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PETER KING'S Things I Think I Think

SI's fearless NFL expert opines on all the latest news, buzz and inside information. This is just a taste of what you'll get online.

1 I think there isn't a position in football at which the gap between the best player and the second-best player is as big as it is at tight end. Antonio Gates is without question No. 1 with 478 receiving yards and seven touchdowns this season. You could argue that No. 2 might be Vernon Davis, Dustin Keller or Tony Gonzalez, if you want to give credit to the classic old guy who still plays very well. But you can't make a good argument for any of them being in the same league as Gates (below).

2 I think no matter how stridently you beg, Cards fans, you're not getting Kurt Warner out of retirement. "No, no, no," he told me last Thursday. "I'm done. I'm fully content. No one knows how much the last couple of years took out of me, and I'm so thankful my identity isn't totally caught up in football."

3 I think I like the Raiders for breaking their 13-game schneid against the Chargers and Tyvon Branch for having the football sense to not just dive on a fourth-quarter loose ball but to also run it back 64 yards for the insurance touchdown.

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ERIC W. RASCO (SWISHER)

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