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The most interesting team in the NFL: Week 13 edition

Each Friday this NFL season, we’re taking a quick look at the league’s most interesting team in action that weekend. This week, we’re going with the New Orleans Saints. Why the Saints? Frankly, we could have just as easily gone with New Orleans’ Week 13 opponent, Detroit. The real point of interest is the matchup between an impossible-to-ignore, heart-stopping Lions team...
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Week 13 NFL game watchability rankings

Week 12 is here, and you might be entering the weekend with your own preferences regarding which games to focus on, and which to place on the backburner. Most of you have your favorites and fantasy players to track. But in case you’re completely neutral or need help breaking ties with regard to what to watch, we’ve ranked all 15 games from most appealing to least enticing. Potentially...
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If the 2016 NFL playoffs started today…

With six weeks remaining in the 2016 NFL regular season, here’s a breakdown of the playoff picture… AFC right now 1. Patriots (9-2) 2. Raiders (9-2) 3. Ravens (6-5) 4. Texans (6-5) 5. Chiefs (8-3) 6. Dolphins (7-4) ————————– 7. Broncos (7-4) 8. Steelers (6-5) 9. Bills (6-5) 10. Titans (6-6) 11. Colts (5-6) 12. Chargers (5-6) New England moves back ahead of...
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NFL quarterback power rankings: Week 13 edition

Throughout the 2016 NFL regular season, we’re ranking the league’s top 10 quarterbacks. Here’s how we view things after Week 12… 1. Tom Brady, Patriots: To be clear, his lead is shrinking. Brady still leads the league with an 18-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a 116.7 passer rating, but his numbers have actually been rather pedestrian the last three weeks. 2. Drew...
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Breaking down NFL coaches on the hot seat entering December

As we enter the final month of the 2016 NFL regular season, we have yet to see an in-season firing of a head coach for the first time in years with job security seemingly at a high for struggling head coaches. Owners and general managers have let cooler heads prevail this year – but with Black Monday near at the end of the season – there will be more than a handful of head coaches...
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TGS weekly MVP tracker: Carr moves ahead in a close race

With five weeks remaining in the 2016 NFL regular season, here’s how we view the MVP race… 1. Derek Carr, Raiders: The third-year Oakland quarterback is only the league’s seventh-highest-rated passer and his 7.4 yards-per-attempt ranks outside of the top 10, but nobody has been better in the fourth quarter and nobody has done more with less. Throw in that dislocated pinky finger...
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Top 5 NFL players from week 12

This weekly segment will highlight the best performances of the week in the NFL. Every position and player is eligible, all it requires is a truly epic showing. It’s not always stat driven, or analytics grade driven, though those things help you get on this list.   1. Khalil Mack, LB, Oakland Raiders  Not only did he have a pick six in the game, he also registered the game winning...
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WATCH: Aaron Rodgers threads needle to Davante Adams for TD

Aaron Rodgers puts this one right where he needs to and somehow it gets through the defender and into the hands of Davante Adams. What a pass and catch! What a catch!@tae15adams somehow hauls in another TD pass from ARodg. #GBvsPHI https://t.co/Q7OlmH39Xn — NFL (@NFL) November 29, 2016 .@tae15adams' 2nd TD of the night! #GBvsPHI #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/KehRLTZvcr —...
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The Buccaneers are playing good football at the right time

Heading into this season, there were a lot of question marks surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Would quarterback Jameis Winston take a step forward in his second season as the Buccaneers’ starter? What type of production would the Buccaneers get out running back Doug Martin, who they re-signed over the offseason to a five-year deal? Finally, could first-year head coach Dirk...
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The most interesting team in the NFL: Week 12 edition

Each Friday this NFL season, we’re taking a quick look at the league’s most interesting team in action that weekend. This week, we’re going with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Why the Bucs? Because we’ve been trying all year to determine whether the Jameis Winston-led Buccaneers are good, bad or something in between. Usually when you’ve got an incredibly talented young quarterback...
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WATCH: Terrance Williams makes incredible toe-tap TD catch

Check out this play by Terrance Williams of the Dallas Cowboys as he does a fantastic job of getting his feet down in-bounds on this Dak Prescott TD pass against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving afternoon…. .@Dak tosses a dart. @TerranceWill2 somehow keeps both feet in. That's a @dallascowboys TD! #WASvsDAL https://t.co/EZZrzrMc0Z — NFL (@NFL) November 24, 2016 ...
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Week 12 NFL game watchability rankings

Week 12 is here, and you might be entering the weekend with your own preferences regarding which games to focus on, and which to place on the backburner. Most of you have your favorites and fantasy players to track. But in case you’re completely neutral or need help breaking ties with regard to what to watch, we’ve ranked all 16 games from most appealing to least enticing. 1...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

If the 2016 NFL playoffs started today…

With six weeks remaining in the 2016 NFL regular season, here’s a breakdown of the playoff picture… AFC right now 1. Raiders (8-2) 2. Patriots (8-2) 3. Texans (6-4) 4. Ravens (5-5) 5. Chiefs (7-3) 6. Broncos (7-3) ————————– 7. Dolphins (6-4) 8. Steelers (5-5) 9. Colts (5-5) 10. Bills (5-5) 11. Titans (5-6) Oakland edges out New England thanks to a strength-of...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL quarterback power rankings: Week 12 edition

Throughout the 2016 NFL regular season, we’re ranking the league’s top 10 quarterbacks. Here’s how we view things after Week 11… 1. Tom Brady, Patriots: One week after struggling a tad in a loss to Seattle, the league leader in pretty much every rate-based passing category was back in dominant form with four touchdown passes in a turnover-free road victory over the 49ers...
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TGS weekly MVP tracker: Two rookies in contention

With six weeks remaining in the 2016 NFL regular season, here’s how we view the MVP race… 1. Tom Brady, Patriots: He’s still 5-1 as a starter while leading the league in basically every key category, so a four-touchdown, turnover-free performance in an easy road victory moves him back into the top spot. 2. Dak Prescott, Cowboys: Another near-perfect performance in an impressive...
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Bill O’Brien has nobody to blame but himself

Earlier today, I issued a very passionate rant about how stupid Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was to punt on a 4th-and-5 down seven points with one timeout and 3:13 remaining against the Oakland Raiders: Down seven. Fourth-and-five near midfield. Just over three minutes to play. Texans have just one timeout. And yet O’Brien opts to punt the ball away. Best-case scenario...
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Top 5 NFL players from week 11

This weekly segment will highlight the best performances of the week in the NFL. Every position and player is eligible, all it requires is a truly epic showing. It’s not always stat driven, or analytics grade driven, though those things help you get on this list. 1. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots I know he missed the first four games of the season, but give this guy the MVP...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Three thoughts after NFL Week 11

Week 11 of the NFL season brought plenty of storylines and moments as we head towards Thanksgiving. Following are three thoughts on Sunday’s games. Including Carson Palmer’s regression, the red hot Miami Dolphins and the breakout star of the New York Giants who might just be an MVP candidate. 1. Carson Palmer’s turnover demons are back for the Cardinals Carson Palmer’s...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Rodgers on Packers: ‘We’ve Put Ourselves in a Tough Spot’

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers can do nothing but shake their heads in disappointment following their 42-24 blowout loss on Sunday Night Football against the Washington Redskins. It was a rough game that was without question a loss that could signal an end to their season. Following the loss, the Packers dropped to 4-6 on the season. They are no longer viewed as a serious...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Longhorns Expected to Fire Head Coach Charlie Strong

Charlie Strong is without question one of the more intriguing names in the world of college football. He was expected to turn the Texas Longhorns’ football program around when he was hired, but that hasn’t happened and the team is still not competing at the level that they were used to. After this weekend’s loss to the Kansas Jayhawks, it sounds like Strong’s days with the...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts: Three Keys to Victory vs. Tennessee Titans

The Indianapolis Colts are entering Week 11 of the 2016 NFL season with a major need for a win. They won’t have an easy task getting that win, as they will take on the Tennessee Titans. Both teams are fresh off of a big win over the Green Bay Packers and are very much in the mix for the AFC South, even though the Houston Texans are widely viewed as the favorites to win the division...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Christine Michael Take Over the Green Bay Packers’ RB Job?

Christine Michael was claimed off waivers by the Green Bay Packers after being surprisingly released by the Seattle Seahawks. It was a move that brought a lot of excitement to a Green Bay fan base that was in desperate need of something giving them energy once again. After three straight losses, an upgrade to one of the main positions of need was a welcome sign. That being said,...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Rams Still Not Sure Jared Goff Is Ready to Play

Jared Goff was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. It was a move that many thought would turn the future around for the Rams. He has yet to play in his rookie season, but is set to make his first career start this week against the Miami Dolphins. According to a report from Bleacher Report, the Rams still aren’t sure that Goff is ready to play an...
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Chicago Bears Players Beginning to Lose Faith in QB Jay Cutler

The Chicago Bears have more locker room drama brewing on the horizon. In the middle of yet another embarrassing season, there are reports coming out that players are beginning to lose faith in starting quarterback Jay Cutler. According to a report from Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, two Bears’ players in particular sent text messages to the reporter making it clear that they...
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Aaron Rodgers Defends Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy may be on the hot seat after the way that the Green Bay Packers have played this season. The media certainly seems to think that the Packers should consider firing McCarthy and moving on with someone new. At this point in the season, the Packers are 4-5 and third in the NFC North division race. They are without question still a contender in the NFC, but they have to...
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