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    The Final Word Power Poll - Week 12

    Here is Week 12's edition of

    [size=16pt]The Final Word[/size]
    Power Poll.

    As always - this is based upon the ONLY statistic which matters.

    1. Indianapolis - 10-1
    2. (tie) Baltimore - 9-2
    2. (tie) Chicago - 9-2
    2. (tie) San Diego - 9-2
    5. New England - 8-3
    6. (tie) Dallas - 7-4
    6. (tie) New Orleans - 7-4
    6. (tie) Seattle - 7-4
    6. (tie) Kansas City - 7-4
    6. (tie) Denver - 7-4
    11. (tie) NY Giants - 6-5
    11. (tie) Carolina - 6-5
    11. (tie) NY Jets - 6-5
    11. (tie) Jacksonville - 6-5
    11. (tie) Cincinnati - 6-5
    16. (tie) Minnesota - 5-6
    16. (tie) Philadelphia - 5-6
    16. (tie) Atlanta - 5-6
    16. (tie) San Francisco - 5-6
    16. (tie) St. Louis - 5-6
    16. (tie) Buffalo - 5-6
    16. (tie) Miami - 5-6
    23. (tie) Green Bay - 4-7
    23. (tie) Washington - 4-7
    23. (tie) Tennessee - 4-7
    23. (tie) Pittsburgh - 4-7
    27. (tie) Tampa Bay - 3-8
    27. (tie) Houston - 3-8
    27. (tie) Cleveland - 3-8
    30. (tie) Detroit - 2-9
    30. (tie) Arizona - 2-9
    30. (tie) Oakland - 2-9

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    Re: The Final Word Power Poll - Week 12

    The other peasants:

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    Bears (5)
    Not sure what was bigger news -- Bears losing to Pats or Brian Urlacher getting juked by Tom Brady and later admitting Brady made him 'look bad.'

    Vikings (21)
    How costly was Chester Taylor's fourth-quarter fumble on the goal line? It not only cost the Vikes a TD but also kept Taylor from reaching 1,000 yards for the year. He's stuck at 999 until Sunday.

    Packers (26)
    Packers showing signs of improvement and, in the NFC, are still somehow in the playoff mix (albeit a long shot), but will it be enough to keep Brett Favre around for next year?

    Lions (32)
    Last year, an embarrassing Thanksgiving loss led to the firing of Steve Mariucci. Does this year's embarrassing Thanksgiving loss to Miami lead to the end of the Matt Millen era?

    [size=12pt]CBS Sportsline[/size]

    Bears (5)
    At some point in their season, they will have to throw the ball better. All the great defense will mean nothing if they can't throw it.

    Vikings (18)
    If they can play offense like they did against the Cardinals, they might push for a playoff spot. They're not done yet.

    Packers (26)
    This is a team that is making strides. They're starting three rookies on the offensive line, which is a good sign for the future.

    Lions (32)
    Do they even show up anymore? They don't have the talent to compete. Heads need to roll in the front office.

    [size=12pt]Fox Sports[/size]

    Bears (5)
    When was the last time a conference leading team had to deal with a major quarterback controversy more than 12 weeks into the season? Um, how about twelve months ago? The 2005 Bears dealt with a similar situation to the one the squad is in now, when Rex Grossman filled in for an ineffective Kyle Orton and got the rest of the year’s starts. The city of Chicago ‘s clamoring for a look at Brian Griese this week after yet another disappointing performance out of Grossman on Sunday. The Bears still hold a one-game grasp on the top playoff seed in the NFC. Whether Grossman or Griese will be the man under center for those games in January, though, is unknown.

    Vikings (18)
    Minnesota broke a four-game losing streak with a solid 31-26 win over Arizona on Sunday. The last time the two teams met, then Arizona quarterback Josh Mcnown hit unheralded receiver Nathan Poole on a final second game-wining touchdown pass to eliminate Minnesota from the playoff picture on the final play of the 2004 season. This time around? There would be no such last-second heroics. Minnesota bounced back from early deficits of 7-0 and 13-7 to topple the upstart Cardinals. Brad Johnson threw for 3 touchdowns in the win, the first time he’d done that in 16 games.

    Packers (25)
    For a better grasp on the Packers 34-24 loss in Seattle on Monday night, we turn to FOXSports.com senior editor and die-hard Packers fan, Jimmy “Sweetwater” Reineking: “Man, when I saw that snow coming down in Seattle, I thought a Packers win was in the bag. Then I remembered that this is 2006, and not 1996. :-( LOL! LOL! LOL!” Yep, that was a “frown face”.

    Lions (32)
    The bad news for Detroit sports fans? The Lions are hands down the worst team in the NFL. The good news? Tigers pitchers and catchers report to camp in only four months.

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    Bears (5)
    I read one report that said that Grossman's struggles "had them yelling for Brian Griese." Who, exactly, was yelling? The guys on the bench? The game was played in Foxboro.

    Vikings (23)
    Another triumph for their rushing defense. Arizona didn't even give it a try. Six carries, total, for 17 yards, was the Cards' running game, including two carries for one yard in the second half. Are we in record territory? The Vikes have allowed only 620 yards on the ground in 11 games, an average of 56.4 per contest. Let's look this one up, OK? In 1942 the Bears gave up only 519 yards for the season. But that was in 11 games, an average of 47.18 per. If the Vikings could somehow hold opponents to 134 yards, total, in their next five games, their final average would be 47.13, and the record would be theirs. Gets you kind of quivery, doesn't it?

    Packers (26)
    You want to know why rookie LB A.J. Hawk is a tireless competitor? Because when he built his house he installed a hyperbaric oxygen therapy system in his bedroom. Tubes run from three vents, and pump in oxygen, thereby cutting down recovery time after games, practices and workouts. I must admit that once I tried something like this myself, only my apparatus was designed to pump in salami sandwiches. I gave up the idea when they kept getting stuck..

    Lions (32)
    Someone sits in a little public address booth, giggling to himself, and when the visiting Dolphins' defense is introduced, he gets ex-Lion QBs Joey Harrington's name thrown in, to achieve the full flavor of the boos, and just to make the thing more nasty, he arranges it so that Billy Joel's "Piano Man" comes over the loud speaker. Harrington plays the piano. Now the Lions are in total denial. No one claims responsibility, of course, although the finger of guilt is being leveled at a guy called Bryan Bender, their Director of Broadcast and Production. What a team! What an operation! I wish I could move this team down to 35th spot or so.

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    Bears (5)
    Rex Grossman continues to give the ball away almost as often as his defense takes it away from opponents.

    Vikings (23)
    The Vikings feel they should have beaten the Bears earlier in the season, and they get a shot at revenge in Chicago this week.

    Packers (25)
    Did anyone really think Favre, who injured his elbow last week, wouldn’t answer the bell for his 252nd consecutive start?

    Lions (32)
    Thanks to the Lions, we’re all guaranteed at least one turkey every Thanksgiving.


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    Bears (2)
    Vikings (18)
    Packers (24)
    Lions (30)


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    Bears (1)
    Vikings (17)
    Packers (21)
    Lions (31)
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    Re: The Final Word Power Poll - Week 12

    [size=12pt]Dr. Z-SI[/size]...

    Vikings (23)
    Another triumph for their rushing defense. Arizona didn't even give it a try. Six carries, total, for 17 yards, was the Cards' running game, including two carries for one yard in the second half. Are we in record territory? The Vikes have allowed only 620 yards on the ground in 11 games, an average of 56.4 per contest. Let's look this one up, OK? In 1942 the Bears gave up only 519 yards for the season. But that was in 11 games, an average of 47.18 per. If the Vikings could somehow hold opponents to 134 yards, total, in their next five games, their final average would be 47.13, and the record would be theirs. Gets you kind of quivery, doesn't it?
    That would be a nice record to own.
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    Re: The Final Word Power Poll - Week 12

    "Acumen" wrote:
    [size=12pt]Dr. Z-SI[/size]...

    Vikings (23)
    Another triumph for their rushing defense. Arizona didn't even give it a try. Six carries, total, for 17 yards, was the Cards' running game, including two carries for one yard in the second half. Are we in record territory? The Vikes have allowed only 620 yards on the ground in 11 games, an average of 56.4 per contest. Let's look this one up, OK? In 1942 the Bears gave up only 519 yards for the season. But that was in 11 games, an average of 47.18 per. If the Vikings could somehow hold opponents to 134 yards, total, in their next five games, their final average would be 47.13, and the record would be theirs. Gets you kind of quivery, doesn't it?
    That would be a nice record to own.
    134 yards - 5 games = 26.8 yards/game.
    That's gonna be tough.

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    Re: The Final Word Power Poll - Week 12

    "AWZeus" wrote:
    "Acumen" wrote:
    [size=12pt]Dr. Z-SI[/size]...

    Vikings (23)
    Another triumph for their rushing defense. Arizona didn't even give it a try. Six carries, total, for 17 yards, was the Cards' running game, including two carries for one yard in the second half. Are we in record territory? The Vikes have allowed only 620 yards on the ground in 11 games, an average of 56.4 per contest. Let's look this one up, OK? In 1942 the Bears gave up only 519 yards for the season. But that was in 11 games, an average of 47.18 per. If the Vikings could somehow hold opponents to 134 yards, total, in their next five games, their final average would be 47.13, and the record would be theirs. Gets you kind of quivery, doesn't it?
    That would be a nice record to own.
    134 yards - 5 games = 26.8 yards/game.
    That's gonna be tough.

    =Z=
    If we were to do that we'd need at least a couple more of those games where we hold the opposing teams to almost 0 yds.

    I guess the toughest will be to stop Stephen Jackson in the season final.

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    Re: The Final Word Power Poll - Week 12

    "cogitans" wrote:
    "AWZeus" wrote:
    "Acumen" wrote:
    [size=12pt]Dr. Z-SI[/size]...

    Vikings (23)
    Another triumph for their rushing defense. Arizona didn't even give it a try. Six carries, total, for 17 yards, was the Cards' running game, including two carries for one yard in the second half. Are we in record territory? The Vikes have allowed only 620 yards on the ground in 11 games, an average of 56.4 per contest. Let's look this one up, OK? In 1942 the Bears gave up only 519 yards for the season. But that was in 11 games, an average of 47.18 per. If the Vikings could somehow hold opponents to 134 yards, total, in their next five games, their final average would be 47.13, and the record would be theirs. Gets you kind of quivery, doesn't it?
    That would be a nice record to own.
    134 yards - 5 games = 26.8 yards/game.
    That's gonna be tough.

    =Z=
    If we were to do that we'd need at least a couple more of those games where we hold the opposing teams to almost 0 yds.

    I guess the toughest will be to stop Stephen Jackson in the season final.
    Yeah - that will be the biggest challenge for sure.

    =Z=

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    Re: The Final Word Power Poll - Week 12

    "AWZeus" wrote:
    "cogitans" wrote:
    "AWZeus" wrote:
    "Acumen" wrote:
    [size=12pt]Dr. Z-SI[/size]...

    Vikings (23)
    Another triumph for their rushing defense. Arizona didn't even give it a try. Six carries, total, for 17 yards, was the Cards' running game, including two carries for one yard in the second half. Are we in record territory? The Vikes have allowed only 620 yards on the ground in 11 games, an average of 56.4 per contest. Let's look this one up, OK? In 1942 the Bears gave up only 519 yards for the season. But that was in 11 games, an average of 47.18 per. If the Vikings could somehow hold opponents to 134 yards, total, in their next five games, their final average would be 47.13, and the record would be theirs. Gets you kind of quivery, doesn't it?
    That would be a nice record to own.
    134 yards - 5 games = 26.8 yards/game.
    That's gonna be tough.

    =Z=
    If we were to do that we'd need at least a couple more of those games where we hold the opposing teams to almost 0 yds.

    I guess the toughest will be to stop Stephen Jackson in the season final.
    Yeah - that will be the biggest challenge for sure.

    =Z=
    I've watched him a couple of times this year. And he looks awesome.

    He is not up in the top 5 as of yds in the NFL right now, but he also lacks a bit in the attempts, due to St.Louis' pass happy offense.

    Imo he has been a top 5 runner this year.

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    Re: The Final Word Power Poll - Week 12

    "cogitans" wrote:
    I've watched him a couple of times this year. And he looks awesome.

    He is not up in the top 5 as of yds in the NFL right now, but he also lacks a bit in the attempts, due to St.Louis' pass happy offense.

    Imo he has been a top 5 runner this year.
    He's 4th in the NFL in total yards, however, which makes him doubly-dangerous as a tail-back.

    NFL SORTABLE STATS, INDIVIDUAL -- Total Yards
    Rk Name/Team Total Yds Yds/Gm Rush Yds Yds/Gm Rec. Yds Yds/Gm
    1 LaDainian Tomlinson, SD 1602 145.6 1146 104.2 456 41.5
    2 Larry Johnson, KC 1551 141.0 1202 109.3 349 31.7
    3 Frank Gore, SF 1495 135.9 1177 107.0 318 28.9
    4 Steven Jackson, StL 1485 135.0 932 84.7 553 50.3
    5 Tiki Barber, NYG 1421 129.2 1080 98.2 341 31.0
    6 Brian Westbrook, Phi 1369 136.9 839 83.9 530 53.0
    7 Chester Taylor, Min 1263 114.8 999 90.8 264 24.0
    8 Willie Parker, Pit 1101 100.1 915 83.2 186 16.9
    9 Fred Taylor, Jac 1092 99.3 876 79.6 216 19.6
    10 Chad Johnson, Cin 1078 98.0 23 2.1 1055 95.9

    Only six TDs, however - which is a big knock.
    Especially in a Linehan system.
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