1. 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 10 months ago 6,831 reads 32 comments

  2. 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 10 months ago 56,000 reads 133 comments

  3. 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 10 months ago 58,713 reads 194 comments

  4. 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 10 months ago 22,106 reads 60 comments

  5. 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 10 months ago 55,316 reads 166 comments

  6. 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 10 months ago 162,220 reads 286 comments

  7. 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 10 months ago 71,869 reads 46 comments

  8. 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 10 months ago 461,461 reads 373 comments

  9. 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 10 months ago 103,205 reads 230 comments

  10. 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 10 months ago 49,140 reads 124 comments

  11. 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 10 months ago 34,064 reads 168 comments

  12. 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 10 months ago 33,502 reads 83 comments

  13. 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 11 months ago 33,443 reads 37 comments

  14. 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 11 months ago 68,226 reads 182 comments

  15. 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 11 months ago 65,108 reads 122 comments

  16. 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 11 months ago 29,641 reads 33 comments

  17. NFL Preseason Week 3: What to Watch for in Saturday's Action

    This is the dress rehearsal—Week 3 of the 2016 NFL preseason. On Saturday, 12 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 11 months ago 8,996 reads 13 comments

  18. For First Time in Nearly a Decade, NFL May Have No Rookie QB Starters in Week 1

    Despite getting reps with starters Saturday, it looks as though Los Angeles Rams rookie quarterback Jared Goff has an uphill battle to climb in the quest to start Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 11 months ago 32,346 reads 76 comments

  19. NFL Preseason Week 2: What to Watch for in Saturday's Action

    NFL preseason Week 2: This is the (sort of) real deal. They were just feeling things out last week, but the second full week of preseason games gives us a much better feel for what's happening throughout the NFL...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 11 months ago 19,753 reads 27 comments

  20. NFL Training Camps 2016: Updates, Rumors & Analysis for August 15

    With the preseason now in full swing, NFL training camps are already beginning to wind down. That's good news for exhausted veterans, bad news for youngsters trying to make roster ...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 11 months ago 14,238 reads 38 comments

  21. NFL Preseason Week 1: What to Watch for in Sunday's Action

    Sunday in Santa Clara, California, the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers will be the last teams to open the 2016 NFL preseason. Both squads are facing myriad questions entering the exhibition season, so there will be plenty to monitor...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 11 months ago 12,427 reads 9 comments

  22. NFL Training Camps 2016: Updates, Rumors and Analysis for August 8

    An NFL training camp takes on a new life in the second week of August, mainly because the time has arrived to begin preparing for the start of the preseason...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 12 months ago 35,410 reads 46 comments

  23. NFL Players Sound off on the First Decade of Roger Goodell

    Over the course of the last 56 years, only three commissioners have reigned over the National Football League. Pete Rozelle ruled well before and well after the NFL and AFL merged in 1970, serving 29 years in that office...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 12 months ago 91,044 reads 119 comments

  24. Canceling of the NFL's Hall of Fame Game Is Embarrassing but Correct Call

    Preseason NFL games don't count, nor do they really matter. In fact, a lot of fans, players, coaches and league representatives—including Green Bay Packers president Mark ...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 12 months ago 43,671 reads 39 comments

  25. NFL Training Camps 2016: Updates, Rumors & Analysis for August 1

    The first full week of training camps kicked off Monday for all 32 NFL teams. Big plays were made, noteworthy words were spoken, injuries were suffered, roster moves occurred...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 12 months ago 65,647 reads 48 comments