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Favre's final chapter

Brad Childress appears to have had it with Brett Favre, meaning "the streak" will end sooner rather than later as the Vikings try to get back on track in the NFC North

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | October 26, 2010; 1:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Don't give them the satisfaction

Brett Favre should walk away now, for the sake of his rapidly deteriorating legacy and body, and to appease the masses who are sick and tired of his circus.

By Chris Richardson | October 26, 2010; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Living and dying with Brett

It's time for Brad Childress ignore Brett Favre's ego and give his starting quarterback a few weeks off to recover from injury in the hopes that he can return to form for a playoff push.

By Anthony Stalter | October 26, 2010; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dealing with the devil

The narrow Super Bowl window for Brett Favre and the Vikings has already closed, leaving Brad Childress with a big mess and no clear way out.

By Doug Farrar | October 26, 2010; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Brett at 100

It's time for Brett Favre to go away, but at this point, who knows when that might happen?

By Brian Tarcy | October 26, 2010; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Expect a start from stubborn ol' Brett

Brett Favre has proven his ability to play through injuries over the course of his career, and until he pulls himself from a game, you have to assume he'll be starting Sunday against New England.

By Brandon Benson | October 26, 2010; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Will Favre finish the season as Vikes starting QB?

Will Brett Favre finish the season as the Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback?

By Reader Poll | October 26, 2010; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brett's not done yet

Healthy or not, Brett Favre continues to give the Vikings their best chance to win and as long as that remains the case, he should stay put as the team's starting quarterback.

By Rob Rang | October 26, 2010; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Winning trumps the streak

It's in the best interest of both the Vikings and Brett Favre for the QB to take a few weeks off to get healthy and let a streak that means more to him than anyone watching come to an end.

By Michael Kun | October 26, 2010; 12:45 AM ET | Comments (1)

Better off in Hattiesburg

Brett Favre has tarnished his legacy with three years of erratic play and drama following his first retirement from Green Bay in 2008. He should have stayed true to his word this first time around.

By Dave Goldberg | October 26, 2010; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Undetectable damage

For every concussion diagnosed, further undetected brain damage is likely done. The NFL must enforce suspensions to discourage head hunting and the use of helmets as weapons by defensive players.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | October 19, 2010; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Use your head?

The NFL must set its policy on helmet-to-helmet hits with consideration to all lower levels of football where players are taught to emulate the physical play of professional stars.

By Dr. Mark Adickes | October 19, 2010; 8:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Changing a defender's mindset

Rodney and James Harrison made it clear that some defenders are looking to hurt players with every hit. The only way to change that mentality is to actually enforce ejections and suspensions.

By Joe Baker | October 19, 2010; 8:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

What should the NFL do to reduce helmet-to-helmet hits?

What should the NFL do to limit the helmet-to-helmet hits that so often cause concussions and other serious injuries?

By Reader Poll | October 19, 2010; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Waiting on technology to catch up

Players are instructed and encouraged to make big hits, and a fine likely won't discourage them from doing so.

By Anthony Stalter | October 19, 2010; 12:56 AM ET | Comments (2)

More to be done

The NFL is paying greater attention to the serious health risks of concussions, but a simple rule change without more medical restrictions on a player's ability to return to the field following a concussion won't cut it.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | October 19, 2010; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Head to head combat

The NFL is taking head injuries seriously and game suspensions should help limit helmet-to-helmet hits, but re-teaching tackling techniques to better protect players may be worth exploring as well.

By Dawn Knight | October 19, 2010; 12:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

A violent, dangerous game

Football is a violent and dangerous game, and at some point there's not much else the NFL can do to prevent head injuries.

By Jason Brewer | October 19, 2010; 12:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Teaching "toughness"

Football players are taught from a young age that the game is about punishing and intimidating your opponent. Until that fundamental teaching changes, no amount of punishment will reverse the trend of dangerous hits to the head.

By Dave Goldberg | October 19, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Is this much parity good for the NFL?

Is this much early season parity good for the NFL?

By Reader Poll | October 12, 2010; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Pop the cork in South Beach

No team will be running the table in 2010, and that's good news for the NFL, its fans and the upcoming labor negotiations. Maybe all this parity will smack some sense into the powers contemplating a lockout.

By Leonard Shapiro | October 12, 2010; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (2)

Parity reigns supreme

Parity reigns supreme in the NFL and if you're a general football fan, you're mighty happy about it.

By Anthony Stalter | October 12, 2010; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vulnerabilities abound

This type of competitive balance keeps more teams -- and their fans -- believing a Super Bowl run is a possibility. And that's exactly what the NFL wants to see.

By Doug Farrar | October 12, 2010; 8:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jumping to conclusions

It's far too early to accurately asses the quality of play and the quality of teams in the NFL this season. Defensive struggles may not appeal to everyone, but it remains a formula for success.

By Dave Goldberg | October 12, 2010; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Changing the postseason landscape

The Randy Moss trade could directly or indirectly impact how the 2010 NFL playoffs play out.

By Michael Kun | October 7, 2010; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Questions linger for Vikings

Even with Randy Moss, the Vikings still have to prove they can contend for a deep playoff run while the Patriots just keep getting younger.

By Brandon Benson | October 7, 2010; 9:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

A slight upgrade

Randy Moss will help the Vikings, but Brett Favre is finally showing his age and that could ultimately keep Minnesota from its first Super Bowl.

By Adam Tracey | October 6, 2010; 10:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Motivated Moss provides big boost

Randy Moss only helps Minnesota's chances of reaching Big D while the Patriots' postseason hopes may take a hit in the short term.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | October 6, 2010; 3:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Belichickian aspect

On the surface, this trade looks like a win-win, but long-term it's Bill Belichick and the Patriots who will reap the rewards.

By Jason Maloni | October 6, 2010; 3:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Which team benefits most from Randy Moss deal?

Which team benefits most from the Randy Moss trade?

By Reader Poll | October 6, 2010; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Desperation days

The Vikings trade for Randy Moss rings of desperation while the Patriots continue to look toward the future after a move that embodies the differing philosophies of the two franchises.

By Dave Goldberg | October 6, 2010; 2:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

More Belichick brilliance

By dealing a malcontent Randy Moss to the Vikings for a third-round pick, Bill Belichick and the Patriots earned a profit on the investment they made in acquiring Moss in 2007.

By Anthony Stalter | October 6, 2010; 2:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Now or never for Vikes

The Randy Moss trade shows that the Vikings are desperate to win now, no matter the future cost, while the Patriots continue to stay the course.

By Doug Farrar | October 6, 2010; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Know when to fold 'em

The Colts still have the potential to make another Super Bowl run, but their coach can't afford to make any more mistakes that might cost them critical division wins.

By Leonard Shapiro | October 5, 2010; 11:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts hurting at DT

Peyton Manning and the Colts are not a franchise on the decline, but their inability to stop the run is taking its toll on their AFC South supremacy.

By Anthony Stalter | October 5, 2010; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

How far will the Colts go?

With an 0-2 start in the AFC South and serious concerns on defense, how far will the Colts go in 2010?

By Reader Poll | October 5, 2010; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Diggin' the drama

Unlike recent seasons, the Colts' 2-2 start will keep things interesting all season in the AFC South and across the NFL where 2010 has been wide open so far.

By Dawn Knight | October 5, 2010; 9:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't bet against Peyton

As long as the Colts have Peyton Manning at the helm, they'll never be far from postseason and Super Bowl contention.

By Tim McHale | October 5, 2010; 9:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Peyton still a safe bet

Despite an 0-2 start in the division, helped by Jim Caldwell's timeout blunder against the Jaguars, the Colts should turn things around behind the most reliable signal caller in the NFL, Peyton Manning.

By Dave Goldberg | October 5, 2010; 8:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Timing is everything

One AFC South team is 3-1 because of a prudently timed timeout taken by its coach while another is 2-2 as a result of its coaches timeout blunder.

By Michael Kun | October 5, 2010; 8:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

McNabb = History, Vick = Future

Simply put, number seven's up, number five's barely alive.

By Emil Steiner | October 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

 
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