Are the Cowboys legit contenders?

Since being embarrassed in the opening half of the opening game, the Dallas Cowboys have rebounded nicely -- five wins in a row, to be exact, the latest a surprising 30-23 victory at the defending-champion Seattle Seahawks. Now, in a development virtually no one saw coming, Tony Romo & Co. sit tied atop the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles. Will they keep it up?

  • Are the Cowboys legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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  • Which team will win the NFC East?

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  • How will the Cowboys fare this season?

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  • Is DeMarco Murray (785 rush yards, 6 TDs this season) the best running back in the NFL right now?

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We have a new No. 1. It's Mississippi State, which moved up from No. 3 by beating then-second-ranked Auburn on Saturday. The Bulldogs jumped over Florida State, which fell a spot despite remaining undefeated on the season. Do you agree with the move? How would you rank the other unbeatens? Click on the logos below to set your list!

2014 College Football Top 25

Mississippi State

Mississippi State

AP ranking: 1

Florida State

Florida State

AP ranking: 2

Mississippi

Mississippi

AP ranking: 3

Baylor

Baylor

AP ranking: 4

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

AP ranking: 5

Auburn

Auburn

AP ranking: 6

Alabama

Alabama

AP ranking: 7

Michigan State

Michigan State

AP ranking: 8

Oregon

Oregon

AP ranking: 9

Georgia

Georgia

AP ranking: 10

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

AP ranking: 11

TCU

TCU

AP ranking: 12

Ohio State

Ohio State

AP ranking: 13

Kansas State

Kansas State

AP ranking: 14

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State

AP ranking: 15

Arizona

Arizona

AP ranking: 16

Arizona State

Arizona State

AP ranking: 17

East Carolina

East Carolina

AP ranking: 18

Nebraska

Nebraska

AP ranking: 19

Utah

Utah

AP ranking: 20

Texas A&M

Texas A&M

AP ranking: 21

USC

USC

AP ranking: 22

Stanford

Stanford

AP ranking: 23

Clemson

Clemson

AP ranking: 24

Marshall

Marshall

AP ranking: 25

UCLA

UCLA

AP ranking: NR

LSU

LSU

AP ranking: NR

Duke

Duke

AP ranking: NR

Minnesota

Minnesota

AP ranking: NR

Kentucky

Kentucky

AP ranking: NR

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Quarterbacks tend to be taller than other players; it's not easy to find your receivers if you can't see them over the likes of, say, 6-foot-5 J.J. Watt.

Logan Routt, a Cameron, West Virginia, high school senior, takes that trend to its logical extreme. At 6-11, he towers over Watt by half a foot and is three inches taller than Dan McGwire, the tallest quarterback to ever play in the NFL. Routt also plays basketball (of course) and is a pitcher and a first baseman in baseball, and if this video from MaxPreps.com is any indication, he has a lot more going for him on the football field than just his height:

Routt just might be the first triple-threat quarterback. He can run, pass and, if he's willing to take a penalty, deliver the most thunderous dunk any goalpost has ever seen. Make sure to check out MaxPreps.com for more photos of Routt being very tall.

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Yao Ming makes famous athletes look tiny

October 29, 2014
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Breaking news: Yao Ming is tall. Like really, really tall. And when he takes pictures with other famous athletes, he makes them look not so tall, and it's quite funny.

Here he is with John Daly, one of the larger professional golfers (and personalities).

Here he is with tennis star Roger Federer, who, if you believe his listed height on the ATP's website, is 6-foot-1. Fed looks like an adoring character from "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids."

Here he is with 6-5, 289-pound J.J. Watt, who is a defensive force with the Houston Texans but looks as if he should still be starting for the junior varsity squad.

Here he is with Muggsy Bogues. Now, Muggsy -- all 5-3 of him -- has never been one to stand out in a crowd, but he looks like he could fit in Yao's pocket.

Yao Ming and Mugsy BoguesFacebook/Adam Silver

And here he is with Shaquille O'Neal. Congrats, Yao: You managed to make one of the largest human beings on the planet look like . . . well, not one of the largest human beings on the planet.

Yao Ming and Shaquille O'NealTwitter/@SHAQ

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Brett Favre turns 45 on Friday. To celebrate, he's giving us all a very special gift: He's coming out of retirement!

(Just kidding.)

In truth, we're commemorating Favre's special day not with that incredibly dated joke, but with a look back at 12 iconic images and moments from his career:


Draft day: April 21, 1991

FavreTim Isbell/Getty Images

Before many outside Mississippi knew his name, Favre, his family and his amazing jorts were waiting to hear the Southern Miss quarterback snagged by an NFL team. It happened in the second round, with the 33rd overall pick, and Favre became:


Brett Favre, Atlanta Falcon (1991)

FavreAP Photo/Tom DiPace

Favre didn't dazzle as a rookie (0-for-4, two interceptions in two games) and didn't last long with his original team. Luckily, no one has ever mentioned until now that Atlanta might have given up too early on him.


Favre starts and doesn't stop (Sept. 27, 1992)

FavreAP Photo/Chris Corsmeier

After being traded to cooler climes (for a first-rounder, to be fair), Favre watched the Packers start 0-2, led Green Bay to a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in relief, then made his first start in yellow and green against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Green Bay won 17-3, which was the beginning of a repeating theme (Packers winning, Favre starting).


Super Brett (Jan. 26, 1997)

FavreLutz Bongarts/Getty Images

After four winning seasons without much else to show, the Packers hoisted the Super Bowl trophy for the first time in 29 years, beating the New England Patriots 35-21. Desmond Howard won MVP, but Favre didn't do too badly himself (14-of-27, 246 yards, two passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown). And wouldn't you know it: The game took place in the nearest NFL stadium to his hometown, New Orleans' Superdome.


A memorable Monday night (Dec. 22, 2003)

Brett FavreJed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

A day after the unexpected death of his father, Irvin, at just 58, Favre played one of the best games of his career, throwing for 311 yards and four touchdowns in the first half of a 41-7 win over the host Oakland Raiders. "I knew that my dad would have wanted me to play," Favre said. "I love him so much, and I love this game. It's meant a great deal to me, to my dad, to my family, and I didn't expect this kind of performance. But I know he was watching tonight."


At home in the cold (1992-2004)

Brett FavreAP Photo/Mike Roemer

For a kid from Mississippi, Favre sure did well in the unforgiving freezing of Lambeau Field. Although his record tailed off in later seasons, Favre started his career an impressive 39-6 in starts when the game-time temperature was below 40 degrees (between 1992 and 2004).


Record breaker (multiple dates, 2007)

Brett FavreGetty Images, USA TODAY Sports

When you mix durability and success, you often get records. This came true for Favre in 2007, when he knocked some all-timers off their spots atop numerous NFL passing charts. On Sept. 16 against the Giants, Favre snagged the quarterback wins record (this one from John Elway, not Dan Marino). Two weeks later at Minnesota, Favre passed Marino for the all-time lead in passing touchdowns. In December at the Rams came the yards record, also one that belonged to Marino. Favre still owns these and many more records … although Peyton Manning is bearing down on many of them.


Frozen out (Jan. 20, 2008)

Brett FavreAP Photo/David J. Phillip

Favre's 2007 did not end happily, with a famously frigid NFC Championship Game going the way of the New York Giants 23-20 in overtime at Lambeau Field. Favre's final pass of the game -- his lone pass in overtime -- was intercepted, helping set up the winning field goal.


Favre's first retirement (March 2008)

Brett FavreAP Photo/Shawano Leader/Cory Dellenbach

He had flirted with retirement before, but this was the first time Favre said he wasn't coming back. "I know I can still play, but it's like I told my wife, I'm just tired mentally," Favre told ESPN's Chris Mortensen in a voicemail. Shortly thereafter, Favre was brought to tears during an emotional retirement speech. It seemed he really was going, but …


Favre becomes a Jet (Aug. 7, 2008)

Brett FavreAl Pereira/Getty Images

Whispers of a Favre return began circulating within weeks, and in August it became official: Favre would be leaving the Packers but playing again -- this time in a New York Jets uniform. After 16 years in green and yellow, green and white looked … weird on Favre. (The season also had an awkward quality to it, as an 8-3 start gave way to a 1-4 finish and no playoff trip for New York.)


Favre the Iron Man (Dec. 6, 2009)

Brett FavreAP Photo/Paul Connors

After retiring again, unretiring again, then joining the Minnesota Vikings, Favre set the record for most consecutive appearances -- quarterback or otherwise -- in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Favre's 2009 season in purple went mostly well (12-4 and a trip to the NFC Championship Game), but he again was intercepted late in a big game, allowing the New Orleans Saints to win in overtime and head to the Super Bowl. It would be the last playoff pass Favre ever would throw …


Favre in retirement (present day)

Brett FavreAP Photo/The Meridan Star/Terri Ferguson Smith

… or will it be? Yeah, probably. Hard to see a 45-year-old occasional assistant high school coach (pictured above in Lauderdale County, Mississippi) taking another NFL snap.

Still, we do hear the Jets might be looking for a QB again …

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