Titan Sized Power Rankings: Muddled Middle

At the halfway point in 2010, here is the Titan Sized power rankings of the mediocre teams in the NFL.  Check out the bottom teams here.

Cleveland Browns players dump a cooler of Gatorade on head coach Eric Mangini near the end of a 34-14 win against the New England Patriots on November 07, 2010 in Cleveland. UPI / David Richard Photo via Newscom

20. Cleveland Browns (3-5) – Impressive back-to-back wins over the New England Patriots (34-14) and New Orleans Saints (30-17) have this squad in the middle of the pack.  Simply Mangenius.

19. Miami Dolphins (4-4) – Defeated the Green Bay Packers (23-20) in a tilt that seems to be more a flat effort from the Packers than a domination by the Dolphins.  Weak schedule ahead is promising.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-3) –No quality wins and have been outscored 33 points by opponents, despite a 5-3 record.  Smells like a hoax of a playoff team, but wild card is still possible.

17. St. Louis Rams (4-4) – Defeated the San Diego Chargers (20-17) and have only been outscored 1 point by opponents.  The Rams seem inexplicably poised to win the NFC West title.

16. Chicago Bears (5-3) – Defeated the Green Bay Packers (20-17) and have outscored opponents by 15 points.  This week against the Minnesota Vikings is huge. (Understatement of the century)

15. Minnesota Vikings (3-5) – No quality wins, outscored 12 points by opponents, and Brad Childress is still the head coach.  But #4 and AP make it hard to put this team out of the playoffs, yet.

14. Oakland Raiders (5-4) – Defeated division rival San Diego Chargers (35-27), Kansas City Chiefs (23-20), and have outscored opponents by 42 points.  Tough road ahead, though.

13. Kansas City Chiefs (5-3) – Defeated the San Diego Chargers (21-14), but have not looked dominant in any quality games.  And 3 losses in the last 5 games is not a promising sign.

12. San Diego Chargers (4-5) – Defeated the Tennessee Titans (33-25) and have outscored opponents by 42 points.  No one is playing better right now than MVP candidate, Philip Rivers.

11. Indianapolis Colts (5-3) – Humiliated the New York Giants on national television (38-14) and have outscored opponents by 49 points.  Does Lucas Oil Stadium have a built-in hospital?

Indianapolis Colts trainers huddle around wide receiver Austin Collie on the ground after being he was injured on the Indianapolis 40-yard line during second quarter Philadelphia Eagles-Indianapolis Colts game action in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field November 7, 2010. Collie was taken off the field on a stretcher. Philadelphia Eagles safety Quintin Mikell was cited for unnecessary roughness. UPI/Eileen Angelino Photo via Newscom

Almost all of these teams have legitimate playoff hopes and potential going forward.  Only the Browns and Dolphins are teetering on the edge of a lost season.  The AFC West has 3 of its 4 teams in the muddled middle of the NFL.  Unfortunately, only one will win the division, leaving the other two out in the cold and out of the playoffs.

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