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NFL Power Rankings through 7 games

1. Broncos (5-1) Peyton Manning now has the most passing touchdowns of all time, and the Broncos are rounding into a complete team. Von Miller and Demarcus Ware are league leaders in sacks the defense is starting to hold its own. They’re my pick to represent the AFC in the SuperBowl.

2. Cowboys (5-1)  Once upon a time this team would go as far as Tony Romo could carry them. Demarco Murry has now taken that role behind a devastating offensive line. They’ll continue winning games, as long as their bellcow is healthy.

3. Eagles (5-1)  This team reminds us every week, that there are three phases of the game. Their special teams have been phenomenal. McCoy’s starting to run with a purpose, but ultimately Nick Foles’ decision making will decide their fate.

4. Packers (5-2)  The most overused word this season? “R-E-L-A-X.” This team is very hard to beat, and they’ll continue to live and die by Aaron Rodgers heroics. They’re my pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

5. Colts (5-2) Lost in how amazing Andrew Luck has looked, is the improved play of their defense. Their corners lock up, and their front seven allows little running room.

6. Cardinals (5-1) The Cardinals best start through six games since 1976 and Carson Palmer has been more effiecient than anyone imagined. They’re in the driver’s seat of the leagues toughest division.

7. Chargers (5-2)  Doesn’t matter who’s catching passes from Philip Rivers the quarterback 2nd in QBR has been a man on a mission. Not to be forgotten coach Mike McCoy and their defense have been phenomenal. Can they surpass the Broncos?

8. Patriots (5-2)  So everyone agrees that whispers of Brady’s demise were premature? Improve his protection, and the Patriots rattle off three straight. You Can’t bet against a Brady-Belicik duo.

9. Ravens (5-2)  Are the Ravens that good?  Maybe the Falcons are that bad. Joe Flacco’s had a bounce back year, but this team needs to be more consistent. The Steelers and Browns will make it tough to win the NFC North.

10. Lions (5-2)  This Lions team is built differently from the past teams. They now lean on their number one defense. Reggie Bush and Megatron’s health are question marks moving forward. Stafford and the offense need to round into form.

11. Seahawks (3-3)  The once undisputed best team in the league is going through a rough patch. Their pass rush isn’t what it once was, and neither is their leadership, after alleged locker room issues.

12. Chiefs (3-3) Andy Reid’s teams usually win after the bye, and with the next two games against the Jaguars they’re feeling confident.

13. 49ers (4-3)  The 49ers simply have too many starters out were subsequently dominated by the Broncos. They’re going to have to hold the fort until Bowman and Smith return.

14. Steelers (4-3) The Steelers have gotten back to Steelers football with a new focus on running the ball. Le’veon Bell is behind only Demarco Murray among running backs.

15. Bengals (3-2-1)  A 27-0 shutout loss against the Colts and the Bengals are falling fast. Once considered an AFC contender the Bengals fall to third in their division.

16. Bills (4-3)Kyle Orton might be this years version of Josh McCown, an aging journeyman taking over and winning games. With two straight comebacks, and an emerging Sammy Watkins Buffalo is starting to feel themselves.

17. Dolphins (3-3) Despite the heartbreaking loss to the Packers they’re competing and Tanehill is starting to live up to expectations.

18. Panthers (3-3-1)  After having an elite defense last year that side of the ball has seen a sharp decline. Things won’t get any easier with Seattle coming to town.

19. Bears (3-4) Things looked ugly on the field, but the tension in their locker room may be more problematic. A lot is on the line against New England this week, with the Packers and Lions pulling away.

20. Giants (3-4) Two division losses in a row and an injury to Victor Cruz, things are getting ugly. You can’t ever count the Giants out, but this is a flawed team.

21. Browns (3-3) After some impressive wins the Browns lose to the Jaguars of all teams. Johnny Manziel might see the field soon.

23. Saints (2-4) Feisty at home but dreadful on the road this team has been one of the season’s biggest disappointments. On paper this team looks a lot better than they’ve played.

24. Rams (2-4)  Despite their record this team competes, and they do so in the leagues toughest division. No one had them beating the Seahawks. Austin Davis is doing something right after receiving praise from…Brett Favre.

25. Texans (3-4)  What’s more entertaining an Antonio Brown touchdown throw, or Bill Obrien’s angry post-game press conference? Ryan Fitzpatrick is more known for his beard than his play. When the Texans get a quarterback they’ll be scary.

26. Falcons (2-5) A former NFC contender there’s a lot of questions in Atlanta these days. Expect them to clean house in the offseason, this team has been worse than anyone could’ve imagined.

27. Washington (2-5) Robert Griffin III rejoices, since its clear Kirk Cousins is not the guy. College football superstar, Colt McCoy takes the reigns in the mean time. This team needs an identity. They’re not running the ball like they have in previous years, and there’s no stability under center.

28. Titans (2-5) The Jake Locker era might be over, rookie Zach Mettenberger is preparing to take over. Colt McCoy looked like he was back at Texas against this secondary.

29. Jets (1-6) They hung in their with the Patriots, but still came up short. Overlooking the offensive side of the ball has finally caught up with this team. Don’t see the logic in trading for Percy Harvin this late in the season. Geno Smith and Rex Ryan know they’ll be replaced.

30. Buccaneers (1-6) Aside from a spectacular comeback win against Pittsburg the Buccaneers seem to get blown out every game. The NFC South has been awful, and the Bucs have a role in it.

31. Jaguars (1-6) The Jaguars got their first win of the year, but Blake Bortles is struggling mightily. This team loves picking in the top 5, and it will only get worse if Bortles doesn’t develop.

32. Raiders (0-6) After signing veterans, Justin Tuck and drafting David Carr the Raiders are still in familiar territory. At 0-6 they’re off to they’re off to their worst start in 50 years. To be fair it doesn’t help that the AFC West is loaded (Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs).

Hong Kong protesters stand their ground

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China has gone through many changes in modern times. Their cities are expanding rapidly, and they have one the fastest growing economies in the world. The Social climate of China is also undergoing drastic change. Its citizens want something else, democracy.

Chinese citizens have long felt the government has limited their freedoms. Several websites have been banned throughout China, such as Google. The more the country expands on a global scale, the more citizens want a true democracy.

The streets of Hong Kong have been flooded with protestors all calling for an end to Chief Executive C.Y. Lueng’s regime. China’s leader Lueng is losing his patience calling for the end of protests.

“The government and the police have the responsibilities and determination to take all necessary actions to restore social order,” Leung said in his televised address.

According to CNN, the wave of protestors were given a deadline to disperse, but remained in the streets. There were no riots, and government workers were allowed to pass.

The Hong Kong Federation of students met with Hong Kong chief executive secretary Carrie Lam on possibly diffusing the protests. This conflict might be worth monitoring, as it could negatively affect China’s economy.

Devon Still and The Bengals Goodwill

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In light of all the controversy surrounding the NFL in recent weeks, Devon Still’s story has been a bright spot. Bengals defensive end Devon Still’s 4-year-old daughter, Leah, was diagnosed with cancer. Still was uninsured at the time, and on the verge of being cut.

Realizing Still’s situation the Bengals decided to place him on the practice squad so they could pay for his daughter’s bills. Hearing about Still’s daughter on the radio, Saints coach Sean Payton immediately purchased 100 Still jerseys. The proceeds from Still’s jerseys go to children staying at the same hospital as Leah. As a result the Bengals team store has sold nearly 10,000 jerseys.

The Still’s received even more good news after the entire tumor was removed from Leah, when doctors previously had concerns about its removal.

Photo Credit: Devon Still’s Instagram

The Bengal’s, and fans that showed support, should be applauded for their humility. The NFL, has been dealing with public relations issues, but this is a reminder that some things are bigger than football.

Baylor Honors Robert Griffin III

 

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Baylor University unveiled a bronze statue of current Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. RG3 had a brilliant career with the Baylor Bears winning the Heisman trophy in 2011, ahead fellow standout Andrew Luck. Luck and Griffin were drafted first and second respectively in the 2012 draft.

Griffin broke records and brought a lot of attention to the program. The statue will be placed outside of Baylor’s brand new McLane Stadium. For 65 years the Bears played games 4 miles away, from their Waco campus at Floyd-Casey Stadium. The new stadium became a reality after an increase in donations.

The unveiling is good news for Griffin, who has faced a lot of scrutiny in the aftermath of his rookie season. Griffin has battled injuries and turmoil with coaches Mike and Kyle Shannahan. Despite the praise Griffin was quick to deflect the attention praising his college coaches and teammates in an interview with the Washington Times.

“No, it wasn’t just me. If you look at the guys who came in with me, the guys who were there before we got here. They are all part of it, from Grant Teaff to coach (Art) Briles,” Griffin said, mentioning his former teammates. “They know we couldn’t have done it without each other.”

Prior to the Bears blowout win fans chanted “RG3” for three hours. The Bears hope to continue building their football program, with the hope of sending more players to the NFL. As for Griffin, he’ll look to rebound from a disappointing season week one against the Houston Texans.

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