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LAist Armchair Quarterback Week 13: In Memoriam

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Like I said, I’ve been really bad about this. But I’m back with a vengeance fuckers.

In a week where the football world mourned the passing of Washington Redskin safety Sean Taylor, no tribute was more fitting was when the Redskins defense lined up with only ten men on the field for their first play from scrimmage. Probably inspired when the USC Trojans special teams did the same thing in their first game against Idaho in tribute to kicker Mario Danelo, it was nonetheless touching.

What’s ultimately tragic was seeing the loss of a man who was starting to get his personal life back into focus. As much as douchebags like ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd will downplay Taylor’s death by saying that his troubled past made his death unsurprising, a loss of a life is still a loss of a life. Period.

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So to sort of lighten things up, here’s a video of Bill Belichick from back in his Cleveland Brown days cooking thanks to the folks at Deadspin.

TOP 5

1. New England Patriots (12-0). Even when they play like shit for two consecutive weeks, they still win. It's funny how when they Patriots are down 24-20 with three minutes left to go there is absolutely no doubt Tom Brady will lead the Patriots to a victory.

2. Dallas Cowboys (11-1). So there's a big gap between #1 and #2, but Dallas did prove they are the cream of the crop in the NFC. Did you see how they completely dominated the Packers? Oh well I didn't either. Fucking NFL Network.

3. Indianapolis Colts (10-2). They're starting to get healthy again, and they managed a win against the tough Jacksonville Jaguars. If they meet the Patriots in the AFC Championship, they will definitely give the Patriots a tough time. Again.

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4. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3). It's lovely that they've won two games on turf similar to paddy fields, but let's see how they respond to the Patriots on Sunday. They've been blessed by the scheduling gods with a weak schedule so it should be interesting.

5. Green Bay Packers (10-2). It's hard to believe that Brett Favre can still perform at a high level at this stage of his career. But there's something about running a spread offense with five receivers that will drive defenses crazy. NFC Championship anyone?

Bottom 5

28. St. Louis Rams (3-9). It's funny how they got healthy too late. It almost makes me feel sorry for them. But then I realize they're owned by Georgia Frontiere, and a grin comes back to my face.

29. Atlanta Falcons (3-9). What can you say? They try and try, but you know they're not going to win. But it's Atlanta, so they should be used to it by now.

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30. New York Jets (3-9). J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!

31. San Francisco 49ers (3-9). There are times when a team is inexplicably bad. This 49ers team was supposed to be improving. I don't know what happened.

32. Miami Dolphins (0-12). I know I'm going to get a lot of shit for saying this, but the Patriots better watch out when the Dolphins go up to Foxboro in a couple of weeks. Secretly I'm hoping the Patriots go undefeated just so we can watch Don Shula and all the other old frauds disintegrate into the Miami sand. Ha!

AP Photo by J. Scott Applewhite