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The #NFLRank Top 10s are here, with Calvin Johnson leading the way on offense and J.J. Watt on defense. How do these players stack up overall? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

NFLRank Top Players

Geno Atkins

Geno Atkins

NFLRank -- Defense: 10

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

NFLRank -- Defense: 10

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

NFLRank -- Offense: 6

Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

NFLRank -- Offense: 7

A.J. Green

A.J. Green

NFLRank -- Offense: 9

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

NFLRank -- Offense: 6

Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly

NFLRank -- Defense: 4

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

NFLRank -- Offense: 5

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

NFLRank -- Offense: 8

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

NFLRank -- Offense: 9

Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson

NFLRank -- Defense: 8

Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn

NFLRank -- Offense: 1

Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis

NFLRank -- Defense: 5

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

NFLRank -- Defense: 4

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

NFLRank -- Defense: 2

Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh

NFLRank -- Offense: 3

Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas

NFLRank -- Defense: 3

Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas

NFLRank -- Offense: 8

J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt

NFLRank -- Defense: 1

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

NFLRank -- Offense: 4

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Newton, Panthers in 2014?

After a remarkable 2013, in which they rebounded from a 1-3 start to go 12-4 and earn a first-round playoff bye, the Carolina Panthers have run into a few rocky spots. First came the release of longtime star wide receiver Steve Smith. Then, on Tuesday, the team announced quarterback Cam Newton will undergo ankle surgery and miss four months. This isn't to say the Newton procedure is all bad; he sustained an injury in Week 16 and missing minicamps is a small price to pay to fix it. Will Newton & Co. rebound and continue their rise up the NFL hierarchy?

  • What are you expecting out of Cam Newton this season?

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      29%
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  • How much will the Panthers miss Steve Smith in 2014?

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      66%
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  • Which team will win the NFC South in 2014?

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  • How will the Panthers fare in 2014?

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      55%
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Panthers release Steve Smith

Steve Smith's time with the Panthers has come to an end. The team released him on Thursday after 13 years of service. Smith has often been one of the most electrifying and competitive receivers in the league, but his 2013 season was subpar: only 745 yards and a mere four touchdown receptions. The Panthers are looking at Hakeem Nicks as a possible replacement, while teams like the Ravens and Buccaneers might make Smith's free agency period quite brief.

Do you agree with the Panthers' decision to release Steve Smith?

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    39%
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  • Is Steve Smith still an elite receiver?

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      42%
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      58%

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  • Which of these teams would be the best fit for Steve Smith?

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      24%
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      76%

    Discuss (Total votes: 20,953)

  • Which receiver would you rather have?

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      45%
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      55%

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  • Is Steve Smith a Hall of Famer?

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      54%
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      46%

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Kaepernick's celebratory pose

After scoring a rushing touchdown that put the 49ers up 10 points against the Panthers on Sunday, Colin Kaepernick delivered a Cam Newton-inspired "Superman" pose before going into his usual "Kaepernicking" celebration. After the game, Kaepernick said the celebration was "just a little shout-out." Others saw it as mocking and disrespectful. Did SN have a problem with the move? Do NFL players celebrate too often?

What did you think of Colin Kaepernick doing Cam Newton's ''Superman'' pose after a touchdown against the Panthers?

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  • What's your opinion of Colin Kaepernick?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 22,180)

  • Which is the cooler celebration?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 27,756)

  • Do NFL players celebrate too much during games?

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      54%
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  • Who would you rather have as your QB over the next five years?

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      41%
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      59%

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OK to have two favorite teams?

Former pro wrestler Ric Flair gave a pep talk -- and apparently a good one -- to the San Francisco 49ers before their victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFL's wild-card playoff round. One person who wasn't happy with the show of confidence was Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith. It seems Flair was previously friendly with the Panthers players and has long had North Carolina ties. Because of the 49ers speech, Smith said he would no longer welcome Flair to talk to the Panthers. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, meanwhile, doesn't understand the problem with supporting two teams.

Is it OK to have two favorite NFL teams?

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    34%
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    35%

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  • Given Ric Flair's pep talk for the 49ers, should the Panthers use a video of their players shouting Flair's famous "WOOOOO" to pump up the crowd?

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      57%
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      43%

    Discuss (Total votes: 16,251)

  • Is moving to a new city a legitimate enough reason to change your favorite team?

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      48%
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      52%

    Discuss (Total votes: 17,367)

  • In how many sports do you have a favorite team?

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      7%
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  • What is the primary reason you became a fan of your favorite team?

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