Loose, But Fast – Episode 1: Coca-Cola 600 Power Rankings

Rongy’s Coca-Cola 600 Power Rankings

Rongy gives his power rankings heading into this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hot off his All-Star victory and third straight win in as many events, it goes without saying, Kevin Harvick comes in at #1. However, the rest of the top 10 is open for debate. Check out my top 10 heading into the weekend here:

Coca-Cola 600

 

Following last weekend’s All-Star Race, where does your favorite driver rank? Let us know what you think on Twitter @QuarterMasterNC and @QMS_Rongy. Let’s discuss!

Next week will have a post-Coca-Cola 600 episode. Since we’re going to be there, it should make for a great show.

To find out what Loose, But Fast is all about, check out Episode 0 here:

Loose, But Fast – Episode 0

NHL Power Rankings Week 13

NHL Power Rankings Week 13

Okay. We’ve finally reached a point in the season where we kind of know what everyone has. There are some really good teams at the top and some really good teams middle of the pack with their work cut out for them. As always enjoy last weeks plays of the week and feel free to send your comments, thoughts, and/or rankings to contact@quartermastersports.com. Subject: NHL Power Rankings Week 13.

NHL Top 5

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (26-7-2) [LW: 1]

  • Last Week
    • vs Ottawa – W 4-3 (SO)
    • vs Minnesota – W 3-0
  • This Week
    • vs Montreal (Thu)
    • vs Philadelphia (Fri)
    • @ Columbus (Sun)
    • @ Toronto (Tue)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • C – Tyler Johnson: 1 Goal, 1 Assist, +2 +/-
  • Quote
    • “I rely heavily on our scouting staff on all the decisions we make. We were looking for an offensive defenseman, a puck-moving defenseman. Those players are hard to find.” – Lightning GM Steve Yzerman on his success as GM 

2. Vegas Golden Knights (24-9-2) [LW: WC 3]

  • Last Week 
    • vs Washington – W 3-0
    • @ Anaheim – W 4-1
  • This Week
    • @ Los Angeles (Thur)
    • vs Toronto (Sun)
    • vs Nashville (Tue)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • C – William Karlsson: 2 Goals, +2 +/-
  • Quote
    • “I think the coolest part, without a doubt, has been the way the city has taken to the team. Our open practices are packed. People are wearing Golden Knights T-shirts on the Strip and recognizing us at restaurants — which still blows my mind. And we really do have some of the best fans in hockey right now, for real.” – Knights LW David Perron in the Players Tribune

3. Los Angeles Kings (22-11-4) [LW: 4]

  • Last Week
    • vs Colorado – W 2-1 (OT)
    • @ San Jose – L 0-2
  • This Week
    • vs Vegas (Thu)
    • @ Vancouver (Sat)
    • @ Edmonton (Tue)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • G – Jonathan Quick: 60/63 SA (95%)
  • Video
    • Dustin Brown’s OT winner in his 1,000 game

4. Nashville Predators (22-9-5) [LW: 2]

  • Last Week
    • vs Carolina – L 1-4
    • @ Dallas – L 3-4 (SO)
    • @ St. Louis – W 2-1
  • This Week
    • @ Minnesota (Fri)
    • vs Minnesota (Sat)
    • @ Vegas (Tue)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • C – Calle Jarnkrok: 2 Goals, +2 +/-
  • Quote
    • “I’m frustrated, and not because I don’t think that we can score goals. I just think that we’re better than that.” – Preds HC Mike Yeo after losing to the Blues

5. New Jersey Devils (22-9-5) [LW: EC #4]

  • Last Week
    • vs NY Rangers – W 4-3 (SO)
    • v Chicago – W 4-1
    • vs Detroit – W 3-1
  • This Week
    • vs Buffalo (Fri)
    • @ Washington (Sat)
    • @ St. Louis (Tue)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • LW – Taylor Hall: 1 Goal, 3 Assists
  • Tweet

NHL Bottom 5

27. Vancouver Canucks (15-17-5) [LW: NR]

  • The Canucks check in at 27 but more importantly let’s recognize the Florida Panthers for fighting their way out of the Bottom 5. Well done.

28. Detroit Red Wings (13-16-7) [LW: 27]

  •  Detroit lost both their games this week and the struggle continues in Motor City. They’ll be happy to get back home this week after losing three of four on the road.

29. Ottawa Senators (11-16-8) [LW: 29]

  • Ottawa is feeling the road blues right now. They’ve played ten out of their last thirteen away from the Canadian Tire Centre. Over that span, they are 1-7-2 on the road and 2-1 at home.

30. Arizona Coyotes (9-25-5) [LW: 30]

  • This week the Coyotes stole one at home against Washington in overtime. Then they played a home-and-home with the Avalanche. Each team won on the road.

31. Buffalo Sabres (9-20-8) [LW: 31]

  • Things are going to get worse in Buffalo before they get better.

 


NHL Power Rankings

Week 13 By Conference

Eastern Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Tampa Bay

Lightning

26-7-2 54
2 New Jersey

Devils

22-9-5 49 +2
3 Columbus

Blue Jackets

22-13-3 47
4 Washington

Capitals

22-13-3 47 -2
5 Toronto

Maple Leafs

22-14-1 45
6 Boston

Bruins

20-10-5 45 +2
7 New York

Islanders

20-13-4 44 +2
8 Pittsburgh

Penguins

19-16-3 41 -1
9 New York

Rangers

20-13-4 44 -3
10 Carolina

Hurricanes

17-12-7 41 +1
11 Montreal

Canadiens

16-17-4 36 -1
12 Florida

Panthers

15-16-5 35 +2
13 Philadelphia

Flyers

15-13-8 38 -1
14 Detroit

Red Wings

13-16-7 33 -1
15 Ottawa

Senators

11-16-8 30
16 Buffalo

Sabres

9-20-8 26

 

Western Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Vegas

Golden Knights

24-9-2 50 +1
2 Los Angeles

Kings

22-11-4 48 +1
3 Nashville

Predators

22-9-5 49 -2
4 St. Louis

Blues

23-14-2 48
5 Winnipeg

Jets

21-11-6 48
6 San Jose

Sharks

19-11-4 42
7 Dallas

Stars

20-15-3 43 +1
8 Chicago

Blackhawks

17-13-5 40 -1
9 Minnesota

Wild

19-15-3 42 +1
10 Calgary

Flames

18-15-3 39 -1
11 Anaheim

Ducks

16-14-8 40
12 Edmonton

Oilers

17-18-2 36 +1
13 Colorado

Avalanche

17-16-3 37 -1
14 Vancouver

Canucks

15-17-5 35
15 Arizona

Coyotes

9-25-5 23

 


NHL Power Rankings Week 12

NFL Week 17 Power Rankings

NFL Week 17 Power Rankings

There’s just one week left in the regular season and the three playoff spots are still up for grabs. In the NFC the Falcons and Seahawks are battling for the final playoff spot and a likely date with the Rams in LA in the Wild Card Round. Minnesota, New Orleans, and Carolina have all clinched playoff berths but are still jostling for position. The AFC picture is a little more crowded. Baltimore and Tennessee have the inside track on the 5th and 6th seeds, respectively. However, both the Chargers and Bills are in a position to capitalize should either falter. NFL Week 17 Power Rankings:

15. Tennessee Titans (8-7) [LW: 17]

  • Week 16: L 23-27 vs LAR
  • Week 17: vs JAX
  • Quote: “I would expect a full game plan, just like a game they have to win. Coming off a loss, I am sure they don’t want to go into the playoffs with another one, so I would expect we’re going to get the best of them, knowing Doug Marrone and Tom (Coughlin). – Titans HC Mike Mularkey on their Week 17 matchup with the Jags. 
  • Playoff Scenarios
    • Playoff Berth
      • Win
      • Tie and a LAC loss or tie
      • Tie and a BUF loss or tie
      • LAC loss and a BUF loss
    •  5th Seed
      • Win and BAL loss

14. Buffalo Bills (8-7) [LW: 16]

  • Week 16: L 16-37 @ NE
  • Week 17: @ MIA
  • Quote: “They obviously weren’t looking at the same television the rest of the country was looking at, were they? You know what, you can probably find somebody in this country that disagrees, and I know one guy would be [NFL vice president of officiating] Al Riveron sitting in New York City. – Bills Owner Terry Pegula on Kelvin Benjamin’s controversial TD that was overturned
  • Playoff Scenarios
    • Playoff Berth
      • Win and a TEN loss or tie and LAC loss or tie
      • Win and a BAL loss and LAC loss or tie
      • A tie and a TEN loss

13. Los Angeles Chargers (8-7) [LW: 14]

  • Week 16: W 14-7 @ NYJ
  • Week 17: vs OAK
  • Quote: “But we also talked about using all of that to bring us together, to make us closer and to make us tighter. And I just think going through all of those situations is not ideal, but I think it’s made us a tougher football team.” – Chargers HC Anthony Lynn on his team’s resiliency after relocating from San Diego.
  • Playoff Scenarios
    • Win and a TEN loss or tie

12. Baltimore Ravens (9-6) [LW: 10]

  • Week 16: W 23-16 vs IND (SAT)
  • Week 17: vs CIN
  • Quote: “I don’t think the NFL did us any favors by moving it back. But they don’t care about us. So, we just have to care about ourselves. We have to take care of our own business. That goes for our team, for our fans, and for our city. Let’s go win the football game.” – Ravens HC John Harbaugh on the NFL’s decision to flex the Week 17 schedule. 
  • Playoff Scenarios
    • Playoff Berth
      • Win or Tie
      • LAC loss
      • BUF loss
      • TEN loss
    • Clinch 5th Seed
      • Win
      • LAC tie of loss + BAL tie
      • BUF tie or loss + BAL tie
      • TEN tie or loss + BAL tie

11. Kansas City Chiefs (9-6) [LW: 12]

  • Week 16: W 29-13 vs MIA
  • Week 17: @ DEN
  • Quote: 

  • Playoff Scenarios
    •  Locked into AFC 4th Seed

10. Atlanta Falcons (10-5) [LW: 9]

  • Week 16: L 13-23 @ NO
  • Week 17: vs CAR
  • Quote: “What’s next for us?  We have got to assess and get ready. We get to go back home and play at home. All of that’s in front of us. That is what we intend on doing.” – Falcons HC Dan Quinn after Sunday’s loss in New Orleans
  • Playoff Scenarios
    • Playoff Berth
      • Win
      • Tie and SEA tie
      • SEA loss

9. Jacksonville Jaguars (10-5) [LW: 8]

  • Week 16: L 33-44 @ SF
  • Week 17: @ TEN
  • Quote: “Make no mistake about it, just so there is not a lot of talk during the week: When the players come in, we are talking about how we are going to play to win and do everything we possibly can to win this game, period. I am not even thinking about what happens beyond that, and that is the way we are going to go about our business this week.” – Jags HC Doug Marrone on not resting his starters in Week 17
  • Playoff Scenarios
    • Locked into AFC 3rd Seed

8. Seattle Seahawks (9-6) [LW: 11]

  • Week 16: W 21-12 @ DAL
  • Week 17: vs ARI
  • Quote: “That’s unusual, you know?” – Seahawks HC Pete Carroll on Earl Thomas’ interaction with Jason Garrett after Sunday’s game
  • Playoff Scenarios
    • Win and ATL loss or tie
    • Tie and ATL loss

7. Minnesota Vikings (12-3) [LW: 7]

  • Week 16: W 16-0 @ GB (SAT)
  • Week 17: vs CHI
  • Quote: 

  • Playoff Scenarios
    •  Clinch 2nd Seed
      • Win or tie
      • NO win or tie
      • CAR loss or tie

6. Carolina Panthers (11-4) [LW: 6]

  • Week 16: W 22-19 vs TB
  • Week 17: @ ATL
  • Quote: “What I’ve always said is I know nothing about that and I can only speak about what he has meant to me and the players. That’s why I did it.” – Panther HC Ron Rivera on breaking down Sunday’s victory with a “Mr. Richardson”
  • Playoff Scenarios
    • Clinch NFC South
      • Win and NO loss or tie
    • Clinch NFC 2nd Seed
      • Win + MIN loss + NO loss

5. Los Angeles Rams (11-4) [LW: 5]

  • Week 16: W 27-23 @ TEN
  • Week 17: vs SF
  • Quote: “I would like to say I can speak for the guys who have been here, and everything we went through. With McVay and Wade leading this team, I don’t know what they did, but they just brought the best out of everybody, brought some new guys in and everybody rose up to the challenge.” – Rams DE Robert Quinn on the Rams turnaround this season
  • Playoff Scenarios
    • Clinch NFC 3rd Seed
      • Win
      • Tie and NO loss or tie + CAR loss or tie
    • Finish as NFC 4th Seed
      • Loss and NO win or tie + CAR win or tie

4. Philadelphia Eagles (13-2) [LW: 4]

  • Week 16: W 19-10 vs OAK
  • Week 17: vs DAL
  • Quote: “We found a way to win. That’s the bottom line. We found a way to win. I’d love to win 40-3 or 34-28, but sometimes you’re going to be in these games. We got to be hard on ourselves as coaches and players looking at this film, moving forward, and get things fixed offensively. I thought the defense played really, really well. They kept us in the football game, special teams. [It was a] team effort, though. [We] found a way. [We are] sitting here today 13-2. Everybody’s got to come through here now. That’s the exciting part.” – Eagle HC Doug Pederson
  • Playoff Scenarios 
    • Clinched NFC 1st Seed

3. New Orleans Saints (11-4) [LW: 3]

  • Week 16: W 23-13 vs ATL
  • Week 17: @ TB
  • Quote: “Obviously, this was an important game. I thought our defense was magnificent. When I say that, with the injuries we have had, there are six or seven starters out of that defensive group. I thought they played well. I thought it was the difference in the game. They handled the short field when there was one and put us in good field position. They came up with some key stops down there on the one-yard line. Offensively, we did enough. Same thing in the kicking game. I think the kicking game went well. I thought Tommylee (Lewis) played well just in some (of) the coverage opportunities, punt-wise, and protecting field position. Good team win.” – Saints HC Sean Payton
  • Playoff Scenarios 
    • Clinch NFC South
      • Win
      • CAR loss or tie
    • Clinch NFC 3rd Seed
      • Win + LAR loss or tie

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) [LW: 2]

  • Week 16: W 34-6 @ HOU
  • Week 17: vs CLE
  • Quote: “We make the decisions we feel give us the very best chance to win. We needed the people we kept. We needed to activate Marcus Gilbert. There’s really nothing more to it than that.” – Steelers HC Mike Tomlin on the team’s decision to cut James Harrison
  • Playoff Scenarios
    • Clinch AFC 1st Seed
      • Win + NE loss

1. New England Patriots (12-3) [LW: 1]

  • Week 16: W 37-16 vs BUF
  • Week 17: vs NYJ
  • Quote: “That catch that he made on the touchdown was — you see a lot of good catches in this league and we’ve seen Rob make a lot of great catches. That ball, when it leaves Tom’s hands you think it is going out of bounds, it is going to land over by the wall somewhere. That was a great catch, and it was thrown obviously in a way where only Rob could get it, and Rob got it probably only as Rob could get it.” – Pats HC Bill Belichick on Rob Gronkowski’s one-handed TD grab Sunday.

 

 


Eliminated 

  1. Cleveland Browns (0-15) *Locked into 1st Overall Pick
  2. New York Giants (2-13)
  3. Indianapolis Colts (3-12)
  4. Houston Texans (4-11)
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11)
  6. Denver Broncos (5-10)
  7. San Francisco 49ers (5-10)
  8. New York Jets (5-10)
  9. Chicago Bears (5-10)
  10. Miami Dolphins (6-9)
  11. Cincinnati Bengals (6-9)
  12. Oakland Raiders (6-9)
  13. Green Bay Packers (7-8)
  14. Washington Redskins (7-8)
  15. Arizona Cardinals (7-8)
  16. Dallas Cowboys (8-7)

NFL Week 16 Power Rankings

NBA Power Rankings: Christmas Day

NBA Power Rankings: Christmas Day

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! Today is a day for family, friends, giving, and one of the best traditions in sports: NBA Christmas Day. Though we haven’t tried to power rank NBA teams since Thanksgiving, we felt Christmas Day would be the prime time to release new rankings. We all know the NBA season really doesn’t begin until Christmas Day. NBA Power Rankings: Christmas Day.

On tap for tomorrow, a five-game slate. 

  • 76ers at Knicks – Noon
  • Cavaliers at Warriors – 3 PM
  • Wizards at Celtics – 5:30 PM
  • Rockets at Thunder – 8 PM
  • Timberwolves at Lakers – 10:30 PM

Power Rankings

Bottom 5

30. Atlanta Hawks (8-25) [TG: 30]

  • The Hawks beat the Mavs on Saturday and still couldn’t get out of the bottom spot. Yikes. The rough season in the ATL continues.

29. Dallas Mavericks (9-25) [TG: 27]

  • Mark Cuban’s Mavs are in the midst of a tough stretch. Over their last ten, Dallas is 2-8. The Mavericks rank in the bottom tier of the league in both field goal percentage and offensive rebound percentage, an excellent recipe for failure.

28. Orlando Magic (11-23) [TG: 22]

  • After a hot 8-4 start, the Magic have gone ice cold. Since November 10th, Orlando’s record is 3-19 including two losing streaks of 8+ games.

27. Memphis Grizzlies (10-23) [TG: 20]

  • Since David Fizdale’s dismissal in November, the Grizzlies have yet to show any improvement. Expect a fire sale at the trade deadline. Gasol should be on the move, we’ll wait and see on Mike Conley.

26. Los Angeles Lakers (11-20) [TG: 23]

  • With all eyes firmly on Lonzo, the young Lakers are still experiencing growing pains under second-year head coach Luke Walton. Brandon Ingram’s emergence as a star is promising for LA. The Lake Show will be an intriguing watch at the trade deadline as they look to cash in on their young assets as well as positioning themselves to make a run at a marquee free-agent this summer.  

 

Middle 20

25. Phoenix Suns (12-23) [TG: 26]

24. Charlotte Hornets (12-21) [TG: 18]

23. Chicago Bulls (10-22) [TG: 29]

22. Sacramento Kings (11-21) [TG: 28]

21. Brooklyn Nets (12-20) [TG: 25]

20. Los Angeles Clippers (13-19) [TG: 24]

19. Philadelphia 76ers (14-18) [TG: 12]

18. Utah Jazz (15-19) [TG: 21]  

17. New York Knicks (17-15) [TG: 17] 

16. New Orleans Pelicans (17-16) [TG: 15]

15. Miami Heat (17-16) [TG: 19]

14. Portland Trail Blazers (17-16) [TG: 11] 

13. Indiana Pacers (19-14) [TG: 16]

12. Oklahoma City Thunder (18-15) [TG: 14]

11. Denver Nuggets (18-15) [TG: 13]

10. Washington Wizards (18-15) [TG: 10]

9. Milwaukee Bucks (17-14) [TG: 9]

8. Detroit Pistons (18-14) [TG: 4]

7. Minnesota Timberwolves (20-13) [TG: 7]

6. Boston Celtics (27-9) [TG: 1]

 

Top 5

5. San Antonio Spurs (23-11) [TG: 8]

  • The Spurs are just doing Spurs things. You know what I’m talking about it. If you don’t you’ve been under a rock for two decades.

4. Toronto Raptors (23-8) [TG: 6]

  • Whether anyone else knows it or not, the Raptors are silently proving their case as legitimate contenders in the East. While Cleveland and Boston get the headlines, Toronto has been on the cusp for years now.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers (24-9) [TG: 5]

  • LeBron and the Cavs finally figured it out in December and strung together a nice winning streak. They’ll get Isaiah Thomas back soon. Watch out.

2. Golden State Warriors (26-7) [TG: 3]

  • Cavs/Warriors today should be fun, as always.

1.  Houston Rockets (25-6) [TG: 2]

  • The Rockets are coming for the Warriors and they want them to know it.

Thanksgivings NBA Power Rankings

NHL Power Rankings Week 12

NHL Power Rankings Week 12

Okay. We’ve finally reached a point in the season where we kind of know what everyone has. There are some really good teams at the top and some really good teams middle of the pack with their work cut out for them. As always enjoy last weeks plays of the week and feel free to send your comments, thoughts, and/or rankings to contact@quartermastersports.com. Subject: NHL Power Rankings Week 12.

NHL Top 5

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (24-7-2) [LW: 1]

  • Last Week
    • @ Arizona – W 4-1
    • @ Colorado – W 6-5
    • @ Vegas – L 3-4
  • This Week
    • vs Ottawa (Thur)
    • vs Minnesota (Sat)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • Victor Hedman (D) –  2 Goals, 4 Assists, +5 +/-
  • Quote
    • “The wrong call at the wrong time. A crappy way to lose.” – Steven Stamkos on the loss to the Knights

2. Nashville Predators (21-8-4) [LW: 2]

  • Last Week
    • @ Edmonton – W 4-0
    • @ Calgary – W 2-0
    • vs Winnipeg – L 4-6
  • This Week
    • vs Carolina (Thur)
    • @ Dallas (Sat)
    • @ St. Louis (Wed)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • Kevin Fiala (LW) – 3 Goals, 1 Assist
  • Video

3. Vegas Golden Knights (22-9-2) [LW: WC 5]

  • Last Week 
    • vs Pittsburgh – W 2-1
    • vs Florida – W 5-2
    • v Tampa Bay- W 4-3
  • This Week
    • vs Washington (Sat)
    • @ Anaheim (Wed)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • Erik Haula (LW)- 2 Goals, 2 Assist
  • Tweet

4. Los Angeles Kings (21-10-4) [LW: 3]

  • Last Week
    • @ New York Rangers – L 2-4
    • @ New York Islanders – L 3-4 (OT)
    • @ Philadelphia – W 4-1
  • This Week
    • vs Colorado (Thur)
    • @ San Jose (Sat)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • Tyler Toffoli (C) – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
  • Quote
    • “It’s one of those things you don’t really think about when you’re playing. But now that it’s kind of here, you definitely think about what it means to myself and everyone I’ve played with, and the organization.” – Dustin Brown on playing his 1,000 NHL game

5. Washington Capitals (22-12-1) [LW: EC5]

  • Last Week
    • @ Boston- W 5-3
    • vs Anaheim – W 3-2 (OT)
    • @ Dallas – W 4-3 (OT)
  • This Week
    • @ Arizona (Fri)
    • @ Vegas (Sat)
    • @ New York Rangers (Wed)
  • Rongy’s Star
    • Alex Ovechkin (LW) – 2 Goals, 2 Assists
  • Quote
    • “I don’t know what was going on, but it was spur-of-the-moment. I think the boys had a good laugh over it.” – Brett Connolly after his GW OT Goal against Dallas

NHL Bottom 5

27. Detroit Red Wings (13-14-7) [LW: 28]

  • I feel bad including the Wings on this list. The 27th spot is tough because there are clearly four bad teams in the league and then a bunch of mediocrity right above it. The top spot in the bottom five is a revolving door. 

28. Florida Panthers (13-16-5) [LW: 30]

  • The Panthers went on a brutal five-game roadie and finished 2-2-1 over the span. However, their two wins were over the Red Wings (OT) and Coyotes. 

29. Ottawa Senators (11-14-7) [LW: 29]

  • Ottawa only played two games this past week and split. Craig Anderson shut out the Habs at home, but then fell 4-6 to the Wild. 

30. Arizona Coyotes (7-24-5) [LW: 31]

  • Arizona moves up just because I forgot Buffalo last week. They are still really, really bad.

31. Buffalo Sabres (8-19-7) [LW: Forgotten]

  • The Sabres are so bad. I completely forgot about their existence as a franchise last week and left them out of the bottom 5. Wow. My apologies to the Edmonton Oilers who were unjustly ranked in the B5 last week.

NHL Power Rankings

Week 12 By Conference

Eastern Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Tampa Bay

Lightning

24-7-2 50
2 Washington

Capitals

22-12-1 45 +3
3 Columbus

Blue Jackets

21-13-1 43
4 New Jersey

Devils

19-9-5 43
5 Toronto

Maple Leafs

21-14-1 43 -3
6 New York

Rangers

19-12-3 41 +3
7 Pittsburgh

Penguins

17-15-3 37
8 Boston

Bruins

17-10-5 39
9 New York

Islanders

18-13-3 39 -3
10 Montreal

Canadiens

15-15-4 34
11 Carolina

Hurricanes

14-12-7 35
12 Philadelphia

Flyers

15-12-7 37 +1
13 Detroit

Red Wings

13-14-7 33 +1
14 Florida

Panthers

13-16-5 31 -2
15 Ottawa

Senators

11-14-7 29
16 Buffalo

Sabres

8-19-7 23

 

Western Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Nashville

Predators

21-8-4 46
2 Vegas

Golden Knights

22-9-2 46 +3
3 Los Angeles

Kings

21-10-4 46 -1
4 St. Louis

Blues

22-12-2 46 -1
5 Winnipeg

Jets

20-10-5 45 -1
6 San Jose

Sharks

17-11-4 38
7 Chicago

Blackhawks

17-11-5 39 +4
8 Dallas

Stars

18-14-3 39 -1
9 Calgary

Flames

18-14-3 39 -1
10 Minnesota

Wild

18-13-3 39 -1
11 Anaheim

Ducks

14-13-8 36 -1
12 Colorado

Avalanche

16-15-2 34 +1
13 Edmonton

Oilers

15-17-2 32 +1
14 Vancouver

Canucks

15-16-4 34 -2
15 Arizona

Coyotes

7-24-5 19

NHL Power Rankings Week 11

NFL Week 16 Power Rankings

NFL Week 16 Power Rankings

After a bizarre week across the league, we only have two weeks left to shake out the playoff picture. The difference between a playoff spot and an early offseason is this thickness of a note card. This week’s NFL Week 16 Power Rankings:

19. Oakland Raiders (6-8) [LW: 19]

  • Week 15: L 17-20 vs DAL
  • Week 16: @ PHI (MON)
  • Quote: “Just stretch the chain and if (the ball is) inside, if there’s space, it goes the other way. I saw space and in my opinion, it should have gone the other way. I haven’t had a chance to call and get the explanation. I’m sure there’ll be some kind of explanation. But whatever it is, I’m going to disagree with it.” – Jags HC Jack Del Rio

18. Miami Dolphins (6-8) [LW: 18]

  • Week 15: L 16-24 @ BUF
  • Week 16: @ KC
  • Quote: “I would hope they would be very motivated. They are playing for their jobs.” – Dolphins HC Adam Gase

17. Tennessee Titans (8-6) [LW: 13]

  • Week 15: L 23-25 @ SF
  • Week 16: vs LAR
  • Quote: “It’s the difference between winning and losing every week. It is a big emphasis. We talk about it, and it’s on the board every week. It is a huge emphasis, and we need to start doing it. You can talk all you want about it, put it all over the message board, but we need to start making the plays.” – Titans HC Mike Mularkey

16. Buffalo Bills (8-6) [LW: 17]

  • Week 15: W 24-16 vs MIA
  • Week 16: @ NE
  • Quote: “We’ve got too much work to do. And this is too good of an opponent for us to, A, talk about it, or B, even think about it. The weeks go by too fast for us to do anything but focus on what we’ve got to do and the New England Patriots.” – Bills HC Sean McDermott

15. Dallas Cowboys (8-6) [LW: 16]

  • Week 15: W 20-17 vs OAK
  • Week 16: vs SEA
  • Quote: “I hadn’t seen that before. The biggest thing that I was looking at from my vantage point — it seemed like the first down marker was kind of on an angle. I thought if we had straightened it up, we would’ve had a better chance of making that thing. Eventually, they got it straight and he pulled out that index card and it worked out well for us.” – Cowboys HC Jason Garrett

14. Los Angeles Chargers (7-7) [LW: 11]

  • Week 15: L 13-30 @ KC
  • Week 16: @ NYJ
  • Quote: “None of those scenarios matter if we don’t win Sunday. That’s the message to the team.” – Chargers HC Anthony Lynn

13. Detroit Lions (8-6) [LW: 15]

  • Week 15: W 20-10 vs CHI
  • Week 16: @ CIN
  • Quote: “Does that have anything to do with Cincinnati? That’s all I’m worried about. All I’m worried about is Cincinnati, Cincinnati, and Cincinnati. That’s it.” – Lions HC Jim Caldwell

12. Kansas City Chiefs (8-6) [LW: 14]

  • Week 15: W 30-13 vs LAC
  • Week 16: vs MIA
  • Quote: “He had a heck of a game. Ran hard. The offensive line, it all starts with them. They did a great job. I thought Matt Nagy and Andy Heck had a nice plan, Andy with the run game and Matt with the pass game.” – Chiefs HC Andy Reid on Kareem Hunt

11. Seattle Seahawks (8-6) [LW: 10]

  • Week 15: L 7-42 vs LAR
  • Week 16: @ DAL
  • Quote: “It didn’t go at all like we had thought. We ran into the Rams, who were on it. They played a great football game, they took advantage of the opportunities that were there, they made some things happen, then they were able to really cash in on a day that really went their way in a lot of ways.”- Seahawks HC Pete Carroll

10. Baltimore Ravens (8-6) [LW: 12]

  • Week 15: W 27-10 vs CLE
  • Week 16: vs IND (SAT)
  • Quote“It was like being in your basement, like being in your man cave with all your best friends. Most of us, you probably know who we’re rooting against. But that’s just human nature. It’s just crazy. The NFL, that’s why people love it. We were in one of those games a week before. So, we know how it goes.” – Ravens HC John Harbaugh on the team’s emotion after finding out the Patriots beat the Steelers

9. Atlanta Falcons (9-5) [LW: 9]

  • Week 15: W 24-21 @ TB
  • Week 16: @ NO
  • Quote: “We had a sense that this was going to be a big night for him. In fact, we talked about that before the game. We thought he’d have his opportunities and if he could get on the next level, the second level and on to a linebacker, safety or corner, make sure that he had a plan on how he wanted to finish.” – Falcons HC Dan Quinn of DeVonta Freeman’s MNF performance

8. Jacksonville Jaguars (10-4) [LW: 8]

  • Week 15: W 45-7 vs HOU
  • Week 16: @ SF
  • Quote: “This team has done a good job of bouncing back, of being able to celebrate a win and then get back to work.” – Jags HC Doug Marrone on clinching the AFC South title

7. Minnesota Vikings (11-3) [LW: 6]

  • Week 15: W 34-7 vs CIN
  • Week 16: @ GB (SAT)
  • Quote: “We’re focused on Green Bay and trying to figure out how we can win another game. It’s a great rivalry and they’re an excellent football team and a great organization. We’ll have to play really good to win. If we don’t win this game and the next game, it really doesn’t matter about all that stuff.” – Vikes HC Mike Zimmer

6. Carolina Panthers (10-4) [LW: 5]

  • Week 15: W 31-24 vs GB
  • Week 16: vs TB
  • Quote: “Disappointed obviously for the news. But we most certainly will go forward.” – Panthers HC Ron Rivera on the news Jerry Richardson would soon sell the team

5. Los Angeles Rams (10-4) [LW: 7]

  • Week 15: W 42-7 @ SEA
  • Week 16: @ TEN
  • Quote: “With Todd’s success, that is a reflection of our offensive unit, but I think it’s a great honor for him. I think he certainly has put himself into legitimate (MVP) conversations with that, just based on the production and what he has meant to our team.” – Rams HC Sean McVay

4. Philadelphia Eagles (12-2) [LW: 1]

  • Week 15: W 34-29 @ NYG
  • Week 16: vs OAK
  • Quote: “I do know this: It’s been a rough three games. We’ve been on the road. There was a West Coast trip in there with Seattle and L.A., and then (we were) up in New York. I think back to when we played the Broncos. I believe the Broncos were on the road for three games in a row at the time we played them and you saw what happened there.” – Eagles HC Doug Pederson to his team after Sunday’s win

3. New Orleans Saints (10-4) [LW: 4]

  • Week 15: W 31-19 @ NYJ
  • Week 16: vs ATL
  • Quote: “We’re just going to play Saints football. We will have our team meeting on Wednesday and coach is going to give us the keys to victory. From those keys to victory, we’re going to do whatever it takes from that Wednesday immediately to Sunday when we get to perform. We will try to do as much as we can to get those keys to victory almost 100 percent, if not 100 percent, by game day.” – Saints WR Michael Thomas

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3) [LW: 3]

  • Week 15: L 24-27 vs NE
  • Week 16: @ HOU
  • Quote: “I think that we all can acknowledge that all of this needs to be revisited. It’s not just that play. We’re having similar discussions week in and week out. So as a member of the committee, I acknowledge that we’ve got our work cut out for us this offseason regarding a number of those things.” – Steelers HC Mike Tomlin on the NFL’s catch rule

1. New England Patriots (11-3) [LW: 1]

  • Week 15: W 27-24 @ PIT
  • Week 16: vs BUF
  • Quote: “The catch in the end zone is very clearly stated, so you’ve got to complete a catch. It’s pretty clear. Whether there’s a better way to do that, I don’t know. It’s a tough rule. It’s a bang-bang play. It could go either way, so I think you have to have a philosophy and whatever philosophy you have then there will be people on the other side with a different philosophy and then it really gets back into that whole discussion.” – Pats HC Bill Belichick

Eliminated

  • Cleveland Browns (0-14)
  • New York Giants (2-12)
  • Indianapolis Colts (3-11)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10)
  • San Francisco 49ers (4-10)
  • Houston Texans (4-10)
  • Chicago Bears (4-10)
  • New York Jets (5-9)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (5-9)
  • Denver Broncos (5-9)
  • Washington Redskins (6-8)
  • Arizona Cardinals (6-8)
  • Green Bay Packers (7-7)

NFL Week 15 Power Rankings

NHL Power Rankings Week 11

NHL Power Rankings Week 11

It’s still way too early to legitimately rank the NHL teams, but I’ll try anyway. Regardless, check out some of the top plays from the past week and see where your favorite team ranks within their conference. If you have any thoughts, please let us know at contact@quartermastersports.com; subject: NHL Power Rankings Week 11. Your input is always welcome.

NHL Top 5

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (26-6-2) [LW: 2]

  • Last Week: W 5-2 vs COL, W 4-3 (OT) vs WIN, W 3-0 at STL
  • This Week: @ ARI (THU), @ COL (SAT), @ VGS (TUE)
  • Rongy’s Star: Brayden Point – 3 Goals, 2 Assists, 2 Game-Winning Goals
  • Quote: “The guys call him ‘Big Cat’ for a reason. Good reflexes like a cat right there.” – Lightning Coach Jon Cooper on Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy

2. Nashville Predators (19-7-4) [LW: 1]

  • Last Week: L 3-4 (SO) vs VGS, W 7-1 at VAN
  • This Week: @ EDM (THU), @ CAL (SAT), vs WIN (TUE)
  • Rongy’s StarViktor Arvidsson – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
  • Quote:

3. Los Angeles Kings (20-9-3) [LW: 4]

  • Last Week: W 4-3 (OT) vs OTT, W 3-2 (OT) vs CAR, L 1-5 @ NJ
  • This Week: @ NYR (FRI), @ NYI (SAT), @ PHI (MON)
  • Rongy’s Star: Tanner Pearson – 2 Goals, 1 Assist, 1 Game-Winning OT Goal
  • Quote: “I think we missed him in the room, his leadership, his voice, his demeanor between periods, all the stuff that fans never see. This team missed that direly last year. We understand what he does on the ice. We see it every night, but I think the whole package of what he brings to this team, we missed that last year. The team missed it for sure.” – Kings GM Rob Blake on Goalie Jonathan Quick’s leadership

4. St. Louis Blues (21-9-2) [LW: 4th WC]

  • Last Week: W 3-0 vs DAL, W 6-1 @ DET, W 3-2 (OT) vs BUF, L 0-3 vs TB
  • This Week: vs ANA (THU), vs WIN (SAT), @ WIN (SUN), @ CAL (WED)
  • Rongy’s Star: Jake Allen – 3 Wins, 101/106 Save Attempts (95.2%), 1 Shutout
  • Quote: “I just didn’t think we made it hard enough on Vasilevskiy. He’s the best goalie in the league this year. It’s not even close. We put pucks on net, but pretty easy for him.” – Blues Goalie Jake Allen after losing to Tampa Bay

5. Toronto Maple Leafs (20-10-1) [LW: 3rd EC]

  • Last Week: W 2-1 (SO) vs CAL, W 4-3 @ PIT, W 1-0 vs EDM, L 2-4 @ PHI
  • This Week: @ MIN (THU), @ DET (FRI), vs CAR (TUE), @ COL (WED)
  • Rongy’s Star: Tyler Bozak – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
  • Quote: “We’re a good team, and even when not playing our best we’ve been finding ways to win. We have to nip this in the bud before it becomes a problem. It’s back to basics, we’re sitting back too much, we’re one-and-done in the offensive zone.” – Leafs HC Mike Babcock

NHL Bottom 5

27. Edmonton Oilers (13-16-2) [LW: 28]

  • Edmonton continues to play better every week. This week they were able to pull off road wins in Montreal and Columbus. If McDavid & Co. can get a streak started, they may be able to overcome their miserable start.

28. Detroit Red Wings (11-13-7) [LW: NR]

  • Jimmy Howard and the Wings are in free-fall mode right now. Over their past 10 games, Detroit has only notched one victory (1-5-4). Over that span, they have been outscored 45-16.

29. Ottawa Senators (10-13-7) [LW: 29]

  • Like Detroit, the Sens are mired in a funk. Ottawa has only won one game in the past month (1-9-2). Maybe they can get back on track with their upcoming homestand.

30. Florida Panthers (12-14-5) [LW: 30]

  • It seems like the Panthers are content treading water at the bottom of the league. They look like they’ll be a mainstay in the Bottom 5.

31. Arizona Coyotes (7-21-5) [LW: 31]

  • The great debate begins. Who is worse, Florida or Arizona? Should there even be hockey teams in those locations?

NHL Power Rankings

Week 11 By Conference

Eastern Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Tampa Bay

Lightning

22-6-2 46
2 Toronto

Maple Leafs

20-11-1 41 +1
3 Columbus

Blue Jackets

19-11-1 39 +1
4 New Jersey

Devils

17-9-4 38 -2
5 Washington

Capitals

19-12-1 39
6 New York

Islanders

17-11-3 37 +1
7 Pittsburgh

Penguins

16-13-3 35 -1
8 Boston

Bruins

15-9-4 34 +2
9 New York

Rangers

16-12-3 35 -1
10 Montreal

Canadiens

13-14-4 30 -1
11 Carolina

Hurricanes

12-11-7 31 +1
12 Florida

Panthers

12-14-5 29 +1
13 Philadelphia

Flyers

12-11-7 31 +1
14 Detroit

Red Wings

11-13-7 28 -3
15 Ottawa

Senators

10-13-7 25
16 Buffalo

Sabres

8-17-6 22

 

Western Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Nashville

Predators

19-7-4 42
2 Los Angeles

Kings

20-9-3 43
3 St. Louis

Blues

21-9-2 44 +1
4 Winnipeg

Jets

18-8-5 41 -1
5 Vegas

Golden Knights

19-9-2 40
6 San Jose

Sharks

16-10-3 35 +1
7 Dallas

Stars

18-13-1 35 -1
8 Calgary

Flames

16-12-3 35 +2
9 Minnesota

Wild

16-11-3 35 +3
10 Anaheim

Ducks

13-11-7 33 +1
11 Chicago

Blackhawks

15-11-5 35 -2
12 Vancouver

Canucks

14-14-4 32 -4
13 Colorado

Avalanche

14-14-2 30
14 Edmonton

Oilers

13-16-2 28
15 Arizona

Coyotes

7-21-5 19

NHL Top 5 Goal Scorers

1. Nikita Kucherov [TB] -21

2. Alex Ovechkin [WAS] – 21

3. John Tavares [NYI] – 18

T4. Anders Lee [NYI] – 17

T4. Sean Monahan [CGY] – 17

NHL Top 5 Assists

1. Steven Stamkos [TB] – 30

1. Blake Wheeler [WPG] – 30

1. Jakub Voracek [PHI] – 30

1. Josh Bailey [NYI] – 30

5. Connor McDavid [EDM] – 27

NHL Top 5 Goalies

1. Andrei Vasilevkiy [TB] – 20-4-1

2. Pekka Rinne [NSH] – 17-4-3

3. Braden Holtby [WSH] – 17-7-0

4. Jake Allen [STL] – 17-7-2

5. Frederik Andersen [TOR] – 17-9-1


NHL Power Rankings Week 10

NFL Week 15 Power Rankings

NFL Week 15 Power Rankings: 80’s Hair Band Classics

NFL Week 15 Power Rankings.

Bringin’ On the Heartbreak

Burnin’ out and burnin’ me.

23. Arizona Cardinals (6-7) [LW: 25]

  • Week 14: W 12-7 vs TEN
  • Week 15: @ WAS
  • Quote: “They’re tough at home. They’re always tough at home. It’s a tough stadium to play in, over the years, having been there. They’re professionals, too. They’re going to be ready to win, so we’ve got to go play our best game. Something we’ve struggled to do is go play early on Sunday mornings on the East Coast.” – Cards HC Bruce Arians on playing in Washington with their season on the line in Week 15

22. Cincinnati Bengals (5-8) [LW: 22]

  • Week 14: L 7-33 vs CHI
  • Week 15: @ MIN
  • Quote:  “I do. I said, in the beginning, they had a good focus and a good week of preparation, the six days. But we didn’t go out there and handle the different movements and changes very well defensively today particularly, and then the opportunity to sustain things on offense. We had some good runs that got going and then we didn’t sustain things by completing it, by making the first downs and giving us more opportunity and we had some balls down the field that we were a touch off in the first half, I felt like, and then didn’t get enough opportunity in the second half. Then obviously the fumble there, too many key things.” – Bengals HC Marvin Lewis on his team’s preparedness heading into the Chicago game

21. New York Jets (5-8) [LW: 18]

  • Week 14: L 0-23 @ DEN
  • Week 15: @ NO
  • Quote: “It’s been the best because of the guys. Not the numbers. It’s been the best because of the group of men in the locker room. I’m just proud to be a part of it. I’m so thankful they let me be a part of this team. It just sucks. When you can’t be out there for your guys, that’s the hardest thing. It’s just disappointing. I hate that it went this way, man.” – Jets QB Josh McCown on going down with a season-ending broken hand

20. Oakland Raiders (6-7) [LW: 16]

  • Week 14: L 15-26 @ KC
  • Week 15: vs DAL
  • Quote: “I would really like to see that … if you go halfway, it’s not good enough anyway. So I’d love to just see us just let it rip, OK, and go play. Talked about hair on fire, talked about the kind of effort and energy, playing fast, that’s what I believe in — and I’d love to see it more often.” – Raiders HC Jack Del Rio on his frustrations with his team

19. Green Bay Packers (7-6) [LW: 21]

  • Week 14: W 27-21 (OT) @ CLE
  • Week 15: @ CAR
  • Tweet: 

18. Miami Dolphins (6-7) [LW: 23]

  • Week 14: W 27-20 vs NE 
  • Week 15: @ BUF
  • Quote:  “It means a lot to the players. That’s a tough team to play. If you lose next week, nobody gives a (expletive) ” – Dolphins HC Adam Gase

 

17. Buffalo Bills (7-6) [LW: 20]

  • Week 14: W 13-7 (OT) vs IND
  • Week 15: vs MIA
  • Quote: “Well, field position. That was big in this game, with the conditions the way they were. I felt confident in our defense if we were able to pin them deep that we could get off the field and get the ball back, which we were able to do.” – Bills HC Sean McDermott on his decision to punt in overtime

16. Dallas Cowboys (7-6) [LW: 17]

  • Week 14: W 30-10 @ NYG
  • Week 15: @ OAK
  • Quote: “We ain’t getting no holding calls. The refs out there for nothing. I ain’t seen holding calls in the last five games. It’s ridiculous that the refs are out here looking at me getting tackled by offensive linemen. Come on, if you’re going to be out there, do your job. I feel like it’s unfair. I got a family to come home to, so if you’re trying to protect quarterbacks, you got to protect me, too. If you’re going to do it, you got to do it on both sides. If you’re going to sit here and call some BS on our O-line you got to call it on their O-line, too.” – Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence

Livin’ On a Prayer

They’re halfway there…

15. Detroit Lions (7-6) [LW: 15]

  • Week 14: W 24-21 @ TB
  • Week 15: vs CHI
  • Quote: “I just think we have a lot of confidence. I think guys that have been around here have understood that sometimes that’s the way the game boils down. We go out there and make plays,” – Lions QB Matthew Stafford

14. Kansas City Chiefs (7-6) [LW: 14]

  • Week 14: W 26-15 vs OAK
  • Week 15: vs LAC
  • Quote: I could actually see it Wednesday when we practiced. He looked more comfortable. I think every day that we go it will be that same type of thing. He looked good yesterday and did some really nice things.” – Chiefs HC Andy Reid on Darrelle Revis

13. Tennessee Titans (8-5) [LW: 11]

  • Week 14: L 7-12 @ ARI
  • Week 15: @ SF
  • Quote: “We’ve just got to do a better job of execution across the board. We didn’t have very many mental errors, probably one of our least mental errors games. But unfortunately, those ones we had were right at the point of where the ball was going to be, either thrown or run.” – Titans HC Mike Mularkey

12. Baltimore Ravens (7-6) [LW: 13]

  • Week 14: L 38-39 @ PIT
  • Week 15: @ CLE
  • Quote: “We could run it. We could pass it. You do whatever you can to try to get yards. If it works, it’s a good call. If it doesn’t work, it’s not a good call.” – Ravens HC John Harbaugh

11. Los Angeles Chargers (7-6) [LW: 12]

  • Week 14: W 30-13 vs WAS
  • Week 15: @ KC
  • Quote: “We haven’t accomplished anything really at all. We’re 7-6. We’re happy that we dug ourselves out of a hole, definitely, but there’s not much to celebrate.” – Chargers OT Russell Okung

Running With the Devil

Living life like there is no tomorrow.

10. Seattle Seahawks (8-5) [LW: 7]

  • Week 14: L 24-30 @ JAX
  • Week 15: vs LAR
  • Quote: “I really, really don’t like the way the game ended for us. We never want to see football games look like that. The level we play at, that’s not an excuse for going over the top like that. All these guys have heard that. They understand that. We don’t ever want to look like that.” – Seahawks HC Pete Carroll

9. Atlanta Falcons (8-5) [LW: 10]

  • Week 14: W 20-17 vs NO 
  • Week 15: @ TB
  • Quote: “Prior to the interception, there was about 1:30 left. Even if they kicked it and tied it there, we were going to fight like hell to make sure we could give the offense a chance to go down and win it if it was going to end up being 20-20. Long answer, but that’s how the game played out in our mind from a game management standpoint.” – Falcons HC Dan Quinn

8. Jacksonville Jaguars (9-4) [LW: 9]

  • Week 14: W 30-24 vs SEA
  • Week 15: vs HOU
  • Quote: “Blake had another really good game.” – Jags HC Doug Marrone on QB Blake Bortles

7. Los Angeles Rams (9-4) [LW: 4]

  • Week 14: W 43-35 vs PHI
  • Week 15: @ SEA
  • Quote: “Anytime we’re running the football like that, I’ve got to do a better job of making sure that he gets enough touches to get into the flow, especially when we’re getting some good movement,” – Rams HC Sean McVay on feeding Todd Gurley

6. Minnesota Vikings (10-3) [LW: 3]

  • Week 14: L 24-31 @ CAR
  • Week 15: vs CIN
  • Quote: “After watching the tape last night and again today, we really made a lot of mistakes. Didn’t play well enough to win. A lot of the critical areas we’ve been talking about we didn’t take care of, so we got beat. But it is a good time to refocus, get a good sense of urgency back and get back to work.” – Vikes HC Mike Zimmer

5. Carolina Panthers (9-4) [LW: 8]

  • Week 14: W 31-24  vs MIN
  • Week 15: vs GB
  • Quote: “We didn’t doubt him. That’s why we kept putting Jonathan out there. We believe in who he is, and he has been solid.” – Panthers HC Ron Rivera on Jonathan Stewart’s Sunday performance 

Paradise City

The grass is green and the girls are pretty.

4. New Orleans Saints (9-4) [LW: 5]

  • Week 14: L 17-20 @ ATL
  • Week 15: vs NYJ
  • Tweet:

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) [LW: 6]

  • Week 14: W 39-38 vs BAL
  • Week 15: vs NE
  • Quote: “It’s good to be in the kitchen. The kitchen’s in Pittsburgh, PA, this week in the National Football League, and at Heinz Field. That’s where you want to be in the middle of December. We don’t take it for granted.” – Steelers HC Mike Tomlin

2. New England Patriots (10-3) [LW: 1]

  • Week 14: L 20-27 @ MIA
  • Week 15: @ PIT
  • Quote: “No. Any questions about the game?” – Pats HC Bill Belichick

1. Philadelphia Eagles (11-2) [LW: 2]

  • Week 14: W 43-35 @ LAR
  • Week 15: @ NYG
  • Video:


The Race for the #1 Pick

  1. Cleveland Browns (0-13)
  2. New York Giants (2-11)
  3. Indianapolis Colts (3-10)
  4. San Francisco 49ers (3-10)
  5. Houston Texans (4-9)
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9)
  7. Chicago Bears (4-9)
  8. Denver Broncos (4-9)
  9. Washington Redskins (5-8)

NFL Week 14 Power Rankings

NHL Power Rankings Week 10

NHL Power Rankings Week 10

It’s still way too early to legitimately rank the NHL teams, but I’ll try anyway. Regardless, check out some of the top plays from the past week and see where your favorite team ranks within their conference. If you have any thoughts, please let us know at contact@quartermastersports.com; subject: NHL Power Rankings Week 10. Your input is always welcome.

NHL Top 5

1. Nashville Predators (18-7-3) [LW: 1]

  • Last Week: L 3-5 vs VAN, W 3-2 (SO) @ ANA, W 5-3 vs BOS, W 5-2 @ DAL
  • This Week: vs VGS (FRI), at VAN (WED)
  • Rongy’s Star: Craig Smith- 3 Goals, 2 Assists
  • Video

2. Tampa Bay Lightning (19-6-2) [LW: 4]

  • Last Week: L 2-3 at BOS, W 5-2 vs SJ, W 6-2 vs NYI
  • This Week: vs COL (THUR), vs WIN (SAT), at STL (TUE)
  • Rongy’s Star: Yanni Gourde- 2 Goals, 1 Assist
  • Quote: 

3. Winnipeg Jets (17-7-4) [LW: 3]

  • Last Week: W 7-4 vs VGS, W 5-0 vs OTT, L 1-5 @ DET
  • This Week: @ FLA (THURS), @ TB (SAT), vs VAN (MON)
  • Rongy’s Star: Patrick Lanie – 3 Goals, 2 Assists
  • Video:  

4. Los Angeles Kings (18-8-3) [LW: 5th WC]

  • Last Week: W 5-2 @ WAS, W 4-1 @ STL, W 3-1 @ CHI, W 5-2 vs MIN
  • This Week: vs OTT (THUR), vs CAR (SAT), @ NJ (TUE)
  • Rongy’s Star: Anze Kopitar- 3 Goals, 3 Assists, +5 +/-
  • Video: 

5. New Jersey Devils (16-7-4) [LW: 4th EC]

  • Last Week: W 2-1 @ COL, L 0-5 @ ARI, W 4-1 at CBJ
  • This Week: vs CBJ (FRI), at NYR (SAT), vs LA (TUE)
  • Rongy’s Star: Cory Schneider- 2-0, 63/65 Save Attempts (97%)
  • Video: 

NHL Bottom 5 

27. Philadelphia Flyers (10-11-7) [LW: 28]

  • Though the Flyers ended their 10-game losing streak, they could not escape the Bottom Five. If they can build on their now two-game win-streak, Philly could find it’s way out of the B5.

28. Edmonton Oilers (11-15-2) [LW: 29]

  • It was another bleh week for the Oilers. Connor McDavid leads in All-Star voting, unfortunately, that doesn’t add tallies to the win column.

29. Ottawa Senators (9-11-6) [LW: NR]

  • The Sens have lost 9 of their last 10 contest and look to be in complete free-fall mode.

30. Arizona Coyotes (7-18-5) [LW: 30]

  • After a small hot-streak, the Coyotes have gone back to looking like one of the worst teams in the league. 

31. Buffalo Sabres (7-17-4) [LW; 31]

  • They’re going to trade everyone, right? They have to.

NHL Power Rankings Week 10 by Conference

Eastern Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Tampa Bay

Lightning

19-6-2 40
2 New Jersey

Devils

16-7-4 36 +2
3 Toronto

Maple Leafs

18-10-1 37 -1
4 Columbus

Blue Jackets

17-10-1 35 -1
5 Washington

Capitals

17-11-1 35 +2
6 Pittsburgh

Penguins

15-11-3 33
7 New York

Islanders

16-9-2 34 -2
8 New York

Rangers

15-10-2 32
9 Montreal

Canadiens

13-13-3 29 +3
10 Boston

Bruins 

12-9-4 28
11 Detroit

Red Wings

11-12-5 27 -2
12 Carolina

Hurricanes

11-10-5 27 -1
13 Florida

Panthers

10-13-4 24 +1
14 Philadelphia

Flyers

10-11-7 27 +1
15 Ottawa

Senators

9-11-6 24 -2
16 Buffalo

Sabres

7-17-4 18

 

Western Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Nashville

Predators

18-7-3 39
2 Winnipeg

Jets

17-7-4 38 +1
3 Los Angeles

Kings

18-8-3 39 +2
4 St. Louis

Blues

18-8-2 38 -2
5 Vegas

Golden Knights

17-9-1 35 -1
6 Dallas

Stars

16-11-1 33 +3
7 San Jose

Sharks

14-10-2 30
8 Vancouver

Canucks

14-10-4 32 +3
9 Chicago

Blackhawks

12-11-5 29 -3
10 Calgary

Flames

14-12-2 30 -2
11 Anaheim

Ducks

12-11-6 30 -1
12 Minnesota

Wild

13-11-3 29 +1
13 Colorado

Avalanche

12-12-2 26 -1
14 Edmonton

Oilers

11-15-2 24
15 Arizona

Coyotes

7-18-5 19

 


NHL Power Rankings Week 9

NFL Week 14 Power Rankings

NFL Week 14 Power Rankings: 90’s Boy Bands

NFL Week 14 Power Rankings, 90’s Boy Band style. It should be noted, Boyz II Men does not count as a boy band for our purposes here.

Dream Street

Who? Exactly.

26.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8) [LW: 25]

  • Week 13: L 20-26 (OT) @ GB
  • Week 14: vs DET
  • Quote: “They played a decent game up to that point. The disappointing thing, to me, is we didn’t just bow up and hold them to a field goal.” – Bucs HC Dirk Koetter on the Packers last drive in Overtime

25.  Arizona Cardinals (4-8) [LW: 24]

  • Week 13: L 16-32 vs LAR
  • Week 14: vs TEN
  • Quote: “It’s a ‘What’ve you done for me lately?’ business. What happened today in New York, I think they won the division last year, didn’t they? You can’t control injuries, and you can’t control a lot of things. It’s the nature of the beast when you get in it.” – Cards HC Bruce Arians on job security in the NFL

24.  Houston Texans (4-8) [LW: 23]

  • Week 13: L 13-24 @ TEN
  • Week 14: vs SF
  • Quote: “Not good. I’ve never been in this situation, so I’m learning on the job too as far as being in a losing situation here.” – Texans HC Bill O’Brien on clinching his first losing season as Houston’s HC

23. Miami Dolphins (5-7) [LW: 26]

  • Week 13: W 35-9 vs DEN
  • Week 14: vs NE (MON)
  • Quote: “Just playing 60 minutes. We’re not going to slow down. I don’t care what the score is.” – Dolphins HC Adam Gase on defending his decision to onside kick leading 20+ against the Broncos (Gase was OC in Denver under John Fox).

22. Cincinnati Bengals (5-7) [LW: 21]

  • Week 13: L 20-23 vs PIT
  • Week 14: vs CHI
  • Quote: “Sometimes you’re in a situation that just kind of gets stale. If that’s happening here, he would know that. You’d love to see a new-found energy around this team because that’s what it’s going to end up taking.” – Former MVP Bengals QB Boomer Esiason on the team’s current coaching situation

LFO

They had some hits, but we’re never quite good enough to threaten the big boys.

21. Green Bay Packers (6-6) [LW: 22]

  • Week 13: W 26-20 (OT) vs TB
  • Week 14: @ CLE
  • Quote: “Brett did some really good things, especially at the critical times. At the most important time of the game, he played his best football. That says a lot about him.” – Packers HC Mike McCarthy on QB Brett Hundley’s performance in the 4th Quarter and Overtime

20. Buffalo Bills (6-6) [LW: 17]

  • Week 13: L 3-23 vs NE
  • Week 14: vs IND
  • Quote: “Well we’ve got to do a better job. To score three points, we’ve got to do a better job. I’m not going to sugarcoat that at all. We’ve got to score more than three points and put a defense under pressure. I thought we had a first good drive and then we gave the ball up there. You can’t do that in the NFL, in particular in the red zone. To come away with no points I thought was – although it was a good drive, it wasn’t good enough.” – Bills HC Sean McDermott on Buffalo’s offensive struggles

19. Washington Redskins (5-7) [LW: 16]

  • Week 13: L 14-38 @ DAL
  • Week 14: @ LAC
  • Quote: “Without a doubt, everybody’s disappointed, there’s no question. You know, we didn’t play very well against Dallas, that’s disappointing.” – Redskins HC Jay Gruden on Washington failure to meet high pre-season standards so far

18. New York Jets (5-7) [LW: 20]

  • Week 13: W 38-31 vs KC
  • Week 14: @ DEN
  • Quote: “He’s the biggest key to this team, organization. He’s such a down to earth guy, but an even better football coach. Having him being a part of this team, guiding us, has helped a lot throughout the season. Having him has made this thing so comfortable through the things we’ve gone through. He’s a great leader. We look forward to continuing to follow him.” – Jets LB Kony Ealy on HC Todd Bowles

17. Dallas Cowboys (6-6) [LW: 19]

  • Week 13: W 38-14 vs WAS
  • Week 14: @ NYG
  • Quote: “You try not to compare situations. That was a particular situation we had a few years ago and we tried to handle it. The biggest thing we tried to preach to our guys is just to prepare for the opportunity that we have on Sunday. It’s the same thing we’re preaching right now to our team, to get ready for this opportunity that we have.” – Cowboys HC Jason Garrett when asked about coaching changes in the NFL

98 Degrees

These guys had several good albums but never could be considered elite.

 

16. Oakland Raiders (6-6) [LW: 18]

  • Week 13: W 24-17 vs NYG
  • Week 14: @ KC
  • Quote: “CP stepping up, saying, ‘I can do this, I can help.’ [Special teams coordinator] Brad [Seely] saying, ‘Sure.’ We knew he was going to play a lot offensively, so we didn’t want to ask too much of him, but he thought he could do it and made some really nice plays for us.” – Raiders HC Jack Del Rio on Cordarrelle Patterson’s contributions Sunday

15. Detroit Lions (6-6) [LW: 14]

  • Week 13: L 20-44 @ BAL
  • Week 14: @ TB
  • Quote: “I’m not certain. We’ll have to kind of see how that goes, to be honest with you. Any time that you’re dealing with a throwing hand, it’s not going to be easy. We’ll see how it heals.” – Lions HC Jim Caldwell on QB Matthew Stafford’s hand injury

14. Kansas City Chiefs (6-6) [LW: 12]

  • Week 13: L 31-38 @ NYJ
  • Week 14: vs OAK
  • Quote: “At times frustration can set in. When good things don’t happen, it’s important to control yourself. With young guys they’re high strung, man, they’re competitive. (But) there’s a fine line. You have to handle yourself the right way.” – Chiefs HC Andy Reid on Marcus Peters ejection

13. Baltimore Ravens (7-5) [LW: 15]

  • Week 13: W 44-20 vs DET
  • Week 14: @ PIT
  • Quote: “That’s something we talk about a lot around here. It’s the way we organize the whole program, to play our best in December and January,” Harbaugh said. “I think our guys take that very seriously, and that’s the goal.” – Ravens HC John Harbaugh on Baltimore’s mentality down the stretch

12. Los Angeles Chargers (6-6) [LW: 13]

  • Week 13: W 19-10 vs CLE
  • Week 14: vs WAS
  • Quote: “Absolutely! What are you talking about, man? You’re talking about a high pick. That’s what they do. With Keenan, he’s just gotten better every single week. The guy didn’t play much last year, and I think you see more chemistry between him and Phil the longer they play together… It is special, but I think he’s doing his job.” – Chargers HC Anthony Lynn on Keenan Allen’s recent play

New Kids on the Block

Very successful, but were eventually overshadowed by the top two.

11. Tennessee Titans (8-4) [LW: 11]

  • Week 13: W 24-13 vs HOU
  • Week 14: @ ARI
  • Quote: “Very good (day). He took what the defense allowed him to take. He got us into all the right runs. … The run for the touchdown. The throwaways, when there wasn’t anything there.” Titans HC Mike Mularkey on QB Marcus Mariota’s solid day against the Texans

10. Atlanta Falcons (7-5) [LW: 8]

  • Week 13: L 9-14 vs MIN
  • Week 14: vs NO (THUR)
  • Quote: “I told the team inside, certainly a difficult loss for us, but one that was as a team. Over the last few weeks, we improved in that way all three phases, so today went right back to that. We knew it was going to be an all-day fight with Minnesota. We expected that coming in, and as the game turned out some missed chances on third down on both sides of the ball were really the factor in this game. Offensively, not being able to convert on some of the third downs and defensively then extended some drives, I thought was the real story of this game.” – Falcons HC Dan Quinn

9. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4) [LW: 10]

  • Week 13: W 30-10 vs IND
  • Week 14: vs SEA
  • Quote: “I really think the quarterback had an excellent game. I really felt like it was just a matter of time. You watch a guy work and you watch him work his ass off and it’s happening in practice. It doesn’t always occur during a game, and to have it occur during a game I think is great for both him and the receivers because the receivers work extremely hard on that, too.” – Jaguars HC Doug Marrone on QB Blake Bortles performance

8. Carolina Panthers (8-4) [LW: 7]

  • Week 13: L 21-31 @ NO
  • Week 14: vs MIN
  • Quote: “Bad. There’s no other word for it.” – Panthers HC Ron Rivera on the team’s tackling on Sunday against New Orleans

Backstreet Boys

A close second, but not quite number one.

7. Seattle Seahawks (8-4) [LW: 9]

  • Week 13: W 24-10 vs PHI
  • Week 14: @ JAX
  • Quote: “The lateral was definitely not in the progression (of receivers). I just stepped up, I knew I was past the line, I was about to run for the first down, and the next thing I know here comes Mike Davis. Like I said, I had a baller to my right, and I gave him a chance, and he gets a big first down, a huge first down. It really kept the clock running, kept the drive running, and I believe we scored that drive. That was huge.” – Seahawks QB Russell Wilson explaining this play

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-2) [LW: 4]

  • Week 13: W 23-20 @ CIN
  • Week 14: vs BAL
  • Quote: “I was just playing to the whistle. I didn’t mean to stand over him. I was trying to get a big block for Le’Veon Bell for him to get upfield. The unsportsmanlike conduct is not me. I shouldn’t have done that. I hope he’s OK and I hope he gets better.” – Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster on illegal hit on Vontez Burfict

5. New Orleans Saints (9-3) [LW: 6]

  • Week 13:  W 31-21 vs CAR
  • Week 14: @ ATL
  • Quote: “I think it will be an extremely difficult one. When you look at (Muhammad) Sanu and (Taylor) Gabriel and the tight ends there this is a team and it’s just built differently and is very explosive outside and we’re going to have to be on point.” – Saints HC Sean Payton on New Orleans Thursday Night matchup with Atlanta

4. Los Angeles Rams (9-3) [LW: 5]

  • Week 13: W 32-16 @ ARI
  • Week 14: vs PHI
  • Quote: “I don’t think you really look at it as this is an end-all, be-all game. You look at it as, ‘This is another team that is very successful. This is another team that’s on a roll and a team that looks to be one of the postseason favorites.'” – Rams OT Andrew Whitworth on LA’s Week 14 matchup against the Eagles

3. Minnesota Vikings (10-2) [LW: 3]

  • Week 13: W 14-9 @ ATL
  • Week 14: @ CAR
  • Quote: 

*NSYNC

Powered by JT (like Tom Brady or Carson Wentz), the ultimate boy band.

 

2. Philadelphia Eagles (10-2) [LW: 1]

  • Week 13: L 10-24 @ SEA
  • Week 14: @ LAR
  • Quote: “Can’t make those mistakes against good football teams on the road and expect to win. You just can’t do it and we did it again tonight.” – Eagles HC Doug Pederson after losing to the Seahawks

1. New England Patriots (10-2) [LW: 2]

  • Week 13: W 23-3 vs BUF
  • Week 14: @ MIA (MON)
  • Quote: “Yeah, fundamentals have been better. Just overall execution and awareness, seeing the plays. Sometimes, that half-step is the difference between making the play and giving it up. We have a lot of little things, a lot of guys working together. That’s been important, too. It’s a different offense every week, different skill players every week, different blocking schemes every week.” – Pats HC Bill Belichick on New England’s defensive turnaround.

The Race for the #1 Pick

  1. Cleveland Browns (0-12)
  2. New York Giants (2-10)
  3. San Francisco 49ers (2-10)
  4. Denver Broncos (3-9)
  5. Indianapolis Colts (3-9)
  6. Chicago Bears (3-9)

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