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Deke Bellavia: NFL top 10 - Week #9

The Chiefs are still perfect!  The Seabirds did not look so good.  The Bengals are damn good too.   The Saints better “clean-up” their act so says Coach Payton.  The Niners are starting to look like the defending NFC Champs again, while those Cheese Heads from Wisconsin are on a serious run.  And, the powers in the NFC look a few paces better than those on the American side.  Look out…here comes those Cam & Cats from Carolina!   Here’s my TOP 10!
 
1.  Kansas City Chiefs (8-0) – The Chiefs just go right along about their business and play their brand of football.  Once again the KC defense stood out, especially LB Derrick Johnson, who had 12 tackles.  Last week Kansas City beat Cleveland 23-17 / this week @ Buffalo .
 
2.  Seattle Seahawks (7-1) – The Seabirds looked worse than they have all season, giving up nearly 200 rushing yards and nearly losing to the Rams.  But, this is the NFL and it's hard to win.  And, Seattle has over half of their remaining games at home where they are invincible.  Defense wins titles.  Seattle has the best secondary and the best overall D in the league.  Last week beat St. Louis 14-9/ this week vs Tampa Bay.
 
3.  New Orleans Saints (6-1) – The Saints got a sloppy win over Buffalo.  Coach Sean Payton is not pleased with some of the things he feels like his team should be doing better.  Now a tough stretch of games begins in November with a visit to the Jets in New York.  Last week the Saints beat Buffalo 35-17 / this week @ NY Jets.
 
4.  Indianapolis Colts (5-2) – The horseshoes are rested and ready to take complete control of the AFC South.  Am I the only one who wonders why the Indianapolis Colts are in a South Division?  Last week Indy had a bye / this week @ Houston.    
 
5.  Denver Broncos (7-1) – Denver toyed with the Redskins…allowing Washington to take an early lead.  Then, Mr. Manning and the Broncos went to work by outscoring the Skins 31-0 in the final quarter.  The next four games are dates @ SD, home against the Chiefs followed by road games @ NE and KC.  Win those and the #1 seed should be Denver in the AFC.  Last week the Broncos beat Washington 45-21 / this week off. 
 
6.  San Francisco 49ers (6-2) – San Francisco had no problem at all with the Jaguars.  SF led 28-0 and then coasted to a 42-10 win.  These guys from Rice-a-Roni land are on a collision course with their division rival Seabirds.  Man, it’s like an ole Pac-10 rivalry like when Pete was at SC and Jim was at Stanford.  Last week the 49ers beat Jacksonville 42-10 / this week off. 
 
7.  Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) – In a division with not much consistency, the Bengals are by far the class of the AFC North.  The Jungle could be a big advantage for the Bengals, if they can land one of the top two seeds in the AFC.  They are in position after eight games!  Cincy is 4-0 at home this season!  Last week the Bengals beat the NY Jets 49-9 / this week @ Miami.  
 
8.  New England Patriots (6-2) – After falling behind 14-0 and then 17-3, the Patriots stormed back to finish the game by outscoring the Fins 24-0.  Now NE can stay ahead of the rest of the AFC East with a win over the Burg!  Last week the Patriots beat Miami 27-17 / this week vs Pittsburgh. 
 
9.  Green Bay Packers (5-2) – QB Aaron Rodgers is playing better than any QB and perhaps any player in the NFL right now with the exception of Meggatron over in Motown.  WR Jordy Nelson has become all-pro caliber.  Don't be surprised if the Pack wins at least 8 of their last 9 regular season games.  I'd bet they might win all nine.  Last week Green Bay beat Minnesota  44-31 / this week vs Philadelphia.  
 
10.  Detroit Lions (5-3) – The Comeback cats from Motown saved their best for last.  Calvin Johnson went off!  Meggatron hauled in 14 receptions for 329 yards and a score in the win over the Silver Stars.  The Lions are clearly a team that looks to be in the NFC playoff mix.  Last week Detroit beat Dallas 31-30 / this week off. 
 
10-B.  Carolina Panthers (4-3) - The Panthers won four of five and including three straight games.  Carolina has everything in front of them and their defense is salty to say the least.  Carolina has allowed only 44 points in their last five games.  My people, that’s less than 9 points per game.  The next three games will give us a good indication of how legit Cam and his Cats are with dates against Atlanta, SF and NE.  Win all three and Carolina would become a member of the elite class of teams in the NFC.  Last week the Panthers beat Tampa Bay 31-13 / this week vs Atlanta.   


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10/29/2013 1:02PM
Deke Bellavia: NFL top 10 - Week #8
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10/31/2013 3:22PM
Carolina's run about to hit a brick wall
Cam and company enjoyed the easy ones, but won't be able to stand up against the next three
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