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Continued: NFL power rankings

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 26, 2007 - 9:45 PM

RUN, T-JACK, RUN. FINALLY!

1 Is it me, or was Sunday the first time Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson looked determined to make a difference? Maybe it was the fact he FINALLY put his feet to good use and ran the ball consistently. The two most encouraging aspects of Jackson's day were: 1, Looking off the safety before hitting Sidney Rice with a 60-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the game; and 2, Running the ball five times for a career-high 38 yards. For those of us who thought the time was NOW for T-Jack to show us something positive against a good team, the kid did just that in the Vikings' 41-17 victory at Giants Stadium. Hats off. Here's hoping he keeps running the ball. Coach Brad Childress likes the added dimension that it brings, but he also wants Jackson to be "a thrower first."I don't want him just pulling it down willy-nilly and taking off with it because he thinks he can outjuke everybody," Childress said. Did he really say "willy-nilly"?

WILD CARD, HOMEBOY!

2 There's something cheesy about so many 5-6 teams -- and their giddy owners -- feeling so good about themselves. But, hey, welcome to the NFC, where six 5-6 teams know they're only one game behind the free-falling Detroit Lions (6-5) for the second wild-card berth. On paper -- which is a ridiculous place to judge the NFL, by the way -- the Vikings appear to be the most well-positioned 5-6 team. Here are the strength of schedules for those six teams over the final five weeks: Vikings and Cardinals (both .436, 24-31); Saints (.455, 25-30); Redskins and Bears (both .582, 32-23); and Eagles (.618, 34-21). The Vikings and Cardinals each have two road games remaining. The Cardinals have the tougher road schedule, going to Seattle (7-4) and Atlanta (3-8). The Vikings visit two teams with losing records, the 49ers (3-8) and Broncos (5-6). Plus, the Vikings are the only one of the NFC's 5-6 teams to play the Lions down the stretch (Sunday at home). The Vikings also are the only team among the six to have a current winning streak (two games).

CHILLY JUST LIKE BILLY -- THROUGH 27 GAMES

3 Vikings coach Brad Childress still needs to find his Tom Brady, win three Super Bowls and make a run at a 19-0 season. But so far, through his first 27 games as an NFL head coach, Childress is right where Bill Belichick was: 11-16. Belichick was 6-10 with the Browns in 1991. Back then, the AFC was the weaker conference, so Belichick was still in the playoff hunt when a loss to the Vikings at the Metrodome dropped Cleveland to 5-6 in 1992. The Browns finished 7-9 and out of the playoffs that year. (P.S. This, by the way, is why I now resist the urge to say anyone who struggles early on as a head coach has no chance of succeeding.)

MARK CRAIG

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San Francisco 4 Bottom 5th Inning
Pittsburgh 0
Minnesota 10/2/14 7:25 PM
Green Bay
Buffalo 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Chicago 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Cleveland 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
St. Louis 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Atlanta 10/5/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Tampa Bay 10/5/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Houston 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Dallas
Baltimore 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis
Pittsburgh 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Arizona 10/5/14 3:05 PM
Denver
Kansas City 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
NY Jets 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Diego
Cincinnati 10/5/14 7:30 PM
New England
Seattle 10/6/14 7:30 PM
Washington
Washington 1 FINAL
Buffalo 6
Carolina 3 FINAL
Columbus 6
Pittsburgh 2 3rd Prd 10:46
Detroit 0
Montreal 0 2nd Prd 13:47
Chicago 0
Arizona 1 1st Prd 3:31
Edmonton 0
Fla Atlantic 10/2/14 6:00 PM
FIU
UCF 10/2/14 6:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 10/2/14 9:30 PM
(2) Oregon
Louisville 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Syracuse
San Diego St 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Utah State 10/3/14 9:15 PM
(18) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(12) Miss State
Ball State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Army
Iowa State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(21) Oklahoma State
Marshall 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Old Dominion
Southern Miss 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Middle Tennessee
(20) Ohio State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Maryland
Purdue 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Florida 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
SMU 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(22) East Carolina
Virginia Tech 10/4/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Eastern Mich 10/4/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Texas 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Indiana
Massachusetts 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Tulsa 10/4/14 2:00 PM
Colorado State
New Mexico 10/4/14 2:30 PM
TX-San Antonio
(3) Alabama 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(11) Ole Miss
(14) Stanford 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(9) Notre Dame
(17) Wisconsin 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Navy 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
(7) Baylor 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Texas
(4) Oklahoma 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(25) TCU
Wake Forest 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
NC State 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Clemson
Buffalo 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Bowling Green
Ohio U 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Central Mich
Oregon State 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Colorado
Vanderbilt 10/4/14 3:00 PM
(13) Georgia
Kansas 10/4/14 3:00 PM
West Virginia
Kent State 10/4/14 4:00 PM
Northern Ill
South Alabama 10/4/14 5:00 PM
Appalachian St
Texas-El Paso 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
(15) LSU 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
UAB 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Ky
Texas Tech 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(23) Kansas State
Michigan 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rutgers
Hawaii 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rice
Toledo 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Mich
ULM 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Georgia State 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
Idaho 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Texas State
Memphis 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Arizona State 10/4/14 6:30 PM
(16) USC
So Carolina 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Kentucky
Pittsburgh 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Virginia
Miami-Florida 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
(19) Nebraska 10/4/14 7:00 PM
(10) Michigan State
UNLV 10/4/14 7:00 PM
San Jose St
Ga Southern 10/4/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Utah 10/4/14 9:30 PM
(8) UCLA
Boise State 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Winnipeg 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Edmonton 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
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