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NFL Power Rankings - Week 15 Performances

NFL Power Rankings – Week 15

Team of the Week – Dallas Cowboys
Player of Week – RB Jerome Harrison - Browns
Rookie of Week - DeSean Jackson - Eagles

Photo - WR DeSean Jackson - Eagles

The Eagles’ rookie receiver DeSean Jackson had another strong performance this past Sunday that was instrumental in the Philadelphia win over the 49ers. Jackson has been a difference maker for the Eagles as both a receiver and return specialist that helped them clinch a playoff berth Sunday and has them in position to win the NFC East title. Against the 49ers, Jackson caught 6 passes for 140 yards and a first quarter TD that set the pace for the victory. Jackson went over the 1000 yard mark as a receiver during the game. For his rookie season, he has caught 56 passes for 1087 yards and 8 TDs for a league leading 19.4 yard average per catch. Of his total receptions, 36 catches have produced first downs with 10 receptions of over 40 yards, the highest total in the entire league. He ranks among the NFL’s top ten in virtually all receiving categories and is the leading rookie receiver in every area. He is a leading candidate for the Rookie of the Year award with only two weeks left in the regular season.

Rank / Team / Record

1. Indianapolis Colts (14-0)
Colts have only the Jets and Bills left for a perfect season record.

2. New Orleans Saints (13-1)
The Saints fell to a fired up Cowboys club that ended their dreams of an undefeated season.

3. San Diego Chargers (11-3)
Chargers have won nine games in a row and are probably the most dangerous team in the league right now.

4. Minnesota Vikings (11-3)
Viking’s HC Brad Childress and QB Brett Farve have to work out some differences after their poor performance vs the Panthers.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4)
Eagles clinched a playoff spot and now hope to claim the NFC East title with the Broncos coming to town.

6. New England Patriots (9-5)
Patriots look to clinch AFC East title with Jaguars visiting NE this week.

7. Arizona Cardinals (9-5)
Cards won NFC West title and may look to rest some veterans over final weeks.

8. Green Bay Packers (9-5)
Packers lost to the Steelers ending their five game streak that forces them to clinch playoff spot over final weeks.

9. Dallas Cowboys (9-5)
Cowboys won a huge game in New Orleans that puts them in the drivers seat for one of the final NFC playoff berths.

10. Cincinnati Bengals (9-5)
The Bengals lost a heartbreaker vs the Chargers in their first game since their tragic loss of veteran receiver Chris Henry.

11. Baltimore Ravens (8-6)
The Ravens are taking care of business and a definite playoff sleeper going forward over next month.

12. Tennessee Titans (7-7)
The streaking Titans have won seven of their last eight games, but face the red hot Chargers in one of the pivotal games of the entire season on Christmas day.

13. New York Giants (8-6)
The Giants bombed the Redskins, but it may have come too late to claim a playoff berth.

14. Denver Broncos (8-6)
The Broncos lost a horrible game to the Raiders that have them fading form the playoff picture.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7)
Steelers win a thriller vs the Packers and face their divisional nemesis the Ravens this week that may decide AFC playoff picture.

16. Atlanta Falcons (7-7)
Falcons may have ended the Jets playoff hopes last week with 4th quarter victory.

17. New York Jets (7-7)
Jets let it all get away from them by losing to the Falcons at home in December.

18. Miami Dolphins (7-7)
The Dolphins lost a wild game vs the Titans that virtually ends their playoff hopes.

19. Houston Texans (7-7)
Texans still can’t get over the .500 level and claim a playoff berth.

20 .Jacksonville Jaguars (7-7)
The Jaguars pushed the Colts to the limit, but came up short and are only a miracle to land a playoff spot.

21. San Francisco 49ers (6-8)
The 49ers lost to Eagles that ends their playoff hopes, but this club is dangerous in the coming seasons.

22. Carolina Panthers (6-8)
Panthers jumped on the Vikings in their best ’09 performance of a very disappointing season.

23. Buffalo Bills (5-9)
The Bills find a way to lose games and face some key changes this offseason.

24. Chicago Bears (5-9)
The Bears have lost eight of their last ten games that may lead to wholesale changes in front office and coaching staffs.

25. Oakland Raiders (5-9)
The Raiders have actually won three of their last five games that gives hope for next season.

26. Seattle Seahawks (5-9)
The Seahawks lost to the Bucs last week. The BUCS.

27. Washington Redskins (4-10)
The only thing that Washington can salvage from this horrible season is if they can beat the Cowboys this week.

28. Cleveland Browns (3-11)
The Browns have won two in a row for the first time in over a year.

29. Kansas City Chiefs (3-11)
The Chiefs lost to the Browns. The BROWNS.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-12)
The Bucs shocked the Seahawks for their second win of the season.

31. Detroit Lions (2-12)
Lions are one of the worst organizations in sports.

32. St. Louis Rams (1-13)
The Rams are simply terrible and a few drafts away from being competitive.

Draft Insiders’ All-American Team 2009

Draft Insiders’ All-American Team

Photo - DT Nda Suh - Nebraska

Offensive Player of the Year – Toby Gerhart - Stanford
Defensive Player of the Year - Nda Suh - Nebraska
Special Teams Player of the Year - C.J. Spiller - Clemson

"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra." - Jimmie Johnson

Pos/ Player/ Class/ School
Offense

QB: Colt McCoy – Sr. - Texas
RB: Toby Gerhart – Sr - Stanford
RB: Mark Ingram – Soph - Alabama
RB C.J. Spiller - Sr - Clemson
WR: Jordan Shipley – Sr - Texas
WR: Mardy Gilyard – Sr - Cincinnati
TE: Anthony McCoy – Sr - Southern Cal
OT: Russell Okung – Sr - Oklahoma St
OT: Bryan Bulaga – Jr - Iowa
OG: Mike Johnson – Sr - Alabama
OG: Mitch Petrus – Sr - Arkansas
OC: Thomas Austin – Sr - Clemson

Defense
DE Jerry Hughes – Sr - Texas Christian
DT Ndaumkong Suh – Sr - Nebraska
DT Terrence Cody - Sr. - Alabama
DE Eric Norwood – Sr - South Carolina
LB Rolando McClain – Jr - Alabama
LB Brandon Spikes – Sr - Florida
LB Greg Jones – Sr - Michigan St
LB Sean Weatherspoon - Sr. - Missouri
CB Javier Arenas – Sr - Alabama
CB Joe Haden - Jr. - Florida
Safety Eric Berry – Jr - Tennessee
Safety Darrell Stuckey – Sr - Kansas

Special Teams
KR C.J. Spiller - Sr - Clemson
PR Jordan Shipley - Sr. - Texas
K Leigh Tiffin - Sr. - Alabama
P Zoltan Mesko - Sr. - Michigan
ST: Chris Owusu – Stanford

Frank Coyle is a consultant for several All-star games including the Senior Bowl. He is a longtime Member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc.
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Draft Insiders’ Digest –19th Season

Jimmy Clausen & Golden Tate Enter NFL Draft

QB Jimmy Clausen & WR Golden Tate Turn Pro

Photo – WR Golden Tate - Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame junior QB Jimmy Clausen and junior receiver Golden Tate announced in a joint press conference Monday that they intend to forgo their final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft 2010. Clausen leaves Notre Dame ranked first or second in 32 Irish passing categories including tops in career completion percentage, completions per game for a career and tied for first in lowest career interception percentage. He completed 695 of 1,110 pass attempts for 8,148 yards with 60 TDs and 27 interceptions while starting 34 of 35 games played for his three seasons with the Irish.
The 6-3, 223-pound QB completed his best season at Notre Dame this fall while completing 68% of his passes for 3,722 yards with 28 TDs and just 4 interceptions. Clausen set a new Irish record by passing for at least 300 yards in seven games, in addition to four 4th quarter comebacks for victories that are the most in a season by an ND passer.
Clausen said. "The Notre Dame experience has been a positive one and the highlight of my young career and wouldn't change it for anything. I want to thank Coach Weis and Coach Powlus as well as all the other coaches and staff that include the trainers, doctors, equipment managers, academic support, and everyone associated with the football program, especially Joe Montana and Joe Theismann. "I want to thank each one of my teammates for always being there for me through all the trials and tribulations the past 3 years. I would also like to thank my teachers and professors, fellow students, athletic director Jack Swarbrick, Father Jenkins and the entire Notre Dame Nation for all their support. Notre Dame has the best fans in the country. I will always be a Golden Domer For Life!
Tate departs as one of the most prolific receivers in Notre Dame history recording 2,707 receiving yards on 157 receptions with 26 TDs. Tate set Notre Dame's career receiving record in the final game of the 2009 season and also registered more games with at least 100 receiving yards in a season and in a career than any other Irish player. He ranks second in career TD receptions and is tied for third in career receptions. He is also an American Football Coaches Association All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist after he flourished in his third season as a receiver totaling 93 catches for 1,496 yards and 15 receiving TDs. During the ’09 season, he set school records this year for most receptions and receiving yards in a season and tied the school mark for most TD receptions in a year. He added two rushing TDs and one punt return for a TD and totaled 1,915 all-purpose yards, 2nd most in Irish history.
"First off, I would like to thank God my savior without him none if this would be possible," Tate said. ""I would also like to thank my family, especially my mother and father for always being there. I have so much respect for someone who can raise a knucklehead like myself. They have done a great job.
"This was a very tough decision for me," Tate said. "I have made so many great friends at Notre Dame and the coaching I received in football and baseball has been the best. But after talking with my family and Coach Weis, I am going to pursue my dream and enter next year's NFL draft.

Underclassmen Declared for the NFL Draft 2010
Sam Bradford - QB - 6-4, 220 - Oklahoma - Jr
Jimmy Clausen - QB - 6-3, 220 - Notre Dame - Jr
Dez Bryant - WR - 6-1, 215 - Oklahoma St - Jr
Dezmon Briscoe – WR - 6-2, 200 - Kansas - Jr
Golden Tate - WR - 5-10, 190 - Notre Dame - Jr
Abe Koroma - DT - 6-3. 317 - Western Illinois - Jr

Date for declaring for the NFL Draft 2010 for underclassmen is January 15, 2010 Players have three days after the declaration date to rescind and change their minds and return to school for the College 2010 season.

Florida St's Head Coach Bobby Bowden Retires

Legendary Bobby Bowden Retires

Photo – Coach Bobby Bowden

28 of Bobby Bowden's former players were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft over the last 20 years

One of the legendary college head coaches, Bobby Bowden retired yesterday after a 44 year coaching career. The great majority of his career was spent at Florida St where he won two national championships and competed for the title for two decades before recent problems. The 80-year-old coach retires as the second winningest head coach behind only Penn St’s Joe Paterno. He finishes with 388 career wins are second only to Paterno among major college.
What Bobby Bowden meant to Florida St and college football off the playing field cannot be measured. He is well respect, honest, humble man with a great sense of humor and integrity. It was a pleasure to meet him over 20 years ago. He always had time to discuss college football, Florida St and life. He has been one of the best examples of leadership in the country in any field of endeavor.
Bowden is in his 34th season at FSU and will finish his career after Florida St bowl game over the next month. He will be replaced by next season by offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher. Bowden had been on a one-year rollover agreement with the university for several years, but that ends after the 2010 season. As the winningest coach in ACC history, Bowden teams put together the one of most dominant runs in college football history between 1987 and 2000 with 14 consecutive finishes in the nation’s top five and a pair of national titles. The 2001 Orange Bowl was the Seminole's third straight national title game.
The Seminoles’ fortunes have not been as good in recent years when they finished this year with a 6-6 record after starting the year with high expectations and a preseason No. 18 ranking. In 1993, despite a late-season loss at Notre Dame, Florida St won its 1st national title after near misses in 1987, 1988, 1991 and 1992 — because of losses to nemesis Miami, which won three national titles during that span. Since winning their 12th ACC championship in 2005, the Seminoles have been 16-16 over the past four seasons against league opponents.
In 2007, Bowden passed another truly remarkable milestone. With his victory over Maryland, he won his 300th game at Florida St. He is one of only two coaches in major college football history to win 300 games at one school. The victory gave him seven wins and he has now won at least seven games for 26 straight seasons. Bowden also ensured himself his 31st consecutive winning season in Tallahassee. He has won 10 or more games 18 times in his 32 years in Tallahassee and over the last 20 years no program in America has a higher winning percentage than Florida St. The man who is synonymous with Seminole football took Florida St to a bowl game for the 26th consecutive season when his team played in the 2007 Music City Bowl for the first time in school history. With the invitation he passed Tom Osborne and became the first coach in college football history to lead his team to 26 straight bowl games.
Bowden is the only coach in NCAA history to win 11 consecutive bowl games (1985-95) and the only coach ever with 14 consecutive bowl appearances (1982-95) without a loss (FSU tied Georgia 17-17 in the 1984 Citrus Bowl). Bowden and Florida State finished the 2006 season with an Emerald Bowl victory over UCLA marking the 20th bowl victory in his illustrious career. Among his many accomplishments, one of the most amazing has to be the remarkable 14 straight top five finishes in the AP poll from 1987-2000. During that run Florida St was 152-18-1 and captured national championships in 1993 and 1999. In 1999 the team became the first and only squad to ever go wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the AP poll. The Seminoles also played for the title three other times during that span and since 1993 no team in the FBS has played for more national titles than FSU.
Bowden has won 12 ACC Championships since FSU joined the conference in 1992. Under Bowden's guidance, FSU has not only produced great teams but great players as well. Two Seminoles, Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke won the Heisman Trophy, 24 of his players have been named consensus All-Americans, three of his QB's have won the Johnny Unitas Award and two have won the Thorpe Award, the Butkus Award, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Lombardi Award.
Success on the field is not enough for Bobby Bowden as he expects his players to contribute more than just athletically. Two of Bowden's greatest players, Warrick Dunn and Derrick Brooks, went on to not only become phenomenal pros but both were honored as the NFL's Man of the Year. Florida St is one of just five schools to produce multiple players to win the NFL's top award for community service.

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UNI's James Ruffin Chosen for East-West Game

UNI's James Ruffin Chosen for East-West Game
85th Annual East-West Shrine Game

Photo - DE James Ruffin - Northern Iowa

University of Northern Iowa senior defensive end James Ruffin has been selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game. Ruffin is a strong candidate this year for the Buck Buchanan Award, the Defensive Player of the Year award for the subdivision level. He will travel to Orlando, Fla., to take part in the East-West Shrine Game which is set for Jan. 23, 2010, at the Florida Citrus Bowl. It is the first year in Orlando after several years in Houston, Texas after a long history in San Francisco as the oldest All-star classic in college football. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Ruffin leads the Missouri Valley Football Conference in sacks and ranks No. 9 in the nation (0.95 sacks/game). He has totaled 44 tackles with 9.5 sacks, 12 TFL and 2 forced fumbles in a dominant performance in the Missouri Valley Conference. He earned Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 for an outstanding overall performance. Ruffin is one of five players currently on the East-West roster from the lower level of play. He becomes the third UNI Panther football player to be selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game through the years. The two previous players (Brad Meester in 2000 and Chad Setterstrom in 2002) each went on to play in the National Football League.

East-West Shrine Game Roster (early invitees)

East Roster -
First Name / Last Name / Position / School

Ali Villanuea - Tight End - Army
Dan Lefevour - Quarterback - Central Michigan University
Thomas Austin - Offensive Guard - Clemson University
Kavell Conner - Inside Linebacker - Clemson University
Vince Oghobaase - Defensive Tackle - Duke University
Van Eskridge - Free Safety - East Carolina University
John Skelton - Quarterback - Fordham University
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah - Cornerback - Indiana University of Pa
Jamar Chaney - Inside Linebacker - Mississippi St University
Ted Larsen - Center - North Carolina St University
Willie Young - Defensive End - North Carolina St University
Arthur Jones - Defensive Tackle - Syracuse University
Andre Roberts - Wide Receiver - The Citadel
Brandon Lang - Defensive End - Troy University
Cameron Sheffield - Outside Linebacker - Troy University
Andre Anderson - Running Back - Tulane University
Mitch Petrus - Offensive Guard - University of Arkansas
Torell Troup - Defensive Tackle - University of Central Florida
Lindsey Witten - Defensive End - University of Connecticut
Jon Asamoah - Offensive Guard - University of Illinois
Michael Hoomanawanui - Tight End - University of Illinois
Terrell Skinner - Free Safety - University of Maryland
Darryl Sharpton - Inside Linebacker - University of Miami
Nate Byham - Tight End - University of Pittsburgh
Kion Wilson - Inside Linebacker - University of South Florida
Chris Scott - Offensive Tackle - University of Tennessee
O'Brien Schofield - Outside Linebacker - University of Wisconsin
Barry Church - Strong Safety - University of Toledo
Ed Wang - Offensive Tackle - Virginia Tech
Brandon Ghee - Cornerback - Wake Forest University

West Roster -
First Name / Last Name / Position / School

Tony Washington - Offensive Tackle - Abilene Christian University
Chris Thomas - Safety - Air Force Academy
Dexter Davis - Outside Linebacker - Arizona St University
Chris McGaha - Wide Receiver - Arizona St University
Joe Pawelek - Inside Linebacker - Baylor University
J.D. Walton - Center - Baylor University
Max Hall - Quarterback - Brigham Young University
Shelley Smith - Offensive Guard - Colorado St University
Seyi Ajirotutu - Wide Receiver - Fresno St University
Robert Malone - Punter - Fresno St University
Lonyae Miller - Running Back - Fresno St University
Reggie Stephens - Offensive Guard - Iowa St University
Perrish Cox - Cornerback - Oklahoma St University
Zac Robinson - Quarterback - Oklahoma St University
Erik Lorig - Defensive End - Stanford University
Ekom Udofia - Defensive Tackle - Stanford University
Jerry Hughes - Outside Linebacker - Texas Christian University
Daryl Washington - Inside Linebacker - Texas Christian University
Brandon Carter - Offensive Guard - Texas Tech University
Earl Mitchell - Defensive Tackle - University of Arizona
Devin Ross - Cornerback - University of Arizona
Tyson Alualu - Defensive Tackle - University of California
Mike Tepper - Offensive Tackle - University of California
Syd'Quan Thompson - Cornerback - University of California
Verran Tucker - Wide Receiver - University of California
Ryan Moya - Fullback - UCLA
Alterraun Verner - Cornerback - UCLA
Danario Alexander - Wide Receiver - University of Missouri
Larry Asante - Strong Safety - University of Nebraska
James Ruffin - Defensive End - University of Northern Iowa
Auston English - Defensive End - University of Oklahoma
TJ Ward - Free Safety - University of Oregon
Joshua Pinkard - Free Safety - University of Southern California
Zane Beadles - Offensive Tackle - University of Utah
Kenny Alfred - Center - Washington St University

Frank Coyle is a consultant for several All-star games including the Senior Bowl. He is a longtime Member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for different weekly Team and Player Awards.

Florida and ‘Bama Heading for SEC Showdown

Florida & ‘Bama Headed for Clash
Team of the Week - Ohio St.

Player of Week - Dexter McCluster
Ole Miss senior running back Dexter McCluster set a school record with 282 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns as the Rebels defeated Tennessee, 42-17. McCluster, who had 324 all-purpose yards, scored on runs of 15, 23, 32 and 71 yards as Ole Miss earned its first win against Tennessee since 1983 and off to their best start since 2003.

Photo – RB Dexter McCluster - Ole Miss

Team / Ranking

1. Florida (10-0) – Gators roll over SC and prep for SEC title game.

2. Alabama (10-0) – Tide won the SEC West with win over MSU and get ready for showdown with Auburn prior to Florida game in SEC title clash.

3. Texas (10-0) – Longhorns are rolling through the Big 12 each week and headed for BCS title game.

4. Cincinnati (10-0) - Bearcats are looking to go unblemished with only Illinois and Pittsburgh on the schedule.

5. Texas Christian (10-0) – Frogs hoping to get into the top four by season’s end.

6. Boise St (10-0) - Broncos keep winning and looking to earn one of the premier matchups.

7. Georgia Tech (10-1) – Tech clinched ACC division and looking to advance higher when top clubs fall.

8. Pittsburgh (9-1)- Panthers are starting to believe in themselves with their two top rivals West Virginia and Cincinnati remaining.

9. LSU (8-2) – Tigers are still a very good club despite a struggling offense.

10. Ohio St (9-2) – Buckeyes took care of Iowa and Penn St that earns them a return to the top ten rankings.

11. Oregon (8-2) – Ducks jumped on Arizona St last weekend.

12. Oklahoma St (8-2) – Cowboys may have the best offense in the nation when right.

13. Stanford (7-3) – Cardinal shocked Southern Cal and Oregon in back to back victories.

14. Wisconsin (8-2) - Badgers won a key game with win over Michigan St.

15. Iowa (9-2) – The Hawkeyes have dropped two in a row with OT loss to Ohio St.

16. Penn St (9-2) – Nittany Lions clean up on soft Indiana matchup.

17. Virginia Tech (7-3) – Tech routed Maryland.

18. Clemson (7-3) – Tigers are peaking at the right time.

19. North Carolina (7-3) – Tar Heels have won three straight over Va Tech, Duke and Miami.

20. USC (7-3) – Trojans got ambushed by Stanford on Saturday.

21. Oregon St (7-3) – Beavers jumped on Washington with a bowl bye resting on the results.

22. Miami (7-3) - Canes came up short in Chapel Hill vs NC.

23. BYU (8-2) – Cougars just got by New Mexico last week.

24. Houston (8-2) - Cougars ran out of time vs Central Florida.

25. Ole Miss (7-3) – Ole Miss earned its first win against Tennessee since 1983 and clinched bowl eligibility for the second straight year.

Frank Coyle is a longtime Member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards.

NFL Power Rankings – Week 10

NFL Power Rankings – Week 10

Team of the Week - Saints
Player of the Week – Kurt Warner

Photo – Drew Brees - Saints

Rank / Team

1. Indianapolis Colts (8-0)
Colts face their arch rival this week with the Patriots coming to town.

2. New Orleans Saints (8-0)
The Saints are very explosive behind Drew Brees in this high powered attack.

3. Minnesota Vikings (7-1)
The Vikings’ and Brett Farve are well rested with the Lions coming to town.

4. New England Patriots (6-2)
Patriots and QB Tom Brady are hitting stride and could be the best in the league in time.

5. Dallas Cowboys (6-2)
Cowboys are peaking as the second half begins with many key NFC games on the agenda.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)
Steelers are prepping for a major AFC North battle with the Bengals coming to town.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (6-2)
The Bengals face their acid test with trip to Pittsburgh this week.

8. Denver Broncos (6-2)
The Broncos lost tough game vs Steelers and holds only a 1 game lead over rising Chargers.

9. Arizona Cardinals (5-3)
Cards’ Kurt Warner toasted the Bears with 5 TD passes to keep them atop the NFC West standings.

10. Philadelphia Eagles (5-3)
Eagles go on road to San Diego and Chicago next in key matchups.

11. Atlanta Falcons (5-3)
Falcons face a critical run of five NFC matchups on the schedule that may determine their fate this season.

12. San Diego Chargers (5-3)
Chargers won a key game vs the Giants that keeps them just behind the Broncos with the critical second half of the season starting.

13. New York Giants (5-4)
The Giants lost their 4th game in a row and are looking more like the Detroit Lions that title contenders.

14. Baltimore Ravens (4-4)
Ravens facing a must win situation after recent losses and have the Browns in key Monday night contest.

15. Houston Texans (5-4)
Texans have improved nicely this season and get a bye this week to prepare for playoff run.

16. New York Jets (4-4)
Bye week preps them for critical stretch run that will decide their playoff hopes.

17. Chicago Bears (4-4)
Bears are struggling to get any momentum together to mount a playoff run.

18. Green Bay Packers (4-4)
Packers were horrible vs the Bucs and have to regroup quickly with the Cowboys coming to town.

19. Miami Dolphins (3-5)
The Dolphins have played many tough games and look to soft schedule to get back into playoff hunt.

20. Buffalo Bills (3-5)
Bills look to make a run here with a stretch of games vs non contenders over next five weeks.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4)
Jags need a winning streak now to get into the playoff hunt.

22. San Francisco 49ers (3-5)
The 49ers are struggling and need to regroup for Thursday night game vs the Bears.

23. Carolina Panthers (3-5)
Panthers are slip sliding away this season.

24. Seattle Seahawks (3-5)
Seahawks hit the road for three weeks with little hope of getting back in the playoff picture.

25. Tennessee Titans (2-6)
Titans have won two in a row and hope to finish strong with an eye on next season.

26. Washington Redskins (2-6)
Skins have shown little this season and will look to wholesale changes this offseason.

27. Oakland Raiders (2-6)
The Raiders are hoping to correct things for second half after bye week.

28. Kansas City Chiefs (1-7)
Chiefs face a tough stretch of games to finish a very forgettable season.

29. Cleveland Browns (1-7)
Browns at home on Monday night vs Ravens with a chance at some credibility.

30. St. Louis Rams (1-7)
The Rams get the Saints after bye week with a chance to end their run at perfection.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-7)
The Bucs shocked the Packers for their first win of the season.

32. Detroit Lions (1-7)
Lions face a tough second half schedule and working on a five game losing streak.

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