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NFL Draft 2015 Wrapup – La’el Collins Story Continues

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NFL Draft 2015 Wrapup – La’el Collins Story Continues

The NFL Draft 2015 is in the books with many surprises and disappointments over the three day event. Chicago hosted the NFL Draft for the first time in over 50 years and put on a huge extravaganza that included coverage from all 32 team headquarters.

Draft Insiders’ Yearbook 2015 – Over 300 Scouting Reports – available Now
Draft Insiders’ 2015 Review – available this spring

Photo – OL La’el Collins – LSU

The class of underclassmen dominated the start of the 2015 NFL Draft with 7 of the top 10 picks and 20 of the 32 first-round picks from the late entrees. Florida St. headed the NFL Draft with redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston the first overall selection which started 11 total Seminoles selected over the seven rounds, the most of any school in the nation. Washington provided three #1 picks in DT Danny Shelton, CB Marcus Peters and LB Shaq Thompson. It was the first time since 2009 that one school provided three #1 picks, with Southern Cal accomplishing that unique feat. The Pac 12 also provided 9 overall first round selections this year, the most of any conference in the nation.

As usual, there were many of the 85 underclassmen that probably would have been wiser to stay in school and finish their eligibility and develop further as players. Some high profile prospects fell out of the first round and a few did not get called until the 3rd day of the NFL Draft or not at all over the seven rounds. The SEC had the most draft selections once again with 54 players followed by the ACC with 47, the Pac-12 39, the Big Ten 35 and the Big XII 26. The power five conferences provided over 75% of all players selected.

There were many exciting stories, though an equal number of tragic and shocking revelations. The story related to OL Ja’el Collins of LSU is one of the most bizarre articles in recent NFL Draft history. Collins was considered a mid-first round lock until an investigation related to the murder of an ex-girlfriend hit the news the week prior to the NFL Draft. Collins was eventually questioned by Baton Rouge police the Monday after the NFL Draft weekend. Though no indictment has been issued after the questioning, Collins was considered a person of interest at this point. The timing of the tragedy and inquiry shocked NFL brass and subsequently Collins was bypassed completely over the seven round event. He has been denied entry in the NFL Supplemental Draft 2015 or reentry into the NFL Draft 2016. He is basically a rookie free agent and allowed to sign with any NFL club interested in his services. Rookie free agent contracts are for three years which allows him to test veteran free agency after three seasons. Within days after the police inquiry, Collins spoke with a few clubs, namely the Bills and Dolphins. Clubs like the Giants and Saints are also highly interested in the versatile lineman who carries an early NFL starting grade. His signing should come over the next few weeks after several interviews and recruiting trips are completed. He projects as a rookie starting guard and the skill set to move to tackle in time.

Draft Choices by Conference
SEC 54
ACC 47
Pac-12 39
Big Ten 35
Big 12 25
American 11
Mountain West 10
Conference USA 6
MAC 4
Missouri Valley 4
CAA 3
Sun Belt 3
Independents 2
Ohio Valley 2
South Atlantic 2
Southern 2
Southland 2

Draft Choices by Schools
Florida St 11
Louisville 10
Florida 8
Alabama 7
Miami 7
Missouri 6
Oklahoma 6
Stanford 6
USC 6
Arkansas 5
Auburn 5
Clemson 5
Georgia 5
Mississippi St 5
Ohio St 5
Oregon 5
Oregon St 5
Texas 5
Arizona St 4
LSU 4
Michigan St 4
Minnesota 4
South Carolina 4
Utah 4
Washington 4
West Virginia 4

NFL Free Agency Update 2015 **** Eagles Restructure Offense Around DeMarco Murray and Sam Bradford ****

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NFL Free Agency Update
Eagles Restructure Offense Around DeMarco Murray and Sam Bradford

Photo - RB DeMarco Murray - Eagles

2015 NFL Free Agents – March 17th -
Offensive Players
Quarterbacks

Josh McCown (Signed 3-year, $14M deal - CLE)
Mark Sanchez (Re-signed 2-year, $9M deal - PHI)
Brian Hoyer (Signed 2-year, $10.5M deal - HOU)
Ryan Mallett (Re-signed 2-year, $7M deal - HOU)
Christian Ponder (Signed undisclosed deal - OAK)
Shaun Hill (Signed 2-year, $6.5M deal - MIN)
Matt Hasselbeck (Re-signed 1-year, $3M deal - IND)
Blaine Gabbert (Re-signed 2-year, $2M deal - SF)
Kellen Moore (Re-signed 2-year, $1.825M deal - DET)
Tyrod Taylor (Signed 3-year, $3.35M deal - BUF)
T.J. Yates (Re-signed 1-year, $1.5M deal - ATL)
Jimmy Clausen (Re-signed 1-year, $1.25M deal - CHI)
Dan Orlovsky (Re-signed 1-year, $1.05M deal - DET)

Top Remaining Free Agents
Michael Vick
Matt Moore
Tarvaris Jackson
Matt Schaub
Colt McCoy
Jason Campbell
Matt Flynn
Jake Locker (Retired)

Running Backs
DeMarco Murray (Signed 5-year, $40M deal - PHI)
C.J. Spiller (Signed 4-year, $18M deal - NO)
Ryan Mathews (Signed 3-year, $11M deal - PHI)
Mark Ingram (Re-signed 4-year, $16M deal - NO)
Justin Forsett (Re-signed 3-year, $9M deal - BAL)
Frank Gore (Signed 3-year, $12M deal - IND)
Shane Vereen (Signed 3-year, $12.35M deal - NYG)
Roy Helu (Signed 2-year, $4M deal - OAK)
Reggie Bush (Signed 1-year deal - SF)
Darren McFadden (Signed 2-year, $3M deal - DAL)
DeAngelo Williams (Signed 2-year, $4M deal - PIT)
Antone Smith (Re-signed undisclosed deal - ATL)

Top Remaining Free Agents
Knowshon Moreno
Ben Tate
Stevan Ridley
Pierre Thomas
Ahmad Bradshaw
Steven Jackson
Chris Johnson
Jacquizz Rodgers

Fullbacks
Jerome Felton (Signed 4-year, $9.2M deal with BUF)
Henry Hynoski (Re-signed 2-year, $2.1M deal with NYG)
Jed Collins (Signed 1-year, $810K deal with DAL)

Top Remaining Free Agents
John Kuhn
Tyler Clutts
John Conner
Will Tukuafu
Jackie Battle
Montell Owens

Wide Receivers
Dez Bryant (Franchise Tagged)
Demaryius Thomas (Franchise Tagged)
Randall Cobb (Re-signed 4-year, $40M deal with GB)
Jeremy Maclin (Signed 5-year, $55M deal with KC)
Torrey Smith (Signed 5-year, $40M deal with SF)
Andre Johnson (Signed 3-year, $21M deal with IND)
Percy Harvin (Signed 1-year, $6M deal with BUF)
Kenny Britt (Re-signed 2-year, $14M deal with STL)
Cecil Shorts (Signed 2-year, $6M deal with HOU)
Brian Hartline (Signed 2-year, $6M deal with CLE)
Eddie Royal (Signed 3-year, $15M deal with CHI)
Dwayne Harris (Signed 5-year, $17.5M deal with NYG)
Leonard Hankerson (Signed 1-year, $1M deal with ATL)
Ted Ginn (Signed 2-year, $4.2M deal with CAR)
Jacoby Jones (Signed 2-year, $5.5M deal with SD)
Brandon Gibson (Signed 1-year, $825K deal with NE)
Harry Douglas (Signed 3-year deal with TEN)
Marcus Easley (Re-signed 4-year, $7M deal with BUF)
Brian Tyms (Re-signed undisclosed deal with NE)

Top Remaining Free Agents
Michael Crabtree
Stevie Johnson
Dwayne Bowe
Hakeem Nicks
Denarius Moore
Greg Jennings
Mike Williams
Nate Washington
Reggie Wayne
Vincent Brown
Miles Austin
Jerrel Jernigan
Donnie Avery
Derek Hagan
Robert Meachem
Lance Moore
Jarrett Boykin

Tight Ends
Julius Thomas (Signed 5-year, $46M deal with JAX)
Jordan Cameron (Signed 2-year, $15M deal with MIA)
Lance Kendricks (Re-signed 4-year, $18.5M deal with STL)
Owen Daniels (Signed 3-year, $12.25M deal with DEN)
Niles Paul (Re-signed 3-year, $6M deal with WAS)
Virgil Green (Re-signed 3-year, $8.4M deal with DEN)
Scott Chandler (Signed undisclosed deal with NE)
Lee Smith (Signed 3-year, $9.1M deal with OAK)
Anthony Fasano (Signed 2-year deal with TEN)
Matt Spaeth (Re-signed 2-year, $2.2M deal with PIT)
Ed Dickson (Re-signed 3-year, $6.8M deal with CAR)
Luke Stocker (Re-signed 3-year, $4.8M deal with TB)

NFL Scouting Combine 2015 - Player Workout Schedule

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NFL Scouting Combine 2015
NFL Combine 2015 - Feb. 17-23, 2015 - Lucas Stadium, Indianapolis, In

This week over three hundred of the very best college football players will participate in the NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Top Executives, Coaching Staffs, Player Personnel Departments and Medical Personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense, six-day job interview is an exciting time for the athletes and a vital step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL. The NFL Network will televise the complete NFL Combine weeklong event that consists of four days of workouts.

How are players selected for the NFL Combine?
NFL Combine participants are determined each year by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent 25 NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. All eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft.

2015 Schedule reflect a new day pattern, as the event will shift 1 day earlier than the historical pattern.

DAY 1 ARRIVALS*: Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (TE)
Tuesday – Feb. 17 Travel * ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Wednesday – Feb. 18 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Thursday – Feb. 19 NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Friday – Feb. 20 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 2 ARRIVALS*: Group 4 (QB, WO), Group 5 (QB, WO), Group 6 (RB)
Wednesday – Feb. 18 Travel ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Thursday – Feb.19 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Friday – Feb.20 - NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Saturday – Feb. 21, 2015 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 3 ARRIVALS*: Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)
Thursday - Feb 19 Travel ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Friday - Feb 20 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Saturday - Feb 21NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Sunday - Feb 22 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 4 ARRIVALS: Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)
Friday – Feb. 20 Travel ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Saturday - Feb 21 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Sunday – Feb 22 NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Monday - February 23, 2015 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

* Select players from any Group may arrive one day prior to their scheduled date listed above in order to assist with medical scheduling. This will be based on flight schedules and medical tests only and no players arriving early will have advanced contact with teams.

NFL Calendar - NFL Combine and Free Agency 2015 Dates

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NFL Combine and Free Agency Dates
Calendar for the 2015 NFL Postseason

February 2015 Newsletter - Special Senior Bowl / East West Report – New Top 150 Pro Prospects - available Now

Calendar for the 2015 NFL Postseason
February 2: Waiver system begins for 2015.
February 7: NFL Regional Combine, Doctors Hospital Training Facility, Davie, Florida.
February 10: Beginning at 9 a.m. PT, NFL clubs may begin to sign players whose 2014 CFL contracts have expired. Players under contract to a CFL club for the 2015 season or who have an option for the 2015 season are not eligible to be signed.
February 14: NFL Regional Combine, Methodist Training Center, Houston, Texas.
February 16: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

February 17-23: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

February 21: NFL Regional Combine, Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre, Dove Valley, Colorado.
February 28: NFL Regional Combine, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Maryland.
March 2: Prior to 1:00 p.m., PT, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 7: NFL Regional Combine, Halas Hall, Lake Forest, Illinois.

March 7-10: 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 2014 contracts at 1:00 p.m., PT, on March 10. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 1:00 p.m., PT, on March 10.
March 10: Prior to 1:00 p.m., PT, clubs must exercise options for 2015 on all players who have option clauses in their 2014 contracts.
• Prior to 4:00 p.m., Est clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.
• Prior to 4:00 p.m., Est clubs must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2014 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.
• Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the 2015 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m., Est.
• All 2014 player contracts expire at 4:00 p.m., Est
• The 2015 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., Est. The first day of the 2015 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., Est, on March 10. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., Est, and 11:59:59 p.m., Est, on March 10.
• Trading period for 2015 begins at 4:00 p.m., Est, after expiration of all 2014 contracts.

March 19-21: NFL Career Development Symposium, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona.
March 21-22: Super Regional Combine, Arizona Cardinals Training Facility, Phoenix, Arizona.
March 22-25: Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
April 6: Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2014 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 20: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 24: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets.
April 29: Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.

April 30-May 2: - NFL Draft 2015, Chicago, Illinois.

May 8-11: First weekend after the NFL Draft: clubs may elect to hold their three-day post-draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.
May 11: Rookie Football Development Program begins.
May 15-18: Second weekend after the NFL Draft: clubs may elect to hold their three- day post-draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.

East-West Shrine Game Features Rising Pro Prospects

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East-West Shrine Game Features Rising Pro Prospects

Premier All-Star Games Head 2015 Postseason

Two major All-Star games head the postseason schedule today that will have a huge effect in determining the early rounds of the NFL Draft 2015. Draft Insiders’ has scouts at each event, practices and games. We will have special emails to full subscribers related to rising prospects and breaking news.

January 2015 Newsletter - Special Underclassmen Report - available Now

Photo - WR Tre McBride - William & Mary

East-West Shrine Game
St. Petersburg, Fla January 17 - 4 pm ET NFL Network
Rosters - http://www.shrinegame.com/

NFLPA Collegiate Game
Carson, California January 17 - 4 pm ET ESPN2
Rosters - http://collegiate.nflpa.com/

East West Shrine Prospects to Watch
Offense

QB 17 Cody Fajardo - 6'2" 215 - University of Nevada
QB 10 Taylor Kelly - 6'2" 205 - Arizona State University
RB 27 Kenny Hilliard - 5'11" 230 - Louisiana State University
RB 15 Terrence Magee - 5'9" 213 - Louisiana State University
RB 28 Malcolm Brown - 5'11" 230 - University of Texas
WR 81 Da'Ron Brown - 6' 196 - Northern Illinois University
WR 2 Kasen Williams - 6'3" 218 - University of Washington
WR 9 Deon Long - 6'1" 195 - University of Maryland
TE 80 Blake Bell - 6'6" 260 - Oklahoma University
OL 72 B.J. Finney - 6'4" 312 - Kansas State University
OL 70 John Miller - 6'3" 315 - University of Louisville
OL 79 Terry Poole - 6'5" 310 - San Diego State University

Defense
DE 94 Za'Darius Smith - 6'5" 265 - University of Kentucky
DE 5 Martin Ifedi - 6'4" 270 - University of Memphis
DT 97 Darius Kilgo - 6'3" 311 - University of Maryland
DT 58 Leterrius Walton - 6'5" 305 - Central Michigan University
DT 91 James Castleman - 6'3" 305 - Oklahoma State University
DT 92 Tyeler Davison - 6'2" 310 - Fresno State
DT 96 Chucky Hunter - 6'1" 307 - Texas Christian University
DT 93 Travis Raciti - 6'5" 285 - San Jose State University
LB 19 Tony Washington - 6'4" 245 - University of Oregon
LB 44 Bryce Hager - 6'2" 230 - Baylor University
LB 41 Benjamin Heeney - 6'1" 228 - University of Kansas
LB 39 Jake Ryan - 6'3" 240 - University of Michigan
CB 21 Justin Coleman - 5'11" 190 - University of Tennessee
CB 5 Damian Swann - 6' 185 - University of Georgia
CB 19 Cam Thomas - 6'1" 200 - Western Kentucky University
CB 26 Bryce Callahan - 5'10" 185 - Rice University
CB 22 Bobby McCain - 5'11" 190 - University of Memphis
SAF 28 Detrick Bonner - 5'11" 195 - Virginia Tech

Ten Small College Prospects to Watch
RB 23 John Crockett - 6'1" 215 - North Dakota State University
WR 3 Tre' McBride - 6'1" 205 - The College of William & Mary
TE 18 Khari Lee - 6'4" 235 - Bowie State University
TE 13 Wes Saxton, Jr. - 6'4" 240 - University of South Alabama
TE 85 MyCole Pruitt - 6'2" 250 - Southern Illinois University
DE/LB 53 Kyle Emanuel - 6'3" 250 - North Dakota State University
DT 91 Derrick Lott - 6'4" 298 - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
DT 98 Xavier Williams - 6'2" 308 - University of Northern Iowa
CB 23 Tye Smith - 6' 185 - Towson University
SAF 7 Tevin McDonald - 5'11" 191 - Eastern Washington State

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

NFL 2015 Calendar - Playoffs and Postseason

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NFL Dates 2014-2015 - Playoffs and Postseason
Dec. 28, 2014 - Regular NFL season ends
Dec. 29 - Clubs may begin signing free agent players for the 2015 season
Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the rookie contract of a drafted rookie who
was selected in any round of ‘12 NFL Draft. Any permissible renegotiated or extended player contract
will not be considered a rookie contract, and will not be subject to rules that limit rookie contracts
Option exercise period begins for Fifth-Year Option for first-round selections from the 2012 NFL Draft.
To exercise the option, the club must give written notice to the player on or after Dec. 29, 2014 but prior
to May 3, 2015.

NFL 2015 Postseason
**** April 29 - May 1 - NFL Draft 2015, Chicago, Ill. ****

Special Twitter and Email Postings Through NFL Draft 2015 Starts January

Jan. 3-4 - Playoffs begin - Wild Card Weekend
January 4 - Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card weekend
may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.
Jan. 10 - Medal of Honor Bowl Charleston, SC January 10 2:30 PM ET NBC Sports
Jan. 10-11 - Divisional Playoffs
Jan. 11 - Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be
interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.
Jan. 15 - Deadline for underclassmen to apply for early entry to NFL Draft
Jan. 18 - Deadline for underclassmen to withdraw application for early entry to NFL Draft
Jan. 17 - East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, Florida
Jan. 17 - NFLPA Collegiate Carson, Ca. - 4 pm ESPN2
Jan. 18 - AFC and NFC Championship Games

Jan. 19-24 - Senior Bowl Week, Ladd Peebles Stadium - Mobile, Alabama

Jan. 25 - 2015 Pro Bowl (University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Jan. 25 - An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously
interviewed for another club’s head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no
later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.

Feb. 1 - Super Bowl XLIX (University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 6 p.m. ET, NBC)

NFL Combine Dates
Feb. 7- NFL Regional Combine - Davie, Fla.
Feb. 14 - NFL Regional Combine - Houston
Feb. 17-23 - NFL Scouting Combine - Indianapolis, In
Feb. 21- NFL Regional Combine - Dove Valley, Colo.
Feb. 28 - NFL Regional Combine - Owings Mills, Md.
March 7 - NFL Regional Combine - Lake Forest, Ill.
March 21-22 - Super Regional Combine - Phoenix

For NFL Calendar Through NFL Draft 2015 May
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Seahawks & Patriots Gaining Playoff Momemtum - NFL Power Rankings

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NFL Power Rankings Week 15 –
Seahawks Making Stretch Drive to Defend Title

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - QB Derek Carr - Raiders

Defensive Player - LB Devon Kennard - Giants

Photo - QB Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers

Players of the Week
Offensive - QB Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers

Defensive - DE J.J. Watt - Texans

Team of Week 14 - Seahawks
Matchup of Week 15 - Broncos at Chargers

Rank / Team / Record

1. Denver Broncos (10-3)
Broncos travel to San Diego with division title in sight.

2. Green Bay Packers (10-3)
Packers hang on to beat the Falcons despite serious defensive concerns.

3. New England Patriots (10-3)
Patriots won a huge game in San Diego after prior tough loss to Packers.

4. Seattle Seahawks (9-4)
Seahawks drilled the Eagles and face West rival, the 49ers this week.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (9-4)
Eagles lost key game vs Seahawks with the Cowboys coming in this Sunday night in must win situation.

6. Indianapolis Colts (9-4)
QB Andrew Luck directed a great comeback vs Browns and is carrying this average club on his back.

7. Arizona Cardinals (10-3)
Cards won a critical game vs the Chiefs and travel to St. Louis to face the tough underrated Rams Thursday night.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4-1)
The Bengals came up empty in huge contest with Steelers and face Browns and Johnny Football this Sunday.

9. Detroit Lions (9-4)
Lions are taking care of business and host the Vikes in key North contest this week.

10. Dallas Cowboys (9-4)
Cowboys travel to Philly in a true gut check that probably decides the NFC East title.

11. San Diego Chargers (8-5)
Chargers lost a critical game vs Patriots with West leader the Broncos coming in this Sunday.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5)
Steelers’ won a huge road matchup with the Bengals and must maintain that level with Falcons game.

13. Baltimore Ravens (8-5)
The Ravens won a key game in Miami and look to continue new streak with Jaguars coming in Sunday.

14. Kansas City Chiefs (7-6)
The Chiefs have lost three in a row and need victory vs Raiders to stay in AFC West race.

15. St. Louis Rams (6-7)
The Rams have put back to back shutouts together and host Cardinals on Thursday night this week.

16. San Francisco 49ers (7-6)
The 49ers suffered a terrible loss to the lowly Raiders and face their arch rival the Seahawks in must win road situation.

17. Cleveland Browns (7-6)
The Browns turn the page and start Johnny ‘Football’ Manziel in longshot move for playoff run.

18. Buffalo Bills (7-6)
The Bills need a strong performance this week at home vs the Packers for any playoff hopes.

19. Miami Dolphins (7-6)
The Dolphins lost a heartbreaker to the Ravens and travel to New England for must win contest vs the Patriots next.

20. Houston Texans (7-6)
Texans continue to win games they should and travel to Indy and a chance to gain critical ground in the AFC South race.

21. New Orleans Saints (5-8)
Saints were trounced by the Panthers in a critical matchup and travel to Chicago for important Monday nite match up.

22. Atlanta Falcons (5-8)
Falcon’s comeback came up short vs Packers and host Steelers with first place in the weak NFC South at stake.

23. Minnesota Vikings (6-7)
Vikings beat the Jets in overtime last week and travel to Detroit for a must win matchup for their slim playoff hopes.

24. Chicago Bears (5-8)
The Bears were bashed by the Cowboys last week and face the equally desperate Saints at home Monday night.

25. Carolina Panthers (4-8-1)
The Panthers shocked the Saints last week, but face Tampa without Cam Newton this Sunday.

26. New York Giants (4-9)
The GMen actually played a complete game vs the lowly Titans, though it is much too little and late.

27. Washington Redskins (3-10)
Washington were bashed again last week by the tough Rams and travel to MetLife to face the Gmen this week.

28. Tennessee Titans (2-11)
The Titans were wacked again, this time by the Gmen and get the inept Jets this Sunday.

29. New York Jets (2-11)
The Jets find a way to loss every week and missed key tackles to lose in overtime to the Vikings.

30. Oakland Raiders (2-11)
The Raiders beat Bay rival 49ers behind hot rookie QB Derek Carr who is their saving grace this season.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-11)
Bucs are rarely competitive and face wholesale changes again this offseason.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11)
The Jaguars travel to Baltimore in must win game for the Ravens.

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