Week 16: NFL Weekly Headlines

Week 16: NFL Weekly Headlines

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Just one week of games is left in the 2010-2011 NFL regular season, and three playoff spots are still left unfilled. Still in play for those remaining spots are the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks. While the resolution of the remaining playoff scenarios is sure to steal next week’s headlines, let’s take a look at some of the stories that grabbed attention this week.

Week 16 NFL Weekly Headlines - Singletary Out

Singletary Out

For the fourth time this season, a NFL head coach has been fired before completing the job. Joining Brad Childress, Wade Phillips and Josh McDaniels is San Francisco’s Mike Singletary, who was relieved of his duties when the 49ers were officially eliminated from playoff contention after a 25-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams.

It’s been a tumultuous year for the 9ers, who came into the season favored to win the NFC West and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Back in September, they fired offensive coordinate Jimmy Raye. In early December, secondary coach Johnnie Lynn resigned for personal reasons. Several players have left the team at different points in the season, including running back Glen Coffee who abruptly retired in August. To top it off, Singletary had one of the most unnecessary quarterback controversies in the NFL after replacing Troy Smith with Alex Smith after he had won three of five starts. That decision came to a head on Sunday, when Smith and Singletary were engaged in a sideline argument that apparently signaled the end of the Singletary Era in San Francisco.

Week 16 NFL Weekly Headlines: NFL Announces Pro Bowl Rosters

NFL Announces Pro Bowl Rosters

The NFL officially announced the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl rosters for the 2011 Pro Bowl, which will return to Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 30th. The Atlanta Falcons led the NFL with 7 selections, including Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Michael Turner. Tom Brady was a noteworthy pick from the Patriots, who had 6 players of their own make the AFC squad. The Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys each had 5 players selected.

Four rookies were selected to the big game, including Ndamukong Suh, Devin McCourty, Marc Mariani and Maurkice Pouncey. Far from a rookie is Ray Lewis, who was chosen to make his 12th trip. Making plenty of headlines lately is Michael Vick, who was selected to start for the NFC team. Other notable Pro Bowl names were Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers, Maurice Jones-Drew, Reggie Wayne, Drew Brees, Devin Hester, Greg Jennings, Calvin Johnson, and DeSean Jackson. The Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Bucs were the teams left without Pro Bowl representation. You can take a look at the full Pro Bowl rosters here.

Week 16 NFL Weekly Headlines - Panthers Unlucky?

Panthers Unlucky?

This week, the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos won their games, meaning the Carolina Panthers clinched the top pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. With the franchise in need of a game-changing quarterback, it seemed like a marriage between the Panthers and Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was inevitable in April. However, according to a report by SI’s Peter King, Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh doesn’t believe Luck will be making the jump. Of course, things could (and probably will) change before the Draft. Look for the NFL’s pending labor issues to have a big impact on whether or not Luck leaves Stanford.

Week 16 Scores:
Carolina Panthers – 3, Pittsburgh Steelers – 27
Dallas Cowboys – 26, Arizona Cardinals – 27
New England Patriots – 34, Buffalo Bills – 3
New York Jets – 34, Chicago Bears – 38
Baltimore Ravens – 20, Cleveland Browns – 10
Washington Redskins – 20, Jacksonville Jaguars – 17
Tennessee Titans – 14, Kansas City Chiefs – 34
Detroit Lions – 34, Miami Dolphins – 27
San Francisco 49ers – 17, St. Louis Rams – 25
San Diego Chargers – 20, Cincinnati Bengals – 34
Houston Texans – 23, Denver Broncos – 24
Indianapolis Colts – 31, Oakland Raiders – 26
New York Giants – 17, Green Bay Packers – 45
Seattle Seahawks – 15, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 38
New Orleans Saints – 17, Atlanta Falcons – 14
Minnesota Vikings – 24, Philadelphia Eagles – 14

NFL Power Rankings Top 10
1. New England Patriots – MVP.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers – Ben is tough. Mike Wallace is fast. Mike Tomlin is cool.
4. Baltimore Ravens – Somebody finally made Peyton Hillis look like the short yardage fullback he was supposed to be when Denver traded him. Where’s Boldin?
4. Atlanta Falcons – I’ve been reluctant to put them over New Orleans all season long. Then I finally do it, and that happens.
5. New Orleans Saints – Big win, but that just evens things up on the year. And the Falcons have Carolina next week, so…
6. Chicago Bears – Kicking to Hester = running with scissors.
7. Philadelphia Eagles – Who was that humanoid in the Vick jersey?
8. Kansas City Chiefs – If it weren’t for that mess going on with the NFC West, the Chiefs would be the least respected division champ by a longshot.
9. New York Jets – Rex was genuinely relieved in that press conference.
10. Indianapolis Colts – Scary thing is that Peyton can beat anybody in the NFL on a good day. What a first round draw the Colts would be.

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Week 15: NFL Weekly Headlines

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We’re at the point in the NFL season where the biggest headline grabbers are the playoff battles. Thus far, four teams have qualified for the postseason; the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears. Everything else is still up for grabs, including the top seeds in each division. While the top teams are all competing for a shot at the Lombardi Trophy, the seasons of the lower tier teams still make for interesting stories. Benchings, injuries and starting rookies steal the headlines for Week 15.

Week 15 NFL Weekly Headlines: McNabb Benched

McNabb Benched

Here we go again. with the end of a disappointing season near and a potential lengthy contract extension looming, Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan has decided to bench Donovan McNabb for the rest of the season in favor of Rex Grossman. While Shanahan is quick to say that the decision is entirely performance based, it seems more likely that he’s trying to make McNabb the scapegoat and cover up the fact that he is the offseason acquisition that hasn’t quite lived up to expectations. About the benching, McNabb said he felt disrespected by the way it was handled, but insists he wants to remain in D.C. That $80 million dollar contract extension probably has a lot to do with it.

Week 15 NFL Weekly Headlines: T.O. to the IR

T.O. to the IR

For the first time in his 15-year professional career, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens has been placed on the injured reserve list. The move came after it was revealed that Owens had suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee. After Monday’s surgery, T.O. finishes the season with 72 receptions for 983 yards, just 17 yards short of becoming the third receiver in NFL history with 10 or more 1,000 yard receiving seasons.

Owens declared that he expects to be back for a 16th season. However, with a major overhaul likely in Cincy this offseason, it most likely won’t be as a member of the Bengals. This past summer, there was only mutual interest between Owens and one team – the Bengals. With the numbers he put up during the first half of the season, it’ll be interesting to see if a contending team is willing to gamble on the veteran next season.

Week 15 NFL Weekly Headlines: The Tebow Era Begins

The Tebow Era Begins

In most cases, a rookie quarterback starting a Week 15 game in the NFL is no big deal. However, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow may be the exception. Only having taken minimal snaps this season, Tebow is still one of the most popular players in the NFL because of the connection he made with fans as a collegiate athlete. He even has the best selling jersey in the league. So with quarterback Kyle Orton sitting out this past Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders with injury, we finally got to see the fan favorite take the field as a starting quarterback.

Tebow’s first start in the NFL wasn’t incredible, but it also wasn’t terrible either. He was particularly impressive in the first quarter where he led the Broncos to two scoring drives. The first touchdown came on 3rd and 24, when Tebow ran 40 yards for the score. Denver took early lead when Tebow connected with wide receiver Brandon Lloyd for a highlight reel touchdown pass. Most of the highlights ended there though, as the Broncos netted nothing but field goals from that point on. On the day, Tebow completed a modest 8-of-16 passes for 138 yards. He also gained 78 yards on the ground with 8 carries. The verdict is still out on Tebow, but he did well enough to earn a second start. This Sunday, the Broncos will take on the Houston Texans, who field one of the worst pass defenses in football.

Week 15 Scores:
San Francisco 49ers – 7, San Diego Chargers – 34
Kansas City Chiefs – 27, St. Louis Rams – 13
Buffalo Bills – 17, Miami Dolphins – 14
Cleveland Browns – 17, Cincinnati Bengals – 19
Houston Texans – 17, Tennessee Titans – 31
Philadelphia Eagles – 38, New York Giants – 31
Detroit Lions – 23, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 20
New Orleans Saints – 24, Baltimore Ravens – 30
Arizona Cardinals – 12, Carolina Panthers – 19
Washington Redskins – 30, Dallas Cowboys – 33
Jacksonville Jaguars – 24, Indianapolis Colts – 34
Atlanta Falcons – 34, Seattle Seahawks – 18
New York Jets – 22, Pittsburgh Steelers – 17
Denver Broncos – 23, Oakland Raiders – 39
Green Bay Packers – 27, New England Patriots – 31
Chicago Bears – 40, Minnesota Vikings – 14

NFL Power Rankings Top 10
1. New England Patriots – Nice effort by the shorthanded Pack, but you can’t let a 300 pound lineman return it for 71 yards.
2. Atlanta Falcons – These guys haven’t walked off the field disappointed in two months.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers – Statistically, Pittsburgh was better in almost every phase of that game. However, their inability to protect Ben in becoming a problem.
4. Baltimore Ravens – Winning with offense. Just what we expect from the Ravens. I still want to know where Boldin is.
5. New Orleans Saints – No running game and the defense is the same. I don’t see a repeat in their future.
6. Chicago Bears – They both won, but it was hard for me to rank them below the Eagles after winning the Week 12 game.
7. Philadelphia Eagles – Did you see that post-game locker room celebration? Hahahahaha.
8. New York Jets – With the team’s recent struggles, that’s a quality win.
9. Kansas City Chiefs – Can’t help but to be nervous for the Chiefs. Feels like something bad is about to happen.
10. Indianapolis Colts – They’re somehow back in this thing.

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Week 14: NFL Weekly Headlines

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A lot of the NFL’s Week 14 Headlines surround the whirlwind season of the Minnesota Vikings. As you may have heard, Brett Favre’s ‘Ironman Streak’ came to an end when he chose to sit out Monday’s game against the New York Giants. He got an extra day to make that decision because the game that was originally schedule for Sunday was delayed due to the Metrodome roof collapsing. Also on the verge of collapsing are the New York Jets, who are dealing with extra distractions this week because one of their coaches thought tripping an opposing player would be a good idea. These are the stories making rounds from Week 14.

Week 14 NFL Weekly Headlines: Favre Sits

Favre Sits

For the first time since September 20, 1992, Brett Favre watched his teammates compete from the sidelines. After a banged up shoulder and numbness in his hand kept him out of Monday Night’s game between the Vikings and Giants, Brett Favre’s consecutive starts streak ended at 297 games. Favre looked on as the Vikings offense continued to struggle, generating just a field goal against the New York defense. About the streak ending, Favre said “Relief, in one sense. There wasn’t a whole lot of pressure on me today. It’s been a long time. I’d much rather be playing; that’s just my nature. I don’t want to say it was time, but it’s probably been long overdue. There’s probably been a lot of times the streak should have ended.”

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning now holds the active streak at 205 games. To pass Favre, he’d need to start every game for the next 5 1/2 years. During Favre’s streak, 238 other quarterbacks started NFL games, with 12 of them being a Favre backup at some point their career. In 2009, Favre surpassed Jim Marshall for most starts at any position when he played his 271st game against the Lions. In total, he’s made 301 appearances.

Favre’s status for the remainder of the season is unknown at the moment. The team did not move him to the Injured Reserve list this week, and quarterback Tavaris Jackson is doubtful this week with a turf toe injury. Will Favre get to air it out again before he calls it quits?

Week 14 NFL Weekly Headlines: Metrodome Roof Collapses

Metrodome Roof Collapses

As if the Vikings needed anymore drama in what has been an already tumultuous season, the roof of the Metrodome collapsed Sunday in the midst of a snowstorm that dropped 17 inches on Minneapolis. The collapse delayed the game until Monday night and caused the Vikings to move their “home” game to Detroit, where they were smacked around by the New York Giants. Nobody was injured in the incident. Officials have stated that the roof won’t be repaired in time for Monday’s match-up against the Chicago Bears, relocating that game to the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.

Week 14 NFL Weekly Headlines: Tripped Up

Tripped Up

New York Jets Strength and Conditioning Coach Sal Alosi has been suspended indefinitely after tripping Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll during a kickoff return in Sunday’s game. After further investigation, it also was discovered that Alosi actually instructs inactive players to line up and force players to run around them. The Jets organization also issued a $25,000 dollar fine to Alosi.

Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, and his staff are now setting out to review proper sideline protocol for players and coaches with every team in the league. A memorandum will be sent out as well. In a Monday conference call, Alosi called his actions “inexcusable and irresponsible.” He also refuted reports that players were instructed to stay up on the sideline. However, Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland said, “Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been instructed to line up behind the (white) line.” He added that Alosi told them to do so.

Week 14 Scores:
Indianapolis Colts – 30, Tennessee Titans – 28
Cleveland Browns – 6, Buffalo Bills – 13
Cincinnati Bengals – 7, Pittsburgh Steelers – 23
Oakland Raiders – 31, Jacksonville Jaguars – 38
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 17, Washington Redskins – 16
Atlanta Falcons – 31, Carolina Panthers – 10
Green Bay Packers – 3, Detroit Lions 7
St. Louis Rams – 13, New Orleans Saints – 31
Seattle Seahawks – 21, San Francisco 49ers – 40
New England Patriots – 36, Chicago Bears – 7
Denver Broncos – 13, Arizona Cardinals – 43
Kansas City Chiefs – 0, San Diego Chargers – 31
Miami Dolphins – 10, New York Jets – 6
Philadelphia Eagles – 30, Dallas Cowboys – 27
New York Giants – 21, Minnesota Vikings – 3
Baltimore Ravens – 34, Houston Texans – 28

NFL Power Rankings Top 10
1. New England Patriots – Offense is looking 2007-ish.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers – I’m going to mention Troy every week until he gives me a reason not to.
3. New Orleans Saints – Moment of truth time for the Saints. Ravens, Falcons and Bucs ahead.
4. Atlanta Falcons – I don’t know what to think when the Falcons don’t need a Matt Ryan rally to win.
5. Baltimore Ravens – Thin line between triumph and implosion.
6. Philadelphia Eagles – This.
7. Chicago Bears – That field and those conditions were an advantage against pretty much every other team in the league.
8. New York Giants – Jacobs and Bradshaw are what Barber and Dayne should have been.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Making their first appearance on the Power Rankings. Garrard for Pro Bowl!
10. Kansas City Chiefs – Had to pick somebody. We’ll chalk that one up to Cassel and see what happens.

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Week 13: NFL Weekly Headlines

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We’ve entered the ‘go hard or go home’ phase of the NFL season. Teams are now in a position to clinch playoff spots or be eliminated from competition altogether. One of the teams that has been eliminated from playoff contention are the Denver Broncos, thus bringing about change in the Mile High city. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen decided that he had enough of the Josh McDaniels era in Denver. Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan decided that he had enough of the Albert Haynesworth era in Washington. On a much more somber note, a Dallas Cowboys legend passed away this week. Catch up on the NFL stories you may have missed heading into Week 14 of play.

Week 13 NFL Weekly Headlines - Broncos Fire McDaniels

Broncos fire McDaniels

In last week’s headlines, Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels was on the hot seat. The pressure is off this week, as Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has relieved McDaniels of his coaching duties. After a 10-6 loss to the division rival Kansas City Chiefs over the weekend, Bowlen apparently had enough. Another hot rumor making the rounds is that he wasn’t pleased with the fact that McDaniels refused to give rookie quarterback Tim Tebow an increase in playing time in what is now a lost season.

A little over a week ago, Bowlen described McDaniels’ job as safe in an interview with AOL Fanhouse, but immediately changed his stance in a statement to Broncos fans shortly after. In the statement, Bowlen said that he would “monitor” the team’s progress and evaluate what was in the best interest of the franchise. What’s best for the franchise seems to be erasing the debacle that was Josh McDaniels coaching tenure. Running backs coach Eric Studesville was named the interim coach of the Broncos for the remainder of the season.

Week 13 NFL Weekly Headlines - Haynesworth Suspended

Haynesworth Suspended

After six months of hating each others guts, it appears that the Mike Shanahan and Albert Haynesworth saga has finally reached its boiling point. The 2-time Pro Bowler was suspended for the remainder of the season for what the Washington Redskins are calling “conduct detrimental to the team.” Haynesworth’s agent Chad Speck said that his client plans to appeal the suspension, adding that Haynesworth was never formally notified during the season that he was engaging in conduct that was detrimental to Washington.

Albert’s relationship with coach Mike Shanahan got off to a bad start this summer, when Haynesworth showed up to training camp out of shape. Throughout the season, the two have continued to clash. Shanahan claims Haynesworth takes plays off and likes to dictate when and when he won’t play. The Haynesworth camp denies those claims, refuting reports by saying that Shanahan is responsible for Albert being removed from plays. Shanahan adds that while he doesn’t believe he has a tainted personal relationship with Haynesworth, sitting out plays is unacceptable. The general feeling is that Haynesworth will not return to Washington next season and could return to Tennessee via trade.

Week 13 NFL Weekly Headlines - Rest In Peace Dandy Don

Rest In Peace Dandy Don

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and Monday Night Football announcer Don Meredith passed away this week. Meredith, a member of the Cowboys Ring of Honor, played for Dallas from 1960-1968. One of the first Cowboys to become a national star, Meredith led the team to three straight division titles and to consecutive NFL Championship games in 1966 and 1967, falling short both times to the eventual champion Green Bay Packers.

Proving that there is life after football, Meredith was one of the first players to make a successful transition from the field to the announcer’s booth. He, Keith Jackson and the legendary Howard Cosell formed the Monday Night Football team in 1971. Known as “Dandy Don” because of his cheerful personality, Meredith became famous for singing “Turn out the lights, the party’s over” towards the end of games when he got the feeling that they had been decided. A man that was described as a charmer by everybody who knew him, Meredith passed away at the age of 72.

Week 13 Scores:
Houston Texans – 24, Philadelphia Eagles – 34
Buffalo Bills – 14, Minnesota Vikings – 38
Cleveland Browns – 13, Miami Dolphins – 10
Jacksonville Jaguars – 17, Tennessee Titans – 6
Washington Redskins – 7, New York Giants – 31
San Francisco 49ers – 16, Green Bay Packers – 34
New Orleans Saints – 34, Cincinnati Bengals – 30
Chicago Bears – 24, Detroit Lions – 20
Denver Broncos – 6, Kansas City Chiefs – 10
Oakland Raiders – 28, San Diego Chargers – 13
Atlanta Falcons – 28, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 24
St. Louis Rams – 19, Arizona Cadinals – 6
Carolina Panthers – 14, Seattle Seahawks – 31
Dallas Cowboys – 38, Indianapolis Colts – 35
Pittsburgh Steelers – 13, Baltimore Ravens – 10
New York Jets – 3, New England Patriots – 45

NFL Power Rankings Top 10
1. New England Patriots – Woodhead confirms that I received some terrible advice when I was told that I was too short to be a pro.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers – Polamalu is to defense what Vick is to offense. Exciting.
3. New Orleans Saints – Can’t help but to think Atlanta is going to win that division. Remaining schedule is too favorable.
4. Atlanta Falcons – Weems was thinking celebration a little too early.
5. Baltimore Ravens – What can you say? That was Ravens/Steelers football.
6. New York Jets – Has to be a quiet week at practice.
7. Chicago Bears – To make up for his play in recent weeks, Cutler will close out the season with 15 picks.
8. Philadelphia Eagles – That’s why he’s a MVP candidate.
9. Green Bay Packers – There’s no way Donald Driver is 35.
10. Kansas City Chiefs – All of us waiting for that San Diego surge might want to accept that the ‘Chefs’ are on the verge of locking up the West.

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Week 12: NFL Weekly Headlines

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Another week of not-so-flattering headlines were all the buzz for the NFL in Week 12. The Denver Broncos find themselves tied up in a ‘Spygate’ fiasco and a head coaching hot seat. Blows were exchanged in Houston, but the punishment surprised us all. The San Francisco 49ers kept their playoff hopes alive, but lost their best player in the process. These are the stories that you need to know about heading into this weekend’s games.

Week 12: NFL Weekly Headlines: Josh McCANiels?
Josh McCANiels?
Throwing salt in the wound of a Denver Broncos team in the midst of another horrific season was the revelation of what has become known as “Spygate II.” The name refers to an incident in which Broncos videographer Steve Scarnecchia reportedly filmed a six-minute walk-through of the San Francisco 49ers when the teams played in London during Week 8. Though head coach Josh McDaniels was cleared of any involvement via NFL investigation, he was guilty of not reporting the situation immediately.

The league fined both the Broncos and McDaniels $50,000 a piece for violating league rules. Making the situation even more interesting is the fact that Scarnecchia and McDaniels were both on the staff of the Patriots team involved in the original “Spygate.” This may have been the final straw for McDaniels in Denver. Just hours after endorsing his coach, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen issued a letter to Broncos fans saying that he would “monitor” the situation in the team’s remaining 5 games.

Since arriving in Denver, McDaniels has made headlines by running off Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, trading Peyton Hillis for a 3rd string quarterback, reaching for Tim Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, having his name tied to a cheating scandal and going just 5-16 after his surprising and deceiving 6-0 start last season. It’s make or break time for the 34-year old.

Week 12: NFL Weekly Headlines - Texas Brawl
Texas Brawl
In Sunday’s game between the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans, a dispute between cornerback Cortland Finnegan and wide receiver Andre Johnson turned physical, when the two players exchanged punches mid-way through the 4th quarter. Finnegan and Johnson were involved in an altercation on a 2nd down play, but were separated by officials. On the ensuing play, things escalated when Finnegan lunged for Johnson’s face and the two locked up. After both players managed to remove each others helmets, Johnson landed a couple blows before they were separated and ejected from the game.

A stiff punishment was expected to be handed down for the fight. However, to the surprise of many, Commissioner Roger Goodell handed out the proverbial “slap on the wrist.” Each player was fined $25,000 and will not face any suspension time. Goodell’s decision ruffled many feathers, as he fined Steelers linebacker James Harrison $25,000 this week for a roughing the passer penalty. Do you think it’s fair that two players exchanged punches and received the same punishment as a man who made a hard hit in the flow of the game?

Week 12: NFL Weekly Headlines - Gore Out for Season
Gore Out for Season
Monday night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals was a bittersweet affair for the San Francisco 49ers. On one hand, they kept themselves afloat in the NFC West division race by blasting the Arizona Cardinals 27-6. However, the team will have to make that playoff push without their best player after losing Frank Gore for the rest of the season with a fractured hip. Gore finishes the season with 853 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns.

While news of Gore’s injury is certainly a setback for the 49ers, their backup options leave the fans with some hope. Stepping into the starting role now is veteran running back Brian Westbrook, who diced the Cardinals defense for 136 yards and a touchdown on Monday. Rookie Anthony Dixon is also capable of making big plays, accumulating 54 yards and a score against Arizona himself. With the division in reach, the 9ers will need this 1-2 punch to replicate that kind of production in the remaining 5 games.

Week 12 Scores:
New England Patriots – 45, Detroit Lions – 24
New Orleans Saints – 30, Dallas Cowboys – 27
Cincinnati Bengals – 10, New York Jets – 26
Jacksonville Jaguars – 20, New York Giants, 24
Pittsburgh Steelers – 19, Buffalo Bills – 16
Minnesota Vikings – 17, Washington Redskins – 13
Carolina Panthers – 23, Cleveland Browns – 24
Green Bay Packers – 17, Atlanta Falcons – 20
Tennessee Titans – 0, Houston Texans – 20
Kansas City Chiefs – 42, Seattle Seahawks – 24
Miami Dolphins – 33, Oakland Raiders – 17
Philadelphia Eagles – 26, Chicago Bears – 31
St. Louis Rams – 36, Denver Broncos – 33
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 10, Baltimore Ravens – 17
San Diego Chargers – 36, Indianapolis Colts – 14
San Francisco 49ers – 27, Arizona Cardinals – 6

NFL Power Rankings Top 10
1. New England Patriots – Deion Branch is STILL juking Alphonso Smith.
2. New York Jets – There is no Fountain of Youth on Revis Island.
3. Baltimore Ravens – They’re winning…but where in the world is Anquan Boldin?
4. Pittsburgh Steelers – Did you see Steve Johnson blame God on Twitter?
5. New Orleans Saints – Does Roy Williams have Twitter?
6. Atlanta Falcons – The Saints are probably thinking “Any day now!”
7. Indianapolis Colts – They’re losing and it’s Peyton’s fault. I’ve been waiting to say that for years.
8. Chicago Bears – Julius Peppers reminded everybody that he is a freak athlete.
9. Philadelphia Eagles – Michael Vick is human after all.
10. Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers needs a run game ASAP.

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