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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.
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.
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.
Continue to view Bobby Bowden’s career information
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
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.
Dez Bryant Enters NFL Draft 2010
Suspended By NCAA Until 2010 Season Bryant Turns Pro
Photo - Dez Bryant - Oklahoma St
The NCAA informed Oklahoma St University junior wide receiver Dez Bryant this week that his appeal for his suspension was rejected and he will not play this season. Bryant immediately declared for the NFL Draft 2010 in April. Bryant will remain suspended for one calendar year and could have been eligible to return to game action in September of 2010. OSU appealed the original decision on Oct 27 to the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee.
Bryant is one of the top prospects at the receiver position for the NFL 2010 Draft. The junior receiver was ruled ineligible for violating an NCAA bylaw. The powerful 6’2” 215 lb. receiver was ruled ineligible earlier this fall by the school after he reportedly lied to the NCAA officials about a visit and workout at the home of former NFL star defender Deion Sanders. Bryant is a blue chip prospect for the NFL game and is coming off a huge sophomore performance last season when he had 87 receptions with 19 TDs for over 1,500 yards while averaging over 17 yards per catch. We ranked him in the Top 20 Prospects for the NFL Draft 2010 with Top 10 potential if he performs well at the NFL Combine this February.
I will have exclusive updates on this matter and an extensive Underclassmen Report in our November Newsletter out later this month
Frank Coyle - www.draftinsiders.com
Draft Insiders’ Digest –19th Season
The NCAA interviewed Bryant twice earlier this year about allegations at which time he denied that he had visited Sanders. That was proven false, but the fact that he lied to the NCAA is a violation that led to the suspension. Oklahoma St University began the process of applying to the NCAA on his behalf for reinstatement that was ruled on this week. This incident did not involve anyone associated with the OSU football or athletic department staffs, any employee of the university, alumni, donors, or any third-party affiliated with OSU.
Yankees Win 27th World Title
Photo – Yankee Hideki Matsui
The New York Yankees won their 27th world championship with a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in game six of the 2009 World Series. Veteran Hideki Matsui tied a World Series record with six RBIs, Andy Pettitte won on short rest and the Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in Game 6 seizing that elusive title — the most in all of sports. It marked a title in their first season at the new Yankee Stadium just as they did in their inaugural campaign in the original Yankee Stadium in 1923. It was the Yankees first world title since 2000 and their first WS appearance since 2003.
Hideki Matsui’s 6 RBI’s on his first three at-bats pushed New York to 7-1 lead, they never surrendered. With a 2-run HR, a 2-run single and a 2-run double, slugger Matsui gave the Yankees all they needed to insure their 27th championship.
Matsui won the Series MVP award for his heroics that began when he powered a quick rout of old foe Pedro Martinez. When Yankee longtime bullpen stopper Mariano Rivera got the final outs, it was celebration time in the Bronx for sports greatest team of all-time.
One season, one World Series crown — the team’s first since winning three straight titles from 1998-2000.