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Staying true to history

As past Super Bowl champions have proven, it takes defense to reach, and ultimately win the big game in the NFL. The Steelers and Packers are proof once again.

By Leonard Shapiro | January 25, 2011; 03:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Personal for Pats-Jets

The personal nature of an increasingly bitter rivalry makes the Jets-Patriots matchup makes it the most intriguing of weekend.

By Leonard Shapiro | January 11, 2011; 04:27 PM ET | Comments (14)

When will they ever learn?

The NFL still does not know how long a player should sit out after a concussion and the league should continue to research concussions and prevent players from returning to the field too soon.

By Leonard Shapiro | December 22, 2010; 10:02 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)

Winning matters

Josh McDaniels made repeated poor personnel decisions, was responsible for a second 'Spygate' and alienated one of the best fanbases in the league. But in the end, it was his inability to win games that sent him packing.

By Leonard Shapiro | December 7, 2010; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fines do just fine

Fines and a coach's wrath have always been the best deterrents in the NFL, and the fines levied against Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan for their Sunday fracas should do just that.

By Leonard Shapiro | November 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Great expectations

Brad Childress became the second head coach to fall victim to unfulfilled expectations on a team picked to challenge for a Super Bowl title.

By Leonard Shapiro | November 23, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Health is paramount

If Michael Vick can stay healthy through the rest of the season and maintain his level of play to this point, there's no question that he'll be the NFL MVP. But that's a big "if."

By Leonard Shapiro | November 17, 2010; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

A destructive force

As good as he has been at times in his career, Randy Moss continues to be the epitome of a locker room cancer -- a tag that may have teams thinking twice about claiming him off waivers.

By Leonard Shapiro | November 2, 2010; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

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)

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)

All is well in the Steel City

With a 3-0 start, a Week 4 matchup with the injury depleted Ravens, a Week 5 bye and the Browns on the slate for Ben Roethlisberger's first game back in Week 6, things are lining up perfectly for the Pittsburgh Steelers to make another Super Bowl run.

By Leonard Shapiro | September 28, 2010; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Warning signs were there for Vikes, 'Boys

With Brett Favre missing training camp and Tony Romo continuing to struggle in crunch time, it's no surprise the Vikings and Cowboys are staring at 0-2 records.

By Leonard Shapiro | September 21, 2010; 05:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

The people's choice

If he continues to perform the way he did against the Packers, Michael Vick may soon become the Philadelphia Eagles fans' choice to lead their team this season.

By Leonard Shapiro | September 16, 2010; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hail Leon Lett

The comedy of errors the Cowboys committed in their season-opening loss to the Redskins should have Wade Phillips readying his resume once again.

By Leonard Shapiro | September 14, 2010; 12:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

A rocky marriage

At this point, the Washington Redskins have to hope Albert Haynesworth's relationship with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will get him onto the field sooner rather than later.

By Leonard Shapiro | August 24, 2010; 12:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

One more run

If his ankle can hold up, Brett Favre could go out on top by leading the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl.

By Leonard Shapiro | August 18, 2010; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

The clock is ticking on Big Ben

With Ben Roethlisberger's latest dust up, the Steelers may have a serial moron on their hands and Big Ben may not get another chance to screw up again.

By Leonard Shapiro | March 12, 2010; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (3)

 
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