1. Short-Handed Cardinals in Full-On Desperation Mode as Season Slips Away

    When the 2016 NFL schedule was announced, Thursday's Week 5 matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers appeared a lopsided affair—a walk in the ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 months ago 7,636 reads 47 comments

  2. Loss to Bills Hammers Home Tom Brady's Importance to Patriots' Super Bowl Hopes

    After the New England Patriots started the 2016 season 3-0 following a 27-0 whitewashing of the Houston Texans , there was a lot of chatter about "The Patriot Way...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 months ago 31,250 reads 106 comments

  3. A.J. Green's Dominance Forming Blueprint for Bengals' Success in AFC North

    Sometimes the answer is staring you right in the face. After dropping their last two games, a scrambling Cincinnati Bengals team entered Thursday night's home tilt with the ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 months ago 40,207 reads 120 comments

  4. Vontaze Burfict's Return Won't Fix All That Ails Reeling Bengals

    When the Cincinnati Bengals face the Miami Dolphins Thursday night, they will do so with one of their best defensive players back on the field when Vontaze Burfict makes ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 months ago 7,222 reads 23 comments

  5. Andrew Luck, Colts Finally Flash Reason for Hope in Win over Chargers

    There hasn't been much to celebrate in Indianapolis. The Colts lost a heartbreaker to the Detroit Lions in Week 1, and the Denver Broncos throttled them a week ago. For the third straight season, the Colts started 0-2...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 months ago 15,047 reads 70 comments

  6. Shorthanded Patriots Send Emphatic Message That They Are Team to Beat in AFC

    The New England Patriots entered Week 3 beset by injuries. The team was on its third-string quarterback. Its star tight end had yet to take the field...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 months ago 114,510 reads 311 comments

  7. Despite Injuries, Patriots Already September's Biggest Winners in the NFL

    The New England Patriots are the most annoying team in the National Football League. At least they are to fans of teams in Cleveland and Buffalo and Los Angeles—cities ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 months ago 22,510 reads 56 comments

  8. Seattle Seahawks' O-Line and Anemic Offense Threaten to Derail Super Bowl Hopes

    The Seattle Seahawks entered the 2016 season with the same aspirations they had in 2015—representing the NFC in Super Bowl LI in Houston . There's a big problem, though...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 18,057 reads 108 comments

  9. Explosive Offense Already Proving Key to Jets' 2016 Hopes After Win over Bills

    For years, dating back to Rex Ryan 's time as head coach of the team, the New York Jets have been known as a defensive club. They possess arguably the most loaded defensive line in the league...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 70,604 reads 99 comments

  10. Rex Ryan Deservedly on Hot Seat Already, and It Shouldn't Get Cool Anytime Soon

    If there's one thing fans and pundits alike love to do early in an NFL season, it's overreact. Win in Week 1, and it's time to start making playoff plans. Lose, and the sky is falling...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 12,681 reads 27 comments

  11. NFL Head Coach Power Rankings Heading into Week 2

    Welcome to the NFL , fellas. On Sunday, four men served as head coach of an NFL team for the first time...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 1,337 reads 0 comments

  12. Andrew Luck's Heroics Not Enough to Overcome Inept Colts Defense

    Heading into the 2016 season, fans of the Indianapolis Colts breathlessly awaited the return of a healthy Andrew Luck . With their quarterback back in the fold, the belief was that the Colts would quickly regain their perch atop the AFC South...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 28,276 reads 152 comments

  13. Packers Prove How Badly They Need MVP-Caliber Season from Aaron Rodgers Again

    In Sunday's season-opening win over the Jacksonville Jaguars , Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looked more like the NFL MVP version of himself from two years ago than last season's subpar (by his standards) "Rodgers Lite...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 35,231 reads 81 comments

  14. Bleacher Report's NFL Pre-Regular-Season Expert Predictions

    It's that time again. We've traversed training camp and persevered the preseason. Thursday night, for the first time since February, two NFL teams will take the field in a game that matters...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 93,268 reads 226 comments

  15. NFL Preseason Week 4: Takeaways from Thursday's Action

    This is it, kids. On Thursday night, the final 15 games of the NFL preseason took place. For the most part, the stories that will impact opening night had already been written—much to the chagrin of fans in Dallas and Minneapolis...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 106,905 reads 161 comments

  16. Teddy Bridgewater Injury Leaves the NFC That Much More Wide-Open

    If there's one thing we know about the NFL , it's that we know nothing about the NFL. Every year teams we expect to contend for playoff spots fall flat, while others come from nowhere to earn a spot in the postseason tournament...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 20,506 reads 74 comments

  17. NFL Power Rankings: Where Does Every Team Stand Heading into Preseason Week 4?

    Well, we've gotten the best look at each NFL team we're going to get before Week 1. Last week's "dress rehearsals" featured the most extensive playing time starters will see this preseason...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 126,728 reads 175 comments

  18. NFL Preseason Week 3: Takeaways from Friday's Action

    There is no more dramatic event in all of sports. No more intense spectacle. It makes the recently completed Olympics look like an episode of Antiques Roadshow . It is...the NFL preseason, sponsored by Hot Takes Hot Sauce...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 116,463 reads 215 comments

  19. NFL Preseason Week 3: Takeaways from Thursday's Action

    It's dress rehearsal time. Thursday night, the third week of the 2016 preseason got underway. It's the week where the starters will see their most extensive action until Week 1—the ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 164,641 reads 248 comments

  20. NFL Power Rankings: Where Does Every Team Stand Heading into Preseason Week 3?

    It's dress rehearsal time! Week 3 of the NFL preseason is about as close as we get to real, honest-to-goodness NFL football before Week 1. This is the game where teams will prepare for opening day...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 3 months ago 96,626 reads 230 comments

  21. NFL Preseason Week 2: Takeaways from Saturday's Action

    Ah, the joys of Saturday football. OK, so this isn't exactly what we've come to expect. Rather than the best and brightest from the college ranks, Saturday's action featured seven games from the second week of the 2016 NFL preseason...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 28,046 reads 78 comments

  22. New-Look Giants Defense Could Spur Quick Rebound in NFC East

    When talk turns to the New York Giants , the conversation usually centers on quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 26,959 reads 135 comments

  23. NFL Preseason Week 2: Takeaways from Friday's Action

    There were only three preseason games on the second Friday of the 2016 exhibition season, but they contained a triple-header of juicy subplots as the night got underway...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 86,495 reads 273 comments

  24. NFL Training Camps 2016: Updates, Rumors and Analysis for August 19

    We're coming to the end of the line for training camps across the NFL . With the second week of the preseason now underway, camps across the league are winding down. Some teams have already closed up shop...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 7,417 reads 22 comments

  25. NFL Preseason Week 2: Takeaways from Thursday's Action

    We're getting there, folks. With each passing week of preseason football, we draw a bit closer to September 8, when the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos meet in a rematch of Super Bowl 50...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 98,342 reads 164 comments