Data Points: Sharper, Reed lead safeties in INTs

In nine NFL seasons, Ed Reed has amassed 54 interceptions in 128 career games, trailing only Darren Sharper all time among safeties.

First and 10: Saluting another Cardinal great

When it comes to the greatest players in St. Louis Cardinals history, the list isn’t terribly long. So it came as somewhat of a surprise to us that two of the best players ever to don a St. Louis Cardinals uniform celebrate birthdays one day apart.

Data Points: Faulk, Holmes single-season monsters

With NFL.com’s Player 2K debate shifting towards running backs Wednesday, which player of the 2000s gave his team the most miles per gallon? One way to rank the running backs is to look at yards from scrimmage per game.

First and 10: T-Jax ready to move on

If there was any chance that Tarvaris Jackson might return to the Minnesota Vikings after the lockout is over, forget it. Jackson, who is working out in Minnesota with a group of players that includes Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald, spoke yesterday and his words probably will make the split official.

Kirwan: Best spot for VY is Philly

NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan agrees that the Buffalo Bills make sense as a suitor for Vince Young, but he he sees a better fit for the QB playing behind Michael Vick in Philadelphia.

Data Points: Ware leads NFL in sacks since 2005

The “debate” over the best pass rusher really begins and ends with one guy: DeMarcus Ware.

First and 10: Who has most to prove?

Matthew Stafford is the siren temptress of fantasy football and is right at the top of the list of injured players who have the most to prove in 2011.

Data Points: Rodgers and the passing leaders

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers‘ ranking on “The Top 100 Players of 2011″ certainly has ruffled a few feathers, with many believing his spot at No. 11 isn’t high enough — as in, he should be top-10 material.

First and 10: Ware has the ego to match the skill

DeMarcus Ware was in-studio on Sunday night to discuss his No. 12 ranking on the “The Top 100 Players of 2011″ list.

Did Rodgers deserve better ‘Top 100′ ranking?

Cracking the top 10 of NFL Network’s “The Top 100 Players of 2011″ list isn’t easy. Just ask Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers.

McNabb ranks Urlacher among ‘top three’ LBs

Donovan McNabb considers Brian Urlacher to be among the top three linebackers in the NFL, and a future Hall of Famer.

Baldinger, La Canfora unveil top 10 player lists

NFL Network’s “The Top 100: Players of 2011″ has provided a quality source of material for offseason arguments. And as the countdown continues — Nos. 11-20 will be unveiled Sunday at 8 p.m. ET — network producers strong-armed analyst Brian Baldinger and insider Jason La Canfora to come up with their own top-10 lists Friday.

Baldinger: ‘Humbled’ McNabb can return to form

Can Donovan McNabb return to form in 2011? NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger says a humbled McNabb has a chance, if he puts in the work.

Data Points: Top single-season passing marks

One probable offshoot of a longer regular season would be the downfall of several of the league’s most precious records, such as Dan Marino’s single-season passing yards mark.

First and 10: CJ2K seeks some serious money

CJ2K — or Chris Johnson, if you prefer — has eclipsed 1,000 yards in all three of his seasons with the Tennessee Titans, but he’s set to make only $800K this season.

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