1. NFL Divisional Round: Everything You Need to Know for Sunday

    We're halfway home. With the divisional round of the 2016-17 NFL playoffs at the midway point, a postseason tournament that began with 12 teams now has six. Two of those teams have already advanced to the conference championship games...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 days ago 9,728 reads 22 comments

  2. NFL Playoffs 2017: Takeaways from Seahawks vs. Falcons and Texans vs. Patriots

    We now know the first half of the NFL 's final four. The divisional round of the 2017 NFL playoffs got underway Saturday, and in at least one respect it followed the same script as Wild Card Weekend...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 days ago 53,744 reads 116 comments

  3. Sean McVay Is the Bold, Aggressive Hire the Los Angeles Rams Desperately Need

    The first season of the NFL 's return to Los Angeles did not go especially well. At all. A listless Rams team pitched and lurched its way to a 4-12 record. No...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 days ago 48,052 reads 90 comments

  4. NFL Playoff Predictions: Expert Consensus Divisional Picks

    And then there were eight. Last week's Wild Card Round wasn't particularly wild. Not only did all four higher-seeded teams emerge with the win, but none of the games were especially close...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 days ago 224,084 reads 431 comments

  5. Young Defense Is Key to Atlanta Falcons Avoiding One-and-Done in the Playoffs

    A prolific passing game under MVP candidate Matt Ryan propelled the Atlanta Falcons to the No. 2 seed in the NFC...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 8 days ago 13,953 reads 79 comments

  6. NFL Wild Card Sunday: Takeaways from Miami vs. Pittsburgh and NY vs. Green Bay

    Wild Card Weekend is complete. One day after the Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks won at home in convincing fashion, four more teams took to frigid playing fields Sunday to determine the final two participants in the divisional round...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 days ago 48,205 reads 119 comments

  7. Raiders vs. Texans: Complete Wild Card Gameday Preview

    On Saturday afternoon, the 2017 NFL playoffs get underway when the Oakland Raiders travel to Houston to face the Texans. For the Raiders, it's their first playoff appearance since getting throttled by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 10 days ago 2,726 reads 3 comments

  8. Bleacher Report's Expert Consensus Wild-Card Picks

    The NFL 's second season is underway. Or at least it will be on Saturday. This weekend brings with it the first round of the 2016-17 NFL playoffs . Wild Card Weekend...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 12 days ago 157,673 reads 275 comments

  9. Bleacher Report's Expert Consensus NFL All-Pro Team

    With all due respect to the Pro Bowl and the All-Star Games in baseball, basketball and hockey, they are essentially popularity contests. It isn't an insult. In all of those instances, fans play a large part in selecting the teams...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 14 days ago 179,829 reads 430 comments

  10. NFL Free Agency 2017: An Early Breakdown of This Year's Class

    After 17 weeks, 512 games and over 30,000 minutes of play, the 2016 NFL regular season is over. For 12 fortunate and successful franchises, the fun is only beginning...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 14 days ago 176,406 reads 129 comments

  11. Dream Season for Injury-Ravaged Raiders Headed for Nightmare Finish

    At first glance, fans of the Oakland Raiders seemingly have plenty to be happy about. Despite falling 24-6 on the road to the Denver Broncos in Week 17, the Raiders are a 12-win team headed to the playoffs for the first time sine 2002...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 16 days ago 60,052 reads 243 comments

  12. Rex Ryan's Failure in Buffalo Hammers Home That He's Just Not a Good Head Coach

    If talking won football games, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick would have nothing on Rex Ryan . During his tenures with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills , Ryan certainly talked the talk...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 21 days ago 28,864 reads 37 comments

  13. Even After QB Change, the Texans Still Can't Be Taken Seriously

    The Houston Texans received an early Christmas gift on Saturday. Thanks to a listless performance from the Indianapolis Colts and a brutal injury that befell Tennessee Titans ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 24 days ago 46,073 reads 130 comments

  14. Slowing Momentum, Offensive Woes Leave Giants' Playoff Hopes in Question

    The New York Giants entered Thursday night with a clear edict: Beat the floundering Eagles in Philly, and the surging team would be in the playoffs for the first time since their Super Bowl run in 2011...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 25 days ago 49,012 reads 146 comments

  15. Matt Barkley Has Earned Chance to Start for Chicago Bears in 2017

    It's been a miserable season for the Chicago Bears in 2016. Not Cleveland miserable, mind you, but a 3-11 season makes the Chicago winter feel even darker and more brutal. However, scattered among the dark clouds have been bright spots...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 29 days ago 18,324 reads 99 comments

  16. Bleacher Report's Expert Consensus 2016 Pro Bowl Predictions

    It's the most wonderful time of the year. No, I'm not talking about Christmas. I guess that's OK, if you're into presents and tinsel and holiday cheer and all that other brouhaha...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 29 days ago 82,645 reads 169 comments

  17. Win over Lowly Rams Does Little to Alleviate Questions Surrounding Seahawks

    On Thursday night in Seattle, the Seahawks did what they were supposed to do. They dispatched the cellar-dwelling Los Angeles Rams 24-3 to move to 9-4-1 and wash off some of the stink from last week's blowout loss at Green Bay...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 70,048 reads 115 comments

  18. Ryan Tannehill's Injury Isn't Death Knell for Surprising Miami Dolphins

    Week 14 of the NFL season was the epitome of an old saying for the Miami Dolphins . "I've got good news, and I've got bad news...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 28,775 reads 26 comments

  19. The NFL's Next Crop of Shutdown Cornerbacks

    In today's pass-wacky NFL , quarterback is the league's most important position. Elite signal-callers dominate the MVP conversation and regularly earn in excess of $20 million a season...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 42,435 reads 63 comments

  20. Falcons Finally Proving to Be Complete Force in NFC Playoff Picture

    There's been no shortage of discussion regarding the success the Dallas Cowboys have enjoyed in 2016. No shortage of talk about the New England Patriots as they near yet another AFC East title...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 17,176 reads 66 comments

  21. Showdown with Broncos Will Show If Titans Are Legit Challengers for AFC South

    The AFC South was arguably the worst division in the NFL in 2015. That same argument can be made again this year. But even in a bad division, there's good news...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 14,553 reads 34 comments

  22. Raiders Keep Winning, but Slow Starts Loom as Huge Postseason Problem

    You aren't going to find many anxious fans of the Oakland Raiders at the moment. Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills lifted the first-place Raiders to 10-2 on the season...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 14,422 reads 86 comments

  23. After Disappointing 2016 Season, Bengals Must Consider Life Beyond Andy Dalton

    To say the 2016 season hasn't gone according to plan for the Cincinnati Bengals is one whopper of an understatement...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 33,376 reads 46 comments

  24. Texans' Gamble on Brock Osweiler May Cost Them the AFC South

    This wasn't how things were supposed to go for the Houston Texans in 2016. After winning the AFC South a season ago at 9-7 and getting smoked at home by the Kansas City Chiefs ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 26,736 reads 62 comments

  25. Seahawks' Defining Flaws Show Up Big in Loss to Bucs

    Over the past few years, no NFL team has been better at flipping the proverbial switch in the second half of the season than the Seattle Seahawks ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 23,396 reads 128 comments