First and 10: Da coach

Ditka: A certain magic still lingers in the very name. Before he was Chicago’s favorite tough guy, Ditka the player was one of the NFL’s all-time tough guys, a tight end who delivered as much punishment as he absorbed. His coaching tenures in Chitown and The Big Easy were no less bruising. Don’t miss the premiere of NFL FIlms’ “A Football Life: Mike Ditka” Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on NFL Network, and click here to watch a sneak peek.

Here’s what else is on tap for Thursday:

  • How did the Buffalo Bills go from bottom feeders in the AFC East last year to a legit playoff contender in 2011 with largely the same roster? Jeff Darlington says it began in a house in Gilbert, Ariz.
  • Darren Sproles has somehow stood out in the New Orleans Saints’ crowded backfield, and with Mark Ingram possibly out for Week 8, NFL.com fantasy editor Michael Fabiano says now’s the time to start Sproles.
  • The time has come to nominate the players you want to see in the 2012 Pro Bowl. Click here for your electronic ballot and cast your vote for the AFC and NFC’s best players at each position.
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