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Week 14 NFL game watchability rankings

Week 14 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. Potential...
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What does the future hold for the Buffalo Bills?

In 2015, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan guaranteed his new team would break out of a 15-year-old playoff slump. That didn’t happen. In 2016, Bills legend Jim Kelly suggested that Ryan would be fired if the Bills missed the playoffs for a 17th consecutive year. It’s beginning to look as though they’ll miss the playoffs for a 17th consecutive year. On top of all that, the...
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Looking at NFL injuries that could impact the Super Bowl chase

Early December has turned into a breeding ground for season-ending injuries across the NFL. With several big names and key players placed on the injured reserve altering the Super Bowl picture with four games left before the postseason. With the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Earl Thomas, and others now out for the year, today’s column focuses on the injury list and how it will impact...
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Top 5 NFL players from week 13

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. Eric Berry, S, Kansas City Chiefs Not only did he have a pick six in the game earlier, he intercepted Matt Ryan on...
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If the 2016 NFL playoffs started today…

With four weeks remaining in the 2016 NFL regular season, here’s a breakdown of the playoff picture… AFC right now 1. Raiders (10-2) 2. Patriots (10-2) 3. Ravens (7-5) 4. Texans (6-6) 5. Chiefs (9-3) 6. Broncos (8-4) ————————– 7. Dolphins (7-5) 8. Steelers (7-5) 9. Colts (6-6) 10. Bills (6-6) 11. Titans (6-6) Oakland controls its own destiny for the top spot...
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NFL quarterback power rankings: Week 14 edition

Throughout the 2016 NFL regular season, we’re ranking the league’s top 10 quarterbacks. Here’s how we view things after Week 13… 1. Tom Brady, Patriots: The league’s oldest position player remains its highest-rated passer, despite a lack of support on offense. 2. Derek Carr, Raiders: His legacy grows with yet another fourth-quarter comeback. That’s six now, which is one...
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TGS weekly MVP tracker: Derek Carr tightens his grip

With four weeks remaining in the 2016 NFL regular season, here’s how we view the MVP race… 1. Derek Carr, Raiders: That’s yet another fourth-quarter comeback for Carr, who trails Matthew Stafford (seven) by one in that category. Stafford has already tied the single-season NFL record. The league’s highest-rated fourth-quarter passer has really carried first-place Oakland....
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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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15 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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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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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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