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Is trash talking good for the NFL?

Is trash talking good for the NFL?

By Reader Poll | January 18, 2011; 01:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Please shut up

It's time for Rex Ryan, Antonio Cromartie and the Jets to shut up and play football or risk alienating their fanbase and the rest of the NFL.

By Michael Kun | January 18, 2011; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (4)

Walking the walk

Increased media coverage of the NFL has incited more trash talking than ever - the effects of which could be seen Sunday in New England.

By Dave Goldberg | January 18, 2011; 11:59 AM 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Patriots are peerless

Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are in a class of their own atop the NFL.

By Michael Kun | December 14, 2010; 02:20 PM ET | Comments (2)

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)

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)

Where will Moss end up?

Where will Randy Moss end up?

By Reader Poll | November 2, 2010; 09:19 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; 09:06 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; 03:44 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; 03:26 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; 03:13 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; 02:56 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; 02:33 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)

D.C. reunion a possibility

Terrell Owens can campaign all he wants, but it will take a desperate team short on wide receiver talent to agree to sign the 36-year-old malcontent.

By Matt Loede | July 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Tomlinson the Eagle?

With his age and skill set both factoring into his dwindling shelf life, L.T. could be best served to replace the banged up Brian Westbrook in Philly.

By Dan Parker | February 23, 2010; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

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)

Once a bolt, always a bolt

Like Padre great Tony Gwynn, LaDainian Tomlinson should have ended his career with the Chargers. Now he must make sacrifices if he wishes to join a Super Bowl contender.

By John Gennaro | February 23, 2010; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pats a good fit

The New England Patriots know how to incorporate past-their-prime players, and if L.T. is willing to be a role player, they could be the perfect place for him to end his illustrious career.

By Sean McCann | February 23, 2010; 12:02 AM ET | Comments (2)

What's wrong with Indy?

There really is nothing to hate about these Colts.

By Dave Goldberg | January 27, 2010; 01:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Moss fails to lead

Randy Moss needs to remind himself nothing is to be taken for granted in the NFL.

By Roman Oben | December 15, 2009; 08:08 AM ET | Comments (1)

Give Moss a break

Great players, like Randy, need to dog it sometimes. That's price of all that talent.

By Keenan McCardell | December 14, 2009; 06:25 PM ET | Comments (8)

Superstar attitude

If he did quit, this is the first I've seen him regress to his me-first behavior since joining the Patriots.

By Dick Vermeil | December 14, 2009; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Fair-weather Moss

Whether Moss likes it or not, whether it's true or not, fans believe that he only tries when things are going well.

By Doug Farrar | December 14, 2009; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (2)

It's Moss's M.O.

Did Moss dog it? Yes. Is it his fault the Patriots won't win the Super Bowl? No.

By Dave Goldberg | December 14, 2009; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Moss slowing Patriots?

Is receiver Randy Moss holding back the New England patriots?

By Reader Poll | December 14, 2009; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (3)

Destiny's childish

It wasn't Karma or destiny that killed the Patriots' dynasty - it was something far more deadly, a momentum shift.

By Emil Steiner | December 8, 2009; 08:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not done, rebuilding

I wouldn't be surprised if the Pats had more success in 2010.

By Doug Farrar | December 7, 2009; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (1)

Age of dynasty dead

In this day and age, it's just impossible to sustain a dynasty for nearly a decade.

By Matt Infante | December 7, 2009; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants killed it

Perhaps Belichick, Brady and the Pats overreached in going for 19-0, but the spell undoubtedly was broken that February night in Arizona.

By Sean McCann | December 7, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Middling Pats

New England will make the postseason. But at the end of the day, their dynasty is over, and they are just another team in the middle of the pack.

By Matt Loede | December 7, 2009; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Still tough

The Patriots will remain among the better teams in the NFL, as long as Tom Brady remains efficient and the Kraft family owns the team.

By Dave Goldberg | December 7, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

Patriots: Death of dynasty?

Vote now on the state of New England's age of domination

By Reader Poll | December 7, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Patriots tough

The best way to determine who will remain undefeated the longest is to decide who will lose first. The best chance of that is Monday when the Saints play the Patriots.

By Dawn Knight | November 29, 2009; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sainted perfection

Maybe it's the tryptophan, but I'm not yet a believer in the Patriots on the road.

By Sean McCann | November 29, 2009; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (2)

Colts have it easier

After running the numbers, the Colts, who currently rank second in DVOA, have a much better chance of going 16-0 based on the teams they face down the stretch.

By Doug Farrar | November 29, 2009; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick fail

Perhaps the Genius of Gillette is getting old?

By Sean McCann | November 16, 2009; 02:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

The football Gods are smiling

Although Belichick made a bold move, other coaching moments made this very flawed.

By Sean Moroney | November 16, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

Belichick played to win

Considering the way the Colts were moving the ball, Bill Belichick would do the same thing over again, and I don't blame him.

By Chris Richardson | November 16, 2009; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (1)

Great move, Bill

I'm not a Belichick fan, but I loved his fourth-down decision more than I can probably articulate.

By Jeff Nelson | November 16, 2009; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (2)

Ego of genius

Bill Belichick wanted to show the world that he didn't become one of the three or four "genius'' coaches in NFL history by following conventional wisdom.

By Dave Goldberg | November 16, 2009; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (3)

Belichick got clocked

the real story here is that Manning is playing his position as well as it can be played, and that's why this game went the way it did.

By Doug Farrar | November 16, 2009; 09:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Belichick's Blunder

The worst decision New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick has ever made?

By Michael Wilbon | November 16, 2009; 08:34 AM ET | Comments (17)

Smart move, Bill

If you want to win, you go for it on fourth which is what makes Belichick a champion.

By David Aldridge | November 16, 2009; 08:29 AM ET | Comments (9)

What do you think of Belichick's call?

New England Patriots have a Hall of Fame head coach who went for it on fourth and two at his own 28, up six, with 2:03 left and lost. Was it the right move?

By Reader Poll | November 16, 2009; 08:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

More Shocking: Belichick's Call or Bengals'

Cincinnati Bengals embarrass Pittsburgh Steelers or Bill Belichick's fourth down gaff in New England Patriots loss to Indianapolis Colts, which was more shocking?

By Reader Poll | November 16, 2009; 07:22 AM ET | Comments (6)

Hate not essential to rivalry

The Colts and Patriots already have a terrific rivalry, not because they hate each other but because they divvied up history together.

By Sean McCann | November 13, 2009; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

A media rivalry

There's no hate between the Colts and the Patriots because it's not really a rivalry.

By Dan Levy | November 13, 2009; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (4)

Hate is good

Patriots and Colts as rivals? Please! Maybe friendly rivals.

By Brian Tarcy | November 13, 2009; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (2)

Players are pros

"Hate" or "respect" as the basis for a football rivalry is a matter for fans and the media.

By Michael Oriard | November 13, 2009; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

Great QBs, not a rivalry

After Brady and Manning decline and then retire this so-called rivalry will fade and fizzle.

By Dave Goldberg | November 13, 2009; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Respect tackles hate

Today a great rivalry has to have an air of respect, and it's for the best.

By Joe Baker | November 13, 2009; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Too much love

A rivalry really needs to be based more on the dislike for one another than the mutual respect teams have.

By Matt Loede | November 13, 2009; 09:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Playoff Picks

With Pittsburgh and Baltimore in their division, the Bengals' luck is the most likely of the current division leaders to run out.

By Sean Moroney | November 5, 2009; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

The bad luck Bengals

If franchises are somewhat branded by an identity, then the Bengals' is of a team perennially beset by misfortune and miscalculation.

By Jim McCormick | November 4, 2009; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't count on Cards

The only team currently leading their division played in last season's Super Bowl and, coincidentally, is the only team that won't play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

By Jamie De Giorgio | November 4, 2009; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

No one safe but Saints, Colts, Vikes

The two divisional leaders I have the least faith in at this point are in the West -- NFC West's Arizona and AFC West's Denver.

By Rob Rang | November 4, 2009; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not in the Cards

The one division leader that I don't see making the playoffs is the 4-3 Arizona Cardinals.

By Shawn Zobel | November 4, 2009; 09:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Super Bowl in January, Not October

If we have learned anything over the past few seasons, it is that the beginning of the year means very little.

By Rob Rang | October 26, 2009; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pushy Americana Fail

Why do we care if the rest of the world doesn't get the NFL or Kanye West? We don't get cricket or blood pudding.

By Michael Kun | October 24, 2009; 09:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

L.A. Before London

Remember the NHL's Sunbelt expansion? Why not help an American city before a European one?

By Larry Brown | October 24, 2009; 09:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

Three Steps for Spreading the NFL Gospel

Start young, go local, destroy anti-American prejudice

By Peter Schaffer | October 24, 2009; 12:48 AM ET | Comments (4)

NFL Is Too American

the NFL has little hope of wooing European fans.

By Les Carpenter | October 23, 2009; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vamanos, Amigos!

Forget London, the real future of football is in Latin America.

By Jason Maloni | October 23, 2009; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (5)

London Football a Foggy Idea

Instead of trying to force your product on a country that's already happy with their national sport, why not export it to a country that actually wants to see it?

By Chris Richardson | October 23, 2009; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (7)

Good Move, Goodell

London's Wembley Stadium is the perfect Stage One site for Goodell's takeover of the world's hearts and minds

By Josh Zerkle | October 23, 2009; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

Need for Greed

If you think it's a great thing to schlep your team across the pond and suit them up in London, you're barmy, as in daft, as in off your bloody rocker!

By Doug Farrar | October 23, 2009; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (3)

Fantasy and TV Are Key

Failure is likely but the potential payoff is so huge, the gamble might be worth the risk.

By Sean McCann | October 23, 2009; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Step 1: Channel MNF

The NFL cannot prosper abroad if all that exists is a passing curiosity about the game.

By David Carter | October 23, 2009; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Football Fail

On a day to day basis, it has no long-term viability.

By Steve Goff | October 23, 2009; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Can the NFL Catch On Abroad?

Will America's favorite sport ever be able to succeed internationally? Vote now.

By Reader Poll | October 23, 2009; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (2)

Not Drew Brees

Drew Brees is a good quarterback, and has been great so far this season, but his qualifications aren't nearly as good as Brady, Ben or Peyton.

By Sean Moroney | October 19, 2009; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (4)

Middle Class Still Rules

Just give it some time, and the class system will sort itself out.

By Jamie De Giorgio | October 9, 2009; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Look Under Center

How can an NFL team be expected to be competitive when teams have revolving doors at the QB position?

By David Hill | October 9, 2009; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Frustration in Florida

The Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers join the Jacksonville Jaguars struggling in the Sunshine State.

By Brandon Benson | September 22, 2009; 06:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Curse of Gisele?

New England fans may want to hit the panic button or, failing that, stay focused on the Red Sox.

By Emil Steiner | September 21, 2009; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (6)

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)

P. Manning Is the Steadiest

When it comes to durability, stability and reliability, Peyton Manning really has no peer.

By Gene Wang | August 31, 2009; 06:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

Golden Brady

The golden child of the present-day NFL, Brady has proved that he can always be counted on to lead his team.

By Shawn Zobel | August 31, 2009; 06:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

There's a Bunch, but One Brady

Only Matt Millen wouldn't pick Brady number one.

By Robert Littal | August 31, 2009; 06:36 AM ET | Comments (1)

Brady's Still the Best

All things being equal, if I have Tom Brady, I'm taking the Lombardi Trophy home.

By Doug Farrar | August 31, 2009; 06:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Is the Difference

With Brady on board, the Patriots stand alone.

By Gene Wang | July 27, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Win, Earn or Both?

It's important to appreciate that not all owners are obsessed with winning; some are more concerned with making money year over year.

By David Carter | July 3, 2009; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Continuity = Improvement

Tom Brady has the proper mix of talent, success, work ethic, humility and an ability to date super models, combined with a Hall of Fame coach and almost a complete veteran team. His own success, and that of his team, is all but a foregone conclusion.

By Peter Schaffer | May 28, 2009; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Scary? Yes. 16-0? No.

Yes, Brady should be able to lead an offense that piles up a ton of points, has opposing defensive coordinators reaching for the NoDoz and, one assumes, produces plenty of Patriots wins. But there's no way Brady and Co. run the regular-season table like they did two years ago.

By Desmond Bieler | May 28, 2009; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

This Ain't 2007 Folks

Will the Patriots be good? Surely they will. If 2008 taught us anything, it's that Bill Belichick can still figure out how to adapt better than anyone else in the game. Can they be 2007-style perfect? Not a chance.

By Cameron Smith | May 28, 2009; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Good ... Not Great

Two years of rust coupled with everyone being, well, two years older will keep the New England Patriots from being the offensive juggernaut they were in their 18-1 march to not-quite immortality.

By C.J. Holley | May 28, 2009; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Super Bowl or Bust

There's no reason to think New England won't be right in the thick of the Super Bowl chase with Brady back in the fold.

By Gene Wang | May 28, 2009; 02:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

They May Be Even Better

I'm not too sure the Patriots offense can be better than it was in 2007, but I have little doubt that a healthy Brady will fly right back to the top of the heap. There are too many things in his favor.

By Doug Farrar | May 27, 2009; 11:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

With Brady, Team to Beat

Don't forget how good this team was in 2007.

By Mark Maske | May 27, 2009; 09:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pity Jason Campbell

Campbell could well have the futures of as many as 10 men, along with their wives and children, riding on every pass.

By Les Carpenter | May 7, 2009; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady's Return Boosts Pats

Don't forget that, with Brady, this was a 16-0 team.

By Mark Maske | April 29, 2009; 04:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Eagles, Giants Battle

Panthers, Giants and Eagles all in the Steelers hunt.

By Doug Farrar | April 29, 2009; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Brady the Best

He's won three Super Bowls, two Super Bowl MVP's, as well as a league MVP award.

By Shawn Zobel | March 24, 2009; 08:31 AM ET | Comments (2)

Brady Beats Bunch

When you take a comp pick awarded at the Owner's Meetings and spin it into this generation's Joe Montana... found gold or not, that's the best draft pick I've ever seen.

By Doug Farrar | March 24, 2009; 08:29 AM ET | Comments (2)

March 4th Winner: DCScribe1

Matt Cassel now stands in the shadow of Scott Mitchell -- free agency winner/incumbent franchise savior. Lucky for Cassel he isn't headed to Detroit.

By TOP COMMENTER | March 4, 2009; 03:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Atlanta Redux?

While Cassel showed considerable mobility and moxie in leading the New England offense, the reality is that he was given the keys to a Ferrari.

By Jim McCormick | March 2, 2009; 11:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy Letdown Ahead

Don't expect Cassel's impressive fantasy numbers to continue next season in Kansas City.

By Gene Wang | March 2, 2009; 02:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

All About the System

Between new GM Scott Pioli and new head coach Todd Haley, I'd say that Cassel is actually in the perfect environment to make a real go of it.

By Doug Farrar | March 2, 2009; 06:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Can Cassel Deliver?

Sure he led the New England Patriots to a surprising 11-5 record filling in for Tom Brady, but will Matt Cassel be as effective as the starting quarterback in Kansas City? You decide...

By Reader Poll | March 2, 2009; 05:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Rooney Blueprint Wins

In a league rife with copycats the Steelers have always followed their own blueprint. And it's built quite a trophy room.

By Jim McCormick | February 3, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

January 16th Winner: Dalian China Knows Football

Pioli wants to get out from under the skirt of Belichick, and wave his own magic wand. This is a great move for all concerned, save poor Herman. Stick a fork in him, he's so done!

By TOP COMMENTER | January 16, 2009; 01:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fins-Jets the One to Watch

Look for the Dolphins to take this game and complete the most amazing single-season turnaround in league history. That's your must-see game for Week 17.

By Doug Farrar | December 25, 2008; 03:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Was Wes Welker's Snow Angel Fine Fair?

But was the league punishment fair?

By Emil Steiner | December 24, 2008; 07:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

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