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- Brian Urlacher doesn't care for your precious "stats" and "win-loss records." He still thinks the Bears, even though they are 9-3 and the Patriots are 10-2 the best team in the country. "New England is the best team in the NFL, record-wise," Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune. "But I feel like we're the best team, period. That's why I say record-wise." Urlacher also made reference to the Eagles being the "best" team in the NFL when they visited Soldier Field and how well that worked out for them. In short, Sunday's matchup should be fun as hell.
- Fantastic feature from Jeffrey Chadida on Philip Rivers' work ethic and how it's improved his game and leadership.
- Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez are having lunch together and apparently this is a big deal. If Sanchez doesn't return it means Ryan was REALLY mad about his performance against the Patriots. Or really hungry.
- Yes, it's increasingly likely that John Skelton will start on Sunday. Which explains why Denver (a team in total turmoil) keeps getting more and more points.
- Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders calls the Titans handling of Randy Moss "absolutely foolish." I'd agree -- even if he's washed up, he's a better decoy on the field than off it.
- Hey, unhappy Ravens fans -- John Harbaugh says if you don't like the team you can G-G-G-GGGGETTTT OUT. Actually, he says you can go cheer for someone else, but it's basically the same thing.
- Doug Farrar does his weekly Smarter Stats column for the Washington Post, running through each game and crunching the numbers that matter. It's required reading.
- Just a reminder that Lombardi will debut this Saturday (preview here) at 8 PM on HBO. Get your DVR on.
- Pats signed Chevis Jackson mid-afternoon on Friday according to Ian Rapoport.