1. Are the Green Bay Packers Better Prepared to Contain the 49ers' Read-Option?

    Every remaining member of the Green Bay Packers defense should know each total. Since January, the numbers 579—representing the most total yards ever given up by a Green ...

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  2. How Will the Packers Defense Operate Without Casey Hayward Against 49ers?

    The Green Bay Packers will either have to play more base defense than normal or rely heavily on fifth-round rookie Micah Hyde to help cover the loss of cornerback Casey Hayward against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 Sunday...

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  3. Why There's No Need to Worry About the Detroit Lions Offense

    Despite a preseason in which the Detroit Lions ' first-team offense was far from sharp, little reason exists for assuming the struggles of a unit missing key components in August will carry into the regular season...

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  4. How Much Will the New York Giants Miss RB Andre Brown?

    The New York Giants lost an important third-down option with pass-blocking chops and a nose for the goal line when running back Andre Brown left Thursday's preseason finale with what's being called a hairline fracture in his left leg...

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  5. Is Kellen Moore the Long-Term Answer at Backup QB for the Detroit Lions?

    Finishing strong in Thursday's preseason finale will give Detroit Lions quarterback Kellen Moore a realistic shot at both sticking as the team's No. 3 quarterback in 2013 and becoming Detroit's long-term answer as Matthew Stafford 's backup...

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  6. Projected Return Dates for Injured NFL Playmakers

    With the start of the 2013 regular season now just a week away, the NFL remains littered with sidelined stars recovering from injuries that could threaten the start to their seasons...

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  7. What Should We Now Expect from Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy?

    With one-half of the Green Bay Packers ' one-two punch at running back shelved for the year, it is now a reasonable expectation that rookie Eddie Lacy will assume a role equal or greater to that which Cedric Benson held to start the 2012 season...

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  8. Why Da'Rick Rogers' NFL Career is Far From Over

    While the NFL career of talented but troubled receiver Da'Rick Rogers has gotten off to a sedated start, writing off a player with so much natural ability this early can be a risky endeavor...

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  9. Green Bay Packers Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts and Analysis

    The Green Bay Packers will begin the process of trimming their roster from 75 players Tuesday to the final tally of 53 Saturday. The first deadline comes Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, when the Packers need to be a maximum of 75 players...

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  10. Minnesota Vikings Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts and Analysis

    With one preseason game remaining, the Minnesota Vikings are deep into the process of trimming their roster from 90 players to the regular-season tally of 53 by this Saturday. The first roster deadline comes Tuesday at 4:00 p...

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  11. Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl FB Jerome Felton Suspended 3 Games by NFL

    The highly vaunted running game of the Minnesota Vikings was dealt an early blow Monday afternoon. According to Ben Goessling of ESPN , the NFL suspended fullback Jerome ...

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  12. Detroit Lions Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts and Analysis

    The final preseason game and two rounds of roster cuts are all that stand between the Detroit Lions and the start of the 2013 regular season...

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  13. Chicago Bears Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts and Analysis

    The Chicago Bears have a few hurdles between now and the start of the 2013 season, which will feature a new head coach (Marc Trestman) and an unfamiliar absence at middle linebacker (Brian Urlacher)...

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  14. Is Vince Young an Acceptable Plan B for Aaron Rodgers, Packers?

    The Green Bay Packers would still be in a world of hurt if starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers were lost for any stretch in 2013, but the team can certainly feel more confident ...

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  15. What Did We Learn from Lions' Preseason Win over Patriots?

    The Detroit Lions certainly made impressive work of their regular-season dress rehearsal Thursday night, beating the New England Patriots by 31 points in a game where many of the starters played an entire half...

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  16. Setting Odds of Tim Tebow Making New England Patriots' Final Roster

    Tim Tebow 's odds of making the New England Patriots ' 53-man roster were not significantly reduced when the third-string quarterback failed to play a single snap against the Detroit Lions on Thursday night...

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  17. Is Packers TE Jermichael Finley Finally Ready for a Breakout Season?

    A combination of factors are converging for Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley to finally put together the kind of breakout season that has been several years coming...

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  18. Making Sense of the NFL's Explanation of Legal and Illegal Hits This Preseason

    Two hits—one deemed legal, the other illegal—helped define the second week of the NFL 's 2013 preseason while also reintroducing the league's continued effort to improve player safety...

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  19. Panthers vs Ravens: Full Breakdown & Analysis for Preseason Week 3

    The Carolina Panthers (1-1) and Baltimore Ravens (2-0) will face off Thursday night in what is annually billed as the dress rehearsal week of the preseason schedule...

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  20. How the New York Giants Can Prepare for a Possible Week 1 Without Victor Cruz

    While Victor Cruz remains confident that his bruised left heel won't keep him out of the regular season opener against the Dallas Cowboys , the New York Giants might be smart ...

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  21. Is the New York Jets QB Competition Rigged for Geno Smith to Win?

    There is little question that long-term financial advantages exist for the New York Jets if second-round rookie Geno Smith beats out veteran Mark Sanchez for the starting quarterback job to start this season...

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  22. Have the Chicago Bears Finally Figured Out a Starting Offensive Line?

    Thanks to a strong showing against the San Diego Chargers last week and the coaching staff's continued reliance on two rookies along the right side, the Chicago Bears appear to ...

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  23. Peyton Manning, Broncos Have No Reason to Panic Despite Mounting Concerns

    Although the stars that were appearing to align are now suddenly in disarray, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are in no position to panic ahead of their upcoming Super Bowl-or-bust season...

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  24. Arian Foster Injury: Breaking Down Houston Texans' Backup Plans at RB

    The Houston Texans can certainly feel comfortable in running back Ben Tate , who represents their Plan B at the position if Arian Foster 's continued absence stretches into the regular season...

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  25. Grading A.J. Jenkins for Jon Baldwin Trade for 49ers, Chiefs

    The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs smartly provided a change of scenery for bust receivers A.J. Jenkins and Jonathan Baldwin when the teams agreed to swap the two on Monday...

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