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PFT’s defensive rookie of the year

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Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson recently declared himself to be the defensive rookie of the year.

We’re not inclined to tell him he’s wrong.  And so Richardson is the 2013 PFT defensive rookie of the year.

Drafted with the first-round pick acquired from the Buccaneers for Darrelle Revis, Richardson has emerged as one of the best young defensive linemen in the NFL.  Richardson started 15 games, appeared in all sixteen, and notched 3.5 quarterback sacks.

He also pulled a Refrigerator Perry, carrying the ball enough times this season to create a Jerome Bettis late-career single-game stat line:  four attempts, four yards, two touchdowns.

The other finalists were Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, who started 16 games, made 159 tackles, picked off four passes, and notched two sacks; Panthers defensive lineman Star Lotulelei, who started 16 games and helped make a good defense in Carolina even better; Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, whose stellar first season was cut short by a torn ACL; Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro, who started 14 games before breaking an ankle; and 49ers safety Eric Reid, who started 16 games and helped the team turn the page on the Dashon Goldson era.

Cast your own ballot below and/or share your views in the comments.

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PFT’s 2013 offensive rookie of the year

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In a year that featured few rookie quarterbacks who played much and even fewer who had much of an impact, the primary candidates for the first of the annual PFT postseason awards come from the crop of guys to whom the quarterbacks handed or threw the ball.

The invisible PFT trophy for offensive rookie of the year goes to Packers running back Eddie Lacy.

A second-rounder from Alabama who plunged in the draft due to concerns regarding his ability to stay healthy and his passion for the game, Lacy piled up 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns for the NFC North champions.  Add 257 yards receiving, and Lacy gained more than 1,400 yards from scrimmage in his first NFL season.

With only 51 yards rushing in all of September, Lacy did the bulk of his damage in three months, with four 100-yard games and a season-high 141 on 21 carries in that epic come-from-way-behind win in Dallas.

Now that the Packers have been reminded after years of a healthy Brett Favre and a mostly healthy Aaron Rodgers that quarterbacks can indeed become injured and miss multiple games in a row, they finally have a consistent threat in the running game, who could help the team grind out tough yardage in the looming postseason tournament.

Other finalists for the award were Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (1,046 receiving yards and eight touchdowns), Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (860 rushing yards, 1,259 yards from scrimmage, eight touchdowns), Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (1,209 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns), Lions offensive lineman Larry Warford, and Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (2,020 total yards and nine total touchdowns).

Cast your own ballot in the poll below, and elaborate in the comments.

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Week 17 power rankings

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1.  Broncos (13-3; last week No. 1):  At least they don’t have to worry about losing to the Ravens at home again.

2.  Seahawks (13-3; No. 2):  They suddenly have to worry about losing to the Packers at home.

3. Panthers (12-4; No. 3):  Defense  — and an offense that can do just enough to score some points — wins championships.

4. Patriots (12-4; No. 4):  LeGarrette Blount punched the Bills in the mouth.

5. 49ers (12-4; No. 5):  On Sunday, it will be nearly as cold in Green Bay as the average June night in San Francisco.

6. Saints (11-5; No. 6):  The team that recently can’t win on the road faces a team that until recently couldn’t win at home.

7. Eagles (10-6; No. 7):  Chip Kelly will have to get used to playing in a postseason game without naming rights.

8. Bengals (11-5; No. 10):  A playoff losing streak that began with the game in which the Bengals wrecked Bo Jackson’s hip could finally be ending.

9.  Chiefs (11-5; No. 9):  Steelers fans will forever spell Ryan Succop’s name with a K.  And an F.

10.  Colts (11-5; No. 11):  A pair of former No. 1 overall picks — Andrew Luck and Alex Smith — will square off on Saturday, with the right to face another one — Peyton Manning — on the line.

11.  Cardinals (10-6; No. 8):  They finished only one game better than the 2008 team that made it to the Super Bowl, but these Cardinals have created a sense that they can sustain their momentum.

12. Chargers (9-7; No. 13):  Yes, they made the playoffs.  But they barely beat the Kansas City “B” team to get there.

13.  Steelers (8-8; No. 14):  The Yinzers can finally tear down that Bill Leavy statue.

14. Packers (8-7-1; No. 16):  Based on the performance of Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb, rust apparently doesn’t grow on cheese.

15. Ravens (8-8; No. 12):  These three and 50 blackbirds will be spending the offseason eating some humble pie.

16. Jets (8-8; No. 20):  The entire offseason should be devoted to getting better offensive personnel.

17. Cowboys (8-8; No. 15):  “Winning exactly as many as we lose, since 1997.”

18.  Bears (8-8; No. 17):  If Lovie Smith gets fired for 10-6, who gets fired for 8-8?

19. Dolphins (8-8; No. 18):  Miami continues to say “meh” when it comes to their local NFL team.

20.  Giants (7-9; No. 22):  Tom Coughlin is officially on the hot seat for the third time; the last two times, he won the Super Bowl.

21. Rams (7-9; No. 19):  Curiously stubborn about Sam Bradford as a franchise quarterback, the Rams should at least consider the possibility of an upgrade with the No. 2 pick.

22.  Bills (6-10; No. 21):  Some Buffalo fans may want the Bills to do what the Browns recently did.

23. Titans (7-9; No. 24):  Three-plus decades of loyal service should get Mike Munchak one more year to turn it around.

24. Lions (7-9; No. 23):  This franchise won’t become any better until their franchise quarterback begins to act like one.

25. Vikings (5-10-1; No. 26):  They’re reportedly interested in the Broncos offensive coordinator.  We didn’t know Peyton Manning wanted to go into coaching.

26. Jaguars (4-12; No. 25):  If they can find a good quarterback, the Jags can get back into contention.

27. Buccaneers (4-12; No. 27):  Is it really a surprise that a guy who was 0-11 against WVU while at Rutgers couldn’t make it longer than two years as an NFL coach?

28.  Browns (4-12; No. 28):  The next head coach immediately will be nicknamed Shemp.

29.  Falcons (4-12; No. 29):  If you told Falcons fans in September that their team wouldn’t lose in the postseason, they would have been pretty darn excited.

30.  Raiders (4-12; No. 30):  The best reason to keep Dennis Allen?  There’s a chance no one else would take the job.

31. Redskins (3-13; No. 31):  A year after the Redskins won seven in a row after starting 3-6, they lost seven in a row after starting 3-6.

32. Texans (2-14; No. 32):  It’ll be a lot cheaper to sign the first overall pick than it was the last time Houston earned it.

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NFL statement regarding Chiefs-Chargers game

[Editor's note:  The NFL has issued a statement acknowledging an officiating error at the end of regulation in Sunday's game between the Chiefs and Chargers, during an attempt by the Chiefs to win the game with a field goal.  The Chargers eventually won in overtime.  If the Chiefs had prevailed, the Steelers would have qualified for the playoffs.  The full text of the statement appears below.]

With 0:08 remaining in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers, Kansas City faced a fourth-and-12 from the San Diego 23.  The Chiefs attempted a 41-yard field that was no good.

On the play, San Diego lined up with seven men on one side of the snapper.  This should have been penalized as an illegal formation by the defense.

Rule 9, Section 1, Article 3 (b) (1) of the NFL Rule Book (page 51) states that “No more than six Team B players may be on the line of scrimmage on either side of the snapper at the snap.”

The penalty for illegal formation by the defense is a loss of five yards.  This is not subject to instant replay review.  Had the penalty been assessed, it would have resulted in a fourth-and-seven from the San Diego 18 with 0:04 remaining, enabling the Chiefs to attempt a 36-yard field goal.

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2014 NFL Draft order

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Here’s the order of the first 20 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, at the conclusion of the regular season. Ties are broken by strength of schedule. The remaining picks will be determined by playoff results:

1. Texans

2. Rams (via Redskins)

3. Jaguars

4. Browns

5. Raiders

6. Falcons

7. Buccaneers

8. Vikings

9. Bills

10. Lions

11. Titans

12. Giants

13. Rams

14. Bears

15. Steelers

16. Cowboys/Ravens (coin flip)

17. Cowboys/Ravens (coin flip)

18. Jets

19. Dolphins

20. Cardinals

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NFL morning after: Return of Rodgers a magical moment

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You couldn’t have scripted it any better.

The great thing about sport is that it’s the ultimate drama because even the players don’t know the ending. But sometimes a football season gives us that perfect ending that would have seemed contrived if it came from a Hollywood screenwriter. And that’s what happened with the Green Bay Packers this year.

After the Packers’ star quarterback got hurt against the rival Bears, after the Packers went to their second-string quarterback and then their third-string quarterback and their fourth-string quarterback in an effort to save the season, the star came back and — after shaking off some rust — threw the incredible touchdown pass in the game’s final minute to deliver his team the division title.

Aaron Rodgers‘ return to the Packers wasn’t perfect. He had two early interceptions and the Packers’ offense struggled to get into a rhythm. But the best moments in an athlete’s career are the ones in which he overcomes adversity, and when Rodgers shook off the rust of missing two months with a broken collarbone and made his biggest play at the biggest time, that’s what made this one of the great moments in NFL history.

It was heartbreaking for Bears fans, exhilarating for Packers fans, and a perfect culmination of a wonderful NFL season.

Now we bring on the playoffs. But first, some final thoughts on the final Sunday of the regular season:

Nice touch. The Falcons sent Tony Gonzalez to midfield alone, as the only captain representing the team for the pregame coin toss. It was a great way to give Gonzalez a moment of recognition before the final game of his Hall of Fame career. Gonzalez finished his career with 1,325 catches for 15,127 yards and 111 touchdowns.

Sheldon Richardson joins Refrigerator Perry. Richardson, the Jets’ rookie defensive tackle, ran for a one-yard touchdown on Sunday against the Dolphins. Richardson and Perry, the former Bears defensive tackle, are the only players in NFL history to have three sacks and two rushing touchdowns in the same season. Perry played under Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan when he did it in 1985, and perhaps Jets coach Rex Ryan is paying tribute to his dad by using Richardson on offense.

Eli Manning concluded a miserable season. Manning completed 10 of 24 passes for 152 yards, a touchdown and an interception before leaving Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. That gave Manning a whopping 27 interceptions on the season. Only Brett Favre, who threw 29 interceptions in 2005, had more interceptions in any season in the 21st Century. In the same year that his big brother Peyton clinched his fifth MVP award, Eli had a year to forget.

Cordarrelle Patterson is something special. Patterson had a two-touchdown game in Sunday’s win over the Lions and became the first player in NFL history to have four receiving touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns and two kickoff-return touchdowns in NFL history. Patterson also became the first player in NFL history to have a 100-yard kickoff-return touchdown, 75-yard receiving touchdown and 50-yard rushing touchdown in a season. Patterson had a whopping 2,020 all-purpose yards in his rookie year. What a weapon this guy is going to be in Minnesota for years to come.

Anquan Boldin will have a major impact on the playoffs. Boldin had an outstanding game in the 49ers’ win over the Cardinals on Sunday, catching nine passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. And Boldin also had a huge game in the 49ers’ Week One win over the Packers. Now that the 49ers are preparing for a playoff rematch against the Packers, I fully expect Boldin to have another big game. Even though there were salary-cap issues, if the Ravens had it to do all over again, I think they would have made the necessary roster moves elsewhere to keep Boldin under the cap, rather than ship him to San Francisco. That trade made the 49ers better and the Ravens worse.

Drew Brees had a great game to cap a brilliant season. Brees threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns as the Saints clinched a playoff berth on Sunday, and I can’t help but think that Brees didn’t get enough credit for his great season simply because everyone was so in awe of the season Peyton Manning was having. This was Brees’s third straight year with more than 5,000 yards passing. Overall, there have been eight 5,000-yard seasons in NFL history, and Brees has four of them. That’s incredible.

Robert Mathis wraps up his best year. The 32-year-old Mathis spent most of his career as the “other” pass rusher in Indianapolis, generally overshadowed by Dwight Freeney. But this year Mathis led the league with 19.5 sacks and played the best he’s ever played. I actually think Mathis is an even better fit in the 3-4 scheme of Colts coach Chuck Pagano than he was in the 4-3 scheme when he played for Tony Dungy — and Mathis was plenty good in that scheme, too. Mathis is my choice for defensive player of the year.

Joe Flacco was this season’s biggest disappointment. After his outstanding postseason run that culminated in a Super Bowl MVP 11 months ago, the Ravens rewarded Flacco with a six-year, $120 million contract. And Flacco did not reward the Ravens with a year worthy of that kind of money. Flacco finished his season completing just 59.0 percent of his passes, with 19 touchdowns, 22 interceptions and eight fumbles, and the Ravens missed the playoffs. If Flacco isn’t a whole lot better next year, that contract is going to start to look like a millstone around the Ravens’ necks.

It felt like the postseason started a week early. Wasn’t that a thrilling NFL Sunday? Packers-Bears and Eagles-Cowboys were essentially playoff games, and several more games had a playoff feel to them. It’s been a great NFL season. Let the playoffs begin.

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Chiefs should have gotten another chance to boot Steelers into playoffs

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At a time when plenty of Steelers fans are griping about the decision to wipe what would have been a game-clinching fumble return off the scoreboard in overtime of the contest between the Chiefs-Chargers, all Steelers fans should be complaining about the failure of the officials to miss a blatant foul as the Chiefs tried to win in regulation.

As kicker Ryan Succop lined up on the right hash mark to try a 41-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, seven Chargers positioned themselves on the line of scrimmage to the left of the long snapper.  But a new provision added this year by the NFL to Rule 9, Section 1, Article 3 states that “[n]o more than six Team B players may be on the line of scrimmage on either side of the snapper at the snap” when Team A lines up in a conventional field goal formation.

Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL believes a flag should have been thrown.  The league office could acknowledge the error publicly as soon as Monday.

The seven Chargers lined up to the left of the Chiefs snapper in plain view of at least two members of referee Bill Leavy’s crew.  If the officials had called a penalty for illegal formation, the Chiefs would have had another chance to make what would have been the game-winning kick.

Succop’s shot at immediate redemption would have come from  36 yards out, with four seconds on the clock.  If good, the Chargers most likely would have had no time left for a Stanford-band attempt to win the game.

While it’s impossible to know whether Succop would have made his Mulligan, the point is that he should have had a second chance, due to the San Diego penalty that somehow wasn’t called.  If Succop had converted, the Steelers would be celebrating one of the most unlikely playoff berths in franchise history, courtesy of Week 17 losses by the Ravens, Dolphins, and Chargers.

Instead, Steelers fans will spend the offseason wondering whether their team could have replicated what the Steelers accomplished in 2005, when Pittsburgh parlayed the No. 6 seed into the long-coveted One for the Thumb.

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Wild Card weekend kicks off with Chiefs visiting Colts

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The NFL has announced the schedule for Wild Card weekend, which will kick off with the Chiefs visiting the Colts on NBC next Saturday at 4:35 p.m. ET.

The Saints won’t know whether they are going to Dallas or Philadelphia to test their ability to win on the road for a little while yet, but they know when they’ll be playing. They’ll kick off at 8:10 p.m. ET in a game that will also be broadcast on NBC.

San Diego, the final team to book passage to the playoffs this year, will kick off Sunday’s action in Cincinnati. The game will be at 1:05 p.m. ET on CBS.

The final game of the weekend will get underway at 4:40 p.m. ET on FOX. The 49ers earned the fifth seed by outlasting the Cardinals on Sunday and that means they’ll head to Lambeau Field for a rematch of a game from last year’s playoffs.

The NFL also announced the preliminary schedule for the Divisional Round of the playoffs. The Seahawks will be home at 4:35 p.m. ET on Saturday with the Patriots hosting a game at 8:15 p.m. ET. The Panthers get the early 1:05 p.m. ET slot on Sunday and the Broncos will host the final game of the weekend at 4:40 p.m. ET.

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Week 17 early inactives

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Every week we’ll bring you all the inactives from the early games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. So check back often to see the full list as it becomes available.

Panthers at Falcons

Panthers: WR Steve Smith, DT Colin Cole, RB Jonathan Stewart, WR Tavarres King, CB Josh Norman, LB Dan Connor, G Travis Bond

Falcons: RB Jacquizz Rodgers, LB Sean Weatherspoon, S Sean Baker, DT Adam Replogle, OT Terren Jones, G Garrett Reynolds, OT Sean Locklear

Ravens at Bengals

Ravens: DL Arthur Jones, CB Asa Jackson, S Omar Brown, C Ryan Jensen, WR Deonte Thompson, LB John Simon, TE Dallas Clark

Bengals: CB Terence Newman, DT Devon Still, TE Jermaine Gresham, TE Tyler Eifert, RB Rex Burkhead, WR Ryan Whalen, T Tanner Hawkinson

Jaguars at Colts

Jaguars: CB Dwayne Gratz, LB Geno Hayes, QB Ricky Stanzi, RB Delone Carter, DE Gerald Rivers, TE Allen Reisner, C Patrick Lewis

Colts: DT Ricky Jean Francois, LB Daniel Adongo, S Sergio Brown,G Mike McGlynn, CB Sheldon Price, DE Cory Redding, G Joe Reitz

Jets at Dolphins

Jets: QB David Garrard, RB Darius Reynaud, LB Jermaine Cunningham, G William Campbell, T Ben Ijalana, T Oday Aboushi, TE Chris Pantale

Dolphins: CB Jalil Brown, QB Pat Devlin, RB Mike Gillislee, CB Will Davis, G Danny Watkins, G David Arkin, DT A.J. Francis

Lions at Vikings

Lions: T LaAdrian Waddle, WR Calvin Johnson, CB Chris Houston, CB Bill Bentley, QB Kellen Moore, CB Jonte Green, OL Dylan Gandy

Vikings: RB Adrian Peterson, RB Toby Gerhart, QB Josh Freeman, T Mike Remmers, DT Letroy Guion, WR Rodney Smith, CB Xavier Rhodes

Redskins at Giants

Redskins: QB Robert Griffin III, WR Josh Morgan, CB Chase Minniefield, C J.D. Walton, G Josh LeRibeus, LB Adrian Robinson, LB Brian Orakpo

Giants: DE Jason Pierre-Paul, G Brandon Mosley, TE Adrien Robinson, WR Victor Cruz, QB Ryan Nassib, OL Eric Herman, LB Allen Bradford

Browns at Steelers

Browns: TE Andre Smith, G Jason Pinkston, DT Phil Taylor, CB Joe Haden, G Shaun Lauvao, QB Alex Tanney, DT John Hughes

Steelers: LB Terence Garvin, QB Landry Jones, OL David Snow, CB Isaiah Green, NT Hebron Fangupo, LB Jason Worilds, DE Brian Arnfelt

Texans at Titans

Texans: WR DeVier Posey, QB Case Keenum, RB Dennis Johnson, LB Joe Mays, OL Alex Kupper, OL Cody White, TE Garrett Graham

Titans: WR Michael Preston, CB Khalid Wooten, C Kevin Matthews, DT Jurrell Casey, T David Stewart, WR Kenny Britt, QB Tyler Wilson

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Broncos lead the way in re-writing NFL record book

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Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are leading the way among several NFL players and teams who can put their names atop the list of single-season records in the NFL Record and Fact Book. Here’s a look at records that have already been set this season, or that could be set on Sunday:

Player records

Passing yards gained
Peyton Manning is at 5,211, putting him within a typical Peyton Manning game of breaking Drew Brees’s record of 5,476, set in 2011.

Most touchdown passes
Peyton Manning has 51 so far this season, breaking Tom Brady’s previous record of 50, set in 2007, with one game to go. Manning may pad that record with a few more touchdown passes on Sunday.

Most 400-yard passing games
Peyton Manning has four this season, tying Dan Marino’s record, set in 1984. If Manning gets a fifth 400-yard game on Sunday, he’ll have this record all to himself.

Most 300-yard passing games
Peyton Manning has 12 so far this season. Drew Brees’s record is 13, set in 2011, so Manning can tie this record on Sunday.

Most games, four or more touchdown passes
Peyton Manning has already broken this record, with eight such games this season. The previous record was six, set by Dan Marino in 1984 and tied by Manning in 2004.

Highest passer rating
Nick Foles leads the league with a passer rating of 118.7, which puts him within striking distance of Aaron Rodgers‘ NFL record of 122.5, set in 2011.

Most games, 200 or more yards receiving
Josh Gordon and Alshon Jeffery both have two so far this season. Charley Hennigan’s NFL record is three, set in 1961. (Hennigan played for the Houston Oilers of the AFL, but the NFL has incorporated all AFL records.)

Highest net average, punting
Johnny Hekker of the Rams is currently averaging 43.82 net yards per punt. Andy Lee’s NFL record is 43.99, set in 2011.

Most kicking points after touchdown
Broncos kicker Matt Prater is 71-for-71 this season. Stephen Gostkowski went 74-for-74 in 2007, setting the records for most extra points, most extra points attempted, and most extra points without a miss. Prater has a chance at breaking all of those records if the Broncos score four touchdowns on Sunday.


Team records

Points
The Broncos have scored 572 points this season and have a good chance of breaking the record of 589, set by the 2007 Patriots.

Touchdowns
The Broncos have scored 72 touchdowns this season and have a good chance of breaking the record of 75, set by the 2007 Patriots.

Extra points
The Broncos have kicked 71 extra points this season and have a good chance of breaking the record of 74, set by the 2007 Patriots.

Passing first downs
The Broncos have 274 passing first downs this season, giving them a good chance at the record of 280, set by the Saints in 2011.

Most first downs allowed
The Cowboys’ defense has allowed 367 first downs, meaning that if they melt down against the Eagles on Sunday night they’ll break the all-time record of 406, set by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.

Most passing first downs allowed
The Cowboys’ defense has also allowed 219 passing first downs, meaning that if they melt down against the Eagles on Sunday night they’ll break the all-time record of 246, set by the 2011 Packers.

Most passing yards allowed
The Cowboys’ defense has allowed 4,360 passing yards this season, meaning that if they melt down against the Eagles on Sunday night they’ll break the all-time record of 4,796, set by the 2011 Packers.

Safeties
Here’s one you never would have guessed: The Jaguars have scored three safeties this season. The NFL record is four, first set by the 1927 Cleveland Bulldogs and equaled four times since then. So if the Jaguars get one more safety, they’ll have a share of an NFL scoring record. (Jacksonville’s safeties came on a holding penalty on Chance Warmack in the end zone against the Titans, a penalty on Brandon Weeden for illegally kicking a loose ball in the end zone against the Browns and a blocked punt out the end zone against the Chiefs.)

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2014 Pro Bowlers announced

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Here are the players in the 2014 Pro Bowl, which will be played Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Honolulu. The teams, which no longer are restricted to players from each conference, will be drafted on January 22 by teams captained by Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders.

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks

Patriots QB Tom Brady, Saints QB Drew Brees, Broncos QB Peyton Manning, Panthers QB Cam Newton, Chargers QB Philip Rivers, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.

Running backs

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, Bears RB Matt Forte, 49ers RB Frank Gore, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy.

Wide receivers

Steelers WR Antonio Brown, Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, Browns WR Josh Gordon, Bengals WR A.J. Green, Texans WR Andre Johnson, Lions WR Calvin Johnson, Bears WR Brandon Marshall, Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas.

Offensive tackles

Chiefs OT Branden Albert, Eagles OT Jason Peters, Cowboys OT Tyron Smith, 49ers OT Joe Staley, Browns OT Joe Thomas, Redskins OT Trent Williams.

Offensive guards

Saints OG Jahri Evans, Saints OG Ben Grubbs, 49ers OG Mike Iupati, Pariots OG Logan Mankins, Broncos OG Louis Vasquez, Ravens OG Marshal Yanda.

Centers

Panther C Ryan Kalil, Browns C Alex Mack, Dolphins C Mike Pouncey, Seahawks C Max Unger.

Tight ends

Browns TE Jordan Cameron, 49ers TE Vernon Davis, Saints TE Jimmy Graham, Broncos TE Julius Thomas.

Fullbacks

Raiders FB Marcel Reece, Panthers FB Mike Tolbert.

DEFENSE

Defensive ends

Panthers DE Greg Hardy, Saints DE Cameron Jordan, Rams DE Robert Quinn, Dolphins DE Cameron Wake, Texans DE J.J. Watt, Bills DE Mario Williams.

Defensive tackles

Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy, Ravens DT Haloti Ngata, Chiefs NT Dontari Poe, 49ers DT Justin Smith, Lions DT Ndamukong Suh, Bills DT Kyle Williams.

Outside linebackers

Cardinals OLB John Abraham, 49ers OLB Ahmad Brooks, Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali, Chiefs OLB Justin Houston, Colts OLB Robert Mathis, Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs.

Inside/middle linebackers

49ers ILB Navorro Bowman, 49ers ILB Patrick Willis, Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly, Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict.

Cornerbacks

Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers, Dolphins CB Brent Grimes, Browns CB Joe Haden, Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson, Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis, Seahawks CB Richard Sherman, Patriots CB Aqib Talib, Titans CB Alterraun Verner.

Free safeties

Bills FS Jairus Byrd, Seahawks FB Earl Thomas, Chargers FS Eric Weddle.

Strong safeties

Chiefs SS Eric Berry, Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor, Steelers SS Troy Polamalu.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Punters

Dolphins P Brandon Fields, Rams P Johnny Hekker.

Kickers

Ravens PK Justin Tucker, Broncos PK Matt Prater.

Punt returners

Steelers WR Antonio Brown, Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster

Special-teamers

Patriots WR Matthew Slater, Cardinals DB Justin Bethel.

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Week 17 injury report roundup

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Over the course of the week, there are a lot of posts about the most prominent injured players but we know that you might not see all of them and that some others may fall through the cracks. As a result, we’ll comb through all the injury reports every Friday afternoon so that there’s one stop for all the news from every team playing on Sunday.

Panthers at Falcons

The Panthers will try to nail down the NFC South without wide receiver Steve Smith (knee), running back Jonathan Stewart (knee) and defensive tackle Colin Cole (calf). The Falcons will try to stop them without linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (knee) and running back Jacquizz Rodgers (concussion).

Ravens at Bengals

Linebacker Elvis Dumervil (ankle), center Gino Gradkowski (knee), defensive tackle Arthur Jones (concussion), running back Ray Rice (thigh) and wide receiver Torrey Smith (thigh) are all questionable for the Ravens. The Bengals will end the regular season without cornerback Terence Newman (knee) and defensive tackle Devon Still (back). Tight end Tyler Eifert (neck) is doubtful, while tight end Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) is questionable along with linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion).

Jaguars at Colts

Cornerback Dwayne Gratz (ankle) and linebacker Geno Hayes (knee) have played their last games of the season for the Jaguars. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) is probable for what could be his last game with the Jags overall. The Colts ruled out defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois (foot) again this week. They’re unlikely to have guard Mike McGlynn (elbow), defensive end Cory Redding (shoulder) and safety Sergio Brown (groin).

Jets at Dolphins

It doesn’t look like injuries will be responsible for keeping the Dolphins out of the playoffs or getting them in. Jets cornerback Ellis Lankster (jaw) is questionable, as is Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas (ankle), and everyone else on their reports are probable.

Lions at Vikings

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) is questionable after missing Lions practice all week. The Lions also ruled defensive end Israel Idonije (neck) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) out for Sunday, and cornerbacks Bill Bentley (head) and Chris Houston (toe) are doubtful. Running back Adrian Peterson (groin, foot) is doubtful for the Metrodome finale and running back Toby Gerhart (hamstring) is out. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes (ankle) is likely to play after being listed as questionable, but is unlikely to start.

Redskins at Giants

Linebacker Brian Orakpo (groin) is questionable for what could be his final game as a member of the Redskins. The Giants will leave defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) on the bench once more while wide receiver Rueben Randle (knee) is questionable with Victor Cruz (concussion, knee) done for the season.

Browns at Steelers

Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) and cornerback Joe Haden (hip) are both questionable and the Steelers won’t have to deal with nose tackle Phil Taylor (concussion), guard Jason Pinkston (concussion) or tight end Andre Smith (calf). Pittsburgh won’t have linebacker Terence Garvin (knee) and they listed wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee) and linebacker Jason Worilds (abdomen) as questionable.

Texans at Titans

Texans quarterback Case Keenum (thumb) will be a game-time decision and running back Dennis Johnson (hip) and linebacker Joe Mays (knee) are also questionable. Titans tackle David Stewart (shoulder) and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (knee) have the same designation.

49ers at Cardinals

Linebacker Dan Skuta (foot) is questionable and wide receiver Mario Manningham (knee) hit injured reserve, but the rest of the 49ers injury report is made up of probable players. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said linebacker John Abraham (groin) was a game-time decision earlier this week and Abraham was able to practice on Friday. Safety Rashad Johnson (ankle) and guard Daryn Colledge (back) are questionable for Arizona.

Packers at Bears

Wide receiver Earl Bennett (personal) is questionable after missing the last two practices of the week. Linebacker Clay Matthews is out for the Packers after having thumb surgery, but quarterback Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) and running back Eddie Lacy (ankle) are both probable.

Bills at Patriots

The Bills won’t have QB E.J. Manuel (knee), leaving Thad Lewis to start again this week. Wide receiver Stevie Johnson (personal) also won’t play and safety Aaron Williams (ribs) has been placed on injured reserve. Patriots safety Devin McCourty is doubtful after missing practice all week because of a concussion and wide receiver Josh Boyce (ankle) is out again. Eleven Pats are questionable, but, as always, there’s not much public indication about the chances any of them are in the lineup.

Buccaneers at Saints

Tampa listed linebacker Dekoda Watson (groin), safety Mark Barron (hamstring) and linebacker Ka’Lial Glaud (knee) as questionable for their attempt to play spoiler for their NFC South rivals. The Saints have nine players on their injury report, all of whom are probable to play on Sunday.

Broncos at Raiders

Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (concussion) is listed as doubtful, but he’s not playing this weekend. Defensive end Derek Wolfe (illness) and offensive lineman Steve Vallos (concussion) are both listed as out. Cornerback Kayvon Webster is questionable to return from a broken thumb.

Chiefs at Chargers

Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (concussion) and linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) won’t play for the Chiefs, who may be resting healthy starters as well during the game. That group may not include tackle Branden Albert (knee) and linebacker Justin Houston (elbow), who are both probable after extended stays on the sideline. Wide receiver Eddie Royal (toe) is questionable, but running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) is good to go for the Chargers.

Rams at Seahawks

Wide receiver Tavon Austin (ankle) will be a game-time decision for the Rams and safety T.J. McDonald (illness) is also questionable. The Seahawks were worried about left tackle Russell Okung (toe) early this week, but he’s probable. Wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip) and linebacker K.J. Wright (foot) have been ruled out.

Eagles at Cowboys

The Eagles have ruled out safety Colt Anderson (knee) and guard Julian Vandervelde (back). Safety Earl Wolff is questionable because of a knee injury. You may have heard that quarterback Tony Romo is out for the Cowboys after having back surgery and probably know that linebacker Sean Lee is out as well because of a neck injury. Defensive end DeMarcus Ware (elbow) is questionable, but says he’s playing, and wide receiver Dez Bryant (back) is probable.

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Making sense of the NFL playoff picture, with 16 games to go

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Here’s a look at the most likely playoff seeds in the AFC and NFC, heading into the final Sunday of the 2013 NFL season:

AFC
Home-field advantage: Denver, with a win on Sunday or a New England loss. New England would clinch home-field advantage with a win and a Denver loss.

2 seed: New England, with a win on Sunday or losses by the Bengals and Colts. Cincinnati and Indianapolis are both still in the hunt for the 2 seed but need help. Denver would fall to the 2 seed with a loss and a New England win.

3 seed: Cincinnati, assuming the favored teams win on Sunday. The Bengals could still move up to the 2 seed or drop to the 4 seed, and so could the Colts.

4 seed: Indianapolis, assuming the favored teams win on Sunday. The Colts could still move all the way up to the 2 seed, but they need to win and the Patriots and Bengals both need to lose.

5 seed: Kansas City has clinched the 5 seed. The Chiefs are the only playoff team with nothing to play for on Sunday.

6 seed: Miami, if all the favored teams win on Sunday. Baltimore needs to upset Cincinnati and needs either the Dolphins or Chargers to lose. San Diego needs to win and needs Baltimore and Miami both to lose. Pittsburgh needs to win while Miami, Baltimore and San Diego all lose. If Pittsburgh, Miami, Baltimore and San Diego all lose, the Ravens get the 6 seed.

NFC
Home-field advantage: Seattle, with a win on Sunday or a 49ers loss. Carolina can still earn home-field advantage with a win, a Seattle loss and a San Francisco win. San Francisco can still earn home-field advantage with a win and losses by both the Seahawks and the Panthers.

2 seed: Carolina clinches the NFC South and a first-round bye with a win or a New Orleans loss. New Orleans would clinch the NFC South and the 2 seed with a win and a Carolina loss. San Francisco would be the 2 seed with a win, a Seahawks loss and a Panthers win.

3 seed: Philadelphia clinches the 3 seed with a win on Sunday. If the Eagles lose, the 3 seed would either be the Bears (if they beat the Packers) or the Cowboys (if the Packers beat the Bears).

4 seed: Green Bay will be the 4 seed with a win at Chicago on Sunday, a win the Packers are now favored to get with Aaron Rodgers back. Chicago will be the 4 seed if it beats Green Bay and Philadelphia beats Dallas. The Cowboys will be the 4 seed if they beat the Eagles and the Bears beat the Packers.

5 seed: San Francisco will be the 5 seed with a win and a Seahawks win. If the 49ers win and the Seahawks lose, the Seahawks will be the 5 seed. If the 49ers lose and the Saints win, the Saints will be the 5 seed and the 49ers will be the 6 seed.

6 seed: New Orleans will be the 6 seed with a win and a 49ers win. If the Saints win and the 49ers lose to the Cardinals, the Saints will be the 5 seed and the 49ers will fall to the 6 seed. If the Cardinals beat the 49ers and the Saints lose to the Buccaneers, the Cardinals will be the 6 seed and the Saints will be out of the playoffs.

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PFT’s Week 17 picks

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After a pathetic, season-worst 6-10 showing by yours truly and a four-game sweep by MDS, I was tempted to try to guess which team he’d pick for each of the 16 games to end the regular season, and then hope for the best.

But the spirit of this game is to try to get as many games right as possible, even if my outcome from last week would suggest that the better approach for me would be to select a winner — and then to do the opposite.

This week, we disagree on three games, which means MDS will win the regular-season competition by at least nine games.

For the year, MDS has generated a record of 157-83.  I’m 145-95.

The only good news is that it all resets to 0-0 for the postseason picks competition.

Panthers at Falcons

MDS’s take: Give the Falcons credit for playing competitive football against good teams, as they did on Monday night against the 49ers. This Atlanta team hasn’t quit. But the Panthers’ defense should shut down the Falcons’ offense as the Panthers clinch the NFC South.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 20, Falcons 10.

Florio’s take:  The Panthers need a win to nail down the No. 2 seed.  An immature, undisciplined team would stumble in this spot.  If nothing else, the 2013 Panthers have proven that they are both mature and disciplined.

Florio’s pick:  Panthers 27, Falcons 20.

Packers at Bears

MDS’s take: As of the time I’m making this pick I don’t know if Aaron Rodgers is playing, so this is a tough one. But I’ll go with the Bears to clinch the NFC North in a high-scoring affair.

MDS’s pick: Bears 31, Packers 27.

Florio’s take:  If Aaron Rodgers can play, the Packers have a chance to peak in January.  If they can get to January.  If Rodgers plays on Sunday, the Packers will get to January.

Florio’s pick:  Packers 34, Bears 30.

Ravens at Bengals

MDS’s take: The Ravens suffered a huge letdown last week against the Patriots, and I see the defending champions’ season ending on Sunday in Cincinnati.

MDS’s pick: Bengals 24, Ravens 14.

Florio’s take:  The Bengals need a win and some help in order to secure the No. 2 seed.  The Ravens need a win and some help to extend their streak of playoff appearances to six.  While the Bengals are unbeaten at home, the Ravens have the greater incentive and enough talent to capitalize.

Florio’s pick:  Ravens 20, Bengals 17.

Jaguars at Colts

MDS’s take: The Jaguars aren’t going down without a fight, but the Colts showed last week against the Chiefs that they’re real contenders. Indianapolis will win this one and head into the playoffs with a full head of steam for a likely rematch with Kansas City.

MDS’s pick: Colts 34, Jaguars 20.

Florio’s take:  Indy is building some momentum in the hopes of advancing beyond the wild-card round.  The Jaguars have shown enough progress to create plausible hope for 2014 — if they can find a decent quarterback.

Florio’s pick:  Colts 30, Jaguars 20.

Jets at Dolphins

MDS’s take: Last week the Dolphins laid an egg, while the Jets kept fighting despite having no shot at the playoffs. This week, however, I think the Dolphins’ pass rush will get to Geno Smith and Miami will win a low-scoring game and the right to play in the first round of the playoffs, probably at Cincinnati.

MDS’s pick: Dolphins 20, Jets 10.

Florio’s take:  After his first season as Jets coach, Rex Ryan gave the finger to a Miami MMA crowd.  On Sunday, in perhaps his final act as Jets coach, he can give a figurative finger to Fins fans by knocking the home team out of the playoffs.  Rex will pull out all the stops, and the Dolphins will follow two wins in games they should have lost with two losses in games they should have won.

Florio’s pick:  Jets 23, Dolphins 20.

Lions at Vikings

MDS’s take: After appearing to be in control of the NFC North for much of the season, the Lions have gone into free fall. The fall will continue in Minnesota.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 24, Lions 17.

Florio’s take:  The final game at the Metrodome coincides with what likely will be the final game of Jim Schwartz’s tenure and Lions coach.  Adrian Peterson won’t let his team exit its 31-year home with anything other than a victory to cap a lost season.

Florio’s pick:  Vikings 31, Lions 23.

Bills at Patriots

MDS’s take: Buffalo isn’t going anywhere, but the Bills’ defense is a lot better than most people realize, as the Dolphins found out the hard way last week. It wouldn’t shock me to see the Bills pull off the upset, but I expect the Patriots’ defense to shut down the Bills’ offense to win a close, low-scoring game.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 14, Bills 10.

Florio’s take:  The Pats still have a shot at securing the No. 1 seed — and also at having to play in the wild-card round.  Either way, a home loss wouldn’t be the best way to embark on a playoff run in a wide-open AFC.

Florio’s pick:  Patriots 38, Bills 20.

Buccaneers at Saints

MDS’s take: The Saints are a bad road team but a good home team. That’s a bad thing to be if you’re going to the playoffs as a wild card, but in New Orleans on Sunday, the Saints will clinch a playoff berth.

MDS’s pick: Saints 27, Buccaneers 17.

Florio’s take:  The Saints could end the day as the No. 2 seed.  The Saints also could end the day out of the playoffs.  If Carolina wins earlier, forcing the Saints to leave the Superdome in the wild-card round, they may be tempted to not delay the inevitable.  Coach Sean Payton won’t let that happen.

Florio’s pick:  Saints 27, Buccaneers 13.

Redskins at Giants

MDS’s take: Both of these teams stink, but Washington is a much lower level of stink. This game will be ugly, and the Giants will win.

MDS’s pick: Giants 23, Redskins 16.

Florio’s take:  The Giants hoped to finish their season with a win at MetLife Stadium in February.  They’ll have to settle for finishing their season with a win at MetLife Stadium in late December.

Florio’s pick:  Giants 28, Redskins 17.

Browns at Steelers

MDS’s take: The Steelers dug a deep hole for themselves with their lousy start to the season, but they’re playing good football now. They probably won’t get all the help they need to make the playoffs, but the Steelers will take care of business against the Browns.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 34, Browns 13.

Florio’s take:  If the Steelers get to the playoffs, they’ll be tough to beat.  But not as tough as they’ll be to beat in the game that can help get them to the playoffs.

Florio’s pick:  Steelers 34, Browns 17.

Texans at Titans

MDS’s take: The Texans will clinch the first overall pick in the draft by losing to the Titans. And draft order is the only reason to pay any attention to this game.

MDS’s pick: Titans 20, Texans 13.

Florio’s take:  New Houston meets old Houston at a time when both Houstons have a problem too big for one meaningless game to fix.  If Mike Munchak is leaving after more than 30 years with the Oilers/Titans franchise, he’s going out with a win.

Florio’s pick:  Titans 24, Texans 17.

49ers at Cardinals

MDS’s take: The Cardinals have had an impressive season, and there’s a good team being assembled in Arizona. I think the Cardinals will make a big statement by defeating the playoff-bound 49ers, although Arizona won’t get the help it needs to make the playoffs.

MDS’s pick: Cardinals 20, 49ers 17.

Florio’s take:  Arizona finishes laying the foundation for a run at the top of the division in 2014.  The 49ers will be happy to get out of Arizona healthy enough to function the following weekend.

Florio’s pick:  Cardinals 20, 49ers 17.

Broncos at Raiders

MDS’s take: With home-field advantage throughout the playoffs on the line, Denver will cruise to an easy win in Oakland.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 38, Raiders 14.

Florio’s take:  With 265 yards passing on Sunday, Peyton Manning emerges from the 2013 season with the record for passing touchdowns and passing yards.  With more points than the Raiders on Sunday, the Broncos emerge from the 2013 season with the No. 1 seed, again.  What they do with it remains to be seen.

Florio’s pick:  Broncos 41, Raiders 20.

Chiefs at Chargers

MDS’s take: The Chiefs are locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC and are therefore the only playoff team with nothing to play for. As a result, I think they’ll take it easy on Sunday and the Chargers will cruise to a win.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 30, Chiefs 20.

Florio’s take:  By the time this one starts, the Chargers will know whether a win gets them in the playoffs.  Chances are they’ll be done.  But with the Chiefs likely resting starters, the Chargers will finish on the right side of .500.

Florio’s pick:  Chargers 31, Chiefs 21.

Rams at Seahawks

MDS’s take: The Rams are playing competitively and this won’t be easy for the Seahawks, but Seattle will be highly motivated to win this one and clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 31, Rams 20.

Florio’s take:  Last Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals gave the Seahawks a much-needed wake-up call.  They’ll answer the bell by roughing up the Rams and locking up the No. 1 seed.

Florio’s pick:  Seahawks 27, Rams 10.

Eagles at Cowboys

MDS’s take: Even with Tony Romo I’d lean toward the Eagles to take this one, but with Romo’s back injury this looks to me like a game the Eagles take to clinch the NFC East.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 31, Cowboys 17.

Florio’s take:  With or without Tony Romo, the Cowboys don’t have the defense to once again hold Philly to three points — especially without Sean Lee available.  Another year, another 8-8 finish, another loss in the de facto NFC East championship game.

Florio’s pick:  Eagles 27, Cowboys 23.

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Week 16 power rankings

Peyton Manning AP

1. Broncos (12-3; No. 2):  They started the regular season 6-0 without Von Miller. They’ll now have to try to win half as many postseason games without him.

2.  Seahawks (12-3; last week No. 1):  Some would say the Cardinals gave the rest of the NFC playoff field hope by winning in Seattle.  Chances are the Cardinals simply gave the Seahawks a wake-up call.

3. Panthers (11-4; No. 3):  Luke Kuechly may have won defensive player of the year based on Week 16 alone.

4. Patriots (11-4; No. 4):  And just when it looks like the wheels are coming off, the car is once again cruising at top speed.

5. 49ers (11-4; No. 6):  NaVorro Bowman went from Bill Buckner to David Ortiz in roughly five minutes of real time.

6. Saints (10-5; No. 5):  Before the Saints will earn the right to lose on the road in the playoffs, they’ll have to win one more game at home.

7. Eagles (9-6; No. 9):  Before Philly sends out the playoff tickets, the Eagles need to figure out how to score more than three points against the Cowboys.

8.  Cardinals (10-5; No. 10):  In some respects, 2013 will be even more important to the franchise than 2008.

9.  Chiefs (11-4; No. 7):  Andy Reid brought John Harbaugh in to the NFL, and Reid can help take Harbaugh’s team out of the 2013 playoffs by resting starters at San Diego.

10. Bengals (10-5; No. 11):  With a 7-0 record at home and the AFC North title nailed down, this could be the year the Bengals break the curse of Bo Jackson’s hip.

11.  Colts (10-5; No. 13):  If the Colts could play as well in a meaningful game as they played in a meaningless game, they could go far in January.

12. Ravens (8-7; No. 8):  It’s too bad Justin Tucker couldn’t kick 14 field goals on Sunday.

13. Chargers (8-7; No. 16):  Before we carve a name on the coach of the year trophy, let’s not forget the guy who once got more than anyone ever has out of Tim Tebow.

14.  Steelers (7-8; No. 19):  The Steelers were left for dead after losing at home to the Bengals.  Just like in 2005.

15. Cowboys (8-7; No. 17):  When it comes to NFC East title games, maybe the third time will be a charm.

16. Packers (7-7-1; No. 14):  Maybe the Packers should put their “organizational decisions” to a vote of the shareholders.

17.  Bears (8-7; No. 12):  On the bright side, it could be getting a lot cheaper to re-sign Jay Cutler.

18. Dolphins (8-7; No. 15):  Winning games a team is supposed to lose makes it even harder to not lose the games a team is supposed to win.

19. Rams (7-8; No. 18):  With seven wins and the first pick in the draft, the Rams could win 11 games next year.  And still finish last in the division.

20. Jets (7-8; No. 21):   Rex Ryan deserves credit for coaxing seven wins out of a horrible roster.

21.  Bills (6-9; No. 22):  One of these years, the Bills will make it back to the playoffs.  We think.

22.  Giants (6-9; No. 25):  In any other division, the Giants would need major surgery to contend in 2014.  In the NFC East, they don’t need to do much to get back to the top.

23.  Lions (7-8; No. 20):  If the Lions couldn’t win the division this year, maybe they never will.

24. Titans (6-9; No. 24):  It’s fitting that Mike Munchak’s three-decade run with the Titans could end with a game against the team that plays in the city where Munchak got started.

25.  Jaguars (4-11; No. 22):  Find the right quarterback, and the Jaguars could find their way to contention.

26.  Vikings (4-10-1; No. 26):  Three years after the roof collapsed on the Metrodome, the curtain falls for a team that needs to get the hook.

27. Buccaneers (4-11; No. 27):  They’ve got a chance to get some company in their misery, if they can beat the Saints.

28.  Browns (4-11; No. 28):  Is it too late for Jimmy Haslam to get a refund?

29.  Falcons (4-11; No. 29):  At least the most recent last-second loss to the 49ers didn’t cost them a Super Bowl berth.

30.  Raiders (4-11; No. 30):  Dennis Allen isn’t setting Terrelle Pryor up to fail.  It will happen naturally.

31. Redskins (3-12; No. 31):  Plenty of cap space and a high first-round draft pick will help turn this mess around.  Oh.

32. Texans (2-13; No. 32):  At least their free agents won’t look as attractive to other teams this year.

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