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NFC Northern Division Finale: Bears - Vikings Square Off In Minneapolis

Questions The NFC Northern Division Finale just got more interesting! Jay Cutler now has a reprieve of sorts, after being named the starter for the Chicago Bears again following Jimmy Clausen's concussion. There are some questions about whether the Chicago Bears can keep Cutler up right? Can Kyle Long block aggressive players like Everson Griffin and Shariff Floyd?SecondaryThe...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Team Previews: Atlanta Falcons

Key AdditionsQB T.J. Yates, TE Bear Pascoe, G Jon Asamoah, G/T Gabe Carimi, DE/DT Tyson Jackson, DT Paul Soliai, CB Josh Wilson, CB Javier Arenas, S Dwight Lowery, KR Devin Hester, OT Jake Matthews (drafT), DE/DT Ra'Shede Hageman (draft), RB Devonta Freeman (draft), DE/OLB Prince Shembo (draft)Key LossesRB Jason Snelling, TE Tony Gonzalez, G Garrett Reynolds, OLB Stephen Nicholas...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Team Previews: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Key AdditionsQB Josh McCown, TE Brandon Myers, OT Anthony Collins, G/OT Oniel Cousins, C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith, DE Michael Johnson, DT Clinton McDonald, ILB Dane Fletcher, CB Alterraun Verner, CB Mike Jenkins, S Major Wright, WR Mike Evans (draft), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (draft), RB Charles Sims (draft), G Kadeem Edwards (draft)Key LossesFB Erik Lorig, WR Mike Williams, OT Donald...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Team Previews: Oakland Raiders

Key AdditionsQB Matt Schaub, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR James Jones, OT Donald Penn, OT Austin Howard, G Keith Boothe, DE Justin Tuck, DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley, CB Carlos Rogers, CB Tarell Brown DE/OLB Khalil Mack (draft), QB Derek Carr (draft), G Gabe Jackson (draft), NT Justin Ellis (draft), CB Keith McGill (draft)Key LossesRB Rashad Jennings, WR Jacoby Ford, OT Jared Veldheer, G Mike...
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July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Team Previews: Cleveland Browns

Key AdditionsRB Ben Tate, WR Andrew Hawkins, WR Miles Austin, WR Nate Burleson, S Donte Whitner, CB Justin Gilbert (draft), QB Johnny Manziel (draft), OT/G Joel Bitonio (draft), ILB Christian Kirksey (draft), RB Terrance West (draft), CB Pierre Desir (draft)Key LossesQB Brandon Weeden, QB Jason Campbell, WR Davone Bess, G Shawn Lauvao, ILB D'Qwell Jackson, S T.J. WardTeam AnalysisHas...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Sam : Asset or Distraction for the Rams?

News has been swirling around the sports world of Tony Dungy's comments that if he were an NFL coach, he would have passed on the former Missouri star. His reasoning for these comments? That Sam would be a "distraction" in the locker room. Naturally, the media has blown these comments way out of proportion, and you can find him being called every bad word in the book on various websites...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Team Previews: Jacksonville Jaguars

Key AdditionsRB Toby Gerhart, WR Tandon Doss, G Zane Beadles, DE Red Bryant, DE/OLB Chris Clemons, DT Ziggy Hood, OLB Dakoda Watson, QB Blake Bortles (draft), WR Marqise Lee (draft), WR Allen Robinson (draft), G Brandon Linder (draft), CB Aaron Colvin (draft), OLB Telvin Smith (draft)Key LossesQB Blaine Gabbert, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, G Uche Nwaneri, C Brad Meester, DE Jason Babin...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Team Previews: St. Louis Rams

Key AdditionsQB Shaun Hill, WR Kenny Britt, G Davin Joseph, DE/DT Alex Carrington, OT Greg Robinson (draft), DT Aaron Donald (draft), CB/S Lamarcus Joyner (draft), RB Tre Mason (draft), CB E.J. Gaines (draft)Key LossesQB Kellen Clemens, G Harvey Dahl, G Shelley Smith, G Chris Williams, CB Cortland Finnegan, S Darian Stewart.Team AnalysisIf you placed the Rams in any division but...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Team Previews: Houston Texans

Key AdditionsQB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Andre Brown, ILB Akeem Dent, S Chris Clemons, S Kendrick Lewis, DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney (draft), G Xavier Su'a-Filo (draft), TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (draft), NT Louis Nix (draft), QB Tom Savage (draft)  Key LossesQB Matt Schaub, QB T.J. Yates, RB Ben Tate, WR Lestar Jean, TE Owen Daniels, DE/DT Antonio Smith, NT Earl Mitchell, DT Terrell McClain...
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July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Custom t-shirts to express your sporting passion

Custom t-shirts to express your sporting passion Some sports fanatics will go to endless lengths to show their appreciation for their team, from covering one’s self in large amounts of body paint to dropping $200-$300 on a jersey of their favorite player that is professional quality.But for the fan that is a little more casual, or who doesn't want to spend an insane amount of...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Matt

The 2014 Draft may have just ended, but it's never too early to take a look into next years' draft class! Since our pre-season power rankings aren't up yet, the draft order will be just a quick guess on how the season will pan out. The focus on this draft will be more about the best prospects, not necessarily the teams. Enjoy!1. New York Jets: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon2. Jacksonville...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Top Running Backs Returning From Injury

Written by: Daniel BrinkensThe running back position is arguably the most important position in fantasy football. It is no surprise that people are already trying to determine just how healthy banged players from a year ago will be in fantasy football 2014. Here is a look at what to expect out of former standouts looking to get back on track.Arian FosterFoster has been a very consistent...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Team Grades: Seattle Seahawks

2nd Round: Paul Richardson, WR, ColoradoSeattle traded back twice to get to this selection, and you know how much value the Seahawks get out of those mid to late round picks, so that is definitely a bonus for this pick. Seattle definitely needed a wide receiver, but I think this is a bit early for Richardson. He's a speedy player which is what Seattle likes, but he's very small...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

A Too Early Superbowl Prediction

Even though training camps are barely underway, why not take an early look at our Superbowl pick? While things will obviously change around a bit in the preseason, you already have a good idea of who the real contenders will be for Superbowl 50. I don't get what looks so bad about "L". What on earth are we going to do for Superbowl C/100?Coming into the season, the most obvious Superbowl...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Team Grades: Denver Broncos

31st Overall Pick: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio StateI had almost forgotten about Roby. I wouldn't have been surprised if he went as high as 13, so having him drop to 31 is extremely lucky. His off field issues likely contributed to his draft stock taking another late dip. Still, he has the most potential of any cornerback in this class, but the coaching staff will have to work hard to...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Team Grades: San Francisco 49ers

30th Overall Pick: Jimmie Ward, S, NIUI'm not a huge fan of Ward in round one, but its certainly not a huge reach at the 30th pick. Ward is a smaller safety, but he certainly packs a punch, and will fit in well in San Francsico. He could even be used as a slot corner on some downs. San Francisco continues to rework that defensive backfield, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Team Grades: New England Patriots

29th Overall Pick: Dominique Easley, DE/DT, FloridaI was expecting Hageman here, but Easley has more potential. The only problem? He's coming off a torn ACL, so who knows how healthy he'll ever really become. This is a very risky, boom or bust pick, who potentially could be unable to play when the season starts. The Patriots selections on defense tend to work out, but I'm not sure...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Team Grades: Carolina Panthers

28th Overall Pick: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida StateEveryone knew Carolina was going wide receiver, which one was the question. Benjamin's draft stock had been on a steady decline for the past few weeks, and I didn't see much chance of him going in round one anymore. With Lattimer and Lee on the board, I wasn't even considering Benjamin here. However, he is a big powerful receiver...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Third Round Grades: New Orleans Saints

20th Overall Pick: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St.When I saw the Saints trade up, I assumed it was going to be for Clinton-Dix or Dennard, both would have been excellent selection. Instead, the Saints went with another receiving option for Brees. Many people saw Cooks going in the first half of round one, so this is a solid value. The Saints gave up a third round selection to move...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Team Grades: Indianapolis Colts

2nd Round: Jack Mewhort, OT/G, Ohio StateI don't have a problem with the Colts going offensive line here, but I have a problem with the player. Whether they view him as a tackle or a guard, there were better players available at both positions. I think Mewhort could have been available for them in the third round. I think this was just too big of a reach despite filling one of their...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Team Grades: San Diego Chargers

25th Overall Pick: Jason Verrett, CB, TCUThis was a very predictable selection. The Chargers must have been thrilled that Dennard fell to Cinci which guaranteed one of the first round CB prospects would still be available for them. Verrett is a very talented corner who didn't go higher because of his size. Had he been a few inches taller, you could have made the case for him being...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Team Grades: Cincinnati Bengals

24th Overall Pick: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.The Bengals really needed another cornerback, and Dennard fell right into their lap. He could have got 10+ picks earlier than this, so this is excellent value and one of the biggest positions of need for Cincinnati. He should be able to step in and start day one. This is amazing value and one of the best picks of the first round...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Team Grades: Kansas City Chiefs

23rd Overall Pick: Dee Ford, DE/OLB, AuburnI was expecting a wide receiver right here. I'm not quite sure why they spent a first round selection on a pass rusher with Houston and Hali already on the roster. They did need a third rusher to go behind them, but was it really worth a first round pick? On top of all that, Ford was pretty much a consensus second round prospect, though...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Team Grades: Philadelphia Eagles

26th Overall Pick: Marcus Smith, DE/OLB, LouisvilleMarcus Smith's draft stock was rising quickly leading up to draft day, and I had him in round two in my last mock. But a first round selection? I don't think so. I had him ranked slightly behind Dee Ford in my rankings, and I thought that was a major reach as well. This does fill a need, but I didn't see nearly enough from Smith...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Team Grades: Green Bay Packers

21st Overall Pick: Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, S, AlabamaHow do the Packers always get some great prospect to fall to them? This is easily the steal of the draft so far, as Clinton-Dix could have gone a full 10 picks earlier. I still don't know what made him fall. In my opinion, he was the best safety of the class. He fills a huge need in Green Bay and can be an anchor in that secondary...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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