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NFL Power Rankings Week 2: A New Number 1

Week 2 in the 2014 NFL season is in the books. Some fans are happy at 2-0, others have mixed feelings at 1-1 and others are still hoping for that first victory. That's the obvious statement of the day. Just doing my best Phil Simms impression.The sample size has doubled, but it is still very, very small. Even still, the power rankings are here.Football Nation would like to remind...
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Could The 2014 SEC West Be The Greatest In College Football Ever?

Week three of the college football season is complete and with that brings us something we have rarely ever seen before in the history of college football. Sunday, the latest AP Poll was released and as expected it was flooded with SEC teams.The AP Poll for week three has not one, not two, not three, not four, but five SEC teams in the top ten and the craziest part of it is that...
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Eli Manning's Career in Jeopardy as a New York Giant?

This 0-2 start by the New York Giants comes to no surprise, as many experts predicted they will be a total mess this year. There’s a lot of blame to go around, but in fans eyes they look at the quarterback of the franchise and that’s Eli Manning.Eli Manning has been a shell of himself for the past two years, and he just seems like he’s in the decline at 33 years of age. His...
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Predicting the College Football Playoff Final Four After Week 3

Week three of the 2014 college football season is in the books and it’s time to take a look at our weekly top four. Each week I will take a look at the latest updated edition of who we believe will and should be the four teams in the first annual College Football Playoff.Early on in the season, like we are currently in, this will be a rough draft of sorts, but it’s all in fun...
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NFL 2014: Five Rookie Surprises So Far This Season

There were 256 players drafted in the 2014 NFL draft and numerous undrafted free agent rookies that were signed to teams.  Picking only five standouts through two weeks is a difficult task, but here is the list of the five rookie surprises so far this season. Allen Hurns Position: Wide ReceiverTeam:  Jacksonville JaguarsDraft Pick: Undrafted2014 Surprising Stat: 6 Receptions for...
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NFL Awards Week 2 (Everybody Hurts Edition)

Hello and welcome to week 2 of the NFL awards, the flashing beacon of hope (we hope) in the increasingly long NFL night.This week, the Cowboys and Texans do something they haven't done in over a calendar year, the Eagles make some NFL history, another bad break for RG3, the Bears crash the party in Santa Clara and we have to set the NFL straight.,,AGAIN...And many NFL players...
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Chicago at San Francisco: 3 Things We Learned

All week long, the black cloud of doubt lingered over the Chicago Bears team in wake of their 23-20 loss in overtime in Week 1.  To make matters worse, both key receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery were questionable as to whether they would be playing against the highly-favored San Francisco 49ers.  But if you are a true Bears fan, you would know that the Chicago Bears...
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What Happened to the PAC-12 South Division?

The first year of the newly formed PAC-12 conference, commissioner Larry Scott unfortunately witnessed a worst-case scenario for its marquee game: the PAC-12 championship. A national TV audience was treated to mediocre at best UCLA squad going up against perennial juggernaut Oregon. Right on cue, the Ducks jumped out to a 21-7 lead after one quarter, and the rout was on.The game...
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Pittsburgh Steelers: 2014 Official Team Overview and Prediction

Key Players Returning:QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le'Veon Bell, WR/PR Antonio Brown, WR/KR Markus Wheaton, TE Heath Miller, C Mike Pouncey, OG David DeCastro, OG Ramon Foster, OT Kelvin Beachum, OT Marcus Gilbert, DE Cameron Heyward, DE Brett Keisel, NT Steve McLendon, LB Lawrence Timmons, LB Jason Worilds, CB Cortez Allen, CB William Gay, CB Ike Taylor, SS Troy Polamalu and K...
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A Tale of Two Halves: Chicago Bears Stifle San Francisco 49ers

For the past six days even the casual sports fan could have reasonably assumed that the sky was indeed falling in Chicago.  After inexplicably losing 23-20 to the now 2-0 Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field last Sunday, the bewildered Bears took their disappointing 0-1 record into the 49er’s brand new Levi’s Stadium.Almost everyone on earth expected pre-season Super Bowl contender...
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Adrian Peterson Says 'Sorry' Just Once In 7 Paragraph Statement

The first thing a child abuser in denial says is, "I am not an abuser."That is exactly what Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson said today in a released statement.Perhaps he isn't an abuser, there is nothing yet to say he is. But what he did do was abuse.Peterson was indicted in Texas last week for reckless or negligent injury to a child after hitting his...
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New York Jets vs. Green Bay Packers: 3 Things We Learned

The New York Jets went into Lambeu Field and didn't embarass themselves.  They in fact actuallly showed they belonged on the same field, at least for four quarters and 13 odd minutes.  But then once again it became a hazy unimaginable ending.  Well, not unimaginable if you reside in that gang green haze.  In that haze anything is possible.  And it usually does.  And so...
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NFL Monday Memes: Week 2 in Sarcastic Pictures

As fans, we often take the NFL at face value. The coach speak during press conferences, the dry player interviews where nothing insightful gets said. Let's not even mention the hours of pregame coverage on four different major networks every Sunday morning. After awhile, it gets hard to parse through the valuable information and insights while we are deluged by the typical drivel...
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Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers: Postgame Grades For Chicago

The Chicago Bears opened their 2014 season with a disappointing overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills. And based on that performance, not many picked them to win in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers, including all of the local columnists.But despite the absence of two offensive linemen along with the injuries to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, the Bears surprised everyone...
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Adrian Peterson is Not Charles Manson - Stop Acting Like He Is!

I'll preface this by saying I have no feelings one way or the other toward Adrian Peterson or the Minnesota Vikings organization. About all I know of him is he's a fantastic NFL running back who I find very entertaining on a football field. I also know he's not some arrogant big mouth who attempts to draw to attention to himself, thereby placing said self above his team...
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Week 2 Review: Panthers/Lions - Don't Believe Everything You Read

Don't do it.I can see it in your eyes. You have that look. You want to sigh and say "Well, the Panthers are so good. We just lost to a better opponent.National commentators are helping, stating that Cam Newton has returned to his old form and the Lions have too. They never really had a chance. That is a cheap and pathetic excuse to hide the truth. The Lions could have won...
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Week 2 Fantasy Football Injury Recap: Sunday Bloody Sunday

Not sure if there was ever a weekend, hell ever a 15 minute period, where we saw so many injuries to significant offensive players like we did in Week 2. Robert Griffin, AJ Green, Knowshon Moreno, and DeSean Jackson all went down with injuries within 15 minutes of each other. Most of their injuries all happened in the 1st quarter. It was like dominoes and the worst part is, the injury...
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Redskins Now with Kirk Cousins, Become Contenders in the NFC

Sunday afternoon, the Redskins defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 41-10. The Redskins dominated the game in all three stages of the game. The Washington defense tied a franchise record with ten sacks, special teams play was great and the offense was the best it’s been in years.The big headline of the game was who led that offensive explosion and no it wasn’t Robert Griffin 3....
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3 Teams That Had The Most Costly Losses In The NFL On Sunday

This past Sunday was one of many twists and turns in the NFL. There were a number of significant injuries to players like Robert Griffin, A.J. Green and Jamaal Charles. Along with the countless injuries, were some teams that put themselves in a huge hole to start the 2014 season.  Three teams in particular really caught my attention with losses that could be costly come seasons...
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FN's MMH: Off the Field Issues Overshadow Great Week 2

Football Nation proudly presents its 14th episode in season three of "Monday Morning Huddle" with host Dave Holcomb. Week 2 saw some exciting action on the field, but it was mostly overshadowed by the off the field issues that contributed to what Holcomb calls "the week from hell." The show starts with its normal breakdown of the Sunday night game, but in the...
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New England 30 Minnesota 7: Three Things We Learned

The Minnesota Vikings played a beautiful game against the Rams in Week One. Unfortunately, they came back down to reality versus the Patriots, as they were missing the services of Adrian Peterson who was deactivated based off his arrest for child abuse last week. Meanwhile, New England got back on track after a surprising loss to the Dolphins last week.Here are 3 things we learned...
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Five QBs who should be benched

We are two weeks into the 2014 season and some teams need to make a change at the quarterback position.Robert Griffin III's injury will allow the Redskins to do what they probably should have done before the season began, start Kirk Cousins. We may have seen RGIII play his last snap for the Washington Redskins.But on to the quarterbacks who currently are the starting quarterbacks...
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Does RG3 Injury Give Redskins Excuse to Start Kirk Cousins?

Ever since 2012, there has been a quarterback controversy in Washington between Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. The Redskins, as they should have, stuck with Griffin. Being an extremely athletic and talented quarterback out of Baylor, Washington picked Griffin 2nd overall in 2012 only following Andrew Luck, in hopes to make him their franchise quarterback. Griffin's short...
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Chargers Shock Seahawks: Three Things We Learned

Just a little warning for you, my new dear readers: I am a die-hard Chargers' fan so this article is going to be heavily skewed in that direction. That being said...With a whopping 42:15 time of possession, San Diego beat the defending Super Bowl Champions 30-21; even after spotting Seattle seven points on a WR Percy Harvin non-touchdown that the officiating command central crew...
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