NFL Power Rankings - Week 14: Dangerous Bengals

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NFL Power Rankings - Week 14: Dangerous Bengals

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SKJF Comments 1 SK: Despite injuries, Texans just keep getting it done.
JF: Schaub has the Texans in the playoffs, but how long can they last? 2 SK:Wasn't expecting that defensive performance against the Saints.
JF: Remained perfect at home with impressive defensive performance vs. Saints.
3 SK: Peyton Manning has the Broncos reliving their dominating days from the 90's.
JF: Continue to win in different ways as others find new ways to lose.
4 SK:Another AFC East title for the Patriots.
JF: Manning to Thomas is looking a lot like Manning to Harrison used to.
5 SK:Will Harbaugh go back to Smith this weekend?
JF: Held off the Vikings to pick up eighth win. Sitting in a really good spot.
6 SK: Losing Starks should hurt, but the Packers don't seem to be bothered by injuries.
JF: Tough loss to pesky Rams, but the Niners have to get back on the horse.
7 SK: Can't be considered elite if you lose to Charlie Batch at home.
JF: Should not have lost to the banged up Steelers. RG3 & red-hot 'Skins up next.
8 SK:Questions marks with the defense? Didn't see this coming three weeks ago.
JF: They are immune to losses right now.
9 SK: Another come-from-behind late game victory for Andrew Luck.
JF: Apparently they weren't as good as they appeared to be against the Packers.
10 SK: Could be the most dangerous team in the AFC if they reach the postseason.
JF: The Bengals defense is nothing to sneeze at. Telling game this week vs. Cowboys.
11 SK:Russell Wilson has made me a believer.
JF: Proved they can win with a little bit of offense and a whole lot of defense.
12 SK: RGIII, just wow. Can't say enough good things.
JF: Proved they can lose with a little bit of offense and a whole lot of defense.
13 SK:There has never been a team I've been more confused by.
JF: Don't look now, but the Redskins are clamoring for a playoff spot.
14 SK: Have the Buccaneers fallen back to earth?
JF: Inspired play from Charlie Batch was the difference against the Ravens.
15 SK:Who was that young gun at QB that led the Steelers to a victory?
JF: Led the Broncos at the half last week, but couldn't keep up in the second half.
16 SK:As must win as it gets in Cincinnati this weekend.
JF: Took the season series vs. 49ers, now need to improve against everyone else.
17 SK:Losing Harvin for the season hurts Vikings playoff' chances.
JF: Apparently they have a running back that no one can stop. Yet they still lose?
18 SK:Saints season looks to be bleak.
JF: Maybe Tannehill can get back on track in San Francisco. Nah, probably not.
19 SK: Will be a playoff team next season. Book it.
JF: Must-win game in Cincinnati for Cowboys.
20 SK:Beat the Jags, but who hasn't?
JF: Brees won't play as bad as he did in Atlanta the rest of his career.
21 SK:What has happened to their once promising season?
JF: Crushed the Jags and now try to keep slim playoff hopes alive vs. Rams.
22 SK: Greg McElroy, your table is ready.
JF: Continue to look brilliant at times on offense, but manage to foul it up at the end.
23 SK:Promising future. Could be a scary team to deal with down the stretch.
JF: Browns finally got a win on the road. Must beat KC this week at home.
24 SK: Situation still a mess in Detroit.
JF: One point better than the Cardinals.
25 SK: I'll say it again, Has Norv Turner been fired yet?
JF: One point worse than the Jets.
26 SK: Why do they have Jake Locker throwing so many passes?
JF: Will the Chargers win any of their remaining four games? Outlook not so good.
27 SK:Losing skid could hit nine this week.
JF: 45 passes from Locker in a 24-10 loss last week is a sign of what not to do.
28
SK:Could these be Ron Rivera's final three games as an NFL head coach?
JF: Brown is filling in nicely for McCoy, but the Eagles are DONE.
29 SK:Tim Tebow to Jacksonville in 2013? Hey, why not?
JF: I've soured on the Panthers rather quickly.
30 SK: Misery in Philly. At least Bryce Brown has been a bright spot.
JF: I guess we gave Chad Henne too much credit.
31 SK:Emotional victory for Kansas City. Good to see Brady Quinn getting a chance.
JF: KC gets a win and moves out of the basement.
32 SK:More than likely will have double-digit losses after Thursday's game against DEN.
JF:Home loss to Browns has the Raiders searching for answers.

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Michal Kempny was in and out of the Blackhawks lineup last season but he’ll likely get a bigger opportunity this coming season. On Saturday, he was assured of coming back to get that chance.

Kempny and the Blackhawks agreed to a one-year extension, the team announced on Saturday morning.

“Michal’s style of play is an asset to our defense,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He is the type of player who will continue to improve now that he has transitioned to the National Hockey League. We look forward to his continued development on the ice for the Blackhawks.”

Kempny was part of a very crowded blue line last season — he was one of eight defensemen at the start of it — and played 50 regular-season games. He recorded two goals and six assists in those contests but did not play in the Blackhawks’ four postseason contests. With Johnny Oduya and Brian Campbell likely not returning, however, Kempny should get a bigger opportunity this season.

The 26-year-old Kempny also had two goals and an assist in eight games for the Czech Republic team at the 2017 World Championship.

Morning Update: White Sox beat Tigers; Cubs shutout in LA

Morning Update: White Sox beat Tigers; Cubs shutout in LA

Here are some of Friday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Preview: White Sox-Tigers doubleheader today on CSN

Preview: Charlotte Knights battle Buffalo Bisons tonight on CSN+

Avisail Garcia busts out of mini-slump in White Sox win

Jake Arrieta not at his sharpest in Cubs shutout loss to Dodgers

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Why Jim Callis thinks Luis Robert is going to have a gigantic impact on White Sox

The ‘friendly rivalry’ between Theo Epstein and Andrew Friedman with Cubs, Dodgers becoming NL superpowers

Red Sox ace Chris Sale doesn't have time to get emotional in return to Chicago

Cubs: Is Joe Maddon turning Kyle Schwarber into a platoon player?

White Sox prospect Lucas Giolito: No-hitter 'special' after early struggles