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Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2017 - List of Semifinalists

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Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2017 - List of Semifinalists

Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2017 was reduced to 26 candidates this week from 94 nominees. The 26 semifinalists will be trimmed to 15 finalists in early January 2017. The current group includes 15 offensive, eight defensive stalwarts one kicker and two coaches.

Photo – RB LaDainian Tomlinson - Chargers

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Among the first-year eligibles, former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson is the headliner. Tomlinson is a back I recommended to the Senior Bowl committee for the 2001 All-star event. He was a complete prospect coming out of TCU who performed in an option attack. He was an instant hit with the Chargers and one of the most productive and durable backs in recent history. He also has been one of the NFL’s model citizens and a generous donator to many charities.

In 2006, he won the NFL Most Valuable Player award and went on to be a five-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time All-Pro during 11 seasons with the Chargers and New York Jets. He ranks 5th in career rushing yards (13,684), 7th in all-purpose yards (18,456) and 3rd in TDs (162).

Other first-year eligibles include safety Brian Dawkins, wide receiver Hines Ward and defensive end Jason Taylor. They will be joined by 2016 finalists such as Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, Terrell Owens, John Lynch and Don Coryell.

Davis, the former Denver Broncos running back, has made the semifinalist list 11 times, the most of any nominee this year. He was a low 6th round pick out of Georgia who made the Broncos on his special teams’ coverage ability. At Georgia, he backed up future Pro Bowl runner Garrison Hearst after transferring.

Davis, Warner and Owens will warrant strong consideration after highly productive and visible and sometimes controversial careers. The list will be reduced to 15 finalists and will join senior Finalist Kenny Easley and 2017 Contributor Finalists Jerry Jones and Paul Tagliabue when the 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee meets to vote on the eve of Super Bowl LI.

Complete List of Semifinalists - Career Years and Teams Played for
(listed in alphabetical order):
* First year eligible players # 2016 Finalists

1. Morten Anderson, kicker (New Orleans Saints, 1982-1994; Atlanta Falcons, 1995-2000; 2006-07; New York Giants, 2001; Kansas City Chiefs, 2002-03; Minnesota Vikings, 2004)
2. Steve Atwater, safety (Denver Broncos, 1989-1998; New York Jets, 1999)
3. Tony Boselli, offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars, 1995-2001; Houston Texans, 2002)
4. Isaac Bruce, wide receiver (Los Angeles Rams, 1994; St. Louis Rams, 1995-2007; San Francisco 49ers, 2008-09)
5. # Don Coryell, coach (St. Louis Cardinals, 1973-77; San Diego Chargers, 1978-1986)
6. Roger Craig, running back (San Francisco 49ers, 1983-1990; Los Angeles Raiders, 1991; Minnesota Vikings, 1992-93)
7. # Terrell Davis, running back (Denver Broncos, 1995-2001)
8. * Brian Dawkins, safety (Philadelphia Eagles, 1996-2008; Denver Broncos, 2009-2011)
9. Alan Faneca, guard (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1998-2007; New York Jets, 2008-09; Arizona Cardinals, 2010)
10. Chris Hinton, offensive tackle/guard (Baltimore Colts, 1983; Indianapolis Colts, 1984-89; Atlanta Falcons, 1990-93; Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95)
11. Torry Holt, wide receiver (St. Louis Rams, 1999-2008; Jacksonville Jaguars, 2009)
12. Joe Jacoby, offensive tackle (Washington Redskins, 1981-1993)
13. Edgerrin James, running back (Indianapolis Colts, 1999-2005; Arizona Cardinals, 2006-08; Seattle Seahawks, 2009)
14. Jimmy Johnson, coach (Dallas Cowboys, 1989-1993; Miami Dolphins, 1996-99)
15. Mike Kenn, offensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons, 1978-1994)
16. Ty Law, cornerback (New England Patriots, 1995-2004; New York Jets, 2005, '08; Kansas City Chiefs, 2006-07; Denver Broncos, 2009)
17. # John Lynch, safety (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1993-2003; Denver Broncos, 2004-07)
18. Clay Matthews, linebacker (Cleveland Browns, 1978-1993; Atlanta Falcons, 1994-96)
19. Kevin Mawae, center (Seattle Seahawks, 1994-97; New York Jets, 1998-2005; Tennessee Titans, 2006-09)
20. Karl Mecklenburg, linebacker (Denver Broncos, 1983-1994)
21. # Terrell Owens, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers, 1996-2003; Philadelphia Eagles, 2004-05; Dallas Cowboys, 2006-08; Buffalo Bills, 2009; Cincinnati Bengals, 2010)
22. * Jason Taylor, defensive end (Miami Dolphins, 1997-2007, '09, 2011; Washington Redskins, 2008; New York Jets, 2010)
23. * LaDainian, Tomlinson, running back (San Diego Chargers, 2001-09; New York Jets, 2010-11)
24. * Hines Ward, wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1998-2011)
25. # Kurt Warner, quarterback (St. Louis Rams, 1998-2003; New York Giants, 2004; Arizona Cardinals, 2005-09)
26. Darren Woodson, safety (Dallas Cowboys, 1992-2003)

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 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 Power Poll - Week 11- Seahawks Beat Patriots

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NFL Power Poll - Week 11

Seahawks Beat Patriots
Patriots & Cowboys Via for #1 Ranking

Team of the Week - Seattle Seahawks

Offensive Player of Week - QB Marcus Mariota - Titans
Defensive Player of Week - LB Preston Smith - Redskins

Rookie of Week - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Cowboys

Photo - QB Marcus Mariota - Titans

Game of Week #11 - Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) at Seattle Seahawks (6-2-1)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 7-2 - PATRIOTS

Patriots fall to Seahawks in thriller.

#2 - 8-1 - COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ are riding rookie back Ezekiel Elliott back to the top of the NFC East.

#3 - 6-2-1 - SEAHAWKS
Seahawks are winning on top defense and sound football.

#4 - 7-2 - RAIDERS
The Raiders are hot and will continue this homestand in Mexico.

#5 - 7-3 - BRONCOS
Broncos pulled it out vs the Saints and get there bye week to prepare for huge showdown with Chiefs.

#6 - 6-3 - GIANTS
GMen are on a four game winning streak with Bears and Browns up next.

#7 - 7-2 - CHIEFS
The Chiefs made a great comeback to beat the Panther. Face the Bucs prior to difficult road stretch.

#8 - 5-4 - FALCONS
Falcons defense failed to hold a lead vs the Eagles and get their bye week to prepare for stretch run.

#9 - 5-3-1 - REDSKINS
Redskins hang tough. Face the Packers and Cowboys within 5 days this week.

#10 - 6-3 - TEXANS
The Texans face the acid test with trip to Mexico for Monday night clash with Raiders.

#11 - 5-4 - RAVENS
The Ravens have had 10 days to prepare for the Cowboys.

#12 - 5-4 - LIONS
The Lions’ are well rested for two home games vs Jaguars and Vikings.

#13 - 5-4 - EAGLES
Eagles travel to Seattle for key NFC matchup that can be significant for both clubs.

#14 - 5-4 - VIKINGS
Vikes have lost four in a row and need to regroup for Cardinals, Lions and Cowboys up next.

#15 - 4-4-1 - CARDINALS
The Cardinals face the core of their schedule with Vikings, Falcons and Redskins up next that will determine if they are contenders or pretenders this season.

#16 - 5-5 - TITANS
The Titans are riding hot young QB Marcus Mariota to win marginal games. They have road games vs Bears and Colts up next.

#17 - 5-4 - DOLPHINS
The Dolphins defense came to the rescue vs the Chargers for their 4th win in a row.

#18 - 4-5 - PACKERS
Packers' were blasted by the Titans. Travel to Washington and Philadelphia for critical Sunday and Monday night matchups.

#19 - 4-5 - COLTS
The Colts’ had two weeks to get ready for home games vs Titans and Steelers that will determine their fate.

#20 - 4-5 - STEELERS
The Steelers failed in key situations vs the Cowboys to continue their decline. Road matchups in Cleveland and Indy become almost must win situations.

#21 - 4-6 - CHARGERS
The Chargers are fun to watch, but find a way to lose. They have one of the worst defenses in the game.

#22 - 4-5 - RAMS
The Ram’s offensive problems persist but they edged out a victory vs the inept Jets.

#23 - 4-5 - BILLS
Bills are rested for trip to Cinny that may determine the playoff hopes of both clubs.

#24 - 4-5 - BUCCANEERS
The Bucs trashed the Bears last week. Face the Chiefs and Seahawks in two key matchups that will test their maturity.

#25 - 3-5-1 - BENGALS
Bengals were man handled by the GMen last week and must get well quickly with AFC opponents, the Bills and Ravens up next.

#26 - 4-5 - SAINTS
Late game special teams breakdown cost the Saints vs the Broncos. Face Panthers tonight in a must win situation for their playoff hopes.

#27 - 3-6 - PANTHERS
Panthers lost a last second game vs Chiefs off another key turnover. They host the Saints tonight in a contest that may be their last chance to start a playoff run.

#28 - 3-7 - JETS
Jets caved in with little offense vs the Rams. They create constant QB rotation and young Bryce Petty may benefit most for reps over the final six games.

#29 - 2-7 - JAGUARS
The Jags' continue road games with Lions and Bills on the agenda. They face a tough second half of schedule that HC Gus Bradley may not survice.

#30 - 2-7 - BEARS
The Bears were again burdened by turnovers in loss to Bucs. They travel to MetLife to face the GMen in another expected mismatch.

#31 - 1-8 - 49ers
The 49ers lost their 8th game in a row despite a good performance by QB Colin Kaepernick.

#32 - 0-10 - BROWNS
The Browns were bashed by the Ravens last week. They host the Steelers and GMen in the next two games.

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

Patriots Rested For Seahawks Clash - NFL Power Poll Week 10

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NFL Power Poll - Week 10

Patriots Rested For Seahawks In Sunday Night Clash

Team of the Week - Oakland Raiders

Offensive Player of Week - RB Melvin Gordon - Chargers
Defensive Player of Week - Safety Landon Collins - Giants

Rookie of Week -QB Dak Prescott - Cowboys

Photo - Safety Landon Collins - Giants

Game of Week #11 – Seattle Seahawks (5-2-1) at NE Patriots (7-1)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team

#1 - 7-1 PATRIOTS

#2 - 7-1 COWBOYS

#3 - 6-3 BRONCOS

#4 - 5-2-1 SEAHAWKS

#5 - 6-3 FALCONS

#6 - 7-2 RAIDERS

#7 - 5-3 VIKINGS

#8 - 5-3 GIANTS

#9 - 6-2 CHIEFS

#10 - 5-4 LIONS

#11 - 4-4 PACKERS

#12- 4-4 EAGLES

#13 - 4-3-1 REDSKINS

#14 - 4-4 STEELERS

#15 - 4-5 CHARGERS

#16 - 5-3 TEXANS

#17 - 3-4-1 BENGALS

#18 - 4-4 RAVENS

#19 - 3-4-1 CARDINALS

#20 - 4-5 COLTS

#21 - 4-4 SAINTS

#22 - 4-5 BILLS

#23 - 4-4 DOLPHINS

#24 - 3-5 RAMS

#25 - 4-5 TITANS

#26 - 3-5 PANTHERS

#27 - 3-5 BUCCANEERS

#28 - 3-6 JETS

#29 - 2-6 JAGUARS

#30 - 2-6 BEARS

#31 - 1-7 49ers

#32 - 0-9 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 - Week 9 - Patriots Move to #1 Ranking

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NFL Power Poll - Week 9

Patriots Move to #1 Off Strong Tom Brady Performance

Team of the Week - Dallas Cowboys

Offensive Player of Week QB Derek Carr - Raiders
Defensive Player of Week CB Bradley Roby - Broncos

Rookie of Week -RB Jordan Howard - Bears

Photo - Derek Carr - Raiders

Game of Week #10 – Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) at NY Giants (4-3)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team

#1 - 7-1 - PATRIOTS

#2 - 6-1 - COWBOYS

#3 - 6-2 - BRONCOS

#4 - 5-2 - VIKINGS

#5 - 4-2-1 - SEAHAWKS

#6 - 5-3 - FALCONS

#7 - 6-2 - RAIDERS

#8 - 4-3 - PACKERS

#9 - 4-3 - EAGLES

#10 - 4-3-1 - REDSKINS

#11 - 4-3 - GIANTS

#12 - 5-2 -CHIEFS

#13 - 4-3 - STEELERS

#14 - 4-4 - BILLS

#15 - 4-4 - LIONS

#16 - 3-5 - CHARGERS

#17 - 5-3 - TEXANS

#18 - 3-4-1 - BENGALS

#19 - 3-4 - RAVENS

#20 - 3-4 - RAMS

#21 - 4-4 - TITANS

#22 - 3-4-1 - CARDINALS

#23 - 3-5 - COLTS

#24 - 3-4 - DOLPHINS

#25 - 3-5 - JETS

#26 - 3-4 - SAINTS

#27 - 2-5 - PANTHERS

#28 - 3-4 - BUCCANEERS

#29 - 2-5 - JAGUARS

#30 - 2-6 - BEARS

#31 - 1-6 - 49ers

#32 - 0-8 - 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 - Week 8 - Vikes Hold #1 Ranking, Patriots #2

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NFL Power Poll - Week 8

Vikes Fall From Unbeaten - Hold #1 Ranking
#2 Patriots Perfect Behind QB Tom Brady

Team of the Week - Philadelphia Eagles

Offensive Player of Week - RB Jay Ajayi - Dolphins
Defensive Player of Week - S Landon Collins - Giants

Rookie of Week - DE Joey Bosa - Chargers

Photo - S Landon Collins - Giants

Game of Week #8 - Green Bay Packers (4-2) at Atlanta Falcons (4-2)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 5-1 VIKINGS

Dolphins ’72 perfect season safe one another year after Vikings lose to Eagles.

#2 - 5-1 PATRIOTS
Patriots QB Tom Brady stays perfect with nice victory over the Steelers.

#3 - 4-1-1 SEAHAWKS
Seahawks were lucky Cardinals choked and tied in overtime.

#4 - 5-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ are well rested for their home game vs NFC East rival, the Eagles this Sunday.

#5 - 4-2 PACKERS
Packers' had 10 days to prepare for their trip to Atlanta in a key NFC contest between QBs Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan.

#6 - 4-2 EAGLES
Eagles jumped the Vikings last week and travel to Big D for critical NFC East contest.

#7 - 5-2 BRONCOS
Broncos shutdown the Texans Monday night with their tough defense. Host surprising tough Chargers this Sunday.

#8 - 4-3 FALCONS
Falcons were ambushed by the Chargers and face talented inconsistent Packers this week.

#9 - 4-3 REDSKINS
Washington have come back to the pack and face key matchup in Cinny in another top matchup.

#10 - 5-2 RAIDERS
The Raiders beat the Jaguars in last one and travel to Tampa for another winnable game.

#11 - 4-3 GIANTS
GMen won a critical game in London vs the Rams. They get a much-needed bye this week before a push for the NFC playoffs.

#12 - 4-3 STEELERS
The Steelers lost for the second week in a row, this time to the Patriots. They get their bye week and hope QB Ben Roethlisberger makes a fast recover to stay in the AFC North race.

#13 - 4-3 BILLS
Bills lost a tough game to the Dolphins and host AFC East rival, the Patriots in a critical matchup.

#14 - 4-2 CHIEFS
The Chiefs beat the Saints last week and face a crucial AFC matchup in Indy this Sunday.

#15 - 4-3 LIONS
The Lions’ are on a hot streak with roads games vs Texans and Vikings on the schedule.

#16 - 3-4 CHARGERS
The Chargers are a tough aggressive club who have played everyone tough and a team that must be dealt with a huge road game vs Denver that can make the AFC West race interesting.

#17 - 3-4 BENGALS
Bengals beat the Browns last week and face the Redskins in a critical contest for both clubs’ playoff hopes.

#18 - 4-3 TEXANS
The Texans were beat by Denver on Monday with the same recurring offensive problems.

#19 - 3-4 RAVENS
The Ravens were beat in back to back games at MetLife.

#20 - 3-4 RAMS
The Ram’s offensive problems persist and they were beat by the Giants in London. Bye week to regroup.

#21 - 3-3-1 CARDINALS
The Cardinals blew the game vs the Seahawks and had to settle for a tie in overtime. No time to sulk as they travel to Carolina for a crucial NFC clash.

#22 - 3-4 COLTS
The Colts’ held on vs the Titans last week. They host the hot Chiefs in an important clash for both AFC teams.

#23 - 3-4 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins beat the Bills last week for two wins in a row. They rest this week prior to a favorable second half schedule.

#24 - 2-4 SAINTS
The Saints high powered offense hosts the tough Seahawks defense in the Dome. The Saints’ defense stops no one and probably keeps them out of playoff contention.

#25 - 3-3 BUCCANEERS
The Bucs have won the games they should compete in this season. They host the Raiders and Falcons that will test this young club and any postseason aspirations.

#26 - 3-4 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota has this offense working and the Titans are competitive weekly. They host the Jaguars on Thursday night that could get them to .500 at midseason.

#27 - 2-4 JAGUARS
The Jags' face four road games in the next five weeks that will test this young club to the fullest. Their talented young defense is going through the difficult growing pains.

#28 - 2-5 JETS
Jets lost QB Geno Smith early in an injury that brought veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick back as the starter. He led them to a win over the Ravens that ended their short losing streak.

#29 - 1-5 PANTHERS
Panthers come off their bye week and must step up to get into contention after a horrible start. They have NFC opponents, the Cardinals and Rams the next two weeks that may define their season.

#30 - 1-6 49ers
The 49ers were smoked at home by the Bucs with their bye week this weekend. Second half schedule offers little improvement.

#31 - 1-6 BEARS
The Bears were trashed by their arch rival, the Packers last Thursday night. They host the Vikings on Monday in another mismatch.

#32 - 0-7 BROWNS
The Browns host the Jets this week and have circled this game since training camp.

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 Week 7 - Vikings Face Eagles in NFC Clash

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NFL Power Poll - Week 7

Photo - WR Odell Beckham - Giants

Team of the Week – New York Giants

Offensive Player of the Week - WR Odell Beckham - Giants
Defensive Player of the Week - LB Dont’a Hightower - Patriots

Rookie of Week - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Cowboys

Game of Week #7 - Minnesota Vikings (5-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 5-0 VIKINGS

Vikings well rested for their trip to Philly for key NFC battle.

#2 - 5-1 PATRIOTS
Patriots QB Tom Brady had outstanding game in return to Foxborough that made Bengals look inept.

#3 - 4-1 SEAHAWKS
Seahawks pulled out a wild win over Falcons and face NFC West rival, the Cardinals in desert Sunday night.

#4 - 5-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ get their bye week after another big win over the Packers up next. Rookies, runner Ezekiel Elliott and QB Daz Prescott have been difference makers.

#5 - 3-2 PACKERS
Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers struggled vs Cowboys and face NFC North rival, the Bears Thursday night in a key matchup.

#6 - 4-2 EAGLES
Eagles have dropped two in a row and host the undefeated Vikings this Sunday.

#7 - 4-2 BRONCOS
Broncos will have 12 days after their loss to the Chargers to get ready for the Texans Monday night.

#8 - 4-2 STEELERS
The Steelers were shocked by the Dolphins last week and lose QB Ben Roethlisberger for at least a month.

#9 - 4-2 FALCONS
Veteran QB Matt Ryan had the Falcons poised to beat the Seahawks but key mistakes late in the game gave Seattle an important victory.

#10 - 4-2 REDSKINS
Washington has won four straight games and travel to Motor city to face the tough Lions who are playing well.

#11 - 4-2 RAIDERS
The Raiders were carved up by Chiefs Alex Smith and runner Spencer Ware. The Raiders face the Jaguars on the road in a key AFC contest.

#12 - 3-3 GIANTS
Odell is a special playmaker and a difference maker for the GMen. They travel to London to face the Rams in a critical NFC matchup before their bye week.

#13 - 3-3 RAVENS
The Ravens need to get healthy to make a playoff run. Get struggling Jets this week.

#14 - 4-2 TEXANS
The Texans beat AFC rivals, the Colts last week. They travel to Denver for key Monday night clash with Broncos with playoff implications.

#15 - 4-2 BILLS
Bills' face the Dolphins in hopes of their 5th win in a row prior to key AFC East matchup with the Patriots the following week.

#16 - 3-2 CHIEFS
The Chiefs beat the Raiders behind a strong performance by QB Alex Smith. They get the Saints at home this week.

#17 - 3-3 RAMS
Rams were beat by Detroit with late FG in last game. GMen in London will be tough matchup this week.

#18 - 3-3 CARDINALS
The Cardinals feasted on the Jets to prep for their crucial NFC West clash with the Seahawks Sunday night. They have given the Seahawks trouble in recent seasons and need to challenge divisional leadership.

#19 - 3-3 LIONS
The Lions’ QB Matt Stafford had a hot hand again vs the highly rated Rams defense for a 31-28 victory. . They host NFC contender, the Redskins to complete a three game homestand.

#20 - 2-4 CHARGERS
The Chargers had 10 days to celebrate their win over the Broncos. They face two huge road games that takes them to Atlanta and Denver that may define their playoff hopes.

#21 - 2-4 BENGALS
Bengals were toasted by Patriots QB Tom Brady in last one. They have back to back critical home games vs the Browns and Redskins prior to their bye week to right this ship.

#22 - 2-4 COLTS
The Colts’ lost a tough one vs the Texans last week. They face South rival, the Titans who they have surprised in the early action.

#23 - 2-3 SAINTS
The Saints won off another strong performance by Drew Brees vs the Panthers. The Saints need to continue their winning ways with the Chiefs and Seahawks up next.

#24 - 2-3 BUCCANEERS
The Bucs rested after a win over the Panthers. They travel to San Fran in hopes of a two game winning streak.

#25 - 3-3 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota continues to progress and directed another win this time vs the Browns. They host the Colts and Jaguars over next two weeks.

#26 - 2-3 JAGUARS
The Jags' are coming off a one-point win over the Bears in a battle of last place clubs. Their talented young defense continues to improve that keeps them in games.

#27 - 2-4 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins shocked the Steelers to get into the win column. They host the Bills this week that may determine any postseason hopes for the 2016 season.

#28 - 1-5 PANTHERS
How the mighty have fallen. Carolina lost to another NFC South opponent, the Saints. They get a bye this week to regroup for a necessary second half turnaround to challenge for the postseason.

#29 - 1-5 JETS
Jets were trashed again, this time by the Cardinals. HC Todd Bowles goes to QB Geno Smith at home vs the Ravens in a desperate move to stop the slide.

#30 - 1-5 49ers
The 49ers were awful in blowout to the Bills with QB Colin Kaepernick lousy at the helm. They host the Bucs this Sunday prior to their bye week.

#31 - 1-5 BEARS
The Bears lost to the lowly Jaguars in last one. They face their arch rival, the Packers on Thursday night before hosting the Vikings on Monday in two defining NFC North matchups.

#32 - 0-6 BROWNS
The Browns lost a close one to the Titans to remain the only winless club in the league. They travel to Cinny this week before hosting the struggling Jets in two weeks.

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 - Week 6 - Vikings Stand Alone #1 Ranking

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NFL Power Poll - Week 6

Photo - QB Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers

Team of the Week - Minnesota Vikings

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers
Defensive Player of the Week - CB Nickell Robey-Coleman - Bills

Rookie of Week - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Cowboys

Game of Week #6 - Dallas Cowboys (4-1) at Green Bay Packers (3-1)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 5-0 VIKINGS

Vikings only team still undefeated with bye week here.

#2 - 4-1 PATRIOTS
Patriots shined in veteran QB Tom Brady return to action. They face the Bengals in a possible AFC postseason warmup.

#3 - 3-1 PACKERS
Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers is hot and looking to face the Cowboys at home in a key NFC showdown.

#4 - 4-1 EAGLES
Eagles were ambushed in Detroit that brings them back to reality. Eagles travel to Capital this week before hosting the Vikings the following game.

#5 - 4-2 BRONCOS
Broncos face a hungry Charger team Thursday night that exploited their vanilla offense. Look rest to Monday night game vs Texans.

#6 - 3-1 SEAHAWKS
Seahawks get back to back tough NFC tests with Falcons coming to town, and trip to the desert vs the Cardinals.

#7 - 4-1 STEELERS
The Steelers are a hot club and travel to Miami where the Dolphins are in their usual state of confusion. Steelers host the Patriots in two weeks.

#8 - 4-1 RAIDERS
The Raiders held on and beat the mistake prone Chargers. The Raiders won their three straight for the first time in five years.

#9 - 4-1 FALCONS
Veteran QB Matt Ryan and Falcons face the acid test this week with trip to Seattle. The Falcons are the highest scoring club and will test one of the league’s best defenses.

#10 - 4-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ face a tough two game stretch with the Bengals and Packers up next. Rookie runner Ezekiel Elliott is a dominant runner and a difference maker here.

#11 - 2-3 BENGALS
Bengals have struggled too often in the early action and get a big test at home in New England. They failed to stop the run vs the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott and must prove they can win the line of scrimmage.

#12 - 3-2 RAVENS
The Ravens fired another OC and will spent the next two weeks at Met Life vs the GMen and Jets.

#13 - 3-2 RAMS
Rams were shocked by the Bills at home and travel to Detroit this week in a harder game than most expect.

#14 - 3-2 REDSKINS
Washington has won three straight games and hosts the Eagles this week. QB Kirk Cousins has produced enough and the struggling defense improved in win over the Ravens.

#15 - 2-3 GIANTS
The Giants has lost three in a row and face a tough two game stretch vs the Ravens and Rams that are critical for competing in the balanced NFC East.

#16 - 3-2 TEXANS
The Texans hold on to AFC South lead, but must prove they can beat AFC rivals, the Colts and Broncos over next two weeks. The defense without star DE JJ Watt looks average at best.

#17 - 3-2 BILLS
Bills' travelled to LA and jumped the Rams for their third win in a row. They face the 49ers and Dolphins the next two weeks and could emerge as a surprise AFC contender with victories.

#18 - 2-3 CARDINALS
The Cardinals are the biggest disappointment of the young season. They host the Jets and Seahawks the next two weeks with a healthy QB Carson Palmer.

#19 - 2-2 CHIEFS
The Chiefs regrouped during their bye week and look to get veteran runner Jamaal Charles back and provide an impact for balanced attack. They had two weeks to prepare for the hated Raiders.

#20 - 2-3 COLTS
The Colts’ QB Andrew Luck stepped up in crunch time in win over the Bears. Colts face South rival, the Texans who they have owned in recent seasons.

#21 - 2-3 LIONS
The Lions’ QB Matt Stafford had a hot hand vs the highly rated Eagles defense and edged out a 24-23 victory. Their defense held on in crunch time. They host NFC contenders, the Rams and Redskins over the next two weeks that may define their season.

#22 - 1-4 PANTHERS
Carolina lost to NFC South doormat, the Bucs in Monday night game. They travel to the Big East and face the equally desperate Saints up next. They get QB Cam Newton after a one week absence.

#23 - 1-3 SAINTS
The Saints come off their bye week to face the struggling Panthers. This one could be a shootout between Brees and Newton vs two of the league’s worst defense in the early season.

#24 - 2-4 CHARGERS
The Chargers jumped on the Super Bowl champion, Broncos to reverse their disappointing early start. They found ways to lose weekly in big situations that has them digging out of West basement.

#25 - 1-4 JETS
Jets were torched by QB Ben Roethlisberger in last one and continue to struggle with tough early schedule. They travel to Arizona who get QB Carson Palmer back this week.

#26 - 2-3 BUCCANEERS
The Bucs won a key home game vs the Panthers that helped this young club and QB Jameis Winston. The Bucs get their bye week this Sunday before traveling to San Fran.

#27 - 2-3 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota threw 3 TDs vs the struggling Dolphins for a strong performance after struggling in recent weeks. They face a weak home schedule this month with the Browns, Colts and Jaguars coming to Music town.

#28 - 1-3 JAGUARS
The Jags' are coming off their bye week for trip to Chi town. Their talented young defense is coming off a good effort vs QB Andrew Luck with six sacks. They get an average stretch of games.

#29 - 1-4 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins were terrible vs the lowly Titans in last one. They host the Steelers and Bills the next two weeks that may define their 2016 season.

#30 - 1-4 49ers
The 49ers are falling quickly that forced the change to QB Colin Kaepernick. He faces the Bills in Buffalo after losing the job after a few years of lousy inconsistent play.

#31 - 1-4 BEARS
The Bears were toasted by Colts’ Andrew Luck in last game. They face the Jaguars this week before back to back NFC North matchups with the Packers and Vikings.

#32 - 0-5 BROWNS
The Browns defense caved in vs the Patriots, Tom Brady who made a strong return to the NFL. They travel to Nashville this week in one of the few soft spots remaining on the schedule. They are paying for a decade of disastrous personnel decisions.

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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