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Newton-Wilson could become the next era’s Brady-Manning

The rivalry between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning has been one of the best of the 21st century, but those dudes are old. One might be retiring, the other — despite his insistence that he’ll play until he’s 83 — likely isn’t far off. Brady vs. Manning is over, but we might not have to look far for our next great quarterback rivalry. Just jump to the NFC, where fifth-year...
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Images that will forever define Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50 didn’t have a lot of signature offensive plays. Instead, it was about some terrible turnovers and interesting reactions. Here are X images that defined the game. Image 1: The loose ball which Cam Newton inexplicably failed to attempt to jump on… I’ve watched this play a thousand times already, which indicates it is the Malcolm Butler interception of Super Bowl...
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Ranking the top 50 NFL players slated to become free agents

Don’t get too excited when you look at this list. Between the ability of teams to re-sign their key players before March 9th and/or designate them with a franchise tag, many of these players will never hit the open market. That, and you’ll see a number of good veteran players released and available between now and then. That said, as of today, here are the 50 best available players...
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Nine years later, it’s wild to look at where top 2007 draft picks have gone

When you reflect on where the top 14 picks have wound up, it might be safe to say that there’s never been an NFL draft like the 2007 NFL draft. It feels like just yesterday the Oakland Raiders took JaMarcus Russell first overall. And while so much has happened in the last nine years, it’s crazy to think it’s still been less than a decade. That’s because the top pick, Russell...
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This is why Marshawn Lynch should be a Hall of Famer

If indeed Marshawn Lynch is done playing, he’s retiring at a bad time. Not only are running backs less valued now than ever before, but Lynch might be forced to become Hall of Fame-eligible at the same time as Peyton Manning and Calvin Johnson. So the former Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks running back won’t likely be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, especially since his cumulative...
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Panthers had no chance against Broncos’ juggernaut defense in SB 50

For two weeks it didn’t feel like the Denver Broncos were given a chance to win Super Bowl 50. They were overmatched in nearly every area, we were told. They couldn’t muster enough offense to keep pace with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and the dynamic attack he leads, we were told. And they were definitely screwed if their rushing attack went silent, we were told...
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Marshawn Lynch tweets retirement?

Marshawn Lynch tweeted this out during the Super Bowl…. ✌pic.twitter.com/wesip4IhOR — Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) February 8, 2016 It looks like he’s hanging up his cleats….
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Watch: Cam Newton stripped by Von Miller; recovered by Broncos

In the first quarter, Von Miller sacked Cam Newton and that resulted in a Broncos TD. Late in the fourth quarter, with the Panthers in desperate need of a score….Miller did it again as he stripped Newton and the Broncos recovered…. Cam Newton stripped by Von Miller #SB50 https://t.co/C26TEPvcGe — Kevin Causey (@CFBZ) February 8, 2016
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Watch: Corey Brown makes fantastic Super Bowl catch

Check out this grab by Corey Brown of the Carolina Panthers. He went up and got the ball and then landed right on back and absorbed the impact as he held onto the ball….. Corey Brown makes fantastic catch #SB50 https://t.co/dctMAa8OUf — Kevin Causey (@CFBZ) February 8, 2016
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Watch: Kony Ealy intercepts Peyton Manning

This was a big play by the Carolina Panthers defense. The Panthers were down six points and the Denver Broncos were driving. Kony Ealy deflected this Peyton Manning pass and then held on for a timely interception…. Kony Ealy intercepts Peyton Manning #SB50 https://t.co/QKiXoarlEE — Kevin Causey (@CFBZ) February 8, 2016
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Watch: Jordan Norwood returns punt 61 yards (longest in Super Bowl history)

Check out this punt return by Jordan Norwood. It looked certain that one of the Panthers around him would tackle him as soon as he caught it…. Jordan Norwood with the longest punt return in Super Bowl history #SB50 https://t.co/NXZJxEawVB — Kevin Causey (@CFBZ) February 8, 2016
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WATCH: Panthers' Jonathan Stewart leaps over pile for TD

Jonathan Stewart got the Carolina Panthers on the board in Super Bowl 50 with this leap over the line…. Jonathan Stewart jumps pile for TD #SB50 https://t.co/X1Jn6UzVJX — Kevin Causey (@CFBZ) February 8, 2016
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WATCH: Luke Kuechly sacks Peyton Manning

Kuechly shot up the middle untouched on third down and gave the Panthers a needed stop late in the first quarter on this play…. Luke Kuechly sacks Peyton Manning #SB50 https://t.co/6siiGclsnG — Kevin Causey (@CFBZ) February 8, 2016
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WATCH: Broncos score TD after Von Millers sacks Cam Newton

The Denver Broncos scored the first TD of Super Bowl 50 as a Von Miller sack caused Cam Newton to fumble and the Broncos recovered the ball in the end zone. Cam sacked, fumbles, TD Broncos https://t.co/vTJeJvmcJV — Kevin Causey (@CFBZ) February 8, 2016
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Look: Panthers dab during team photo

The Carolina Panthers had a little fun during their team photo shoot…. When it's time to take a photo and the whole squad dabs on 'em. (: @NFL2Ucla) https://t.co/wOXofnOydv pic.twitter.com/8A6WRFfIZ9 — NFL (@NFL) February 7, 2016
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Under-the-radar Super Bowl 50 matchups

Owen Daniels vs. Carolina’s Linebackers Whichever wide receiver is lined up against Carolina’s Josh Norman is going to be essentially taken out of the play. Norman has been one of the most dominant cornerbacks in the league this year and is a threat to intercept any throw, especially against a weakened arm like Peyton Manning’s. With one receiver down on any given play, that...
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Wade Phillips is simply the best

On Sunday, Super Bowl 50 will very likely be decided based primarily on what Wade Phillips top-rated Denver Broncos defense can do to slow down the NFL’s highest-scoring offense and its MVP quarterback. Exactly two years prior to that, I wrote a post right here asking how in the world Phillips was unemployed. It made no sense. Phillips hadn’t been a particularly successful...
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3 reasons why the Denver Broncos will win Super Bowl 50

That headline alone probably led to first a chortle, then uproarious laughter. Those impulses are hard to avoid at this point when you even try to think about the Carolina Panthers not winning Super Bowl 50. An offense led by quarterback Cam Newton, the likely MVP, has outscored the opposition 55-7 in just the first half of their two playoff games so far. The same offense averaged...
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Breaking down the point spread and total for Super Bowl 50

The Carolina Panthers stand as a 5.5-point favorite for Super Bowl 50. Facts surrounding that line… If that holds up, it’ll be the first time we’ve ever had a 5.5-point Super Bowl spread. The Cowboys were a 6-point favorite when they beat the Dolphins in Super Bowl VI, ditto for when they beat the Broncos in Super Bowl XII, and the 49ers were a six-point fave when they beat...
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Predicting five Super Bowl records that will fall on Sunday

The Super Bowl is a time for betting on ridiculous things. Whether it’s the coin toss, how many times the word “Tebow” is said on the broadcast, or what color Roger Goodell wears (hint: probably black, like his heart) you’ve got a real opportunity to make cash by wagering on things few have ever imagined possible. And while I may not be qualified to guess how many times Mike...
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Peyton Manning bought custom-tailored suit for practice squad player

Here’s a good story coming out of this weeks Super Bowl hype…. Peyton Manning credits Jordan Taylor, a 23-year-old practice-squad receiver who doesn’t have a single catch in the NFL, for getting him through the season. While Manning was rehabbing from a foot injury during the regular season, he turned to Taylor to be his warm-up partner, texting him for morning workouts and...
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A radical proposal for a mid-season NFL all-star weekend

It works for the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball. Why not the NFL? Why can’t professional football spruce up its all-star festivities by adopting a mid-season all-star weekend? At this point, dramatic change couldn’t hurt. Nobody in the industry actually likes the Pro Bowl, and television ratings for the dull annual event have dropped significantly. There were more drop-outs...
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Are the Detroit Lions better off without Calvin Johnson?

Wondering why the Detroit Lions don’t seem to be publicly stumping for Calvin Johnson’s return? It might have something to do with the fact the star wide receiver would cost the Lions upwards of $16 million if he were to decide not to retire after all. Frankly, when you consider that Johnson’s rate-based statistics have dropped in three consecutive years, I wouldn’t blame...
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Indianapolis Colts believe they can get extension done with Andrew Luck

Jim Irsay and the Indianapolis Colts suffered through a major disappointment throughout the 2015 NFL season. They ended the season at 8-8 in a season that they were expected to contend for a Super Bowl. According to a report from Ian Rapoport, even with the struggles that they had, the Colts still want to get a contract extension done with quarterback Andrew Luck. Discussed Andrew...
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Detroit Lions hoping to convince Calvin Johnson to decide against retirement

The Detroit Lions received some tough news this week, which was the news that superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson is planning to retire. It seems that at this point in time he has made up his mind to walk away from the game. That being said, the Lions aren’t going to give up on him and let him walk off into the sunset without a fight. According to a report from Ian Rapoport...
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