1. San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks: Previewing the NFC Championship Game

    If you're looking for offensive fireworks, the 2014 NFC Championship isn't the game for you. The AFC title tilt has those, with Peyton Manning and the historically prolific Denver offense welcoming in Tom Brady and the New England Patriots...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 17,821 reads 34 comments

  2. What Ken Whisenhunt Hire Means for Tennessee Titans

    The Tennessee Titans have been mired in mediocrity the past several years, too good to get a top-five pick, but not good enough to sniff the playoffs. That was enough to spell the end for Mike Munchak , who was fired after three years at the helm.

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 29,950 reads 98 comments

  3. NFL Divisional Playoffs: Expert Weekend Takeaways

    The NFL is down to its "Final Four." The Divisional Round of the 2014 playoffs is in the books, with the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos moving on to next week's conference championship games...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 99,839 reads 397 comments

  4. NFL Divisional Playoffs Picks: Last-Minute Expert Projections

    The 2014 NFL playoffs started with a bang. The road teams carried a wildly exciting Wild Card Weekend. Three of the week's four winners were visitors, with only the Colts and their near-record comeback preventing the sweep...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 36,832 reads 123 comments

  5. Is Johnny Manziel Really an NFL Franchise Savior?

    Well, it's official. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has declared for the 2014 NFL draft. And with that declaration, it began...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 13,260 reads 59 comments

  6. Josh McDaniels Smart to Withdraw from Dysfunctional Situation in Cleveland

    The position of NFL head coach is one of the most sought-after occupations in sports. In any given year, there are hundreds of candidates who would do just about anything to land an interview, much less an offer...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 19,042 reads 159 comments

  7. Russell Wilson Is Ready to Handle the 'Win Now' Pressure Placed on Seahawks

    It's a recent development in the National Football League for expectations to be higher for young quarterbacks. The phenomenal rookie seasons of Andrew Luck , Robert Griffin and Russell Wilson raised the stakes...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 10,012 reads 56 comments

  8. Chargers' Cinderella Run Will End in Denver Without Ryan Mathews

    Wild Card weekend was filled with surprises. None were bigger than in Cincinnati, where the San Diego Chargers ran all over a stout Cincinnati defense en route to a 27-10 win...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 9,189 reads 75 comments

  9. 2014 NFL Draft: Who's Trending Up, Down After BCS Title Game?

    The BCS era went out with a bang. Monday's thrilling title game tilt between the Florida State Seminoles and Auburn Tigers wasn't just the final game of the Bowl Championship Series...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 8,695 reads 13 comments

  10. Deion Branch Signing Little More Than Gamesmanship by Colts

    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is a master at mind games and gamesmanship. Anything to get an edge, from his weekly injury report that isn't to signing players ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 23,513 reads 74 comments

  11. What Brandon Spikes' Injury Means for Patriots This Postseason

    The New England Patriots won their fifth straight AFC East title in 2013 despite a number of injuries to prominent contributors on both sides of the ball...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 16,159 reads 73 comments

  12. 2014 NFL Free Agency: Previewing the Biggest Risks on the Market

    While the band plays on for eight fortunate franchises after Wild Card Weekend, the league's other 24 teams must now begin figuring out where things went wrong and take the steps to right them...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 98,413 reads 96 comments

  13. NFL Wild Card Playoffs: Expert Weekend Takeaways

    The first weekend of the 2014 NFL playoffs started off in wild fashion and ended up a Popsicle. That was thanks to one of the biggest second-half comebacks in playoff history and a historically frigid contest in Titletown...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 101,918 reads 336 comments

  14. NFL Wild Card Weekend Picks: Last-Minute Expert Projections for AFC & NFC Teams

    The NFL 's second season has begun. On Saturday, Wild Card Weekend will get underway with games in Indianapolis and Philadelphia. Two more games in Cincinnati and Green Bay will follow on Sunday...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 42,364 reads 100 comments

  15. How the Indianapolis Colts Can Light Up the Chiefs in Wild Card Showdown

    The Indianapolis Colts enter the playoffs as one of the hotter teams in the NFL , winners of three straight games in convincing fashion. One of those victories came in Week 16 at Kansas City...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 5,050 reads 17 comments

  16. Bleacher Report's 2013 NFL Awards

    On Feb. 1, players from around the NFL will gather in New York City for the NFL Honors, the third annual awards-show-style presentation of the league's individual accolades. Well, here at Bleacher Report we didn't feel like waiting...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 58,027 reads 396 comments

  17. X-Factors to Watch for in the 2014 NFL Wild Card Round

    The tournament has been set. In the AFC, the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers advanced to the playoffs...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 22,337 reads 45 comments

  18. Bleacher Report's 2013 NFL All-Rookie Team

    The 2013 regular season has come to a close, and that can mean only one thing. No, not the playoffs. OK, so it means two things. It's awards season in the NFL ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 118,442 reads 325 comments

  19. NFL Week 17: Expert Takeaways from Sunday's Action

    It seems like only yesterday that the NFL regular season was getting started, yet here we are. Week 17. For 20 teams, the end of the line this year. Those teams include the Baltimore Ravens...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 28,219 reads 84 comments

  20. NFL Officials Have Hand in Steelers and Cowboys' Absence from Postseason

    On the most important Sunday of the 2013 season, the NFL 's besieged officiating crews are once again under fire. This time, it's the result of a pair of very questionable calls made in games that had huge postseason implications...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 275,640 reads 791 comments

  21. NFL Week 17 Picks: Last-Minute Expert Predictions from Around the Web

    Well, folks, here we are. One game remains in the 2013 NFL season for each team. Some teams, like the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, have already punched their tickets to the postseason...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 27,312 reads 4 comments

  22. Von Miller Injury Puts Even More Pressure on Peyton Manning Entering Playoffs

    The Denver Broncos are having one of, if not the best, offensive seasons in NFL history. Quarterback Peyton Manning 's four touchdown passes last week against the Houston Texans gave him 51 for the year...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 3,571 reads 30 comments

  23. Who Can the Dallas Cowboys Bring in to Back Up Kyle Orton?

    Even when the Dallas Cowboys manage to win in December, they lose. As the Cowboys prepare for their third Week 17 must-win game in as many years, the team has been rocked by ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 12,523 reads 51 comments

  24. Does the NFL Have an Inexcusable Officiating Problem?

    Being a referee is something of a thankless job on the best of days. It was not the best of days for the zebras in Week 16. In fact, it hasn't been the best of years. The 2013 season in the NFL has been littered with officiating gaffes...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 14,070 reads 123 comments

  25. NFL Week 16: Expert Takeaways from Sunday's Action

    It's the next-to-last week of the 2013 NFL season, which can mean only one thing: The race for the playoffs is entering the final straightaway...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 7 months ago 55,377 reads 167 comments