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Preja vu: Ponder leads Vikings to face Newton, Panthers

For National Football Authority, we preview the battle between rookie quarterbacks Christian Ponder and Cam Newton as the Vikings visit the Panthers. We also talk about how RB Adrian Peterson needs carries, how a defensive end other that Jared Allen could impact the game for the Vikings, and how the Panthers may use CB Chris Gamble. Click here to read all about it.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, via nationalfootballpost.com

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Football Relativity Week 7

Each week, we compare all 32 NFL teams using our Football Relativity comparison. On the comparison, the 10 level is reserved for the best teams, and the 1 level for the worst. We’ll note throughout where teams have moved up or down from last week.

Packers WR Greg Jennings and company beat the Vikings, via greenbaypressgazette.com

10 – Green Bay Packers – The Packers were tested in Minnesota – until CB Charles Woodson took advantage of rookie QB Christian Ponder not once but twice. Meanwhile, QB Aaron Rodgers was pitching a near perfect game. The Pack enters their bye 7-0, and they’ve served notice that the title defense is on in Titletown.

9 – New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints – The Patriots were on bye. The Saints broke out the whooping stick in a 62-7 home win over the Colts. It was a complete performance that highlighted what the Saints can be at their best. They’ll have a great chance at an encore next week in a visit to St. Louis.

8 – Atlanta Falcons (UP A LEVEL), Baltimore Ravens (DOWN A LEVEL), Houston Texans (UP A LEVEL), Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers – We’re temped to dock the Chargers after a poor offensive performance in New York against the Jets, but we’ll leave them be for now since that road trip was a tough game. But the Bolts need to bounce back and play better soon, because the Chiefs are on the charge in the AFC West. The Steelers took care of business in Arizona with a 32-20 victory, setting up huge home games against New England and Baltimore in the next two weeks. The Falcons got a win in Detroit and seem to have found themselves the last few weeks. That’s a good feeling as the Dirty Birds head to their bye. The Texans won a big game in the AFC South and did so in convincing style, 41-7 over the Titans. They have a chance to knock off another division foe next week at home against the Jaguars. The Ravens played those Jaguars this week and lost on Monday night. It was a horrific offensive performance as, for the second time this season, Baltimore laid a major egg on the road. They must bounce back against Arizona this week before facing off against the Steelers the following week.

7 – Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys (UP A LEVEL), Detroit Lions (DOWN A LEVEL), New York Giants, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – We covered the Cowboys’ nice win and the Cowboys’ disappointing loss in Rise/Sink/Float. The 49ers, Giants, and Bills were on bye.  The Buccaneers lost in London to the Bears, and they were wracked by injuries to RB Earnest Graham and others. The bye is coming at a key time for the Bucs. The Jets put together a comeback win against the Chargers to move to 4-0. Gang Green has been up and down, but after the bye they need to learn to win on the road. The Raiders were embarrassed against the Chiefs, but they hope the upcoming bye week will help new QB Carson Palmer get ready to contribute.

6 – Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles – We covered the Bears’ win in London in Rise/Sink/Float, and the Eagles were on bye.

5 – Cincinnati Bengals – The Bengals were on bye.

4 – Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs (UP A LEVEL), Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans (DOWN A LEVEL), Washington Redskins (DOWN A LEVEL) – The Chiefs went into Oakland and took advantage of bad quarterback play to shut out the Raiders. Suddenly, despite injuries, the Chiefs are 3-3, and if they can beat the Chargers next Monday night, they’ll control their own destiny in the AFC West. It’s an impressive turnaround after an awful start. The Browns beat the Seahawks 6-3 in a terrible aesthetic game. But the Browns are 3-3, which is a nice feat – even though the schedule has been favorable. The Seahawks competed on the road, but while the defense is pretty good, the offense ain’t. The Titans got blasted by the Texans in a key AFC South matchup, and there’s no question they’re now a step behind Houston in the division. The Redskins missed an opportunity in Carolina, falling to 3-3 and losing ground in the NFC East.

3 – Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars (UP A LEVEL) – The Panthers finally got a win with a 33-20 decision over the Redskins. They have a chance to build on that momentum at home against the Vikings this week, which would put them at 3-5 entering the bye. That would be a nice step forward for QB Cam Newton and company. The Broncos also got a win thanks to last-minute heroics from QB Tim Tebow, who isn’t pretty but still finds a way to deliver in the clutch. Denver hosts Detroit this week. The Jaguars followed a competitive performance in Pittsburgh with a win against the Ravens at home. Jacksonville’s defense is coming on, and that’s a good sign. Now rookie QB Blaine Gabbert must start to make progress too. Amazingly, if the Jaguars can win in Houston this week, they will be 3-4 with wins over both of their main division rivals – basically in the thick of the race.

2 – Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings lost to the Panthers, but Christian Ponder’s starting debut showed promise. The Vikings have an easier draw in Carolina this week. The Cardinals stuck around but ultimately fell victim to the Steelers. A trip to Baltimore this week is no easy place to bounce back.

1 – Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams – The league’s winless crew embarrassed themselves again. The Dolphins blew a 15-0 lead in the final three minutes of regulation against the Broncos. The Colts were blasted 62-7 in New Orleans. The Rams fell to Dallas 34-7. We don’t see any wins on the horizon, either.

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Newton makes plays, Beck makes mistakes

For National Football Authority, we break down the Panthers’ 33-20 victory over the Chicago Bears. We talk about the performances of QBs Cam Newton and John Beck and the significant injuries to the Redskins, including to RB Tim Hightower. Click here to read all about it.

Redskins RB Tim Hightower got hurt against the Panthers, via newsobserver.com

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Preja Vu: Beck takes over at QB as Redskins visit Panthers

For National Football Authority, we preview the battle between the 3-2 Washington Redskins and the 1-5 Carolina Panthers. We discuss Redskins QB John Beck’s first start, Panthers QB Cam Newton’s ability to bounce back, and how offensive line injuries affect both teams. Click here to read all about it.

Redskins QB John Beck, via washingtonpost.com

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Panthers search for defensive solutions

In my weekly Carolina Panthers report for National Football Authority, we look at how the team is dabbling with the 3-4 defense (and what that means), Cam Newton’s worst game so far (and what it means), and update head coach Ron Rivera’s doghouse. Click here to read all about it.

RB Michael Turner and the Falcons ran all over the Panthers, via panthers.com

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Does Cam Newton take losing too hard?

For National Football Authority, we discuss one of Panthers QB Cam Newton’s biggest characteristics – his burning desire to win – and try to figure out whether it’s a great sign, a potential source of trouble, or both. Click here to see our conclusions.

Panthers QB Cam Newton against the Saints, via nola.com

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Who Tim Tebow’s role model should be

Tebow as Starting Quarterback

Tim Tebow is now under center for the Broncos.Image by Jeffrey Beall via Flickr

For National Football Authority, we compare Broncos QB Tim Tebow to another famous, beloved Heisman Trophy winning quarterback. No, it’s not Cam Newton, no matter how many connections between the Panthers quarterback and Tebow we hear. Click here to find out who it is, and why the comparison could be good news for Tebow backers as well as Broncos fans.

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Saints edge Panthers in NFC South battle

For National Football Authority, we break down the Saints’ 30-27 victory over the Carolina Panthers. We cover the Saints’ coldly effective final drive, Cam Newton’s successes – and one big failure, and more. Click here to read all about it.

Saints RB Pierre Thomas scores the game-winning TD, via 973thedawg.com

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Preja Vu: Saints vs. Panthers features Brees vs. Newton

For National Football Authority, we preview the NFC South matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers. Is a shootout in the offing – and if so, will Drew Brees or Cam Newton come out on top? Plus, we look at the matchup to watch, get an injury update, and more. Click here to read all about it.

Drew Brees and the Saints return to Charlotte to take on the Panthers, via panthers.com

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Many happy returns for Hester, Bears in win over Panthers

For National Football Authority, we break down the Bears’ 34-29 victory over the Panthers. We talk about the big days by Chicago’s RB Matt Forte and returner Devin Hester, Cam Newton’s day, and D.J. Moore’s impact. Click here to read all about it.

Bears returner Devin Hester gives Panthers PK Olindo Mare a facial, via nbcsports.com

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