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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; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

NFC North gets interesting

The Kansas City Chiefs are the biggest surprise so far this season, using young talent to compensate for a struggling quarterback. Meanwhile 0-2 stats for the Cowboys and Vikings shouldn't come as a huge surprise.

By Doug Farrar | September 21, 2010; 09:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Trio of pass rushers top list

A pair of linebackers and one lineman not named Peppers are three of the best free agent signings so far.

By Matt Loede | March 9, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A question of where, not if

LaDainian Tomlinson should land somewhere in 2010, the only question is where.

By Shawn Zobel | February 23, 2010; 10:22 AM 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; 08:40 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; 08:23 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; 08:36 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; 08:35 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; 07:59 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; 07:48 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; 07:30 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; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Oakland Fires Everyone

After firing his players and most of the Raiders organization, Davis said he would hold open tryouts and remake his roster.

By John Morgan | September 28, 2009; 09:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fail to the Chiefs

With each passing week, it's looking like the Chiefs' January 3rd trip to Mile High might be a battle -- a battle to go 1-15.

By Joel Thorman | September 28, 2009; 06:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Which Teams Should Be Panicking?

Two weeks deep, which NFL team(s), if any, should be really worrying?

By Reader Poll | September 21, 2009; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (2)

Don't Rush Stafford

Starting Stafford right now before he is fully developed could be a mistake, no matter how much money Detroit is paying him.

By Shawn Zobel | July 1, 2009; 05:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fans Want Stafford

As much as I want to see Stafford play, my preference is that Culpepper plays well enough to keep him relegated to the bench until 2010.

By Sean Yuille | July 1, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Systems Will Dictate

I suspect that the Jets will start Sanchez pretty much right away.

By Doug Farrar | July 1, 2009; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Detroit Turned It Around

The Lions got faster, tougher, and smarter in this draft. They also gave their downtrodden fans a great deal of hope for the future.

By Doug Farrar | April 27, 2009; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rookie Cap Talks Likely

Expect Matthew Stafford's deal with the Detroit Lions to renew calls for a more restrictive rookie wage scale to be implemented as part of the next labor deal.

By Mark Maske | April 25, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mariucci and Mayock Pick Sanchez Over Stafford

If you put Sanchez in the right system, one that emphasized creativity and route diversity and pocket movement, he'll do everything required to be a great player in this league.

By Doug Farrar | April 22, 2009; 09:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Great Pay Good Talent

The reality is that teams -- especially this year -- no one wants to pick first.

By Rob Rang | April 20, 2009; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Perfection Lion Down

The Lions are 60 minutes away from history: When will you have the chance to watch the most perfect form of inepititude ever witnessed in professional football?

By Zach Leibowitz | December 25, 2008; 03:42 PM ET | Comments (23)

Raiola Was Right

Obscene? Yes. Unwarranted? No.

By Gene Wang | December 10, 2008; 04:09 PM ET | Comments (3)

Less Booze, Less Boos

Players are never justified in responding, but the fans are out of control.

By Charles Mann | December 10, 2008; 08:40 AM ET | Comments (6)

Bird Ain't the Word

The athlete is a role model to all fans, not just heckling ones

By Peter Schaffer | December 10, 2008; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (2)

You're 0-13!

As long as the heckling wasn't obviously offensive, the fans in Detroit had every right to vent their frustration with this historically pathetic team.

By Mark Maske | December 10, 2008; 08:18 AM ET | Comments (1)

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