Week 12 NFL Power Rankings are in, as is one mid-November ballot for the MVP ...
Here's how I see the candidates stacking up for the league's most prestigious award:
3) Run me until my wheels fall off.
2) No, my career is not winding down -- tell that rookie to sit tight.
On to other battles ... mostly in Missouri.
Is "Chiefs Kingdom" a thing? I've always hated the tag "Red Sox Nation." Then again, us Texas Rangers fans don't really have a thing. #NoWorldSeriesRings #CatchTheBallNelsonCruz
Don't ever say the Power Rankings ignores its female fans. #ShirtlessTweetsByAleks
Let the dissension commence!
***Power Rankings side note:*** When I first got the notification that Collins [(@tonycollinsbwyb)](https://twitter.com/tonycollinsbwyb) was following me on Twitter, my initial thought was, *"Does anybody remember what a good little all-around back he was?"* One thing Collins could do well was catch the ball (77 receptions in 1986). It remains to be seen if Gray can be that kind of player; but then, with [Shane Vereen](/player/shanevereen/2495473/profile) (35 catches for 305 yards and three scores this season) also in the backfield, he might not have to be. ... </content:power-ranking>
[Impressive win for the Packers](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2014111603/2014/REG11/eagles@packers), who are starting to look awfully *2010-ish*. Speaking of [Packers](/teams/greenbaypackers/profile?team=GB) history, [how about those unis](http://www.nfl.com/videos/green-bay-packers/0ap3000000429533/Week-11-Eagles-vs-Packers-highlights)? I love 'em. They represent the 1929 squad, which was a pretty good undefeated team (12-0-1). *Pretty good*, as in outscoring its opponents 198-22. </content:power-ranking>
Sure, much will be made of Mark Sanchez's play, but I saw a quarterback pressing to keep his team in a game with an opposing offense that couldn't be stopped.
A big part of the most significant win of Week 11 has to do with a football oddity the 2014 Rams recently discovered -- I believe it's known in some circles as a "pass rush." Word is, it takes place when one of your guys tackles or hurries the other guys' quarterback, sometimes with the ball still in his hand.
Hey, you're in first place in the NFC South, guys. Not bad.
I feel OK about typing this kind of blurb for fans in Chicago. After all, they've had Jay Cutler as their quarterback for more than five years. They're used to living with depression.
-- Me, on SiriusXM Radio's "Football Diehards" Sunday morning.