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Take your pick on a loaded weekend

Take your pick on a weekend loaded with great playoff matchups.

By Michael Bean | January 12, 2011; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Ravens-Steelers destined for drama

If you could only watch one game this weekend, it's got to be the Ravens at the Steelers.

By Michael Kun | January 11, 2011; 07:51 PM 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)

Rodgers-Ryan must-see

With two of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL facing off, the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons provide the most enticing divisional playoff matchup of the week.

By Anthony Stalter | January 11, 2011; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't doubt the champs

The defending Super Bowl champion Saints proved Monday in Atlanta that they are ready to defend their title - and the rest of the NFC should take notice.

By Leonard Shapiro | December 29, 2010; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons a formidable favorite

With a balanced offense, a healthy lineup and presumably home field advantage, the Falcons are the most dangerous team in the NFC.

By Brandon Benson | December 29, 2010; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Most dangerous team in NFC?

Who is the most dangerous NFC team heading into the playoffs?

By Reader Poll | December 28, 2010; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sticking with the Falcons

The Falcons are nearly unstoppable at home, and with the road to the Super Bowl likely running through Atlanta, they will be tough to beat - even more so following Monday's home loss to the Saints.

By Michael Kun | December 28, 2010; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (4)

Speed kills for Eagles

With speed to spare and Michael Vick playing his best football ever, the Eagles pose numerous problems for any team matching up against them in the NFC playoffs.

By Dave Goldberg | December 28, 2010; 01:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

Who's in your 2011 Super Bowl?

Which two teams will reach Super Bowl XLV in Dallas this winter?

By Reader Poll | July 28, 2010; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bring on the Bird Bowl

The Falcons and Ravens have made all the right offseason moves to fly higher in 2010-11.

By Anthony Stalter | July 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Something old and new

The Indianapolis Colts will return to the Super Bowl in 2011 and line up against the up-and-coming Atlanta Falcons in Big D.

By Michael Kun | July 28, 2010; 06:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Atlanta ready to bounce back

Third-year quarterback Matt Ryan and a rejuvenated running game led by Michael Turner should land the Atlanta Falcons back in the playoffs this winter.

By David Fucillo | July 14, 2010; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Which teams will turn it around in 2010?

Which non-playoff team from last season has the best chance to make a deep postseason run in 2010-11?

By Reader Poll | July 13, 2010; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons will fly higher

With a young quarterback coming into his own and more than enough talent around him, the Atlanta Falcons will not only make the playoffs in 2010, they're going all the way to the NFC title game.

By Michael Kun | July 13, 2010; 08:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Too Early to Tell

While Steelers stars Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes are certainly not bolstering their franchise's stature, the allegations against them have not seriously damaged the Pittsburgh franchise...at least not yet.

By Doug Farrar | March 30, 2010; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

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; 01:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

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)

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; 01:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

Give Vick a Chance

If I was an advertiser I would sign Michael Vick right this very moment.

By Robert Littal | October 2, 2009; 05:42 AM ET | Comments (7)

Rate Michael Vick's Debut

Rate the performance of Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick in his debut against Jacksonville Jaguars.

By Reader Poll | August 28, 2009; 04:03 PM ET | Comments (10)

Expect a QB Controversy

In Philadelphia, the jersey is always greener on the guy holding the clipboard.

By Dan Levy | August 28, 2009; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

A Good First Step

The experiment wasn't a failure right off the bat. And right now, that's all we can ask.

By Doug Farrar | August 28, 2009; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Baffles in Eagles Debut

Vick's presence seemed to slow the Eagles' offense more than confuse the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense.

By H. Gore | August 28, 2009; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (3)

Vick on the Right Track

For a player who hasn't played in two years, and for one that is playing with a new team, Vick had a good night.

By Shawn Zobel | August 28, 2009; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (1)

Vick Takes the Phans

Philadelphia may not have a QB controversy on its sideline, but it has one in the stands.

By Sean McCann | August 28, 2009; 06:37 AM ET | Comments (2)

So Far So Good

Philadelphia Eagles fans are pleased, but we need to see more of Vick to know whether he's really ready for the NFL.

By Jason Brewer | August 28, 2009; 06:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

Few Protest Debut

Sparse demonstrations overshadowed by Michael Vick's competent on field performance.

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2009; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ego Gone Wild

How many Hall of Fame inductees have been booed as they enter Canton? This could be the first.

By Jason Maloni | August 19, 2009; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Stuff Your Sorries in a Sack

Of course he's going to apologize and say the right things -- he has to kiss the ass of society now.

By Larry Brown | August 17, 2009; 03:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

It Was Wrong

I let myself down, not being out on the football field, being in a prison bed, in a prison bunk, writing letters home,

By Michael Vick | August 16, 2009; 10:43 PM ET | Comments (3)

Goodell Overbearing

What the cases of Vick, Stallworth, Burress, Jones and others show is that Roger Goodell is currently a man without constraints -- but that might soon come to an end.

By Neil Jacobs | August 16, 2009; 10:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Cap Analysis

The contract structure agreed to by Vick and the Eagles seems to be mutually beneficial.

By J. I. Halsell | August 15, 2009; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

My Head Is Spinning

Great for the offense, offensive for animal lovers... I'm torn.

By Emil Steiner | August 14, 2009; 05:20 AM ET | Comments (17)

Eagles Fit Vick

The Birds got what Vick needs, and they play in Philly, a town with a history of embracing the hardscrabble black athlete.

By David Aldridge | August 14, 2009; 03:29 AM ET | Comments (15)

Tough Landing Spot

If Vick's looking for that hard edge and an environment that will neither bend nor break, Philly's just the place he's looking for.

By Michael Wilbon | August 14, 2009; 12:24 AM ET | Comments (4)

Vick Got Lucky

When the worlds of sports and animal-rights activism collide at the team's headquarters in South Philadelphia on Friday, it's clear the Eagles will be prepared.

By Sean McCann | August 14, 2009; 12:18 AM ET | Comments (9)

PETA Clips Birds

Eagles fans can do is cross their fingers and hope that they won't ever have to explain to their sons and daughters what a "rape rack" is.

By Dan Shannon | August 14, 2009; 12:04 AM ET | Comments (8)

It Better Work

I've been the first to say that Vick deserves a chance to play, I just never thought it'd be in my town.

By Dan Levy | August 13, 2009; 11:59 PM ET | Comments (6)

He's a Player, Not a QB

Vick is an option-read quarterback - no more, no less.

By Doug Farrar | August 13, 2009; 11:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

From Jail Bird to Eagle

The distractions will far outweigh any production he provides the team.

By Zach Leibowitz | August 13, 2009; 11:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Who Vouches for This Man?

Tony Dungy is a good friend to have but that's not the same thing as an owner, standing in front of a bank of snapping cameras, with his hand out saying "I trust you."

By Jason Maloni | August 11, 2009; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (9)

Dungy or Young Jeezy?

A couple of weeks past being conditionally reinstated isn't the time to "keep it hood."

By H. Gore | August 11, 2009; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (8)

Vick Owes Dungy and All of Us

it's safe to say that when (not if) an NFL team takes a chance on Vick, he'll owe it entirely to the Dungy name behind him.

By Doug Farrar | August 11, 2009; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (3)

PETA Says No

We hope that Dungy will focus on the future of the NFL by backing our efforts to have the League add "cruelty to animals" to its personal-conduct policy

By Dan Shannon | August 11, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (23)

Just Crazy Enough To Work

On paper, the pairing of Tony Dungy and Michael Vick seems less likely than Shaq and Ben Stein starring in a mock buddy comedy to pitch cell phones.

By Dan Levy | August 11, 2009; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

The NFL's Odd Couple

Strangest pair since Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil War General Robert E. Lee or Saul Bellow and Josef Mengele.

By Michael Kun | August 11, 2009; 07:38 AM ET | Comments (6)

Is Dungy Too Loyal?

That Dungy agreed to mentor Vick doesn't say much about how far Vick had progressed, only that Dungy saw him as in need of help.

By Joe Baker | August 11, 2009; 07:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's Up to Vick

Tony Dungy can help Michael Vick, if Vick will let him.

By Nathan Whitaker | August 11, 2009; 07:04 AM ET | Comments (3)

Capping Vick

The structuring of a Vick contract is an intriguing dilemma.

By J. I. Halsell | July 28, 2009; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (4)

Michael Vick a Dolphin? All Bark, No Bite

Miami already has their Wild Cat QB, and this one doesn't have character issues.

By Matt Infante | July 28, 2009; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick's Short Leash

At least 30 GMs will want him. The question is, how many are bold enough or charismatic enough to sell having him?

By Michael Wilbon | July 27, 2009; 09:54 PM ET | Comments (14)

A Vick-T.O. Hookup?

I'll say the Bills. He and T.O. already seem to have that bond for some reason

By Matt Loede | July 27, 2009; 08:22 PM ET | Comments (2)

Makeover Time

Vick should recognize that he needs structure more than he needs starts.

By Jason Maloni | July 27, 2009; 06:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick the Jag?

Quick answer: Jacksonville.

By Joe Reedy | July 27, 2009; 05:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

T.O. Made Goodell Cave

Roger caved in because TO taunted him, called him "ridiculous" and said that "roger should sit in jail."

By Cindy Kagan | July 27, 2009; 05:02 PM ET | Comments (22)

Vick Raids the Bay?

Al Davis, what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone, give the man a call and get him on a plane to the Bay Area.

By Gene Wang | July 27, 2009; 04:51 PM ET | Comments (2)

Who Wants Michael Vick?

League Readers vote on which NFL team will sign Michael Vick

By Reader Poll | July 27, 2009; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (2)

A Small-Market Bounty?

There are a few destinations that make sense for Michael Vick.

By Doug Farrar | July 27, 2009; 04:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell, Sic Him!

None of the League felons, should ever be allowed to play again, for any reason.

By Cindy Kagan | July 24, 2009; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (26)

Vick Must Show Humility

Goodell should ask Vick if knows what the current unemployment rate is in Hampton Roads.

By Sally Jenkins | July 24, 2009; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (12)

He's Been Punished Enough

Despite the enormous pressure that exists from both sides, I say let the man play.

By Dave Choate | July 24, 2009; 01:38 PM ET | Comments (5)

Goodell Is All Business

Yes, Vick has certainly paid for his actions. Unfortunately for Goodell, not everyone sees it that way

By Sarah Schorno | July 24, 2009; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (3)

Goodell Decides Own Justice

At this point, if Goodell doesn't like your haircut you can probably get two games.

By Dan Levy | July 24, 2009; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

GoodNewz for Vick

Having served his time and jail, Vick has earned the right to petition the NFL for reinstatement.

By Jason Maloni | July 24, 2009; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Goodell, Don't Play Daddy

No suspension. No punishment. No banishment. Nothing should happen to Michael Vick now that he has finished his 23 month sentence for financing a dog fighting ring.

By Robert Littal | July 24, 2009; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (12)

Time to Forgive

To all the Michael Vick haters, it's time to move on, to forgive and to come to grips with the fact he's going to play in the NFL again.

By Gene Wang | July 24, 2009; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (4)

Vick + UFL = Perfect Pair

Whether by design or mere coincidence it appears that the marriage of Michael Vick and the UFL was one made in pigskin heaven.

By Peter Schaffer | July 14, 2009; 01:49 PM ET | Comments (6)

Beckham Meets COPS

The thought of Michael Vick suiting up for the UFL sounds far more like a carnival sideshow attraction than a smart acquisition for a legitimate league.

By Jason Maloni | July 14, 2009; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (5)

A Match Made in Heaven

It's rare to find two puzzle pieces that fit together as well as Michael Vick and the upstart United Football League.

By Dave Choate | July 14, 2009; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (3)

No Such Thing As Bad PR For UFL

No offense to the PETA people (perhaps some offense to the PETA people) but many of them are downright crazy.

By Dan Levy | July 14, 2009; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Buzz Worth Bite?

For brands looking for an edge, Vick just might be that Wow Factor.

By David Carter | July 14, 2009; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (5)

PETA Protest Possible

PETA certainly wouldn't take anything off of the table in terms of protesting the UFL were it to sign Vick.

By Dan Shannon | July 14, 2009; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (15)

Avoid the XFL's Fate

The UFL has to reconcile is just what kind of league it wants to be, and what it wants to accomplish.

By Doug Farrar | July 14, 2009; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

All of Them

The NFL is a copycat league. Let the Wildcat serve as Exhibit A. Exhibit B may well be rookies starting at quarterback.

By Gene Wang | July 1, 2009; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dysfunction Saves Saints

It's entirely possible that Matt Ryan could hit a sophomore slump in Atlanta. That Jake Delhomme is capable of stinking up the joint like he did in that unsightly playoff loss. That Tampa Bay with a new head coach and yet another new quarterback could fall by the wayside. All of this points to the Saints returning to the playoffs after taking a year off.

By C.J. Holley | May 29, 2009; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Deserves Opportunity

What would it say about the priorities of the league if Vick is treated worse for killing dogs than another human being -- as in the case of Leonard Little or Donte Stallworth.

By Rob Rang | May 21, 2009; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Building a New Image

Because of the vitriolic reaction to his dog fighting ring, and Vick's past, the NFL can't reinstate him ... yet. But they could soon, if Vick makes the right moves by working hard at his new construction job, proving that he can be a successful team player again.

By Gene Grabowski | May 20, 2009; 06:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who Even Wants Him?

Whether Michael Vick will be re-instated is actually irrelevant, because while he almost certainly will, a much greater issue is who should want him?

By Les Carpenter | May 20, 2009; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (6)

One Last Chance

The NFL should give Michael Vick a non-negotiable last chance to play football.

By Gene Wang | May 19, 2009; 03:55 PM ET | Comments (3)

Ban Vick for Life?

I see no reason why Goodell would ever let Michael Vick back under the lucrative NFL Shield.

By Emil Steiner | May 19, 2009; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (38)

The NFL Will Bend

The current Commissioner has proven that the need to fill the coffers trumps most everything else in his mind.

By Doug Farrar | May 19, 2009; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (3)

Cleveland Doesn't Rock

Expect some somber, and hopefully entertaining, Mangini press conferences come early October.

By Jim McCormick | April 15, 2009; 07:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Doesn't Deserve a Second Chance

There has to be something so vile in the character of someone who would support such an operation that we have wonder if it is worth having that person involved in the sport we love.

By Doug Farrar | March 4, 2009; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (6)

Risky Bonds Investment

Let's see, admitted dog-abuser and convicted felon or alleged steroid cheat and ultimate baseball fraud?

By Zach Leibowitz | March 4, 2009; 07:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick, Clearly?

Vick's younger -- his transgressions hurt dogs, not his sport.

By Peter Schaffer | March 4, 2009; 03:32 AM ET | Comments (9)

Vick or Bonds?

Michael Vick or Barry Bonds, you decide...

By Reader Poll | March 4, 2009; 03:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 25th Winner: rmagritte

I do not know a lot about PETA, but it seems the organization is one that requires occasional celebrity cases to promote its cause and to keep itself in the news.

By TOP COMMENTER | January 25, 2009; 03:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hotlanta

Cards passing more dangerous, but their defense will let them down.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 29, 2008; 08:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons, Pass to Run

This will be a road game for the Falcons, but they have what it takes to end the Cardinals' season much more than Arizona looks like a playoff winner.

By Doug Farrar | December 29, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons: Vulnerable Through the Air?

Cutler and Brees beat Atlanta, so why not Warner?

By Jon DeNunzio | December 29, 2008; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Running It Up

Turner is the reason why Atlanta will beat Arizona on Saturday.

By Gene Wang | December 29, 2008; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

ATL Needs a W

None of the above, it's Atlanta.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 19, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Burner Is the Fantasy Man

Not that you'd go wrong selecting either, but "Burner" Turner is the better choice by the slimmest of margins.

By Gene Wang | December 18, 2008; 09:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Yo, Adrian!

Unlike Turner, Peterson has the lateral movement, the speed and gets it done despite being the primary focus of every defense he faces.

By Doug Farrar | December 18, 2008; 09:08 AM ET | Comments (2)

Atlanta's Turner-round

You can't lose either way, so since it's a game of inches here, I'll go with Turner to cross the goal line first.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 18, 2008; 09:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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