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Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff December 7, 2011 09:47 AM
Tony's Top 5
NFL story lines this season
Cam Newton In his first year as a starter, the No. 1 pick in the draft leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns. Entering Week 14, Newton had more rushing TDs than 26 of the 32 NFL teams.
The Harbaugh brothers OK, so it's a little corny. The Niners (and Jim) are obviously a better story than the Ravens (and John). But imagine if these teams meet in the Super Bowl? Good stuff.
The Jets Overall, they've been a disappointment. But under Rex Ryan, the Jets seem to creep back into the conversation every December and January. It's that time.
The Packers Since losing to the Patriots last December - a game Aaron Rodgers missed - they've won 18 straight. Remaining: Oakland, at KC, Chicago, Detroit. Then the playoffs.
Tim Tebow Maybe it's nothing more than a fad. But a quarterback who can't throw - and still wins? If you believed before this, may God bless you.
Tony's Top 5
Favorite blog entries
For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".
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