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Archive: August 31, 2008 - September 6, 2008

More Gump Than Mensa

Eli was maddeningly inconsistent. Not to mention occasionally brain-dead, and that's a good thing.

By Jess Atkinson | September 6, 2008; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (4)

Week One Picks

Game Bieler Bonesteel Larimer Bengals (-1.5) at Ravens Bengals Bengals (lock) Bengals Lions(-3) at Falcons Lions Lions Lions Seahawks(+1) at Bills Seahawks Seahawks Bills (lock) Jets(-3) at Dolphins Jets Jets Jets Chiefs(+16) at Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Buccaneers(+3.5) at...

By David, Des and Matt | September 5, 2008; 4:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Post Gameday, Week 1

Welcome to the Post's Gameday, where Desmond Bieler, Matt Bonesteel, and David Larimer will preview each NFL game each week and pick our winners.

By David, Des and Matt | September 5, 2008; 3:59 PM ET | Comments (1)

Minnesota at Green Bay, Week One

Monday, 7 p.m. Let's set the over-under on how many times Brett Favre's name is mentioned during the "Monday Night Football" telecast at 30. Though the new Jets quarterback will be nowhere near Lambeau Field, his ghost will linger at...

By David Larimer | September 5, 2008; 3:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Eli Will Come

Streaky is as streaky does

By Desmond Bieler | September 5, 2008; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Denver at Oakland, Week One

Monday, 10:15 p.m. ESPN Time heals all wounds. Except for the still-silver-and-black bruise on Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan. Take this conversation from Shanahan's press conference earlier this week. Q: When you first got here, I'm sure when you were playing...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 5, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wait, There's a "New Eli?"

For Eli, it's all about being named Manning. Take that away and he's just another Mark Rypien.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 5, 2008; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (4)

Carolina at San Diego, Week One

The Panthers are lacking punch. Literally.

By David Larimer | September 5, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dallas at Cleveland, Week One

4:15 p.m. Did anyone get the feeling that Cowboys training camp was, I dunno, softer than a carton of Mallomars? At least that's the perception after watching "Hard Knocks" on HBO. (Not that I would last 30 seconds at an...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 5, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

Houston at Pittsburgh, Week One

1 p.m. At fellow Gameday blogger David Larimer's bachelor party last weekend, someone was perusing the NFL schedules (yes, it was quite the bacchanal) and pointed out that the Steelers' home schedule is quite bizarre. Looking up from the couch,...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 5, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Tampa Bay at New Orleans, Week One

The Old Men and the Bay.

By David Larimer | September 5, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

This is the Real Eli

Remember that as much as Manning the Younger went through a basically mistake-free playoff jag, the primary force behind the team's run was that dominant defensive line.

By Doug Farrar | September 5, 2008; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Uneven Eli

He Never Really Left

By Gene Wang | September 5, 2008; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

St. Louis at Philadelphia, Week One

1 p.m. Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was sacked 44 times last season, third most in the NFL second most in his career behind a 45-sack season in 2000, his first year as a full-time starter. Rams quarterback Marc Bulger 37...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 5, 2008; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Arizona at San Francisco, Week One

You might not sit down and watch this, but a pair of expensive young QBs will

By Desmond Bieler | September 5, 2008; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Electric or Egad?

I don't think anyone can say why the lightbulb over his head seems to flicker.

By Cindy Boren | September 5, 2008; 8:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Detroit at Atlanta, Week One

1 p.m. A prime Week 1 contender for the Mystery Game of the Week (you know, the game that no one watches because it isn't on at the sports bar when they run out of TVs). And really, why should...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 5, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cincinnati at Baltimore, Week One

Ocho Cinco vs. Oh-No-Flacco

By David Larimer | September 5, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eli Reverted

Back to The Bad Eli Against Redskins

By Mark Maske | September 5, 2008; 7:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chicago at Indianapolis, Week One

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By Desmond Bieler | September 4, 2008; 2:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Team or Country?

Actually that's just a polite way of asking, what comes first in your heart: team or country?

By Sally Jenkins | September 4, 2008; 2:09 PM ET | Comments (11)

Washington at N.Y. Giants, Week One

The Giants say no one respects them. We say the Giants don't respect home-field advantage.

By David Larimer | September 4, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kansas City at New England, Week One

Patriots, meet the Curse of the Super Bowl Loser. Curse, Patriots.

By Desmond Bieler | September 4, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (4)

Jacksonville at Tennessee, Week One

It's a tough division -- somebody's gotta finish last

By Desmond Bieler | September 4, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Seattle at Buffalo, Week One

The mismatches include one on the sidelines

By Desmond Bieler | September 4, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

N.Y. Jets at Miami, Week One

It's all about Brett Favre and how he fares with his first new team in 16 seasons

By Desmond Bieler | September 4, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

It's Football's Night!

The first Thursday after Labor Day belongs to the NFL.

By Cindy Boren | September 4, 2008; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

What's the Difference?

Super Tuesday, Super Sunday; conventions and draft day -- they all seem to blur into one giant media circus.

By Emil Steiner | September 4, 2008; 9:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

God, Country, Football

For all the talk about the lack of proper vetting of America's favorite new Eskimo Pie, did anybody think to, I dunno, vet the national football schedule.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 4, 2008; 8:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

RNC or NFL? Fuhgeddaboudit!

I'm now thinking of the comparisons. Is Tom Coughlin the John McCain of the NFL?

By Doug Farrar | September 4, 2008; 8:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

No Contest

Tough to Beat the NFL on TV

By Mark Maske | September 3, 2008; 10:50 PM ET | Comments (14)

Why Can't the Giants Be This Year's Giants?

Lightning can be bottled twice. Now, this pretty much hinges on whether we get the Eli Manning of last December-January, or the Eli Manning of the 26 previous years on Earth. And whether Tom Coughlin doesn't get too grouchy. And...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 3, 2008; 3:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Risky Business

The larger issue is that these are wealthy, young adult men with a lot going for them.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 3, 2008; 1:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Education, Not a Curfew

The athletes are not doing the shooting, they're the ones getting shot.

By Charles Mann | September 3, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (10)

The Problem Isn't Just the NFL's

No one can decide who's going to win the Super Bowl and we're going to solve the issue of gun violence in the NFL?

By Cindy Boren | September 3, 2008; 8:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's Doing Enough

Coaches like to say they can't watch their players 24 hours a day, and they're right.

By Mark Maske | September 3, 2008; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Not the NFL's Problem

We're seeking a solution for a problem that doesn't exist.

By David Aldridge | September 3, 2008; 7:27 AM ET | Comments (9)

Education Over Legislation

Gun violence, or more broadly the gun culture, is nothing new for NFL players.

By Gene Wang | September 3, 2008; 6:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

More Love 4 Cle

More Love 4 Cle

By Desmond Bieler | September 2, 2008; 6:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Big Dawgs to Pound

Romeo's team will finally emerge from its Shakespearean tragedy otherwise known as the last quarter of a century - and then some.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 2, 2008; 9:34 AM ET | Comments (3)

It's New Orleans.

The Saints might be ready to finish what they started when they made it to the NFC Championship game at the end of their miracle 2006 season.

By Doug Farrar | September 2, 2008; 9:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Six Letters: E-A-G-L-E-S!

The Eagles are a lock to be exciting, and a threat to any opponent.

By Emil Steiner | September 1, 2008; 11:34 PM ET | Comments (2)

Saints Have The Offense To Do It

You gotta love the Saints' offense.

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 10:54 PM ET | Comments (2)

Maybe Ted Thompson Knows Something

When the Packers traded Brett Favre this summer, a lot of people found it easy to rip Green Bay General Manager Ted Thompson. Says here that Thompson's move might just be validated in February, with a Packers ... gulp... Super Bowl win.

By Jon DeNunzio | September 1, 2008; 9:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

I Dunno; You Tell Me

This feels a little like one of those Tampa Bay Bucs years... only without the Bucs.

By Cindy Boren | September 1, 2008; 5:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cleveland Rocks

Browns Are Poised to Make a Run in the AFC

By Gene Wang | September 1, 2008; 3:20 PM ET | Comments (2)

It's a Toss-Up

having a player spending time at Hooters or changing his last name to Ocho Cinco?

By Cindy Boren | August 31, 2008; 3:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

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