the Nation’s Capital and wiped Washington off the field. Not only did the ball-hawking secondary force Bowman into 2 picks, the Titan offense even found a little balance with Dess and Crowe. I’ve got the Titans jumping the Dolphins slightly because of the apparent ease of victory, even though both were on the road. 3. Miami Dolphins (--) This “Steven Gore as Closer” thing is starting to be really fun. Gore stepped in for the Legend Brian Brown, threw a touchdown, and then went back and sat down. Pretty nice for the Phins to have a guy like that behind Brown, who is showing his age a bit this season. More to the point, the Miami back 7 did some WORK on Alex Leshoure—50% passing, an INT, and a fumble lost. Not a good day for the Texans gunslinger. It feels like Miami will be dealing with injuries all season, but they keep winning, so they stay up in these rankings. 4. Jacksonville Jaguars (+1) Soluna’s men do all the little things extremely well. Nice punt average, very few penalties, generally do ok at things like 3rd conversions (both O and D), etc. Sowell is being eased back into a heavier workload, but it’s working out nicely because TRod is having a very nice bounce-back season throwing to better receivers than he’s ever seen. JAX @ TEN (and the return trip) is starting to look like Game of the Year in the AFC South. 5. Green Bay Packers (+1) The Pack walked into L.A. and kicked the Rams to 0-2. Jason Johnson and Jaz Durant were fabulous on the day, and the Pack got up to a quick 17-3 lead. That hazards the Rams to come back, since they have moved away from a Verticals offense at all (am I remembering that right?) and are going with a more balance-oriented approach in Spread-Pistol. While I’ll talk about the Rams later (Pistol?!??!), this was a nice chance for the Packers to prove that close loss to the Eagles in Week 1 wasn’t a fluke. They’re still a very solid team, and might meet their nemesis in Philly in the Playoffs. 6. Las Vegas Raiders (-5) I get to drop the Raiders this far because they lost to the Browns. That is no longer a dig (seriously), but it was the WAY in which they lost. Granted it was overtime, but Hall didn’t look especially good, and since the Browns scored a TD in OT, Hall didn’t have a chance to ‘come back’. The Raiders DLine got absolutely gashed in this game, and the OLine didn’t fare much better. I think they will continue to be okay, because LVR is getting some intense contributions from offensive playmakers, but the decay on both lines is worrisome. 7. Detroit Lions (+1) I really wanted to move Detroit up higher than this. Their beatdown of Carolina AT Carolina was really quite impressive, and should be recognized as such. The key to the win was at three levels: Keyshawn pilfered Skaggs twice (and knocked down another); LeCount was decently efficient, and Kenyon Randall learned a valuable lesson from Week 1—run with passion and you’ll be okay. That stingy Panthers D had no answer for the rookie from LSU, to the tune of 20 carries for 111 yards and 2 TDs. Lions are flying right now…can’t wait for Lions-Packers coming up… 8. Pittsburgh Steelers (-1) I’d like to drop the Steelers a little bit more than just one spot for the tepid showing against the Chiefs, but I think the Chiefs are better than, say, the Saints first two opponents, which would affect the Steelers’ ranking. So, here they are. The Brooksheer Revenge Episode 2 was a little hot & cold—the Steelers got up early through two Norris TD passes, but then coasted the rest of the way, and almost let K.C. come back. Nice to see Chester Henson helping out with some efficient running (and a long burst on one run to the outside), but sad to see Pat Murphy go down with an injury. 9. New Orleans Saints (--) On the flip side of the Steelers: the Saints. I’d LOVE to move the Saints higher up this list, but pasting #1 pick contenders is much different than beating Playoff teams, as the clubs above the Saints have done. Still, they are kicking royal ass these days, with fabulous WR play (three (!!!) 100 yard WRs in Week 2) and excellent interior defense. No one has been able to run on the Saints yet, nor stop Devy and Company through the air. Saints have an enormous game coming up that might give us a clue if they will continue winning by 3 touchdowns or come back down to Earth a bit. 10. Cleveland Browns (+7) CLEVELAND ROCKS! Wow, have the Browns played well in the first two weeks. I guarantee that when the schedule came out and the Cleveland FO looked at the Rams and Raiders in the first two weeks, they did NOT have those penciled in as “W.” But win they have, and they’ve been doing it on the ground. Ryan Clark has been rather efficient passing, but it’s the combo rushing by Sean Bell (a legit MVP candidate if the Browns keep winning), Clark, and Grady Mitchell that has propelled this offense. Yes, they needed a little help in OT by scoring before Hall touched the ball again, but this is not your father’s Cleveland Browns. This team has taken its first two weeks and knocked off the #1 seed in the NFC last season, and the defending champs. 11. Denver Broncos (--) Broncos got the gift of No Shea when Indy visited on Sunday at 4pm. Shea’s backup threw two picks, both to linebackers, and that was basically all the Bronco O needed to get into the end zone three times. I hold that if the Broncos score 28, they aren’t gonna lose. Well, this was only 24, and it was still plenty with a toothless Colts offense on the other sideline. The ageless Ken Peelle popped up as the leading receiver on Sunday, with the loss of Darren Jones, which was an interesting development. But JBB still rolled…he’s averaging over 5 YPC and scoring already as much as last season. 12. Buffalo Bills (+3) Hide your QBs, the Bills have decided it is fun to rush the passer again. A year after an odd drop away from Sack City, the indefatigable Buffalo front 7 is at it again. Plus, Matt Jones, who apparently only wins footballs games (no losses since 2020!!!), is playing just well enough to get the Bills into the endzone regularly. Two savvy moves for the Bills—picking up Gary Faneca Sr., and seeing the value that Marshawn Matthison still had. Double M has been really good so far, and provides enough on the ground to compliment the air attack. Bills currently 2nd best team in the AFCE. 13. Baltimore Ravens (+8) I’m doing one more, since this is the biggest mover up the charts this week. The Ravens, perhaps the goofiest FO around*, took advantage of Coach Grv’s complete inability to defend a scrambler and let Brett Fisher weave his way through the Jets for the win in Baltimore. The defense is nasty—obviously, any team with Tyrone Jones is gonna be filthy—but you gotta like that Moussa Goode is really play well too. Plus, the Darrell Mack trade is working out nicely for the Nevermores, and I’m glad to see him having fun again. What is happening to the AFC North?!?! So many years of early draft picks, and now three teams in the top 13, plus a Bengals squad that isn’t QUITE as bad as I had thought. BREAK UP THE AFC NORTH! Part Two, coming tomorrow. Here's some hints: Moving Up: , , Moving Down: , ,
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    A Giants CB locks up Marcus Banks and the Cardinals offense Adjacent to Part One, here's the bottom of the list. There was considerable movement in this portion of the rankings, and with good reason. We have a combination of 1-1 teams, all the 0-2 teams (clearly), and even one undefeated. The fun questions here: who will remain in this part of the rankings for the duration and who will claw their way out. That's anyone's guess. Remember, if you don't like where you are in these rankings...play better! 14. Dallas Cowboys (-1) The ‘Boys hopped on a bus to San Fran and promptly laid a whuppin’ on the 49ers. Dallas barely needed to trip into the end zone to get the win in this one, 28-0. Graham Burnett is turning into a pretty decent quarterback, and while it was all going to go Dallas’ way on Sunday, I’m still impressed with his 21 for 31 for 280 and 2 TDs. Especially considering his receiving corps is average-at-best (take it from a guy with an average-at-best receiving corps), the transition Dallas has made from run-first to pass-first is impressive. I wish I could have them higher than this, given they are 2-0. I just don’t think they’re competition has been terribly stiff yet. 15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3) 16. Atlanta Falcons (+4) 17. Houston Texans (+5) I think these are the best of the rest of the 1-1 teams (see Part One for Packers/Raiders/Lions). Tampa played Denver quite tough at Mile High, Atlanta is an OT FG at Tampa from a very quality 2-0 start, and the Texans opened with a smashing and are just off a close on at home against the Dolphins. Each team has issues, certainly. The Falcons are now starting a rookie, albeit a promising one, that fumbled in crunch time. The Bucs overcame hideous special teams play to not lose to Donald Culver in his debut. Houston has to figure out what the hell they’re doing on offense (50% and 2 turnovers from Leshoure ain’t gonna cut it). But each has some serious strengths—all these teams have a boss (or two) on the DLine, and all of them have solid, experienced talent in the secondary. The other tidbit these teams have in common: they are all fighting for scraps in the two toughest divisions in the League. The Bucs and Falcons are looking up to the Saints (currently, though that could change), and the Texans are the annoying kid brothers in the mighty AFC South. I’ll go out on a limb and say that ONE of these three make the Playoffs. Any more than that, and I’ll be a quite surprised. 18. New York Jets (-6) 19. Carolina Panthers (-9) 20. Washington Football Club (-6) 21. Cincinnati Bengals (-5) This seems like an odd collection to lump together. But there is a unifying theme to this quartet, despite their ugly descents from higher up the rankings this week. These are teams that, in my opinion, will Yo-Yo between contender and pretender all season (injuries and all else being equal). All have talent in spots, all have serious questions to answer on the defensive line, and all have QBs taken in the first round (three of these teams have #1 picks under center). Here’s what I like from each: the Jets have a fantastic Front Office that always gets the best out of their team; Carolina has Skaggs and have played a very tough schedule already; Washington has a fantastic OLine, very good young QB-WR battery, and some real menace in its pass rush; and the Bengals have a resurgent (at least until Week 2) Joel King throwing to Adrian Janikowski, which should scare lots of folks. What I don’t like? Jets can’t stop scramblers (meme life is real life); Carolina seems to always shoot itself in the foot and shouldn’t be 0-2, even with these first two opponents; Washington doesn’t yet know how to win consistently and Bowman is still playing like and up-and-down rookie; and the Bengals have only one thing they do really well: King-to-Jank. Shut that down, and where do they go? I believe that one of these teams will make the Playoffs, and it’s probably the Panthers, but they really have to start showing more. If they start 0-3, look out. 22. Los Angeles Rams (-3) 23. Kansas City Chiefs (+1) 24. Chicago Bears (+1) 25. Minnesota Vikings (+1) I’m really surprised to be writing this, but my week 2 overreaction is: all of these teams are already done. Stick a fork in ‘em, they’re not gonna make the playoffs. Of course, that is a prediction sure to be wrong, but let me explain. Two of these teams (Rams, Vikings) are starting quarterbacks that have been really good for a real long time. While they aren’t OLD, they do seem outdated in today’s NFLHC. Vardell just had a solid game against the Patriots, but quite certainly the stat sheet looked like Mo Charles bailed Mr. Vardell out a couple times. Murphy, on the other hand, all of a sudden looks pedestrian. Two weeks of minimal scoring equal two losses equal cause for the Rams FO to consider blowing the whole thing up…yes, in Week 2! The Bears and Chiefs are in completely different circumstances. Both feature young, exciting QBs that have yet to really breakout with stellar performance in leading their squads to a win. It will come, but my point is: it may not come soon enough, nor frequent enough, for either of these teams to be in the Playoff discussion. I love the running games KC and Chicago boast—says here they should double-down on those ground games while the young QBs get some reps under their belts. 26. Indianapolis Colts (-3) The Horseshoes get their own write-up. This is, without a doubt, the most snake-bit franchise in the League. Mosi Bartos and Rashad Simon both spending time on IR last season was terrible luck. The inability to find a RB that can get them 100 yards is both terrible luck and bad personnel management. But Aaron Shea getting hurt in Week 1…? That’s just downright unfair. The Colts, if they ever get everyone healthy, can be a decent team. But perhaps the dip they suffered last year, supposedly at the hands of injuries, was more of an example of Normal than we thought. 27. New England Patriots (--) 28. New York Giants (+4) These two are going in opposite directions, seems strange to say. The Patriots (who are the better team, currently) seem to be completely stuck in the mud. They are who they are, and there is no impetus to change. They have some good players, but can’t get it done. Losing on the road is never giant problem, but losing to the Vikings after looking relatively toothless in Week 1 is troubling. The Giants, however, look as though there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. Yes, it was only the Cardinals, but a win is a win is a win. And getting out of the basement on these rankings is something to celebrate. VERY slightly, you can see this team getting better. Does that make them Playoff contenders? Hell no. But it does provide hope. 29. Seattle Seahawks (-1) 30. San Francisco 49ers (-1) 31. Los Angeles Chargers (-1) 32. Arizona Cardinals (-1) This is the quartet that shifts down with the Giants jumping out of the #32 spot. The Cardinals absolutely deserve the cellar for getting bushwhacked…at home…by the Giants. It’s gonna be a really long season in all these cities. I’m going to guess that the Chargers (woohoo!) are gonna be the first of these teams to get a win. However, I’m also guessing that combined win total for this hapless group is gonna be less than 12. You read it here first. Better get to scouting, y’all.
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    Historic Coaches Poll Rankings

    @Soluna, done. A few fun facts while we're at it: Only 18 teams have ever been ranked #1 in a Coaches' Poll. Most weeks at #1? Alabama with 23, followed by Texas with 18 and Penn State with 17. Nebraska and Ohio State are tied for least amount of weeks on top with 1. Michigan has the most amount of weeks as a ranked team on the site with 143. Penn State is close behind at 141, and LSU is 3rd with 139. 26 FBS teams have never been ranked or received votes.
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