“Tiers of A Clown” – NFL Week 1

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It’s never too early to start sorting out the league, one level at a time. Anybody can Rank teams 1-32. I like to “group” them, because it makes more sense to my brain.

Plus, I find many teams share similar traits. So they belong together.

Argue with me all you like, but just remember: this could all change next week, and probably will! Let the great “kaleidoscope league” keep us guessing and re-assessing as summer turns to fall turns to winter!

TIER 1 – “This Is Where My Money Would Be…”
PITTSBURGH STEELERS
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DENVER BRONCOS
TIER 2 – “No Excuses Now”
GREEN BAY PACKERS
CAROLINA PANTHERS
CINCINNATI BENGALS
TIER 3 – “Window Closing Fast”
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
ARIZONA CARDINALS
TIER 4 – “Not Elite, But Tough Outs”
NEW YORK JETS
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
TIER 5 – “Wildcards – Could Suck, or Suprise!”
HOUSTON TEXANS
DALLAS COWBOYS
BALTIMORE RAVENS
TAMPA BAY BUCS
TIER 6 – “The Budding Disappointments”
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
NEW YORK GIANTS
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
WASHINGTON REDSKINS
TIER 7 – “Call Me When They Are Good Agains…”
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
CHICAGO BEARS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
TIER 8 – “The Perennial Disappointments”
ATLANTA FALCONS
MIAMI DOLPHINS
DETROIT LIONS
OAKLAND RAIDERS
TENNESSEE TITANS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
TIER 9 – “The Basket of Deplorables”
BUFFALO BILLS
CLEVELAND BROWNS
LOS ANGELES RAMS

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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. He also appears on "Bob and Brian" in Milwaukee. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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3 Comments

  1. Long time reader, first time poster. Love the blog and have always been a fan of your spot on Bob & Brian.

    I’m surprised you have the Raiders so low. They seem to be a chic pick this year.

    Also, Pack are Tier 1. You knew I’d say that. Go Pack Go!

  2. This is terrible news. I have been a loyal listener for many years. As a sports fan, what I like about the Czaban three (4 when Murray or Galdi were there) is that y’all are like me and my buddies sitting around BSing about sports/the world. I don’t need scores, I get those instantaneously on my phone. I don’t need insight, I’ve been following sports for nearly 40 years. I can figure out what’s going on. I need a laugh and good conversation.

    I listen every day. The entire podcast. I listen in the car, when I walk the dog or when my family needs a good tuning out. I even drank Leinenkugel, ordered Lebanon bologna and played Cover5.

    I listen to y’all a lot as this story will demonstrate. When Scott went to the NHL’s Winter Classic a couple years ago, I just happened to have the game on the TV. Living in the south, my wife was confused to see hockey and asked me why I was watching such a silly game. I said: “I know a guy who’s there with his family.”

    Boo SB Nation! BOOOOOO! Liar!

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