1. Patriots Weren't Crazy, Statistics Defend Choice to Kick in Overtime

    Hindsight can be a bully. Back in 2002, Detroit Lions head coach Marty Mornhinweg famously opted to kick off to start overtime in a game against the Chicago Bears , leading almost directly to a game-winning Chicago field goal...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 8 months ago 36,507 reads 105 comments

  2. How Dangerous Are the Playoff-Bound Minnesota Vikings?

    With a 49-17 Week 16 victory over the New York Giants , the Minnesota Vikings are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2012...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 8 months ago 49,359 reads 219 comments

  3. Regardless of Circumstances, Odell Beckham Jr. Deserves His Suspension

    New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. might have had good reason to be furious with Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman during their matchup Sunday...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 8 months ago 71,072 reads 306 comments

  4. Carson Palmer, Emerging David Johnson Make Cardinals Prime Super Bowl Contender

    The NFL 's best offense doesn't reside in Pittsburgh, Carolina or Foxborough. No, with just a fortnight remaining in the regular season, the Arizona Cardinals confirmed in a blowout ...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 8 months ago 17,357 reads 96 comments

  5. Russell Wilson Could Steal the MVP

    The NFL 's highest-rated passer this season? Not Tom Brady, Carson Palmer or Cam Newton . No, rather quietly, Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks has emerged on paper as the league's best pivot entering Week 15...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 8 months ago 28,284 reads 357 comments

  6. Tom Brady, Killer Defense All Patriots Need to Own the AFC

    On Sunday, the New England Patriots —a team already without key starters Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis and Nate Solder and attempting to work star tight end Rob Gronkowski back ...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 8 months ago 39,093 reads 155 comments

  7. Is This Really the 'Year of the Injury' in the NFL?

    Does it feel as though nobody can stay healthy this year? It seems like NFL players have been dropping like flies, crippling rosters in popular football destinations like New England, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Baltimore...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 26,037 reads 89 comments

  8. Can Cam Newton Win NFL MVP Despite Pedestrian Passing Statistics?

    Football is the ultimate team game, and in 2015, quarterbacks are the ultimate team leaders. So it's no surprise that the man in charge of quarterbacking the NFL's only unbeaten team is widely viewed as the leading candidate for MVP...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 18,768 reads 227 comments

  9. Dominant Aerial Attack Makes Steelers Sneaky-Good Pick to Win AFC

    Pittsburgh Steelers starters Ben Roethlisberger , Le'Veon Bell, Kelvin Beachum, Maurkice Pouncey, Ryan Shazier and Cortez Allen have missed a combined 43 games. Bell, Beachum, Pouncey and Allen remain out indefinitely...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 24,817 reads 149 comments

  10. What Makes the NFC East so Crazy?

    The tenants of the NFL 's NFC East division are, according to Forbes , among the nine most valuable franchises in American football and the 20 most valuable sports franchises in the world...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 17,001 reads 170 comments

  11. Time to Bring an End to the Jeff Fisher Era in St. Louis

    The St. Louis Rams are done. They've lost four straight games after a 4-3 start, all but ensuring they'll finish out of the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 8,945 reads 60 comments

  12. Seahawks' Big Win Proves Costly with Loss of Jimmy Graham

    While technically true, the oversimplified adage about a win being a win is in reality an attempt to excuse any of the negative circumstances surrounding said win...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 25,225 reads 47 comments

  13. Cowboys Must Finally Surrender to Lost Season After Ugly Loss, Tony Romo Injury

    For all intents and purposes, the Carolina Panthers ended the Dallas Cowboys ' season with a 33-14 victory at AT&T Stadium on Thanksgiving, leaving the Cowboys and their fans thankful merely for the fact 2016 is only five weeks away...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 91,773 reads 397 comments

  14. Who the Heck Is Thomas Rawls?

    If you had conducted a preseason poll asking fans across the nation who the most important member of the Seattle Seahawks was, I'm betting Marshawn Lynch would have won, not Thomas Rawls...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 29,637 reads 31 comments

  15. Resiliency Becoming Arizona Cardinals' Trademark in Hunt for Super Bowl

    To be a Super Bowl team, you must be resilient. Nobody ever has made and nobody ever will make a Super Bowl run without facing significant obstacles...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 15,512 reads 42 comments

  16. LaDainian Tomlinson: An Epic and Misunderstood Hall of Fame Career

    LaDainian Tomlinson , whose number the San Diego Chargers will retire Sunday, is the fifth-leading rusher in NFL history...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 205,786 reads 213 comments

  17. Could the Washington Redskins Be a Dark Horse in the Wide-Open NFC East?

    For the entirety of the 2015 NFL season, the NFC East has been a horror flick. But in most good scary movies, the killer is the guy you least expect...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 8,413 reads 127 comments

  18. Arizona Cardinals Are the New Class of the NFC West

    The Seattle Seahawks may be the two-time defending division champions, but the guard has been changed. The NFC West now belongs firmly to the Arizona Cardinals , who fought through ...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 26,939 reads 119 comments

  19. NFL Report Cards: Team-by-Team Grades for Week 9

    It's just another cold, mundane school day in the middle of November. You may or may not have finished yesterday's homework, but you've smartly resisted using up familial social capital by faking sick...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 10 months ago 210,945 reads 348 comments

  20. Is Win over Broncos Enough to Save Indianapolis Colts' Season?

    It wasn't pretty, but that's rarely the case in the ugly game of football, especially when you defeat a team that hasn't lost in two months...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 10 months ago 14,345 reads 142 comments

  21. Motivation, Unlikely Mentor Fuel Always Underrated Allen Hurns' Rise to Stardom

    Moments before the start of every game, Allen Hurns dons his headphones for about five quiet minutes at his stall in the Jacksonville Jaguars dressing room...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 10 months ago 32,357 reads 34 comments

  22. Is Todd Gurley En Route to Becoming the NFL's Best Back?

    At very few positions and in very few sports can a player become the best at his craft only weeks into his professional tenure...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 10 months ago 80,967 reads 293 comments

  23. With Ascending Derek Carr, Raiders Finally Look Like Legitimate Playoff Team

    Since they were demolished by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, the Oakland Raiders have won an NFL -low 60 games over the course of 12-plus non-playoff seasons...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 10 months ago 55,643 reads 371 comments

  24. Ryan Mathews Deserves to Start Ahead of DeMarco Murray for Eagles

    I get it, I really do. DeMarco Murray makes twice as much money as Ryan Mathews, and he was Chip Kelly's staple acquisition in his first offseason with complete autonomy over the Philadelphia Eagles' roster...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 10 months ago 14,866 reads 45 comments

  25. Carolina Panthers Remain Undefeated, and It's Not All Cam Newton's Doing

    A lot has been made of the fact that superstar Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton isn't surrounded by many established offensive weapons, and that's a big reason why Newton ...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 10 months ago 65,688 reads 165 comments