NFL RUSH

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston is voted the 26th-best player in the NFL!
Did you see Tony Romo make a left-handed pass, the 64-yard touchdown by J.J. Nelson or Eric Decker with his amazing juggling catch?

What play surprised you most?
NFL Media's Willie McGinest and Eric Davis discuss whether the Kansas City Chiefs made the right decision signing Justin Houston to a huge contract extension.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport explains how Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston was able to cash in on his new contract.
In advance of Wednesday's deadline, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston agrees to terms on a 6-year contract with the team.
den1960 just scored 47,800 points in Blitz Bots Barrage!

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston is voted the 27th-best player in the NFL by his peers on the "Top 100 Players of 2015."

Catch the entire countdown of the NFL's Top 100 Players in 2015.

Poll: Who was the Chiefs MVP?

In other words, who is the chief Chief, chief?

The Kansas City Chiefs are a team on the rise, finishing last year with a 9-7 record (which included a rout of the eventual Super Bowl Champions Patriots).

Who was their top player?

Jamaal Charles, RB - Despite missing some playing time, Charles rushed for 1,099 yards and scored 14 TDs. He continues to be the engine that drives the Chiefs offensive machine.

Justin Houston, LB - Houston, we have sack-off. Justin racked up 22 sacks last year and forced four fumbles on his way to the Pro Bowl.

Alex Smith, QB - Steady solid Alex Smith simply leads the Chiefs to wins.

Chief Fanatics - What? I can't hear you. Huh? The fans at Arrowhead Stadium generate such a roar that opposing teams have to use sign language to communicate.

Poll: Which free agent will make the biggest impact?

Monday, March 16th - 10:15 AM

Free Agents Changing Teams

  • Reggie Bush will be taking his talents to the 49ers.
  • Michael Johnson has signed with the Bengals.
  • Brandon Browner is the newest member of the Saints.
  • Perrish Cox is now a member of the Titans.
  • The Ravens have signed Kendrick Lewis.
  • Rahim Moore will help bolster the Broncos secondary.
  • The Rams add another playmaker to their defense with the singing of Akeem Ayers.

Free Agents Re-Singing with Their Teams

  • Kenny Britt is staying with the Rams.
  • Alan Branch will try to get another ring with the Patriots.
  • Ron Parker will remain with the Chiefs.

Friday, March 13th - 6:11 PM

Trade!

  • The Dolphins have made another big move by sending Mike Wallace and their 7th pick to the Vikings in exchange for their 5th pick. This has to make Teddy Bridgewater a very happy camper.

Free Agents Changing Teams

  • Percy Harvin signs with the Bills making them his third team in two seasons.
  • The Steelers have added DeAngelo Williams to their roster.
  • Antonio Cromartie is headed back to the Jets and will be reunited with Darrelle Revis.
  • Christian Ponder has signed with the Raiders.
  • The Chargers have added depth to their secondary by signing Jimmy Wilson.

Friday, March 13th - 12:10 PM

Trade!

  • The Saints continue their wheeling and dealing by sending Kenny Stills to the Dolphins in exchange for Dannell Ellerbe and Miami's third round pick in this years draft.

Free Agents Changing Teams

  • The Saints stay busy by adding C.J. Spiller to their roster.
  • Nick Fairley has signed with the Rams.
  • Darren McFadden will look to fill DeMarco Murray's role with the Cowboys.
  • The Patriots have added Scott Chandler.
  • The Titans nab a pair of defensive studs by re-signing Derrick Morgan and signing Brian Orakpo.
  • Chris Culliver and Terrance Knighton are the newest members of the Redskins.
  • Jordan Cameron will be catching passes from Ryan Tannehill as he signs with the Dolphins.

Thursday, March 12th - 1:25 PM

Another Chip Falls into Play for the Eagles

  • One week after trading away one Pro Bowl player, LeSean McCoy, the Eagles announced today that they have signed Pro Bowler DeMarco Murray.

Trade

  • The Saints have sent two-time Pro Bowler Ben Grubbs to the Chiefs.

Free Agents Changing Teams

  • The Buccaneers have bolstered their defense by signing the trio of Henry Melton, Chris Conte, and Bruce Carter.
  • Antrel Rolle will be patrolling the Bears secondary next season.
  • The Raiders stay busy reinforcing their defense by adding Nate Allen.

Jabaal Sheard has joined the Super Bowl champion Patriots.

Free Agents Re-Signing with Teams

  • Justin Forsett will continue carrying the rock for the Ravens.
  • Danny Amendola has re-signed with the Patriots.
  • Willie Colon will be back for the Jets.

Wednesday, March 11th - 1:45 PM

He's Baaack!

  • Darrelle Revis is heading back home to play for the Jets!

Free Agents Changing Teams

  • Andre Johnson will now be galloping for the Colts.
  • Ryan Mathews has signed to run the ball for the Eagles.
  • Cory Redding and Sean Weatherspoon have joined the Cardinals.
  • Brian Hoyer is the newest member of the Texans.
  • Pernell McPhee is joining the Bears.
  • The Raiders have added a pair of defenders: Dan Williams and Curtis Lofton.
  • Eddie Royal has joined the Bears.
  • Stephen Paea has signed with the Redskins.
  • Rodney Hudson and Walter Thurmond are now members of Raiders nation.
  • Shawn Hill will be backing up Teddy Bridgewater on the Vikings.

Free Agents Re-Signing With Teams

  • Mark Sanchez has decided to stay with the Eagles.
  • Lance Kendricks has resigned with the Rams.
  • Clint Boling will be sticking around to protect Andy Dalton on the Bengals.
  • Virgil Green will remain a Bronco for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday, March 10th - 6:45 PM

The first day of the free agent signing period came to a close with a bunch of new deals.

Free Agents Changing Teams

  • The Giants added another weapon to their offense with the signing of Shane Vereen.
  • A.J. Hawk, who attended Ohio State, is headed to the Bengals.
  • Trent Cole will be joining Frank Gore on the Colts.
  • Philip Rivers will be happy to know that Orlando Franklin is leaving the Broncos to join the Chargers.
  • Former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith will be a Raider next season.
  • The Broncos will look to replace Julius Thomas with former Raven Owen Daniels.
  • Cary Williams is leaving the Eagles for the Legion of Boom in Seattle.
  • Darnell Dockett is the newest member of the 49ers.
  • Former Browns Buster Skrine is signing with Jets.
  • The Falcons nabbed a pair of LBs by signing from Texans Brooks Reed and former Cowboys Justin Durant.

Tuesday 3/10 - 1:00 PM ET

Fasten your seat belts and grab your popcorn, the NFL free agent signing period just kicked off with a wild flurry of moves!

Trades

Jimmy Graham Traded to the Seahawks!

  • Look out NFC West! The New Orleans Saints have sent Pro Bowler Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks in exchange for Max Unger and a 4th round pick.

Lions Add Ngata

  • The Ravens announced that they have traded defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to the Lions. Baltimore will receive fourth and fifth-round draft picks in return.

Rams & Eagles Swap QBs!

  • The Rams are trading Sam Bradford to the Eagles for Nick Foles.

Free Agents Changing Teams

  • That's one big fish! Ndamukong Suh has agreed to play for the Dolphins.
  • Mike Iupati, the top guard in free agency, is headed to the Cardinals.
  • Byron Maxwell is leaving the Seahawks to become the Eagles top cornerback.
  • Jeremy Maclin is going to the Chiefs to become the deep threat they were lacking last year.
  • Look out for the Jaguars! They have announced the signing of Julius Thomas, Jared Odrick, Davon House, and Jermey Parnell.
  • Torrey Smith is headed to the 49ers to catch TDs from Colin Kapernick.
  • After initially considering the Eagles, Frank Gore is headed to the Colts.

Free Agents Re-Signing With Teams

The following players are staying with their teams, choosing to re-sign and not test the market.

  • Mark Ingram, RB - New Orleans Saints.
  • Devin McCourty, S - New England Patriots
  • Randall Cobb, WR - Green Bay Packers
  • Jerry Hughes, LB - Buffalo Bills
  • Brandon Graham, LB - Philadelphia Eagles
  • Kareem Jackson, DB - Houston Texans
  • Brandon Flowers, DB - San Diego Chargers.

It's going to be crazy!

Lucky for you, we've got this handy-dandy NFL RUSH Free Agent Tracker for you. We will update it daily with all of the free agent action, so check back often.

We've listed our top 10 offensive and defensive free agents below. Tell us in comments who you want for your team!

Top 10 Offensive
Free Agents

Top 10 Defensive
Free Agents

1. DeMarco Murray

2. Julius Thomas

3. Jeremy Maclin

4. Justin Forsett

5. C.J. Spiller

6. Ryan Matthews

7. Torrey Smith

8. Andre Johnson

9. Mike Iupati

10. Shane Vareen

1. Ndamukong Suh

2. Darrelle Revis

3. Byron Maxwell

4. Justin Houston

5. Devin McCourty

6. Terrance Knighton

7. Jerry Hughes

8. Jared Odrick

9. Jason Worilds

10. Nick Fairley

Be sure to tune into the NFL Network to catch all of the action!

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport the Kansas City Chiefs have placed the franchise tag on the linebacker Justin Houston.
Poll: NFL Pro Bowl Triva

The stars will be out in full force on Sunday and we have put together a viewer guide to make sure you don't miss any of the fun stuff.

And take it from us, there is a LOT of stuff going on!

Don't miss the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl this Sunday at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN.

1. Odell Beckham Jr.
It's rare for the rookie WR to make a Pro Bowl roster. But how many AMAZING catches did Odell Beckham Jr. make this season? We expect him to put on a show.

2. Team Irvin - Sack Attack
Team Irvin is full of players who can bring the heat such as Cameron Wake, Robert Quinn, DeMarcus Ware, Von Miller, and Clay Matthews. Look for the Team Carter QBs to be flushed from the pocket often.

3. Andrew Luck - Offensive MVP
Fresh off the tough loss to the Patriots, look for Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck to light up the scoreboard walk away with the MVP trophy.

4. Points, Points Points.
Everyone knows that the Pro Bowl is all about the offenses. With the collection of talent this year, we're thinking that we'll see over 100 points scored between the two squads.

5. Justin Houston - Defensive MVP
Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston might be the best player in the NFL that no one talks about. Keep you eyes on him when he's on the field, you'll be blown away by his talent.

Did you watch the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl draft last night?

Captains Michael Irvin and Cris Carter picked some super-duper squads. Check out the highlights here.

Which of the two squads do you think will win?

The 2015 NFL Pro Bowl kicks-off this Sunday at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN.

Team Carter Team Irvin
QB
Andrew Luck, Drew Brees, Andy Dalton Tony Romo, Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford
RB
Jamaal Charles, Justin Forsett, Alfred Morris, John Kuhn C.J. Anderson, Mark Ingram, DeMarco Murray, Marcel Reece
WR
A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton, Jordy Nelson, Antonio Brown Odell Beckham Jr., Golden Tate, Emmanuel Sanders, Randall Cobb
TE
Martellus Bennett, Greg Olsen Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten
OT
Joe Staley, Duane Brown, Ryan Clady Joe Thomas, Tyron Smith, Trent Wiliams
G
Evan Mathis, Mike Pouncey, Josh Sitton Kyle Long, Zach Martin, Marshall Yanda
DE
J.J. Watt, Mario Williams, Calais Campbell Robert Quinn, Cameron Wake, DeMarcus Ware
DT
Marcell Dareus, Dontari Poe, Kyle Williams Geno Atkins, Aaron Donald, Sheldon Richardson
OLB
Justin Houston, Connor Barwin, Tamba Hali Elvis Dumervil Clay Matthews, Von Miller
ILB
C.J. Mosley, Lawrence Timmons Luke Kuechly, D'Qwell Jackson
CB
Patrick Peterson, Aqib Talib, Antonio Cromartie, Sam Shields Vontae Davis, Brent Grimes, Joe Haden, Chris Harris Jr.
S
Antoine Bethea, Glover Quin, Donte Whitner Eric Weddle, Mike Adams, T.J. Ward
P
Pat McAfee Kevin Huber
PK
Cody Parkey Adam Vinatieri
RS
Devin Hester Darren Sproles
ST
Justin Bethel Darrell Stuckey
LS
Jon Dorenbos L.P. Ladouceur
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston had four sacks in Week 17's game against the San Diego Chargers. Houston set a new franchise record with 22 sacks on the season.
Poll: Which player are you most surprise didn't make the Pro Bowl?

The 2015 NFL Pro Bowl players have been announced.

But what team are they on?

Remember, the Pro Bowl teams are now chosen via draft! The Pro Bowl Draft airs on Wednesday, January 21 on NFL Network (8:00 PM ET). Pro Football Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin are this year's alumni team captains and they will take turns drafting player to their teams.

QUARTERBACKS:
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

RUNNING BACKS
Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Demarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

FULLBACKS
John Kuhn, Green Bay Packers
Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders

WIDE RECIEVERS
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
T.Y. Hilton of Indianapolis Colts
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

TIGHT ENDS
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots
Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
Ryan Clady, Denver Broncos
Jahri Evans, New Orleans Saints
Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys
Mike Iupati, San Francisco 49ers
Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles
Kyle Long, Chicago Bears
Nick Mangold, New York Jets
Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Peters, Philadelphia Eagles
Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Steelers
Josh Sitton, Green Bay Packers
Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys
Joe Staley, San Francisco 49ers
Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns
Trent Williams, Washington Redskins
Marshal Yanda, Baltimore Ravens

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals
Marcell Dareus, Buffalo Bills
Aaron Donald, St. Louis Rams
Gerald Mc Coy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dontari Poe, KLansas City Chiefs
Robert Quinn, St. Louis Rams
Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions
Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins
Marcus Ware, Denver Broncos
J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
Mario Williams, Buffalo Bills
Kyle Williams, Buffalo Bills

LINEBACKERS
Connor Barwin, Philadelphia Eagles
Elvis Dumervil, Denver Broncos
Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs
Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs
Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
Von Miller, Denver Broncos
C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens
Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks

DEFENSIVE BACKS
Kam Chancellor, Seattle Seahawks
Vontae Davis, Indianapolis Colts
Tashaun Gipson, Cleveland Browns
Brent Grimes, Miami Dolphins
Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns
Chris Harris, Denver Broncos
Glover Quin, Detroit Lions
Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals
Darrelle Revis, New England Patriots
Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks
Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos
T.J. Ward, Denver Broncos
Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers

SPECIAL TEAMS
Justin Bethel of Arizona Cardinals
Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
Devin Hester, Atlanta Falcons
Kevin Huber, Cincinnati Bengals
Pat McAfee, Indianapolis Colts
Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles
Matthew Slater, New England Patriots
Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts

Catch the 2015 Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 25, 2015 on ESPN at 8:00 PM ET.

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston provided constant pressure in 2014 with 18 sacks.
Poll: Will the Kansas City Chiefs Win Super Bowl XLIX?

There's just no pleasing some of you.

In our ongoing quest to predict the winner of this year's Super Bowl, we have offered the bold suggestions of the Lions, Eagles and Colts...only to see numerous comments about how wrong we are.

You made some good points, and we looked at it again. Now we are quite confident that the Kansas Chiefs will win Super Bowl XLIX.

Why? First of all, the Chiefs are angry about blowing a 38-10 lead in last year's AFC Wild Card game.

Second, the Chiefs are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. RB Jamaal Charles is one of the most dynamic players in the league and QB Alex Smith is a smart and efficient game general who is perfectly capable of leading the Chiefs all the way.

Their defense is down right scary and chock full of playmakers such as DB Eric Berry, NT Dontari Poe and a trio of stud linebackers: Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and prized rookie Dee Ford.

Add all that up and you know what you get? Super Bowl Champs!

Poll. Which is the better NFL Pro Bowl Squad?

The first ever fantasy-style draft was held to determine the rosters of the two teams playing in this year's NFL Pro Bowl game.   NFL legends Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders served as the captains and took turns choosing players for each squad.

 

Fantasy-licious!

 

Take a look at the two teams below and let us know which team you think has the best chance of winning on Sunday.

 

TEAM RICE TEAM SANDERS  

QB Drew Brees, Saints

QB Philip Rivers, Chargers

QB Alex Smith, Chiefs

WR Josh Gordon, Browns

WR Alshon Jeffery, Bears

WR Brandon Marshall, Bears

WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

TE Jimmy Graham, Saints

TE Tony Gonzalez, Falcons

RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles

RB DeMarco Murray, Cowboys

RB Matt Forte, Bears

FB Mike Tolbert, Panthers

T Joe Thomas, Browns

T Tyron Smith, Cowboys

T Jordan Gross, Panthers

G Jahri Evans, Saints

G Ben Grubbs, Saints

G Evan Mathis, Eagles

C Ryan Kalil, Panthers

C Nick Mangold, Jets 

DE Robert Quinn, Rams

DE Cameron Jordan, Saints

DE Cameron Wake, Dolphins

DT Jason Hatcher, Cowboys

DT Marcell Dareus, Bills

DT Kyle Williams, Bills

OLB Justin Houston, Chiefs

OLB Robert Mathis, Colts

OLB John Abraham, Cardinals

ILB Vontaze Burfict, Bengals

ILB Derrick Johnson, Chiefs

CB Joe Haden, Browns

CB Brandon Flowers, Chiefs

CB Antonio Cromartie, Jets

CB Alterraun Verner, Titans

S Eric Reid, 49ers

S Jairus Byrd, Bills

S Antrel Rolle, Giants 

ST Justin Bethel, Cardinals

PR Dexter McCluster, Chiefs

K Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots

P Johnny Hekker, Rams

LS Matt Overton, Colts

QB Andrew Luck, Colts

QB Cam Newton, Panthers

QB Nick Foles, Eagles

WR A.J. Green, Bengals

WR Dez Bryant, Cowboys

WR Antonio Brown, Steelers

WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles

TE Jason Witten, Cowboys

RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs

RB Eddie Lacy, Packers

FB Marcel Reece, Raiders

T Trent Williams, Redskins

T Duane Brown, Texans

T Branden Albert, Chiefs

G Marshal Yanda, Ravens

G Logan Mankins, Patriots

G Kyle Long, Bears

C Mike Pouncey, Dolphins

C Alex Mack, Browns

DE J.J. Watt, Texans

DE Greg Hardy, Panthers

DE Mario Williams, Bills

DT Ndamukong Suh, Lions

DT Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers

DT Dontari Poe, Chiefs

OLB Brian Orakpo, Redskins

OLB Tamba Hali, Chiefs

OLB Terrell Suggs, Ravens

ILB Luke Kuechly, Panthers

ILB Paul Posluszny, Jaguars

CB Patrick Peterson, Cardinals

CB Darrelle Revis, Buccaneers

CB Brent Grimes, Dolphins

CB Tim Jennings, Bears

S Eric Berry, Chiefs

S Eric Weddle, Chiefs

S T.J. Ward, Browns

ST Matthew Slater, Patriots

PR Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings

K Justin Tucker, Ravens

P Brandon Fields, Dolphins

LS J.J. Jansen, Panthers

 

 

 

Don’t miss the  NFL Pro Bowl this Sunday at 7:30PM ET on NBC.

 

  The NFL season has been nothing short of extraordinary so far. We have seen a team with just two wins last year come back and become a playoff contender, several almost record setting performances, and huge upsets. In just a blink of an eye, ten weeks of the season have passed! The playoffs aren't even close to being set, though. So, which teams will make it into playoffs? The NFC East: Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys have come so far since last season defensively and offensively. The defense

 

The NFL season has been nothing short of extraordinary so far. We have seen a team with just two wins last year come back and become a playoff contender, several almost record setting performances, and huge upsets. In just a blink of an eye, ten weeks of the season have passed! The playoffs aren't even close to being set, though. So, which teams will make it into playoffs?

The NFC East:
Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys have come so far since last season defensively and offensively. The defense has made a huge leap this year. Jason Hatcher has seven sacks so far and Sean Lee is third in the league with 93 tackles. On the other side of the ball, Tony Romo has been amazing. His 2,681 passing yards rank third in the NFC, and his 21 touchdown passes ranks third in the league. Wide receiver Dez Bryant has also been great. He is currently seventh in receiving yards and is a part of a great Cowboys receiving corps. If the Cowboys can continue playing at the rate that they are at right now, they will easily win the East.

The NFC South:
New Orleans Saints: The Saints have the best passing game in the NFC and don't look to slow down any time soon. Lead by Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham, this team has been amazing. Brees ranks second in passing yards only to Peyton Manning in the league and has the most passing yards in the NFC. Jimmy Graham has transformed the tight end position. He leads the league with ten touchdowns and is fifth in terms of receiving yards. New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has been a huge pick-up for the Saints. The defense was pretty good before Ryan, but not this good. The Saints have been playing at an extremely high level. Let's see if they can keep it up in the final seven games of the season!

The NFC West:
Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have been the favorite for this division since the start of the season. They have continued to play as they were expected to play before the season and even better. The defense, lead by Richard Sherman, has been amazing. Sherman is tied for third in the league with four interceptions and has a pick-six to his credit. Marshawn Lynch has been playing at a very high level. Lynch's 871 rushing yards rank second in the league, and his seven touchdowns rank third. If the Seahawks can keep this up, they could represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

The NFC North:
Detroit Lions: The Lions have continued to be one of the most fun teams to watch in football. The offense is incredibly strong with Matthew Stafford throwing rockets to Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush exploding for huge runs. Stafford has thrown 19 touchdowns this year, almost half of those to Johnson, and ranks second in the NFC in passing yards with 2,836. Bush has been incredible! He is ninth in the league with 623 rushing yards and has four rushes for over 20 yards (even though he missed a game due to injury). If the Lions D can step it up over the home stretch, the Lions could be in the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

NFC Wild Card 1:
Carolina Panthers: Thanks to Luke Kuechly and the Panthers defense, the Panthers are in playoff contention. Kuechly has been phenomenal. His stats include 75 tackles and three interceptions. He should definitely be in consideration for defensive player of the year. Cam Newton has been amazing. He ranks sixth in qb rushing yards and has almost amassed 2,000 passing yards. If the Panthers can pull out both wins against the Patriots and one against the Saints, they could be in contention for a division title.

NFC Wild Card 2:
Arizona Cardinals: The Cards, after a terrible season, have bounced right back up. The Cardinals had some huge off-season changes, including the signings of coach Bruce Arians and player John Abraham. The young talent they already had is beginning to shine. Young receivers Andre Roberts and Michael Floyd along with veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald have been enjoying catching passes from veteran Carson Palmer. The Cardinals have a rather tough schedule, but if they can win five out of the next seven games, a playoff berth could be in their future.

AFC East:
New England Patriots: The Patriots have been great this season. After losing several key pieces, it was unsure if the Patriots could come back and play at the level that they were at prior. The answer: yes. Tom Brady has turned his new, young receivers into stars. Brady has passed for 2,256 yards and 13 tds. The Patriots defense has been solid this year. Aquib Talib is third in the league with four interceptions. The Patriots have been a surprising team to me. Can they keep it up?

AFC South:
Indianapolis Colts: With the King of the Comebacks on your side, it's hard to lose. Second-year QB Andrew Luck has been nothing short of a first overall pick. He has more passing yards than Joe Flacco or Tom Brady with 2,430. If the Colts want to win this division, the run game needs to step up. Acquired in September, Trent Richardson has majorly underperformed in every game the Colts have played. The defense, however, has been playing outstandingly. The defense held the 49ers to just 7 points in a win in San Francisco. If Trent Richardson starts playing better, the Colts could go deep into the playoffs.

AFC West:
Denver Broncos: The Broncos have been playing amazingly. Peyton Manning's 33 td passes are first in the league. How good is he? The closest to that mark is Drew Brees with 25 TD passes. Peyton also leads the league in passing yards with 3,249. The receiving corps have been phenomenal. As mentioned before, they have caught Peyton's passes for touchdowns 33 times! However, the defense needs to be making more big plays. With Von Miller's return, it shouldn't be long until we see that. The Broncos are in an extremely tough division with the Chiefs and the Chargers, but with Peyton Manning throwing passes, it shouldn't be to hard to take home the division crown.

AFC North:
Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, the leagues leading receiver, has lead the Bengals to a great season. Young QB Andy Dalton, "The Red Rocket," has exceeded expectations this year. His 2,861 passing yards rank third in the league. AJ Green is the leagues leading receiver in terms of receiving yards, with 1,013(Calvin Johnson has 904). The D has majorly stepped up. Vontaze Burfict leads the league with 103 tackles. If AJ Green and Andy Dalton continue at this rate, a playoff run could be in store.

AFC Wild Card 1:
Kansas City Chiefs: It is hard to believe that this team was 2-14 last season. They have been playing extraordinary. This thanks to a huge offseason where the Chiefs signed coach Andy Reid and traded for Alex Smith. The pass rush on the defense has been the best I have ever seen. Justin Houston is third in the league with 11.0 sacks, and Tamba Hali is fifth with 9.0. Running back Jamaal Charles has been explosive. His 725 rushing yards are more than Matt Forte, Eddie Lacy, or Chris Johnson! I knew that the Chiefs would play good this year, but I didn't expect anything like this!

AFC Wild Card 2:
San Diego Chargers: Good news Charger fans, the old Phillip Rivers is back! Rivers is playing at the level he was playing before he fell into a slump last year. Rivers ranks third in the AFC with 2,691 passing yards and ranks second in the AFC in tds. The defense has been decent this year, in one game holding the Colts to just nine points. The run game has been solid. Ryan Matthews is fifth in the AFC with 539 rushing yards and receiving running back Danny Woodhead is a great running back on third down. If the defense can continue to get the ball in Phillip Rivers' hands, they could be the surprise team in the playoffs.

 

 

 

Poll. Who will win this clash of titans?

The game we've all been waiting for!  The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) travel to Denver to play the Broncos  (8-1) in a battle to determine the top dog in the AFC West...and a possible #1 seed in the playoffs.

 

Many think that the Chiefs are the story of the first half of the season.  Last year they were 2-14 and now they are 9-0!  How did they do that?  New coach Andy Reidand new QB Alex Smith joined star RB Jamaal Charles and the rest, as they say, is history.  And don't forget the Chiefs defense as LB Justin Houston’s 11 sacks are third best in the NFL.  The Chiefs are one win away from the best start in franchise history.

 

Others say that Broncos QB Peyton Manning is the story of the first half of the season, remaining on pace to set NFL single-season records in both passing yards and TDs.  His talented targets WR Demaryius Thomas, WR Wes Welker and TE Julius Thomas make it super difficult for any team to slow them down.

 

 

  My favorite team is looking pretty good this year! The Chiefs have won every game of the season. They have a league-high 36 sacks, which is an average of 4.5 sacks per game. If they keep that going, they'll end the season with around 72 sacks! The Chiefs have only allowed 98 points all season, which makes an average of allowing only 12.25 points per game.   They're not ALL good, though. Though Alex Smith has definitely brought some greatness to the team, but that can't erase the fact

 

My favorite team is looking pretty good this year! The Chiefs have won every game of the season. They have a league-high 36 sacks, which is an average of 4.5 sacks per game. If they keep that going, they'll end the season with around 72 sacks! The Chiefs have only allowed 98 points all season, which makes an average of allowing only 12.25 points per game.

 

They're not ALL good, though. Though Alex Smith has definitely brought some greatness to the team, but that can't erase the fact that he went three straight games without a touchdown pass. I think that if they give Alex Smith some more short passes (short meaning 5-9 yards), then he will succeed very well. The MVP (or more preciscely, the Co-MVPs) for the Chiefs would have to be Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Tamba Hali has 26 tackles, 9.0 sacks, and an interception on the season. Justin Houston has 29 tackles and 11.0 sacks on the season. I think that's a good MVP case for midseason.

 

The fan in me says the Chiefs are going to go 16-0 and make all the way to the Super Bowl and win it, but the NFL Reporter in me says that the Chiefs will be 13-3 or 14-2, and definitely make the playoffs.

 

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs OLBs Justin Houston and Tamba Hali celebrate a QB sack.

Kansas City Chiefs OLBs Justin Houston and Tamba Hali celebrate a QB sack.

This year, the Pro Bowl is going to be a little different. Just a brief recap of the new format: Two legendary players, Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice are going to draft teams out of players that we vote to the Pro Bowl. They are going to draft not even caring about conference or team - it will just be about the players in it. After that, we can finally see a rejuvenated Pro Bowl. I think that it is a lot better to be unconferenced with teammates going against each other. I think that it is a

This year, the Pro Bowl is going to be a little different. Just a brief recap of the new format: Two legendary players, Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice are going to draft teams out of players that we vote to the Pro Bowl. They are going to draft not even caring about conference or team - it will just be about the players in it. After that, we can finally see a rejuvenated Pro Bowl. I think that it is a lot better to be unconferenced with teammates going against each other. I think that it is also cool that the two leading vote getters will be captains for each of the teams.

 

My ballot is a little biased because I am a Texans fan, but this my current ballot for some of the important positions:


QB- Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Phillip Rivers, Matt Stafford, and Drew Brees
RB- Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte, Jamaal Charles, Knowshon Moreno
WR- Victor Cruz, Eric Decker, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson, Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Torrey Smith
TE- Jordan Cameron, Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas
DE- Chandler Jones, Jordan Cameron, Shaun Phillips, J.J. Watt, Mario Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson
Linebacker- Kiko Alonso, James Laurenitis, Sean Lee, Paul Pouslunzy, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Ryan Kerrigan, Whitney Mercillus, Robert Mathis, Terrel Suggs
Cornerback-Brandon Carr, Tim Jennings, Kareem Jackson, Jonathan Joseph, Richard Sherman, Aqib Talib, Charles Tillman, Alterraun Verner,
Safety- T.J. Ward, Major Wright, Eric Reid, Earl Thomas

Now that you have seen my ballot, I want to do some explaining of my ballot. You are probably wondering why Tom Brady isn't on my ballot. I just don't think that he has been one of the top six quarterbacks this year. I think that he will make it because of popularity. I think that he might be able to make it onto my weekly ballot if he can step it up for the rest of the year.

 

I think that Andrew Luck isn't on there because he just doesn't have the stats. I want to put him on there, but I need to see some performance the rest of the year.

 

I think that Frank Gore deserved a spot, but he just didn't have enough room. He can earn his way on if Arian Foster is out for awhile.

 

Someone who may be a surprise on my ballot is Torrey Smith. He has been average on the Ravens offense, but has tallied 629 yards, and has been a great go-to man on a dysfunctional Ravens receiving corp.

Now that you know my ballot, I want your opinion on what you think of it. I also want to know what I messed up on and what I got right. Also, who do you have on your ballot? Tell me in the comments, and let's keep looking forward to the new look 2014 Pro Bowl.

 

Matthew H

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Poll. Who would you rather get sacked by?
    • Four and a half sacks in one game!  Against Michael Vick -- one of the fastest QBs in the league -- no less!  That's what makes Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.  It's already the second time this season that dynamic Houston, who leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks, has won the award.

       

Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.   He recorded three sacks to lead the Chiefs to a 28-2 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

 

He recorded three sacks to lead the Chiefs to a 28-2 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.