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Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Are the Seahawks done? Is Manning Finished? Can Cam dance if he wants to?

Check out my Thoughts on the NFL this week!

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1) The Houston Texans beat the previously undefeated Cincinnati Bengals in an ugly game that only Texans and Bengals fans, and gamblers and fantasy football players stuck out til the end.

If you like defensive football, you probably could have talked yourself into digging that game, but truth be told it was more sloppy than hard nosed defense being played.

But you gotta hand it to the Texans, they are now tied with the 4-5 Indianapolis Colts for the top spot in the AFC South.

2) Sticking with the AFC South, the NFL admitted they basically handed the Jacksonville Jaguars the game on Sunday. The refs missed a false start that would have resulted in a ten second run off, meaning the Jags never would have had the chance to kick the winning field goal against the Baltimore Ravens.

Can we have one week go by where the officials, both on the field and the ones in the replay booth, simply do their jobs?

3) Then again, when they do their jobs and enforce the rules, we're often left more confused than before.

Here's the latest in the ever popular "catch or not a catch" game.

This was originally ruled a TD for the Giants' Odell Beckham Jr., but the replay official reversed the call. He leaped into the air and caught it, came down with it, then took a second step before the ball was knocked from his grasp.

4) The Green Bay Packers lost again -- The Curse Of Ditka is real! -- but Aaron Rodgers still managed to come out looking as classy as ever.

The Packers held a moment of silence for the victims of the horrific attack on Paris, but some fans in attendance just didn't get it. Rodgers did...

5) From 2012 to 2014 the Seattle Seahawks averaged 4 losses per season, on Sunday they dropped their 5th game to fall to 4-5 and 3rd place in the NFC West. They are in serious danger of missing the playoffs this season.

Their offensive line is struggling to protect quarterback Russell Wilson, who is being sacked at a career high 11.0% of the time. The first 3 years of Wilson's career his sack percentage was 8.7%.

6) Cam Newton dances after he scores a touchdown as do most NFL players. Pro athletes have been known to get jiggy with it after sacking a QB, picking up a crucial first down, making a huge hit, scoring a goal, hitting a home run or just about any other exciting (and remember exciting is a relative term) play that occurs.

But why is Cam vilified, while others celebrated?

Brinson writes, "The only difference between these two dances is Stanton's had a sort of dorky air to it," but I'm sure he, and we, all know the other difference.

The dancing never really bothered me, although some athletes take the choreography further than a $500-a-hour cheerleading dance consultant. For me, I like the simplicity of a powerful and aggressive spike (ala Gronk), but I've always found the Funky Chicken interesting.

If you were to score a TD, would you hand the ball to the ref matter of factly, calmly shake your teammates hands or explode in a whirlwind of gyrations and hip thrusts?

7) The Cleveland Browns have named Johnny Manziel the starting QB for the remainder of the 2015 season, and it's the right call. At 2-8 the Browns have to find out what they have in the former 1st round pick, and a stretch of games as the #1 will help them make the best call for the future.

Josh McCown may give the Browns a better chance to win, but the gap in talent between the two isn't great enough to stick with the 36 year old.

8) If the Washington Redskins were smart, they would offer Kirk Cousins a contract extension as soon as possible. Cousins has proven to be a capable starting QB, and those are hard to find. If Washington allows him to hit the open market, his price will surely skyrocket.

There just aren't a lot a capable NFL QBs out there, and Cousins could have 4 or 5 other teams bidding up his services.

9) Could one of those teams looking for a QB in 2016 be the Denver Broncos? We already told you that Peyton Manning is out this week with a torn plantar fascia, but he's been playing like a guy that won't be back next year. Nine touchdowns to 17 interceptions and a career low 67.6 passer rating makes it look like he held on one year too many.

10) Sports Illustrated has regional covers these days, and here's what one of them will look like this week.

I'm sure SI already had a cover story about Todd Gurley in the can, in anticipation of the Rams running over the Chicago Bears, but the Chicago D had something ti say about that.

Before his start against the Bears, Gurley had started 5 games in his NFL career. In those 5 games he averaged 131 yards per start with a 5.9 yards per carry. The Bears held Gurley to 45 yards rushing and 3.8 yards per carry.

Plus there's this number, 37-13.

10a) This is what good coaching gets you.

The Bears have given the ball to Jeremy Langford, who was lined up as a fullback, in the past, so offensive coordinator Adam Gase added a playaction pop pass off the look. Jay Cutler fakes to Langford, the St. Louis linebacker flies up, Zach Miller sells his down block before releasing wide open for the TD.

This is a good play design and good execution.

10b) I was on Chicagoland Sports Radio yesterday talking Bears and the NFL, so go check it out!

What are your thoughts on the NFL this week?