1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers Issue Warning Shot to Doubters with MNF Win over Eagles

    Mired in their worst slump in eight years, the Green Bay Packers didn't deserve our love or admiration. The depleted defense was embarrassed in four consecutive losses, and the uncreative, unbalanced offense simply wasn't good enough...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 8 months ago 49,881 reads 96 comments

  2. Derek Carr Stakes Legitimate MVP Case for Red-Hot Raiders in Win over Panthers

    Sunday against the Carolina Panthers , the Oakland Raiders defense surrendered four touchdowns in a 13-minute span. Early in the fourth quarter, the Raiders were devoid of momentum after choking on a 24-7 lead...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 8 months ago 19,427 reads 105 comments

  3. Flawed Steelers' Playoff Hopes Continue to Rest on Ben, Bell and Brown

    In a 28-7 Thanksgiving night victory over the depleted, struggling Indianapolis Colts , the Pittsburgh Steelers made two things plainly clear to even a tryptophan -plagued, ...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 8 months ago 20,190 reads 79 comments

  4. Oakland Raiders Continue Forging Path to Prime Playoff Seed with Win on MNF

    On two weeks' rest in a quasi-home game against a mediocre-despite-its-record opponent, the Oakland Raiders did not play well Monday night in Mexico City. Star wide receiver Amari Cooper had just two catches for 14 yards through three quarters...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 8 months ago 61,975 reads 187 comments

  5. Kirk Cousins, Washington Showing Signs of Another Late-Season Playoff Surge

    It happened right around this time last year. As we reached the middle of November, the Washington Redskins were 3-5, and their relatively new starting quarterback, Kirk Cousins, was one of the NFL 's lowest-rated qualified passers ...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 8 months ago 38,809 reads 56 comments

  6. Do the Vikings Have the Worst Running Game in NFL History?

    How much do the Minnesota Vikings miss injured superstar running back Adrian Peterson ? In the 50-year-old Super Bowl era, no NFL team has averaged fewer than 2.79 yards per rushing attempt over the course of a full season...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 8 months ago 15,362 reads 72 comments

  7. Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Truths About Traveling in the NFL

    With the president of the United States waiting, Bob Eller had to make an executive decision. It was June 7, 2001, and George W. Bush was set to meet the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 8 months ago 41,172 reads 10 comments

  8. Giants Keeping Playoff Berth in Sights on Shoulders of Revitalized Defense

    For the first time in years, the New York Giants are winning because of —rather than in spite of —their defense...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 8 months ago 34,540 reads 96 comments

  9. Ezekiel Elliott Proves to Be Cowboys' True MVP as Dallas Overcomes Steelers

    Quarterbacks rule modern professional football. So when we think about the 2016 Dallas Cowboys , Dak Prescott's name usually registers first. It's not as though the rookie signal-caller doesn't deserve plenty of love...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 8 months ago 34,731 reads 123 comments

  10. Has There Ever Been a Rookie Duo Like Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott?

    We don't need fancy numbers or historical comparisons to tell us the Dallas Cowboys ' rookie quarterback-running back duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott is doing something special...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 8 months ago 41,838 reads 93 comments

  11. Seahawks Offense Finding Groove on Shoulders of Russell Wilson Resurgence

    They benefited from poor officiating, the defense struggled, the offensive line had more problems and the running game was nonexistent...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 33,228 reads 127 comments

  12. Packers, Aaron Rodgers Officially Out of Excuses After Loss to Colts

    After Sunday's 31-26 not-as-close-as-it-looked loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers no longer get a pass. Have they been hit harder by the injury bug than most other teams? Sure...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 61,530 reads 134 comments

  13. Cole Beasley: The Man Who Catches Everything

    Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are receiving the vast majority of the credit for the fact the Dallas Cowboys have shocked the football world with a 6-1 start...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 15,645 reads 22 comments

  14. Bleacher Report's Midseason NFL All-Pro Team

    Put simply, it's been a strange NFL season. A lot of supposed good teams have been bad, and a lot of perceived bad teams have been good...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 112,508 reads 265 comments

  15. Minnesota Vikings Showing Signs of Collapse After Brutal Loss to Bears on MNF

    Nobody can survive solely with great defense. Not in this offense-oriented, pass-happy era. That's why a second straight double-digit defeat has many wondering if the Minnesota Vikings sold us fool's gold to start the 2016 season...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 83,100 reads 238 comments

  16. By Besting Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan Proves Falcons Are Legitimate Contenders

    Last week, after the Atlanta Falcons dropped a second consecutive game thanks in part to another fourth-quarter interception from franchise quarterback Matt Ryan , you couldn't blame Falcons fans for panicking...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 months ago 20,859 reads 115 comments

  17. 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 9 months ago 10,820 reads 16 comments

  18. 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 9 months ago 27,346 reads 117 comments

  19. 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 9 months ago 15,717 reads 103 comments

  20. 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 9 months ago 12,862 reads 37 comments

  21. 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 9 months ago 58,788 reads 154 comments

  22. 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 9 months ago 20,717 reads 49 comments

  23. 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 9 months ago 82,710 reads 159 comments

  24. 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 9 months ago 28,646 reads 101 comments

  25. 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 9 months ago 47,530 reads 144 comments