Run 'N' Shoot: Time to Cut Rivers
Run 'N' Shoot: Time to Cut Rivers

This article is part of our Run 'N' Shoot series.

Through 11 weeks, there's little doubt the Panthers and Cardinals are the two best teams in the NFC. In fact, if I had to pick the NFC's representative in the Super Bowl and could choose those two or the field, I'd take those two (and let you have the field). Who'd have thought anyone would say that in the preseason?

Carson Palmer going ham without Michael Floyd against a top defense made an MVP statement. Let's see if Tom Brady can do the same Monday night.

Was anyone more impressive in Week 11 than the Bucs? Doug Martin showed a terrific combination of speed and power, running all over Philly for 235 yards. Perhaps not coincidentally, Jameis Winston also had his best game as a pro, posting five TDs, zero INTs, 8.5 YPA and a 131.6 QB Rating. Since Tampa Bay's Week 6 bye, Winston has 11 total TDs versus just two INTs, forcing many who argued Marcus Mariota should have been the top choice in the 2015 Draft to reconsider. Martin's running undoubtedly helped Jameis on Sunday, but don't sleep on the impact of Vincent Jackson's return to the lineup. Jackson didn't set the world on fire (4-56-1 on six targets), but he enabled Winston to spread the ball around and not lock in exclusively on Mike Evans (4-63-1 on seven targets). Now 5-5, Tampa's arrow is certainly pointed up.

The Falcons were as disappointing as the Bucs were impressive. They might have started 5-0 and

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Mark Stopa
Mark Stopa has been sharing his fantasy insights for Rotowire since 2007. Mark is the 2010 and 2012 Staff Picks champion (eat your heart out, Chris Liss) and won Rotowire's 14-team Staff League II in consecutive seasons. He roots for the Bills and has season tickets on the second row, press level to the Rays.
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