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Power Rankings: Passing offenses are improving, and so are the games


Updated Dec. 13

No lead in the NFL is safe anymore.

That's what the move toward more of a passing league has done for the NFL. It has made it great theater each and every week.

We had five teams rally from at least 12 points down on Sunday, the first time that has happened in a single week.

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That's just maddening.

And exhilarating.

With more and more teams throwing the football more and throwing it well, no lead is safe anymore. You have to hold on for dear life.

In the old days -- you know, those days of the power sweep when running backs were the stars -- if a team had a 10-point lead, it was safe.

With passing numbers at an all-time high and so many quality passers playing up-tempo football, it sure isn't that way anymore.

The haters out there will say the NFL has become a soft league, catered to the passing game.

Basketball on grass, they will say.

Last time I checked, the object of the game is to score. The fastest and best way to do that is to throw the football.

It also makes for great drama. Changing from one game to another is risky. You just might miss a great comeback.

The NFL suits have to love it. The networks do as well.

It's why they pay those big fees to get the games. It's why you spend all day Sunday glued to that television with the remote in hand, sore thumbs and all on Monday.

I saw the Giants come back from 12 down in the final five minutes Sunday night to beat the Cowboys and move up to No. 12 in our CBSSports.com Power Rankings.

They did it behind the arm of Eli Manning, who threw for 400 yards.

Memo to those run-centric teams, the ones still content on lining up and being physical: You are missing the boat.

Sissy league?

You can't beat this stuff we have now.


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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