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NFL's No. 1 draft pick in 2014 could end up in St. Louis

There's a possibility that Washington ends up with the top overall pick, but the Redskins traded it to the Rams as part of the Robert Griffin III deal.

At 2-13, the Houston Texans have the inside track on the No. 1 overall pick in May's NFL draft.

But if the Texans were to win at Tennessee on Sunday, and Washington were to lose at the New York Giants, the Redskins, who had a weaker schedule, would get that prime pick …

… and the honor of turning it over to St. Louis as part of the Robert Griffin III deal.

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For the 11th year in a row, the league will have at least one team go from worst to first in consecutive seasons. Either Carolina or New Orleans will win the NFC South, and both of those teams were in a three-way tie for last in the division in 2012. Philadelphia has a chance to win the NFC East after being in the cellar last season.

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One of Peyton Manning's favorite receivers, Baltimore's Brandon Stokley, is retiring after suffering what is reported to be his 13th concussion. The strangest part? He wasn't hit in the head, but the chest, and that jarred him enough to cause it.

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The Dallas Cowboys signed Jon Kitna this week to figure into their quarterback mix. He had been teaching math at Lincoln High in Tacoma, Wash. He told play-by-play man Brad Sham that he will donate the $53,000 he'll be paid to the school. That's a cool teacher.

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Buffalo won't reach the playoffs, but at least the Bills are finally getting more productivity out of their big-money defensive front. With a game to play, they have 20 more sacks than last season.

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Miami's Ryan Tannehill was sacked seven times by the Bills last Sunday. Dolphins tackle Bryant McKinnie said defenses are getting a jump on the snap because Tannehill has been too predictable with his cadence.

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Hard to overstate how weird it is that, heading into Week 17, no NFC team has clinched its division.

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Who's the only active player signed by late Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh? Defensive end Andre Carter, picked up by New England last week.

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Eli Manning and Matthew Stafford have something in common other than being fellow No. 1 picks and being out of the playoffs. They are the only quarterbacks in their divisions who will have started every game this season.

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