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Watch the highlights from the Cleveland Browns vs. the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4. Andy Dalton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first half. 

Bengals 31

Browns 7
The Cincinnati Bengals take on the Green Bay Packers in Week 3 of the 2017 NFL season. 

Mason Crosby kicked a 27-yard field goal with 6:26 left in overtime to clinch the victory for the Packers.

Packers 27

Bengals 24
Watch the best plays from the matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals week 1.

Ravens 20 
Bengals 0
Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill came onto the scene as a complementary back to teammate Giovani Bernard, but pushed past him on the depth chart to the tune of a spectacular rookie season as he ran for 1,124 yards and 9 touchdowns; good
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton throws a pass to running back Giovani Bernard, who leaps for the touchdown.
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Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals hosted Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens in highly competitive AFC North matchup. Giovani Bernard goes for 45 yards and a touchdown to win it. Final score, 24-27.

Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard breaks loose and burns the Carolina Panthers defense for an 89-yard touchdown run. That has to be the best run of the week, doesn't it? DOESN'T IT???

Or will Giovani meet up against a "Forsett to be reckoned with?" (those NFL Network folks are so punny!)

You tell us: who had the best run of the week?

Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard breaks through tackles and gallops into the end zone for a 89-yard touchdown run.
Poll: Fantasy Trivia

Welcome to the weekly NFL RUSH Fantasy Football trivia game!

Are you a fantasy star? Prove it with these trivia questions, based on the first three weeks of the 2014 NFL season.

Good luck!

1. Which of these three QBs scored the most fantasy points in week three?
a. Colin Kaepernick
b. Drew Brees
c. Austin Davis

2. Which of these three WRs scored the most fantasy points in week three?
a. DeSean Jackson
b. Jeremy Maclin
c. Victor Cruz

3. Which of these three RBs has the most receiving yards this season?
a. Giovani Bernard
b. Darren Sproles
c. Reggie Bush

4. Which of these team defenses did NOT score a TD in week three?
a. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
b. New York Jets
c. St. Louis Rams

5. What QB has the most rushing TDs this season?
a. Andrew Luck
b. Eli Manning
c. Josh McCown

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The 2014 NFL Season is underway. Here are 3 players and teams that have stood out in Weeks 1 and 2. Teams 1. Cincinnati Bengals- Cincinnati's defense looked great in a Week 1 victory against Baltimore in Week 1, not allowing a single point in the 1st half. Then, against the Falcons, the Bengals won 24-10 against Matt Ryan (448 yards in Week 1). Andy Dalton has looked solid, Giovani Bernard has looked electrifying, and the defense looks very stingy. 2. Buffalo Bills- Few expected a week as crazy as Week 1 in the NFL and the most surprising upset was the Buffalo Bills triumph in overtime at Chicago. The Bears were heavily favored at home, but the running game and defense were fantastic. That performance was followed by a 29-10 beating of division rival Miami. San Diego will present a challenge in Week 3, and the Bills will have to prove that they aren't a pretender by winning. 3. Philadelphia Eagles- Chip Kelly's Eagles got off to a rough start to the season, falling behind 17-0 to lowly Jacksonville. But Philadelphia quickly battled back and scored 34 unanswered points. The next week the Eagles faced the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football and gave Andrew Luck, who was 10-0 in games following a loss, his 2nd loss of the season. While Nick Foles hasn't looked great and has already matched last seasons interception total, the rest of the team is soaring. Players 1. Kyle Fuller, Cornerback, Chicago Bears- In Week 2 Fuller had one of the best games by a rookie in a long time, snagging 2 interceptions in the second half and leading the Bears to an upset against the 49ers. Those two picks helped Chicago get out of a 17-0 deficit and hold San Francisco to only 3 second half points. 2. Philip Rivers, Quarterback, San Diego Chargers- Philip Rivers won Comeback Player of the Year last season and could be making a run at MVP this year. He led the Chargers to an upset win over the defending champions, the Seattle Seahawks, amid burning conditions. Thanks to Rivers precise passing, San Diego held the ball for over 42 minutes. 3. DeMarco Murray, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys- Dallas may have a terrible defense this year and quarterback Tony Romo has had problems in his recovery, but they will have a great running game this season with DeMarco Murray. After fumbling on the first play from scrimmage of the Cowboys season, Murray finished the game with 118 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 28-17 loss to San Francisco. He took over the following game against the Titans, rushing for a touchdown and 167 rushing yards.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2 and added 79 yards receiving.
Poll. Which of these second season stars has the brightest future?

Everyone's talking about the new kids on the block -- you know, the recently drafted rookies -- but do not forget about last year's crop of talented running backs.

Eddie Lacy - Giovani Bernard - Le'Veon Bell - Andre Ellington

These second year players are likely to improve on their impressive debuts, which means they are all well on their way to helping carry their teams to playoff success and themselves to fantasy stardom.

Poll. Who is the best running back?

Despite having no running backs drafted in the first round, the incoming rookie class boasts numerous running backs that have the chance to have immediate impact. Of those, I think that three are sure to be future Pro Bowlers.

Bishop Sankey has the best chance to be great in the NFL. He was chosen by the Tennessee Titans with the 54th overall pick to help replace former 2,000 yard rusher Chris Johnson, who went to the Jets. Sankey has the best chance to grab the starting job and only faces competition from Shonn Green. The power back will go against some of the weakest defenses in the league in the AFC South and can run outside, inside, and catch. I wouldn't be surprised if Sankey, the first RB taken in May, has over 1,000 yards this season and contends for Rookie of the Year.
The second running back on my radar is Terrence West, who was selected by Cleveland in the mid rounds. West will compete against the oft-injured Ben Tate, who will mentor the Towson product during the offseason. The leading rusher in Towson history can handle the bulk of the carries and is in Kyle Shanahan's offense, which helped Alfred Morris emerge in 2012. Like Sankey, West is a good receiver and a versatile power back.
Lastly, I'll be expecting great performances from Jeremy Hill, the former LSU Tiger who was picked by the Cincinnati Bengals. Hill should take over the 2 spot on the depth chart from BenJarvis Green-Ellis and will form a great duo with Giovani Bernard, who showed flashes of greatness last year. While Bernard is a player who is very athletic, Hill's ability to power through tackles should keep defenses off guard.
Carlos Hyde, Tre Mason, and Andre Williams are also high round draft picks that could make immediate impact. Make sure to keep an eye out for a late round pick that will emerge as a starter like Alfred Morris two years ago.

 

NFL RUSH Kid Report,

John

Poll. Who is the best fantasy RB in the NFL North?

The rough and tumble NFL North divisions are home to some of the toughest RBs in the league.  They rush in the snow, wind and the rain; and do it all with style and grace. And when style and grace don't work, they run you over.

 

If you can play RB here you can play RB anywhere...but can you be named to the Ultimate NFL RUSH Fantasy Football Team?

 

AFC and NFC North Running Backs

 

Le'Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers

Can L'Veon improve upon his very impressive rookie season? 

2013 Stats: 860 Rushing Yards – 8 TDs – 179 RUSH Fantasy Points

 

Reggie Bush – Detroit Lions

Freakishly fast and has dizzying moves, Reggie can score fantasy points from anywhere on the field.

2013 Stats: 1,006 Rushing Yards – 7 TDs – 185 RUSH Fantasy Points

 

Matt Forte – Chicago Bears

Forte might be the best running back in the league that nobody talks about.  All he does is produce big numbers! 

2013 Stats: 1,339 Rushing Yards – 12 TDs – 263 RUSH Fantasy Points

 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis - Cincinnati Bengals 

Green-Ellis forms a powerful dual with rookie Giovani Bernard but is that enough to be the ultimate fantasy football RB? 

2013 Stats: 756 Rushing Yards – 7 TDs – 115 RUSH Fantasy Points

 

Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers

Another AWESOME rookie...should we pick him for his upside?

2013 Stats: 1,178 Rushing Yards – 11 TDs – 207 RUSH Fantasy Points

 

Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings

A fantasy football all-star.  Can Adrian regain the form from his 2,000+ yard season in 2012?

2013 Stats: 1,178 Rushing Yards – 11 TDs – 203 RUSH Fantasy Points

 

Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens

Another fantasy football great that you have to consider.

2013 Stats: 660 Rushing Yards – 4 TDs – 120 RUSH Fantasy Points

 

Ben Tate – Cleveland Browns *

The Browns signed Tate to be their feature back next season.  

2013 Stats: 771 Rushing Yards – 4 TDs – 111 RUSH Fantasy Points

 

* Played for the Houston Texans in 2013. 

 

Poll. Which 2013 NFL Combine star will have the best NFL career?

Last year's Combine saw some AMAZING efforts from the running-backs. Did it translate into NFL success???  

 

Below are last year's top performers in each drill and what became of them.

 
Did the Combine predict success?
 

Bench Press, 3-Cone Drill: Le'Veon Bell 

Ring that Bell! Le'Veon rocked-it for 860 yards and 8 TDs in his rookie season for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Verdict: SUCCESS.

 

40-Yard Dash, 3-Cone Drill: Giovani Bernard

Gio was a rookie bright spot for the Cincinnati Bengals last year, rushing for 695 yards, catching 56 passes and scoring 8 TDs. Verdict: SUCCESS.

 

40-Yard Dash, Vertical, Broad Jump: Michael Ford

Ford, aka the "Human Mustang," was one of the top overall performers at the combine displaying an amazing set of physical skills. After signing with Chicago, he led the Bears in both rushing and receiving during the preseason. He spent the regular season learning from Pro Bowl RB Matt Forte.  Verdict: PRETTY SUCCESSFUL.

 

40-Yard Dash, Vertical, Broad Jump: Onterio McCalebb

We know what you saying, "who the heck is Onterio McCalebb?"   He's only the fastest runner in combine history!  His amazing performance in the 40-yard dash, recording a 4.21 seconds, is the fastest time ever at the NFL Combine.  He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals and they converted him into a DB. Verdict: PRETTY SUCCESSFUL.

 

Bench Press, Long Jump: Zac Stacy

Stacy started the 2013 season on the bench for the St. Louis Rams.  Once he got a chance to play, Zac never looked back, taking control of the starting job and leading the team with 973 yards and 8 TDs. Verdict: SUCCESS.

 

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  Now that it is 2014, the 2013 NFL season is having its playoffs. This week the wild card round will be played, with 4 games that will be on during Saturday and Sunday. It already looks wild, as all of the visiting teams are in cities that are two words. Here are my picks, in order of how they will be played.  1. Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts The Colts have beaten 4 of the best teams in the NFL this season, including the Chiefs a few weeks ago. After starting 9-0, Kansas C

 

Now that it is 2014, the 2013 NFL season is having its playoffs. This week the wild card round will be played, with 4 games that will be on during Saturday and Sunday. It already looks wild, as all of the visiting teams are in cities that are two words. Here are my picks, in order of how they will be played.


 1. Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have beaten 4 of the best teams in the NFL this season, including the Chiefs a few weeks ago. After starting 9-0, Kansas City has slumped a little bit and the defense hasn't played well. Quarterback Andrew Luck has very few dangerous weapons, but Alex Smith could have less.
My Prediction: Andrew Luck gets his first career victory in a 27-20 win over the slumping Chiefs.


 2. New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles
Both of these two high-powered teams are built around their offenses, and it looks like the first NFC playoff game will be very high-scoring. One of the biggest headlines is the road woes of New Orleans, who are 8-0 at home and 3-5 on the road.
My Prediction: The offense of Chip Kelly is too much for the Rob Ryan-led defense and the Eagles win a thriller, 48-40.


 3. San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers
Now that the Packers have Aaron Rodgers back, they could get on a roll and win the Super Bowl! Not so fast- they are against the 49ers, winners of 6 straight games. The difference could be the defense- San Francisco has a good one and Green Bay, well, does not.
My Prediction: Like they did in last year's playoff matchup, Colin Kaepernick and the Niners run off with a playoff victory.


 4. San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals
On paper, this game looks like a blowout. The Bengals have averaged over 40 points in their last 5 home games and have Giovani Bernard, AJ Green, Tyler Eifert, Jermaine Gresham, Andy Dalton, Marvin Jones, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and Alex Smith (not that Alex Smith). But the Chargers are on a roll and have a good running back duo in Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead and great players in the passing game including Philip Rivers, Keenan Allen, and Antonio Gates. Cincinnati hasn't won a playoff game in 23 years, and quarterback Andy Dalton has performed poorly in his two playoff games.
My Prediction: Andy Dalton continues his late season struggles and a good performance by Eric Weddle helps the Chargers upset Cincy, 24-20.

 

John

NFLRUSH Kid Reporter

Poll. Who will win this AFC Wildcard clash?

The Cincinnati Bengals look to win their first playoff game in 23 years as they host the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Wildcard game on Sunday.

 

For the Bengals, look for QB Andy Dalton to throw early and often to playmaking WRs A.J. Green and Marvin Jones.

 

The Chargers counter with a pretty good air-game of their own, with QB Philip Rivers chucking it to WR Keenan Allen and TE Antonio Gates

 
Both teams have great ground games too.  RB Ryan Matthews banged-out 1,255 yards for the Chargers this season while the Bengals counter with the two-headed beast BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard, who combined for 1,451 yards on the year.
 
Should be a fantastic game!  Watch it at 1:05 EST Sunday on CBS. 
 
  I think that the Cincinnati Bengals are going to win their first playoff game in over two decades. The Bengals already defeated San Diego once this year. A.J. Green and the Cincinnati offense will put up a good amount of points and will not turn the ball over. In order to do this, they need every person on the offense need to come to play. Andy Dalton will need to have protection from the line to have time to throw and avoid turnovers. Andy has taken the Bengals to the playoffs all three

 

I think that the Cincinnati Bengals are going to win their first playoff game in over two decades. The Bengals already defeated San Diego once this year. A.J. Green and the Cincinnati offense will put up a good amount of points and will not turn the ball over. In order to do this, they need every person on the offense need to come to play. Andy Dalton will need to have protection from the line to have time to throw and avoid turnovers. Andy has taken the Bengals to the playoffs all three years he has been in Cincinnati. We need Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis to convert on 3rd down plays. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is very reliable to not fumble. The Bengals have a few good receivers that can make plays when needed.

I think that the defense has been carrying the Bengals when they play at home. This week is a home game so we need the defense. They need to sack Philip Rivers, make tackles, force punts and force turnovers. The linebackers need to make tackles and sack the quarterback. Our cornerbacks need to stop the wide receiver from catching the ball and gaining gains. The defense plays well together and they create momentum on the field for the offensive. The Bengals need to work together, come ready and win this game to get to the next game. I hope they go to the Super Bowl.

 

 

 

  In the last 10 years, only two 1 seeds have won the Super Bowl.   Few things in the world are less predictable than the NFL teams in January. The only league of the Big 4 leagues (NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB) to have single elimination playoffs, the NFL playoffs are an example of the phrase "any given Sunday." If you want proof, look at the 2007 New England Patriots. They finished the 2007 regular season undefeated and had the best offense in the history of the NFL (Tom Brady threw for a

 

In the last 10 years, only two 1 seeds have won the Super Bowl.

 

Few things in the world are less predictable than the NFL teams in January. The only league of the Big 4 leagues (NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB) to have single elimination playoffs, the NFL playoffs are an example of the phrase "any given Sunday." If you want proof, look at the 2007 New England Patriots. They finished the 2007 regular season undefeated and had the best offense in the history of the NFL (Tom Brady threw for a then-record 50 touchdown passes that season and Randy Moss caught a record 25 touchdown passes). After breezing through the playoffs, the Patriots were set to play the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. The Giants, who snuck into the playoffs and were considered the worst team remaining after Week 17, rode a string of upsets to get into the Super Bowl only to play the best offense in NFL history in what was thought to be the biggest mismatch of any previous Super Bowl. But a few miraculous plays helped New York top New England and sent the NFL world into frenzy.


Super Bowl XLII hasn't been the only proof that the best teams in the NFL don't win the Super Bowl. In fact, the top seeds in each conference rarely go on to the big game and are often upset by lower seeded teams with a lot of momentum. The last three Super Bowl champions were either the 4th seed or the 6th, and only Super Bowl XLIV (between the Saints and Colts) featured two teams with the top seed in their conference. In the past 10 years, 2 teams with the top seed in their conference won the Super Bowl, and 9 out of 20 teams with the top seeds in their conference lost in their first playoff game.
This year the high-scoring Denver Broncos and the stingy Seattle Seahawks have the best records in their conference and will most likely have the top seeds in their conference. Another thing that both teams have in common is that they both are penciled in as favorites to make it to Super Bowl XLVIII. But, as recent history has shown, the chances of both teams making it to the Super Bowl are slim.


The Denver Broncos (12-3) most closely resemble the 2007 New England Patriots. In fact, quarterback Peyton Manning broke Tom Brady's 2007 touchdown record in Week 16 of this year. Manning also has more weapons than Brady did and better depth at running back. The weak spot of this team is the defense. Their main player, Von Miller, is out for the year and the already weak defense that gave up 48 points to Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys will be very vulnerable against the strong offenses of the AFC playoff teams.


The Seattle Seahawks (12-3), on the other hand, more closely resembles, well, themselves. It is very rare for a team as defensively strong as the Seahawks (top defense in the league in various statistical categories) to have as strong an offense as they possess. Quarterback Russell Wilson has proven himself to be an elite quarterback in only his second NFL season and running back Marshawn Lynch is still one of the most dangerous running backs in the NFL. While there are no glaring weaknesses on this Seattle squad, injuries at the cornerback and wide receiver positions are causes for concern.


Both of these top seeded teams are overwhelming favorites to go to the Super Bowl, but both will have an equally hard time getting to the Super Bowl. While the Broncos are defensively challenged, they are in the weaker conference. The Seahawks, on the other hand, are the better team but play in a tougher conference.


Here are the 5 teams that could upset the Denver Broncos in the playoffs this year.
1. Indianapolis Colts (10-5 with a 2 game win streak)
Indianapolis and New England are both very tough opponents for Denver, but injuries to the Pats give the Colts a slim advantage. Quarterback Andrew Luck has avoided a sophomore slump and Head Coach Chuck Pagano has returned to the sideline after battling cancer and has brought the Colts to the playoffs in his first full season coaching. The Colts have a dangerous running back in Trent Richardson, but he hasn't performed as Indianapolis management thought he would when they traded a first round pick for him earlier in the season (only 433 yards). Reggie Wayne is out for the season and TY Hilton has yet to step up as a good receiver. Indianapolis has a weird trend that could help them in the playoffs- they beat the best teams in football (Broncos, Chiefs, Seahawks, and 49ers) while losing to average teams (Bengals, Rams, Cardinals, and Chargers). If they can advance past the wild card round without getting upset by the 6th seeded team (will be either the Ravens, Dolphins, Chargers, or Steelers- all average teams), they will make a deep run. Luckily for them, the Broncos are a great team, so the Colts are the biggest obstacle for Denver.


 2. New England Patriots (11-4 with a 1 game win streak)
New England has lost a lot of great players to injury, but they are still (somehow) title contenders. Quarterback Tom Brady is 10-5 against Peyton Manning, including a 34-31 win this year, and has made the most out of his wide receiving corps of Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Tompkins, and Danny Amendola. The injuries are a big issue, with injuries to Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, Rob Gronkowski, and now Devin McCourty. The Patriots didn't look like Super Bowl contenders after their 24-20 loss to Miami, but showed they were still dangerous during a 41-7 win against the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Besides the Colts, the Patriots are the only other surefire team that would give the Broncos a run for their money.


 3. San Diego Chargers (8-7 with a 3 game win streak)
I bet you didn't see this coming. The Chargers won a game in Week 15 against the Broncos 27-20 where San Diego absolutely shut down Peyton Manning, which is nothing short of amazing. Philip Rivers is doing very well this year and is a candidate for Most Improved Player and receiver Keenan Allen is a candidate for Rookie of the Year. The Chargers also have the largest win streak in the AFC- 3 games. Also, the last 4 Super Bowl winners have lost to the Redskins and played the Eagles in Philadelphia's first home game- San Diego did both. The Chargers need the Dolphins and Ravens to lose and need to win against the Chiefs to get the 6th seed in the AFC, but if they get in they could make a run at the Super Bowl and the Broncos would stand in their way.


 4. Kansas City Chiefs (11-4 with a 1 game losing streak)
Last year I boldly predicted that the Kansas City Chiefs would make it to the AFC Conference Championship Game. I was a bit off. But this year that prediction could come true as Kansas City has clinched the 5th seed in the AFC playoffs. Thanks to a trade for quarterback Alex Smith and the hiring of HC Andy Reid, the Chiefs started 9-0. The defense is the best in the AFC and running back Jamaal Charles is the best running back in the AFC. The main cause for concern for Kansas City is that 2 of their 4 losses were against the Broncos, but the Chiefs could pull out the upset if they get another chance.


 5. Cincinnati Bengals (10-5 with a 1 game win streak)
The Cincinnati Bengals look good on paper and there is a good chance that they could win their first playoff game in the 21st century. For one, the Houston Texans, who have beaten them in the playoffs for each of the last two years, are out of the playoffs. Also, their offense has improved thanks to a 31 touchdown pass season by Andy Dalton and significant contributions from rookie running back Giovani Bernard. The defense is stingy as usual but has a few injuries in the secondary. The Bengals have pulled off victories against above average teams such as the Colts, Rodgers-led Packers, Patriots, Chargers, and Lions, while losing to a few teams who might miss the playoffs including the Ravens, Dolphins, Browns, Steelers, and Bears. Cincinnati is arguably the most underrated team among all of the playoff teams, but will need consistency from their team to get deep in the playoffs and challenge the Broncos.


I have already written an article about the teams that could beat the Seahawks that was called "Can Anyone Beat Seattle" and recommend readers read that article. A lot has changed, though, so here are updated rankings that are not as in depth as the previous one.

 

http://www.nflrush.com/kidreporters#c=155&story=kid-reporter-can-anyone-beat-seattle


 1. San Francisco 49ers (11-4 with a 5 game win streak)
The 49ers beat the Seahawks 19-17 earlier in the year and would pose the biggest challenge to the Seahawks. The best rivalry in the NFL is between these two NFC West powerhouses and the game would definitely be one for the ages. San Fran lost to the Seahawks 29-3 earlier in the year, which is a cause for concern, but the Niners have a 5 game winning streak, the longest in the NFL.


 2. Carolina Panthers (11-4 with a 2 game win streak)
Carolina is very evenly matched with the Seahawks- almost a clone! Both have great young quarterbacks (Cam Newton and Wilson), strong running games (DeAngelo Williams and Lynch), great pass rushers, elite inside linebackers (Luke Kuechly and Patrick Willis), and a good head coach (Ron Rivera and Pete Carroll). They lost to Seattle earlier in the year 12-7, but Carolina has won 10 out of their last 11 games.


 3. New Orleans Saints (10-5 with a 2 game losing streak)
Drew Brees and the Saints have the best offense in the NFC, but are bad on the road (the Seahawks will probably clinch home-field advantage in the playoffs) and lost to Seattle 34-7 earlier in the year. They have also lost their last 2 games, including one to the St. Louis Rams.


 4. Philadelphia Eagles (9-6 with a 1 game win streak)
The Eagles are an explosive team that would challenge the Seahawks defense in a battle of the birds. They also play very well in the snow, which is good for a team that could be playing deep into January. Philly still needs to beat Dallas to get to the playoffs.


 5. Green Bay Packers (7-7-1 with a 1 game losing streak) - The Cardinals would be a better match for the 'Hawks, but they need the Saints to lose to the lowly Buccaneers and a win for them against the 49ers. The Packers are against the Bears in a winner take the division game and would get Aaron Rodgers back by the playoffs.


The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos could get to the Super Bowl this year, but, as history has shown, no team has an easy ride to the Big Game. I think that a team with momentum, whether they are AFC or NFC, will knock one of these powerhouses off the road to the Super Bowl.

 

John

NFLRUSH Kid Reporter

  The Bengals will be the surprise team in the playoffs. Early in the season, they lost a couple of games to teams they should have won. The losses that the Bengals had were loss by a just a few points and most times in overtime. They had some key player injuries that really hurt their defense. They recovered by beating tough teams like New England and Green Bay. Recently, some players started to turn it on. Players like punter Kevin Huber has been punting great this whole year and this wee

 

The Bengals will be the surprise team in the playoffs. Early in the season, they lost a couple of games to teams they should have won. The losses that the Bengals had were loss by a just a few points and most times in overtime. They had some key player injuries that really hurt their defense. They recovered by beating tough teams like New England and Green Bay. Recently, some players started to turn it on. Players like punter Kevin Huber has been punting great this whole year and this week was the AFC player of the week, AJ Green has over 1,100 yards rushing this season and RB Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard have 614 and 521 rushing yards. Their team is working together and really feeding off their beastly defensive charge.

The Chiefs have hit a slump. I do not think they will make the playoffs. They won the first nine games in a row and they were playing like machines. Recently, they took a turn for the worse. They have lost three games in a row. To make this worse, they lost in weeks that Denver has won which put them at a further disadvantage in their division. Coming into week 14, the Chiefs are 9-3. It seems like the team has lost their mojo.

 

 

 

  There are only 6 more weeks in the regular season, and the playoff picture is changing every week. Here is a look at my predictions both for the playoffs and the awards. AFC Projected 1 seed: Denver Broncos- If Peyton Manning stays healthy and John Fox returns, the Broncos will get the top seed. Projected 2 seed: Indianapolis Colts- The Colts should stay ahead of New England in the final weeks and get a bye week in the playoffs. Projected 3 seed: New England Patriots- Bill Belicheck's def

 

There are only 6 more weeks in the regular season, and the playoff picture is changing every week. Here is a look at my predictions both for the playoffs and the awards.


AFC
Projected 1 seed: Denver Broncos- If Peyton Manning stays healthy and John Fox returns, the Broncos will get the top seed.
Projected 2 seed: Indianapolis Colts- The Colts should stay ahead of New England in the final weeks and get a bye week in the playoffs.
Projected 3 seed: New England Patriots- Bill Belicheck's defense lost its two best players for the season, but the New England offense will keep the Pats atop the AFC East.
Projected 4 seed: Cincinnati Bengals- - The Bengals have been inconsistent, but will win the AFC North.
Projected 5 seed: Kansas City Chiefs- Kansas City plays the high scoring Broncos twice, and will likely lose both.
Predicted 6 seed: San Diego Chargers- The Chargers have the best offense of any team in contention for the 6th seed.

Teams Outside the Playoffs
Cleveland Browns- The Browns don't have a solid quarterback to lead them to enough victories to contend.
Baltimore Ravens- Baltimore has underperformed and, if their offensive line continues its terrible play, will miss the playoffs.
New York Jets- The Jets currently have the 6th best record in the AFC, but will need more offensive production to get to the playoffs.
Miami Dolphins- Controversy is tearing both the Dolphins' team and playoff hopes apart.
Tennessee Titans- Jake Locker is out for the year, and the offense hasn't been doing well this year.

Projected AFC Playoffs
Wild Card Round
Patriots over Chargers
Chiefs over Bengals
Divisional Round
Colts over Patriots
Broncos over Chiefs
Conference Championship
Broncos over Colts

NFC
Projected 1 seed Seattle Seahawks- The Seahawks should finish the regular season as the best NFC team.
Projected 2 seed New Orleans Saints- New Orleans has made a complete turnaround and is in Super Bowl contention.
Projected 3 seed Detroit Lions- Detroit is the only NFC North team to not have multiple quarterbacks start. They should win their division thanks to Matt Stafford.
Projected 4 seed Dallas Cowboys: For the 3rd straight year, the Cowboys will play in a game that will decided the winner of the NFC East against the Eagles. I predict Dallas will win that game.
Projected 5 seed San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers will get Michael Crabtree back soon, and will be back to being contenders.
Projected 6 seed Carolina Panthers: The Panthers have one of the best defenses in the NFL, and will make the playoffs for the first time in Ron Rivera's head coaching career.

Teams Outside the Playoffs
Chicago Bears: Chicago is losing key players to injury, and will likely miss the playoffs again.
Green Bay Packers: Without Aaron Rodgers, the Packers will drop out of the playoff picture.
Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals will play a lot more tough games than other teams in playoff contention. I don't think that they will make the playoffs.
Philadelphia Eagles: If Nick Foles keeps up his terrific play, the Eagles will win the NFC East.

NFC Playoff Predictions
Wild Card Games
Panthers over Lions
49ers over Cowboys
Divisional Games
Saints over 49ers
Panthers over Seahawks
Conference Championship
Saints over Panthers

Super Bowl XLVIII Prediction
New Orleans Saints 35, Denver Broncos 34
MVP is Drew Brees

Awards
Season MVP: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Super Bowl MVP: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Offensive Player: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Defensive Player: Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
Offensive Rookie: Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Defensive Rookie: Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers
Comeback Player: Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Coach of the Year: Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs

 

-John

NFL RUSH Kid Reporter

Poll. Was Giovani Bernard run the best of the year?

Go Gio Go!  Despite losing the game, the Cincinnati Bengals rookie RB Giovani Bernard scored an electrifying 35-yard touchdown on a run that just might be the best run we’ll see all year.  

 

The play must be seen to be believed as he started right, doubled back left, weaved up the sideline, cut back across the middle and somersaulted into the end zone, he left jaws dropped and Dolphins sprawled in his wake along the way.

 

Take a look at the play and let us know what you think.

 

In a game filled with big plays and alternating momentums, the Miami Dolphins (4-4) defeated the Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) 22-20 in overtime.    The Dolphins relied on RB Lamar Miller for most of the game as he has 105 yards rushing on the night.  They took a 17-3 lead in the third quarter thanks to a 94-yard INT return for a TD by DB Brent Grimes.   The Bengals were able to turn the tide and take the lead thanks to the play of rookie RB Giovani Bernard.  Bernard scored o

In a game filled with big plays and alternating momentums, the Miami Dolphins (4-4) defeated the Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) 22-20 in overtime. 

 

The Dolphins relied on RB Lamar Miller for most of the game as he has 105 yards rushing on the night.  They took a 17-3 lead in the third quarter thanks to a 94-yard INT return for a TD by DB Brent Grimes.

 

The Bengals were able to turn the tide and take the lead thanks to the play of rookie RB Giovani Bernard.  Bernard scored on a three-yard run and then on a remarkable 35-yarder to tie the game at 17-17.

 

In overtime, Dolphins DE Cameron Wake sacked Bengals QB Andy Dalton in the endzone for a dramatic safety to end the game.  This is only the third time in NFL history that a game has ended with a safety.

 In a wild see-saw game from beginning to end, the Bengals beat the Packers 34-30.    The Bengals struck first,  grabbing a 14-0 lead on short TD runs by Giovani Bernard and Benjarvus Green-Ellis.   But the Pack came back, led by their defense which forced the Bengals into turn-overs on four straight possessions.  The Packers got TDs by RB Johnathan Franklin and WR James Jones on their way to scoring 30 straight points.  They held

In a wild see-saw game from beginning to end, the Bengals beat the Packers 34-30. 

 

The Bengals struck first,  grabbing a 14-0 lead on short TD runs by Giovani Bernard and Benjarvus Green-Ellis.

 

But the Pack came back, led by their defense which forced the Bengals into turn-overs on four straight possessions.  The Packers got TDs by RB Johnathan Franklin and WR James Jones on their way to scoring 30 straight points.  They held a 30-14 lead late in the 3rd quarter. 

 

It was then that the Bengals returned the favor as they too scored 20 straight points, the last of which came on a 58-yard victory-sealing fumble recovery TD by CB Terence Newman.

 

The Bengals are now 2-1 while the Packers drop to 1-2.
This Bengals fan has a unique way of showing support for the team. Use the comments field to guess what he might be thinking in this picture.   Speaking of the Bengals, did you know rookie RB Giovani Bernard is the top scoring rookie in NFL RUSH Fantasy Football?  

This Bengals fan has a unique way of showing support for the team. Use the comments field to guess what he might be thinking in this picture.

 

Speaking of the Bengals, did you know rookie RB Giovani Bernard is the top scoring rookie in NFL RUSH Fantasy Football?