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Baltimore Ravens advance to AFC championship game, upsetting Broncos in double OT

It took a second overtime period to determine a winner between the Broncos and the Ravens in Denver this evening, but when the dust settled, the Baltimore Ravens were the better team, and they'll be heading to either New England or Houston next weekend for the AFC conference title game. The Ravens played a great game, taking advantage of turnovers by Peyton Manning, but that...
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January 12, 2013  |  Discuss
GUILTY PLEASURE

Tebow's brother happy Broncos lost

Tim Tebow's brother tweeted that he was happy to see the Denver Broncos lose to the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs.

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January 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Teams to watch this offseason

As we slowly make the transition from football season to the offseason, there are a number of different approaches that teams are taking. Some teams have blown it up, and are in the middle of starting over while some teams are simply looking to add a little more talent to their rosters before the start of the 2013 season. Here's a short list of interesting teams to watch as the...
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January 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Did J.J. Watt have the best season ever?

So Wade Phillips thinks J.J. Watt had the best season a defensive lineman's ever had, but Phillips is Watt's defensive coordinator, and thus might be apt to bias. However, the numbers indicate Phillips could be on to something, and the eyeball test certainly doesn't lie regarding Watt's dominance as a defender.  This season in Houston, Watt became the first...
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January 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Number-crunching superhero Nate Silver predicts a Seahawks-Patriots Super Bowl

For years, stats geeks and old-schoolers have been fighting over the importance numbers and trends possess when it comes to predicting future outcomes. The champion of the stats side of that argument is Nate Silver, who comes from the world of sabermetrics and who also happened to use his advanced system to predict the winner of all 50 states and all but one Senate race in November...
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January 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Where the Jaguars are headed following Mike Mularkey's dismissal

As many expected, David Caldwell's first signifiant move as the Jaguars' general manager was to dismiss head coach Mike Mularkey, the team announced the move earlier today. Mularkey spent one season as the Jaguars' head coaching, leading them to just a 2-14 finish, and providing Caldwell with the second pick of this year's NFL draft. For the Jaguars, the move means...
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January 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Rob Ryan firing has everyone wondering what's going on in Dallas

Amid all the Robert Griffin news that has been pouring in since his injury on Sunday, it would have been easy to overlook the fact that Rob Ryan, brother of Jets head coach Rex Ryan, was dismissed from his position as the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator, according to ESPN. The move by the all-powerful owner of the Cowboys left everyone from players and fans to analysts and bloggers...
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January 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Robert Griffin III needs ACL & LCL repaired, could miss start of 2013 season

It's been over 48 hours since Robert Griffin III aggravated his injured right knee in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and we still had no true clarity on what RG3's was in for as the offseason got underway in Washington.  It seems that has finally changed. A report late Tuesday night from ESPN's Chris Mortensen suggests that it could be pretty much the...
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January 09, 2013  |  Discuss

David Caldwell named Jaguars GM; Jets in limbo

As indicated by various reports throughout the day, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports being the first, David Caldwell has been named the Jaguars' new general manager. Caldwell has been the frontrunner for the Jaguars' open general manager position, but it was reported that contract negotiations were far apart, and money threatened to de-rail the deal. In the end, the Jaguars and...
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January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruce Arians set to begin interview process after illness

Bruce Arians missed the opportunity to call plays for the Colts' offense last weekend due to a sudden illness that forced him to be hospitalized in Baltimore instead of being on the sidelines. The illness may have kept Arians from coaching in the playoffs, but he's all set to continue searching for a head coaching job. According to Mike Chappell of the Indy Star, Arians...
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January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Robert Griffin III's injury the lead story line coming out of the wildcard round

The big story line coming out of the wildcard round of the playoffs has nothing to do with the teams advancing. Instead it centers around Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's knee, which he reinsured in somewhat graphic fashion. A video of the injury is below, but if you're somewhat squeamish, simply read on past the clip. Head coach Mike Shanahan once again...
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January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Divisional round of the playoffs provides great lineup of games

The wildcard round of the playoffs went off on Saturday and Sunday without a hitch. The teams that were supposed to win at home did just that. The Ravens and the Packers dominated their games, the Texans hung on against the Bengals, and the only visiting winner, the Seahawks, was identified as a dangerous team late in the season. The divisional round of the playoffs won't be...
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January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruce Arians hospitalized, won't call plays for Colts against Ravens

Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who coached the team for the majority of the season while Chuck Pagano was undergoing treatment for leukemia, has been hospitalized in Baltimore with a case of the flu, and won't call plays for the Colts today in their AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Balitmore Ravens. Clyde Christensen, the Colts quarterbacks coach...
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January 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Buffalo Bills to hire Doug Marrone as head coach

Days after firing Chan Gailey, the Buffalo Bills have hired former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone to be their next head coach. Marrone went 25-25 in four years with the Orange, winning a pair of bowl games (the Pinstripe Bowl in both the 2010 and 2012 seasons) and claiming a share of the Big East title this past season with Syracuse. On the surface, this is a curious hire by...
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January 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Christian Ponder declared inactive tonight against the Packers

The Vikings task tonight recently got just a little bit more difficult. According to Al Michaels, reporting during a break in the early game between the Bengals and the Texans, indicated that Ponder tried out his arm before the game before the team declared him inactive. Joe will be the Vikings' starter. The most glaring difference between Webb and Ponder is that Webb is...
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January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Jaguars assistants given permission to seek new jobs

Lost amongst all the firing and hiring this week was that the Jaguars coaches are still employed, but according to Steve Wyche of NFL.com, that may be changing. Wyche reported today that the Jaguars have cleared assistant coaches to seek employment outside the team. In other words, change could be on the way. The Jaguars finished 2-14, the franchise's worst finish in its...
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Andy Reid will be the next Kansas City Chiefs coach

Hours after firing Scott Pioli as GM, the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to hire Andy Reid as their next head coach, replacing Romeo Crennel. The winningest coach in Philadelphia Eagles history will take over a team that has had five different coaches since Reid took the job in Philadelphia. It will take a lot for Reid to lead a transformation with the Chiefs, who scored the...
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss
MAKE WAY FOR ANDY!

Scott Pioli fired by Kansas City Chiefs

After four underwhelming seasons with him at the helm, the Chiefs have decided to part ways with general manager Scott Pioli.

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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Rex Ryan's tattoo is amazing

The New York Daily News has caught up with a vacationing Rex Ryan in the Bahamas. Photographer Andrew Theodorakis snapped the above picture of Ryan, and in it, you can see a tattoo...of Ryan's wife...wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey....while potentially Tebowing. This is more than likely either a Photoshopped effort by someone at the Daily News, or a tremendous troll job by...
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Homer Bettors Screwed Las Vegas Sports Books in 2012

The worst part about playing poker with people who have no idea how to play poker? If they're not entirely sure what good and bad hands look like, it's pretty much impossible for them to show bluffs. I'm pretty sure my mom chased me out of a hand pre-flop holding a 2-7 offsuit at our last family get-together. That's sort of what I think about when I hear that...
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

10 Cool Stats from the 2012 NFL Season

Before the playoffs get underway, let's take a nerdy look back on the 2012 NFL regular season with a breakdown of the 10 most fascinating stats that came out of the 256 games played between Sept. 5 and Dec. 30. 6.5: That's how many yards per play the New Orleans Saints surrendered on defense this season, which is an all-time NFL high (post-1970 merger). Seventeen other...
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

5 things Dicks Sporting Goods can do with Tim Tebow

  Dick's Sporting Goods is on to something. The Dicks's store in West Nyack, NY, creatively displayed the dummy bearing Tebow's jersey as benched in a display that set every other Jets and Giants player in a manly stance. You might say the display diss'd Tebow, but I think it mocked the Jets for their wasteful trade for a first-round Draft pick player...
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January 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Vikings will need a new game plan to beat the Packers again

The Minnesota Vikings were able to sneak into the playoffs by edging the Green Bay Packers in Minnesota. Just a week later, the Vikings will have to beat the Packers in Green Bay to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs, and it won't be easy. The biggest challenge facing the Vikings won't be Lambeau Field or a hostile crowd. In fact, the outdoor setting probably...
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January 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Wild-Card Weekend Injury Analysis

Usually, if you've found your way into the NFL playoffs, you've either been lucky in the injury department or you've been good enough to overcome any injuries you've encountered. But that doesn't mean bumps and bruises and broken bones won't play a role this weekend and throughout January and February. Here's a look at the key injuries surrounding the...
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January 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Success is determined by players not plays

Through this week, we've seen many head coaches in the NFL being relieved of their duties. These coaches have seen varying levels of success, but at the NFL level, it's about players, not plays. Andy Reid left Philadelphia earlier this week, and he's now one of the hottest candidates for other vacant coaching positions. Why? He's a great coach and motivator. Ken...
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January 02, 2013  |  Discuss
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