We begin by taking an in depth take a look at the highest 5 NFL groups in our mannequin: This week, they’re the Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers. They’re an odd bunch. While there have been some murmurs in regards to the Chiefs regressing from their high kind final yr, Patrick Mahomes and Co. may very well be getting higher. So they continue to be favorites. But none of the remainder of the highest groups are absolutely shoo-ins to go all the way in which. The Steelers’ 8-Zero file is just a little bit fortunate, based mostly on how their offense has carried out. While the Saints completely dismantled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, that they had been quick on actually convincing wins this season, and the arm power of Drew Brees continues to be a priority. The Ravens bought an necessary win towards a troublesome Colts staff, however we’re afraid that opposing defenses have gotten higher at containing Lamar Jackson. And in Green Bay, defensive troubles may make it robust on the offense — even an offense led by a resurgent Aaron Rodgers. All instructed, it wouldn’t shock us to see any of those groups within the Super Bowl. But it additionally wouldn’t actually shock us if any of them — besides maybe the Chiefs — blows their shot.
Next, we transfer to school soccer, in anticipation of the primary rankings from the College Football Playoff committee. Notre Dame’s upset of Clemson (albeit a Clemson sans star quarterback Trevor Lawrence) stirs the pot and makes an all-SEC/ACC playoff this yr at the very least attainable. But a number of dominos should fall for that to occur. It additionally doesn’t really feel as thrilling as it’d, on condition that this was the yr the committee actually may have expanded the playoffs and chalked up the experiment (and the apparent alternative to make more cash) to the pandemic. They’d nonetheless probably discover a strategy to hold Group of Five faculties out, a lot to the chagrin of what appears to be an excellent Cincinnati staff and an at-least-passable BYU staff that hasn’t had the possibility to show itself, given what number of large faculties caught to all-conference schedules. College soccer is so typically underscored by the possibility to argue over eventualities that may’t actually be proved come what may, and on this one respect, the 2020 season is not any exception.
Finally, within the Rabbit Hole, Neil expands on a fascinating Twitter thread about Mahomes’s bid to move Rodgers in all-time passer score. How lengthy will Mahomes keep on the high of that listing?
What we’re taking a look at this week:
- Are the Saints and Bills the actual contenders now?
- Week 9 highlighted the way forward for the NFL.
- Which groups are the place in school soccer’s reranking?