SportsPulse: We are inching towards the midway point of the NFL season and the league power structure is starting to take shape. Mackenzie Salmon provides the risers and fallers in this week’s power rankings.
The cutoff to make NFL trades in 2020 expired at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday. And though the results for Election Day may not be immediately known, it’s certainly not too soon to anoint winners and losers amid a largely uneventful deadline day for football deals:
Yannick Ngakoue: Been a pretty good couple of months for one of the league’s more underappreciated pass rushers. Whether or not one approves of the way he handled his business with the Jaguars, Ngakoue forced his way out of Jacksonville in August and took a pay cut to land in Minnesota. He then played quite effectively for an undermanned Vikings defense, showing more than enough to coax the Ravens into bringing Ngakoue back to Maryland, where played in college. Still just 25, he’s now a major component of one of the NFL’s elite defenses and has a golden opportunity to showcase himself to Baltimore and other teams that might be ready to make him a lucrative free-agent offer next…