1. Even Patriots Haters Should Marvel at Historic Greatness of Brady and Co.

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — To some of you, what we're witnessing is awful, like a root canal. It will cause you to wince and double over in pain, like someone put you in a toe lock...

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  2. Mike Tomlin Is Uniquely Human in NFL Coaching World That Often Is Not

    So many people have gotten it all wrong when it comes to Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin . So horribly, terribly wrong...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 4 days ago 47,409 reads 18 comments

  3. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Brown Video Causing Headaches for Steelers, NFL

    Phonegate, Peyton Manning and the Colts , and Aaron Rodgers outside of the pocket. 1...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 6 days ago 159,948 reads 231 comments

  4. Rodgers Caps Brilliant Game with Heroic Finish to End Cowboys' Storybook Season

    ARLINGTON, Texas — So, this is the scene. It seems to come straight from a Hollywood scriptwriter's mind. Two Pro Bowl rookies make the playoffs for America's most popular football franchise...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 9 days ago 178,362 reads 484 comments

  5. Their Dominance Waning, Seahawks Will Go as Far as Russell Wilson Can Lead Them

    Not long after the regular season ended, a Seattle Seahawks player was exchanging pleasantries with teammate Russell Wilson , when Wilson smiled and said: "It's playoff time...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 11 days ago 34,529 reads 155 comments

  6. Chargers' Move to LA Just the Latest Example of How Greed Wins in the NFL

    This is a story of stupidity, plunder and sheer, naked disloyalty. This is the story of the Chargers ' ill-fated move to Los Angeles...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 12 days ago 90,460 reads 245 comments

  7. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Cowboys Rookies Face Ultimate Playoff Test

    Playoff speed is warp speed, let's keep some perspective on Odell and the huge heart of Warrick Dunn. 1. Dak, Zeke and Playoff Speed Around the NFL , there is great respect for Dallas rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 13 days ago 122,878 reads 194 comments

  8. Hail Mary Is Proof Positive: No Matter What You Do, Aaron Rodgers Will Burn You

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — We again search for words to describe Aaron Rodgers . Magnificent, stunning, jaw-dropping. Maybe you like stupefying, orgasmic or best-ever. Whatever word you use, whatever phrase moves you, it isn't enough...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 16 days ago 127,518 reads 327 comments

  9. Michael Bennett Dishes on NFL Hypocrisy, the Playoffs and What Scares Him

    One of the most interesting men in sports, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett , is on the phone, and almost immediately he has me thinking, contemplating and laughing...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 18 days ago 38,957 reads 55 comments

  10. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: In the NFL, Bad Owners Make for Bad Franchises

    Some NFL owners are biggest reason their teams stink, lots of "Snacks," and will African-American coaches get shut out? 1...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 20 days ago 190,899 reads 200 comments

  11. Aaron Rodgers Should Be NFL MVP Because His Packers Did 'Run the Table'

    DETROIT — I feel like we can run the table. I really do. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said that six games ago. The team was in disarray. Rodgers was seen as a falling star, a has-been on the decline...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 23 days ago 114,152 reads 476 comments

  12. Here We Go Again: Giants Are the Only Team That Can Beat Tom Brady's Patriots

    I was standing right in front of Tom Brady at Super Bowl XLII when he was told of a prediction made by then-Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who said the high-scoring Patriots would score just 17 points...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 25 days ago 141,238 reads 240 comments

  13. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Broncos, Panthers Face Tough Questions Ahead

    How the Broncos and Panthers got here, what was Terry Bradshaw thinking and the unbelievable Bill Belichick . 1. What Went Wrong in Denver and Carolina? A lot...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 27 days ago 52,240 reads 125 comments

  14. Creative, Aggressive Andy Reid Is Exactly What Chiefs Need for Deep Playoff Run

    That is the Andy Reid you want to see. Thank you, Andy. Please keep calling plays like that. Pleeeeeease . With the game out of hand, 346-pound Dontari Poe lined up in the backfield...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 30 days ago 69,035 reads 120 comments

  15. Raiders' Title Hopes Cruelly Evaporated After Devastating Derek Carr Injury

    You could read the lips of Derek Carr after he went down in a heap, his right ankle stuck and twisted under the body of 270-pound Indianapolis defensive lineman Trent Cole. One of the first things Carr said : "It's broke...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 163,693 reads 219 comments

  16. Tyreek Hill Has the Makings of a Star, but Also an Ugly Past None Should Forget

    Tyreek Hill is one of the most electric young stars in all of sports. The Kansas City Chiefs receiver is helping a franchise go from staid and predictable to electric. He's imminently watchable, utterly fascinating and staggeringly game-changing...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 210,837 reads 175 comments

  17. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Packers May Be as Good as We Thought They Were

    Aaron Rodgers —with help from Ty Montgomery—is Aaron Rodgers again, skipping bowl games and the owner fight club. 1. The Packers Are Back (or Maybe They Never Left) In a season full of surprises, here is one more...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 83,829 reads 158 comments

  18. Unflagged Hits on Newton Reveal Officials Are Compromising Player Safety

    Another obvious hit to the head of Cam Newton . Another non-call. And here we are again talking about the miserable, disgraceful, awful state of NFL officiating...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 89,663 reads 253 comments

  19. Patriots Have That Super Bowl Look Again After Throttling Broncos in Denver

    DENVER — Early Sunday afternoon, Tom Brady experienced what he always does here against the Denver Broncos : frustration, closed windows and getting knocked on his ass...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 41,290 reads 130 comments

  20. Another NFL Season Brings Another Round of Coaches Facing Unemployment

    Welcome to the speculative, nasty and brutal phase of the NFL season: the part where we find out which head coach will get fired at year's end...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 60,095 reads 67 comments

  21. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Texans' Mistake Looming Larger as Playoffs Near

    (The Texans are toast, Luke Kuechly's future, and the greatest NFL coaching tree of all time.) 1. The Texans Can't Win with Brock Osweiler You are the Houston Texans...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 679,761 reads 191 comments

  22. In a Flash, Odell Beckham Again Proves He's Worth Every Bit of Trouble

    If you want explicit evidence of why the New York Giants put up with a moody, occasionally dirty, sometimes petty third-year wide receiver, what happened in one of the biggest games of the season is the proof...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 124,677 reads 143 comments

  23. Dismal Showing in Loss to Chiefs Quashes Derek Carr's MVP Candidacy

    What you saw on Thursday night, in an ugly, punt-tastic shambles of a game, was an MVP candidate die a slow death, in a slopfest of errant throws, dropped passes and overall offensive putridity...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 258,498 reads 379 comments

  24. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Playoff Picture Is Starting to Come into Focus

    Sorting out the playoff picture, understanding the Jets' woes and reassessing our view of Todd Gurley. 1...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 87,698 reads 257 comments

  25. Blowout Loss Spotlights Toothless Panthers' Shocking Demise

    The Carolina Panthers are done. It's over. They're deader than disco. If they are mathematically eliminated or not at this point is irrelevant. This team looks like it no longer cares...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 104,420 reads 155 comments