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NFL Power Rankings: Cardinals continue ascent; Seahawks sliding


Take a look at the teams ranked 1-10 here in this week's Power Rankings. What do they all have in common?

They all have what would be described as pocket passers under center, and some of those quarterbacks wouldn't win a foot race with a mule. So many rushed to proclaim this as the new era for quarterbacking, declaring the mobile passers would take over the league. Well, halfway through the season, that simply isn't so.v

The good, old guys in the pocket are ruling the position again -- as they always will.

There's Peyton Manning and Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers and Joe Flacco and young passers like Andrew Luck -- he is more mobile than his grandfatherly elders -- and even Nick Foles on the top-10 teams.

Call me old-fashioned, and call me the old man screaming for you to get off my damn lawn, but this is the way the game is supposed to be played: Quarterback drops, reads the field, throws and completes.

It's not as sexy as the run-around, new wave quarterbacks that the media drools over. But it is sustainable.

Year in and year out, these types of passers will compete for titles. They might not always win it, but they will be there. When you have one, you know you can compete.

Without one, you have to find ways to compensate and hope like heck you have a world-class defense and running game to back it up.

I am not here saying Foles and Matthew Stafford, both on current top-10 teams, are in the class with the others, but their style fits with them.

Like this top-10 group shows, the game is meant to be played in the pocket.


Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.

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