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Stadium Food Power Rankings: Week 11 Recap

Stadium Food Power Rankings: Week 11 Recap

Updates on The Daily Meal's quest to find out which NFL teams have the best stadium food

So far in The Daily Meal's Stadium Food Power Rankings, we have five wins and one loss in our predictions.

You may have heard, football and food lovers, of our Stadium Food Power Rankings series, the battle to find out which NFL teams have the best stadium food. Instead of a coin toss, we're flipping burgers. Instead of flags, we're counting health code violations. And instead of referees... well, there's us.

Each week we feature at least one marquee matchup of two NFL rivals. Prior to game day, we assess the food offerings available at each team's stadium, measure them against a select list of criteria, and decide which franchise does a better job of keeping their fans satisfied… gastronomically speaking.

So far, our results have matched up with the games' five out of six times. Here's the breakdown:

(Win) Week 8: Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans
(Win) Week 9: Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals
(Win) Week 10: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
(Loss) Week 10: Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings
(Win) Week 11: Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(Win) Week 11: Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

This week, we will feature the New England Patriots and the New York Jets in a Thanksgiving Day matchup. Stay tuned for who we think will take the win.

And don’t forget to give us feedback! We’re judging based on the following criteria, and we take our food matchups seriously: Unique Items/ Variety/Presentation; Cleanliness/Preparation/Health Code Violations; Allergy-Minded Options; Healthy/Organic Options; and Most Popular Items.

Tyler Sullivan is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. Follow her on twitter @atylersullivan.


New Orleans Saints Prevail in Stadium Food Power Rankings

Last Sunday’s matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons produced more than just a win on the field for the Saints. The team with quarterback Drew Brees at its helm also prevailed in The Daily Meal’s Stadium Food Power Rankings. A battle to find out which NFL team has the best stadium food, the rankings match up rival teams each week. In preparation, The Daily Meal diligently surveyed the food at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Georgia Dome.

Thus far, the site’s predictions have been dead-on, and last week’s game was no different. The Georgia Dome’s Nacho Dog, Going Green Salad with Fried Green Tomatoes and Sloppy Jane were no match for the Superdome’s offerings of gumbo and other South Louisiana delicacies.

The official verdict from The Daily Meal: “You had us at alligator sausage, Louisiana. New Orleans Cajun flavors are one of a kind, and a game at the Superdome is a stadium experience like no other. So while tater tots and jalapeños make us very happy and the vegetarian options at the Georgia Dome are better than we’ve seen anywhere else, the winner this week will have to be the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home to crawfish, alligators, oyster po’boys, and gumbo.”

Fans also have the chance to participate by voting on their stadium’s grub on The Daily Meal’s Facebook page. Look out for this week’s NFL Stadium Food Rankings, featuring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. the Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. the Houston Texans.


Yankee Stadium, Citi Field will open at 20 percent capacity to begin 2021 season

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that fans will be allowed at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field this upcoming MLB season. Capacity will be capped at 20 percent to start the season and fans will have to adhere to several safety protocols in order to attend games.

"We are heartened by the Governor's decision to allow us to begin the season at Yankee Stadium with a 20% capacity and offer our deep appreciation for his office's diligent work and guidance," Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a press release. "This will be a very special year in the Bronx, and we will continue to work together with the State of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City of New York, Major League Baseball, and other health and safety experts to utilize the best and most responsible practices in our facility."

Mets Owner Steve Cohen also thanked Cuomo and added that the decision is a "significant step" in New York's COVID-19 recovery process.

"We're really excited about the season ahead and welcoming the best fans in baseball back — safely — to Citi Field," Cohen said. "We thank Governor Cuomo and the state's Department of Health for their efforts in this significant step in New York's recovery from COVID and look forward to continuing to work with them as capacity restrictions and testing requirements hopefully ease in the months ahead — to allow as many fans as possible to have a safe and great time with us."

Cuomo added that capacity levels at the stadiums where the Yankees and Mets play could be increased throughout the season "as the COVID rates continue to improve" in New York. With 20 percent capacity, the Mets attendance would be capped at 8,492 seats at Citi Field while the Yankees attendance would be a maximum capacity of nearly 11,000 fans.

The Yankees are "hopeful that testing requirements can be eased by mid-May 2021" and plan to continue to use Yankee Stadium as a COVID-19 vaccination site during the regular season. Citi Field is also currently being used as a COVID-19 vaccination site.

Fans will have to adhere to these guidelines in order to attend games at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field:

  • Take a COVID-19 test with negative results or provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination
  • Each fan will be required to have their temperature checked upon entry
  • All fans two years and older must wear a face mask, even if they received a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Seating will be in pods that will range from 1-8 guests to encourage social distancing (pods will be 1-6 fans at Citi Field)

In an effort to be contactless, all tickets for games at both stadiums are going to be mobile. In addition, all concession and retail sales at the stadiums will be cashless and fans will have to use credit or debit cards for purchases.


Power Ranking NFL Stadiums, 2014 Edition

Vincent Frank

Of the 31 stadiums around the National Football League, most of them are amazing venues to hold a football game. There are, however, some that leave a lot to be desired. As teams start to understand the necessity of building state-of-the-art stadiums, we will start to see some of the older ones become nothing more than a part of history.

Speaking of history, there are a few stadiums that may not be as modern as we would like. But their importance to the game of football means more than any materialistic items these new stadiums boast.

With the help of individuals around the NFL world, we decided to rank each and every stadium from worst to best. We relied on some insiders when we simply didn’t have the first-hand experience to give an opinion on a stadium.

So without further ado, check below for our power rankings of each NFL stadium.

31. Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland Raiders)

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Having been to this stadium dozens of times, I can honestly same that it’s the worst in the professional sports world. From the sewage leaking out into the clubhouse for A’s games to the baseball diamond in the middle of the field for Raiders gams, O.co is an absolute joke.

Even fans in Oakland can agree that the Raiders need a new stadium. The issue here is that the city of Oakland has yet to work with the Raiders to get the team new digs and Mark Davis may very well relocate out of Northern California as soon as next year.

30. Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis Rams)

Ground broke on Edward Jones Dome back in 1992 in order to help bring a NFL team to St. Louis. Just a few years later, the Rams would relocate to the midwest. It’s now been 20 years since the Rams moved from Los Angeles and this dome is now outdated. It’s the humble opinion of this one writer that St. Louis made a mistake by not building an open-air stadium in the first place. But that didn’t seem to be in the cards at the time.

Back in 2012, Time Magazine ranked Edward Jones Dome as the seventh-worst stadium in sports. The Rams are under contract to play in the dome until March of 2015. This means they could conceivably move back to Los Angeles as early as next year. Don’t you find it funny that the two teams that uprooted from Southern Calfornia 20 years ago rank at the bottom of this list?

29. TCF Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings)

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Minnesota Vikings writer Arif Hasan of VikingsTerritory.com and DailyNorseman.com was kind enough to provide these comments on the Vikings temporary digs.

Good: Modern, great view of field, facilities are much cleaner than most stadiums I’ve been to. Lots of entry points.

Bad: Concourses a bit narrow, doesn’t feel like “home” for Vikings, not enough concessions. Parking is a nightmare. And Biggest negative: not enough seats. New seating is comfortable, but feels out of place. Aesthetically not great. Still beautiful stadium.

The Vikings will move to a new state-of-the-art stadium following the 2015 season.

28. Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego Chargers)

Notice all the horrendous football venues in California? It was a minor miracle that the San Francisco 49ers were able to build Levi’s Stadium considering the political and revenue issues in the state. Opened in 1967 and originally named San Diego Stadium, Qualcomm is one of the oldest non-historical professional sports venues in the United States. As you can see by the photo above, it leaves a whole heck of a lot to be desired from a looks standpoint.

While Qualcomm has played host to three Super Bowls, the NFL has even indicated it won’t bring another Super Bowl to San Diego without a new stadium.

27. Sun Life Stadium (Miami Dolphins)

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Opened in 1987 and originally named Joe Robbie Stadium, this venue most recently hosted Super Bowl XLIV in February of 2010 and has been the site for five NFL Championship games. The league, however, denied Miami’s bid for Super Bowl 50, instead awarding it to the 49ers and Levi’s Stadium.

Up until 2011, Sun Life was a two-sport stadium, which also housed the then Florida Marlins. Back in June, the Dolphins unveiled plans for a $350 million renovation that will be funded directly out of the pocket of owner Stephen Ross. Until that’s completed, it’s among the worst venues for professional sports in the United States.

26. LP Field (Tennessee Titans)

LP Field was built for the Titans two years after they moved from Houston. It was at once point considered a state-of-the-art stadium and has hosted the Music City Bowl for the past 15 years. Despite internal upgrades such as new video boards and other modern amenities, Tennessee’s home isn’t anything to write home about. See what I did there?

25. FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland Browns)

It opened in 1999 when the new Browns joined the National Football League. And despite being 100 times better than where the Browns played before, it’s simply doesn’t compare to other modern stadiums. The amenities are few and far between, but that doesn’t necessarily matter to the fans in Cleveland. My personal experience wasn’t too exciting either.

24. Ralph Wilson Stadium (Buffalo Bills)

This venue opened in 1973 and really didn’t have any major renovations until 2013 when the Bills revealed a new entrance plaza that you can see in the photo above. It’s considered one of the windiest stadiums in football and just isn’t up to snuff when it comes to the modernization of other venues around the NFL.

The Bills reached a 10-year lease extension with stadium officials, which gives the franchise the option to buy out the final three years of the lease. With a new ownership group likely to take over soon after the passing of Ralph Wilson, this venue won’t be around for too much longer.

23. Ford Field (Detroit Lions)

This venue opened in 2002 and was a boon for the Lions, who previously played at the Silverdome. It’s also one of the few stadiums that was financed purely through public funds and naming rights. But the overall experience at Ford Field isn’t necessarily too great. Detroit would have been much better going with an open-air stadium, at least according to my first-hand experience.

22. Fed Ex Field (Washington Redskins)

As evidenced by the fact that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is looking into building a new stadium, the franchise isn’t necessarily to happy with this rather old venue. Fed Ex Field opened in 1997 and was originally named Jack Kent Cooke Stadium. The attendance isn’t an issue, as the Redskins have not had a game blacked out since 1972. Unfortunately, the make up of this venue leaves a lot to be desired. Much like other stadiums built around this time, Fed Ex simply hasn’t modernized to the point where it’s considered a state-of-the-art stadium.

21. Bank of America Stadium (Carolina Panthers)

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This venue opened in 1996, one year after the Carolina Panthers’ debut as a NFL franchise. It’s the fourth-oldest stadium in the NFL that hasn’t received major renovations since opening. Owner Jerry Richardson has received some criticism locally for the lack of an effort to modernize the venue.

20. Georgia Dome (Atlanta Falcons)

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The Atlanta Falcons will be getting a new home in the not-so-distant future. And it’s about time. The Georgia Dome is outdated at this point and one of the most talented teams in the league needs some new digs. Scott Carasik of Bleacher Report provided his comments about the best and worst aspects of the old stadium.

Best: Near multiple mass transit spots. Worst: Domed Stadium in the south. Generic design.

As always, Scott is to the point. Let’s hope Atlanta’s new digs have the same transportation options as the Georgie Dome. After all, this has been an issue with some of the newer stadiums.

19. EverBank Field (Jacksonville Jaguars)

I will plead ignorance here. The previous version of EverBank prior to the most recent renovations was among the worst in football. That I do know. Through two preseason games, not a lot has been made of the stadium. Though, the swimming pools right under that amazing high-definition video board are pretty sexy. This time next year, you can rest assured EverBank will be ranked higher.

18. Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles)

Sporstnaut’s own Ben Haley, who also writes for eDraft.com, provided his insights about this venue.

Positives: Wind turbines and extra seats added last year, open concourses but stadium itself holds sound well and there are heat cells under the turf. Next to it is xfinity center which is a really cool sports bar. Nice luxury boxes/suited. Players Are right in front of the fans.

Negatives: Only recently big enough to host a Super Bowl, traffic in and out can be rough, security takes forever too. He also added being in Philadelphia as a negative, so take that for what it’s worth, especially coming from an Eagles fan and writer.

17. Raymond James Stadium (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

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Luke Easterling of the Draft Report and Bleacher Report provided these comments about Raymond James.

Positives: Pirate ship, good turf (unless USF played on it the night before), clear view from any seat. Also, kids tickets that start around $18/game. Second level seats down the sidelines are padded.

Negatives: Needs updating…video boards still aren’t HD. Parking too expensive. Bloody hot for the first month or so. Sun also fades the red seats pretty quick, makes them all look pink until they repaint ’em.


US Bank Stadium Food Power Rankings

I went to US Bank Stadium’s swanky Medtronic Club on Tuesday morning to sample some of new stadium concessions being provided by local culinarians. It didn’t disappoint.

Before diving into the foods themselves, here’s a look at the venue. The two-level club has a capacity of 850 people.

Here is the list of craft beers, though we didn’t get to sample these (frown).

And now to the power rankings. Keeping in mind that certain foods taste better when hungry — as opposed to having already eaten your weight in stadium food — here are my official concessions power rankings for US Bank Stadium.


NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: Teams moving up and down the board

Here’s the deal with these Week 7 NFL Power Rankings. They are not predictions. If a team projects to have an easy or difficult schedule ahead of them, that matters not for this exercise. These are very simply a list of how good each team is right this minute. Here’s how all 32 teams rank in my Week 7 NFL Power Rankings.

NFL Power Rankings: Week 7

Before we get started with our Week 7 NFL Power Rankings, be sure to check out Mike Tanier’s NFL Week 6 Recap after you take a look through this list of 32 teams. This week, Tanier kicks off the NFL Week 6 Recap looking at potential trade deadline deals, playoff contenders throughout the NFL, the Patriots offensive struggles, and more.

32) New York Jets (0-6)

Just like the last three weeks, the Jets are last in my NFL Power Rankings. It really doesn’t get much worse than this at the NFL level. It was another pathetic performance by the New York Jets. The Joe Flacco-led offense converted just two of 17 third down opportunities in what was one of the worst offensive showings of the year by any team. Adam Gase has now coached 22 games for the Jets but has won just seven. Will he get to 23? PFN Insider Tony Pauline has more information on Gase’s future.

31) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5)

The Jaguars’ seven-point win over Indianapolis in Week 1 seems like a long time ago. This is a very bad football team as most expected this offseason. DJ Chark ended this game with seven catches for just 45 yards. That isn’t easy to do, but that is still one yard more than Jacksonville was able to produce on the ground. We’ll see how they rebound next week and if they can make a move up the NFL Power Rankings list.

30) Washington Football Team (1-5)

Washington and the Giants battled hard, but the Football Team ended up on the losing end…which might come in handy come draft time. If these teams played 100 times, you get the feeling that it might end up 50-50. At least Washington did a nice job of possessing the ball and overall, their defense has promise with an elite defensive front. They come in 30th in my NFL Power Rankings for Week 7.

29) New York Giants (1-5)

The Giants come in 29th in this week’s NFL Power Rankings list. It wasn’t against great competition, but the Giants did get their first win of the season and are now tied with Washington at the bottom of the NFC East. We can blame the offenses, but both of these defenses played well and the Giants are starting to build something on this side of the ball. Still, it is a bit alarming that Daniel Jones was only asked to throw the ball 19 times and finished the day with only 112 passing yards. His running was the difference, though.

28) Denver Broncos (2-3)

The Broncos sit at 28th in my Week 7 NFL Power Rankings. Drew Lock returned behind center and pulled off the upset in New England. The Patriots came back to make this game interesting, but it is still something positive to build off for Denver. Vic Fangio’s defense was extremely solid against the run and pass, but it was Brandon McManus that was the star of the show for Denver.

27) Minnesota Vikings (1-5)

The Vikings got crushed by Atlanta in a game that was never close. This is just one reason why they are toward the bottom of my NFL Power Rankings headed into Week 7. Kirk Cousins put up big numbers but also threw three interceptions. Having Cousins throw 36 times isn’t a winning recipe, but it was the Vikings’ total ineptitude on the ground (minus Dalvin Cook) that was most startling as they possessed the football for under 20 minutes. At least Justin Jefferson continues to show superstar traits.

26) Cincinnati Bengals (1-4-1)

Heading into Week 7, the Bengals are 26th in these NFL Power Rankings. The Bengals jumped all over Indianapolis but allowed the Colts to come storming back. Like last year, Cincinnati is finding ways to lose close games. The Joe Burrow-to-Tee Higgins connection is sure exciting going forward and AJ Green awoke from his several-year slumber.

25) Atlanta Falcons (1-5)

The Falcons jumped all over Minnesota, leading that game 20-0 at the half, and never looked back as they blew out the Vikings. As usual, Matt Ryan still threw the ball a lot ending the day with 371 yards and four touchdown passes with Julio Jones, who was obviously quite healthy. In fact, Jones accounted for 137 of those yards and two of the touchdowns. The Falcons ran 79 plays in this game! They’re 25th in my Week 7 NFL Power Rankings.

24) Detroit Lions (2-3)

The Lions are 24th in my NFL Power Rankings list. Coming off their bye, Detroit went south to dispose of the Jaguars in a game that was never close. It was against a dismal Jacksonville defense, but Lions fans should be optimistic that this offense is coming around and beginning to fulfill their potential.

And it was great to see what very well could be a breakout game and a sign of good things to come from D’Andre Swift. It should be his backfield going forward. The Lions defense also deserves credit, showing more playmaking ability than before their bye.

23) Dallas Cowboys (2-4)

On Monday night against Arizona, the Cowboys struggled mightily. The Dallas offensive line is in shambles and lost Zach Martin during this game while Ezekiel Elliott’s fumbling problems this year showed up yet again. Michael Gallup dropped a touchdown at the end of the first half and very little went right for Dallas. Not to mention that the Cowboys defense is clearly amongst the worst in the NFL. The Cowboys come in 23rd in the Week 7 NFL Power Rankings.

22) Los Angeles Chargers (1-4)

The Chargers were on bye in Week 6. They can’t seem to get wins this year, but they did find their quarterback in Justin Herbert. Even though Los Angeles is 1-4, they have only been outscored by 15 points and like last year, they continue to find ways to lose close games. The Chargers are 22nd in these NFL Power Rankings.

21) Carolina Panthers (3-3)

Yardage was tough to come by for both the Bears and Panthers and there were 18 penalties and four turnovers in this game. But Carolina losing the turnover ratio (3 to 1) was the root of their demise as the Panthers fell to 3-3. They sit just outside the top 20 in these NFL Week 7 Power Rankings.

20) Miami Dolphins (3-3)

The Dolphins are 20th in these week’s NFL Power Rankings. Miami jumped all over the hapless Jets and controlled the game against an overmatched opponent. The defense was especially noteworthy as they not only shut down New York but also limited them to an embarrassing 3.8 yards per play average. The Dolphins are now .500 and the playoffs are not out of the question.

19) Houston Texans (1-5)

The Texans come in at number 19 in my Week 7 NFL Power Rankings. It is clear that Houston is a better team than what we saw from them to begin the season against just an awful schedule. And Deshaun Watson is a great player that will make his new coach very happy in 2021 and beyond. Even though they took the Titans to overtime, Houston is now 1-5 and their defense allowed Tennessee’s offense to average 8.6 yards every time they snapped the ball on Sunday.

18) Philadelphia Eagles (1-4-1)

The Eagles can play with the big boys. Philadelphia roared back in Baltimore to give the Ravens all they could handle late in that game by scoring three fourth quarter touchdowns. Carson Wentz keeps battling and Travis Fulgham looks like a keeper.

The Eagles haven’t played that poorly over the past several weeks, but are 1-4-1 nonetheless. Making matters worse, Miles Sanders, who started this game very strong, injury is a big concern for a team that simply can’t afford it. The Eagles are 18th in these NFL Power Rankings headed into Week 7.

17) New England Patriots (2-3)

I ranked the Patriots 17th in this week’s NFL Power Rankings. Even coming off their bye and with Cam Newton returning to the lineup, this was a disaster for the Patriots. With the exception of Newton, New England got nothing going on the ground and it is very clear that this offense really lacks big-play receivers.

Newton is nearly the entire offense and every defense will key on him heavily. Turning the ball over three times didn’t help the cause either and the Patriots now have a losing record.

16) Las Vegas Raiders (3-2)

The Raiders sit just outside the top 15 in my Week 7 NFL Power Rankings. This was Vegas’ bye week and there is a lot to get excited about with this team right now. After a huge win over the Chiefs, Las Vegas is in the playoff mix in the AFC and Derek Carr is playing very well.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: Teams ranked 15-6

15) Cleveland Browns (4-2)

We kick off the top 15 of our Week 7 NFL Power Rankings with the Cleveland Browns. The Browns were physically dominated in Week 6 and their offense averaged a paltry 4.1 yards per play. In Pittsburgh, the Browns’ pass protection was a huge issue and Baker Mayfield (who left this game after taking a beating) already had injured ribs coming into this contest.

But at 4-2, the Browns are very much in the playoff mix, even though they are in third place in their division and lost their head to head matchup (badly) to Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

14) Chicago Bears (5-1)

Okay, the Bears are 5-1 and now must be taken seriously in the NFC. They won in Carolina despite rushing for 63 yards and Nick Foles passing for just 198. The box score shows a very even game, but the turnover differential in Chicago’s favor reveals a more telling story. Without question, the Bears defense was excellent and made life really difficult for Teddy Bridgewater. This is just one of the reasons why they come in 14th in my Week 7 NFL Power Rankings.

13) Arizona Cardinals (4-2)

Kyler Murray had a tough time completing passes early but settled in nicely as the game in Dallas on Monday night went along and the Cardinals ran away with the game. An awful lot went right for the Cardinals in Dallas as Arizona advanced to 4-2. All four NFC West teams are now in the thick of the playoff race. They come in 13th in this week’s NFL Power Rankings.

12) Indianapolis Colts (4-2)

The 12th team in my Week 7 NFL Power Rankings are the Indianapolis Colts and wow, did things start terribly for them against Cincinnati. Philip Rivers did more than his share of good and bad in this game but ultimately brought his team back to get the win.

It is a little alarming that, even though they were in catchup mode, the Colts could only muster 59 rushing yards. However, Indianapolis’ run defense was as impressive as their rushing attack was inept. The Colts averaged 1.7 more yards per play than they allowed, but still lost the time of possession battle by nearly 10 minutes.

11) Los Angeles Rams (4-2)

Los Angeles – ranked 11th in this week’s NFL Power Rankings – really wasn’t in sync on Sunday night. They have done a ton of traveling to the east coast and were matched up against a divisional rival that needed this game in the worst way. Oh, they also happened to play in the Super Bowl last year, so let’s not overreact.

10) San Francisco 49ers (3-3)

In a game the Niners had to have to keep up in their conference and division, San Francisco came out hot and maintained a pretty high level of play basically from start to finish. A healthy Deebo Samuel makes a big difference to this offense and speaking of health, it is clear that Jimmy Garoppolo, who barely got hit in this game, is in a better place now than a week ago.

Garoppolo was really sharp on Sunday night and consistently got the ball out of his hands quickly and on time. On defense, the 49ers actually finally had NFL caliber cornerbacks. Raheem Mostert’s injury could be a problem, however, so that is something to keep an eye on for the tenth-ranked team in this week’s NFL Power Rankings.

9) New Orleans Saints (3-2)

Coming in ninth in the Week 7 NFL Power Rankings are the New Orleans Saints. The Saints had their bye in Week 6 but should have Michael Thomas at their disposal going forward. At 3-2 with a scoring differential of just +3, things haven’t gone to plan quite yet for New Orleans this season.

8) Buffalo Bills (4-2)

Coming off their worst game of the year, the Bills hosted Kansas City on Monday Night and really had a tough time stopping the run while struggling to score points on offense. The weather didn’t help matters, but the Bills inability to throw the ball was alarming. This two game losing streak hasn’t been a good look by the Bills, and a reason why they have taken a fall in these NFL Power Rankings.

7) Green Bay Packers (4-1)

Uncharacteristic Aaron Rodgers interceptions, including a pick-6, put Green Bay behind the eight ball early, but this game really was never in doubt for the Buccaneers. The Packers defense, who have been extremely fortunate with who they have played against this year, was exposed. But, it was the Packers’ awful 3.3 yards per play (only 201 yards on 61 plays) on offense that was most startling.

Green Bay – ranked seventh in these NFL Power Rankings – also lost stalwart left tackle David Bakhtiari in this game. It was a terrible day in Tampa Bay, but the Packers should stay in the thick of things all year long.

6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2)

The Buccaneers come in sixth in my NFL Week 7 Power Rankings. Todd Bowles’ defense continues to impress and is clearly one of the top units in the NFL. It is a complete defense, but the Bucs really have an outstanding pair of linebackers in the incumbent Lavonte David and star-in-the-making Devin White.

Even though Chris Godwin was back to pair with Mike Evans, little was needed from these two. Tom Brady and Tampa’s passing game made it look easy against Green Bay. The Bucs are in first place in the NFC South.

The top 5 NFL teams

5) Tennessee Titans (5-0)

We begin our five best teams of the Week 7 NFL Power Rankings with the Tennessee Titans. This was a heck of a game and a heck of an overtime win for Tennessee over the Texans. Ryan Tannehill threw for 364 yards and Derrick Henry ran for 212 while also chipping in with two catches for 52 yards.

Houston’s defense is far from great (and that can be said about Tennessee’s as well), but the Titans offense is on fire right now. They host the also undefeated Steelers next week in what could be one of the best games of the 2020 NFL season. Tannehill is creeping into the MVP discussion.

4) Baltimore Ravens (5-1)

The Ravens – fourth in these Power Rankings – had this game in total control, but they allowed Philadelphia to storm back. Penalties (12 for 132 yards) had a lot to do with that Eagles comeback, but that is also selling Carson Wentz and company short for their great effort in the second half.

It was good to see Lamar Jackson breaking off long runs and Baltimore owned the football for 36:30 of this game. But, Jackson’s struggles in the passing game are becoming more and more worrisome and the Ravens allowed too many long runs while not creating a consistent run game of their own.

3) Seattle Seahawks (5-0)

The Seahawks are third in this week’s NFL Power Rankings. The Seahawks are rolling along and there is no reason to think that won’t continue coming off their bye week. Just one of three undefeated teams with the Titans and Steelers, Seattle sits atop the NFC.

2) Pittsburgh Steelers (5-0)

The Steelers come in as the number two team in this week’s NFL Power Rankings. This was as impressive of a win as we saw on Sunday. The Browns have one of the league’s very best offensive lines and running games – Pittsburgh destroyed both. Devin Bush’s knee injury is quite worrisome though, as Pittsburgh’s second level depth is a real concern and could open up a weakness in their great defense.

1) Kansas City Chiefs (5-1)

After coming off a loss, the Chiefs traveled to Buffalo on Monday for an odd 5:00 PM ET start time. But how about the performance on the ground Kansas City put on? Did anyone see 245 rushing yards coming from the Chiefs in a game in which they possessed the ball for nearly 38 minutes? And in a game in which the Bills were playing from behind, Kansas City held Josh Allen to 122 passing yards. That’s why they are once again the number one team in my NFL Power Rankings.

Matt Williamson is a Senior NFL Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter: @WilliamsonNFL.


Baltimore Orioles Among Risers in MLB Power Rankings

On Monday, Alyson Footer of MLB.com published the first Major League power rankings of the 2021 regular season, which includes a number of risers and fallers from where the site’s voters placed teams in their preseason power rankings at the end of March. One of the notable risers in this week’s power rankings are the Baltimore Orioles.

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Prior to the beginning of the season, MLB.com’s power rankings voters placed Baltimore at 29th in baseball, beaten out by only the Pittsburgh Pirates for the bottom spot in the rankings. However, over the first week of the season, the Orioles proved the voters wrong about their low expectations.

The Orioles began the week with a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park before traveling to the Bronx and taking one of three games against the New York Yankees, decided on an Anthony Santander double play in the 11th inning to close out the series. However, a three-game slide over the weekend likely held Baltimore from moving up even further in MLB’s power rankings, which placed them at 26th overall this week, passing the Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, and Colorado Rockies.

Here are a few notable stat lines from the first week of the season:

In week two, Baltimore will have games on each day of the week, beginning with a four-game set against the Seattle Mariners and ending with a three-game series in Arlington against the Texas Rangers. Seattle placed 24th in this week’s power rankings, while Texas ranked 28th.


Stadium Food Power Rankings: Week 11 Recap - Recipes

Where does Cowboys Stadium land on the list? It’s not #1…

Tailgate isn’t everything. Sometimes you’re actually inside, watching the game, and you get hungry. Most of the time, that means soggy nachos and rubbery bratwurst. But as we found in our highly unscientific research into game day grub across the league, sometimes there’s also an excellent pulled-pork sandwich around midfield — and, more often, a nice local brew. Now we haven’t been to all these stadiums, but we have scanned fan preferences and some cold hard facts. The result is an extremely biased and highly debatable guide — based on five standard categories measured on a sliding scale of awful to excellent — that should help you calculate the cost of a ticket, re-evaluate your bragging rights, or at least stop worrying about where your team stands in the real power rankings. Because if there’s one thing we can say definitively about food and football, it’s that the caliber of your team most definitely does not match the caliber of its cuisine.

1. Seattle Seahawks (Qwest Field)
Number of concessions: 47
Number of restaurants: 1 (The FSN Lounge)
Local options: Excellent (Seattle Dogs, Taco Ma’s, Glo Bowl Thai)
Beer selection: Very Good (Miller and Coors, plus Amberweizen, Hefeweizen, IPA, Curve Ball, and Red Hook ESB)
Pro: More international options than you probably even need.
Con: More options than you probably even need.

2. Dallas Cowboys (Cowboys Stadium)
Number of concessions: > 150
Celebrity chef: Jamie Samford
Local options: Very Good (Texas catfish po’ boy, The Kobe Burger)
Beer selection: Good (Miller, MGD, Coors, Bud, Shiner)
Pro: The Cowboys cheese steak.
Con: $7.50 for a hot dog?

3. Washington Redskins (FedEx Field)
Number of concessions: 50
Number of restaurants: 1
Local options: Good (Famous Dave’s BBQ)
Beer selection: Excellent (24 on draft, 26 in bottles, and then the175-seat glass-enclosed brew house)
Pro: Hooters.
Con: Hooters.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (Heinz Field)
Number of concessions: 32
Number of restaurants: 0
Local options: Very Good (Benkovitz Seafood, Quaker Steak and Lube)
Beer selection: Excellent (Iron City, Blue Moon, Yuengling, Bass, Guinness, Harp, Penn Pilsner)
Pro: Two words: Primanti Brothers.
Con: Six words: 61 percent critical health violations.

5. Houston Texans (Reliant Stadium)
Number of concessions: 38
Number of restaurants: 0
Local options: Good (Cactus Cantina, Red River dogs, Luther’s BBQ)
Beer selection: Very Good (St. Arnold, Dos Equis, Corona, Fat Tire, Pyramid and Blue Moon).
Pro: “The barbecue capital of the NFL.”
Con: The walk home.

6. New Orleans Saints (Louisiana Superdome)
Number of concessions: >150
Number of restaurants: 1
Celebrity chef: Lenny Martinsens
Local options: Very Good (gumbo, jambalaya, cajun sausage, alligator sausage)
Beer selection: Good (Bud, Heineken, Corona, Abita, Michelob, Newcastle)
Pro: Did we mention the alligator sausage?
Con: Have you tried the gumbo?

7. Miami Dolphins (Sun Life Stadium)
Number of concessions: 40
Number of restaurants: 2
Celebrity chef: Orlando R. Morales
Local options: Good (“Asian” stir fry, Caribbean “cuisine”)
Beer selection: Average (Miller, Coors, Landshark)
Pro: The paella.
Con: Again with the health violations.

8. Arizona Cardinals (University of Phoenix Stadium)
Number of concessions: 47
Local options: Very Good (Grande Roja, PizzaZ Mr. B’s BBq, Touchdown Tortilla)
Beer selection: Average (Bud, Bud Light, Miller Lite)
Pro: Mr. B’s brisket.
Con: After the brisket.

9. Chicago Bears (Soldier Field)
Number of concessions: >400
Number of restaurants: 0
Celebrity chef: Mark Angeles
Local options: Very good (you know, sausage)
Beer selection: Very good (Miller, Goose Island Honker’s Ale)
Pro: Steamed pork buns.
Con: Steamed pizza.

10. Green Bay Packers (Lambeau Field)
Number of concessions: >200
Number of restaurants: 1 (Curly’s Pub)
Local options: Very Good (Meat Packing Company, Titletown Grill)
Beer selection: Good (every kind of Leinenkugel Beer on tap)
Pro: Fratello’s lasagna — oozing, in a good way.
Con: The service at Curly’s Pub — standing, not in a good way.

11. San Francisco 49ers (Candlestick Park)
Number of concessions: 44
Number of restaurants: 4
Local options: Good (Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Boudin’s chouder, lots of seafood)
Beer selection: Good (plenty of microbrews on tap)
Pro: Edible fish tacos.
Con: Not-that-edible hot dogs.

12. Baltimore Ravens (M&T Bank Stadium)
Number of concessions: 45
Number of restaurants: 0
Celebrity chef: Chad Vandegrift
Local options: Good (a big BBQ stand)
Beer selection: Good (Miller, Budweiser, Michelob and Coors, Heineken, Amstel and Yuengling, Sam Adams and Corona)
Pro: Crab cakes. Lots of crab cakes.
Con: Eight dollars for a hot dog. Really.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Raymond James Stadium)
Number of concessions: >500
Number of restaurants: 0
Local options: Good (but all pirate-themed: Treasure Cafe, The Galey, Crows Nest)
Beer selection: Good (Miller, Coors, Red Bridge Gluten-Free beer)
Pro: Smoked short ribs.
Con: It’s Tampa.

14. New York Giants/Jets (New Meadowlands Stadium)
Number of concessions: 42 fixed, 92 portable
Celebrity chef: Eric Borgia
Local options: Good (Boardwalk Fryer, Brooklyn Custom Burgers)
Beer selection: Good (Brooklyn Lager, Hoegarden, Guiness)
Pro: “Go eat a goddamn snack.”
Con: “Eating a bunch of fucking cheeseburgers before you stretch? That’s being a jackass.”

15. Carolina Panthers (Bank of America Stadium)
Number of concessions: 429
Local options: Good (Bojangles, the BBQ Shack)
Beer selection: Very good (SC Doubloon Double Pale Ale, Maelstrom IPA, Olde Meck Copper)
Pro: Serious pulled pork.
Con: Seriously not much beyond Carolina BBQ.

16. Detroit Lions (Ford Field)
Number of concessions: >50
Number of restaurants: 7
Celebrity chef: Joseph Nader
Local options: Good (Poletown Sausage, Big Boy, Charlie Sanders’s BBQ)
Beer selection: Average (Bud, Miller, Coors)
Pro: The chicken.
Con: The Lions.

17. Oakland Raiders (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)
Number of concessions:: >50
Number of restaurants: 1
Local options: Average (garlic fries…)
Beer selection: Good (Anheuser/Busch brews, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Guinness, Dos Equis)
Pro: Teriyaki everywhere.
Con: Almost too friendly to vegetarians.

18. Denver Broncos (Invesco Field at Mile High)
Number of concessions: >100
Celebrity chef: Christopher DeJohn
Local options: Average (Jalapeno Heaven, Blitzburger Grille, Buenos Dias Burritos)
Beer selection: Good (come on: it’s Colorado)
Pro: Prime-rib sandwiches.
Con: Primetime prices.

19. Philadelphia Eagles (Lincoln Financial Field)
Number of concessions: >200
Local options: Average (Chickie’s and Pete’s)
Beer selection: Substandard (Bud, Miller, Coors)
Pro: Cheese steak.
Con: Cheese steak from Massachusetts.

20. Kansas City Chiefs (Arrowhead Stadium)
Number of concessions: >50
Celebrity chef: Kevin Williams
Local options: Good (BBQ, Primo Italian Classics, the Flame Grill)
Beer selection: Average (Boulevard, Bud Light, Miller Lite)
Pro: KC BBQ.
Con: The Chicken Basket? No.

21. Cleveland Browns (Cleveland Browns Stadium)
Number of concessions: 576 points of sale
Number of restaurants: 1 (Gridiron Square)
Local options: Average (Dawg Pound Deli, Browns Bistro, Donato’s Pizza)
Beer selection: Average (Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Light, Coors Light)
Pro: The Dawg Pound Deli
Con: The nachos in a dog-food dish — degrading.

22. Jacksonville Jaguars (EverBank Field)
Number of concessions: >40
Number of restaurants: 5
Local options: Average (El Gato Grande, Andrew Jackson’s BBQ)
Beer selection: Good (Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale, Killer Whale Cream Ale)
Pro: Andrew Jackson’s BBQ!
Con: Andrew Jackson?

23. Tennessee Titans (LP Field)
Number of concessions: 60
Local options: Good
Beer selection: Substandard (no local beers)
Pro: Serious buffet.
Con: Seriously boring beer selection.

24. Indianapolis Colts (Lucas Oil Stadium)
Number of concessions: >160
Local options: Average
Beer selection: Average (Budweiser, Miller, Coors, Corona, Heineken, Amstel Light)
Pro: Good nachos, actually.
Con: The rest? Not so much.

25. New England Patriots (Gillette Stadium)
Number of concessions: >500
Local options: Average
Beer selection: Good (the Sam Adams roster)
Pro: Tailgating is fantastic.
Con: The $9 “value” meal at the McDonald’s.

26. San Diego Chargers (Qualcomm Stadium)
Number of concessions: 125
Number of restaurants: 2
Local options: Substandard
Beer selection: Coors Light, Heineken, Dos Equis, Blue Moon
Pro: Fish tacos?
Con: Crowded.

27. Atlanta Falcons (Georgia Dome)
Number of concessions: n/a
Number of restaurants: 1
Local options: Average (Taco Mac
Beer selection: Good (Bud, Miller, Michelob, Coors, Heineken, Corona, Newcastle, Guinness)
Pro: Spitting out the Michelob?
Con: Too expensive for not much.

28. Buffalo Bills (Ralph Wilson Stadium)
Number of concessions: 42
Number of restaurants: 1
Local options: Average
Beer selection: Average (Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, Heineken, Guinness)
Pro: Beef on weck sandwiches.
Con: The weck.

29. St. Louis Rams (Edward Jones Dome)
Number of concessions: >40
Local options: Average
Beer selection: Substandard
Pro: Toasted (read: deep-fried) ravioli.
Con: $9.50 for a beer?

30. Minnesota Vikings (Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Dome)
Number of concessions: >40
Number of restaurants: 0
Local options: Substandard
Beer selection: Substandard (Miller, coupla local brews)
Pro: BBQ pork sandwiches at Famous Dave’s.
Con: Not much else.

31. Cincinnati Bengals (Paul Brown Stadium)
Number of concessions: 56
Number of restaurants: 0
Local options: Awful
Beer selection: Good (Bud, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Guinness, Warsteiner)
Pro: The Mett by Bluegrass Meats.
Con: Everything else.


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