1. Colts Establishing Late-Season Momentum with Blowout MNF Win over Jets

    The Indianapolis Colts haven't lost a game with Andrew Luck at quarterback since Oct. 30. OK, they had a bye week in there and Luck was in concussion protocol when they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 12...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 5 days ago 11,572 reads 64 comments

  2. Steelers Quietly Becoming One of the Most Dangerous Threats in Crowded AFC

    If you ask all your football-loving friends and family members to make a short list of Super Bowl LI contenders, few of those lists will include the Pittsburgh Steelers , unless you live in or near Allegheny County...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 6 days ago 20,600 reads 77 comments

  3. Can the New England Patriots Survive Another Rob Gronkowski Absence?

    If the New England Patriots are going to reach their seventh Super Bowl in the last 16 years, they'll likely have to do so without the world's best tight end...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 9 days ago 20,038 reads 120 comments

  4. Death of the Blowout: 2016 Is the Most Closely Contested Season in NFL History

    What is the definition of a blowout? There's no universal answer, and it's probably safe to say blowouts exist only in the eye of the beholder. But most of us can agree that an NFL game decided by 30 or more points qualifies...

    Brad Gagnon Written by Brad Gagnon about 11 days ago 23,857 reads 45 comments

  5. 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 12 days ago 49,716 reads 97 comments

  6. 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 13 days ago 19,382 reads 105 comments

  7. 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 16 days ago 20,101 reads 79 comments

  8. 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 19 days ago 61,694 reads 187 comments

  9. 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 20 days ago 38,721 reads 56 comments

  10. 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 25 days ago 15,264 reads 72 comments

  11. 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 26 days ago 40,884 reads 10 comments

  12. 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 26 days ago 34,497 reads 96 comments

  13. 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 27 days ago 34,593 reads 123 comments

  14. 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 1 month ago 41,096 reads 93 comments

  15. 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 1 month ago 32,998 reads 129 comments

  16. 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 1 month ago 61,245 reads 135 comments

  17. 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 1 month ago 15,425 reads 22 comments

  18. 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 1 month ago 112,191 reads 265 comments

  19. 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 1 month ago 81,560 reads 239 comments

  20. 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 1 month ago 20,792 reads 115 comments

  21. 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 1 month ago 10,690 reads 16 comments

  22. 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 1 month ago 26,878 reads 117 comments

  23. 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 1 month ago 15,646 reads 103 comments

  24. 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 1 month ago 12,831 reads 37 comments

  25. 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 1 month ago 58,343 reads 154 comments