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NFL Power Poll - Week 8 - Vikes Hold #1 Ranking, Patriots #2

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NFL Power Poll - Week 8

Vikes Fall From Unbeaten - Hold #1 Ranking
#2 Patriots Perfect Behind QB Tom Brady

Team of the Week - Philadelphia Eagles

Offensive Player of Week - RB Jay Ajayi - Dolphins
Defensive Player of Week - S Landon Collins - Giants

Rookie of Week - DE Joey Bosa - Chargers

Photo - S Landon Collins - Giants

Game of Week #8 - Green Bay Packers (4-2) at Atlanta Falcons (4-2)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 5-1 VIKINGS

Dolphins ’72 perfect season safe one another year after Vikings lose to Eagles.

#2 - 5-1 PATRIOTS
Patriots QB Tom Brady stays perfect with nice victory over the Steelers.

#3 - 4-1-1 SEAHAWKS
Seahawks were lucky Cardinals choked and tied in overtime.

#4 - 5-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ are well rested for their home game vs NFC East rival, the Eagles this Sunday.

#5 - 4-2 PACKERS
Packers' had 10 days to prepare for their trip to Atlanta in a key NFC contest between QBs Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan.

#6 - 4-2 EAGLES
Eagles jumped the Vikings last week and travel to Big D for critical NFC East contest.

#7 - 5-2 BRONCOS
Broncos shutdown the Texans Monday night with their tough defense. Host surprising tough Chargers this Sunday.

#8 - 4-3 FALCONS
Falcons were ambushed by the Chargers and face talented inconsistent Packers this week.

#9 - 4-3 REDSKINS
Washington have come back to the pack and face key matchup in Cinny in another top matchup.

#10 - 5-2 RAIDERS
The Raiders beat the Jaguars in last one and travel to Tampa for another winnable game.

#11 - 4-3 GIANTS
GMen won a critical game in London vs the Rams. They get a much-needed bye this week before a push for the NFC playoffs.

#12 - 4-3 STEELERS
The Steelers lost for the second week in a row, this time to the Patriots. They get their bye week and hope QB Ben Roethlisberger makes a fast recover to stay in the AFC North race.

#13 - 4-3 BILLS
Bills lost a tough game to the Dolphins and host AFC East rival, the Patriots in a critical matchup.

#14 - 4-2 CHIEFS
The Chiefs beat the Saints last week and face a crucial AFC matchup in Indy this Sunday.

#15 - 4-3 LIONS
The Lions’ are on a hot streak with roads games vs Texans and Vikings on the schedule.

#16 - 3-4 CHARGERS
The Chargers are a tough aggressive club who have played everyone tough and a team that must be dealt with a huge road game vs Denver that can make the AFC West race interesting.

#17 - 3-4 BENGALS
Bengals beat the Browns last week and face the Redskins in a critical contest for both clubs’ playoff hopes.

#18 - 4-3 TEXANS
The Texans were beat by Denver on Monday with the same recurring offensive problems.

#19 - 3-4 RAVENS
The Ravens were beat in back to back games at MetLife.

#20 - 3-4 RAMS
The Ram’s offensive problems persist and they were beat by the Giants in London. Bye week to regroup.

#21 - 3-3-1 CARDINALS
The Cardinals blew the game vs the Seahawks and had to settle for a tie in overtime. No time to sulk as they travel to Carolina for a crucial NFC clash.

#22 - 3-4 COLTS
The Colts’ held on vs the Titans last week. They host the hot Chiefs in an important clash for both AFC teams.

#23 - 3-4 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins beat the Bills last week for two wins in a row. They rest this week prior to a favorable second half schedule.

#24 - 2-4 SAINTS
The Saints high powered offense hosts the tough Seahawks defense in the Dome. The Saints’ defense stops no one and probably keeps them out of playoff contention.

#25 - 3-3 BUCCANEERS
The Bucs have won the games they should compete in this season. They host the Raiders and Falcons that will test this young club and any postseason aspirations.

#26 - 3-4 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota has this offense working and the Titans are competitive weekly. They host the Jaguars on Thursday night that could get them to .500 at midseason.

#27 - 2-4 JAGUARS
The Jags' face four road games in the next five weeks that will test this young club to the fullest. Their talented young defense is going through the difficult growing pains.

#28 - 2-5 JETS
Jets lost QB Geno Smith early in an injury that brought veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick back as the starter. He led them to a win over the Ravens that ended their short losing streak.

#29 - 1-5 PANTHERS
Panthers come off their bye week and must step up to get into contention after a horrible start. They have NFC opponents, the Cardinals and Rams the next two weeks that may define their season.

#30 - 1-6 49ers
The 49ers were smoked at home by the Bucs with their bye week this weekend. Second half schedule offers little improvement.

#31 - 1-6 BEARS
The Bears were trashed by their arch rival, the Packers last Thursday night. They host the Vikings on Monday in another mismatch.

#32 - 0-7 BROWNS
The Browns host the Jets this week and have circled this game since training camp.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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

Michigan Defenders Jabrill Peppers and Jourdan Lewis Among 16 Jim Thorpe Semi-Finalists

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Michigan Defenders Peppers and Lewis Among 16 Jim Thorpe Semi-Finalists
Desmond King of Iowa Highlights List to Repeat For Defensive Back Award

Photo – CB Desmond King - Iowa

A pair of University of Michigan defenders – Jourdan Lewis and Jabrill Peppers – have been named semifinalists for the 2016 Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Association of Oklahoma City. This award is given to the top defensive back in college football. Michigan is the only school with two players among the 16 semifinalists for the award. It’s the first time that the Wolverines have had at least two players named semifinalists in the same season.

Cornerback Jourdan Lewis and linebacker/defensive back Jabrill Peppers have been leaders on the Wolverines’ top-rated defense. The duo has helped Michigan lead the nation in five defensive categories and list in the top four of 10 overall categories. U-M’s pass defense is tops in the country allowing just 111 yards through the air per contest. The opposition has shied away from Lewis’ side of the field this season, only targeting the All-American cornerback 10 times. He has only allowed seven receiving yards on two catches through three games. Lewis has 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception and four pass breakups in four games of action.

Peppers is all over the field for the Wolverines, lining up at 14 different positions. Defensively, he is second on the team with a career-best 40 tackles, including a team-leading 10 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Offensively, Peppers has carried the ball 10 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns while catching a five-yard pass against Illinois. He is third nationally in punt returns with 14 for 249 yards (17.8 avg.) and one touchdown, and returned five kickoffs for 153 yards.

Highlighted by Desmond King, last year's Thorpe Award recipient, this year's watch list includes nine seniors, four juniors, and three sophomores. King (5-foot-11, 200-pounds) has started all eight games at cornerback this season and has 46 career starts. This season he has recorded 26 solo tackles and 15 assists, leads Iowa with six pass break-ups, and had a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown in a win at Purdue.

King, a native of Detroit, also leads Iowa’s special teams through eight games. He is averaging 32 yards per kickoff return to rank sixth in the nation. He is also averaging 9.2 yards on punt returns. King had a career-best 77-yard kickoff return last weekend against Wisconsin. In 2015, King tied the Iowa single-season record and ranked second in the country with eight interceptions, while recording 72 tackles and a team-high 13 pass breakups. He averaged 14.2 yards on 17 punt returns and 24.4 yards on 29 kickoff returns.
King was named a unanimous consensus All-American in 2015, was the recipient of the Jack Tatum Award and was named the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Conference Defensive Back of the Year. King was one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, and was Iowa’s Most Valuable Player on defense.

The three finalists for the Thorpe Award will be named on Monday, Nov. 21. The winner of the prestigious award will be announced live on ESPN’s Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8. The 2016 Thorpe Award winner will be honored at a banquet in Oklahoma City on Feb. 7, 2017.

2016 Thorpe Award Semifinalists
Jaire Alexander, Louisville, So.
Budda Baker, Washington, Jr.
Travon Blanchard, Baylor, Jr.
Justin Evans, Texas A&M, Sr.
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama, So.
Malik Hooker, Ohio State, So.
Adoree’ Jackson, USC, Jr.
Desmond King, Iowa, Sr.
Jourdan Lewis, Michigan, Sr.
Kai Nacua, BYU, Sr.
Jabrill Peppers, Michigan, Jr.
Weston Steelhammer, Air Force, Sr.
Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson, Sr.
Tre’Davious White, LSU, Sr.
Andrew Wingard, Wyoming, So.
Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff 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, 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

Bama Rolls Over Texas A&M To Hold #1 Ranking - Top 25 Poll

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College Football Monday - Week 9

Bama Rolls Over Unbeaten Texas A&M
Ohio St Loses to Penn St. in Big Ten Thriller

Team of Week - Louisville

Offensive Player of Week - QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville
Defensive Player of Week - DL Jonathan Allen - Alabama

Photo - DL Jonathan Allen - Alabama

Upcoming Weekly Matchups
Clemson at Florida St., Washington at Utah, Notre Dame at Miami, Nebraska at Wisconsin in major Matchups

Alabama faced one of their most difficult tasks last Saturday when they travelled to College Station and met the undefeated #6 ranked Texas A&M Aggies. They beat the Aggies 33-14 with another impressive defensive performance led by Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson. Allen made a game changing play on a fumble caused by Ryan Anderson when he scooped up the loose ball and went 29 for a TD. It was the 10th consecutive game the Tide registered a defensive score. It was the 2nd week in a row Bama beat a top ten SEC opponent thoroughly. They did trail the Aggies 14-13 into the 3rd quarter, but their relentless defense took over in crunch time and registered 5 sacks for the day. The Crimson Tide has gained momentum entering their bye week prior to a final month of play, starting with an important trip to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers. They will enjoy the bye week and prepare for the final push to repeat as national champions with a handsome current 20 game winning streak dating back to last midseason.

Ohio St was ambushed in Happy Valley by a Penn St club that won their biggest Big Ten matchup during the HC James Franklin tenure. The Nittany Lions used an aggressive defense that harassed Buckeye QB JT Barrett and totaled 6 sacks that kept the mobile passer out of rhythm all night. Penn St. blitzed on over 50% of plays with LBers Brandon Bell and Jason Cabinda the key defenders. Despite the strong defensive effort, the Nittany Lions were still behind late in the 4th quarter and needed a blocked FG attempt returned for a TD to pull out the victory 24-21. It was the 2nd blocked kick of the night for PSU and one that cost the Buckeyes (6-1) their perfect record. Penn St (5-2) entered the Top 25 with a #24 ranking with 5 winnable Big Ten games on the schedule.

Louisville bombed N.C. St. 54-13 in another outstanding performance by Cardinal QB Lamar Jackson. The Cardinals improved their record to 6-1 while Jackson strengthen his Heisman Trophy race leadership. He posted 359 yards by halftime with 3 TD passes that caught the Wolfpack defense off balance all game. NC St pushed Clemson into overtime last week before losing in overtime. Louisville plays an average schedule the rest of the way, but needs help to win the Atlantic division of the ACC where Clemson holds a one game lead off their win over Louisville. Clemson travels to Tallahassee to face Florida St that could be their only stumbling block the rest of the season prior to the ACC Championship matchup.

Unbeatens, Nebraska and Baylor stayed in the top ten of the recent rankings. Nebraska beat a weak Purdue club to go 7-0 and #7 ranking off their best record in 15 years. They face a tough Wisconsin club this week in Madison that could define their push to the top 5 rankings and a possible final four selection. Baylor is coming off a bye week to prepare for a faltering Texas that fell to 3-4 off a loss to Kansas St. 24-21. The Bears face their toughest Big 12 games over the final five games that will determine if they can move up in the top ten. Undefeated West Virginia, Boise St and Western Michigan continue to move up the top 25, though slowly off competition concerns. West Virginia pounded TCU 34-10 in an impressive win that brought their record to 6-0 and their best start since 2006. They may be the sleeper team of the year and a legitimate Big 12 club that can surprise with their most difficult games vs Oklahoma and Baylor at home late in the season. Their balanced offense has given them an advantage weekly through the first half of the schedule while their defense has made marked improvement over that period.

Game of the Week - Clemson (7-0) at Florida St (5-2)

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff 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, 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

Bama Dominates Texas A&M to Hold #1 Ranking in Top 25

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Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Week 9 - Oct. 23

Team of Week - Louisville

Offensive Player of Week - QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville
Defensive Player of Week - DL Jonathan Allen - Alabama

Photo - QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville

Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Rank/ Team/ Rec
1 Alabama) - 8-0
2 Clemson - 7-0
3 Michigan - 7-0
4 Washington - 7-0
5 Ohio St - 6-1
6 Louisville - 6-1
7 Texas A&M - 6-1
8 Nebraska - 7-0
9 Baylor - 6-0
10 West Virginia - 6-0
11 Florida - 5-1
12 Tennessee - 5-2
13 Wisconsin - 5-2
14 Florida St - 5-2
15 Boise State - 7-0
16 Auburn - 5-2
17 Oklahoma - 5-2
18 Utah - 7-1
19 Western Michigan - 8-0
20 North Carolina - 6-2
21 LSU - 5-2
22 Navy - 5-1
23 Colorado - 6-2
24 Penn State - 5-2
25 Virginia Tech - 5-2

AP Top 25
Rank/ Team/ Rec/ Pts / 1st Place Votes

1 Alabama (60) 8-0 - 1524
2 Michigan (1) 7-0 - 1446
3 Clemson 7-0 - 1382
4 Washington 7-0 - 1373
5 Louisville 6-1 - 1276
6 Ohio State 6-1 - 1143
7 Nebraska 7-0 - 1083
8 Baylor 6-0 - 1063
9 Texas A&M 6-1 - 1007
10 West Virginia 6-0 - 997
11 Wisconsin 5-2 - 980
12 Florida State 5-2 - 725
13 Boise State 7-0 - 716
14 Florida 5-1 - 654
15 Auburn 5-2 - 641
16 Oklahoma 5-2 - 626
17 Utah 7-1 - 584
18 Tennessee 5-2 - 572
19 LSU 5-2 - 352
20 Western Michigan 8-0 - 349
21 North Carolina 6-2 -328
22 Navy 5-1 - 251
23 Colorado 6-2 - 207
24 Penn State 5-2 - 193
25 Virginia Tech 5-2 - 110

Dropped from rankings: Houston 11, Arkansas 17, Ole Miss 23

Others receiving votes: Washington State 84, Houston 67, Oklahoma State 62, Arkansas 14, Troy 6, USC 5, San Diego State 2, Pittsburgh 2, SMU 1

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff 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, 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

Draft Insiders' Yearbook Scouting Report - RB Ezekiel Elliott

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Draft Insiders' Yearbook Scouting Report and Review of RB Ezekiel Elliott Chosen #4th overall by the Dallas Cowboys

NFL Draft Review 2016 - June 2016
The Cowboys drafted running back Ezekiel Elliott in the first round after both top QBs went off the board with the first two selections. Elliott is a terrific fit here and capable of being the biggest impact rookie in the entire class. He is a complete back and highly developed to step in immediately. With starting veteran Darren McFadden out with a dislocated elbow, Elliott gets a chance this preseason to claim the job and never look back. He gives this offense an impact runner that can lengthen Tony Romo’s career with a more balanced attack. He has the makings of an instant star in Dallas and a great selection. - Frank Coyle

Draft Insiders' Yearbook 2016 - March 2016
1. * Ezekiel Elliott #15 - 6-0, 225 - Ohio St - Sp. 4.45 Rating 92
Hindu Theory:Jamal Lewis

Explosive powerful junior is one of the most gifted backs over the past decade. His short career included several major performances on a big stage including the national title game as a freshman. Possesses an NFL body with a well-developed muscular frame with the natural ability to drop his pads and square up when attacking the line. Shows the burst to make the corner consistently and go the distance. Cutting skills of a smaller back with the power to break and bounces off tacklers. Shows natural vision and balance as a runner with the power and toughness to consistently get the most of each attempt. Reads his initial blocks very well and shows a feel for finding daylight and the speed to hit the opening and break plays. Powers through creases with authority and the speed to stick-and-go with an extreme burst out of his cuts. Shows the ability to juke and shift his weight very well, especially for a 225 lb. back. Able to string multiple moves together, including jump cuts that can leave tacklers flatfooted. Natural soft hands as a receiver out of the backfield and capable of a big play once he catches the ball. Needs route running work and is still raw in that area. Physical and willing blocker in pass protection. Rare combination of speed and power with early impact as a pro feature runner. Very strong lower body with good straight arm move and can maintain balance well after contact. Appears to effortlessly run through attempted arm tackles. His speed makes him a threat to score from anywhere on the field and he did over his career. Extremely tough to tackle from an angle. Presses line very well to set up cut-back opportunities. Able to decisively get downhill, showing fine bend and forward lean and effectively slips through small holes and explode out. Shows quick, tight footwork for a big back and gets to the second level effortlessly. Can sink his hips and explode through a tackler or burst through an opening, causing safeties to hesitate when coming downhill. Able to turn speed into power between tackles or when turning the corner. Seldom looks to go out of bounds and works to finish. Strong hands and carries ball securely close to his body. Highly developed as a receiver to be an immediate three down feature back, combining excellent hands and explosive big play ability after the catch. As a blocker, he will face up with linebackers, but needs hand technique development to be a finished complete feature back.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started the 13 games and rushed for 1821 yards on 289 carries for a 6.3 average and 23 TDs. He added 27 receptions for 206 yards that earned 1st team Big Ten honors including Offensive Player of the Year. For the 2014 season, he rushed for 1878 yards on 273 attempts for 6.9 yard average and 18 TDs. He added 28 receptions for 220 yards. As a freshman in 2013, he backed up future #2 pick Carlos Hyde. He rushed for 262 yards on just 30 carries for an 8.7 average and 2 TDs and added 3 receptions for 23 yards. Over his career, he rushed for 3961 yards on 592 attempts for a fine 6.7 average and 43 TDs plus totaled 58 receptions for 449 yards and 1 TD. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ and 225 lbs. and ran a 4.45 time with a 1.58 ten yard split. He did not lift. He did a 32.5” VL and a 9’10” BJ. He was impressive in the positional drills.
The Skinny: Fast physical downhill thumper with the talent to be an immediate feature back. He can be his own blocker and runs both equally well. His receiving skills have developed nicely with reps, though he must continue to improve in that role. As a blocker, he shows quick reactions and toughness to face up with defenders and use his strong frame and agility. Natural running skills to be a difference maker and is similar to former feature back Jamal Lewis in size, running style and big play abilities. Very well rounded back and excellent early round addition with the skill set to be a rookie impact player and core weapon. Top 10 prospect with talent to be among the leagues’ best backs within a short time.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - Top Ten

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff 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, 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

NFL Power Poll Week 7 - Vikings Face Eagles in NFC Clash

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NFL Power Poll - Week 7

Photo - WR Odell Beckham - Giants

Team of the Week – New York Giants

Offensive Player of the Week - WR Odell Beckham - Giants
Defensive Player of the Week - LB Dont’a Hightower - Patriots

Rookie of Week - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Cowboys

Game of Week #7 - Minnesota Vikings (5-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 5-0 VIKINGS

Vikings well rested for their trip to Philly for key NFC battle.

#2 - 5-1 PATRIOTS
Patriots QB Tom Brady had outstanding game in return to Foxborough that made Bengals look inept.

#3 - 4-1 SEAHAWKS
Seahawks pulled out a wild win over Falcons and face NFC West rival, the Cardinals in desert Sunday night.

#4 - 5-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ get their bye week after another big win over the Packers up next. Rookies, runner Ezekiel Elliott and QB Daz Prescott have been difference makers.

#5 - 3-2 PACKERS
Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers struggled vs Cowboys and face NFC North rival, the Bears Thursday night in a key matchup.

#6 - 4-2 EAGLES
Eagles have dropped two in a row and host the undefeated Vikings this Sunday.

#7 - 4-2 BRONCOS
Broncos will have 12 days after their loss to the Chargers to get ready for the Texans Monday night.

#8 - 4-2 STEELERS
The Steelers were shocked by the Dolphins last week and lose QB Ben Roethlisberger for at least a month.

#9 - 4-2 FALCONS
Veteran QB Matt Ryan had the Falcons poised to beat the Seahawks but key mistakes late in the game gave Seattle an important victory.

#10 - 4-2 REDSKINS
Washington has won four straight games and travel to Motor city to face the tough Lions who are playing well.

#11 - 4-2 RAIDERS
The Raiders were carved up by Chiefs Alex Smith and runner Spencer Ware. The Raiders face the Jaguars on the road in a key AFC contest.

#12 - 3-3 GIANTS
Odell is a special playmaker and a difference maker for the GMen. They travel to London to face the Rams in a critical NFC matchup before their bye week.

#13 - 3-3 RAVENS
The Ravens need to get healthy to make a playoff run. Get struggling Jets this week.

#14 - 4-2 TEXANS
The Texans beat AFC rivals, the Colts last week. They travel to Denver for key Monday night clash with Broncos with playoff implications.

#15 - 4-2 BILLS
Bills' face the Dolphins in hopes of their 5th win in a row prior to key AFC East matchup with the Patriots the following week.

#16 - 3-2 CHIEFS
The Chiefs beat the Raiders behind a strong performance by QB Alex Smith. They get the Saints at home this week.

#17 - 3-3 RAMS
Rams were beat by Detroit with late FG in last game. GMen in London will be tough matchup this week.

#18 - 3-3 CARDINALS
The Cardinals feasted on the Jets to prep for their crucial NFC West clash with the Seahawks Sunday night. They have given the Seahawks trouble in recent seasons and need to challenge divisional leadership.

#19 - 3-3 LIONS
The Lions’ QB Matt Stafford had a hot hand again vs the highly rated Rams defense for a 31-28 victory. . They host NFC contender, the Redskins to complete a three game homestand.

#20 - 2-4 CHARGERS
The Chargers had 10 days to celebrate their win over the Broncos. They face two huge road games that takes them to Atlanta and Denver that may define their playoff hopes.

#21 - 2-4 BENGALS
Bengals were toasted by Patriots QB Tom Brady in last one. They have back to back critical home games vs the Browns and Redskins prior to their bye week to right this ship.

#22 - 2-4 COLTS
The Colts’ lost a tough one vs the Texans last week. They face South rival, the Titans who they have surprised in the early action.

#23 - 2-3 SAINTS
The Saints won off another strong performance by Drew Brees vs the Panthers. The Saints need to continue their winning ways with the Chiefs and Seahawks up next.

#24 - 2-3 BUCCANEERS
The Bucs rested after a win over the Panthers. They travel to San Fran in hopes of a two game winning streak.

#25 - 3-3 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota continues to progress and directed another win this time vs the Browns. They host the Colts and Jaguars over next two weeks.

#26 - 2-3 JAGUARS
The Jags' are coming off a one-point win over the Bears in a battle of last place clubs. Their talented young defense continues to improve that keeps them in games.

#27 - 2-4 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins shocked the Steelers to get into the win column. They host the Bills this week that may determine any postseason hopes for the 2016 season.

#28 - 1-5 PANTHERS
How the mighty have fallen. Carolina lost to another NFC South opponent, the Saints. They get a bye this week to regroup for a necessary second half turnaround to challenge for the postseason.

#29 - 1-5 JETS
Jets were trashed again, this time by the Cardinals. HC Todd Bowles goes to QB Geno Smith at home vs the Ravens in a desperate move to stop the slide.

#30 - 1-5 49ers
The 49ers were awful in blowout to the Bills with QB Colin Kaepernick lousy at the helm. They host the Bucs this Sunday prior to their bye week.

#31 - 1-5 BEARS
The Bears lost to the lowly Jaguars in last one. They face their arch rival, the Packers on Thursday night before hosting the Vikings on Monday in two defining NFC North matchups.

#32 - 0-6 BROWNS
The Browns lost a close one to the Titans to remain the only winless club in the league. They travel to Cinny this week before hosting the struggling Jets in two weeks.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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

Barrett, Watson, Mahomes, Dobbs & Kelly Among Finalists for Johnny Unitas Award

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Barrett Named Finalist for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award presented annually to the nation’s top QB

Ohio State junior QB J.T. Barrett has been named one of 15 finalists for the 2016 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented to the country’s top college quarterback.

Photo - QB J.T. Barrett - Ohio St

Barrett, Ohio State’s all-time leader with 60 TD passes in just 22 career starts, has been outstanding through five games, accounting for 19 TDs (15 passing, 4 rushing) while completing 79-of-123 passes for 981 yards. He tossed a career-high six TD passes to four different receivers in the season-opening win over Bowling Green while throwing for a career-high 349 yards. He also rushed for a score to set an Ohio State record with seven TDs accounted for in that contest.

In the road win at #14 Oklahoma, he tossed four TD passes – all to Noah Brown – and added 74 yards on the ground. Against Rutgers, he tossed another four TD passes and now ranks ninth in the FBS with his 15. Two weeks ago, he rushed for a season-high 137 yards and a score and added 93 yards and a TD through the air in the win over the Hoosiers.

The Wichita Falls, Texas native is responsible for 86 career TDs (rushing and passing) and needs three more to break Braxton Miller’s school record of 88. Barrett’s 86 scores also are the second-most among active FBS players.

Barrett, who is 21-2 in his career as a starter, helped the #2-ranked Buckeyes to come back at Madison, Wis., and beat the #8 Wisconsin Badgers last Saturday.

Remaining candidates for the prestigious annual award are:
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
Luke Falk, Washington State
Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
Trevor Knight, Texas A&M
Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
Cooper Rush, Central Michigan
Seth Russell, Baylor
Zach Terrell, Western Michigan
Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
Greg Ward, Jr., Houston
Deshaun Watson, Clemson
Davis Webb, California

The Golden Arm Award is presented at the end of each season since 1987 to the nation’s top college quarterback, based on his accomplishments both on and off the field. Candidates must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class. These strong leaders have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and worked hard for themselves and their teams during the season and beyond.

“The Golden Arm Award considers character, citizenship, integrity, leadership, and honor – characteristics that were displayed by my father – to be every bit as important as the quarterback’s completion rate or number of touchdowns scored,” says John C. Unitas, Jr., President of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. “Despite my Dad’s outstanding accomplishments, he never forgot his humble beginnings and that won him a permanent place in the hearts of everyone who ever knew him,”

In 2016, The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, December 9, in Baltimore, MD. Proceeds from the event help support the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. The Foundation provides financial assistance to underprivileged and deserving young scholar-athletes throughout Maryland and Kentucky.

The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.

Past standout winners of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award® include: Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997); Carson Palmer (USC, 2002); Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003); Brady Quinn (Notre Dame, 2006); Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007); Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009); and Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011), Marcus Mariota (Oregon, 2014) Last year’s winner Connor Cook, Michigan State.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He 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, 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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