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How 'Bout Them Thugs!

A healthy Arian Foster has the 2010 Champs back on top

Arian Foster

4-5-3.

That's not a weird double-play - those are the number of wins for the Thugs since 2010, the year that they made an improbable run to a Super Bowl championship behind Peyton Hillis, Dwayne Bowe and the rest of a cast of misfits that all seemed to peak for one magical season.

Fast forward to 2014, and could history be repeating itself? Fresh off a 82-45 drubbing of the Refugees, the Thugs now stand in sole possession of first place of the AFC West and are the highest scoring team in the league. All this after a Stupor Bowl appearance just last year. So how did this happen?

While a breakthrough season for Andrew Luck has grabbed headlines, the real story may be the Thugs backfield. After an injury-riddled 2013, Arian Foster is showing why he's still one of the best RBs in the game, Ahamd Bradshaw has been a touchdown machine (scoring in 4 of his 5 starts), and Joique Bell has continued his steady play to the tune of 26 points. Together the trio has combined for 128 points, the most by any team's RBs, and has owner Bobby Sansone thinking of 2010 all over again.

Elsewhere around the league, the Dragons fended off the Brothers thanks to a 4-point effort from DeAndre Hopkins on MNF to move to 6-1, the Orangutangs took a 1-game lead in the AFC East after winning a 75-51 shootout with the Buddies, the Chickens lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2011, and the atrocious YFFL Thursday Night match-up between the White Guys and Beans was beaten in the ratings by the season premiere of "Bones" and a repeat of "The Blacklist" as viewers turned away in droves.

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Fred Jackson

Jackson

Oh, Brother(s)

Well, it took longer than usual, but the Brothers finally suffered a debilitating injury when Fred Jackson went down last week. Can Bri's tough luck team rebound from a 2-5 start to sneak into the playoffs in a wide open NFC? GMs Kurt Willette and Ryan Gibbons answer that question and more in the first Fact or Fiction in seven days.

Matt Forte

Forte

Here Be Dragons

Does Matt Forte look like a black Kevin Sansone or does Kevin Sansone look like a white Matt Forte? In any case, Forte ranks #3 at RB and is a big reason why the Dragons sit at 6-1 and are on top of the Power Rankings this week. Bobby counts them down from 1 to 16, including a big topple for the defending champs.

GAME OF THE WEEK presented by Nick's Picks

  Eaters vs. Refugees

At 4-3, had these teams been in the NFC, they'd be in a good position to make the playoffs regardless of the outcome of this game. Unfortunately for both, they reside in the tight-knit AFC and can ill-afford to lose. The Refugees are no longer sneaking up on their opponents anymore, but with byes are forced to start the Amish Rifle at QB and that immediately discounts their chances. The Eaters have their full compliment at their disposal, but still show a growing hole at the TE position. Look for the Eaters to take the victory and then take a long look at potential trade partners to acquire a TE before the deadline. The Beans Martellus Bennett, Dragons Delanie Walker, and most obviously the Huskers Zach Ertz make the best possible candidates.

Nick's Pick: Eaters  |  View Nick's WEEK 8 Picks...

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