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Archive: September 2008

Hail Zorn, and Harbaugh

John Harbaugh brings his solid Eagles background to Baltimore while keeping the Ravens defensive coordinator.

By David Aldridge | September 30, 2008; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

Smith Needs to Win, Or Else

The Falcons have a mulligan this year, but Mike Smith will have to produce some wins sooner than later.

By Doug Farrar | September 30, 2008; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Three and Out Coaching

If the Falcons are not showing the expected progression in Matt Ryan's third season, Smith may very well return to his more familiar role of coordinator.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 30, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sparano In Jeopardy

The Dolphins couldn't seem to decide if they were starting over from scratch or not.

By Mark Maske | September 30, 2008; 9:34 AM ET | Comments (1)

Ask Jason Campbell

While the Redskins' performance at Texas Stadium was tremendously impressive, Washington remains the NFC East team I'm not quite sold on.

By Doug Farrar | September 29, 2008; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (8)

Eagles Are Most Fragile

All four are playoff-worthy but a key injury or two will knock one out.

By Mark Maske | September 29, 2008; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (3)

Giant Prediction ...

There's absolutely no reason that one should assume the Giants will miss the playoffs. But, I have a hunch.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 29, 2008; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (4)

It Matters to Players

It's hard to have a rivalry when one of the teams stinks.

By Charles Mann | September 26, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Free Agency Killed Rivalries

Free agency and the more dynamic coaching carousels of the modern day have changed the employment landscape, thus altering the circumstances leading to rivalries.

By Doug Farrar | September 26, 2008; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Transience Killed The Rivalry

There's little sense of history as players and coaches jump from city to city in this money-driven, win-now-or-else league.

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2008; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rivalries Are Dying

In college football, they still know about it but in the NFL, with players moving from place to place, the heat has dissipated, like a dying asteroid.

By David Aldridge | September 26, 2008; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (2)

Rivalries over Red Herring

Rivalries are the real deal. Just ask the fans of both, the eventual 1-15 NFL team and the rival it beat at RFK Stadium on November 5, 1989.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 26, 2008; 9:15 AM ET | Comments (2)

Plaxico Should Be a Man

Maybe it was a simple mistake -- a communication error. But it's his mistake, and now he's got to take his medicine like a man.

By Keenan McCardell | September 25, 2008; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Suspension Was the Right Call

The Giants suspended Burress for a bye, and against a Seahawks team that's beatable with or without him.

By Doug Farrar | September 25, 2008; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Burress Deserved It

Burress deserves what he got. He's lucky he wasn't suspended for four games.

By Dick Vermeil | September 25, 2008; 7:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Be Proactive, Rosenhaus

Like spanking a parent spanking a child, the team is hurting themselves more than they are hurting the player.

By Peter Schaffer | September 25, 2008; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cut Burress a Break

Burress's mistake was not returning messages because of a family matter, and that warrants a two-week suspension?

By Gene Wang | September 24, 2008; 11:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

Leadership Trumps Ability

Coaches who make changes like these are looking for someone who can come in and move the team in a positive direction or at least stop the bleeding.

By Dick Vermeil | September 24, 2008; 2:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Blame Bulger

Marc Bulger's situation is hardly his fault alone, and Trent Green's last few stops give little indication that he'll be a better alternative.

By Doug Farrar | September 24, 2008; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Trent Green Isn't the Answer

A switch not made for the right reason is the one that just happened in St. Louis. Marc Bulger wasn't the Rams problem.

By Mark Maske | September 24, 2008; 8:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not Yet Brady's Bunch

Bulger is a no brainer, but in Cleveland, Romeo's bleeding can wait.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 24, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Dissension and Dysfunction

Kiffin, Linehan could go soon but it won't do any good for either team.

By Mark Maske | September 23, 2008; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's Kiffin, and "No!"

When a team gets to the point that the firing of a coach seems to be a necessity, it's rarely a cure-all.

By Doug Farrar | September 23, 2008; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Accelerated Chopping Block

Why, oh, why is the coaching carousel starting up before the month of September has ended?

By Cindy Boren | September 23, 2008; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Where Lane meets Highway

Let's see, what ever happened to other young, former Raiders head coaches like Mike Shanahan and Jon Gruden after they left the Silver and Black?

By Zach Leibowitz | September 23, 2008; 8:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

None of the Above

When it comes to which has game, think Monty Brewster's campaign slogan: "None of the above!"

By Emil Steiner | September 22, 2008; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Got to Believe in the Bills

With New England reeling, watch out for the Bills in the AFC East

By Les Carpenter | September 22, 2008; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bills Are Best of Trio

Buffalo and Tennessee are solid but you still can't trust Denver quite yet

By Mark Maske | September 22, 2008; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (3)

A Mile High at 3-0

The Denver Broncos have re-emerged as an AFC title contender already.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 22, 2008; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bills/Titans Yes, Broncos No

Two trends peg the Bills and Titans as the 3-0 teams to watch.

By Doug Farrar | September 22, 2008; 1:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Violence Equals Success

The league's competitive balance and the inherent violent nature of the game are part of what makes the sport so compelling to viewers.

By Mark Maske | September 19, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (7)

Gambling, Violence, Beer

No business in American history has so successfully camoflagued its true, pulsating core as well as the National Football League

By David Aldridge | September 19, 2008; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (37)

An Indelicate Balance

Violence is as much a part of the game as cleats, but that doesn't mean the league shouldn't try to contain it.

By Cindy Boren | September 19, 2008; 8:48 AM ET | Comments (2)

Feel the Appeal

The appeal of bone-crushing hits and the release of some Sunday testosterone to finish off a hard work week is why football is the most popular sport in this country

By Zach Leibowitz | September 19, 2008; 7:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

Hit 'Em Hard, Hit 'Em Fair

The NFL knows plenty about making money, and it's clear it doesn't make as much with its marquee names on the sideline.

By Gene Wang | September 19, 2008; 1:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

Build It, They Will Come

Ironically, the best way to insure the most seamless transition between starter and backup at the quarterback position is to make sure you spread the wealth to other positions.

By Doug Farrar | September 18, 2008; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

More Like a Leaky Raft

Since backup quarterbacks had little or no market value to begin with they are usually pretty easy to keep around

By Les Carpenter | September 18, 2008; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Scrimp on Lifeboats

The Back Up quarterback position in professional football is the lifeboat on the Titanic

By Peter Schaffer | September 18, 2008; 2:16 AM ET | Comments (4)

Get 'Em Young 'N Cheap

Getting the right backup QB in the salary cap world means finding a Cassel or a Frerotte.

By Mark Maske | September 17, 2008; 10:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Fret About the NFL

It's feeling the pinch, like everyone, but this league knows how to make money

By Mark Maske | September 16, 2008; 6:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

Recession Resistant... Maybe

As the amount of money flowing into Big Time sports, especially the NFL, from corporations has soared over the last ten or fifteen years, so too has the sports industry's reliance and focus on it.

By David Carter | September 16, 2008; 5:43 PM ET | Comments (2)

Booth Guidance Needed

It's like a doctor going into surgery with a nurse, an anesthesiologist, and the patient, and they all see he's operating on the wrong leg, but no one does anything about it because it's against the rules.

By Charles Mann | September 16, 2008; 1:53 PM ET | Comments (7)

Overhaul Instant Replay

The NFL needs to re-examine how it handles and implements instant replay.

By Gene Wang | September 16, 2008; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (3)

Don't Overhaul Instant Replay

All that's needed is to tweak the replay rules like the league already did for botched down-by-contact calls

By Mark Maske | September 16, 2008; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (2)

Get it Half-Right, After the Fact

The solution in this case would be to allow officials to retroactively award possession correctly no matter when the whistle is blown.

By Doug Farrar | September 16, 2008; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (12)

Let Them Play ...

The refs should let the play continue until the ball is recovered and go to instant replay.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 16, 2008; 1:25 AM ET | Comments (4)

Law and Sports Don't Mix

More often than not, the intersection of the two sets bad precedents

By Don Yee | September 16, 2008; 1:23 AM ET | Comments (11)

Not a Gamble

Having been there and done it myself, you just have a hunch that it's going to work. But it's not a gamble.

By Dick Vermeil | September 15, 2008; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not Every Coach Can-Do...

It really depends where you are on the Success Curve, and how iron-clad your contract is.

By Doug Farrar | September 15, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

It Depends -- on the Refs

If the host Broncos kicked the extra point in that situation and headed into the extra session, they're at the mercy of an already shaky Ed Hochuli

By Zach Leibowitz | September 15, 2008; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Better Safe Than Fired

Expecting them to go for two and the win every weekend is like expecting Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers to collapse.

By David Aldridge | September 15, 2008; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Guts, Ego, Job Security

Why don't coaches do things like that more? Some have the guts. Many have the ego. But having the job security of two consecutive Super Bowls helps.

By Mark Maske | September 15, 2008; 9:16 AM ET | Comments (2)

Sunday Line Chatter, Week 2

Howdy! We're here to pick all the NFL games this weekend, and we can only hope to do as well as we did in Week 1, when we were all within a game of .500. Happily for Dave and Des,...

By David, Des and Matt | September 12, 2008; 2:39 PM ET | Comments (2)

Post Gameday Chat, Week 2: Games We Want to Watch

Chicago (+3) at Carolina Matt Bonesteel: Kyle Orton sure had a lot of Ravens-era Trent Dilfer in him the other night. David Larimer: this one is tough. David Larimer: i'll go with the panthers, only cuz they're at home and...

By David, Des and Matt | September 12, 2008; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Post Gameday Chat, Week 2: Games We'll Skip in Favor of Whatever's on the Lifetime Channel

Oakland (+3.5) at Kansas City David Larimer: The Raiders are already hilarious Matt Bonesteel: I think there's a WNBA game on during this timeslot. bielerd: another rivalry game. these teams are bitterly contesting which one is lousier. Matt Bonesteel: I'll...

By David, Des and Matt | September 12, 2008; 2:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Post Gameday Chat, Week 2: Games We Might Want to Watch

Tennessee (+1.5) at Cincinnati bielerd: I know Cincy's at home, but how are they favored? they got handled last week by a team in the Ravens that's like Titans Lite David Larimer: This is a line that weirds me out....

By David, Des and Matt | September 12, 2008; 2:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

New Orleans at Washington, Week 2

There will be defense. Or so each team hopes.

By David Larimer | September 12, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

N.Y. Giants at St. Louis, Week 2

The Giants try to keep rolling on the road. The Rams try not to roll over.

By David Larimer | September 12, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week Two Picks

Mediocrity, in chart form.

By David, Des and Matt | September 12, 2008; 1:59 PM ET | Comments (2)

Indianapolis at Minnesota, Week 2

Fun fact of the day: The Colts are 2-16 when Peyton Manning throws the ball more than 45 times in a game. It was 2-15 entering the season, but that was before Manning passed 49 times in a 29-13 loss...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 12, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Green Bay at Detroit, Week 2

The Lions have a balanced defense -- theyr'e bad against the run and the pass

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

Leave Al Davis Alone

If the Raiders' owner wants to coach, let him. The guy has forgotten more about football than most owners know.

By Cindy Boren | September 12, 2008; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (7)

But Is It Art?

The Ravens' Art Modell still tops the list.

By Jon DeNunzio | September 12, 2008; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (8)

Defending the Meddlers

These teams are toys for the owners. Very expensive toys, but still toys.

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2008; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (12)

Atlanta at Tampa Bay, Week 2

Nothing frolics like a Falcon.

By David Larimer | September 12, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tennessee at Cincinnati, Week 2

The Titans may be without Vince Young, but that's small comfort to the Bengals

By Desmond Bieler | September 12, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

San Francisco at Seattle, Week 2

Seahawks' theme song: "Broken Wings."

By David Larimer | September 12, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

San Diego at Denver, Week 2

Now that linebacker Shawne Merriman has stopped getting second and third and 10th opinions about the torn ligaments in his left knee and has decided to have season-ending surgery, the Chargers finally have moved past all those injury distractions and...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 12, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Where it Counts, Davis Is the Worst

Success in the NFL is measured by money.

By Lindsay Applebaum | September 12, 2008; 1:18 AM ET | Comments (5)

Chicago at Carolina, Week 2

Based on their Week 1 upset of the Colts, it looks as if the Bears aren't asking too much from quarterback Kyle Orton. Which is probably a good thing. Entering this season, Orton had thrown for 12 touchdown passes and...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 11, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Baltimore at Houston, Week 2

Ravens rookie QB Joe Flacco survived Week 1, but can he survive Mario Williams?

By Desmond Bieler | September 11, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Oakland at Kansas City, Week 2

It's Lane's Kiffin's team. But it's not his defense.

By David Larimer | September 11, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pittsburgh at Cleveland, Week 2

Browns Coach Romeo Crennel needs to impart his defensive expertise, like, now-ish

By Desmond Bieler | September 11, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Beauty and The Boy

Celebrity girlfriends are distractions. Period. There is a beautiful price you risk paying for the company of such a woman.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 11, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

Miami at Arizona, Week 2

Featuring the top two quarterbacks in NFL history!***

By David Larimer | September 11, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Philadelphia at Dallas, Week 2

8:30 p.m. Monday ESPN Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was sacked 44 times last season, second most in his career. Last week against the Rams, he wasn't sacked at all. He had only three games with at least three touchdown passes...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 11, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Distraction is the Attraction!

Celebrity girlfriends, like any other outside influence, will be as much or as little a distraction as the athlete will allow.

By Doug Farrar | September 11, 2008; 8:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

New England at New York Jets, Week 2

4:15 p.m. Just once, it would be refreshing for NFL players to tell us what they really think. For instance, this week would have been the perfect time for a Jets player to say, in regards to Patriots quarterback Matt...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 11, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Buffalo at Jacksonville, Week 2

The Jags' offensive line needs help -- but it's getting Marcus Stroud

By Desmond Bieler | September 11, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

More Fame More Problems

With more fame and fortune comes more responsibility and critique. It's up to the player to handle it.

By Peter Schaffer | September 11, 2008; 1:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Stick to Singing, Jessica

It may sound ridiculous that a seemingly playful retort from Simpson could serve as motivation, but NFL players and coaches use any means necessary to gain a mental edge.

By Gene Wang | September 11, 2008; 1:12 AM ET | Comments (7)

I Think They Can Handle It ...

Pro athletes have had attractive girlfriends since middle school. They know the drill.

By Jon DeNunzio | September 11, 2008; 12:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Solution: Play Well, Win

Then No One Will Care

By Mark Maske | September 10, 2008; 9:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giant Statement for NFC

Forget injuries, the wheel started turning after the last Super Bowl

By Zach Leibowitz | September 10, 2008; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fans May Think So

It will be the longest, most tortured year of Brady and Merriman's careers. But it doesn't necessarily mean the balance of power will shift from AFC to NFC.

By Jess Atkinson | September 10, 2008; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Power Shifts to NFC

After years of dominance the AFC will take a fall this season.

By Mark Maske | September 9, 2008; 10:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

I Come to Not Yet Bury

The field will level with NFC wins, not AFC injury losses.

By David Larimer | September 9, 2008; 9:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two-letter Answer: N.O.

The glitz still fits the AFC better.

By Cindy Boren | September 9, 2008; 8:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

In Dispense of Brady

Before Tom Brady started taking the snaps, Belichick was a career 41-55 head coach.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 9, 2008; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (1)

Fear the Man in the Hoody

Belichick is so respected and feared that Congress investigated him for cheating.

By Emil Steiner | September 9, 2008; 3:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

QB's Close, but Coach's the One

The common denominator, and the architect of the only true dynasty of the salary cap era, is the indispensable one.

By Doug Farrar | September 9, 2008; 2:19 AM ET | Comments (3)

Coach, QB Both Indispensable

Either One Without The Other Doesn't Work

By Mark Maske | September 8, 2008; 10:54 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Pats Will Rally

Bill Belichick is a genius at D. He's going to go to work is his laboratory and come up with a plan to get his squad to play well, maybe even better.

By Keenan McCardell | September 8, 2008; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (3)

Pats Down, Not Out

No team will react as well to such a loss as Bill Belichick and his Patriots coaching staff.

By Dick Vermeil | September 8, 2008; 9:22 AM ET | Comments (11)

Brady's ACL Changes AFC

There could be a situation in which the balance of power in the NFL shifts dramatically.

By Doug Farrar | September 8, 2008; 2:15 AM ET | Comments (4)

Knee-Deep in Trouble

Patriots fans would gladly let Brady wear a Yankees hat to his hearts content if it meant a healthy ACL.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 8, 2008; 1:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dynasty, Interrupted

But Not Ended For Good

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2008; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (9)

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

This game brought to you by Web M.D.

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)

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