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

The Bowl Championship Series: Grand Finale

The Bowl Championship Series: A Golden Era

Since 1998, when Tennessee beat Florida State in the first Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship game at the Fiesta Bowl, to this season’s VIZIO BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl Stadium, the BCS has transformed college football into a true national treasure; with popularity, attendance, and fan viewership at record levels.

Though, I have always advocated a College Playoff system and crown a true national champion, the BCS series has done a remarkable job getting the top two clubs on the field for the title. College football has flourished on many levels due to the BCS system and has set a valuable blueprint for the new upcoming playoff format that begins next postseason.

The BCS was a significant step forward. It delivered a guaranteed matchup of the top two teams in a true national championship game, replacing a system that left fans wondering who the real champion was. It also brought more access to all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs. It featured some of the finest performances from some of the game’s greatest student-athletes, and preserved America’s bowl tradition for fans and participants alike. As the sun sets on the BCS era, it’s worth remembering all the positive developments that brought college football to where it is today.

The Top Two Teams Played in the National Championship Game – 16 times in 16 years. Since its inception in 1998, the BCS did what it was asked to do – matching college football’s number one and two teams, while preserving the heritage of the bowl system, along with college football’s unique regular season.

BCS Title Game Matchups
1998 (1) Tennessee 23 (2) Florida State 16
1999 (1) Florida State 46 (2) Virginia Tech 29
2000 (1) Oklahoma 13 (2) Florida State 2
2001 (1) Miami 37 (2) Nebraska 14
2002 (1) Miami 24 (2) Ohio State 31 (2 OT)
2003 (1) Oklahoma 14 (2) LSU 21
2004 (1) Southern California 55 (2) Oklahoma 19
2005 (1) Southern California 38 (2) Texas 41
2006 (1) Ohio State 14 (2) Florida 41
2007 (1) Ohio State 24 (2) LSU 38
2008 (1) Oklahoma 14 (2) Florida 24
2009 (1) Alabama 37 (2) Texas 21
2010 (1) Auburn 22 (2) Oregon 19
2011 (1) LSU 0 (2) Alabama 21
2012 (1) Notre Dame 14 (2) Alabama 42
2013 (1) Florida State (2) Auburn

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NFL Power Rankings - Chiefs Perfect Entering Bye Week

NFL Power Rankings - Chiefs Perfect Entering Bye Week

Pro Power Rankings - Week 10

Photo - QB Drew Brees - Saints

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Nick Foles - Eagles
Defensive Player - CB Sean Smith - Chiefs

Rookies of the Week

Offensive Player- WR Aaron Dotson - Patriots
Defensive Player- CB David Amerson - Redskins

Team of Week 9 - Colts -
Matchup of Week 10 - Cowboys at Saints –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0)
The Chiefs go into bye week prior to Broncos matchup in Denver next week.

2. Denver Broncos (7-1)
Broncos better not sleep with trip to San Diego this week.

3. Seattle Seahawks (8-1)
The Seahawks can win ugly too.

4. Indianapolis Colts (6-2)
Colts looking to establish AFC home field advantage over next month.

5. New Orleans Saints (6-2)
Saints get major vs Cowboys at the friendly confirms in the Big Easy this week.

6. New England Patriots (7-2)
Patriots get open week before second half run with mainly sub .500 teams.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (8-3)
The Bengals face major AFC North test at Baltimore this Sunday.

8. San Francisco 49ers (6-2)
The 49ers rested after London trip and host Panthers this week.

9. Detroit Lions (5-3)
Lions begin their push for NFC North title with trip to Chicago this Sunday.

10. Green Bay Packers (5-3)
Packers lost key game to Bears Monday nite and begin NFC push without Aaron Rodgers over next month.

11. Dallas Cowboys (5-4)
Cowboys just got by Vikings last week and travel to New Orleans for major NFC clash with Saints.

12. Chicago Bears (5-3)
The Bears got a huge win over Packers on Monday night.

13. Baltimore Ravens (3-5)
The Ravens facing almost a must win contest with Bengals at home this week.

14. Miami Dolphins (4-4)
The Dolphins travel cross state vs Bucs to deflect ongoing “Bullying’ fiasco.

15. Arizona Cardinals (4-4)
Cards get soft part of schedule and need a run here to stay alive in the NFC playoff race.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)
Eagles travel to Green Bay for vital contest for both clubs’ playoff hopes.

17. New York Jets (5-4)
The Jets won a huge game vs the Saints and have bye this week before a heavy AFC second half schedule.

18. Carolina Panthers (5-3)
Panthers go to San Fran with major test to determine whether a playoff contender or pretender.

19. San Diego Chargers (4-4)
Chargers get Broncos at home in a must win situation for any playoff hopes.

20. Tennessee Titans (4-4)
The Titans have Jaguars Sunday with two games vs Colts on the upcoming schedule.

21. Cleveland Browns (4-5)
The Browns sit out this week before facing a heavy AFC schedule for their playoff hopes.

22. New York Giants (26)
The GMen well rested for second half run for any playoff aspirations.

23. Atlanta Falcons (2-6)
Falcons get Seahawks at home this week with fading playoff hopes in balance.

24. Houston Texans (2-6)
Texans lost critical game vs Colts as they enter soft part of schedule.

25. Washington Redskins (3-5)
The Skins face the Vikings tonight and need win for any mathematical chances for playoffs.

26. Buffalo Bills (3-6)
The Bills need a win in Pittsburgh to stay in the playoff hunt.

27. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6)
Steelers look slow and old when the game is in the balance.

28. St. Louis Rams (3-6)
The Rams face Colts this week and face a tough task to stay in contention.

29. Oakland Raiders (3-5
The Raiders got bombed by Eagles last week with GMen on the agenda this Sunday.

30. Minnesota Vikings (1-7)
Vikings are a weekly train wreck and face tough schedule over second half.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-8)
Bucs get the ‘Bullied’ Dolphins at home Monday night.

32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8)
Jags didn’t lose last week with bye – get back into routine vs Titans this Sunday.

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NFL Power Rankings - Chiefs Still Perfect at Midseason

NFL Power Rankings - Chiefs Still Perfect at Midseason
NFL Power Rankings - Week 8

Photo - QB Drew Brees - Saints

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Andrew Luck - Colts
Defensive Player of the Year - DE Chandler Jones - Patriots

Offensive Rookie of the Week - TE Jordan Reed - Redskins
Defensive Rookie of the Year - DT Chris Jones - Patriots

Team of Week 7 - Colts -
Matchup of Week 8 - Cowboys at Lions –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Kansas City Chiefs (7-0)
The Chiefs make the rise from bottom to top by midseason.

2. Denver Broncos (6-1)
Broncos lost shootout in Indy last week.

3. New Orleans Saints (5-1)
Saints rested after bye week and ready for second half run in NFC.

4. Seattle Seahawks (6-1)
The Seahawks have a 12 day rest for contest with the struggling Rams.

5. Indianapolis Colts (5-2)
Colts rest this week after huge victory over Broncos.

6. New England Patriots (5-2)
Patriots face big AFC East matchup at home with Dolphins.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)
The Bengals are ready to take command in the AFC North.

8. San Francisco 49ers (5-2)
The 49ers go to London to face lowly Jaguars on vacation week.

9. Detroit Lions (4-3)
Lions face a steady diet of playoff contenders this month.

10. Baltimore Ravens (3-4)
The Ravens regroup with bye week after a rough start of their NFL title.

11. Green Bay Packers (4-2)
Packers are slowly building momentum for a run at the NFC North.

12. Dallas Cowboys (4-3)
Cowboys go to Detroit for a huge midseason NFC matchup that could have playoff ramifications.

13. Chicago Bears (4-3)
The Bears lick their wounds after a tough loss vs the Skins.

14. Miami Dolphins (3-3)
The Dolphins face maybe the pivotal game of their season vs AFC rival the Patriots this week.

15. Arizona Cardinals (3-4)
Cards are well rested for the Falcons coming to town.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
Eagles face the Giants at home this week where the loser is probably toast for season.

17. New York Jets (4-3)
The Jets won a huge game vs the Patriots but must be ready this week in key matchup in Cincy.

18. San Diego Chargers (4-3)
Chargers get open week before hoping to make a second half run at the playoffs.

19. Atlanta Falcons (2-4)
Falcons coming off back to back wins with trip to the desert on this week’s schedule.

20. Tennessee Titans (3-4)
The Titans never seem to get a signature victory over recent seasons.

21. Cleveland Browns (3-4)
The Browns go to KC with hopes of getting to .500 vs only undefeated NFL teams.

22. Houston Texans (2-5)
Texans lick their wounds with this week’s bye.

23. Carolina Panthers (3-3)
Panthers need to win tonite to get into the playoff picture.

24. Buffalo Bills (3-4)
The Bills needs to build off big win vs Miami with tough assignment at New Orleans.

25. New York Giants (1-6)
The GMen get their first win and face Eagles in Philly that could be the pivotal contest for both clubs.

26. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4)
Steelers coming off back to back wins and hope to continue streak with trop to Oakland.

27. St. Louis Rams (3-4)
The Rams lost QB Sam Bradford for season last week and face a tough task to stay in contention.

28. Oakland Raiders (2-4)
The Raiders come off bye week with Steelers coming to town Sunday.

29. Washington Redskins (2-4)
The Skins face the Broncos in Denver this week.

30. Minnesota Vikings (1-5)
Vikings face Packers at home this week with season getting ugly.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-6)
Bucs get the Panthers at home tonight in a winable matchup.

32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (0-7)
Jags hoping to join Conference USA next year.

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NFL Power Rankings – Broncos Face Colts This Week

NFL Power Rankings – Broncos Face Colts This Week
NFL Power Rankings - Week 7

Photo - QB Russell Wilson - Seahawks -

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Tom Brady - Patriots
Defensive Player of the Year - LB A.J. Hawk - Packers
Offensive Rookie of the Week - RB Eddie Lacy - Packers
Defensive Rookie of the Year - S Matt Elam - Ravens

Team of Week 6 - Patriots -

Matchup of Week 7 - Broncos at Colts –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Denver Broncos (6-0)
Peyton Manning returns to Indy this week with matchup vs Andrew Luck.

2. New England Patriots (5-1)
Patriots get Jets at Met Life this Sunday.

3. New Orleans Saints (5-1)
Saints sit out this week after loss to New England.

4. Seattle Seahawks (5-1)
The Seahawks look to rebound with Cards tonight after loss vs the Colts.

5. Kansas City Chiefs (6-0)
The hot Chiefs get the next two games at home vs Texans and Browns.

6. Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
Colts host the Broncos for Sunday nite clash that could be preview for AFC title game.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)
The Bengals face key road game at Detroit before a strong AFC schedule.

8. Detroit Lions (4-2)
Lions face a critical month for them to take command in the NFC North.

9. Baltimore Ravens (3-3)
The Ravens’ face a three game stretch vs AFC North opponents that could shape the divisional race.

10. San Francisco 49ers (4-2)
The 49ers get a soft spot in schedule over next three weeks.

11. Chicago Bears (4-2)
The Bears head to the Capital this Sunday with Skins before their bye week.

12. Green Bay Packers (3-2)
Packers won a huge game vs the Ravens and face surprising Browns this Sunday.

13. Dallas Cowboys (3-3)
Cowboys hit the road with four of the next five games at NFC opponents.

14. Miami Dolphins (3-2)
The Dolphins get back to back AFC East opponents in Bills and Patriots over next two weeks.

15. Arizona Cardinals (3-3)
Cards face critical NFC West matchup with visit to San Fran this week.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)
Eagles get the Cowboys and Giants at home over next two weeks.

17. Tennessee Titans (3-3)
The Titans let game in Seattle get away from them and face acid test at home with 49ers this Sunday.

18. Cleveland Browns (3-3)
The gritty Browns have back to back tough road games in Green Bay and Kansas City.

19. Houston Texans (2-4)
Texans need a strong performance at KC this week.

20. New York Jets (3-3)
The Jets need to surprise vs the Patriots this week at home if they want to contend for the playoffs.

21. San Diego Chargers (3-3)
Chargers face the powder puff Jaguars this Sunday before a bye week.

22. St. Louis Rams (3-3)
The Rams need to keep pace in the NFC West with road game at Carolina this week.

23. Atlanta Falcons (1-4)
Falcons get home game with Bucs to start second half run at playoffs.

24. Buffalo Bills (2-4)
The Bills hit the road south over next two weeks with Dolphins and Saints.

25. Carolina Panthers (2-3)
Panthers are mired in mediocrity and hot and cold efforts.

26. New York Giants (0-6)
The GMen find a way to lose the game.

27. Oakland Raiders (2-4
The Raiders took another wippin by the Chiefs last week.

28. Washington Redskins (1-4)
The Skins face back to back games with Bears and Broncos on the schedule.

29. Minnesota Vikings (1-4)
Vikings go to Met Life to face the winless GMen.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)
Steelers got a W with win over the Jets last week.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-5)
Bucs go into Atlanta to face the desperate Falcons this week.

32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6)
Jags hoping to catch Chargers napping this week.

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NFL Power Rankings Week 6 - Saints at Patriots Clash

NFL Power Rankings – 2013 Season
Rankings - Week 6

Photo - QB Drew Brees - Saints -

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Andrew Luck - Colts
Defensive Player of the Week - LB Clay Matthews - Packers
Offensive Rookie of the Week - QB Geno Smith - Jets
Defensive Rookie of the Week - CB D.J. Hayden - Raiders

Team of Week 5 - Colts -
Matchup of Week 6 - Saints at Patriots -

Rank / Team / Record

1. Denver Broncos (5-0)
Broncos riding Peyton Manning’s hot season.

2. New Orleans Saints (5-0)
Saints go to New England for classic Brees vs Brady matchup.

3. New England Patriots (4-1)
Patriots get Saints at home this Sunday.

4. Seattle Seahawks (4-1)
The Seahawks came up short vs the Colts.

5. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)
The hot Chiefs get the hated Raiders at home this week.

6. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
The Ravens’ face a pivotal home game with Packers coming to town this Sunday.

7. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
Colts travel to San Diego for Monday nite clash and look to establish themselves as one of the emerging teams in the league.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (3-2)
The Bengals won a huge game vs Patriots to stay in the hunt in the AFC North.

9. Detroit Lions (3-2)
Lions were whipped by the Packers last week.

10. San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
The 49ers flashed their muscle with beating of the Texans.

11. Chicago Bears (3-2)
The Bears get GMen at home tonight after two losses in a pivotal NFC contest.

12. Houston Texans (2-3)
Texans keep coming up short in big games.

13. Green Bay Packers (2-2)
Packers’ coming off big win over the Lions, but face champion Ravens on the road this week.

14. Miami Dolphins (3-2)
The Dolphins are off this week and regroup for second half run at playoffs.

15. Arizona Cardinals (3-2)
Cards face critical NFC West matchup with visit to San Fran this week.

16. Tennessee Titans (3-2)
The Titans goes to Seattle for a key matchup for their playoff hopes.

17. Cleveland Browns (3-2)
The Browns have won a few key games and get the Lions at home this Sunday.

18. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
Skins go to Big D this week where Cowboys still head the weak NFC East.

19. New York Jets (3-2)
The Jets have surprised and get faltering Steelers at home in a key matchup for their playoff hopes.

20. San Diego Chargers (2-3)
Chargers face a critical AFC matchup vs Colts at home this week.

21. Atlanta Falcons (1-4)
Falcons get a bye week to regroup and hope to salvage a disastrous start.

22. Buffalo Bills (2-2)
The Bills have had 10 days to get ready for the Bengals this week.

23. Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)
Eagles go to Tampa to face the winless Bucs.

24. St. Louis Rams (2-3)
The Rams get the Jaguars at home this week and need a W big time.

25. New York Giants (0-5)
The GMen are still only two games out of first place.

26. Oakland Raiders (2-3
The Raiders face two critical AFC West matchups vs Chargers and Chiefs over next two weeks.

27. Washington Redskins (1-3)
The Skins came back vs the Raiders for first victory and go into their bye week prior to facing key midseason matchups.

28. Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
Vikings get a winnable game at home vs Panthers this week.

29. Carolina Panthers (1-3)
Panthers coming off a wippin by the Cards and might to regroup to get into contention.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4)
Steelers are coming off their bye week and face the surprising Jets this week.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-4)
Bucs are a mess and go with rookie QB Mike Glennon the rest of the way.

32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)
No rest for the weary - Jags go into Denver this week.

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NFL Power Rankings - Seahawks Earn Top Spot

NFL Power Rankings – 2013 Season
NFL Power Rankings - Week 4

Photo - QB Drew Brees - Saints -

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Peyton Manning - Broncos
Defensive Player of the Year - DE Greg Hardy - Panthers
Offensive Rookie of the Week - RB Giovani Bernard - Bengals
Defensive Rookie of the Year - DE Ziggy’ Ansah - Lions

Team of the Week - Bengals -

Rank / Team / Record

1. Seattle Seahawks (3-0)
The Seahawks face a major road test at Houston this week that could be a pivotal contest for both conference playoff races.

2. Denver Broncos (3-0)
Peyton Manning is in a total zone that can take this club far this season.

3. New Orleans Saints (3-0)
It’s a new season in the Big Easy.

4. New England Patriots (3-0)
Tom Brady vs Matt Ryan in a great Sunday night QB matchup.

5. Baltimore Ravens (2-1)
The Ravens’ took it to the Texans and are still a club to deal with in big games.

6. Houston Texans (2-1)
Texans face a major test at home with the Seahawks coming to town.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (2-1)
The Bengals came back and beat the Packers at home that could be their turning point for this young club.

8. Miami Dolphins (3-0)
The Dolphins are hungry and look to press the Patriots for the AFC East title.

9. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)
The Chiefs young defense gives club one of the best units in the AFC and an emerging contender.

10. San Francisco 49ers (1-2)
The 49ers are struggling and face the Rams who they did not beat last season.

11. Chicago Bears (3-0)
The Bears are off to a fast start and now face a huge road game vs divisional rival Detroit.

12. Detroit Lions (2-1)
Lions get the Bears at home this week that may be the pivotal game on their entire season.

13. Indianapolis Colts (2-1)
Colts go to Jacksonville this week and look to take command of the AFC South.

14. Dallas Cowboys (2-1)
Cowboys are the only NFC East club that has not imploded in the first month.

15. Atlanta Falcons (1-2)
Falcons failed to hold lead vs Dolphins and have Patriots coming to town this week,

16. Green Bay Packers (1-2)
Packers’ are mediocre on both sides of the ball and welcome their bye week to regroup.

17. Tennessee Titans (2-1)
The Titans get the Jets this week before starting a tough month vs playoff clubs.

18. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2)
Eagles have been very inconsistent and go to Denver to face the hot Broncos.

19. San Diego Chargers (1-2)
Chargers need a win at home vs the Cowboys to stay in the hunt in the improved AFC West.

20. New York Giants (0-3)
The GMen did not show up in shutout loss to the Panthers and face a difficult road game in KC this week.

21. Arizona Cardinals (1-2)
Cards need a win in Tampa to stay in the hunt in the NFC West.

22. St. Louis Rams (1-2)
The Rams get the 49ers on Thursday night and need to show they stay in the NFC West race.

23. Cleveland Browns (1-2)
The Browns are loading the cannon for the NFL Draft 2014 after the trade of Trent Richardson for another #1 pick.

24. New York Jets (2-1)
The Jets face a key AFC East contest with the Bills that may be a pivotal game for young offense.

25 Washington Redskins (0-3)
The Skins look terrible with no spark and allowing 2nd most points in the league.

26. Minnesota Vikings (0-3)
Vikings face Steelers in London in a battle of winless clubs.

27. Buffalo Bills (1-2)
The Bills keep coming up short and face the Ravens this week.

28. Carolina Panthers (1-2)
Panthers looked like world beaters vs the Giants last week.

29. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-3)
Steelers look older with every game over past two seasons.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-3)
Bucs might make major changes at QB if Josh Freeman continues to struggle.

31. Oakland Raiders (1-2)
The Raiders face a critical home matchup vs winless Washington this weekend.

32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3)
Jaguars are much worst than their record.

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NFL Power Rankings – Week 3 - Texans on Top

NFL Power Rankings - 2013 Season
NFL Power Rankings - Week 3 - Frank Coyle

Photo - QB Peyton Manning - Broncos

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Peyton Manning - Broncos
Defensive Player of the Year - DE Osi Umenyiora - Falcons
Offensive Rookie of the Week - QB E.J. Manuel - Bills
Defensive Rookie of the Year - LB - Kinko Alonso - Bills

Rank / Team / Record

1. Houston Texans (2-0)
Texans look focused this year and have a mature group overall.

2. Seattle Seahawks (2-0)
The Seahawks are off to a fast start on defense, but may have some key offensive limitations.

3. Denver Broncos (2-0)
Peyton Manning has this offense cranking that may minimize critical defensive shortcomings over the season.

4. New Orleans Saints (2-0)
The Saints are looking for revenge this season and should outclass the NFC South.

5. New England Patriots (2-0)
The Brady Bunch will probably walk in this weak East division.

6. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)
The Bengals are ready to take command of the AFC North this fall.

7. San Francisco 49ers (1-1)
The 49ers can play with anyone when they are right.

8. Atlanta Falcons (1-1)
Falcons need their rebuilt defense to make a difference weekly.

9. Baltimore Ravens (1-1)
The Ravens’ offense is off to a slow start and have a banged up Ray Rice.

10. Green Bay Packers (1-1)
Packers’ triggerman Aaron Rodgers will have to win shootouts with this marginal defense.

11. Miami Dolphins (2-0)
The Dolphins are hungry and look to press the Patriots for the AFC East title.

12. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)
The Chiefs young defense gives club one of the best units in the AFC and an emerging contender.

13. Chicago Bears (2-0)
The Bears are off to a quick start and now go on the road for key games at Pittsburgh and Detroit.

14. Indianapolis Colts (1-1)
Colts hope the addition of Trent Richardson gives this attack a punch.

15. Dallas Cowboys (1-1)
Cowboys continue to look mediocre overall and average on defense.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)
Eagles face a critical matchup with the Chiefs this week.

17. New York Giants (0-2)
The Giants gave two games away and need to regroup quickly to get into contention.

18. San Diego Chargers (1-1)
Chargers are hoping to surprise in the wideopen AFC West.

19 Washington Redskins (0-2)
Hold those RG3 Hall of Fame nominations. The Skins look terrible.

20. Arizona Cardinals (1-1)
Cards face a pivotal contest with the Saints in the Big Easy.

21. Detroit Lions (1-1)
Lions may be the class of the NFC North, but they must stay healthy and play better defense.

22. Tennessee Titans (1-1)
The Titans need QB Jake Locker to step up to compete in the average AFC South.

23. St. Louis Rams (1-1)
The Rams are still trying to claim an identity under Jeff Fisher.

24. Minnesota Vikings (0-2)
Vikings are still inconsistent and may struggle to compete for contention.

25. Buffalo Bills (1-1)
The Bills are starting another rebuilding process this season.

26. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2)
Steelers will struggle to approach a .500 record this season.

27. Carolina Panthers (0-2)
Panthers may not be able to take advantage of a weak schedule.

28. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-2)
It could get ugly in Tampa this season with a possible big turnover when complete.

29. Cleveland Browns (0-2)
The Browns are loading the cannon for the NFL Draft 2014 after the trade of Trent Richardson for another #1 pick.

30. New York Jets (1-1)
The Jets face a key AFC East contest with the Bills that may be a pivotal game for young offense.

31. Oakland Raiders (1-1)
The Raiders face a critical AFC West matchup when they travel to Denver this weekend.

32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)
The Jaguars walk into the buzzsaw at Seattle this week.

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