1. Impending 2016 Free Agents Who Can Cash in with Big Super Bowl 50 Performances

    Legacies will be made in Super Bowl 50, and so will a lot of money. Because as long as the Super Bowl and free agency have coexisted, players from reigning championship teams have hit home runs on the open market...

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  2. Wide Right 25 Years Later: A Super Bowl So Much Larger Than Just Scott Norwood

    Where were you when Bill Buckner cost the Boston Red Sox the 1986 World Series? Or at least when that long-suffering franchise finally did win a championship 18 years later? Where ...

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  3. 17th Matchup Between Manning and Brady Should Actually Be a Defensive Battle

    It's already happening. Manning, Brady. Brady, Manning. Strictly guided by the headlines that have dominated and will continue to dominate the sports spectrum this week, you've got ...

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  4. Chiefs' Timid, Depleted Offense Needs to Wake Up Ahead of Divisional Round

    On paper, the results from their Saturday wild-card victory over the Houston Texans indicate the Kansas City Chiefs are a force to be reckoned with entering the NFL 's divisional playoffs...

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  5. Uncertain Times Lie Ahead for 49ers Team Lacking Head Coach, QB and Direction

    It's hard to fault head coach Jim Tomsula for what happened to the San Francisco 49ers in the 2015 NFL season...

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  6. Denver Broncos Need to Sink or Swim with Peyton Manning in NFL Playoffs

    Peyton Manning 's steady, effective performance Sunday in a top-seed-clinching victory over the San Diego Chargers indicates that Manning's Week 10 benching in favor of young backup ...

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  7. 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...

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  8. 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...

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  9. 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...

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  10. 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 ...

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  11. 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...

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  12. 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 ...

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  13. 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...

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  14. 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...

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  15. 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...

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  16. 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...

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  17. 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...

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  18. 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...

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  19. 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...

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  20. 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...

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  21. 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...

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  22. 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...

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  23. 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...

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  24. 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 ...

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  25. 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...

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