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NFL Power Rankings - Week 13: Broncos rising

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NFL Power Rankings - Week 13: Broncos rising

Each week throughout the regular season, we'll be rankingall 32 NFL teams.

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SKJF Comments 1 SK: The Texans could clinch the AFCSouth this weekend.
JF: Had some luck on Turkey Day to get past Lions. 2 SK:Another win, but still waiting to see them do it in a more convincingmanner.
JF: Not playing their best, but continue to win. 10-1 stands for something.
3 SK: Was Harbaugh really consideringgoing back to Alex Smith this weekend?
JF: Went to New Orleans and took care of business. QB controversy in full effect.
4 SK:Denver may not lose another game in the regular season.
JF: Slid by Chargers to hold onto top spot in AFC.
5 SK:Averaging 43.8 points in their last five games...IMPRESSIVE.
JF: Two dominating performances in a row has their arrow pointing up.
6 SK: Still not convinced Ray Ricepicked up the first down on that 4th-and-29 play.
JF: Apparently the Giants are better than the Packers.
7 SK:Sunday just shows how valuable Jay Cutler really is to the Bears.
JF: Unimpressive win over Chiefs, but running away division title.
8 SK:Thoroughly manhandled the Pack, but which Giants team will show upeach week?
JF: Clearly I rated the Packers too high last week. They fell hard against the Giants.
9 SK: Will not go far in the postseasonwithout a running game and a brutal defense.
JF: Bears shouldn't drop a spot after a win, but the Giants' sudden rise is cruel.
10 SK: The Colts magical season continuedwith an impressive win over the Bills.
JF: Just barely missed a chance at knocking off the Falcons and making a statement.
11 SK:Don't sleep on the Law Firm. Cincy is right back in the thick ofthings.
JF: The Bengals may just be peaking at the right time of the year.
12 SK:Their run defense has collapsed as oflate.
JF: 'ChuckStrong' is more than a saying for the Colts...it's a lifestyle in Indy.
13 SK:Tough stretch coming up for a young Buccaneers team with playoffaspirations.
JF: Continue to struggle on the road. Trend may continue this weekend in Chicago.
14 SK:Tough home loss to San Francisco, but still in the playoff hunt.
JF: Looked very mediocre in blowout loss to the Bears.
15 SK:Vikings really need Percy Harvin back if they want to sniff theplayoffs.
JF: Made Cowboys look silly on Thanksgiving. Probably too little, too late though.
16 SK:A loss to the Browns? Still think they'll get it together when BigBen returns.
JF: Just didn't have it vs. 49ers. Looked over matched throughout the game.
17 SK:A win on Monday would have the Redskins one game behind the Giants inthe NFC East.
JF: Worst loss of the year...besides when they lost their QB a few weeks ago.
18 SK:Face a "Must-win" game against the Eagles this weekend.
JF: Played well enough to beat Houston, but as usual the Lions came up short.
19 SK: Ryan Tannehill has already brokenDan Marino's record for yards thrown as a rookie.
JF: Ended a rough patch on the schedule with a win. Looking to make a late run.
20 SK:Too many head-cases on the Lions, including the man in charge.
JF: Just crushed the Cardinals. Rookie CB Jenkins is double the pleasure, double the fun.
21 SK:Norv Turner will make a good OC somewhere in 2013.
JF: Have the talent to be a playoff team, but once again that won't happen this year.
22 SK: I think CJ2K may be back inTennessee.
JF: Browns handled themselves against a battered Steelers squad.
23 SK:BOLD PREDICTION: Browns will be in the wild-card hunt next season.
JF: This team seems like it has an inability to be consistent.
24 SK:Could see a major shakeup in Buffalo this offseason.
JF: Finally getting it together in Carolina.
25 SK:Don't look now, but Cam Newton has really turned it around as oflate.
JF: After a 4-0 start, the Cardinals have lost seven in a row. OUCH!
26 SK:Janoris Jenkins is a stud. Should be in the running for DefensiveRookie of the Year.
JF: Hung tough with the Ravens for four quarters.
27 SK:Matt Barkley? Aaron Murray? Landry Jones? Kurt Warner? Anybody?
JF: What good can you say following a crushing defeat to Patriots?
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SK:Chad Henne's resurgence may cost Blaine Gabbert his job inJacksonville.
JF: The Jags are a different team under Chad Henne...they may win FOUR games!
29 SK:You know the Jets are bad when even Fireman Ed has quit on the team.
JF: Could have had their fifth win against Jacksonville, but instead fall further down.
30 SK:The Phillies have won more recently than the Eagles.
JF: Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Wait, don't you have to be good before you can fall?
31 SK:On the bright side it looks like Oakland will be getting Run DMC backthis weekend.
JF: Oakland can't win on the road (1-5) and can't really win at home either (2-3).
32 SK:At least they have one win this season...
JF:Three more field foals to add to the season point total

On a scale of 1-10, Tarik Cohen says his dangerous level is 12

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On a scale of 1-10, Tarik Cohen says his dangerous level is 12

Don't be fooled by Tarik Cohen's height. He has towering confidence and he's setting up to have a big role in coach Matt Nagy's offense in 2018.

“On a scale of 1-10, the dangerous level is probably 12,” Cohen said Thursday at Halas Hall about the impact he can have in the Bears' new system. “Because in backyard football, it’s really anything goes, and it’s really whoever gets tired first, that’s who’s going to lose. I’m running around pretty good out here, so I feel like I’m doing a good job.”

Cohen proved last season he can thrive in space. He made an impact as a runner, receiver and return man and will have a chance at an even bigger workload this fall, assuming he can handle it.

With Jordan Howard established as the starting running back, Cohen knows his touches will come in a variety of ways.

“It might not necessarily be rushes,” he said. “But it’s going to be all over the field, and that’s what I like to do. Any way I can get the ball or make a play for my team, that’s what I’m looking forward to doing.”

Cohen averaged 4.3 yards-per-carry as a rookie and led all NFL running backs in the percentage of carries that went for at least 15 yards. He's a big play waiting to happen.

Howard can't get too comfortable in his first-team role. He's a few bad series from Cohen unseating him as the starter and becoming the most valuable weapon in Nagy's offense. The first-year coach is already having trouble hiding his excitement over Cohen, an emotion that will only grow once training camp gets underway.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.

Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th. 

Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.

The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.

Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.