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Archive: November 2009

Cinderella Jets?

If the Jets are able to take care of business in the next two weeks, they might be able to trade their bubble status for Cinderella slippers.

By Sean Moroney | November 30, 2009; 1:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ravens on the wire

Though the work is far from finished, Baltimore does have the inside track to a postseason berth.

By Sean McCann | November 30, 2009; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bubble's already burst

The playoff picture appears to be pretty well set, but I'm wrong more often than I'm right. So, look for change.

By Dave Goldberg | November 30, 2009; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Titanic Bubble

The Titans have what it takes to keep hope alive and make a run. We'll see if they can put it all together now.

By Anthony Stalter | November 30, 2009; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Forget the Falcons

The Pack is primed to makes some noise, unlike Brett Favre's first team

By Dave Choate | November 30, 2009; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bash of the Titans?

My heart tells me that the answer to this question is the Tennessee Titans but my head says Packers and Ravens.

By Doug Farrar | November 30, 2009; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots tough

The best way to determine who will remain undefeated the longest is to decide who will lose first. The best chance of that is Monday when the Saints play the Patriots.

By Dawn Knight | November 29, 2009; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sainted perfection

Maybe it's the tryptophan, but I'm not yet a believer in the Patriots on the road.

By Sean McCann | November 29, 2009; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (2)

Saints or Colts?

Indianapolis Colts or New Orleans Saints which team has the best chance of going undefeated this season?

By Reader Poll | November 29, 2009; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts have it easier

After running the numbers, the Colts, who currently rank second in DVOA, have a much better chance of going 16-0 based on the teams they face down the stretch.

By Doug Farrar | November 29, 2009; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tradition over money

To even think about taking the annual Thanksgiving games away from the Lions or the Cowboys is just wrong.

By Sean Yuille | November 26, 2009; 8:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pass the Alka Seltzer

As a veteran football writer, I would have preferred having the NFL take the damned day off to begin with.

By Leonard Shapiro | November 26, 2009; 8:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

Don't mess with tradition

The Lions and Cowboys have always hosted T-Day football contests - and they always should.

By Ken Palmer | November 25, 2009; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

Hardly an advantage

When I played for the Kansas City Chiefs, we played Detroit on Thanksgiving in 1971, and it felt more like interference with a family Thanksgiving than a privilege.

By Michael Oriard | November 25, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tryptophan TV

The Detroit Lions on TV is a silly tradition, but I am glad the Pilgrims thought of it when they were inventing Thanksgiving.

By Brian Tarcy | November 25, 2009; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Keep the tradition, dump the blowouts

It isn't time to update the annual Thanksgiving games, but maybe it's time to reevaluate the matchups provided by the schedule makers.

By Brandon Benson | November 25, 2009; 8:36 AM ET | Comments (3)

Call me a traditionalist

Our sports traditions are what ties generations together, let's keep them sacred.

By Dan Levy | November 25, 2009; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Some change is bad

Football plays a critical role as a "buffer" during these difficult family gatherings -- the games facilitate digestion and prevent unnecessary and awkward conversation.

By Jason Maloni | November 25, 2009; 7:59 AM ET | Comments (4)

Look to the NBA

This is one tradition that needs to go, and it's time to start a new one taking a page from professional basketball.

By Michael Kun | November 25, 2009; 7:48 AM ET | Comments (2)

Dump Detroit

The NFL needs to rotate the Thanksgiving game among all teams much the way it does now with the London game.

By Les Carpenter | November 25, 2009; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

A day for family

Thanksgiving is family day. So who plays? I really don't care.

By Dave Goldberg | November 25, 2009; 7:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Should Big Ben play?

After his third concussion in as many years, is it smart to start Roethlisberger against Baltimore? Vote now.

By Reader Poll | November 24, 2009; 3:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Still competetitive

There's no doubt in my mind that the AFC West, AFC East, and NFC West are all worse than the NFC East

By Shawn Zobel | November 23, 2009; 5:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Worst? Hardly

While the teams haven't been playing well as of late, the numbers clearly indicate the NFC East is one of the best.

By Dan Levy | November 23, 2009; 2:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eastern parity, western futility

The NFC East, but looking broader, this division isn't so much bad as it is very evenly matched.

By Rob Rang | November 23, 2009; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (2)

Eastern let down

Unrealistic expectations have doomed one of the best divisions in the NFL to disappointment, almost regardless of the outcome of the season.

By Sean McCann | November 23, 2009; 12:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFC West worse

The worst division in football this year is the same one it's been for several years. The NFC West.

By Jason Brewer | November 23, 2009; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Are you kidding?

The NFC East (one of the strongest divisions in the entire league) has no business being in this discussion.

By Sean Moroney | November 23, 2009; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Still a beast

If you go by DVOA, the NFC East is the best division in football.

By Doug Farrar | November 23, 2009; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

How far has the NFC East tumbled?

The perennial beast now finds itself mired in mediocrity, but is it really the worst division in the NFL? Vote here...

By Reader Poll | November 23, 2009; 6:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not even close

My first reaction when this question was posed to me was "Are you kidding?'' It's also my second, third and fourth reaction.

By Dave Goldberg | November 23, 2009; 6:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Middling, not worst

The NFC East has hardly been the beast prognosticators thought it might be. But, no way is it the worst division in football.

By Edward Valentine | November 23, 2009; 6:27 AM ET | Comments (1)

Nearly the worst

The NFC East is so bad that if we had a competition for the worst division in football it would come in second.

By Emil Steiner | November 23, 2009; 6:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys: Viva La Vida

We used to rule the world, but these days it's just as easy to pity the Cowboys as it is to hate us.

By Gene Wang | November 20, 2009; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (6)

America's Team... of arrogance

Everything is bigger in Texas, except the Cowboys trophy over the last 13 years.

By Dan Levy | November 20, 2009; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (5)

Like Yanks, Cowboys under microscope

Most fans loathe the Cowboys, and will do anything they can to bad-mouth them. Is it fair? Not really.

By Sean Moroney | November 20, 2009; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys bandwagon pathetic

The legions of soulless, bandwagon Cowboys fans, scattered across America, make Dallas that much more repugnant.

By Jason Brewer | November 20, 2009; 9:22 AM ET | Comments (7)

Keep Dallas in Dallas

I don't have a problem with Cowboys fans from Texas, it's the locals -- the ones who want nothing more than to spoil the home team's party.

By Dave Goldberg | November 20, 2009; 6:57 AM ET | Comments (6)

Cowboys fans suck

My hatred of the Cowboys is less about the team and more about having to deal with the obnoxious fan base.

By Edward Valentine | November 20, 2009; 6:52 AM ET | Comments (22)

UnAmerica's Team

Why do Redskins fans hate the Cowboys? Let us count the ways.

By Leonard Shapiro | November 20, 2009; 6:43 AM ET | Comments (18)

What's the root of Cowboys hatred?

Why are the Dallas Cowboys the most hated franchise in sports? Weigh in here...

By Reader Poll | November 20, 2009; 6:13 AM ET | Comments (15)

NFL's David and Goliath

As opposed to vilifying the Bengals for turning the corner this year they should be commended and hopefully emulated by other teams.

By Peter Schaffer | November 18, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who dey meet LJ

Larry Johnson: count your blessings and please, fall quietly in line.

By Jason Maloni | November 17, 2009; 7:02 PM ET | Comments (3)

"Evil" Bengals are good for game

Police activity aside, the league always needs a bad boy image team for people to root against.

By Dan Levy | November 17, 2009; 6:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

Low risk, some reward

I don't foresee this signing as a return to the Bengals of old, when arrest records polluted half the roster.

By Doug Farrar | November 17, 2009; 5:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals earn stripes

Much like Larry Johnson, the team will look to leave its old reputation far behind.

By Josh Zerkle | November 17, 2009; 5:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

LJ risk too high

The Bengals are in no position to be rehabilitating anybody's image.

By Sean McCann | November 17, 2009; 3:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Good luck Cincinnati

If he would just play football and not act like an idiot, this would even be a good idea. Unfortunately, Johnson doesn't just play football.

By Dawn Knight | November 17, 2009; 3:36 PM ET | Comments (2)

Cinderella cats

Fans and the NFL should be encouraged that the Bengals and Larry Johnson are proving that parity is alive and well.

By Josh Kirkendall | November 17, 2009; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

Winning pardons all

If Larry Johnson produces, or at least doesn't get in the way of the Bengals winning, he'll be forgiven.

By Dave Goldberg | November 17, 2009; 3:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick fail

Perhaps the Genius of Gillette is getting old?

By Sean McCann | November 16, 2009; 2:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

The football Gods are smiling

Although Belichick made a bold move, other coaching moments made this very flawed.

By Sean Moroney | November 16, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

Belichick played to win

Considering the way the Colts were moving the ball, Bill Belichick would do the same thing over again, and I don't blame him.

By Chris Richardson | November 16, 2009; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (1)

Great move, Bill

I'm not a Belichick fan, but I loved his fourth-down decision more than I can probably articulate.

By Jeff Nelson | November 16, 2009; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (2)

Ego of genius

Bill Belichick wanted to show the world that he didn't become one of the three or four "genius'' coaches in NFL history by following conventional wisdom.

By Dave Goldberg | November 16, 2009; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (3)

Belichick got clocked

the real story here is that Manning is playing his position as well as it can be played, and that's why this game went the way it did.

By Doug Farrar | November 16, 2009; 9:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Belichick's Blunder

The worst decision New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick has ever made?

By Michael Wilbon | November 16, 2009; 8:34 AM ET | Comments (17)

Smart move, Bill

If you want to win, you go for it on fourth which is what makes Belichick a champion.

By David Aldridge | November 16, 2009; 8:29 AM ET | Comments (9)

What do you think of Belichick's call?

New England Patriots have a Hall of Fame head coach who went for it on fourth and two at his own 28, up six, with 2:03 left and lost. Was it the right move?

By Reader Poll | November 16, 2009; 8:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

More Shocking: Belichick's Call or Bengals'

Cincinnati Bengals embarrass Pittsburgh Steelers or Bill Belichick's fourth down gaff in New England Patriots loss to Indianapolis Colts, which was more shocking?

By Reader Poll | November 16, 2009; 7:22 AM ET | Comments (6)

Hate not essential to rivalry

The Colts and Patriots already have a terrific rivalry, not because they hate each other but because they divvied up history together.

By Sean McCann | November 13, 2009; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

A media rivalry

There's no hate between the Colts and the Patriots because it's not really a rivalry.

By Dan Levy | November 13, 2009; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (4)

Hate is good

Patriots and Colts as rivals? Please! Maybe friendly rivals.

By Brian Tarcy | November 13, 2009; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (2)

Players are pros

"Hate" or "respect" as the basis for a football rivalry is a matter for fans and the media.

By Michael Oriard | November 13, 2009; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

Great QBs, not a rivalry

After Brady and Manning decline and then retire this so-called rivalry will fade and fizzle.

By Dave Goldberg | November 13, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Respect tackles hate

Today a great rivalry has to have an air of respect, and it's for the best.

By Joe Baker | November 13, 2009; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Too much love

A rivalry really needs to be based more on the dislike for one another than the mutual respect teams have.

By Matt Loede | November 13, 2009; 9:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

How hard is keeping quiet?

If he doesn't grow up and put on some big boy pants he's going to find himself out of the league.

By Dan Levy | November 11, 2009; 1:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Anything's Possible

If Michael Vick and Ricky Williams can turn it on again, why not LJ?

By Jason Maloni | November 11, 2009; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

LJ's revenge

Don't be surprised if Johnson makes a late run at the Pro Bowl just to spite his previous employers and fans.

By Chris Richardson | November 11, 2009; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

LJ's numbers don't lie

I'm not saying he doesn't deserve another shot. I just don't know how much he has left.

By H. Gore | November 11, 2009; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

He'll be back

NFL teams have signed drunk drivers, sexual assaulters, petty criminals, felons and dog killers -- Larry Johnson is no exception.

By Mike Freeman | November 11, 2009; 8:50 AM ET | Comments (5)

Performance trumps slurs

Johnson could have said just about anything had he been averaging five yards a carry for a Chiefs team that was 7-1 and not 1-7.

By Jim Buzinski | November 11, 2009; 8:28 AM ET | Comments (5)

If the team fits

Larry Johnson can be effective but the situation has to be perfect or it'll blow up in the head coach's face.

By Joel Thorman | November 11, 2009; 7:57 AM ET | Comments (3)

Follow Cedric Benson

If Larry Johnson takes responsibility and finds a genuine desire to chance, then he has the talent to find a renaissance.

By Josh Kirkendall | November 11, 2009; 7:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

He's not Cedric Benson

I don't know if Larry Johnson has had the "man in the mirror" moment where he realizes that a lot of his wounds are self inflicted.

By Robert Littal | November 11, 2009; 7:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Will Larry Johnson rebound?

Crime, homophobia, dissing his coach, can Larry Johnson ever recover? Vote now...

By Reader Poll | November 11, 2009; 7:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Front office first

History is rather definitive that coaches, left to their own devices, aren't the best judges of talent.

By David Aldridge | November 9, 2009; 1:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

Harmony is key

Having a strong general manager and a strong head coach who can gel is how you win a Super Bowl.

By Shawn Zobel | November 9, 2009; 1:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

Does it matter?

The Browns are so messed up that they will be nearly impossible to fix anyway.

By Dan Parker | November 9, 2009; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (2)

Owner is king

The most critical person is the one who hires the coach and GM.

By Dave Goldberg | November 9, 2009; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

GM trumps coach

Control over personnel is the overwhelming key to any team's success or failure.

By Doug Farrar | November 9, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

GM has it easier

Put Belichick back in a Browns hoodie and he'd be lucky to go 5-11 again.

By Sean McCann | November 9, 2009; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Riggo being Riggo

When John Riggins was outspoken and even embarrassing folks would give him a pass. That legacy is not only intact, it's growing.

By Charles Mann | November 6, 2009; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (21)

Vinny Cerrato Defends Daniel Snyder

Vinny Cerrato took to the airwaves on his radio show Friday morning to defend his boss from Riggins's charges of having a dark heart.

By Dan Steinberg | November 6, 2009; 9:24 AM ET | Comments (10)

Riggo doesn't know

John Riggins was a great Washington Redskin. Now he's an entertainer, a great listener but not an insider.

By Les Carpenter | November 6, 2009; 12:58 AM ET | Comments (22)

Riggins has earned the right

The question if Riggins crossed the line is pretty much moot, because he left that checkpoint in his rear view mirror years ago.

By Gene Wang | November 6, 2009; 12:57 AM ET | Comments (28)

Riggo overstepped

Except in the eyes of the most rabid Redskins fans, John Riggins' rant will hurt his legacy.

By Mike Wise | November 6, 2009; 12:48 AM ET | Comments (93)

Riggo is right

I don't have to listen to John Riggins to dislike Daniel Snyder.

By Dave Goldberg | November 6, 2009; 12:44 AM ET | Comments (19)

Who cares what Riggo thinks?

When was the last time John Riggins said something meaningful or insightful about anything? "Loosen up, Sandy, baby" doesn't count.

By Michael Kun | November 6, 2009; 12:40 AM ET | Comments (25)

Legacy untouchable

He's John Riggins. The Diesel. Big John. Riggo. That will never change. Never.

By Leonard Shapiro | November 6, 2009; 12:32 AM ET | Comments (10)

Will Riggins' stock go up or down?

How will John Riggins' characterization of Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder as being a "bad guy" with a "dark heart" affect his legacy? Vote now...

By Reader Poll | November 6, 2009; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (7)

Playoff Picks

With Pittsburgh and Baltimore in their division, the Bengals' luck is the most likely of the current division leaders to run out.

By Sean Moroney | November 5, 2009; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

10,001 simulations and guess who's out

The Cardinals are the current division leader least likely to make the playoffs.

By Paul Bessire | November 4, 2009; 6:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

The bad luck Bengals

If franchises are somewhat branded by an identity, then the Bengals' is of a team perennially beset by misfortune and miscalculation.

By Jim McCormick | November 4, 2009; 4:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't count on Cards

The only team currently leading their division played in last season's Super Bowl and, coincidentally, is the only team that won't play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

By Jamie De Giorgio | November 4, 2009; 3:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Beware

Anything is possible in the NFL, just ask the Brett Favre and the 2008 New York Jets.

By Anthony Stalter | November 4, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bengals Are Most Vulnerable

Playoffs may be more than the Bengals are capable of.

By Doug Farrar | November 4, 2009; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

No one safe but Saints, Colts, Vikes

The two divisional leaders I have the least faith in at this point are in the West -- NFC West's Arizona and AFC West's Denver.

By Rob Rang | November 4, 2009; 9:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not buying the Bengals

The Bengals have disappointed so many times that you're just waiting for them to collapse.

By Gene Wang | November 4, 2009; 9:43 AM ET | Comments (9)

Not in the Cards

The one division leader that I don't see making the playoffs is the 4-3 Arizona Cardinals.

By Shawn Zobel | November 4, 2009; 9:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Which leader isn't playoff bound?

Vote now on the current division leader that will be out of the picture come playoff time.

By Reader Poll | November 4, 2009; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Should Al Davis Fire Tom Cable?

Sitting on a 2-6 record with allegations of domestic abuse by his head coach swirling, should Oakland Raiders Owner Al Davis fire Tom Cable?

By Reader Poll | November 3, 2009; 8:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raider Rage

There's more than enough smoke here to suspect a blazing inferno may be raging on the Oakland sidelines.

By Leonard Shapiro | November 2, 2009; 3:58 PM ET | Comments (2)

Tricky Call

Tom Cable either has a real problem with anger management or he is one very wronged person.

By Doug Farrar | November 2, 2009; 8:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Anger Mismanagement

Tom Cable's anger and violence have been a problem in his life and have even impacted his job as the head coach of the Raiders.

By Larry Brown | November 2, 2009; 8:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders' Call?

If Roger Goodell won't do anything, maybe the Raiders will.

By Dave Goldberg | November 2, 2009; 6:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

No Place for Wimps

Cable admitted to hitting his former wife more than twenty years ago. That makes him a wimp and a jerk.

By Dawn Knight | November 2, 2009; 6:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

Might Be Too Late

While he may be a scumbag for hitting women, it just seems a little difficult for the league to dole out punishment for transgressions dating that far back.

By David Fucillo | November 2, 2009; 6:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Are the 2009 Vikes Favre's Best Team?

Are the 2009 Vikings the best team Brett Favre has ever played on?

By Reader Poll | November 1, 2009; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (3)

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