NFL Power Rankings - Week 11: Texans back at the top

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NFL Power Rankings - Week 11: Texans back at the top

Each week throughout the regular season, we'll beranking all 32 NFL teams.

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SK JFComments 1 SK: The defense KO'ed the Bears. Arguably the best in the NFL.
JF: Got past a tough Bears team in some even tougher playing conditions. 2 SK: Should get back in the win column with the fading Cardinals on tap.
JF: You can't stay perfect forever (unless you're the '72 Dolphins), still an elite team.
3 SK: Healthy: Class of the NFL. Not 100 percent: Still a Top 3 team.
JF: Lost to arguably the best team in the NFL and had Cutler knocked out of the game.
4 SK: Offense needs to find consistency if they want to hoist the Lombardi.
JF: Got some much-needed rest in Week 10. Can't have a slip-up at Detroit.
5 SK: Scary good. May not lose another game in the regular season.
JF: Just absolutely crushed Oakland. Possibly gearing up for a win streak?
6 SK: A tie...really? The league really needs to look into changing OT rules...again.
JF: Nobody likes a tie, but it's better than a home loss to the Rams.
7 SK:Won't score 55 again, but Baltimore finally put together an all-around game.
JF: Defense played out of its mind in Carolina. This team has its arrow pointing up.
8 SK: Nobody will want to play the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field if they make the postseason.
JF: Not a pretty win over Buffalo, but the Pats still got the job done.
9 SK: Offense is getting it done, can't say the same about that "young talented" defense.
JF: The Seahawks are looking more and more like a contender instead of a pretender.
10 SK: If the season ended today: Broncos would host the Colts in the playoffs...WOW.
JF: Drop three spots after a win? That's what happens after looking terrible vs. Kansas City.
11 SK: Roethlisberger out indefinitely. Bad news for a hobbled Steelers team.
JF: Luck not only can get it done through the air, but his legs helped Indy to 6-3.
12 SK: Looks like the Giants are in their annual mid-season swoon.
JF: Adrian Peterson...no further comment necessary.
13 SK: Could an offensive Juggernaut be forming in Tampa Bay?
JF: I don't know who this Eli Manning is. He and the rest of the G-Men have lost their mojo.
14 SK:Brees has the Saints back in the playoff hunt.
JF: Bucs win their third straight with impressive win over slumping Chargers.
15 SK:AP helped the Vikings to a much-needed victory over the Lions.
JF: Don't underestimate the power of Drew Brees and his New Orleans teammates.
16 SK: Nice win over NYG. Need to string some wins together to get back in playoff picture.
JF: The Bengals finally reached full potential in a game. Dalton is heating up.
17 SK:Question marks on both sides of the ball in Detroit.
JF: Can come off the BYE with a landmark victory over the Falcons. Good luck with that.
18 SK:What has happened to the Dolphins?
JF: Cowboys got better as the game went on for the first time in awhile. Could win next 3.
19 SK: Rivers gave it away in the second half. Seems to be the case all season.
JF:Proved they can stick with any team in the league with a tie in San Francisco.
20 SK:With Giants fading, Dallas can hop right back into the playoff hunt with a win Sunday.
JF: The losses keep piling up and it doesn't get any easier vs. Green Bay.
21 SK: Is Shanny's job in jeopardy following the season?
JF: Chargers are in about as bad of a spot as any team looking to make the playoffs.
22 SK:Been IN a lot of games, but W's only count in this league.
JF: Movin' on up following respectable effort in loss to Patriots.
23 SK: I think it's safe to say their losing skid will hit six this weekend.
JF: Took the BYE week to get healthy. Expect RG3 to shine again.
24 SK:Nick Foles, your table is ready.
JF: Ugly defeat placed on the Dolphins by Titans. Turn your head, tough to watch.
25 SK:Excited to see if Locker and Wright can create some chemistry down the stretch.
JF: Had to win vs. Dallas last week and didn't. Vick is concussed and it may be over.
26 SK:WHY is Carson Palmer throwing so much? Can't win in this league without a run game.
JF: Believe it or not, but the Titans are showing life.
27 SK:Jets are a joke this year. Nobody will be laughing when shown the door this offseason.
JF: Can really ruffle some feathers in Dallas with a win over the Cowboys.
28
SK:How do you lose a game with almost 500 yards of total offense.
JF: Just looked awful in Baltimore last week. At least Palmer is a good fantasy option.
29 SK:Have a chance to spoil some teams playoff chances down the stretch.
JF:It's hard to believe the Panthers are this bad...but they are.
30 SK:What is the Panthers identity?
JF:Identity crisis. Who are they? What do they do? Will they win again?
31 SK: Romeo says no more dancing in Kansas City.
JF: Showed a little spunk in Pittsburgh, but ultimately came up short, again.
32 SK:Worst team in the NFL and it's not even close.
JF: They can't run. They can't pass. They can't defend.

Blackhawks blow three-goal lead, fall in OT at Lightning

Blackhawks blow three-goal lead, fall in OT at Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Yanni Gourde had a breakaway goal 4:25 into overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Monday night.

Victor Hedman set up the winner with his third assist of the game.

Tampa Bay, which trails Boston by a point for the second Eastern Conference wild card, got two goals from Jonathan Drouin. Ondrej Palat and Anton Stralman also scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy, who got pulled 14 minutes into the first after allowing three goals on eight shots, returned to start the second and finished with 25 saves.

Artemi Panarin, Patrick Kane, Tomas Jurco and Richard Panik scored for the Western Conference-leading Blackhawks, who were coming off a 7-0 loss Saturday night at Florida. Scott Darling stopped 25 shots.

After the Blackhawks went up 4-1 midway through the second on Panik's goal, Tampa Bay tied it at 4 on Drouin's goals and one by Stralman in a 4:39 span.

Chicago took a 3-1 lead after the first period on goals by Panarin, Kane and Jurco. Palat, playing in his 300th NHL game, had the Tampa Bay goal.

Palat and Drouin's second goal came on power plays after Chicago was penalized for delay of game after shooting the puck over the glass.

The Blackhawks have the 24th ranked short-handed unit in the NHL.

Nikita Kucherov had two assists to set a Tampa Bay record for points in a single month with 22. The right wing has four assists and 11 points during a five-game point streak.

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa

MESA, Ariz. – After an impressive camp where he looked like the next homegrown Cubs hitter to roll off the assembly line, Ian Happ will go to Triple-A Iowa and get ready to make his big-league debut, or perhaps build his value for a trade-deadline deal.

Along with Happ, the Cubs assigned outfielder John Andreoli and catcher Taylor Davis to minor-league camp on Monday while optioning pitchers Eddie Butler and Rob Zastryzny to Iowa, cutting their roster to 31 as the Opening Night picture comes into focus.

Happ – the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Cincinnati – batted .417 with five homers, four doubles and 17 RBI in 24 Cactus League games.

"Offensively, what was there not to like?" general manager Jed Hoyer said. "I feel like he hit the ball hard every at-bat for six weeks. It's always fun to see a young guy like that come in and open a lot of eyes."

Happ, 22, is a switch-hitter who can play second base and the outfield, skills that could help him escape from Des Moines once the need arises on the major-league level.

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Though there are questions about Happ's defense, Theo Epstein's front office and Joe Maddon's coaching staff clearly value versatility and trust young talent, moving Addison Russell to shortstop in 2015 and elevating rookie catcher Willson Contreras last season.

Stay tuned to see when/if the Cubs will have a spot at Wrigley Field, but Happ looks like he will be on a fast track.

"Whenever you're in Triple-A, you're always a call away," Hoyer said. "Sometimes it happens quicker than you think. We never expected Addie would be up in April of that year, and he was. I feel like with Willson last year, if you had asked me in spring training – would he be up in June? – I probably would have thought it would be more like a September call-up or something like that.

"You never know. Things happen. When you have good players in the minor leagues, sometimes it speeds up on you a little bit."