1. 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 3 days ago 14,310 reads 86 comments

  2. 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 6 days ago 32,657 reads 46 comments

  3. 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 9 days ago 26,489 reads 62 comments

  4. 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 10 days ago 23,346 reads 128 comments

  5. Alex Smith's Limitations Spell Big Trouble for Chiefs in AFC West

    The AFC West has become the NFL 's best division in 2016. Three of the division's four teams sit at 7-3 or better...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 13 days ago 14,086 reads 53 comments

  6. View from the Cellar: Covering the NFL's Worst Teams for a Living

    Over the last 10 years, the New England Patriots played in a staggering seven AFC Championship Games and competed in football's biggest game three times. Two years ago, they lifted the Lombardi Trophy as champions of the NFL ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 14 days ago 24,545 reads 19 comments

  7. Despite Win, Colts Need Much More from Andrew Luck to Catch Texans in AFC South

    There's good news and bad news in Indianapolis. The good news is that with a win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, the Colts got back to .500 and back into the race to win the NFL 's worst division...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 17 days ago 9,687 reads 22 comments

  8. Defense Keeps Panthers' Playoff Hopes Alive, But It Won't Save Sinking Season

    Apparently the Carolina Panthers like life on the edge. After dropping five of their first six games, the Panthers peeled off two wins in a row to offer fans some hope of a fourth straight trip to the playoffs...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 20 days ago 41,574 reads 108 comments

  9. Pro Football Hall of Fame Predictions: Who Should, Shouldn't Get In?

    With 10 weeks done in the 2016 season and the push to the playoffs beginning in earnest, the focus in the National Football League is very much in the here and now. However, for some, this week shifts attention to both the past and the future...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 22 days ago 18,091 reads 39 comments

  10. Joe Flacco, Ravens Too Flawed to Make Legitimate Run at AFC North Crown

    The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns 28-7 on Thursday night for their second straight win...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 27 days ago 19,212 reads 79 comments

  11. Ravens Must Rediscover Rushing Attack in Thursday's Tuneup Game vs. Browns

    The good news in Baltimore is the Ravens ' victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last week snapped a four-game losing streak...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 28 days ago 4,136 reads 9 comments

  12. Kansas City Chiefs Nothing More Than Fool's Gold in Loaded AFC

    The Kansas City Chiefs just might be the best team in the National Football League that no one is talking about. After dispatching the Jacksonville Jaguars 19-14 in Week 9, the Chiefs sit at 6-2 despite injuries to a number of key players...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 30 days ago 12,329 reads 58 comments

  13. Matthew Stafford Rekindles Darkhorse MVP Hopes as Lions Roar into NFC Contention

    The NFC North is becoming impossible to figure out. A month ago, the Minnesota Vikings appeared to be running away with the division. Then the Vikings began to fade just as the Green Bay Packers began to get it together and then struggle again...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 15,908 reads 57 comments

  14. Red-Hot Atlanta Offense Pushes Falcons to Legit Super Bowl Contender

    Four days ago, Atlanta stopped a two-game skid with a thrilling victory over the Green Bay Packers —a victory spurred by quarterback Matt Ryan , wide receiver Julio Jones and the Falcons offense...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 23,244 reads 144 comments

  15. Bleacher Report's Midseason NFL All-Rookie Team

    We may well look back on 2016 as the Year of the New Guy. We've seen rookies across the NFL have immense success this season. Some, like Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, were expected to make a big dent during their first NFL campaign...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 60,069 reads 102 comments

  16. Carolina Panthers Save Dismal Season with Emphatic Win over Cardinals

    The 2016 season hasn't gone according to plan for the Carolina Panthers . After winning 15 games and representing the NFC in Super Bowl 50 a year ago, the Panthers lurched their way to five losses in six games...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 7,896 reads 44 comments

  17. Jekyll-and-Hyde Titans Contenders in AFC South After Destroying Jaguars on TNF

    The Tennessee Titans are a hard team to figure out. When last we saw them, they were blowing a fourth-quarter lead in Week 7 to the Indianapolis Colts —their 10th consecutive loss to their AFC South rivals...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 26,983 reads 99 comments

  18. Improving Defense Makes Raiders AFC West's Most Dangerous Team

    On Sunday, the Oakland Raiders hung 33 points on the Jacksonville Jaguars in a resounding victory. This isn't news—the Raiders have fielded the AFC West's best offense for most of the 2016 NFL season...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 44,249 reads 168 comments

  19. Packers Offense Finally Shows Signs of Life in TNF Win, but Will It Last?

    At first glance, it might appear that quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers fixed what ailed their offense in Thursday's 26-10 win over the Chicago Bears ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 20,147 reads 69 comments

  20. David Johnson's Brilliance Ends Cardinals' Offensive Identity Crisis

    Last year, the Arizona Cardinals won 13 games, propelled to the NFC West title by one of the NFL 's most prolific passing attacks. In 2016, quarterback Carson Palmer and the passing game have struggled...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 21,335 reads 63 comments

  21. Seahawks Reclaim Crown of NFC's Most Complete Team With Win Over Falcons

    There are a number of surprises in the NFC six weeks into the 2016 season. The conference's lone unbeaten team lost both its starting quarterback and star tailback and keeps winning anyway...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 31,500 reads 278 comments

  22. Broncos Can No Longer Rely on Dominant Defense to Mask Offensive Woes

    Not long ago, the Denver Broncos appeared to be chugging right along. After quarterback Trevor Siemian lit up the Cincinnati Bengals for 312 yards and four scores in Week 3, ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 68,486 reads 221 comments

  23. Broncos Need Trevor Siemian Much More Than We Thought

    Last year, the Denver Broncos rode a stout defense to a victory in Super Bowl 50, overcoming spotty play at quarterback along the way. The thought was the same would hold true this season...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 11,983 reads 32 comments

  24. Sorry, Tony: Win over Bengals Gives Dak Prescott Ownership of Cowboys Offense

    We're watching a changing of the guard in Dallas. When quarterback Tony Romo injured his back in the preseason, Cowboys Nation panicked, fearful that yet another season was down the tubes complements of a Romo injury...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 1 month ago 48,375 reads 169 comments

  25. Cardinals Find Recipe for Turning Season Around in Gut-Check Win Over 49ers

    The Arizona Cardinals entered Week 5 with a simple mandate. Defeat the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night, or watch any realistic hopes of the deep playoff run the team envisioned when the season began disappear...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 2 months ago 16,675 reads 73 comments