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Talk big, win bigger

Trash talk is good for the NFL, the media and football fans. Say what you want to say and prove your worth on the field, just as the Jets did Sunday night.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | January 18, 2011; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rex's hype machine

All the trash talking from the New York Jets is a calculated tactic from Rex Ryan to hype his players up and make them feel the world is against them. It may be crazy, it may be genius or it may be both. Either way, it's good for the NFL.

By Anthony Stalter | January 18, 2011; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Big Apple vs. Beantown

When the New York Jets take on the New England Patriots for a spot in the AFC Championship, two of the country's major sports cities will be front and center.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | January 12, 2011; 01:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Defense reigns in Steel City

Two of the NFL's top defensive, hard-hitting teams collide when rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore meet for the third time this season. What's not to like?

By Brandon Benson | January 12, 2011; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's the most intriguing divisional playoff matchup?

What is the most intriguing NFL divisional playoff matchup?

By Reader Poll | January 11, 2011; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Real rivalry in Pitt

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens play football as it's meant to be played, and their third meeting of the season should be another classic.

By Dave Goldberg | January 11, 2011; 02:40 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Patriots empire strikes back

In a strange 2010 season, the New England Patriots' return to the top is a rare slice of normalcy.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | December 15, 2010; 01:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

...But there's a "nasty" in "dynasty"

Bill Belichick is the key ingredient to the Patriots' success over the past decade and it's his unwillingness to budge from his coaching and managerial blueprint that has New England atop the NFL once again this year.

By Jason Maloni | December 15, 2010; 01:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Credit the O-line, running game

While Tom Brady deserves much of the credit, New England's offensive line and running game have helped the 2010 Patriots' offense reach new heights.

By Brandon Benson | December 15, 2010; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Doing the right thing

With his youngest team yet, Bill Belichick has the Patriots playing the best football in the NFL and when it's all said and done, this year's team could rival the 2007 team that went 18-1.

By Leonard Shapiro | December 14, 2010; 04:40 PM ET | Comments (14)

Belichick the mastermind

Bill Belichick remains a step ahead of the rest of the NFL and the 2010 Patriots are proof. The star power is nowhere to be found but the wins keep piling up.

By Anthony Stalter | December 14, 2010; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (6)

George Young's lesson

Bill Belichick learned under former New York Giants general manager George Young that teams win championships as often as stars do.

By Dave Goldberg | December 14, 2010; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

Parity reduces disparity

Star quarterbacks and shrewd front office decisions helped the AFC win six out of 10 Super Bowls, but this season's overall parity has reduced the AFC's dominance over the NFC.

By Dawn Knight | November 7, 2010; 05:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

It starts at the top

The stronghold the AFC has established in the NFL all boils down to the owner's box.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | November 4, 2010; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

How great is the disparity between the AFC and NFC?

How great is the disparity between the AFC and NFC?

By Reader Poll | November 4, 2010; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

It all comes down to execution

Despite popular belief, the difference between the quarterbacks, coaches and general managers in the AFC versus the NFC is not significant. In the end, it all comes down to execution on the field.

By Anthony Stalter | November 4, 2010; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

QB play and youth

The AFC has been the stronger conference over the last several seasons due to two specific factors: elite quarterback play and a commitment to building with young draft talent.

By Brandon Benson | November 4, 2010; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wait 'til the playoffs

Enough with all the in-season power rankings, show some patience and let things play out in the NFL playoffs. After all, that's why this sport has a playoff system -- to determine the best team in the league.

By Dave Goldberg | November 4, 2010; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Look to the front offices

The supposed superiority of the AFC in the 2010 season is based more than anything on the fact that many of the most talented NFC teams have allowed themselves to be run into the ground with terrible decision-making processes.

By Doug Farrar | November 4, 2010; 02:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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