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And yes, Arians can win the award.

Minnesota, meanwhile, rose to No. 12 this week, and needs a win over Green Bay to earn a playoff spot. The Vikings started the season 29th.

“Adrian Peterson is finally getting a little help from his friends,” Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune said.

Philadelphia began the season No. 8 and dropped three more spots to No. 27 after a 27-20 loss to Washington. The Redskins, meanwhile, went the other way, starting at No. 25 and rising to No. 9 this week.

“It’s very simple for the resurgent Redskins: beat the Cowboys on Sunday, and the division is theirs,” Bob Glauber of Newsday said. “Would be an incredible finish for a team that looked to be out of it at 3-6.”

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