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Is the Panthers vs. Cardinals game the worst postseason matchup ever?

The NFC playoffs are going to be a ton of fun. The Seattle Seahawks are going for their second consecutive Super Bowl title, and have home-field advantage in their back pocket. The Green Bay Packers will have a bye, Aaron Rodgers and the venerable Lambeau Field, always a tough challenge for anybody to face. Additionally, the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions have potent offenses and...
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Five breakout stars in 2014

The NFL season is almost complete, with only Week 17 standing in the way of either the postseason or offseason, depending what decal you wear on your helmet. It has been a year full of terrific rookies and out-of-nowhere performances. Things like that always add to the fun of season, even when your team is particularly terrible. At least you have that one player which makes you...
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Should the NFL's playoff seeding system change?

Since 1990, the National Football League has had the same playoff format. Six teams get into the postseason from the AFC and NFC each, with the top two teams in each conference earning byes. In 2002, realignment gave us four division winners in each conference (previously three) while two wild-card teams filled out the bracket. Never before the history of NFL football has a team...
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Week 17 NFL Game Watchability Rankings

Week 17 in the NFL 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...
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TGS weekly NFL MVP tracker: Romo moves to the top

With one week remaining in the 2014 NFL regular season, we can only see three deserving MVP candidates. Here’s a breakdown: 1. Tony Romo, Cowboys Seriously, almost all of the numbers point to Romo, including the fact the Cowboys are 11-2 in games he has started and fashion in uninterrupted fashion. Not only does Romo have the NFL’s highest passer rating, but he leads the league...
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NFC playoff picture, Week 17: Division showdowns

In the NFC, Week 16 provided ample clarity in the playoff picture, with all but one spot being clinched. For the remaining postseason vacancy, the NFC South will be forced to crown a champion on Sunday, filling out the field. However, plenty of seeding is still up for grabs. No team is locked into a seed, and only the Dallas Cowboys have clinched their division. Here is how the...
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10 crazy stats from Week 16

Hey look, another week with Odell Beckham Jr. doing things that just aren’t fair at all. More on his latest insanity in a minute. We begin with the odor coming from Joe Flacco. 1.5: Joe Flacco’s yards per attempt at halftime of a disastrous game against the Houston Texans, a loss that saw the Ravens lose control of their playoff fate. Flacco was horrible, finishing the first...
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AFC playoff picture, Week 17

Only one week remains in the 2014 NFL regular season, and plenty is still to be decided in the AFC. While five of the playoff spots are clinched, a division is up for grabs along with the sixth and final seed. Let’s take a look at the current playoff picture: 1. New England Patriots (12-3) *** 2. Denver Broncos (11-4) ** 3. Cincinnati Bengals (10-4-1) * 4. Indianapolis Colts...
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Five things learned from Week 16 in the NFL

Most of the playoff spots are clinched with only one week remaining in the NFL regular season, but plenty of intrigue remains. Three divisions are yet to be determined, with the AFC North, NFC North and NFC South coming down to head-to-head matchups. So much fun remains and for some, just a tad of misery before we move onto the postseason and offseason, respectively. So what did...
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This Week In Hurt: Steven Jackson is still creaky

Any bruises and breaks suffered in Week 16 come with some added pain for teams still clawing toward the playoffs or jostling for position. So that’s where we turn our attention this week during the hurt rundown. Teams that have either clinched or are looking to with key games during season finales mostly survived Sunday without any serious injuries. But there are still two causing...
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This weekend in NFL stupid

A recap of all that was stupid during the 16th weekend of the 2014 NFL season… The stupidest hot-dog moment Not the first team Marshawn Lynch has grabbed his junk while capping a fantastic play, marring an otherwise beautiful feat, and it won’t likely be the last time. Still stupid, every time. The stupidest player This is an all-timer award, and it goes to Lions center Dominic...
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Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Only two weeks remain in the NFL regular season, with plenty of teams already looking forward to the offseason. For the players it is a time to unwind and heal the body, while front-office members start reshaping rosters for a push toward the future. Nothing has ever been so poorly named as the NFL offseason, because there is nothing off about it. On March 7, teams will be able...
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Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Each offseason the amount of teams that need quarterbacks always outnumbers the amount of quarterbacks available through either the draft, or the death pit that is free agency at the position. So a risk needs to be taken on an established arm who’s fallen out of favor. In some instances the quarterback in question has legitimately regressed, and in others he’s become a poor...
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The Bears must move on from Jay Cutler

On Wednesday, the Chicago Bears made a stunning headline when word leaked that Jimmy Clausen would be the starting quarterback on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Ordinarily, the news would be mundane when the first-stringer leads the league with 24 turnovers and has a 5-9 record. However, when your starter is Jay Cutler, a man in the first season of a seven-year, $126 million deal...
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Things Johnny Manziel, Browns can do to avoid a bad repeat

Johnny Manziel had arguably the worst game for a rookie quarterback in the 2014 season. His performance agains the Bengals was worse than any Blake Bortles or Zach Mettenberger or Derek Carr performance. Even Tom Savage looked more composed than Manziel. But his struggles aren’t all on him. The playcalling, the poor running game, and an unfamiliarity with his receivers and blocking...
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Five matchups to watch in Week 16

There are just two weeks to go in the regular season. Nine teams are still alive for six stops in the NFC, with all seeds up for grabs. A whopping nine teams are still alive for just three available playoff spots in the AFC, plus the three teams that have already clinched their division are jockeying for playoff seeding, including the crucial first-round bye. With Jacksonville-Tennessee...
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It is not Chip Kelly's fault if Eagles miss playoffs

The Philadelphia Eagles were 4-12 in 2012, causing long-time head coach Andy Reid’s ousting. Philadelphia ended its search for a new coach quickly, settling on offensive guru Chip Kelly from the University of Oregon. While many renowned college coaches have come into the NFL and failed such as Nick Saban, Bud Wilkinson and Steve Spurrier, Kelly was an instant success. Kelly transformed...
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Five draft picks why the Browns won’t make the playoffs

The Browns are a team that has turned some heads and really overachieved winning some close games this year. No one really expected them to fight and claw their way to a 7-7 record and they should be commended for that. The odds of making the playoffs being 2 games out of the final wild card spot with 2 to play make this season over for them and the last games a formality. One has...
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Packers traveling to Tampa Bay drives up Bucs ticket prices

Few head coaches know the Green Bay Packers better than Lovie Smith. Smith wasn’t brought into Tampa Bay to beat the green and gold like he was when he was with the Bears, but that’s exactly what he and his Buccaneers will set out to do in week 16. Tampa Bay’s season is all but lost as they enter the week at just 2-12, but at this point it’s about building momentum for 2015...
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Week 16 NFL game watchability rankings

Week 16 in the NFL 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...
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Take your pick: Colin Kaepernick or Derek Carr

Colin Kaepernick and Derek Carr are similar in many ways. Both are second-round picks, play in the Bay Area, are young quarterbacks and have pronounced strengths and weaknesses. Carr is a rookie with the Oakland Raiders and has started all season, unseating veteran Matt Schaub in the preseason. The former Fresno State star has provided Oakland fans with hope that he’s the franchise...
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The five worst playoff teams in NFL history

This year, some embarrassing team will emerge from the NFC South as a division winner and subsequent playoff team. The NFL has only had one team with a losing record make the postseason, although we could have a second in 2014 should the New Orleans Saints not win out. Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, there have been some truly bad teams that found their way to the playoffs. Let...
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TGS weekly NFL MVP tracker

We’ve been eliminating NFL MVP candidates on a weekly basis this season, and last week we got that list down to just two men — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. But after Rodgers struggled against the Buffalo Bills, we’re cheating by adding a third name back to the list entering Week 16. And it’s probably not a name you’d...
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TGS weekly NFL MVP tracker

We’ve been eliminating NFL MVP candidates on a weekly basis this season, and last week we got that list down to just two men — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. But after Rodgers struggled against the Buffalo Bills, we’re cheating by adding a third name back to the list entering Week 16. And it’s probably not a name you’d...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

TGS weekly NFL MVP tracker

We’ve been eliminating NFL MVP candidates on a weekly basis this season, and last week we got that list down to just two men — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. But after Rodgers struggled against the Buffalo Bills, we’re cheating by adding a third name back to the list entering Week 16. And it’s probably not a name you’d...
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