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College Football Mondays - Florida St. Climbs After Big Win over Clemson

College Football Monday - Week 9

Team of the Week: Oregon

Players of the Week
Offense: QB Connor Shaw - South Carolina
Defense: DT Ra’Shede Hageman - Minnesota

Photo: DT Ra’Shede Hageman - Minnesota

Upcoming Game of the Week: Miami (7-0) at Florida St (7-0)

Florida St. Climbs in Polls After Impressive Win over Clemson
In a soft weekend schedule that saw many top ranked clubs romp over easy opponents, the upcoming week presents a classic Miami/Florida St clash. This weekend, both clubs will enter the matchup in the top seven rankings, a rare event since the glory days of the ‘90s.

The national matchup showcases QB Jameis Winston of FSU and Stephen Morris of Miami who are having fine seasons. Winston is one of the top two Heisman Trophy candidates entering this contest and a top performance here on a big stage might push him to the forefront. Morris has quietly had a fine senior effort that has elevated his status for the NFL Draft 2014. The winner here can claim a chance at the national title with a strong final month. Both clubs are cut in the mold of their school’s tradition – speed, defense and big play ability.

A gritty performance by South Carolina QB Connor Shaw vs Missouri was one of the more impressive efforts this season and spoke volumes of his intangibles as a leader for the position. He threw 3 TD passes and came off the bench to rally the Gamecocks to a double OT victory over an undefeated Tiger club on the road. The victory puts SC within reach of the SEC East title behind only Missouri in the division. The SC-Clemson finale on Nov. 30th will have top ten ramifications that could influence the top BCS matchups, in addition to both the SEC and ACC races.

One of the roller coaster rides this season is the Minnesota Gophers. Between their surprising 6-2 start and the inconsistent health of HC Jerry Kill, their weekly report ranges from shocking to disappointing. Kill has had repeated seizures over recent seasons before returning. His health and recovery have become part of the momentum of this squad. The club has been a streaking hot and cold team over that period with the talent to win at least 8 or 9 games this season. DT Da’Shede Hageman put on a dominant performance Saturday in their upset of #23 Nebraska. Hageman combines rare speed, quickness and power for the inside with the ability to win with speed or power as a pass rusher. He can secure a 1st round pick with strong performance at the Senior Bowl.
For pure excitement, the Oklahoma 38-30 win over undefeated Texas Tech included countless big plays on both sides of the ball. Both the Sooner and Bears have two weeks to get their clubs ready with bye weeks on the schedule this week. With the Baylor Bears coming to Norman in November, it will probably be the deciding game in the Big 12 this season.

The upset of the week has to be the Duke 13-10 win over Virginia Tech. It was the Blue Devils first win over a top 25 team since the 1994 season. They gained only 198 yards, but it was enough to defeat the Hokies who struggled behind QB Logan Thomas who threw 4 interceptions. Logan will be a case study this postseason for the NFL Draft. This is a huge athlete at 6’6” 240 lbs., mobility and a strong arm. But he continues to struggle with many critical mistakes. poor decision making and inconsistent throwing technique. His draft status has fallen significantly this season and he needs a strong postseason to establish a potential NFL starting grade.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes ‘College Football Mondays’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals networks, sports publications and web sites.

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Alabama Heads Polls - Florida St. Climbs in BCS

Alabama Heads Polls - Florida St. Climbs in BCS
Eight Teams Remain Undefeated

Photo – LB Shayne Skov - Stanford
Team of the Week - Oregon

Coaches Poll
Rank /Team / Record / First Place Votes / Previous Rank

1 Alabama - 8-0 - 56 - 1
2 Oregon - 8-0 - 6 - 2
3 Florida St. - 7-0
4 Ohio St. - 8-0
5 Baylor - 7-0
6 Miami - 7-0
7 Stanford - 7-1
8 Clemson - 7-1
9 Oklahoma - 7-1
10 Missouri -7-1
11 Auburn - 7-1
12 Oklahoma St. - 6-1
13 LSU - 7-2
14 Texas A&M - 6-2
15 Texas Tech - 7-1
16 South Carolina - 6-2
17 Louisville - 7-1
18 Fresno State - 7-0
19 UCLA - 5-2
20 Northern Illinois - 8-0
21 Michigan - 6-1
22 Central Florida - 6-1
23 Wisconsin - 5-2
24 Michigan St - 7-1
25 Notre Dame - 6-2
Dropped Out: Virginia Tech & Nebraska

AP Poll
1 Alabama - 8-0 - 56 - 1
2 Oregon - 8-0 - 6 - 2
3 Florida St. - 7-0
4 Ohio St. - 8-0
5 Baylor - 7-0
6 Stanford - 7-1
7 Miami - 7-0
8 Auburn - 7-1
9 Clemson - 7-1
10 Missouri -7-1
11 LSU - 7-2
12 Texas A&M - 6-2
13 Oklahoma - 7-1
14 South Carolina - 6-2
15 Texas Tech - 7-1
16 Fresno State - 7-0
17 UCLA - 5-2
18 Oklahoma St. - 6-1
19 Central Florida - 6-1
20 Louisville - 7-1
21 Northern Illinois - 8-0
22 Wisconsin - 5-2
23 Michigan - 6-1
24 Michigan St - 7-1
25 Arizona St. - 5-2

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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NFL Power Rankings - Chiefs Still Perfect at Midseason

NFL Power Rankings - Chiefs Still Perfect at Midseason
NFL Power Rankings - Week 8

Photo - QB Drew Brees - Saints

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Andrew Luck - Colts
Defensive Player of the Year - DE Chandler Jones - Patriots

Offensive Rookie of the Week - TE Jordan Reed - Redskins
Defensive Rookie of the Year - DT Chris Jones - Patriots

Team of Week 7 - Colts -
Matchup of Week 8 - Cowboys at Lions –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Kansas City Chiefs (7-0)
The Chiefs make the rise from bottom to top by midseason.

2. Denver Broncos (6-1)
Broncos lost shootout in Indy last week.

3. New Orleans Saints (5-1)
Saints rested after bye week and ready for second half run in NFC.

4. Seattle Seahawks (6-1)
The Seahawks have a 12 day rest for contest with the struggling Rams.

5. Indianapolis Colts (5-2)
Colts rest this week after huge victory over Broncos.

6. New England Patriots (5-2)
Patriots face big AFC East matchup at home with Dolphins.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)
The Bengals are ready to take command in the AFC North.

8. San Francisco 49ers (5-2)
The 49ers go to London to face lowly Jaguars on vacation week.

9. Detroit Lions (4-3)
Lions face a steady diet of playoff contenders this month.

10. Baltimore Ravens (3-4)
The Ravens regroup with bye week after a rough start of their NFL title.

11. Green Bay Packers (4-2)
Packers are slowly building momentum for a run at the NFC North.

12. Dallas Cowboys (4-3)
Cowboys go to Detroit for a huge midseason NFC matchup that could have playoff ramifications.

13. Chicago Bears (4-3)
The Bears lick their wounds after a tough loss vs the Skins.

14. Miami Dolphins (3-3)
The Dolphins face maybe the pivotal game of their season vs AFC rival the Patriots this week.

15. Arizona Cardinals (3-4)
Cards are well rested for the Falcons coming to town.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
Eagles face the Giants at home this week where the loser is probably toast for season.

17. New York Jets (4-3)
The Jets won a huge game vs the Patriots but must be ready this week in key matchup in Cincy.

18. San Diego Chargers (4-3)
Chargers get open week before hoping to make a second half run at the playoffs.

19. Atlanta Falcons (2-4)
Falcons coming off back to back wins with trip to the desert on this week’s schedule.

20. Tennessee Titans (3-4)
The Titans never seem to get a signature victory over recent seasons.

21. Cleveland Browns (3-4)
The Browns go to KC with hopes of getting to .500 vs only undefeated NFL teams.

22. Houston Texans (2-5)
Texans lick their wounds with this week’s bye.

23. Carolina Panthers (3-3)
Panthers need to win tonite to get into the playoff picture.

24. Buffalo Bills (3-4)
The Bills needs to build off big win vs Miami with tough assignment at New Orleans.

25. New York Giants (1-6)
The GMen get their first win and face Eagles in Philly that could be the pivotal contest for both clubs.

26. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4)
Steelers coming off back to back wins and hope to continue streak with trop to Oakland.

27. St. Louis Rams (3-4)
The Rams lost QB Sam Bradford for season last week and face a tough task to stay in contention.

28. Oakland Raiders (2-4)
The Raiders come off bye week with Steelers coming to town Sunday.

29. Washington Redskins (2-4)
The Skins face the Broncos in Denver this week.

30. Minnesota Vikings (1-5)
Vikings face Packers at home this week with season getting ugly.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-6)
Bucs get the Panthers at home tonight in a winable matchup.

32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (0-7)
Jags hoping to join Conference USA next year.

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NFL Power Rankings – Broncos Face Colts This Week

NFL Power Rankings – Broncos Face Colts This Week
NFL Power Rankings - Week 7

Photo - QB Russell Wilson - Seahawks -

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Tom Brady - Patriots
Defensive Player of the Year - LB A.J. Hawk - Packers
Offensive Rookie of the Week - RB Eddie Lacy - Packers
Defensive Rookie of the Year - S Matt Elam - Ravens

Team of Week 6 - Patriots -

Matchup of Week 7 - Broncos at Colts –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Denver Broncos (6-0)
Peyton Manning returns to Indy this week with matchup vs Andrew Luck.

2. New England Patriots (5-1)
Patriots get Jets at Met Life this Sunday.

3. New Orleans Saints (5-1)
Saints sit out this week after loss to New England.

4. Seattle Seahawks (5-1)
The Seahawks look to rebound with Cards tonight after loss vs the Colts.

5. Kansas City Chiefs (6-0)
The hot Chiefs get the next two games at home vs Texans and Browns.

6. Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
Colts host the Broncos for Sunday nite clash that could be preview for AFC title game.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)
The Bengals face key road game at Detroit before a strong AFC schedule.

8. Detroit Lions (4-2)
Lions face a critical month for them to take command in the NFC North.

9. Baltimore Ravens (3-3)
The Ravens’ face a three game stretch vs AFC North opponents that could shape the divisional race.

10. San Francisco 49ers (4-2)
The 49ers get a soft spot in schedule over next three weeks.

11. Chicago Bears (4-2)
The Bears head to the Capital this Sunday with Skins before their bye week.

12. Green Bay Packers (3-2)
Packers won a huge game vs the Ravens and face surprising Browns this Sunday.

13. Dallas Cowboys (3-3)
Cowboys hit the road with four of the next five games at NFC opponents.

14. Miami Dolphins (3-2)
The Dolphins get back to back AFC East opponents in Bills and Patriots over next two weeks.

15. Arizona Cardinals (3-3)
Cards face critical NFC West matchup with visit to San Fran this week.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)
Eagles get the Cowboys and Giants at home over next two weeks.

17. Tennessee Titans (3-3)
The Titans let game in Seattle get away from them and face acid test at home with 49ers this Sunday.

18. Cleveland Browns (3-3)
The gritty Browns have back to back tough road games in Green Bay and Kansas City.

19. Houston Texans (2-4)
Texans need a strong performance at KC this week.

20. New York Jets (3-3)
The Jets need to surprise vs the Patriots this week at home if they want to contend for the playoffs.

21. San Diego Chargers (3-3)
Chargers face the powder puff Jaguars this Sunday before a bye week.

22. St. Louis Rams (3-3)
The Rams need to keep pace in the NFC West with road game at Carolina this week.

23. Atlanta Falcons (1-4)
Falcons get home game with Bucs to start second half run at playoffs.

24. Buffalo Bills (2-4)
The Bills hit the road south over next two weeks with Dolphins and Saints.

25. Carolina Panthers (2-3)
Panthers are mired in mediocrity and hot and cold efforts.

26. New York Giants (0-6)
The GMen find a way to lose the game.

27. Oakland Raiders (2-4
The Raiders took another wippin by the Chiefs last week.

28. Washington Redskins (1-4)
The Skins face back to back games with Bears and Broncos on the schedule.

29. Minnesota Vikings (1-4)
Vikings go to Met Life to face the winless GMen.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)
Steelers got a W with win over the Jets last week.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-5)
Bucs go into Atlanta to face the desperate Falcons this week.

32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6)
Jags hoping to catch Chargers napping this week.

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Pro Prospect Rankings - Updated Defensive Players

Pro Prospect Rankings - NFL Draft 2014
Early 2013 Season Rankings * underclassmen

Draft Insiders’ – Pro Prospect Rankings – available now
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Photo: DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina

Defensive Prospects
Ends:

1. *Jadeveon Clowney, 6-6, 270 - South Carolina
2. * Stephon Tuitt, 6-5, 305 - Notre Dame
3. * Aaron Lynch, 6-5, 245 - South Florida
4. Jackson Jeffcoat, 6-5, 255 - Texas
5. * Scott Crichton, 6-3, 260 - Oregon St
6. Kareem Martin, 6-5, 260 - North Carolina
7. Trent Murphy,6-5, 265 - Stanford
8. James Gayle, 6-3, 255 - Virginia Tech
9. * Demarcus Lawrence, 6-3, 245 - Boise St
10. Ben Gardner, 6-3, 275 - Stanford
11. Taylor Hart, 6-5, 295 - Oregon
12. Chris Smith, 6-3, 265 - Arkansas
13. Chaz Sutton, 6-3, 250 - South Carolina
14. * Bud Dupree, 6-4, 255 - Kentucky
15. * Anthony Chickillo, 6-3, 265 - Miami
16. Michael Sam, 6-3, 255 - Missouri
17. Will Clarke, 6-6, 275 - West Virginia
18. Ryne Giddins, 6-2, 270 - South Florida
19. Ed Stinson, 6-3, 295 - Alabama
20. Cassius Marsh, 6-3, 275 - UCLA

Defensive Tackles:
1. Louis Nix, 6-2, 330 - Notre Dame
2. Daniel McCullers, 6-6, 375 - Tennessee
3. * Timmie Jernigan, 6-2, 295 - Florida St
4. * Anthony Johnson, 6-3, 305 - LSU
5. Ra'Shede Hageman, 6-5, 310 - Minnesota
6. Deandre Coleman, 6-5, 320 - California
7. Justin Ellis, 6-2, 320 - Louisiana Tech
8 Dominique Easley, 6-1,285 - Florida
9. Will Sutton, 6-1, 305 - Arizona St
10. Donte Rumph, 6-2, 325 - Kentucky
11. Calvin Barnett, 6-2, 300 - Oklahoma St
12. Bruce Gaston, 6-1, 305 - Purdue
13. Khyri Thornton, 6-2, 310 - Southern Miss
14. Calvin Tonga, 6-2, 330 - Colorado St.
15. Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, 6-2, 305 - Boise St
16. Caraun Reid, 6-2, 300 - Princeton
17. Ashton Dorsey, 6-2, 295 - Texas
18. Derrick Hopkins, 6-0, 315 - Virginia Tech
19. Beau Allen, 6-2, 335 - Wisconsin
20. Aaron Donald, 6-0, 275 - Pittsburgh

Inside Linebackers:
1. * A.J. Johnson, 6-2, 245 - Tennessee
2.Shane Skov, 6-3, 245 - Stanford
3. Andrew Jackson, 6-1, 265 - Western Kentucky
4. * Trey Depriest, 6-2, 245 - Alabama
5. Chris Borland, 5-10, 250 - Wisconsin
5. Max Bullough, 6-2, 250 - Michigan St
7. Shawn Jackson, 6-1, 250 - Tulsa
8. * Eric Kendricks, 6-1, 230 - UCLA
9. Greg Blair, 6-1, 250 - Cincinnati
10. Caleb Lavey, 6-2, 235 - Oklahoma St

Outside Linebackers:
1. C.J. Mosley, 6-2, 235 - Alabama
2. Kyle Van Noy, 6-3, 235 - BYU
3. Anthony Barr, 6-4, 245 - UCLA
4. Jeremiah Attaochu, 6-3, 245 - Georgia Tech
5. Jonathan Brown, 6-1, 235 - Illinois
6. * Ryan Shazier, 6-0, 225 - Ohio St
7. Christian Jones, 6-3, 240 - Florida St
8. Prince Shembo, 6-1, 250 - Notre Dame
9. Khalil Mack, 6-3, 245 - Buffalo
10.Telvin Smith, 6-3, 220 - Florida St
11. Morgan Breslin, 6-2, 250 - Southern Cal
12. * Carl Bradford, 6-0, 245 - Arizona St
13. Ronald Powell, 6-3, 235 - Florida
14. * Adrian Hubbard, 6-5, 255 - Alabama
15. Dee Ford, 6-2, 240 - Auburn

Cornerbacks:
1. * Bradley Roby, 5-10, 195 - Ohio St
2. Jason Verrett, 5-9 185 - TCU
3. * Louchiez Purifoy, 5-11, 190 - Florida
4. * Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, 5-10, 190 - Oregon
5. * Deshazor Everett, 6-0, 190 - Texas A&M
6. Aaron Colvin, 6-0, 185 - Oklahoma
7. Carrington Byndom, 6-0, 180 - Texas
8. Justin Gilbert, 5-11, 200 - Oklahoma St
9. Kyle Fuller, 5-11, 180 - Virginia Tech
10. Dre Hal, 5-11, 195 - Vanderbilt
11. Deion Belue, 5-10, 180 - Alabama
12. Bene Benwikere, 5-11, 195 - San Jose St
13. Jaylen Watkins, 5-11, 185 - Florida
14. B.J. Lowery, 5-10, 190 - Iowa
15. Antone Exum, 6-0, 225 - Virginia Tech

Safeties:
1. Lamarcus Joyner, 5-8, 195 - Florida St
2. * Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, 6-0, 210 - Alabama
3. * Karlos Williams, 6-0, 230 - Florida St
4. * Derron Smith, 5-11, 195 - Fresno St
5. Craig Loston, 6-1, 210 - LSU
6. Tre Boston, 6-0, 205 - North Carolina
7. Ty Zimmerman, 6-0, 205 - Kansas St
8. * Calvin Pryor, 6-1, 210 - Louisville
9. Daytawion Lowe, 5-11, 205 - Oklahoma St
10. C.J. Bryant, 5-0, 195 - Ohio St
11. Terrence Brooks, 5-11, 200 - Florida St
12. Nickoe Whitley, 5-11, 195 - Mississppi St
13. Hakeem Smith, 6-0, 185 - Louisville
14. Ahmad Dixon, 6-0, 205 - Baylor
15. Deone Bucannon, 6-0, 200 - Washington St

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes ‘College Football Mondays’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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College Football Monday - Ducks Challenge for #1 Ranking

College Football Monday – Week 7

Team of the Week: Penn St.

Players of the Week
Offense: QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon
Defense: DT Chris Whaley - Texas

Upcoming Game of the Week: Clemson (6-0) at Florida St (5-0)

Penn St. & Missou Post Big Upsets
With 13 teams among the unbeaten, Saturday brought some key upsets with Missouri winning at Georgia 41-26 and Penn St winning in 4 OTs at home vs unbeaten Michigan. Missouri went into Athens and drilled a top ten Bulldog club that lost valuable ground in the tough SEC. The Tigers jumped to a big lead before Georgia came within 28-26 before Missouri scored the final points for their biggest SEC victory. The cost was high as they lost starting QB
Penn St. has performed remarkably under HC Bill O’Brien after the scandal that rocked the University last fall. The win over the unbeaten Michigan program elevated their record to 4-2 and into strong contention for the Big Ten divisional title. They will not be able to rest on their laurels as they travel to Ohio St this week vs the 6-0 Buckeyes.
There were other significant victories last Saturday with Oregon drilling a good Washington club, Utah shocks Stanford, LSU beat Florida and Texas crushed Oklahoma that shape the new Top 25 standings. Oregon is a club that continues to make a weekly statement and may be the team to beat for the national title.

The Ducks remained unbeaten behind Heisman Trophy candidate QB Marcus Mariota who completed 24-of-31 passes for 366 yards and 3 TDs while running for 88 yards and a score. The Ducks extended their winning streak against the Huskies to 10 games. Mariota has now thrown or run for a total of 25 TDs this season and has not committed a turnover through six games. He is probably the leading Heisman candidate in a competitive season at the midseason mark. He heads a strong QB class that features last year’s Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, Tajh Boyd and Teddy Bridgewater.

Texas finally beat Oklahoma after three consecutive losses in the Red River Classic. The win probably earns a reprieve for HC Mack Brown temporally after heavy pressure entering this game at 3-2 including a few ugly performances and a win over Iowa St. that included a horrible call on a game changing goal line fumble returned for a TD.

The Longhorns enter their bye week this weekend before their final six Big 12 matchups, starting with a tough TCU club on Oct. 26th. Whether they can go better than .500 through the upcoming stretch remains to be seen and most likely the results will determine HC Brown’s fate with the Longhorns.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes ‘College Football Mondays’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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NFL Power Rankings Week 6 - Saints at Patriots Clash

NFL Power Rankings – 2013 Season
Rankings - Week 6

Photo - QB Drew Brees - Saints -

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Andrew Luck - Colts
Defensive Player of the Week - LB Clay Matthews - Packers
Offensive Rookie of the Week - QB Geno Smith - Jets
Defensive Rookie of the Week - CB D.J. Hayden - Raiders

Team of Week 5 - Colts -
Matchup of Week 6 - Saints at Patriots -

Rank / Team / Record

1. Denver Broncos (5-0)
Broncos riding Peyton Manning’s hot season.

2. New Orleans Saints (5-0)
Saints go to New England for classic Brees vs Brady matchup.

3. New England Patriots (4-1)
Patriots get Saints at home this Sunday.

4. Seattle Seahawks (4-1)
The Seahawks came up short vs the Colts.

5. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)
The hot Chiefs get the hated Raiders at home this week.

6. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
The Ravens’ face a pivotal home game with Packers coming to town this Sunday.

7. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
Colts travel to San Diego for Monday nite clash and look to establish themselves as one of the emerging teams in the league.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (3-2)
The Bengals won a huge game vs Patriots to stay in the hunt in the AFC North.

9. Detroit Lions (3-2)
Lions were whipped by the Packers last week.

10. San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
The 49ers flashed their muscle with beating of the Texans.

11. Chicago Bears (3-2)
The Bears get GMen at home tonight after two losses in a pivotal NFC contest.

12. Houston Texans (2-3)
Texans keep coming up short in big games.

13. Green Bay Packers (2-2)
Packers’ coming off big win over the Lions, but face champion Ravens on the road this week.

14. Miami Dolphins (3-2)
The Dolphins are off this week and regroup for second half run at playoffs.

15. Arizona Cardinals (3-2)
Cards face critical NFC West matchup with visit to San Fran this week.

16. Tennessee Titans (3-2)
The Titans goes to Seattle for a key matchup for their playoff hopes.

17. Cleveland Browns (3-2)
The Browns have won a few key games and get the Lions at home this Sunday.

18. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
Skins go to Big D this week where Cowboys still head the weak NFC East.

19. New York Jets (3-2)
The Jets have surprised and get faltering Steelers at home in a key matchup for their playoff hopes.

20. San Diego Chargers (2-3)
Chargers face a critical AFC matchup vs Colts at home this week.

21. Atlanta Falcons (1-4)
Falcons get a bye week to regroup and hope to salvage a disastrous start.

22. Buffalo Bills (2-2)
The Bills have had 10 days to get ready for the Bengals this week.

23. Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)
Eagles go to Tampa to face the winless Bucs.

24. St. Louis Rams (2-3)
The Rams get the Jaguars at home this week and need a W big time.

25. New York Giants (0-5)
The GMen are still only two games out of first place.

26. Oakland Raiders (2-3
The Raiders face two critical AFC West matchups vs Chargers and Chiefs over next two weeks.

27. Washington Redskins (1-3)
The Skins came back vs the Raiders for first victory and go into their bye week prior to facing key midseason matchups.

28. Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
Vikings get a winnable game at home vs Panthers this week.

29. Carolina Panthers (1-3)
Panthers coming off a wippin by the Cards and might to regroup to get into contention.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4)
Steelers are coming off their bye week and face the surprising Jets this week.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-4)
Bucs are a mess and go with rookie QB Mike Glennon the rest of the way.

32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)
No rest for the weary - Jags go into Denver this week.

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