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Tony's Top 5 NFL story lines this season

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  December 7, 2011 09:47 AM

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Tony's Top 5

NFL story lines this season

5
Cam Newton In his first year as a starter, the No. 1 pick in the draft leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns. Entering Week 14, Newton had more rushing TDs than 26 of the 32 NFL teams.
4
The Harbaugh brothers OK, so it's a little corny. The Niners (and Jim) are obviously a better story than the Ravens (and John). But imagine if these teams meet in the Super Bowl? Good stuff.
3
The Jets Overall, they've been a disappointment. But under Rex Ryan, the Jets seem to creep back into the conversation every December and January. It's that time.
2
The Packers Since losing to the Patriots last December - a game Aaron Rodgers missed - they've won 18 straight. Remaining: Oakland, at KC, Chicago, Detroit. Then the playoffs.
1
Tim Tebow Maybe it's nothing more than a fad. But a quarterback who can't throw - and still wins? If you believed before this, may God bless you.

Tony's Top 5

Favorite blog entries

5
The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
4
For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
3
Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
2
Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
1
You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".

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