1. New England Patriots Playoff Scenarios: Ranking Pats' Top Title Threats

    New England Patriots — Super Bowl champions. This statement rings eternal in the ears of all Patriot fans. For them, the Pats are forever keepers of the Lombardi Trophy —they just let other teams borrow it now and again...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 2,136 reads 9 comments

  2. 2012 NFL Free Agency: 5 Teams That Will Need to Make a Big Splash

    NFL free agency. For some, it is a possible panacea—an opportunity to find that one missing piece...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 299 reads 0 comments

  3. Tom Brady's 2011 NFL Season: Breaking Down Every Game

    How do you judge a master? Having me grade Tom Brady 's season is like having a part-time art instructor at a community college grade Michelangelo's work on the Sistine Chapel. However, lack of true credentials never stops me from having an opinion...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 1,122 reads 11 comments

  4. NFL Playoff Predictions: 5 Reasons Patriots' Defense Hinders Super Bowl Chances

    Defense wins championships. Fortunately for the New England Patriots , this mantra has become somewhat obsolete in today's pass-happy, offense-driven NFL . However, there is still some modicum of truth to it...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 1,496 reads 14 comments

  5. Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots: Live Score, Video and Analysis

    Updated score: Dolphins 24, Patriots 27 Final "Great teams aren't always great, they're only great when they have to be." John Facenda I wrote this during the live blog and I feel that it needs repeating...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 3,800 reads 12 comments

  6. The 10 Least Physically Gifted NFL Superstars Ever

    NFL Superstar. Not many players receive that title. Most of the ones that do come from superior stock. Take Peyton Manning for example. His was destined for greatness. His double helix is in the shape of a football...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 138 reads 0 comments

  7. Tim Tebow and the 5 Best Unconventional Players in the NFL

    They say that there is more than one way to skin a cat. I'll have to take their word for it. But there is definitely more than one way to play the game of football...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 542 reads 0 comments

  8. Tim Tebow: Who Benefits More, Religion or the NFL?

    "God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him." -Friedrich Nietzsche Nietzsche's pronouncement of God's death wasn't literal, but rather figurative, in that society no longer recognized the deity on which it was founded...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 625 reads 6 comments

  9. 5 NFL Players Who Are Simply Products of a System

    Some guys get all the breaks. Take Johnny Depp for example. He has that devilish smile with his good looks and full head of hair. Makes you want to break his nose. Or Bill Gates...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 260 reads 1 comments

  10. Comparing New England Patriots' Defense to NFL's Top-Ranked Defensive Units

    Statistics and breweries have one thing in common—both can create a product that makes people look better than they really are. The New England Patriots ' defense is the NFL equivalent of coyote ugly...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 1,275 reads 6 comments

  11. 6 Rule Changes the NFL Needs to Make After the 2011 Season

    Former French prime minister George Clemenceau once said that war was too important to be left in the hands of the generals. For NFL fans, the NFL is too important to be left in the hands of the competition committee...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 337 reads 1 comments

  12. New England Patriots: 5 Most Glaring Holes on Patriots Roster

    Finding holes in the New England Patriots roster is an obnoxious exercise in annoying minutia. Indeed, how can one find fault with their success? Collectively, the team is 9-3 and is in a good position to earn the top seed in the AFC playoffs...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 4,342 reads 36 comments

  13. Carson Palmer and 9 New Acquisitions Who Are Falling Flat

    If the Oakland Raiders are anything, it's consistent. It seems like almost every year they make a move that leaves the NFL world scratching its collective head. This year is no different...

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  14. 5 NFL Players We Want Our Kids Looking Up to

    The character of a society is reflected by the people it chooses to admire. Professional athletes are often picked as recipients of that admiration In many ways, they deserve it. They have beaten huge odds to play sports professionally...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 715 reads 2 comments

  15. Julian Edelman and 10 NFL Players Who Can Line Up Anywhere

    Chuck Bednarik is considered the last of a breed—the "Sixty Minute Men." Bednarik played both center and linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 6,752 reads 32 comments

  16. Tom Brady Trade Talk Guarantees Seat on New England Patriots' Ship of Fools

    In medieval times, people deemed mad by the townspeople were sent away on a "ship of fools," destined to be anywhere but there...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 1,981 reads 12 comments

  17. Comparing New England Patriots' Precision Offense to Green Bay Packers

    Offense is king in today's NFL . With the liberalization of the passing rules and the restrictions placed on defensive players to do their jobs, the NFL has made it quite apparent that it likes the way business is currently being done...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 1,615 reads 5 comments

  18. New England Patriots: 3 Adjustments Team Must Make to Mount a Postseason Run

    Playoffs?! Yes, we're talking about the Patriots and the playoffs. In the last decade, the Patriots and playoffs have become synonymous and this year will not be an exception...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 639 reads 3 comments

  19. Philip Rivers Stinks! Fantasy Football Owner Laments over His Lousy Team

    The plan seemed foolproof. I had done several mock drafts beforehand, so I felt confident that an undefeated season not only was possible, but was highly probable. My genius was absolute...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 408 reads 0 comments

  20. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Decline of the New England Patriot Empire

    Eventually, all empires fall. The Roman Empire, fat and happy from years of dominance, scarcely put up a fight when the barbarians arrived at the gate...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 1,926 reads 2 comments

  21. Joe Paterno, Penn State Football and the Orwellian Aspect of College Sports

    "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." -George Orwell, Animal Farm Nowhere is this quote more appropriate than with regards to universities and their athletic departments...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 355 reads 4 comments

  22. Lingerie Football League: More Physical Than the NFL

    What do the Theory of Relativity and the Lingerie Football League have in common? Both are the products of genius. In fact, the Lingerie Football League (LFL) may be a greater intellectual feat...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 2 years ago 3,611 reads 2 comments

  23. Dan Sepulveda: Pittsburgh Steelers Punter Harbinger of Team Success

    Four games does not a season make, yet the Steeler faithful are a bit uneasy. The team has played poorly, even in victory...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about almost 3 years ago 297 reads 1 comments

  24. Ben Roethlisberger, Offense Will Carry 2011 Pittsburgh Steelers

    Eventually, it happens: steel starts to rust—sometimes out of inactivity, but mainly due to age. The Steeler defense is starting to rust and it’s not from inactivity...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about almost 3 years ago 1,400 reads 32 comments

  25. New England Patriots: Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocino Trades Genius Moves

    Brilliant. As much as it pains me to say it (again) about Bill Belichick , I must say it: the man is a genius. The trades this week for Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco are absolute low-risk, high-reward works of art...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about almost 3 years ago 483 reads 0 comments