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Ahead of the Curve

Ahead of the Curve is a syndicated football column by Frank Coyle that covers NFL and College football year round. It appears in different national publications and on web sites throughout the season and postseason each year.

NFL Postseason Dates 2017 - NFL Draft - April 27-29

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NFL Postseason Dates
** Feb 5: Super Bowl LI, Houston, Tx. **
Patriot 34 - Falcons 28

February 15: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

Photo - QB Matt Ryan - Falcons (NFL MVP 2016)

Seven regional Player Combines in different nationwide locations from late Jan thru April

*** February 28-March 6: NFL Combine 2017 ***
Timing & Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, In.

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March 1: Prior to 4:00 p.m., deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 7-9: During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 7th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2016 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.
During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee of a club, other than the player's current club.
March 9: The 2017 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
The first day of the 2017 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9.
March 9: Trading period for 2017 begins at 4:00 p.m., after expiration of 2016 contracts.
March 26-29: Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
April 3: Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2016 season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 17: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 21: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
April 26: Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.

***** April 27-29: NFL Draft 2017 - Philadelphia, Pa. *****

Draft Insiders’ 2016 All Rookie Teams - Player of Year Awards

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Draft Insiders’ 2016 Rookie Team

Cowboys, Falcons and Chargers Post Best Rookie Classes

Photo - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas

Offensive Player of Year - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas
Defensive Player of Year - DE Joey Bosa - San Diego

First team Offense
QB Dak Prescott - Dallas
RB Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas
FB Derek Watt - San Diego
WR Mike Thomas - New Orleans
WR Sterling Shepard - NY Giants
TE Hunter Henry - San Diego
OT Jack Conklin - Tennessee
OT Ronnie Stanley - Baltimore
OG Laremy Tunsil - Miami
OG Joe Thuney - New England
OC Graham Glasgow - Detroit

First Team Defense
DE Joey Bosa - San Diego
DE DeForest Buckner - San Francisco
DT Javon Hargrave - Pittsburgh
DT Chris Jones - Kansas City
LB Leonard Floyd - Chicago
LB DeVondre Campbell - Atlanta
LB Deion Jones - Atlanta
LB Darron Lee - NY Jets
CB Vernon Hargreaves - Tampa Bay
CB Jalen Ramsey - Jacksonville
S Keanu Neal - Atlanta
S Vonn Bell - New Orleans

P Riley Dixon - Denver
K Will Lutz - New Orleans
RS Tyreek Hill - Kansas City

Head Coach - Ben McAdoo - NY Giants

Offense - Second Team
QB Carson Wentz - Philadelphia
RB Jordan Howard - Chicago
FB Andy Janovich - Denver
WR Tajae Sharp - Tennessee
WR Will Fuller - Houston
TE Tyler Higbee - Los Angeles
OT Taylor Decker - Detroit
OT Joe Haeg - Indianapolis
OG Josh Garnett - San Francisco
OG Germain Ifedi - Seattle
OC Ryan Kelly - Indianapolis

Defense - Second Team
DE Noah Spence - Tampa Bay
DE Yannick Ngakoue - Jacksonville
DT Jihad Ward - Oakland
DT Maliek Collins - Dallas
LB Blake Martinez - Green Bay
LB Jordan Jenkins - NY Jets
LB Elandon Roberts - New England
LB Jatavis Brown - San Diego
CB Eli Apple - NY Giants
CB Tavon Young - Baltimore
S Sean Davis - Pittsburgh
S Karl Joseph - Oakland

P Drew Kaser - San Diego
K Robert Aguayo - Tampa Bay
RS Kenyan Drake - Miami

Head Coach - Adam Gase - Miami

NFL Power Poll - Divisional Races Decide Final Playoff Clubs

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NFL Power Poll - Week 16

Week 16 - Five Divisional Races Decide Final Playoff Clubs

Team of the Week - Tennessee Titans

Offensive Player of Week - QB Drew Brees - Saints
Defensive Player of Week - Safety Keanu Neal - Falcons

Rookie of Week - QB Dak Prescott - Cowboys

Photo - QB Drew Brees - Saints

Game of Week #16 - Baltimore Ravens (8-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5)

X - Divisional winner / Y- clinched playoff spot

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 12-2 y - COWBOYS
#2 - 12-2 x - PATRIOTS
#3 - 11-3 y - RAIDERS
#4 - 9-4-1 x - SEAHAWKS
#5 - 9-5 STEELERS
#6 - 10-4 GIANTS
#7 - 10-4 CHIEFS
#8 - 8-6 PACKERS
#9 - 9-5 LIONS
#10 - 9-5 FALCONS
#11 - 9-5 DOLPHINS
#12 - 8-6 RAVENS
#13 - 8-6 BUCCANEERS
#14 - 8-6 TITANS
#15 - 8-6 BRONCOS
#16 - 7-6-1 REDSKINS
#17 - 8-6 TEXANS
#18 - 7-7 COLTS
#19 - 7-7 VIKINGS
#20 - 7-7 BILLS
#21 - 6-8 SAINTS
#22 - 6-8 PANTHERS
#23 - 5-8-1 CARDINALS
#24 - 5-8-1 BENGALS
#25 - 5-9 EAGLES
#26 - 5-9 CHARGERS
#27 - 4-10 RAMS
#28 - 4-10 JETS
#29 - 3-11 BEARS
#30 - 2-12 JAGUARS
#31 - 1-13 49ers
#32 - 0-14 BROWNS

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

NFL Power Poll - Patriots, Giants & Chiefs Move Into Top 5

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NFL Power Poll - Week 15

Patriots, Giants & Chiefs Move Into Top 5 Rankings

Team of the Week - New York Giants

Offensive Player of Week RB Le’Veon Bell - Steelers
Defensive Player of Week CB Janoris Jenkins - Giants

Rookie of Week - QB Carson Wentz - Eagles

Photo - RB Le’Veon Bell - Steelers

Game of Week #15 - New England Patriots (11-2) at Denver Broncos (8-5)

Ranking/Record/Team
#1 - 11-2 - PATRIOTS

Patriots established AFC supremacy again with strong victory over Ravens.

#2 - 11-2 - COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ lost again to the GMen that puts their East title on hold with huge matchup with Bucs Sunday night on the agenda.

#3 - 9-4 - GIANTS
GMen won a gutty game vs Cowboys that made a statement in the NFC. They face the tough Lions at home this week that shapes two divisional races.

#4 - 10-3 - CHIEFS
The Chiefs are undefeated in the AFC West after beating Raiders in critical matchup for divisional leadership.

#5 - 10-3 - RAIDERS
The Raiders have to recover quickly from their Thursday night loss to the Chiefs with trip to San Diego up next.

#6 - 8-5 - BRONCOS
Broncos lost a heartbreaker to Titans and host a vital game with the Patriots for their playoff hopes.

#7 - 8-5 - FALCONS
Falcons stay atop the NFC South after a strong game vs the struggling Rams.

#8 - 9-4 - LIONS
The Lions’ just got by the Bears and QB Matthew Stafford injured his throwing hands. Travel to Met Life for matchup with the Giants that has a huge impact on both divisional races.

#9 - 8-4-1 - SEAHAWKS
Seahawks are struggling and Russell Wilson was horrible with five picks in Packer loss.

#10 - 8-5 - STEELERS
The Steelers won their fourth straight behind a huge performance by back Le’Veon Bell vs the Bills.

#11 - 8-5 - BUCCANEERS
The Bucs are hot with their fifth straight win vs the Saints to tie with the Falcons for NFC South leadership. They travel to Dallas for the acid test in critical Sunday night clash.

#12 - 7-5-1 - REDSKINS
Redskins beat the Eagles to end their two game losing streak. They host the Panthers on Monday night in a must win situation for any postseason hopes.

#13 - 7-6 - TEXANS
The Texans ended a three game losing streak and won a divisional road game vs the Colts to stay atop the close AFC South race.

#14 - 7-6 - VIKINGS
Vikes beat the lowly Jaguars to stay alive in the NFC playoff race. They host the Colts this Sunday where the loser is virtually out of any postseason hopes.

#15 - 7-6 - PACKERS
Packers' won their third straight game with a beat down of the Seahawks that keeps them in the NFC North mix with three weeks left.

#16 - 8-5 - DOLPHINS
The Dolphins have made a fine comeback vs Cardinals and won on a last second FG to overcome a knee injury to QB Ryan Tannehill that keeps him out for at least a few weeks.

#17 - 7-6 - RAVENS
Ravens were beaten by the Patriots and face the Eagles this week at home in vital game to stay alive for their matchup with Steelers on Christmas day.

#18 - 7-6 - TITANS
The Titans went over .500 with big victory over the Broncos that has them tied for first place in the AFC South.

#19 - 6-7 - COLTS
The Colts’ lost a slug out with the Texans that leaves them in tough spot with road games at Minnesota and Oakland up next.

#20 - 5-7-1 - BENGALS
Bengals beat the winless Browns to keep their slim playoff chances alive. Host the Steelers this Sunday that decides their 2016 fate.

#21 - 6-7 - BILLS
Bills lost to the Steelers that all but eliminates them from the postseason, unless they run the table and get a lot of help.

#22 - 5-8 - SAINTS
QB Drew Brees leads the league with 4170 yards passing while the Saints defense has allowed a whopping 351 points.

#23 - 5-7-1 - CARDINALS
The Cardinals lost again this time to the Dolphins, giving up a last second FG on a drive directed by backup QB Matt Moore.

#24 - 5-8 - PANTHERS
Panthers beat the lowly Chargers to keep their slim chances alive with NFC games vs the Redskins and Falcons up next.

#25 - 5-8 - EAGLES
Eagles lost their fourth in a row to the Redskins. They have lost 8 of their last 10 contests making their 3-0 start a distant memory.

#26 - 5-8 - CHARGERS
The Chargers were slammed by the Panthers behind five Philip Rivers turnovers and five sacks.

#27 - 4-9 - JETS
Jets came back and beat the pathetic 49ers behind young QB Bryce Petty. They face three AFC East rivals to finish a terrible season.

#28 - 4-9 - RAMS
The Rams’ were embarrassed by the Falcons that cost HC Jeff Fisher his job this week.

#29 - 3-10 - BEARS
Bears are still fighting but also still losing close games that may once again force big offseason changes.

#30 - 2-11 - JAGUARS
The Jags' lost their eighth straight this time to the Vikings that guarantees another five win or less season and probably a top three selection in April.

#31 - 1-12 - 49ers
The 49ers lost their 12th game in a row to set a new franchise record.

#32 - 0-13 - BROWNS
The Browns lost their 16th straight game and will challenge the Lions winless season.

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

NFL Power Poll - Cowboys, Patriots & Raiders Top Rankings

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NFL Power Poll - Cowboys, Patriots & Raiders Top Rankings

Raiders vs Chiefs Highlight Week 14 Games

Team of the Week - Pittsburgh Steelers

Offensive Player of Week RB Le’Veon Bell - Steelers
Defensive Player of Week Safety Eric Berry - Chiefs

Rookie of Week - RB Jordan Howard - Bears

Photo - Safety Eric Berry - Chiefs

Game of Week #14 – Oakland Raiders (10-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-3)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 11-1 COWBOYS
#2 - 10-2 PATRIOTS
#3 - 10-2 RAIDERS
#4 - 9-3 CHIEFS
#5 - 8-4 BRONCOS
#6 - 8-3-1 SEAHAWKS
#7 - 8-4 LIONS
#8 - 7-5 STEELERS
#9 - 8-4 GIANTS
#10 - 7-5 FALCONS
#11 - 7-5 RAVENS
#12 - 6-6 VIKINGS
#13 - 6-6 PACKERS
#14 - 6-5-1 REDSKINS
#15 - 6-6 TEXANS
#16 - 6-6 COLTS
#17 - 7-5 BUCCANEERS
#18 - 7-5 DOLPHINS
#19 - 5-6-1 CARDINALS
#20 - 6-6 TITANS
#21 - 6-6 BILLS
#22 - 5-7 SAINTS
#23- 5-7 EAGLES
#24 - 5-7 CHARGERS
#25 - 4-7-1 BENGALS
#26 - 4-8 RAMS
#27 - 4-8 PANTHERS
#28 - 3-9 BEARS
#29 - 3-9 JETS
#30 - 2-10 JAGUARS
#31 - 1-11 49ers
#32 - 0-12 BROWNS

NFL Divisional Races Peaking for December Playoff Run

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NFL Power Poll - Week 13

NFL Divisional Races Peaking for December Playoff Run

Team of the Week - Kansas City Chiefs

Offensive Player of Week - WR Odell Beckham - Giants
Defensive Player of Week - DE Khalil Mack - Raiders

Rookie of Week - WR Michael Thomas - Saints

Photo - WR Odell Beckham - Giants

Game of Week #13 - Miami Dolphins (7-4) at Baltimore Ravens (6-5)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 9-2 - PATRIOTS

Patriots know how to win and beat a poor Jets club that finds ways to lose weekly.

#2 - 10-1 - COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ won their 10th in a row on Thanksgiving and return to Thursday night this week vs the Vikings in a key NFC matchup.

#3 - 8-2 - RAIDERS
The Raiders claim their first winning season since 2002 behind another Derek Carr 4th quarter comeback in win over the Panthers.

#4 - 8-3 - GIANTS
GMen extend winning streak to six games vs Browns and head into the teeth of their schedule starting with Steelers this week.

#5 - 8-3 - CHIEFS
The Chiefs came back to beat the Broncos to create a longjam atop the tough AFC West.

#6 - 7-3-1 - SEAHAWKS
Seahawks lost to an emerging Bucs’ club that held the Seahawks without a TD in a 14-5 loss.

#7 - 7-4 - BRONCOS
Broncos lost a heartbreaker to Chiefs and hit the road for games vs Jaguars and Titans next two week.

#8 - 7-4 - FALCONS
Falcons put an ass whippin on the Cardinals and host the stubborn Chiefs in key matchup with postseason implications.

#9 - 7-4 - LIONS
The Lions’ ate the Vikings turkey on Thanksgiving to gain first place in the NFC North.

#10 - 6-4-1 - REDSKINS
Redskins pushed the Cowboys the limit, but came up short. On the road to Arizona and Philly next two weeks in must win situations.

#11 - 6-5 - TEXANS
The Texans lost at home for the first time this season vs the Chargers. Travel to Green Bay and Indy in tough road matchups. They need to rebound to stay atop close AFC South race.

#12 - 6-5 - VIKINGS
Vikes need to regroup quickly after loss to the Lions with Cowboys coming in for vital matchup for any postseason hopes.

#13 - 7-4 - DOLPHINS
The Dolphins have made a fine comeback and did again with last second defensive stand vs the 49ers. Travel to Ravens in a game that may determine both clubs’ 2016 fate.

#14 - 6-5 - RAVENS
Ravens won key AFC North contest with the Bengals and host the resurging Dolphins in key AFC battle.

#15 - 6-5 - STEELERS
The Steelers won their second in a row vs the Colts and host the Giants in a crucial game for postseason hopes.

#16 - 5-6 - PACKERS
Packers' drilled the Eagles to stay alive for playoffs. Host the Texans and Seahawks next two weeks in major contests for each club.

#17 - 6-5 - BILLS
Bills beat the Jaguars for two in a row. Face AFC playoff clubs the Raiders and Steelers the next wo weeks.

#18 - 6-5 - BUCCANEERS
The Bucs won a major challenge vs the Seahawks that have them dreaming postseason for the first time in a decade. Travel to San Diego for dangerous trap game.

#19 - 5-6 - COLTS
The Colts’ get Andrew Luck back for Monday night affair with Jets at MetLife in a vital game for their postseason hopes.

#20 - 5-6 - EAGLES
Eagles were hammered again this time by the Packers and face must win situations vs Bengals and Redskins over next two games.

#21 - 6-6 - TITANS
The Titans won last the Bears and get a late bye week before a final run at the playoffs.

#22 - 5-6 - CHARGERS
The Chargers won a major matchup vs the Texans, but play in the best division in football that may keep them at .500 for the season.

#23 - 5-6 - SAINTS
QB Drew Brees toasted the Rams last week and the Saints host the Lions in a major NFC matchup that can shape two divisions.

#24 - 4-6-1 - CARDINALS
The Cardinals lost again this time to the Falcons and host the Redskins in a must win situation for even a shot for the postseason.

#25 - 4-7 - RAMS
The Ram’s handed the ball to top pick QB Jared Goff and he had some good moments, but the defense collapsed in big spots again.

#26 - 3-7-1 - BENGALS
Bengals fell to the Ravens and probably would have to run the table to challenge for a playoff spot.

#27 - 4-7 - PANTHERS
Panthers lost late to the Raiders that puts them in a desperate situation vs the Seahawks and Chargers up the next two weeks.

#28 - 3-8 - JETS
Jets played the Pats tough, but don’t know how to win close games and appear headed for another top 5-8 draft position.

#29 - 2-9 - JAGUARS
The Jags' lost their sixth straight to the Bills and host the hungry Broncos this Sunday.

#30 - 2-9 - BEARS
Bears came up just short vs the Titans. Host the 49ers this week with loser the NFC basement champ.

#31 - 1-10 - 49ers
The 49ers lost their 10th in a row to the Dolphins. QB Colin Kaepernick actually played well for the first time in three years.

#32 - 0-12 - BROWNS
The Browns were whipped by the GMen, but can’t lose this Sunday with their bye week mercifully here.

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

NFL Power Poll - Cowboys & Seahawks Head NFC Races

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NFL Power Poll - Week 12

Cowboys Win 9th Straight vs Ravens - Host Redskins for Thanksgiving Clash

Team of the Week - Oakland Raiders

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Derek Carr - Raiders
Defensive Player of the Week - DE Jason Pierre Paul - Giants

Rookie of Week - QB Dak Prescott - Cowboys

Photo - QB Derek Carr - Raiders

Game of Week #12 - Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) at Denver Broncos (7-3)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 8-2 - PATRIOTS

Patriots beat a poor 49er club and are again walking to the best record in the AFC for home postseason games.

#2 - 9-1 - COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ are riding rookie back Ezekiel Elliott back to the top of the NFC East.

#3 - 7-2-1 - SEAHAWKS
Seahawks are gaining momentum with winning QB and tough defense.

#4 - 7-2 - RAIDERS
The Raiders continue to deliver in crunch time with big victory Monday night vs Texans.

#5 - 7-3 - BRONCOS
Broncos rested after their bye week and host the Chiefs in key AFC West contest on Sunday night.

#6 - 7-3 - GIANTS
GMen face the winless Browns in hopes to extend winning streak to six games.

#7 - 7-3 - CHIEFS
The Chiefs loss to the Bucs ended their five game streak. Travel to Denver for major AFC West matchup.

#8 - 6-4 - FALCONS
Falcons coming off their bye week and host the Cardinals holding a 1 game lead in NFC South.

#9 - 6-3-1 - REDSKINS
Redskins took it to the Packers and prepare to face the Cowboys in Big D on Thanksgiving.

#10 - 6-4 - TEXANS
The Texans lost a close game to the Raiders on Monday night, but their still the head dog in the AFC South.

#11 - 6-4 - LIONS
The Lions’ won their fifth game in last six, trailing in 4th quarter in every game.

#12 - 6-4 - VIKINGS
Vikes broke their four game losing streak with win over Cardinals and travel to Detroit for critical Turkey day matchup with Lions.

#13 - 5-5 - RAVENS
Ravens lost to the Cowboys and host the Bengals in key AFC North matchup with divisional lead in the balance.

#14 - 5-5 - EAGLES
Eagles were hammered by the Seahawks and have a key NFC matchup with the Packers on Monday night.

#15 - 6-4 - DOLPHINS
The Dolphins offense came to life late in the Rams game for their 5th win in a row.

#16 - 5-5 - COLTS
The Colts’ won back to back games for the first time this year and host the Steelers in Thanksgiving matchup critical for both teams’ postseason hopes.

#17 - 5-5 - STEELERS
The Steelers ended their four game losing streak with victory over the pathetic Browns. Road matchup with Colts becomes almost a must win situation for any postseason hopes.

#18 - 4-5-1 - CARDINALS
The Cardinals lost a tough game vs the Vikings and face the Falcons and Redskins in key NFC games that will decide any postseason aspirations.

#19 - 5-5 - BILLS
Bills held on vs the Bengals to end their three game losing streak and keep their playoff hopes alive.

#20 - 5-5 - BUCCANEERS
The Bucs ended the Chiefs five game winning streak. Host the Seahawks in key matchup that may determine their playoff reality.

#21 - 5-6 - TITANS
The Titans lost their 11th straight game vs divisional rival, the Colts. They travel to Chicago to keep their playoff hopes alive.

#22 - 4-6 - PACKERS
Packers' were drilled by Washington that puts them two games under .500 heading to Philadelphia for critical Monday night matchup.

#23 - 4-6 - CHARGERS
The Chargers are rested from their bye week and face a key stretch where they must start a run for any chances for the postseason. Travel to Houston for huge AFC matchup.

#24 - 4-6 - RAMS
The Ram’s offensive problems persist under top pick Jared Goff, but they edged out a victory vs the inept Jets.

#25 - 3-6-1 - BENGALS
Bengals were shut out in the 2nd half by the Bills that turned into their next defeat and that leaves the postseason hopes fading quickly.

#26 - 4-6 - SAINTS
Lost tight game vs the Panthers and face must win situation for their playoff hopes vs the Rams this week.

#27 - 4-6 - PANTHERS
Panthers beat the Saints on Thursday night and have had 10 days to prepare for trip to Oakland that may be their last chance to start a run.

#28 - 3-7 - JETS
Jets come off their bye week after another weak offensive showing vs the Rams. They host the hated Patriots which may be their only highlight of the season if they pull off the upset.

#29 - 2-8 - JAGUARS
The Jags' headed for another sub five win season and possible #1 overall selection in April.

#30 - 2-8 - BEARS
Bears host Titans and 49ers over the next two weeks and possible only winnable contests left on schedule. QB Jake Cutler may be done for the season and possibly in Chi town.

#31 - 1-9 - 49ers
The 49ers have not won since opening weekend. They travel to Miami and Chicago in their next games.

#32 - 0-11 - BROWNS
The Browns find new ways to lose weekly with mistake prone defeat to the Steelers. They host the GMen before a merciful bye week.

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

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