1. Late-Blooming Lorenzo Alexander: From Glue Guy to NFL Sack Leader

    Lorenzo Alexander leads the NFL with nine sacks in 2016, despite the fact that the 10th-year Buffalo Bills pass-rusher had just nine total sacks during his first nine NFL seasons...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 4 months ago 10,760 reads 16 comments

  2. Broncos Get Back to Basics in MNF Win, Set Blueprint for AFC West Title Run

    There were no secrets Monday night in Denver. The Broncos knew what to expect from Denver-turned-Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler, and Osweiler knew what to expect from the defense he faced in practice between 2012 and 2015...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 4 months ago 27,286 reads 117 comments

  3. Despite Consecutive Losses, It's Not Time to Hit Panic Button on Atlanta Falcons

    I completely get why Atlanta Falcons fans might feel the need to do it. I understand why, after a second consecutive heartbreaking loss, they may be reaching for brown paper bags in order to prevent or control hyperventilation...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 4 months ago 15,683 reads 103 comments

  4. With Career at Crossroads, Can Aaron Rodgers Single-Handedly Save the Packers?

    By now you're probably aware that Aaron Rodgers hasn't been right, nor has the Green Bay Packers offense. Rodgers is the highest-rated passer in NFL history, but he struggled last season without top receiver Jordy Nelson ...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 4 months ago 12,848 reads 37 comments

  5. Otherworldly Start in the Past, Carson Wentz and Eagles Face Harsh Reality

    Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles have returned to earth. Three turnover-free weeks into the 2016 NFL season, the Wentz-led Eagles offense had already scored 92 points, ...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 4 months ago 58,645 reads 154 comments

  6. Could Comeback Win over Colts Be Turning Point for Brock Osweiler, Texans?

    Entering Sunday night's home game against the Indianapolis Colts , the high-priced, revamped Houston Texans offense had scored an NFL -low 82 points in five games...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 4 months ago 20,676 reads 49 comments

  7. What Has Happened to Odell Beckham Jr.?

    A lot has been made of Odell Beckham Jr. 's temperament. Opposing defenders can get into Beckham's head, they say. They can cause him to lose his cool, lose his temper, lose his focus...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 4 months ago 82,467 reads 159 comments

  8. With Home Loss on MNF, Panthers May Finally Be in Hole They Can't Escape

    Winning without your franchise quarterback is never easy, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tried their best to make it very easy on the shorthanded Carolina Panthers on Monday night...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 4 months ago 28,555 reads 101 comments

  9. Eagles Must Learn from Carson Wentz's 1st Loss

    Carson Wentz was eventually going to commit a turnover, and the Philadelphia Eagles were eventually going to lose. Unsurprisingly, those two events took place on the same day...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 5 months ago 47,509 reads 144 comments

  10. Could Brian Hoyer Be a Better Option for the Bears Than Jay Cutler?

    Brian Hoyer looks as though he'll make his third consecutive start in place of the injured Jay Cutler when the Chicago Bears play the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 5 months ago 6,803 reads 32 comments

  11. Stifling Defense Quickly Becoming Calling Card of Undefeated Minnesota Vikings

    The Minnesota Vikings won't have offensive pillars Adrian Peterson , Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Kalil in their lineup for a long time. And yet the Vikes are 4-0...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 5 months ago 55,963 reads 133 comments

  12. Dallas Cowboys Have Become One of NFL's Most Intriguing Contenders

    For the third straight week, the Dallas Cowboys got it done. It hasn't always been pretty, and it hasn't come against particularly stiff competition, but Dallas has moved to ...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 5 months ago 58,659 reads 194 comments

  13. Is Blake Bortles Overrated?

    The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't familiar with tight fourth-quarter scenarios. That could help explain why the 0-3 Jags have already lost two games this season in which they possessed the ball with a chance to win in the final minutes...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 5 months ago 22,023 reads 60 comments

  14. Atlanta Falcons Offense Might Be Enough to Mask Porous Defense, Spur Playoff Run

    Just so we're clear, the Atlanta Falcons aren't a completely good football team. And the New Orleans Saints team they defeated 45-32 Monday night is far from good on the defense...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 5 months ago 55,285 reads 166 comments

  15. Dak Prescott Might Be Too Good for Cowboys to Bench When Tony Romo Returns

    Quarterback situations involving rookie fourth-round picks should generally remain fluid, especially when you have a veteran Pro Bowl quarterback on the roster...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 5 months ago 162,160 reads 286 comments

  16. Is the NFL's New Kickoff Rule Backfiring?

    In an attempt to reduce the frequency of kick returns—and by extension cut down on injuries —the NFL decided in the offseason to put the ball on the 25-yard line after a touchback...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 5 months ago 71,813 reads 46 comments

  17. Real Deal Carson Wentz Already Boosting Eagles to Contender Status in NFC East

    NFL .com's Game Center doesn't tell the story, nor does Pro Football Reference's box score . That's because numbers don't do justice to the performance Carson Wentz put together Monday night in Chicago...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 5 months ago 461,348 reads 373 comments

  18. Are Sam Bradford, Stout Defense Enough to Propel Vikings to NFC North Title?

    The Minnesota Vikings were always supposed to contend in 2016, but the 2015 NFC North champions were considered contenders heading into the year primarily because of young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and superstar running back Adrian Peterson ...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 5 months ago 103,164 reads 231 comments

  19. Why Won't the Los Angeles Rams Give Jared Goff a Chance?

    Monday night in San Francisco, the Los Angeles Rams were shut out by a 49ers team that ranked 29th in the NFL on defense last season . They only mustered 185 total yards in the 28-0 loss, converting just three of 15 third downs...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 5 months ago 49,104 reads 124 comments

  20. Shorthanded Steelers Show off Top Contender Form with MNF Road Win over Redskins

    Monday night's victory over the Washington Redskins won't become Pittsburgh Steelers lore. The footage won't be used as an example of flawless football. The Steelers beat the Redskins, but the Redskins also went out of their way to beat themselves...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 5 months ago 34,004 reads 168 comments

  21. Fearless Raiders Prove They Have the Winning Mentality Required of a Contender

    Fourteen years removed from their last playoff appearance and 33 years removed from their last championship, the Oakland Raiders have for quite some time been trying their damnedest to recapture the franchise's glory days...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 5 months ago 33,477 reads 83 comments

  22. Short Drew Brees Extension Is Perfect Resolution for the New Orleans Saints

    For years, teams have awarded long-tenured head coaches one-year extensions to avoid the risks associated with lame-duck seasons. It's a good way to give a vote of confidence to a coach without breaking the bank with a long-term commitment...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 6 months ago 33,418 reads 37 comments

  23. Cowboys Enter 2016 with NFL's Top 2 Offensive Rookie of the Year Candidates

    When Bovada released 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year odds in May (h/t Odds Shark), this year's highest-drafted running back, No. 4 overall pick Ezekiel Elliott, led the way, followed by quarterback Jared Goff...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 6 months ago 68,123 reads 182 comments

  24. Chargers Fortunate Antiquated, Stubborn Practices Didn't Sink Joey Bosa Deal

    The San Diego Chargers could have stood firm on principle. They could have remained stubborn in their contract dispute with rookie No...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 6 months ago 65,088 reads 122 comments

  25. NFL Preseason Week 3: What to Watch for in Sunday's Action

    This is the dress rehearsal—Week 3 of the 2016 NFL preseason. On Sunday, six teams hope to get a better feel for how they're looking with the regular season just two weeks away...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 6 months ago 29,620 reads 33 comments