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Pretty much everyone can throw their “pre-season” predictions out the window because it has been a crazy NFL season so far.  The worst team in the NFL in 2012 is now undefeated, we have two teams that have only won one game, and we have teams that were supposed to be Super Bowl contenders just fall off the face of the earth.  But, thats whats fun about football; you never know whats going to happen.  We are now 10 weeks into the 2013 season and a playoff picture is now starting to form.  There are some teams that we can tell are playoff bound, and at the same time I really think we will have a crazy Wild Card race going into the playoffs.  So, with that being said here is the current NFL Power Ranking; along with some other interesting facts.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) – Ten weeks ago when it was Week 1 the Chiefs were ranked at #22.  People will make the argument that the Chiefs have not played a tough team yet, but the fact remains they are undefeated.  The Chiefs defense has really been a surprise and they have been holding opponents to under 18 points a game.  The Chiefs offense is not the best in the NFL, but Smith and Company have been doing something that most teams do too much of and thats NOT turning the ball over.  It is very rare that the Chiefs turn the ball over and when you add that to a stout defense it equals victories.  In the next 3 weeks the Chiefs will play the Broncos twice so we will really see what they are made of.

2. Denver Broncos (8-1) – Peyton Manning has been a thrill to watch this year and he is leading the NFL in pretty much every passing category.  Another surprise on the Broncos offense has been Knowshon Moreno, he has found the endzone 8 times this season.  The Broncos defense has suffered some setbacks, but when you get an offense that will score almost 40 points a game it really helps.  The 3-headed monster on the team is the combo of Welker, Thomas, and Decker and with those 3 running routes at the same time makes it almost impossible to defend.  The lowest the Broncos ranking has been this year was 4th; I dont see a way that the Broncos wont be deep into the playoffs.

3. Seattle Seahawks (9-1) – When the season started the Seahawks were ranked #1 and the lowest they have gone is 5th.  The Seahawks have had one of the best defenses in the NFL, not to mention a very high powered offense.  Lynch has already scored 7 rushing TDs and is second in the NFL in rushing yards.  Between Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas they have combined for 8 interceptions which makes it very difficult to pass on the Seahawks.  I really cant see anything slowing Seattle down between Russell Wilson, Lynch, Golden Tate, and a powerful defense it would not surprise me to see Seattle playing in the Super Bowl.

4. New Orleans Saints (7-2) – When the season started the Saints were ranked at 14 and had a terrible defense in 2012.  It has been a major turn around this season with Brees throwing 25 TDs already and over 3,000 passing yards.  Lets not forget Jimmy Graham who has been a dominating force with 10 receiving TDs and 54 receptions; which is more than most receivers on other teams.  Someone that gets overlooked on this offense is Pierre Thomas; with Sproles not being as productive as usual Thomas has been the primary running back to shoulder the load in the running game and he has made a bigger impact this year than he has in previous years.

5. New England Patriots (7-2) – The Patriots have had their struggles this year, but they have made the adjustments they need to still win games.  Brady has been doing his best to utilize the young receivers he has and the running game has almost been non-existent up until a few weeks ago with Blount and Ridley.  Now with Gronkowski coming back into the mix it has given Brady a reliable target in the pass game and the young receivers have been improving every week. 

6. Carolina Panthers (6-3) – Yes you are reading this right; the Panthers are in the top 10 in the Power Rankings.  Just 10 weeks ago they were ranked down in the 23rd spot and now with a 5 game win streak they have cracked the top 10.  Its mostly the defense that is making this possible by holding opponents to under 19 points a game for the last 5 weeks.  Obviously Cam Newton has been keeping the offense rolling, but the defense is their best weapon as of late.  Players like Charles Johnson with 8.5 sacks, Mike Mitchell with 3 interceptions, and Luke Kuechly with 75 tackles is keeping the Panthers in games.  Believe it or not, but the Panthers could make a playoff run this season which would be the first in almost a decade.

7. Indianapolis Colts (6-3) – Despite getting handled by the Rams this week the Colts are still looking pretty sharp.  They have the weapons in Luck, Richardson, Hilton, and Fleener but they need to utilize them more.  Everyone thought that Richardson would be the answer to the run game, but so far it has been a disappointment and with Reggie Wayne going to IR the load has fallen on Hilton and Heyward-Bey.  The Colts defense has stepped up when needed as well in tough games.  What fans are hoping for is that Luck and Company can continue to get the ball to the endzone and make another playoff run.

8. San Francisco 49ers (6-3) – Once again the 49ers defense is one of the best in the NFL; but the offense is not doing their part.  The 49ers have an incredible running game with Gore, Hunter, and James; but Kap is literally dead last in passing yards.  The Niners have weapons too in Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin, and Mario Manningham.  Eventually Crabtree will come back, but its not going to matter if Kap cant get the ball to them.  It would not surprise me if the Niners still make a playoff run, but it will be short lived unless the offense steps it up soon.  The good news is that the defense is stepping up big time.  When you have players like Patrick Willis, Navarrow Bowman, and Justin Smith you are bound to have a solid defense, but the Niners cannot rely on them to get them to another Super Bowl.

9. Detroit Lions (6-3) – When I think of the Lions there are 3 names that come to mind; Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, and now Reggie Bush.  Between those 3 guys the Lions have become a very powerful offense.  Calvin has already found the endzone 9 times and is almost to 1,000 receiving yards already.  Reggie Bush has been a double threat by being the main rusher on the team and a safety valve for Stafford.  Picking up Bush was the best thing for the Lions and Bush has taken advantage of it by having 4 total TDs and almost 1,000 total yards.  Lets not forget about the defense, DeAndre Levy leads the NFL with 5 interceptions and Stephen Tulloch with 72 tackles.  The Lions actually do have a good chance at a playoff run with the Packers and the Bears both multiple games in the last few weeks.

10. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) – The Bengals have now dropped 2 straight games; both in overtime, but dont count them out yet.  AJ Green leads the NFL in receiving yards and second in receptions; and between Bernard and Green-Ellis the running game has gotten a lot better.  To me, the issue is Dalton.  He is a good QB, but he is still making bad decisions in crucial times of the game.  When Dalton is hot he is almost impossible to stop, but when he is cold he is ice cold.  The Bengals have had an incredible defense this year and it is because of the defense that the Bengals are leading in their division.  If the Bengals can pull the offense together they should be able to take the NFC North with no problem.

11. Chicago Bears (5-4) – I had high hopes for the Bears after they came out of the gates with 3 straight wins, but recently they have been a bit disappointing.  Part of it was the fact that Cutler was injured, but you cant blame all of it on that.  The Bears main weapon is still Brandon Marshall, but Alshon Jeffery has been a nice compliment in the pass game.  Also, the emergence of Martellus Bennett has been a nice addition in the pass game.  My problem with the Bears is that they have re-vamped offensive line and a killer RB in Forte, but they are not giving him the ball enough.  Forte is almost to the 700 yard mark and a solid 7 TDs, but I feel he should be used more like an Adrian Peterson type back.  With Cutler back under center I think the Bears can give the Lions a run for their money, but only time will tell.

12. New York Jets (5-4) – The Jets were ranked dead last when the season began, but they have clawed their way up to #12.  The best thing that the Jets did was bench Sanchez; I am not saying Geno Smith is that much better, but it is definitely an improvement.  You cant blame everything on Smith though; the offensive line has given up a lot of sacks and the running game has not been too impressive.  So, how are the Jets 5-4?  Simple answer; defense.  The offense has stepped up in big situations, but the defense plays a full 4 quarters of football. 

13. Green Bay Packers (5-4) – Very rough season for the cheese heads.  The Packers have just been plagued with the injury big with key players going down, such as; Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, and Jermichael Finley.  The bright spot though has been the outstanding play of rookie Eddie Lacy.  The Packers have been searching for a franchise RB and they found it big time.  Lacy as a rookie is ranked 8th in rushing yards and 7th in rushing attempts in the league.  This may not be the year that the Packers do well, but this team is going to be extremely tough for years to come.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) – Its been an up and down season for the Eagles, but I think they are on the right track now.  I think its official that Vick is not going to have a job next year, but Foles has played very well in a short amount of time.  And when you add in LeSean McCoy to the mix it just makes the offense that much better.  The Eagles have also found a star in Riley Cooper who is playing for the injured Jeremy Maclin; who also may not have a job next year.  The offense is finally coming together and even with the NFC East being a sloppy division, the Eagles could take the division easily.

15. Dallas Cowboys (5-5) – Speaking of NFC East its time to talk about the Cowboys.  What bothers me with the Cowboys is that they have all the weapons they need on offense and defense.  You have a better Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and DeMarco Murray.  And on defense you have Sean Lee and Ware who are having Pro Bowl years.  So whats the problem?  With the schedule that the Cowboys have I really thought they would be 7-3 right now.  Everyone wants to blame Romo (because its a habit), but I cant say its all his fault.  The Cowboys are going to need to step up their game if they hope to win this horrible division.

16. Arizona Cardinals (5-4) – Another team that has an awesome defense, but a mediocre offense.  I dont see the Cardinals making a playoff push, but if they can get some better offensive players I think they could be a contender in the NFC West.  In my opinion it starts with the offensive line.  The Cards have a decent run game and they have weapons in Fitzgerald and Roberts, but if Palmer cant throw the ball they will be useless.

17. San Diego Chargers (4-5) – They have had some bright spots in Woodhead, Rivers, and Gates, but they are having a tough time stopping teams from scoring.  Rivers is having a Pro Bowl type year, but that wont be enough in their division to make a playoff push.  They are competing in the AFC West that has the Broncos and the Chiefs; so I dont really see them going to the post-season. 

18. Baltimore Ravens (4-5) – Even with the Ravens being this low they could still make the playoffs.  The AFC North has the Bengals (who the Ravens just beat), the Steelers, and the Browns.  Over the alst few weeks the Ravens have been playing like the defensing Super Bowl Champs; especially the defense.  The biggest difference in the Ravens offense has been the poor play of Ray Rice who is barely averaging 3 yards per carry.  But, its not all his fault either the pass game has been almost non-existent this season.  But even with that said the Ravens could slip into the playoffs as long as they keep pulling in the wins.

19. Cleveland Browns (4-5) – Obviously in a re-building year trading away Richardson and going through QBs like I go through underwear.  The two bright spots have been the emergence of Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon.  The Browns and the Ravens have the same record, but dont expect the Browns to be a playoff team.  There are a lot of holes in the offense, defense, and staff that will not benefit them for the remainder of the season. 

20. St. Louis Rams (4-6) – Sam Bradford is out for the rest of the year, the running game is finally working, and Tavon Austin finally had a breakout game.  There were some high hopes for the Rams coming into the season but they were quickly put to rest.  Up until last week the Rams didnt even have a rushing TD and we were just waiting for Austin to show why he was a first round pick.  The Rams could improve for future seasons, but I dont see them advancing for this season.

21. Tennessee Titans (4-5) – Even being ranked this low the Titans could push to be a Wild Card team.  In their division its the Colts, Texans, Jags, and the Titans.  Obviously the Jags and Texans have sealed their fate for this season, but the Titans still have a sliver of a chance.  You wont find any of the offensive players leading in any stats, but when you combine Chris Johnson, Jake Locker, Kendall Wright, and Nate Washington I think they could slide into a Wild Card spot if they get more wins under their belt.

22. Miami Dolphins (4-5) – Everyone was shocked when the Dolphins came out guns blazing winning 3 straight games.  But it has not taken long for the whole team to just crumble.  Since their 3 win start they have only won one more game which was in OT against the Bengals.  People thought having Mike Wallace in Miami would be an improvement and that has proven to be a disappointment, and most people listed Lamar Miller as a sleeper for fantasy players which has also been a disappointment.  Now with the Dolphins getting a lot of negative attention its only going to add to a growing problem for the franchise.

23. Washington Redskins (3-6) – I just dont understand this team at all.  Alfred Morris is probably one of the more reliable backs in the game, yet he is getting a lot less carries than his rookie year and more importantly, Morris is getting a lot less redzone carries which confuses me greatly.  I really cant tell what is going on with RGIII either.  One week he is unstoppable then the next week he cant do anything right.  It has been a treat to see Garcon play to his potential this season and I think he is one of the main reasons that the Redskins have won 3 games.  The Redskins have a long road ahead of them, but I still think that RGIII is the answer to most of the problems.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6) – Another team that just baffles me.  They are just letting games slip through their fingers.  Antonio Brown leads the NFL in receptions and has proven to be a reliable target for Big Ben, but he cant get in the endzone.  When it comes to the running game its literally hit or miss.  Le’Veon Bell is a good runner when he is healthy, but they do not have that reliable RB to back him up if something happens.  The “Steel Curtain” has not been up to par either this year and I cant tell what the problem is.  The Steelers are a good team and they have been for decades, but this has not been a good year and I dont see a playoff birth for 2013.

25. New York Giants (3-6) – Talk about a team that just fell right on their face.  It was mostly in the running game when they released Bradshaw, then Wilson played poorly, then Wilson and Brown got hurt, then Jacobs got hurt, then Hillis stepped in, and now Brown is back.  The defense has been really soft this year too by allowing well over 20 points a game which equals a lot of losses.  I know the Giants are a good team, but they got off on the wrong foot this year and they are paying for it now.

26. Buffalo Bills (3-7) – Between having a rookie QB and Spiller being a bust its just been one thing after another for the Bills this year.  People were really putting a lot of faith into Spiller and Manuel going into the season, but injuries put a stop to that quickly.  The Bills also have weapons that can add up tp wins, but they need to be able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together.  Eventually I could see the Bills being a playoff contender; just not this year.

27. Oakland Raiders (3-6) – It has been a treat to see how much Pryor has improved since the beginning of the season and I think Oakland finally has a QB they can groom to be a franchise QB.  One piece of this puzzle though is DMC needing to stay healthy for a full season.  McFadden has put up good numbers this year, but he is still plagued with the injury bug.  I gotta give the Raiders defense some credit because the few wins they have had this year have been won by the defense.

28. Houston Texans (2-7) – I really thought the Texans were going to be a solid playoff team this year; was I off or what?  It was very hard to watch Matt Schaub literally throw this team into the ground for the first 4 weeks, but its even tougher now with Foster being injured and the defense has fallen apart now that they are talking about cutting Ed Reid.  I am hoping this is just an “off” year for the Texans and they come back next year and get back on track.

29. Atlanta Falcons (2-7) – Roddy White, Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, Steven Jackson, and Tony Gonzalez.  When you look at those names all you see is Pro Bowls, TDs, and great players.  The fact that they are all on the same team you would think that it would be an unstoppable offense; well its been a different story this year.  I was predicting the Falcons to make another deep playoff run, but between injuries and just poor play they find themselves searching for answers.  2013 was not kind to the Falcons, but they will be better next season that much I know.

30. Minnesota Vikings (2-7) – I can sum up this teams season in two words; QB issues.  I can seriously say that the Vikings can blame the majority of this crappy season on the poor play of all 3 of their QBs.  Adrian Peterson is playing well and carrying the team as best as he can right now, but the QB (no matter who it is) is not helping matters.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8) – With the loss of Josh Freeman and Doug Martin the Bucs have been using inexperienced players to try and carry the team.   Its been a sad year for the Bucs, but its mostly sitting on the offense to pick up the slack for next season.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) – They finally got a win.  To be honest I dont really think too many people had high hopes for the Jags this season.

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As we approach the mid-way mark of the 2013 season it is time to see how our fantasy “projections” have turned out.  At the start of the season everyone had their opinions on who was going to be the best fantasy options.  Also, there were plenty of sleeper and bust articles written and now we get to see if any of those projections were correct.  In this article I will go over every position that encumbers a fantasy football team and I will go over who is leading in fantasy points and see if the projections earlier this season were correct or way off.  The point system I am using is a Standard ESPN Fantasy Football Scoring Format.  At the end of this article I will show the top rankings for all positions.

+QUARTERBACKS+

The QB section is pretty close to what we had expected.  The big surprise was how good of start Peyton Manning started off with.  Through 7 weeks Peyton has already put up a monstrous 168 fantasy points.  The next QB down is Drew Brees with 130 fantasy points which is still very good obviously.  A name that has shocked me is Jay Cutler; she is 7th in fantasy points for QB with 102 points which is above Aaron Rodgers (100), Matt Ryan (96), and Cam Newton (92).  Cutler was not even drafted in some leagues and in other leagues he has been just sitting on the bench.  People may want to think about starting him for future games now that he is proving to be a better QB than before.  Another big surprise was Tony Romo; he is 4th in fantasy points for QBs with 115 points and he has made some mistakes but not nearly as many as previous years.

The players that I have been disappointed with are Colin Kaepernick (76), Tom Brady (79), and Matt Schaub (72).  Kap in his first game looked like he was going to be just amazing, but since that game he has not been playing to the standard we had thought he would.  Tom Brady is going to the Hall of Fame, but with an inexperienced receiving squad he has really had to struggle to get the ball downfield this season.  There are some Patriot receivers who are stepping up, but it is a far cry from where he was just a few years ago.  Matt Schaub has just been a mess this season and if he is on your fantasy team then you are just wasting a slot.  He has been a turnover machine and he is not making it easy for the Texans to win.

+RUSHING+

There have been some big shockers here.  People who picked up Jamaal Charles are sitting pretty right now since he leads all RBs in points with 112.  LeSean McCoy is sitting at 98 points while Marshawn Lynch is at 93.  Outside of those 3 people it has been an absolute mess with RBs.  As it stands right now Knowshon Moreno is 4th in points for RBs with 92 which is ahead of Adrian Peterson (84); who I am sure was drafted #1 in every league.  In most leagues Moreno was not even drafted since it was said that Montee Ball would most likely be the starter.  Reggie Bush is also fitting in very well with the Lions by scoring 77 points already and that is with him missing one full game.  Adrian Peterson has had a lot of things happen this season but he is still producing numbers and he is 5th in points with 84 points so far this season.

Now for the disappointments in the RB column.  Here are some of the running backs that people picked in the first round of their drafts; CJ Spiller, Ray Rice, Doug Martin, Trent Richardson, Arian Foster, and Alfred Morris.  Now I am not saying they are all doing bad but I am going to put this into perspective.  Ray Rice has 37 fantasy points; that is one point more than back up running back Jaquizz Rodgers (36) for the Falcons.  I know Rice has had some injury issues but he is only averaging 2.8 yards per carry.  People had high hopes for CJ Spiller but he has only put up 39 points while his counter part Fred Jackson has racked up 71 points.  I dont think anyone saw that coming.  I think my two biggest surprises are Doug Martin (47) and Trent Richardson (45).  Martin had an incredible rookie year but he is proving to have a huge sophomore slump right now and the same goes for Richardson who even got traded to a better team!  I know most people who have Richardson or Martin have not been impressed yet.  Arian Foster is still having a good year so far with 80 points but he would be putting up a lot more if Schaub was not turning the ball over so much.  Some other quick disappointments are Maurice Jones-Drew with 40 points (27th ranked); and Chris Johnson with 46 points (19th ranked).

Some surprises at the running spot; besides Moreno; is DeMarco Murray, Frank Gore, and Danny Woodhead.  Even with Murray battling an injury he is still 10th in points for RBs, Gore is 11th in points with 67, and Woodhead who is playing behind Ryan Mathews is 16th in points with 49 while Mathews is 26th with 41 points.  There is still a long way to go in the season and there is always going to be players that just explode in November and December.

+RECEIVING+

This is where most of the fun is taking place right now.  I will go over the receivers first then the tight ends, but I am shocked that DeSean Jackson is the leader in points for receivers right now with 87 points.  Wes Welker is in second with 80 points, Dez Bryant is 3rd with 78 points, Brandon Marshall is 4th with 76 points, and Demaryius Thomas is 5th with 74 points.  There are a lot of familiar names toward the top of this list like Victor Cruz (73), Julio Jones (65), and Jordy Nelson (71).  One name that stands out right now is Alshon Jeffery with 63 points which ranks him 10th overall.  Another surprise name is Denarius Moore ranking in at 11th with 62 points which is above big named players like Reggie Wayne (56) and Calvin Johnson (55).  One player who is still consistent as ever is AJ Green with 69 points and coming in 8th in overall points.

The disappointments are all over the place here.  Most leagues had Calvin as the first picked receiver and so far he is ranked 16th in points which is pretty bad compared to his previous seasons.  At number 21 we have Anquan Boldin who had a monster first game, but since then has literally done nothing to keep his fantasy value up.  Another big name that is yet to impress is Vincent Jackson; I know he has had two games that were good, but other than that he only has 50 fantasy points and is ranked 23 right now.  One surprise here is Josh Gordon who missed the first 2 games of the season; yet he is ranked number 18 with 55 points.  All of the Bronco receivers are in the top 20 with Welker at number 2, Thomas at number 5, and Decker at number 17 so if you have any of those guys keep them in your lineup forever. 

When it comes to TEs we all know that Jimmy Graham is ranked first with 93 points, but sis you know the second TE with the most points is Julius Thomas with 78?  Bottom line if you have any Broncos receiver, you better hold on to them.  Vernon Davis comes in 3rd right now with 74 while the 4th ranked is Jordan Cameron with 73 points.  Antonio Gates is 5th on this list with 53 points and he is showing glimpses of previous seasons.  But that is a huge gap between 4th and 5th place right now; thats a whole 20 points.  There really are not any surprises when it comes to TEs except for the absence of Gronkowski.  There have been reports of Gronk coming back very shortly and I can see Brady putting him to good use very quickly.

+DEFENSE+

Most people dont really see how many “fantasy” points defenses put up.  I bet right now that most people dont know that the Chiefs have scored the most points with 113; the next defense down at number 2 is the Seahawks with 75 points.  So go to your fantasy team and add the Chiefs right now.  Also, the Titans are 3rd in defensive points with 66 and the Browns are 4th with 58 points.  After the first few defenses on this list they all are about equal; just a few points off so if you need a defense; you best pick up one of these.

+KICKERS+

Kickers and defenses are pretty similar.  Most kickers will do about the same amount of points give or take 10 points.  Right now Matt Prater leads all kickers with 72 points while Stephen Gostkowski comes in 2nd with 67 points.  Garrett Hartley and Steven Hauschka both have 62 points while Mason Crosby has 60 points.  After that they all pan out to be pretty much equal; but if you are in need of a kicker one of these guys will do the trick.

+TOTAL POINTS ALL+

1. Peyton Manning – 168
2. Drew Brees – 130
3. Philip Rivers – 119
4. Tony Romo – 115
5. Chiefs – 113
6. Jamaal Charles – 112
7. Matthew Stafford – 110
8. Jay Cutler – 102
9. Sam Bradford – 102
10. Aaron Rodgers – 100
11. Michael Vick – 98
12. LeSean McCoy – 98
13. Andrew Luck – 97
13. Matt Ryan – 96
14. Marshawn Lynch – 93
15. Jimmy Graham – 93
16. Knowshon Moreno – 92
17. Cam Newton – 92
18. Russell Wilson – 92
19. Alex Smith – 87
20. DeSean Jackson – 87
21. Adrian Peterson – 84
22. Matt Forte – 82
23. Andy Dalton – 81
24. Wes Welker – 80
25. Arian Foster – 80
26. Tom Brady – 79
27. Robert Griffin III – 79
28. Dez Bryant – 78
29. Julius Thomas – 78
30. Reggie Bush – 77
31. Terrelle Pryor – 77
32. Brandon Marshall – 76
33. Colin Kaepernick – 76
34. Joe Flacco – 75
35. Seahawks – 75
36. Vernon Davis – 74
37. Demaryius Thomas – 74
38. Victor Cruz – 73
39. Jordan Cameron – 73
40. Geno Smith – 73
41. Matt Schaub – 72
42. Matt Prater – 72
43. Fred Jackson – 71
44. Jordy Nelson – 71
45. DeMarco Murray – 71
46. Eli Manning – 70
47. AJ Green – 69
48. Frank Gore – 67
49. Stephen Gostkowski – 67
50. Titans – 66
51. Ben Roethlisberger – 65
52. Julio Jones – 65
53. Jake Locker – 65
54. Ryan Tannehill – 64
55. Alshon Jeffery – 64
56. Garrett Hartley – 62
57. Steven Hauschka – 62
58. Denarius Moore – 62
59. Torrey Smith – 62
60. Carson Palmer – 60
61. Larry Fitzgerald – 60
62. Mason Crosby – 60
63. Antonio Brown – 60
64. Nick Novak – 59
65. Gio Bernard – 59
66. EJ Manuel – 59
67. Browns – 58
68. Adam Vinatieri – 57
69. Alex Henery – 57
70. Reggie Wayne – 56
71. Bengals – 56
72. Colts – 56
73. 49ers – 56
74. Calvin Johnson – 55
75. Eric Decker – 55

Well; the first week of the 2013 season was everything I wanted plus more.  We had blow out wins, upsets, huge performances, and numerous busts.  I have been looking forward to the start of this season since the last play of the Super Bowl and watching the games this week was pure heaven.  There were a lot of players that were traded to new teams, numerous contract re-negotiations, and new coaches and managers.  It was really hard to tell how some teams were going to do just based on personnel and schemes.  

The Broncos and the Ravens got the season off to a huge start since it was a repeat of the AFC Divisional Game from 2012 when the Ravens just barely beat the Broncos in the final seconds which killed the Super Bowl run for the Broncos.  Peyton was not going to let that happen again and he had a career day throwing 7 touchdowns and over 400 yards to destroy the Ravens in the season opener.  There were other QBs that had awesome performances as well.  Eli Manning had 450 passing yards and 4 touchdowns in his loss to the Cowboys.  Colin Kaepernick had a career day passing with his first 400 yard performance and 3 touchdowns in his win over the Packers.

What surprised me was that there were only two running backs that rushed for over 100 yards in week 1.  LeSean McCoy took to Chip Kelleys offense very well with 184 rushing yards and a touchdown.  The other 100 yard rusher was Shane Vereen after Stevan Ridley had a terrible performance.  Vereen ended up with 101 yards on 14 carries in the Patriots victory.  It seemed that most RBs got their fun in short passes and touchdowns.  Adrian Peterson scored 2 touchdowns on the ground and caught 1 touchdown in the Vikings loss to the Lions.  On the other side of the ball Reggie Bush had 90 rushing yards, 101 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown.  Most of the first round draft picks for fantasy football did not do as well as owners wanted to, but it is early in the season so there is nothing to worry about.

A lot of the action in Week 1 came through the passing game and Victor Cruz took full advantage by having 118 yards and 3 touchdowns.  The surprise for week 1 was Anquan Boldin with his 13 receptions, 208 yards, and a touchdown in the 49ers win over Green Bay.  AJ Green did what he always does and had 9 catches for 162 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Bengals loss to the Bears.  With Peyton throwing the ball almost every Denver receiver had a good game (excluding Decker), Demaryius Thomas pulled in 161 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Broncos victory over the Ravens.  Even though Andre Johnson did not find the end zone he did manage 12 catches for 146 yards in the Texans win over the Chargers.  There was a nice surge for the Cardinals with Palmer throwing the ball to Fitzgerald; he had 2 touchdowns and 8 receptions in the loss to the Rams.  There was also a lot of tight ends that made their name known in week 1.  Both Vernon Davis and Jason Witten had 2 touchdowns; and Jared Cook also had 2 touchdowns and 141 receiving yards.  The big surprise was Julius Thomas who had 2 touchdowns from Peyton Manning and 110 receiving yards.  Jordan Cameron led all tight ends with 9 receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown for the Browns.

+Scores+

Broncos – 49
Ravens – 27

Dolphins – 23
Browns – 10

Vikings – 24
Lions – 34

Raiders – 17
Colts – 21

Chiefs – 28
Jaguars – 2

Bucs – 17
Jets – 18

Falcons – 17
Saints – 23

Titans – 16
Steelers – 9

Bengals – 21
Bears – 24

Seahawks – 12
Panthers – 7

Patriots – 23
Bills – 21

Packers – 28
49ers – 34

Cardinals – 24
Rams – 27

Giants – 31
Cowboys – 36

Eagles – 33
Redskins – 27

Texans – 31
Chargers – 28

 

There have been so many moves happening in the NFL this off season that it is hard to keep it straight.  There have been players traded to new teams, players picked up off waivers, players signing huge contracts, players complaining about contracts, and players in prison.  It’s almost like if you don’t check the news everyday than you will miss something huge.  I have been floored with all the players that have moved to different teams though; I normally do not see this many players going to new organizations.  Below are some of the big names that are on different teams and my opinion if it was a good idea or not.

Cliff Avril DE  – Went from the Detroit Lions over to the Seattle Seahawks.  I think this is a good move for Avril since he has been a dominating defensive player; he will be a great addition to an already powerful defense.

Michael Bennett DE – Went from Tampa Bay to Seattle.  Another great addition to the Seattle defense; and a great move for Bennett.

Paul Kruger LB – Went from the Ravens over to the Browns.  I am a Utah boy so I am happy to see Kruger do well; but I am not sold on the Browns being the best team for him.  The Browns are lucky to have him though since he is a beast.

Elvis Dumervill DE – Went from the Broncos to the Ravens.  Even with the fax machine issue I think Dumervill will still do well in Baltimore.  It will just take him longer to get a Super Bowl ring now.

Mike Wallace WR – Went from the Steelers to the Dolphins.  Honestly, the only difference is weather.  Nice pick up for the Dolphins, but I do not see Wallace doing any better on the Dolphins then he did with the Steelers

Greg Jennings WR – Went from the Packers to the Vikings.  Only time will tell how this will pan out.  Rodgers is a MUCH better QB than Ponder; but Jennings is now playing with a run first team.  I think it will end up being a good deal for both parties.  Jennings wont put up numbers like he used to but he will still be a Pro Bowler.

Wes Welker WR – Went from the Patriots to the Broncos.  The only difference here is Welker’s uniform.  High powered offense, Hall of Fame QB, surrounded by weapons.  His numbers will go down because of Demaryius Thomas and Decker, but this is a good move for Welker and the Broncos.

Danny Amendola WR – Went from the Rams to the Patriots.  Picking up where Welker left off.  Despite what the Patriots want to say; Amendola is basically Welker in the offense.  As long as Amendola can stay healthy this will be a good thing for both parties.

Dashon Goldson S – Went from the 49ers to the Bucs.  This was a huge pickup for the Bucs, and a bone head move on the 49ers. 

Jake Long T – Went from the Dolphins to the Rams.  Now that Steven Jackson left the Rams who is Long blocking for?  I guess Bradford counts, but I think Long could have gone to a better team.

Ed Reed S – Ravens to the Texans.  This is a perfect fit and it is going to make the Texans defense even scarier.

Steven Jackson RB – Went from the Rams to the Falcons.  Perfect fit for Jackson and the Falcons. 

Ahmad Bradshaw RB – Went from the Giants to the Colts.  Even with his injuries this will be a great addition to the Colts running game.

Reggie Bush RB – Went from the Dolphins to the Lions.  I think this is where Bush needs to be; he will be a beast this year in Detroit.

Rashard Mendenhall RB – Went from the Steelers to the Cardinals.  It does not really matter where Mendenhall goes; he just needs to stay healthy.  With Beanie Wells being out of Arizona it does create a big opportunity for Mendenhall though.

Adrian Wilson S – Went from the Cardinals to the Patriots.  Brilliant move for Wilson and for the Patriots.

James Harrison LB – Went from the Steelers to the Bengals.  Even with his age; Harrison will make a huge impact on an already stout defense.

Glenn Dorsey DT – Went from the Chiefs to the 49ers.  He has had injuries, but he is joining one of the best defenses in the NFL.  I think this will be a great move for Dorsey and the 49ers.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB – Eagles to the Broncos.  another reason why the Broncos are going to be a hard team to beat.

Terrance Knighton DT – Jaguars to the Broncos.

Josh Cribbs WR – Browns to the Raiders

Tracy Porter CB – Broncos to the Raiders

Chris Canty DT – Giants to the Ravens

Dwight Freeney DE – Colts to the Chargers

Shaun Philips LB – Chargers to the Broncos

Dunta Robinson CB – Falcons to the Chiefs

Anthony Fasano TE – Dolphins to the Chiefs

Shonn Greene RB – Jets to the Titans

Matt Slauson G – Jets to the Bears

LaRon Landry S – Jets to the Colts

Charles Woodson CB – Packers to the Raiders

Israel Idonije DE – Bears to the Lions

Philip Wheeler LB – Raiders to the Dolphins

Dustin Keller TE – Jets to the Dolphins

Brandon Myers TE – Raiders to the Giants

Connor Barwin LB – Texans to the Eagles

Osi Umenyiora DE – Giants to the Falcons

 

 

 

 

 

LeSean MCoy; is one of the young backs in the NFL today; and he has already made a huge impact in the league.  As a young player, he was one of the best running backs in the country; due to some injuries he was hampered in 2012, but now that he is healthy he will be a very dangerous back.  He is a triple threat as a running back, he has speed, he can catch the ball, and he has great vision.  He is a combination of Walter Payton and OJ Simpson and Barry Sanders.  As long as he can stay healthy, he will always be a premier back in the NFL.

LeSean Kamel McCoy was born on July 12th, 1988 in Pennsylvania.  as a child his nickname was Shady and he attended Bishop McDevitt High School.  As a high school football player he was amazing and was considered one of the best high school running backs in the country.  In one game as a sophomore he rushed for 506 yards; and in his junior season he had rushed for 2,828 rushing yards and 85 touchdowns in a single season.  He received numerous honors including being named to the All-State team, and was an Offensive MVP.  As a junior he actually had committed to the University of Miami, but McCoy was not the best student while in high school, and had a severe ankle injury.  He ended up going to the University of Pittsburgh instead.

In 2004 he recorded a 4.25 40 yards dash, and the Panthers used him mostly for the Wildcat offense.  By the end of his freshman year he was totaled up 1,328 rushing yards, and one newspaper compared him to the great Tony Dorsett.  He also had 14 rushing touchdowns and was selected for the All-Freshman team.  In his sophomore year with Pittsburgh he had another fantastic year by rushing for 1,403 yards and 23 rushing touchdowns.  He made the All-Big East team for the second time, and he was also getting recognized for his receiving skills.  McCoy still had 2 more years of college to go when he decided to go into the NFL Draft.  I am not saying that it was a bad choice, but it could have helped him I think to stay at least one more year at Pitt.

In the 2009 NFL Draft, McCoy was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round (53rd overall).  McCoy came in at a good time because Brian Westbrook had a bad ankle injury and McCoy was named a starter right away.  In his first start he had a touchdown and he proved to be a viable asset to the team.  McCoy and Westbrook were sharing the load for the Eagles, but every time Westbrook got hurt, McCoy would come in and play very well.  By the end of his rookie year he had 637 yards and 4 touchdowns.  In 2010 the Eagles released Brian Westbrook so it was McCoys back field now.  In 2010, McCoy proved he could run and catch.  He finished the season with 1,080 rushing yards and 7 rushing touchdowns.  He also totaled 78 catches, 592 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns.  The 2011 season was his best season to date; he rushed for 17 touchdowns and 1,309 rushing yards.  In the 2012 season McCoy was battling injuries and spent the majority of the season on the sideline. 

So far as a professional he has totaled up 3,776 rushing yards, 30 rushing touchdowns, 206 catches, 1,450 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns.  He made his first Pro Bowl in 2011, in 2011 he was the FedEx Ground Player of the Year, and was an All-Pro selection.  LeSean McCoy still has a very long career ahead of him.  As long as he can stay healthy I think he could be one of the best of all-time.  He is on a team that just got a bunch of new offensive lineman so I predict the 2013 season will be a good one for McCoy.

 

There are few players that have played in the NFL that did what Reggie White did.  From all accounts he was a great team mate, friend, and just a good person.  He had an amazing 15 year career in the NFL and has been recognized as one of the best to ever play.  He has also become on the the most decorated players of all time.  His death came to everyone as a shock to the world and I feel he is a player that should never be forgotten.  I do not know a lot about the early years of Reggie White, but I am very aware of how he impacted the game of football.

Reginald Howard White was born on December 19th, 1961 in Tennessee.  His parents were not married, and he was raised by his mother until he reached the age of eight.  He was then placed into care of his grandmother.  He attended Howard High School and he was a football player, basketball player, and did track.  He lettered in every sport he played in and was sought out by a few colleges to continue his education.  He decided to go to the University of Tennessee where he was a power house and led the team in tackles and sacks.  In his senior year he was named the SEC Player of the Year.

After college he played in the USFL for two seasons with the Memphis Showboats.  He started in 36 games and racked up 23.5 sacks, 198 tackles, and 7 forced fumbles.  At the time it looked as if White had found a place he could call home.  He always considered the NFL, but once the USFL collapsed he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles.

As an Eagle White made a great name for himself; he played in Philadelphia for 8 seasons and had 124 sacks which is a franchise record.  He set another franchise record by recording 21 sacks in 1987.  Still to this day he is recognized as one of the best Eagles defensive players of all time.  White actually accumulated more sacks as an Eagle then games he played.  He was actually voted by ESPN Sportsnation as the greatest Eagle in franchise history.

In 1993, White was a free agent and was immediately picked up by the Green Bay Packers.  White stuck with the Packers for 6 seasons and racked up 68.5 sacks which was a franchise record at the time.  White was a tremendous leader for the Packers defense and he helped lead them to 2 Super Bowls.  He was an important part in their Super Bowl XXXI vicotry; and that proved to be his only championship.  In 1998, he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.  In 1998, White retired from football, at the time he had already been in the league for along time.  In 2000, he came out of retirement to play one more season; and he was picked up by the Carolina Panthers.  He did have 5.5 sacks; but once the season was over he opted to retire for good.

White was rushed to the hospital on the morning of December 26th, 2004.  He suffered from a fatal cardiac arrhythmia; and was pronounced dead the same day.  He also suffered from sleep apnea and he had cardiac and pulmonary sarcoidosis.  It was a very sad for the NFL and for the nation upon hearing his passing.  He was; and still is, a huge inspiration to fans everywhere.

White had a very incredible career and in 2006 he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.  During his career he had 1,112 tackles and 198 sacks.  He went to 13 Pro Bowls, Super Bowl Champ, 2 NFL Defensive Player of Year, 3 NFC Defensive Player of Year, 1986 Pro Bowl MVP, NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, NFL 1990s All-Decade Team, NFL 1980s All-Decade Team, and the USFL All-Time Team.

Every team has some sort of throwback jersey that they will sometimes wear for an important game, or for an anniversary for the team.  Some throwbacks are really cool to look at and some are just awful to look at.  This list complies all the best looking throwback jerseys in NFL history (in no particular order).

1. San Diego Chargers – The “Powder Blue” jersey are easily on of the most recognizable throwbacks of all time.  The Chargers wore these jerseys for a long time in franchise history.  They will still wear them from time to time and they are some of the best selling jerseys during the Tomlinson era.

2. Tennessee Titans – From time to time the Titans will wear the Houston Oilers throwback jerseys.  They added a little flash with the numbers, but I always enjoy these jerseys and it makes me miss the old Oliers.  These also have a nice powder blue to it just like the old Chargers uniforms.  I sometimes wish the Titans would go back to these jerseys permanently.

3. New England Patriots – I personally love the old Patriots jerseys because it represents the losing Patriots from the 1970s.  Times have changed and the Patriots are now a dynasty and I love seeing these red jerseys with the Patriot on the helmet.  Since the Patriots are considered “Americas Team” it would be cool to have the old red, white, and blue uniforms come back.

4. Philadelphia Eagles – I have never been a huge fan of the current Eagles uniforms.  I remember watching the old school Eagles and loving the kelly green uniforms with the silver trim.  The Eagles wear these throwbacks from time to time, but I wish Philadelphia would have never changed these amazing jerseys.

5. St Louis Rams – In my opinion the Rams have always had pretty cool looking jerseys, but I was always a big fan of the yellow and blue Rams jerseys.  The year the Rams won the Super Bowl they wore these jerseys and after that season the Rams updated their uniforms to more of a gold and darker blue.  The Rams actually wear these throwbacks pretty regularly and its awesome.

6. New York Giants – The Giants are another team that have made lots of alterations to their uniforms, but I was always partial to the throwbacks because of the helmet saying “Giants” down the side.  I don’t have anything against the current uniforms, but it also reminds me of the Lawrence Taylor days.

7. Buffalo Bills – I love the white helmets with the bison on the side.  The regular helmets are similar, but I love how the throwbacks are just easy and pretty plain.  I actually enjoy the current uniforms because they have been rocking those same uniforms for the longest time, but the throwbacks they were should be worn more.

8. Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys normally only wear these uniforms on Thanksgiving, but I love the plain white helmet with the plain blue star on it.  The jerseys are pretty silly in my opinion y having two separate colors on the shoulders and body, but they are still fun to see on occasion.