Patriots outlast a strong Jets performance win 30-23:

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins 08/28/09

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The New England Patriots were able to overcome a very strong New York Jets team and improve to 6-0 on the season. In fact during the third quarter the Patriots were trailing the Jets 17-16. Tom Brady and the Patriots were able to come fighting back in the fourth quarter putting up 14 points and holding the Jets to just 6 points. Brady would finish the day with 2 touchdowns, no interceptions, and 355 passing yards. Improving on his already terrific season he has put together this year. Rob Gronkowski had another big day for this Patriots offense hauling in 108 yards receiving. Danny Amendola also had an outstanding day recording 8 receptions for 86 yards. And he (Amendola) and Gronkowski each had 1 receiving touchdown apiece. Defensively you have to give a lot of credit to the Patriots for being able to hold Chris Ivory in check. Ivory was only able to rush for 41 yards on the ground. Proving that the Patriots defense could effectively clamp down on one of the leagues better running backs. The Patriots have to be happy with the victory but also slightly nervous with how far the Jets have come. This is a team who was the laughing stock of the league when linebacker Ik Enemkpali punched Geno Smith in the face. Since then this team has done a complete 180, now being a serious threat to the Patriots not only in the AFC East division. Also in the AFC playoffs when the Patriots look to make their return to the Super Bowl. The Jets definitely closed the gap between the two organizations and that is something Patriots fans have to be worried about. Still this team is 6-0 and still the team to beat right now in the NFL.

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Jags hold on to victory after fast start:

Jaguars at Ravens 12/14/14

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Jacksonville Jaguars had a fast start to their overseas London match up against the Buffalo Bills. Taking an early lead in the game 27-3 in the second quarter. After four consecutive Jaguar scores, which included a scoop and score from Chris Clemons and a 26 yard interception return from Telvin Smith. The Jaguars were in complete control of this game. That is when the Buffalo Bills came storming back. A Robert Woods touchdown catch and a Dan Carpenter field goal would help keep the Bills hanging around going into half time. EJ Manuel finally started to get things going for the Bills in the second half completing some passes. However it wasn’t until the fourth quarter when the Bills were truly able to get a full head of steam. Buffalo would score a field goal and two touchdowns in the final quarter to take the lead 31-27. It felt like the Jags had let the Bills off the hook and loss this game down the stretch. That is when Blake Bortles decided to put on the superman cape and put this team on his back. The Jaguars are London’s team and they wouldn’t be denied in their surrogate home. Bortles led the team downfield on a 7 play drive which included two huge passes to Allen Robinson. Finally Bortles would connect with Allen Hurns for the go ahead touchdown which eventually put the Bills away for good. While the Bills were able to out gain the Jaguars in total yardage 375 to 295. The Bills also committed 4 turnovers to Jacksonville’s 1, losing the turnover battle. Bortles finished with 182 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. While T.J Yeldon was able to amass 115 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Jaguars. It’s clear that the Jaguars have a good core of talented young players. If they can add a few more talented players to the mix this team will be a force to be reckoned with. For now they get to enjoy this win in the U.K. Congrats to that organization for their week 7 efforts.

34-31 Jags win.

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Should Johnny Manziel face discipline for his latest incident?

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Author: Joey Carr

When the Cleveland Browns selected Texas A&M standout quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 22nd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, they more than likely knew of the baggage that came with that selection. Manziel was a known playmaker but was also had the persona of a party boy, which he furthered proved during last season’s antics. It was pretty much known around the league that whoever drafted Johnny Football was taking an uncalculated risk, with the upside being a franchise quarterback and the downside being Manziel was just another talented kid that liked to party more than play football. Well, about a year and a half into Johnny’s career, and he’s seen the rehab almost as much as he’s seen the playing field. However, many thought his first stint in rehab this past offseason changed Manziel for the better, and it seemed that way for a while, up until this past week.

On Monday of last week, the Browns quarterback was nearly arrested by police after witnesses called in saying he and his girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, were fighting aggressively on the side of the highway besides Manziel’s car. Not a fistfight per say, but Crowley did say to authorities that Manziel pushed her head into the car window. All of this wouldn’t be that bad if it was just two young adults arguing over something stupid, but alcohol was involved. Every superhero has their weakness; for Superman it was Kryptonite, for Pete Rose it was gambling, and for Manziel it seems to be alcohol. It was probably the main reason he went into rehab and he was on a strict no-alcohol policy as a result of that rehabilitation. But as it looks like right now, alcohol was once again involved in another one of Manziel’s public incidents. According to local police, there was not enough alcohol in Johnny Football’s system for him to arrested, but the fact still remains that there was probably some ingested. On the outside, all of this is very normal; a couple goes out, has a couple drinks with some friends, leaves, then gets into a fight on the ride home. You see it everyday. However, the Cleveland Browns specifically asked the former Heisman winner to stay out of the spotlight, drink no alcohol, and do his job, which is playing football. Obviously, Johnny had a lapse in judgment, had another run in with police, and is now possibly facing discipline from the NFL. The question is, should he be disciplined?

In short, yes. It’s time for Johnny Manziel to learn that there are consequences to his actions. There’s no doubt that Manziel has all the talent and athleticism in the world, but it’s being wasted on late nights and poor decisions. If you’re taken with the 22nd overall pick in an NFL Draft, you obviously have the qualities necessary to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, but the former TAMU quarterback has only started a handful of games, and is currently looking like he’ll be a backup for the rest of the year and maybe even beyond that. The time has finally come for Manziel to be punished and see that just because you have talent, doesn’t mean that you get a starting position handed to you on a silver platter. Maybe this will be the time that Johnny Football gets his act together and proves to the world that the nickname he dons is indicative of his performance.

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Forty Niners struggle in every phase of the game versus the Seahawks:

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The San Francisco Forty Niners had one of the worst off-seasons of any team this past year. That loss of talent clearly showed on the field in Thursday Night Football last night. Saying the Forty Niners were bad would be an understatement. In nearly every phase of the game they struggled. The Seahawks out gained the Niners in total yards 388 to 142. The Seahawks also dominated in time of possession, first downs achieved, and basically every other category down the stat line. Offensively it was hard to stomach the Niners and Colin Kaepernick, who allowed six sacks to the Seattle defense. Kaepernick was only allowed to pass for 124 passing yards and that number was reduced to only 81 passing yards when you factor in the six sacks. Rushing wise the Niners were even worse gaining only 61 yards on the ground. The whole offensive looked dysfunctional and Coach Tomsula doesn’t seem to be the best fit for this team either. One of the first things this offense needs to address is the fact that Colin Kaepernick’s mobility must be utilized. The Niners seem reluctant to call roll out passes, bootlegs, and zone read plays. All play calls that will fit Kaepernick’s skill set and put him in a position to succeed. Instead the Niners seem adamant to make Kaepernick a traditional pocket passer which has caused him to regress as a passer. Defensively the Niners weren’t much better, as they were diced up by Marshawn Lynch all night long. Lynch went on to finish with 122 rushing yards and a touchdown on the night, and the Niners had no way to stop beast mode when his number was called. To make matters even worse Coach Tomsula scratched Jarryd Hayne the rugby star who made the Forty Niners roster in training camp this past off-season. Coach Tomsula became concerned with Hayne’s play after he fumbled the ball on 3 different punt returns. The mishaps caused Hayne to be replaced and the miracle run might be over for the former rugby star. It’s clear this team has problems and are currently in a rebuilding year. Right now though Tomsula is certainly coaching for his job. This is a win now league and after just several weeks coach Tomsula has underperformed enough where his job will be in legitimate question. It’ll be interesting to see if thing improve as the season goes on in Niners land. It doesn’t look too promising.

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Can the Seahawks Recover from their Early Season Woes?

Seahawks at Redskins 10/6/14

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Author: Joey Carr

In the NFL, there is something known as a “Super Bowl Hangover”, which is essentially when a team makes the Super Bowl the previous year and then the following year they suffer early season struggles. For example: the 2002 St. Louis Rams, who lost the 2001 Super Bowl to the Patriots, went from “The Greatest Show on Turf” to losing their first 5 games and ultimately going 7-9 that season. While not that extreme, the same type of thing is currently occurring to one of the Super Bowl 49 participants, and it’s obviously not the undefeated New England Patriots. The Seattle Seahawks have been called a dynasty for their dominance over the past few years, but it seems as though they might be falling off a little bit, as most all good teams do. However, there is a lot of football left to played, so can the Seahawks overcome a 2-4 start and return to the playoffs?

The problem with Seattle doesn’t lie in their performance overall, it lies in the fourth quarter. For some reason, the Seahawks’ fourth quarter defense has been horrendous. They’ve lost all of their four games to blown leads in the fourth quarter. They own a -28 point differential in the final quarter, which ranks 31st in the league. To compare, their fourth quarter point differential last season was +35. It’s apparent that this year the Legion of Boom doesn’t have the same kind of moxie that has transcended the rest of the league in seasons past. While it’s true that the Seattle offense isn’t necessarily giving them much help in the fourth, a defense that possesses the likes of Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas should still be able to hold onto a lead in the most important quarter of the game.

Something else that has eluded the once dominant Seattle team is the lack of rushing touchdowns they are scoring. So far this season, they’ve only rushed for two TD’s, which ranks 29th in the league. Last year alone, Marshawn Lynch found the end zone thirteen times. The difference this season is mostly in the offensive line, an area of the team that has vastly declined in comparison to previous years. The offensive front has allowed Russell Wilson to be sacked a league high 26 times, which averages out to 4.5 sacks a game. However, the Seahawks are averaging 134 yards of rushing a game, ranking 2nd in the NFL. Although, if you take away Russell Wilson’s runs (251 total yards), then they only average 86 yards, ranking 30th in the league. To sum those stats up, the offensive line isn’t giving much room for their running backs to run on designed rushing plays. The run game has always been the Seahawks strong point, and without at least a decent rushing attack, Seattle will keep losing games, no matter how well the defense plays in the fourth quarter.

To be short, yes, Seattle can still make a run at the playoffs. They possess far too much talent to be left out of January football. However, it will take some doing. Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman need to figure out how to make big plays in the fourth quarter and the first three as well, as the Seahawks only 3 interceptions on the year. If the Legion of Boom can make some adjustments, that will take an enormous amount of pressure off Russell Wilson’s shoulders, but the offense will

still need to pull their weight. Two rushing touchdowns in six games isn’t a recipe for success, and the offensive line can’t turn themselves around, we will be seeing no Beast Mode runs this year. Their first attempt to put these pieces together will be tonight against hot and bitter rival San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, CA.

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Panthers having success with outstanding defense and a solid running game:

Panthers at Ravens 9/28/14

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The Carolina Panthers have been playing fundamental football and it has translated to success in 2015. The Panthers enter week 7 with a 5-0 record and will take on the Philadelphia Eagles sunday in an NFC showdown match. While the Eagles will be another solid test for the Panthers, it’s another game that Carolina should win. The Eagles looked extremely sloppy in Monday Night Football against the Giants and are a very beatable team. The Panthers on the other hand showed heroics last weekend against Seattle showing that they are able to overcome adversity and beat good teams. In that match up Cam Newton and company were able to come soaring back after trailing the game 23-14 scoring on their last two possessions for the win. Although both Cam Newton and Greg Olsen have been flat out outstanding this year. Give a lot of credit to the Panthers new found philosophy. That philosophy has been trust Jonathan Stewart in the running game and allow Luke Kuechly and the other Carolina Panthers to do their thing on defense. Ron Rivera has helped guide this defense to a number 7 overall ranking in defensive yards allowed per game. That is so crucial for this team because they are giving their offense much more time to rest while the defense is on the field. They also are able to control the time of possession longer on offense by trusting Stewart in the running game. The formula is a recipe for success and the Panthers know it. That is why they’ve been able to remain undefeated this far. By taking the pressure off Cam Newton with the running game, you allow the gifted passer to make plays when necessary. Instead of asking him to drop back and throw every play and putting it all on his shoulders. It’s a way to protect the quarterback and more teams need to do this in the pass happy NFL today. Yet every week we see a quarterback drop back and pass 40 times a game. Maybe those teams should become more wise and use as similar philosophy. It seems to be working in Carolina.

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How the Chiefs went from Playoff Contender to AFC Bottom Feeder:

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For Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs, this was the year that they were going to make the jump from wildcard team division winner and beyond. They added a proven playmaker in Jeremy Maclin to boost their touchdown-less receiving corp, they signed All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston to a mega extension, and they had some extra motivation with safety Eric Berry returning to the team after defeating cancer in the offseason. Alex Smith was on the rise as a legitimate quarterback and Jamaal Charles was still one of the best running backs in the game. All the pieces were there for a successful season and maybe even a deep playoff run, so what happened to make the Chiefs start the year 1-5? A lack of execution.

Most of the Chiefs problems this season can be attributed to the offense, and by that I mean Alex Smith. He’s got playmakers all around him: Jeremy Maclin, Travis Kelce, De’Anthony Thomas, and yet he still can’t figure out a way to gain more than 100 yards passing before the fourth quarter in garbage time. It’s not that he’s making bad decisions, only 3 interceptions on the year, it’s simply that he can’t produce points, particularly in the red zone. Smith is throwing the ball about three quarters of the time on the Chiefs offensive drives, but yet he only passes for one touchdown a game. If the Chiefs want any shot at staying competitive in games this season, they might want to start taking a look at backup quarterback Chase Daniel, who is entering his third year with KC. He’s only played in two games in his career, but it might be time for Andy Reid to take a look at other options besides Alex Smith.

Another issue with the Chiefs thus far has been the run game, which took a massive blow when Jamaal Charles went down with another ACL injury, his second in four years. He had been fairly average prior to when he went down however, only surpassing 100 yards once; he was a touchdown machine although. You can credit that to the offensive line partly, as backup Charcandrick West had trouble finding room to run as well. The Chiefs strong point in previous years had always been their rushing attack, once led by Priest Holmes and Jamaal Charles, and now West is leading the charge, which will only be more of a hindrance to the Chiefs if he puts up the same numbers he did last Sunday.

Simply put, if the Chiefs want to stay competitive this year, execution needs to be more on point, and changes might have to be made. Alex Smith is at the center of KC’s issues this year, and if the offense keeps sputtering, Chase Daniel should be given the opportunity to prove himself. Take last week for example: Minnesota beat KC 16-10, with the Chiefs defense holding Adrian Peterson to under 100 yards and no touchdowns. A Chiefs offense that has as many playmakers as they have should’ve been able to bury the Vikings if they only put up 16 points. But, that wasn’t the case, and Kansas City is sitting at the bottom of the AFC. Can they fix their problems before the year is up? Probably not entirely, but they can start rebuilding and retooling for next year, which should start with finding a more permanent quarterback.

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Week 7 Power Rankings

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Author: Joey Carr

7 weeks of the NFL season are in the books and there’s more to digest than there usually is at this point in the year. There is a substantial amount of below .500 teams, including the defending NFC champion Seahawks; but on the opposite end of the spectrum, there are a record number of undefeated teams (Five!!). The Packers and Patriots remain far ahead of the rest of the NFL, but a few surprise teams, such as the Panthers and Bengals, continue to impress week in and week out. The big question this season is, however, can the numerous 2-4 teams step up and have a big second half, or will mediocrity remain the trend?

1. New England Patriots, 5-0

Bill Belichick has his team bulldozing through their Revenge Tour, as they’ve scored 183 points in 5 games, which is one more than they did in their historic 2007 season. Their toughest test of the year will be this Sunday however, against Todd Bowles’ new look Jets.

2. Green Bay Packers, 6-0

Despite Sunday’s last second win against the Chargers, the Packers come in at the No. 2 spot. Aaron Rodgers hasn’t exactly looked like the MVP of last year, but he still has been one of the more reliable signal callers in the league. Their defense did let up nearly 600 yards of offense to Phillip Rivers and Branden Oliver on the other hand, so that’s definitely an area of concern for Mike McCarthy.

3. Cincinnati Bengals, 6-0

The “Who-Dey” squad has been quite the surprise this year, and it’s mostly in part to the vast improvement Andy Dalton has made over the past year. The run game is scary and that defense is something to marvel at. This might be the year the Bengals finally win that elusive playoff game.

4. Carolina Panthers, 5-0

After finishing 7-9 last year, and winning the dreadful NFC South, the Panthers are now in the elite teams conversation. They dismantled the vaunted Seattle defense in the fourth quarter, coming back from 13 down. Yes, it was only one game, but come season’s end, Carolina should still be in contention for a playoff spot.

5. Denver Broncos, 6-0

This is a stat you probably aren’t used to hearing: Peyton Manning has more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (7). Number 18 has been abysmal so far this season, and is only undefeated due to his standout defense bailing him out each and every game. It’ll be interesting to see how Manning responds when his defense faces an elite offense (Week 12 against the Patriots).

6. Atlanta Falcons, 5-1

The one undefeated team to not make it out of week 6 unscathed, the new look Falcons should be able to fly through the rest of their schedule. They have the

easiest remaining games, and as long as Devonta Freeman keeps running downhill, they should be fine for weeks to come.

7. Arizona Cardinals, 4-2

After winning their first three, they’ve gone 1-2, and have been inconsistent since starting undefeated. The defense allowed Landry Jones to pass two late touchdowns on Sunday, completing the Steelers comeback. And even though they’ve gotten great production from their offense, execution has been a huge problem. The Cards need to stay on top of their game or else Seattle or even St. Louis could come from behind and swipe the division from them.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4-2

Antonio Brown has been held under 50 yards for the past three games, which just happens to coincide to Big Ben’s absence. Mike Vick isn’t the quarterback he used to be and while he still has a cannon for an arm, the Steelers need someone else at QB. Enter Landry Jones. He led Pittsburgh to a comeback win on Sunday against the Cardinals and should take over while Ben is sidelined (with or without his cellphone).

9. New York Jets, 4-1

Todd Bowles has this team rolling, with the defense proving to be one of the best in the league. They haven’t faced an elite offense yet however, but that will change when they head to Foxboro Sunday to take on their archrivals. If they can knock off the “Evil Empire” Patriots, things could get interesting in the AFC East.

10. San Diego Chargers, 2-4

While their record says below .500, their performance says something else. They’ve squandered back-to-back opportunities to win games, both in the final seconds, and could easily be 4-2. Phillip Rivers threw for over 500 yards on Sunday, Antonio Gates is still Antonio Gates, and Keenan Allen is the one of the most promising young receiver in the league; this team will be just fine, despite their 2-4 record.

11. Philadelphia Eagles, 3-3

After a rocky start to the season, Philly seems to be back on track. DeMarco Murray is improving every game, and the defense looks shored up for the time being. As long as Sam Bradford stays healthy, the Eagles are the favorite to claim the NFC East Title.

12. Seattle Seahawks, 2-4

It could be a Super Bowl hangover, but something is not right with the Seahawks. They’ve blown four (!!!!) fourth quarter leads this year, and the offense is not clicking the way it has in the past. These problems go way past Kam Chancellor, and if Seattle wants any shot at the playoffs, they need to figure out how to fix their fourth quarter woes.

13. Indianapolis Colts, 3-3

In his first game back from injury, Andrew Luck looked sharp on Sunday night against the Patriots. While it wasn’t enough to overcome the vengeful Pats, things are looking up for a Colts team that started off 0-2. However, they don’t get to play their subpar division teams again until week 14, which will be challenging.

14. Minnesota Vikings, 3-2

Adrian Peterson has looked like himself in about half of the Vikings games, but it doesn’t seem to matter as Minnesota is 3-2 and in contention for a playoff spot. Tedy Bridgewater needs to cut down on the mistakes but rookies like Stefon Diggs make the playoffs reachable.

15. New York Giants, 3-3

The Football Giants have yet to show any signs of consistency, and it’s hurting them in the rankings. Eli Manning throws for 4 touchdowns one night and then gets picked off three times the next time (like Monday night). If the Giants are going to have any success this season, they’re going to need their defense to step up a little, and Manning will need to be more consistent.

16. Dallas Cowboys, 2-3

Big changes are coming to Dallas after the bye week, as head coach Jason Garrett made the decision to start Matt Cassel over Brandon Weeden, and running back Christine Michael will now be “let free”. Also, Dez Bryant could be coming back from injury this week, making Cassell’s job a lot easier.

17. Houston Texans, 2-4

Many people might not be as high on the Texans as I am, but Brian Hoyer has shown glimpses of potential, and Arian Foster is getting back to normal. Yes, they’ve only beaten Miami and Jacksonville, but give Houston a little more time to develop, and they could be fighting for a playoff spot come December.

18. San Francisco 49ers, 2-4

In a year that was supposed to be a rebuilding season, San Fran has shown some potential. Colin Kaepernick has been decent the past couple of weeks, and the defense is starting to come around. They have a showdown with the Seahawks this Thursday however, that will ultimately decide if they can contend for a playoff spot this season.

19. Buffalo Bills, 3-3

After destroying the Colts week 1 with Tyrod Taylor at the helm, who would’ve thought they would be 3-3 with E.J. Manuel starting? They haven’t exactly exuded consistency thus far, and things don’t seem to be changing anytime soon. Rex Ryan needs to get his team turned around sooner rather than later.

20. New Orleans Saints, 2-4

With their season on the line, they came out with a win on Thursday night against an undefeated division rival in Atlanta. Their offense was rolling, and the defense held

it’s own versus Devonta Freeman and company. With both of those aspects trending up, a playoff spot isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

21. Miami Dolphins, 2-3

I’m not sure if newly appointed head coach Dan Campbell put something in the water in Miami or if he’s an amazing motivational speaker, but the Dolphins looked completely reinvigorated on Sunday. It’s going to be interesting to see how Miami responds in the coming weeks when they play the difficult part of their schedule.

22. St. Louis Rams, 2-3

Who would’ve thought the Rams would be in second place through 7 weeks in the NFC West? They stunned Seattle in week 1, but have mostly been up and down since then. Todd Gurley could be the player they’ve been waiting for, however, and has the ability to be a franchise cornerstone.

23. Chicago Bears, 2-4

Da Bears have been exactly what they were supposed to be: average. Jay Cutler will not be leading this team to the promise land anytime in the near future, and if they keep losing, a fire sale might be on the horizon.

24. Oakland Raiders, 2-4

Yes, the Raiders are 2-4, but they’ve played some very strong teams thus far and haven’t lost by much in those contests. They’ve competed and have playmakers on both sides of the ball, which bodes well for both the near and distant future.

25. Washington Redskins, 2-4

The disaster that is the Washington Redskins continues to go on the decline. Kirk Cousins doesn’t look like he can be a franchise quarterback, and the run game has slowed to a crawl after starting off strong. They’ve got a tough schedule ahead of them, and the NFC East Title seems like a far off hope at this point.

26. Cleveland Browns, 2-4

The Browns always seem to be one big play away from winning most of their games, which was the case on Sunday against Denver. Cleveland has the tools to be a decent team, but mistakes keep costing them and dragging them down.

27. Detroit Lions, 1-5

Well, it finally happened. There are no more winless teams in the NFL, with the Lions escaping with a win on Sunday in overtime. Albeit, it was the Bears, but it was a great team win. Calvin Johnson had his first strong game and Matthew Stafford answered well after being benched the previous Sunday. The playoffs are all but out of the question, but this season can be a good building block for next season.

28. Tennessee Titans, 1-4

Marcus Mariota is expectedly having rookie season struggles, but his defense hasn’t exactly been helping him win games. The Titans are once again a bottom feeder team, but at least have a glimmer of hope with Mariota.

29. Baltimore Ravens, 1-5

Who would’ve thought? The Ravens, at 1-5, bottom of the AFC, and number 29 in the rankings. It’s one of the biggest surprises of the year, and Baltimore should just be looking at next season at this point.

30. Kansas City Chiefs, 1-5

Another AFC surprise, the Chiefs are in serious trouble for years to come. They just lost Jamaal Charles to his second ACL injury in four years, and Alex Smith is statistically one of the worst quarterbacks in football. KC should take a look at backup Chase Daniel as soon as this week if they want any chance at being somewhat competitive this season.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2-3

Yes, they are 2-3, but their play has been lackluster to say the least this season. Jameis Winston is the ultimate wildcard at quarterback, and needs to settle down for the Bucs to stay in competition.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-5

The Jags are at the bottom yet again, and it’s not entirely the players fault. Coach Gus Bradley has won a combined 7 games in his tenure as head coach, which spans over two seasons. Sure, players like playing for him, but the Jags front office need to make a change in head coach this season; it’s working out well for Miami so far.

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Eagles take control of the NFC East with Monday Night Football win over Giants:

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The Philadelphia Eagles defense looked outstanding against the New York Giants in Monday Night Football. They were able to hold the Giants to just 7 points and that was on the opening drive of the game when Eli Manning was able to hit Odell Beckham Jr. on a post route for six. After that play though it was all Eagles. Who allowed the Giants only 166 yards through the air and only 81 rushing yards on the ground. The Eagles defense was also able to sack Eli Manning 3 times and limit the Giants offense to just 4 successful 3rd down conversions the whole game. The momentum in the game took a huge turn in the Eagles favor when Nolan Carroll was able to intercept an Eli Manning pass and finish the play in the end zone for an Eagles defensive touchdown. That is right, the Philadelphia defense not only limited the Giants to 7 points. They also were scoring points for this Eagles team. When Chip Kelly took over the Eagles he was always praised for his offensive execution. Yet it’s the defense that won the game for Philadelphia tonight. The Eagles now take the top spot in the NFC east division with a 3-3 record, but they still must improve if they want to do something special this year. They committed four turnovers tonight. 3 interceptions by Bradford and a fumble by Jordan Matthews. Little errors and slip ups like that is what will cost you the game against better teams. Philly is fortunate to be playing in the NFC East a division which has no team with a record above a .500 win percentage. One other positive besides leading the division is the fact that Demarco Murray was finally able to get going. Churning out 109 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 22 carries. That might be a recipe for success moving forward for this team. Look for Chip Kelly to lean on him in the future games. Give the Eagles credit for taking the division lead, a huge step in the right direction for this team.

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