Not that many teams are out of the playoff chase, given NFL history.
Yeah, the Buccaneers and Jaguars should be happy to finally be in the
win column, and playing in January is a pipe dream for them. Atlanta,
Houston and Minnesota with their two wins apiece can forget about the
Otherwise, keep the faith.
Last season at this time, the Redskins were 3-6, as they are now. They
beat the Eagles, the first of seven straight victories to close the
season, earning Washington the NFC East crown. Do that again in the
muddled division and the Redskins likely will have run away with the
A year ago, Cincinnati was 4-5. It surged to 10-6 and earned a
Not just in 2012 were such comebacks occurring. Two of the most
impressive ones were in 1996 and 2009.
In '96, the Jaguars, in their second season of life, went from 3-6 to
9-7, then got to the AFC championship game, losing to New England. And
in '09, the Jets soared from 4-5 to a wild-card, then got to the
conference title match, losing to Indianapolis.
Perhaps most memorable, along with Washington's run last year, was San
Diego winning its final seven games after a 4-5 start in 1992.
DIVISIONAL SHAKEUP — Only one team that won its division in
2012 is on top through Week 10 this season: the Patriots. New England
is 7-2 and has a two-game lead on the Jets in the AFC East.
Otherwise, it's been topsy-turvy, nowhere more so than in the AFC West,
where Kansas City (9-0) is the league's only unbeaten team. The Chiefs
went 2-14 last season and wound up with the top pick in the draft.
Denver led the division a year ago and is right behind KC at 8-1, with
the Broncos hosting the Chiefs on Sunday night.
Baltimore, the eventual Super Bowl winner, led the AFC North a year
ago. Now, it's Cincinnati (6-4). Houston was on top in the AFC South,
but Indianapolis (6-3) owns first place now.
Seattle (9-1) leads the NFC West, ahead of San Francisco (6-3), last
season's division leader. Detroit is in front in the NFC North at 6-3;
Green Bay led in 2012. New Orleans (7-2) sets the pace in the NFC
South, where Atlanta was on top a year ago. And Dallas is tied with
Philadelphia at 5-5 atop the NFC East, where Washington was the winner
GREEN-TRIPLE DIGITS: A.J. Green has 100 yards receiving in
each of his last five games, a Bengals record. He has six 100-yard
games this season, another club record.
When the Bengals took him with the fourth overall pick in 2011, they
thought he was good enough to set some records. He's doing it in only
his third season.
"He's got a lot more in him," coach Marvin Lewis said. "We need him to
keep playing better and better and better and better.
"He's got to play great. We've got to keep pushing him to play great."
After 10 games, Green leads the NFL with 1,013 yards receiving and is
second with 65 catches. His record-setting stretch of 100-yard games
gets tested on Sunday against the Browns, who limited him to seven
catches for 51 yards.
"I'm not worried about that," Green said. "Maybe after the season is
over I can reflect better."
He caught a tipped desperation pass in the end zone last Sunday in
Baltimore, sending the game to overtime where the Bengals lost 20-17.
Whenever Cincinnati needs a big play, Green seems to be able to pull it
"He makes the unconventional type of play so often," Lewis said.
NICKTOONS FOR EVERYONE: The Emmy-nominated animated series
"NFL Rush Zone: Season Of The Guardians" will now be available to
football fans of every age on DVD.
The show, based on the tales of four heroes, the Guardians, who fight
evil and protect the "Megacore" of each NFL team, has been a TV staple
for kids for the last year. The DVDs will provide more than two hours
Each episode features past and present NFL players and coaches voicing
their animated personas, including Drew Brees, Rob Gronkowski, Greg Jennings, Calvin Johnson, Rex Ryan, and DeMarcus Ware. The NFL stars
and Guardians work together to ward off villains "Wild Card" and "Drop
DEACON JONES' LEGACY: Artifacts and memorabilia from the
collection of Pro Football Hall of Famer Deacon Jones is being
Jones, who died in June at age 74, is considered one of football's
greatest and most intimidating players. He coined the term sack and was
the leader of the Los Angeles Rams' Fearsome Foursome defensive line.
Among the items being auctioned: Jones' 1980 Hall of Fame ring; a
1966-67 Rams defensive playbook with strategies designed by Hall of
Fame coach George Allen; and his 1968 and 1969 team MVP trophies.
There's a total of 24 artifacts from the Deacon Jones collection
registered for the auction, which continues through Dec. 9 — what would
have been his 75th birthday.
A portion of the proceeds are earmarked for the Deacon Jones
Foundation, which assists inner-city communities and develops future
Items are available at http://auction.steinersports.com