To challenge my wife's approval of my physical enchantment, I sometimes grow some facial hair. Change it up a little. That way, when I zip it off with a zesty Gillette Fusion razor, I appear cleaner, smoother and younger….when in fact, it's the same man underneath my prickly exterior.
In addition to achieving a sponsor drop and painting a visual of how attractive I am, the point is this; there's been a few five o'clock shadows and budding goatees in the NFL over the past few weeks, but nothing drastic has changed.
The Saints, Colts and Vikings all sit at the top of our list as unanimous choices in their respective positions. Consistency, baby.
Truth be told, the only real change involved the Titans moving up another two spots to #17, but their pipe dream of making the playoffs should end this week when they play at Indianapolis.
The highlight of the rankings involved my Rams moving back into the #32 spot. I saw the first half in person, so I can vouch that the ranking is well deserved. I tried watching the second half from the comfort of my living room, but it wasn't televised.
-Matt / Joe Sports Fan
Black Sports Online: I was 100% sure by the end of Week 11 either Colts or Saints would lose, shows how much I know.
Rumors & Rants: Has the NFL team ever had a team as fun to watch as the 2009 New Orleans Saints? If offensive football was poetry, Sean Payton's squad would be Wordsworth.
Cold Hard Football Facts: It's a quarterback's league where passing well on offense and stopping the pass on defense mean everything, and right now the Saints are No. 1 in six of our eight Quality Stats, including Passing Yards Per Attempt, Defensive Passer Rating and Passer Rating Differential, while Drew Brees Monday night became the first passer in 34 years to average more than 16 yards per pass attempt in a single game. Other than that, the Saints got problems.
Awful Announcing: The Saints surprised me on Monday Night, and with homefield advantage in the Superdome, they could actually make the Super Bowl.
Sportz Assassin: The top three teams are starting to separate from the pack. New Orleans blew everyone out of the water by spanking New England. Indy showed us again that they are never out of any ballgame. Minnesota flexed their muscle. The interesting thing to see if teams like Cincinnati, New England, Dallas or Arizona can trip one of these teams up during the playoffs.
Midwest Sports Fan: What a display of offensive power put on by the Saints on MNF!!!!!