NFL Power Rankings - Week 13: Broncos rising

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NFL Power Rankings - Week 13: Broncos rising

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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?
28
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

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White Sox willing to overlook 'rough' patches as healthy Carlos Rodon returns

White Sox willing to overlook 'rough' patches as healthy Carlos Rodon returns

The two fastballs that soared to the backstop on Wednesday night should give you a strong indication that Carlos Rodon was far from perfect.

But in making his first start of the 2017 season, the White Sox pitcher also offered his team plenty of signals that his health isn’t going to be an issue.

Rodon returned to the mound for the first time since last September and brought the goods that made him one of baseball’s top pitching prospects several years ago. Given he’d missed three months with bursitis in the left shoulder and the potential value he offers to a franchise only half a season into its first rebuild in 20 years, that was plenty for the White Sox to overlook the rust Rodon showed in a 12-3 White Sox loss to the New York Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“He started a little rough early obviously, got some high pitch counts,” manager Rick Renteria said. “And then he kind of settled down.

“Having him back in the rotation and getting him back out there on the big league field, coming out of there feeling good, healthy. I'm sure he will continue to get better as he continues to get out there and move forward.”

Renteria said he wasn’t surprised that Rodon struggled with his command as much as he did against the Yankees. The issues the pitcher displayed in uncorking a pair of wild pitches, walking six batters and throwing strikes on only 41 of 94 pitches were also present during Rodon’s four rehab starts in the minors.

But as long as the stuff was there, the White Sox would be OK with any issues that accompanied the performance. Rodon began to alleviate those concerns immediately when he earned a called strike on the game’s first pitch with a 93-mph fastball to Brett Gardner. Featuring a four-seamer with an absurd amount of movement and a nasty slider he struggled to control, Rodon checked all the boxes the White Sox hoped for from a pitcher they believe will be a frontline starter for years to come. Rodon also was pleased by how he felt before, during and after the contest.

“I was pretty excited,” Rodon said. “I was going a little fast in the first. But it was good to be out there. Next time out, it’ll hopefully be a little better. Arm feels good, body feels good, all you can ask for.”

Well, it’s not ALL you can ask for, but it’s pretty damn good out of the gate given how slow Rodon’s return took. His four-seam fastball averaged 94.9 mph according to BrooksBaseball.Net and touched 97 mph. His two-seamer averaged 94.4 mph and touched 95. And his slider, though he couldn’t control it, nor locate it for a strike, averaged 86 mph.

“You could see (Omar Narvaez) going over to try to catch some balls that were having tremendous run,” Renteria said. “That's (Rodon). He's got some tremendous life, he's just trying to harness it the best that he can and being able to execute where he wants to get as many strikes as possible.”

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The strikes were about the only thing Rodon didn’t bring with him. He walked Gardner to start the game and issued two more free passes after a Tim Anderson error allowed a run to score and extended the first inning. Rodon threw 37 pitches in the first, only 15 for strikes.

He also reached a full count to each of the batters he faced in the second inning. Rodon walked two more with two outs in the third inning after he’d retired six batters in a row.

And there were those pesky first-inning wild pitches that resembled something out of ‘Bull Durham.’

But all in all, Rodon and the White Sox ultimately saw enough in the first outing to be pleased.

“Great stuff, great life, but the goal is to put it in the zone and let them swing it to get guys out early,” Rodon said. “That’s not what happened. I’ll get back to that.”

“It’s a tough loss, but it’s better to be with the guys out on the field grinding than sitting on the couch and watching, for sure.”