1. How Brandon LaFell Went from Afterthought Signing to Super Bowl X-Factor

    "Mellow is the man who knows what he's been missing. Many many men can't see the open road." —Led Zeppelin Year after year, the New England Patriots search for an X-factor at the X receiver position...

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  2. Patriots Defense Living Up to Super Bowl Billing

    Like many things in Foxborough , Massachusetts, over the past five months, the narrative has changed dramatically around the New England Patriots defense...

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  3. Patriots Riding Creative Offensive Game Plans to Super Bowl

    FOXBOROUGH , Mass. — If Netflix ever makes a show about New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick , they may have to call it "Eligible is the New Ineligible...

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  4. Can the Patriots Running Game Repeat Their Dominance over Colts?

    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is regarded as one of the most brilliant minds in football. But it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how the Patriots should attack the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game...

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  5. Todd Bowles and Chan Gailey Are a Perfect Pair for New Era of Jets Football

    The New York Jets have a sense of direction now that they have quickly filled the vacancies on their coaching staff...

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  6. What Can Mike Maccagnan Do to Get the Jets Back on Track in 2015?

    The New York Jets have finally gotten the ball rolling on filling their biggest vacancies in the organization at head coach and general manager. With the law of inertia on their side, the Jets must now make sure that they continue to make progress...

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  7. Devin McCourty Inserting Himself into Discussion of NFL's Top Safeties

    The New England Patriots added some high-profile names to their secondary this offseason, but one of the most important names in that unit is one who has been on the roster for five years...

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  8. Rex Ryan Must Be Careful Not to Repeat Previous Mistakes with Bills

    The Rex Ryan era ended with the New York Jets just two weeks ago, but the Rex Ryan era in New York and in the AFC East will live on. The Buffalo Bills have officially announced that Ryan will be the team's head coach in 2015...

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  9. Shaky Patriots Defense Hangs in but Must Clean Up to Punch Super Bowl Ticket

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Good enough to win. Those four words were heard repeatedly in the locker room at Gillette Stadium on Saturday...

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  10. Ravens' Playoff Experiences vs. Patriots Hold Little to No Weight

    If the Baltimore Ravens find a way to come out of Gillette Stadium with a third playoff win in four tries against the New England Patriots , it will have little—or nothing — to do with their first two victories...

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  11. Mike Tannenbaum Adds Confusing Layer to Miami Dolphins' Front-Office Structure

    Instant gratification. We're all victims of it, every time we pick up the remote to change the channel, when we pick up the phone to text, or hop on the Internet to tweet...

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  12. Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower's Emergence Are Key to Patriots Playoff Run

    The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens have played a lot of important playoff games in the past, but the Patriots have not had two of their most important defensive players ...

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  13. With Doug Marrone Gone, Time for Buffalo Bills to Find Offensive Identity

    The Buffalo Bills ended a decade-long streak of losing seasons by finishing 9-7 in 2015, but it feels like the Bills have taken steps back, not forward...

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  14. Doug Marrone's Departure Leaves Bills Franchise Directionless

    Just three days ago, the Buffalo Bills had two reasons to celebrate. A 17-9 victory over the New England Patriots marked the Bills' first win at Gillette Stadium since it was opened in 2002 and also marked their first winning season in a decade...

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  15. Dolphins Cannot Let Mike Wallace Drama Follow Them into the Offseason

    Mike Wallace is under contract with the Miami Dolphins through 2017. No amount of caterwauling from the speedy wide receiver will change that...

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  16. Kyle Orton's Retirement Brings Buffalo Bills Back to Square 1 at Quarterback

    Will one step forward turn into 10 years worth of steps back? That's what the Buffalo Bills have to be asking themselves after quarterback Kyle Orton led them to their first ...

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  17. Which Coaching Candidates Are Best Fit to Pull Jets out of Nosedive?

    No glimmer of hope at the end of the season was going to save the New York Jets from the specter of Black Monday...

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  18. Will Lack of Momentum Be a Problem for the New England Patriots?

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Rest or rust? The debate will rage on for as long as there are first-round byes to be had in the NFL postseason. The New England Patriots have explored both sides of the debate, and after locking up the No...

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  19. Did the Jets Reveal Some Weaknesses in the Patriots' Armor?

    The New England Patriots may be the No. 1 team in the AFC, but they are far from perfect. Perfection is not the name of the game, as we learned in 2007 when the 18-0 Patriots lost to the 13-6 New York Giants in the Super Bowl...

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  20. Crushing End to the Bills' Season Proves QB Is Priority No. 1

    It's been a long time since the Buffalo Bills have played a meaningful game in December, but if they want to play meaningful games in January anytime soon, they will need a dramatic upgrade at quarterback...

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  21. Dolphins' Mediocrity Could Continue with Vote of Confidence in Joe Philbin

    The Miami Dolphins were four minutes and 35 seconds away from having every justifiable reason to fire head coach Joe Philbin ...

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  22. Dominant Jets Defensive Line Should Be Building Block for Future

    It looks like the New York Jets could be starting over again with a new head coach very soon. But that doesn't mean they have to blow it all up and start from scratch across the board...

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  23. Can Patriots Continue Playing Championship-Caliber Defense When It Matters Most?

    No unit entered the 2014 season with more hype than the New England Patriots defense. That unit was heralded as the second coming of the defense that led the Patriots to a dynasty from 2001-2004...

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  24. Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross Must Make Changes, Then Get Out of the Way

    It seems like every year, the Miami Dolphins are searching for a head coach, a general manager or both. Maybe that's because, in the past 10 years, they have made a change at one or both positions five times (2005, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013)...

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  25. Stout Bills Defense Holds the Key to Snapping Playoff Drought

    Pressure means a lot of things to the Buffalo Bills defense. First, foremost and most obvious is the Bills' ability to put an opposing quarterback under pressure, resulting in him either throwing a harried pass or being thrown to the grass...

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