1. Transcendent Players Make All the Difference When Playoff Races Heat Up

    Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell are transcendent players. Call them "elite" or "X-factors" if transcendent sounds a little over-the-top; the exact vocabulary does not matter...

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  2. Aaron Rodgers' Return Is About a Lot More Than a Packers Super Bowl Pipe Dream

    (Editor's note: Aaron Rodgers has been   medically cleared   to play since this article was published.) The universe wants Aaron Rodgers to come back.  Ten thousand little coincidences have conspired to make his return inevitable...

    Mike Tanier Written by Mike Tanier about 5 days ago 1 reads 0 comments

  3. Monday Morning Digest: Eagles Lose Wentz—but Not Hope

    In the Week 14 edition of Monday Morning Digest: • Meet the new Seahawks . Same as the old Seahawks. Except that they're the Jaguars . • Get caught up on the AFC West, the television drama no one wants to binge-watch...

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  4. The One Mistake NFL Teams Keep Making Again and Again and Again

    The Giants will soon begin their head coaching search. Many other teams will follow in a few weeks. All of them will be looking for an innovator, a motivator, an up-and-coming Bill-Belichick-meets-Alexander-the-Great ...

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  5. The NFL's Wokest Team Faces Ultimate Test of Its Resolve on and off the Field

    The Eagles have made it all look easy this year: winning games, changing the world and having fun doing it...

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  6. Monday Morning Digest: Giants a Mess with or Without McAdoo, Saints Surging

    In this week's edition of Monday Morning Digest... • The Saints and Vikings rule. The Panthers and Falcons drool. • Jimmy Garoppolo makes an impressive debut, but the 49ers need to get him some help...

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  7. Benching of Eli Manning Ends an Era for the Giants in the Ugliest Way Possible

    Eli Manning will be back before you know it. Manning was unceremoniously benched Tuesday afternoon after 14 seasons and 210 consecutive starts...

    Mike Tanier Written by Mike Tanier about 19 days ago 1 reads 0 comments

  8. Where Is the NFL's Next Wave of Great Quarterbacks Hiding?

    The most popular quarterback for any struggling team is the one who isn't playing. Or plays behind Alex Smith. Or is on a different team's bench but chatting with your coach and owner before the game...

    Mike Tanier Written by Mike Tanier about 19 days ago 1 reads 0 comments

  9. Monday Morning Digest: Patriots, Eagles Pull Away from Contenders and Pretenders

    In this week's edition of Monday Morning Digest: Meet the new Broncos quarterback! Oh wait, he's gone already. Julio Jones makes his coaches look smart again and the Falcons look like contenders again...

    Mike Tanier Written by Mike Tanier about 20 days ago 1 reads 0 comments

  10. Football's 4-Letter Word Must Be Banished Before It Tears a Team Apart

    Only two types of people ever refer to NFL players as "soft": People who have never been around a team, which means they've never seen a guy hobbling across a pregame locker ...

    Mike Tanier Written by Mike Tanier about 26 days ago 1 reads 0 comments

  11. Monday Morning Digest: The Browns May Go 0-16. Is That a Good Thing?

    In this week's edition of Monday Morning Digest... • The Dak Prescott-Carson Wentz debate is settled once and for all, forever and ever, until New Year's Eve...

    Mike Tanier Written by Mike Tanier about 27 days ago 1 reads 0 comments

  12. The Worst Rule in the NFL Must Change Before It Ruins Games That Really Matter

    An ancient rule, ignored for decades and one that ceased being fair or useful before World War II, has already had a major impact on the playoff race. And the NFL needs to act before it does any serious damage...

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  13. By Benching Tyrod Taylor, Bills Are Committing the Cardinal Sin of Coaching

    The Bills have wanted an excuse to bench Tyrod Taylor since the Sean McDermott era began. But Taylor refused to give them one...

    Mike Tanier Written by Mike Tanier about 1 month ago 1 reads 0 comments

  14. Monday Morning Digest: Cowboys in Crisis Mode, Patriots in Peak Form

    In this week's Digest ... The Patriots give Tom Brady a special teams boost. The Saints treat the Bills the way a garbage disposal treats a moldy meatball...

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  15. Teddy Bridgewater Is a Much-Needed Boost for an NFL Plagued by Injuries, Bad QBs

    A plague has fallen upon the NFL : an epidemic of mediocre-by-design quarterback play, an infestation of unwatchable backups and overpriced veteran stopgaps. Save us, Teddy Bridgewater ...

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  16. Monday Morning Digest: Who Can Stop the Eagles' Wentz Wagon?

    In the Week 9 edition of Monday Morning Digest: Brock Osweiler is king in the land of terrible starting quarterbacks. The Panthers give the Falcons some psychiatric help that costs far more than five cents...

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  17. Texans, NFL Cross the Kaepernick Point of No Return After Deshaun Watson Injury

    Whenever a starting quarterback gets injured these days, we cycle through the same battery of emotions: Shock that an exciting, important player's season ended so suddenly. Grief that we won't get to see him play for a long time...

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  18. If Jimmy Garopollo Was a Fit for the 49ers, Where Might Kirk Cousins Fit Next?

    When we last left Kirk Cousins , he was playing in the driving rain on one of the NFL 's worst-maintained fields behind an offensive line consisting of two guys borrowed from the Ravens practice squad and three more plucked from a temp agency...

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  19. With Their Season at Stake, Raiders Need to Find out Just Who Derek Carr Is

    Remember Derek Carr ? You know, the 2017 MVP candidate and official Next Great NFL Quarterback, the man who was supposed to make the Raiders the top challengers to Patriots supremacy in the NFL? We haven't seen much of that Carr this year...

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  20. 49ers Taking a Big Risk in Jimmy Garoppolo, and That's a Good Thing

    Rebuilding and wasting time can look a lot alike in the NFL . 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan must have realized they were doing the latter instead of the former as they watched C...

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  21. Monday Morning Digest: Patriots Are Bad, but Opponents Won't Stop Being Worse

    In this week's edition of Monday Morning Digest: The Texans cap a weekend of controversy with an afternoon of fireworks, but it's not enough to overcome the Seahawks. The Eagles, Bills and Cowboys come out Swingin' in the Rain...

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  22. Carson Wentz at WR? AP at LB? What NFL Stars Could Play Alternate Positions?

    You probably know Richard Sherman (pictured above) was a two-way receiver-cornerback in high school and started his college career as a wideout...

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  23. Monday Morning Digest Week 7: Meet the NFL's Next Great Team

    In this week's Digest: The Dolphins play harder the moment Jay Cutler leaves the field. No surprise. The Packers prove they are completely lost without Aaron Rodgers ...

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  24. Workhorse RBs Ride Again: How the Power Running Revolution Can Save Your Team

    Here's a crazy idea for all of those teams with a bad case of the quarterback blues: Get a big, fast running back, preferably one who breaks tackles and can catch a little bit...

    Mike Tanier Written by Mike Tanier about 2 months ago 1 reads 0 comments

  25. Monday Morning Digest: Post-Rodgers, Can Anyone Besides Patriots Win Super Bowl?

    In this week's jam-packed Monday Morning Digest... An Aaron Rodgers injury throws the entire NFL playoff picture into chaos. A hallucinogenic officiating freakout in Patriots-Jets causes tinfoil hats to start buzzing...

    Mike Tanier Written by Mike Tanier about 2 months ago 1 reads 0 comments