1. Steelers Beat Texans with a Mix of Old-School and New-School Methods

    For three glorious minutes, the Pittsburgh Steelers ' past, present and future coalesced in a football singularity...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 14 hours ago 35,894 reads 34 comments

  2. Dominant Indianapolis Colts Send Message to Rest of the NFL

    Some wins come easy. Some wins are flukes. Some come at the end of huge comebacks, and some are over early. Some wins don't mean much in the long run, and some wins seem huge in the moment but fade away as the season plays out...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 2 days ago 19,684 reads 43 comments

  3. Seattle Seahawks Cut Losses on Percy Harvin, Put Faith in Russell Wilson

    The Seattle Seahawks are stuck in the doldrums. After a huge season-opening win, they're playing .500 football and are ranked in the middle of the pack in scoring offense (12th) and defense (14th)...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 4 days ago 188,681 reads 412 comments

  4. Slap on Vontaze Burfict's Wrist Just Another Symptom of NFL's Broken Priorities

    You can't be around sports without hearing the word integrity. It's what players need to show. It's what coaches stand for. It's what league officials and executives must personally embody and professionally protect...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 5 days ago 19,829 reads 110 comments

  5. Tampa 2 Defense Dying a Slow Death as Lovie Smith's Buccaneers Go with It

    New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith , who earned his big NFL break as Tampa Bay's linebackers coach nearly two decades ago, was supposed to return the Bucs to glory...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 7 days ago 15,110 reads 20 comments

  6. Colin Kaepernick, Offensive Line Put 49ers Back in Heat of NFC West Race

    The San Francisco 49ers were supposed to be falling apart. They came into the season trying to catch up to the Seattle Seahawks and struggling to hold off the upstart Arizona Cardinals ...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 8 days ago 60,013 reads 130 comments

  7. Browns' Signature Win over Steelers Marks Turning Point in Race for AFC North

    It was surprising when the Cleveland Browns nearly came back to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1. It was stunning when the Browns upended the New Orleans Saints in Week 2...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 9 days ago 39,133 reads 128 comments

  8. The Tipping Point: Our Understanding of NFL Reality Will Turn on Week 6 Results

    Every NFL season is a thriller novel. There's fast-paced action, tales of incredible feats, good guys, bad guys and countless sub-plots of betrayal, failure, loyalty and redemption...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 12 days ago 16,734 reads 37 comments

  9. Tom Brady and New England Patriots Clearly Not Who They Were, So Who Are They?

    With an emphatic 43-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals , the New England Patriots defied everyone who'd declared them dead...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 14 days ago 29,986 reads 83 comments

  10. Russell Wilson Embodies Elite Quarterback Play in 'MNF' Win over Washington

    There can't be any arguing anymore. There isn't any debate. Put the hot takes in the freezer, and mute the hashtags . Russell Wilson is an elite NFL quarterback. How do we know? Forget the Super Bowl ring...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 15 days ago 237,514 reads 656 comments

  11. Under Conservative Jim Caldwell, Has Matthew Stafford Lost His Edge?

    " Don't you ever go conservative on me," Jim Schwartz told Matthew Stafford . Stafford had just led an improbable 99-yard touchdown drive to beat Washington and break the second-longest losing streak in NFL history...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 16 days ago 20,266 reads 132 comments

  12. What's to Blame for the NFL's Thursday Night Failures?

    Thursday Night Football is a misnomer. It's not really "football," is it? Thursday Night Fall Asleep on the Couch would be more honest. Week 5's edition was almost unwatchable...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 18 days ago 95,527 reads 288 comments

  13. Government, Media, Fans Can Force Dan Snyder into Changing Washington Team Name

    Someday, the NFL football team that plays in (or near) Washington , D.C., will change its name and mascot. This is certain, inescapable, inevitable. Too many people and organizations on too many sides of the issue are demanding change...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 19 days ago 18,874 reads 373 comments

  14. At Quarter Mark of Season, Everything We Thought We Knew About the AFC Is Wrong

    The AFC was supposed to be a two-team conference, with the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos facing little resistance en route to an AFC Championship Game rematch...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 21 days ago 46,603 reads 183 comments

  15. Embarrassing MNF Blowout Loss to Chiefs Sounds Death Knell for Patriots Dynasty

    So this is how the New England Patriots dynasty dies: with thunderous applause. With apologies to Star Wars ' Emperor Palpatine , Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is the most feared hooded ruler in American entertainment...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 22 days ago 431,401 reads 630 comments

  16. Hobbled Offensive Line Is Foles, Kelly and Eagles' Achilles' Heel

    "It all starts on the offensive line." Everyone who played the Madden video game series when John Madden was still in it heard him intone that old chestnut often enough to be the soundtrack of their nightmares...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 23 days ago 11,200 reads 79 comments

  17. NFL's Overtime Rules Should Die a Sudden Death

    Two of the NFL 's best teams battled to a dramatic, last-possession finish. As the game went to overtime, it was already being hailed as an all-timer, an instant classic...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 26 days ago 93,470 reads 472 comments

  18. Jay Cutler Doing More Than Enough to Win Division with Banged-Up Bears Offense

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has always had the talent to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL , but he's always found a way to be less than the sum of his numbers...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 29 days ago 58,715 reads 275 comments

  19. Nick Foles, Eagles Offense Good Enough to Carry Defense All Season Long

    After two games, it looked as though the Nick Foles of 2013—and to a lesser extent, the Philadelphia Eagles offense of 2013—was a mirage...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 30 days ago 17,185 reads 41 comments

  20. Steve Bisciotti, Roger Goodell Must Answer for Cover-Up of Rice Evidence

    When you're a billionaire owner of a billion-dollar business, nobody tells you "no." Especially not your employees. Per a bombshell of an investigation by ESPN reporters Don Van Natta Jr...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 1 month ago 55,136 reads 215 comments

  21. NFL Players Are Human Beings, Not Gods; Let's Treat Them That Way

    It seemed like the avalanche of horrible NFL news would never stop. Brutal, depressing words and images flowed from every television, computer and device for hours into days into weeks on end...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 1 month ago 975 reads 1 comments

  22. New Drug Policy Is a Huge Win for Suspended Players, NFL and NFLPA

    The punishments were too severe. The appeals process was convoluted. The standards were too strict. The standards weren't strict enough. The wrong things were tested for, and the right things weren't...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 1 month ago 31,333 reads 62 comments

  23. Colts Good Enough to Win Division, but Still Far from Championship Team

    Chuck Pagano and the Indianapolis Colts have spent three offseasons " Building the Monster ...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 1 month ago 5,169 reads 36 comments

  24. Vikings Make Inexcusable Move, Send Wrong Message by Activating Adrian Peterson

    We know what Adrian Peterson did. We know Adrian Peterson admitted "using a switch" to "discipline his son," according to his lawyer's statement (via ESPN via Twitter )...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 1 month ago 148,970 reads 14 comments

  25. Another Lost Season, Great Performance by Cousins Doesn't Mean RGIII's Lost Team

    It was an off-balance scramble and an awkward stagger. It was a rolling cart and a pained smile. Was it a passing of the torch or just more of the same? Kirk Cousins quarterbacked ...

    Ty Schalter Written by Ty Schalter about 1 month ago 38,224 reads 120 comments