I hate professional commentators. Every week last year, I remember how frustrating it felt to have the commentators say how the Packers hot streak would come to an end, and how satisfying it felt each Sunday when they were wrong. I remember how the Packers were supposed to get blown out by the Cowgirls. Brett Favre played his worst game of the year, and our backup brought us within one possession in the fourth quarter. If the T.O. "forward progress" call had not been total bullshit, the Packers win that game with a backup QB and two other pro-bowlers not dressed.
Brett Favre retired, and this year will be a whole new year. However, the thing that made Favre the greatest QB ever was his ability to play in every game for 16 years. It's the statistic that is always overlooked when talking about the best ever. But it's also a statistic that is always ignored when rating teams. Which is why it makes no sense that the Packers, after losing the NFC Championship, are now being rated outside of the top 10 teams in the league because Brett Favre retired. Do people really think the dropoff from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers (one position on the whole team and to a player who many thought would be the number one pick in his respective draft) will make 6 whole teams better. Brett Favre alone got us from being the last wildcard team in the NFC to a home game in the NFC Championship? Are these people retarded?
Being a fan of a team so horribly underrated is one of the most frustrating things about sports, and it's also one of the most fulfilling. Here are the teams that are currently being ranked as the top 16 on NFL.com:
1. New England; 2. Indianapolis; 3. Dallas; 4. New York Giants; 5. Jacksonville; 6. San Diego; 7. Pittsburgh; 8. Seattle; 9. Philadelphia; 10. Cleveland; 11. Green Bay; 12. New Orleans; 13. Tampa Bay; 14. Tennessee; 15. Denver; 16. Washington
Here's mine. If I'm wrong, correct me in your own post.
1. Colts; 2. Jaguars; 3. Patriots; 4. Packers; 5. Browns; 6. Eagles; 7. Chargers; 8. Seahawks; 9. Cowboys; 10. Redskins; 11. Steelers; 12. Saints; 13. Giants; 14. Buccaneers; 15. Titans; 16. Panthers
The teams won't end up this way, because of the difficulty in some of their schedules, but this is how they rank in talent. When any of these teams play this year, just watch how the games turn out. I'll be right more often than they will be.