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Seahawks & Broncos Top NFL Rankings

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NFL Power Rankings Week 6 –
Bengals and Cardinals are Final Teams to Fall from Unbeaten Ranks

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player – WR Odell Beckham - Giants

Defensive Player – CB E.J. Gaines - Rams

Photo - QB Peyton Manning - Broncos

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Peyton Manning - Broncos

Defensive Player – DE Jason Pierre-Paul – Giants

Team of Week 5 - Giants
Matchup of Week 6 – Giants at Eagles –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Seattle Seahawks (3-1)
The Seahawks are running on all cylinders entering midseason.

2. Denver Broncos (3-1)
Broncos’ Manning is lighting up scoreboard weekly again.

3. San Diego Chargers (4-1)
Chargers could make a case as the best team in league through the early action.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-1)
Eagles continue their late magic, but host the GMen this week.

5. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
Colts won a huge AFC test vs the Ravens on Sunday.

6. Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)
The Bengals were hammered by the Patriots on Thursday nite.

7. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
The Ravens look to recover on their trip to Tampa this week.

8. Arizona Cardinals (3-1)
Cards hope to get back on positive side with home game vs Washington.

9. San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
The 49ers travel to St. Louis for important Monday night matchup.

10. New York Giants (3-2)
The GMen are on three game winning streak with Eagles and Cowboys on the agenda.

11. Green Bay Packers (3-2)
Packers’ crushed the Vikings and are hitting stride for stretch run.

12. Dallas Cowboys (4-1)
Cowboys squeaked out win over Houston. Travel to Seattle this week.

13. Detroit Lions (3-2)
Lions lost a key game in Buffalo and face the Vikings this week in vital NFC North matchup.

14. New England Patriots (3-2)
Patriots drilled the Bengals to recover swagger. Travel to Buffalo in major AFC East game.

15. Houston Texans (3-2)
Texans struggle scoring and get the Colts at home in key AFC South rivalry game.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
Steelers’ just got by the Jaguars on Sunday. Travel to Cleveland for key AFC North contest.

17. Chicago Bears (2-3)
The Bears came up short vs Panthers. Face key game in Atlanta Sunday.

18. Atlanta Falcons (2-3)
Falcons caved in vs the Giants and face the equally desperate Bears at home this week.

19. Miami Dolphins (2-2)
The Dolphins are well rested for the Packers coming to town.

20. Carolina Panthers (3-2)
The Panthers beat the Bears last week. Travel to Cincy for key matchup.

21. Buffalo Bills (3-2)
The Bills shocked the Lions on Sunday. Face the Pats in huge AFC East matchup this week.

22. New Orleans Saints (2-3)
Saints beat the Bucs in overtime. Get their bye week to regroup for a playoff run.

23. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3)
The Chiefs failed to finish with 49ers. Get bye week to prepare for critical stretch drive.

24. Minnesota Vikings (2-3)
Vikings got smoked by Packers on Thursday night and get the Lions at home this week.

25. Cleveland Browns (2-2)
The Browns won another thriller and get the Steelers at home this week.

26. St. Louis Rams (1-3)
The Rams play teams tough, but usually make the key mistake late to lose.

27. New York Jets (1-4)
The Jets are a train wreck in motion. QB Geno Smith misses pregame meeting on West coast trip. What a joke.

28. Washington Redskins (1-4)
The Skins were competitive vs Seahawks on Monday nite, but lack playmakers.

29. Tennessee Titans (1-4)
The Titans find a way to lose games. They get the bottom feeding Jaguars this week.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-4)
Bucs let the Saints off the hook last week.

31. Oakland Raiders (0-4)
The Raiders can’t lose if they don’t play. Back in action with Chargers coming to town.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)
Even the Jaguars’ mascot is a loser.

NFL Power Rankings Week 5 – Unbeaten Bengals and Cardinals Back in Action vs Playoff Contenders

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NFL Power Rankings – Unbeaten Bengals and Cardinals Back in Action vs Playoff Contenders

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - QB Teddy Bridgewater - Vikings

Defensive Player - LB C.J. Mosley - Ravens

Photo - QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Defensive Player – LB Justin Houston - Chiefs

Team of Week 4 - Packers
Matchup of Week 5 – Ravens at Colts –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Seattle Seahawks (2-1)
The Seahawks are well rested for their trip to the Capital this Monday nite.

2. Denver Broncos (2-1)
Broncos’ will host the tough Cardinals in great matchup.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0)
The Bengals are ready for a month of playoff contenders on their schedule.

4. San Diego Chargers (3-1)
Chargers are gaining valuable momentum for late October clash with Broncos.

5. Arizona Cardinals (3-0)
Cards go to Denver with starting QB Carson Palmer watching backup QB Drew Stanton directing the attack.

6. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
Eagles failed to pull out their late magic vs the 49ers last week.

7. Detroit Lions (3-1)
Lions have the big play attack to strike from anywhere.

8. Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
The Ravens drilled the overrated Panther club with ex Carolina wideout Steve Smith providing the heroics.

9. Indianapolis Colts (2-2)
Colts get their first big test AFC this year with the Ravens coming to town on Sunday.

10. Chicago Bears (2-2)
The Bears were crushed by the Packers in old rivalry matchup.

11. San Francisco 49ers (2-2)
The 49ers won a critical contest vs the Eagles last week.

12. New York Giants (2-2)
The GMen will be well rested for the Falcons coming to town.

13. Green Bay Packers (2-2)
Packers’ were awesome vs the Bears on Sunday.

14. Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
Cowboys played their best game in a decade vs the Saints on Sunday nite.

15. Atlanta Falcons (2-2)
Falcons were shocked by the Vikings last week and face the surging GMen this week.

16. New England Patriots (2-2)
Patriots are slip sliding away from their glory days.

17. Houston Texans (3-1)
Texans are a paper tiger going into a very tough stretch.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2)
Steelers’ allowed the Bucs steal game late in a crushing early loss.

19. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2)
The Chiefs drilled the Patriots in key AFC matchup, but face the 49ers this week.

20. Miami Dolphins (2-2)
The Dolphins get a bye this week with the meat of their schedule coming in October.

21. Carolina Panthers (2-2)
The Panthers were crushed by the Ravens and face a brutal seven week schedule.

22. New Orleans Saints (1-3)
Saints were drilled by the Cowboys and need a big home victory vs the Bucs to get on track.

23. Buffalo Bills (2-2)
The Bills were overmatched vs the Chargers last week.

24. Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
Vikings won a key contest vs the Falcons, but travel to Green Bay this Thursday nite.

25. Cleveland Browns (1-2)
The Browns come off their bye week with trip to Tennessee on schedule.

26. St. Louis Rams (1-2)
The Rams had two weeks to prepare for the Eagles road game.

27. New York Jets (1-3)
The struggling Jets face a buzzsaw schedule with Chargers, Broncos and Patriots to the agenda.

28. Washington Redskins (1-3)
The Skins were toasted by the GMen on Thursday night and face Seahawks this Monday nite.

29. Tennessee Titans (1-3)
The Titans get Browns at home with a soft part of schedule coming up in October.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-3)
HC Lovie Smith gets his first win with the Bucs with thriller over the Steelers.

31. Oakland Raiders (0-4)
The Raiders fire HC Dennis Allen and are on their way to another double digit loss season.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4)
Jaguars were drilled by the Chargers on the West coast last week.

NFL Power Rankings Week 5 – Unbeaten Bengals and Cardinals Back in Action vs Playoff Contenders

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NFL Power Rankings – Unbeaten Bengals and Cardinals Back in Action vs Playoff Contenders

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - QB Teddy Bridgewater - Vikings

Defensive Player - LB C.J. Mosley - Ravens

Photo - QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Defensive Player – LB Justin Houston - Chiefs

Team of Week 4 - Packers
Matchup of Week 5 – Ravens at Colts –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Seattle Seahawks (2-1)
The Seahawks are well rested for their trip to the Capital this Monday nite.

2. Denver Broncos (2-1)
Broncos’ will host the tough Cardinals in great matchup.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0)
The Bengals are ready for a month of playoff contenders on their schedule.

4. San Diego Chargers (3-1)
Chargers are gaining valuable momentum for late October clash with Broncos.

5. Arizona Cardinals (3-0)
Cards go to Denver with starting QB Carson Palmer watching backup QB Drew Stanton directing the attack.

6. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
Eagles failed to pull out their late magic vs the 49ers last week.

7. Detroit Lions (3-1)
Lions have the big play attack to strike from anywhere.

8. Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
The Ravens drilled the overrated Panther club with ex Carolina wideout Steve Smith providing the heroics.

9. Indianapolis Colts (2-2)
Colts get their first big test AFC this year with the Ravens coming to town on Sunday.

10. Chicago Bears (2-2)
The Bears were crushed by the Packers in old rivalry matchup.

11. San Francisco 49ers (2-2)
The 49ers won a critical contest vs the Eagles last week.

12. New York Giants (2-2)
The GMen will be well rested for the Falcons coming to town.

13. Green Bay Packers (2-2)
Packers’ were awesome vs the Bears on Sunday.

14. Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
Cowboys played their best game in a decade vs the Saints on Sunday nite.

15. Atlanta Falcons (2-2)
Falcons were shocked by the Vikings last week and face the surging GMen this week.

16. New England Patriots (2-2)
Patriots are slip sliding away from their glory days.

17. Houston Texans (3-1)
Texans are a paper tiger going into a very tough stretch.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2)
Steelers’ allowed the Bucs steal game late in a crushing early loss.

19. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2)
The Chiefs drilled the Patriots in key AFC matchup, but face the 49ers this week.

20. Miami Dolphins (2-2)
The Dolphins get a bye this week with the meat of their schedule coming in October.

21. Carolina Panthers (2-2)
The Panthers were crushed by the Ravens and face a brutal seven week schedule.

22. New Orleans Saints (1-3)
Saints were drilled by the Cowboys and need a big home victory vs the Bucs to get on track.

23. Buffalo Bills (2-2)
The Bills were overmatched vs the Chargers last week.

24. Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
Vikings won a key contest vs the Falcons, but travel to Green Bay this Thursday nite.

25. Cleveland Browns (1-2)
The Browns come off their bye week with trip to Tennessee on schedule.

26. St. Louis Rams (1-2)
The Rams had two weeks to prepare for the Eagles road game.

27. New York Jets (1-3)
The struggling Jets face a buzzsaw schedule with Chargers, Broncos and Patriots to the agenda.

28. Washington Redskins (1-3)
The Skins were toasted by the GMen on Thursday night and face Seahawks this Monday nite.

29. Tennessee Titans (1-3)
The Titans get Browns at home with a soft part of schedule coming up in October.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-3)
HC Lovie Smith gets his first win with the Bucs with thriller over the Steelers.

31. Oakland Raiders (0-4)
The Raiders fire HC Dennis Allen and are on their way to another double digit loss season.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4)
Jaguars were drilled by the Chargers on the West coast last week.

NFL Power Rankings - Seahawks Dominate in Opening Win over Packers

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NFL Power Rankings - Seahawks Dominate in Opening Win over Packers

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player – WR Allen Hurns - Jaguars
Defensive Player – CB Bradley Roby - Broncos

Photo - QB Russell Wilson - Seahawks

Players of the Week
Offensive Player -
TE Julius Thomas - Broncos

Defensive Player - DE Cameron Wake - Dolphins

NFL Cutdown Day Starts Roster Changes

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Calendar for the 2014 NFL Season and Postseason

August, 2014

NFL 2014 Season Dates

NFL 2014 Schedule
Key NFL Dates

Date Event
Aug. 26 - 75-man roster limit deadline (4 p.m. ET)
Aug. 28 - Preseason ends
Aug. 30 - 53-man roster limit deadline (4 p.m. ET)
Sept. 4 - 2014 NFL Regular Season Begins: Green Bay at Seattle (8:30 p.m. ET)
Oct. 7-8 - Fall league meeting (New York)
Oct. 28 - Trade Deadline (4 p.m. ET)

NFL Draft 2014 NFC Teams - 49ers & Rams Earn Top Grades

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NFL Draft 2014 – Grades
NFC Teams

49ers & Rams Earn Top Grades

Photo - WR Odell Beckham - LSU

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ARIZONA: B+
Cards continue to draft well and deep
1 (27) Deone Bucannon, S, Washington St.
2 (52) Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
3 (84) Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
3 (91) John Brown, WR, Pittsburg St.
4 (120) Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
5 (160) Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama
6 (196) Walter Powell, WR, Murray St.

ATLANTA: B
Four backers for new defensive scheme
1 (6) Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
2 (37) Ra’Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
3 (68) Dezmen Southward, DB, Wisconsin
4 (103) Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida St.
4 (139) Prince Shembo, LB, Notre Dame
5 (147) Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue
5 (168) Marquis Sprull, LB, Syracuse
7 (253) Yawin Smallwood, LB, UConn
7 (255) Tyler Starr, LB, South Dakota

CAROLINA: D
Looks like a risky draft class
1 (28) Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida St.
2 (60) Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
3 (92) Trai Turner, OG, LSU
4 (128) Tre Boston, S, North Carolina
5 (148) Bene’ Benwikere, CB, San Jose St.
6 (204) Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford

CHICAGO: C
Bears looking to improve their D
1 (14) Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
2 (51) Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
3 (82) Will Sutton, DT, Arizona St.
4 (117) Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
4 (131) Brock Vereen, DB, Minnesota
6 (183) David Fales, QB, San Jose St.
6 (191) Patrick O’Donnell, P, Miami
7 (246) Charles Leno, OT, Boise St.

DALLAS: C
Focus on D after top pick, might not be enough
1 (16) Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
2 (34) Demarcus Lawrence, LB, Boise St.
4 (119) Antony Hitchens, LB, Iowa
5 (146) Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
7 (231) Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford
7 (238) Will Smith, LB, Texas Tech
7 (248) Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
7 (251) Ken Bishop, DT, Northern Illinois
7 (254) Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon

DETROIT: C+
Where’s the secondary help???
1 (10) Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
2 (40) Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU
3 (76) Travis Swanson, OC, Arkansas
4 (133) Nevon Lawson, CB, Utah St
4 (136) Larry Webster, DE, Bloomsburg
5 (158) Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton
6 (189) T.J. Jones, WR, Notre Dame
7 (229) Nate Freese, PK, Boston College

GREEN BAY: B
Safety and receivers were fine additions
1 (21) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
2 (53) Davante Adams, WR, Fresno St.
3 (85) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Mississippi
3 (98) Richard Rodgers, TE, California
4 (121) Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona St.
5 (161) Corey Linsley, OC, Ohio St.
5 (176) Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
6 (197) Demetri Goodson, CB, Baylor
7 (236) Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley St.

MINNESOTA: B
Hoping for scores with top two selections
1 (9) Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
1 (32) Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
3 (72) Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon St.
3 (96) Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern
5 (145) David Yankey, OG, Stanford
6 (182) Antone Exum, DB, Virginia Tech
6 (184) Kendall James, CB, Maine
7 (220) Shamar Stephen, DT, UConn
7 (223) Brandon Watts, LB, Georgia Tech
7 (225) Jabari Price, CB, North Carolina

NEW ORLEANS: C+
Cooks is a home run hitter in this offense
1 (20) Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St.
2 (58) Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
4 (126) Khairi Fortt, LB, California
5 (167) Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabama
5 (169) Ronald Powell, LB, Florida
6 (202) Tavon Rooks, OT, Kansas St.

NEW YORK GIANTS: B+
Beckham can be a difference maker here
1 (12) Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
2 (43) Weston Richburg, OC, Colorado St.
3 (74) Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
4 (113) Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
5 (152) Nat Berhe, S, San Diego St.
5 (174) Devon Kennard, LB, Southern Cal
6 (187) Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame

NFL Draft 2014 AFC Teams - Steelers, Texans & Raiders Earn Top Grades

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NFL Draft 2014 – Grades
AFC Teams

Steelers, Texans & Raiders Earn Top Grades

Photo – LB Ryan Shazier – Ohio St. (Steelers #1 pick)

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BALTIMORE – C+
Continue to rebuild defense thru the draft.
1 (17) C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama.
2 (48) Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida St.
3 (79) Terrence Brooks, S, Florida St.
3 (99) Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado St.
4 (134) Brent Urban, DE, Virginia
4 (138) Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Coastal Carolina
5 (175) John Urschel, OL, Penn St.
6 (194) Keith Wenning, QB, Ball St.
7 (218) Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest

BUFFALO – C+
Paid a huge price to land Sammy Watkins
1 (4) Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
2 (44) Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
3 (73) Preston Brown, LB, Louisville
4 (109) Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke
5 (153) Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
7 (221) Randell Johnson, LB, FAU
7 (237) Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami

CINCINNATI – C+
Bengals need Dennard to plug in to this struggling secondary
1 (24) Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.
2 (55) Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
3 (88) Will Clark, DE, West Virginia
4 (111) Russell Bodine, OL, North Carolina
5 (164) A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
6 (212) Marquis Flowers, LB, Arizona
7 (239) James Wright, WR, LSU
7 (252) Lavelle Westbrooks, CB, Georgia Southern

CLEVELAND – A
Johnny Football but where’s the wide receivers???
1 (8) Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.
1 (22) Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
2 (35) Joel Bitonio, OG, Nevada
3 (71) Christian Kirksey, LB, Iowa
3 (94) Terrance West, RB, Towson
4 (127) Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

DENVER - B
Added developed players at need positions
1 (31) Bradley Roby, CB. Ohio Ste.
2 (56) Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
3 (95) Michael Schofield, OL, Michigan
5 (156) Lamin Barrow, LB, LSU
6 (207) Matt Paradis, OC, Boise St.
7 (242) Corey Nelson, LB, Oklahoma

HOUSTON – A
Excellent value top to bottom
1 (1) Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2 (33) Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
3 (65) C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
3 (83) Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
4 (135) Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh
6 (177) Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama
6 (181) Alfred Blue, RB, LSU
6 (211) Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn
7 (216) Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt
7 (256) Lonnie Ballentine, S, Memphis

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