Why everyone wins in the Logan Mankins trade

A trade that actually works out for all parties involved seems like it should only exist in some sort of happy, magical land, a place where a 99-pack of beer is something we have invented (wait, what?). But this trade just might be it. Yes, we’re witnessing history here, though maybe we should exercise a […]


Peyton Manning, Andy Dalton, and when numbers fail us

I’m not sure why, in any sport, there has to be a divide and a war between those who produce statistical analysis, and those who just want to watch the game. We can have both. That battle was at its peak in 2011, during the height of Tim Tebow’s NFL reign. I hesitate to even […]


Why the Rams’ quarterback trade options are limited

When the St. Louis Rams drafted Sam Bradford in 2010 with the first overall pick, the front office thought they had rostered a franchise quarterback. That’s the belief of every general manager who uses the top pick on the most important offensive position. No, it’s an assumption. On draft day there’s a sense of relief […]


NFL’s entertainment value suffering with penalty spike

Oh God, what have I done, can I take it back?!?! As a fan of the New Orleans Saints, I watched “my team” get wrecked in Seattle twice last year, once to diminish their playoff seeding, and once to end their entire season. It was not fun times. Of course I then watched that Seahawks’ […]


5 potentially crippling preseason injuries

Bone breaking and muscle ripping, and just general body chaos will always be a part of football. A horrible and unfortunate aspect of the game for both the downed player and his team, but a reality nonetheless. The pain of that reality is amplified when an injury occurs during the utter nothingness of a preseason […]


Moving the extra point to the 1-yard line could be the answer

We’ve stated time and again that making the extra point only slightly harder isn’t the solution to fixing the game’s most boring play. If anything, dropping the success rate from 99 percent to, say, 90 percent would only make fluky misses more common, which in turn would result in more tough-luck losses. Plus, kicking from […]

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5 underrated offensive difference makers

Of the many ambiguous terms we toss around, “underrated” is among the industry leaders. What exactly constitutes an underrating? And who is doing the rating? We are. We all are. An underrated player is someone who makes an unexpectedly awesome play, and then you say “hey, who’s that guy?”. Or he can also make you […]


Upon Further Review: The Super Bowl halftime show wasn’t always a big deal

“Upon further review” is a recurring segment in which This Given Sunday analyzes quirks and fascinating tidbits from the NFL’s history books. The Super Bowl halftime show has become such a staple that the NFL is now asking potential A-list performers to essentially bid for the right to star in it. But that wasn’t always […]


Time To Push The NFL Preseason Out The Moon Door

Summer TV is the worst. It’s either crap you’ve already seen or mid-season replacement shows that weren’t good enough to get a full slate of episodes during pilot season. And nobody cares, because that three-month parade of filth is presented entirely by design. And the NFL has followed suit, presenting a slate of horrid, borderline-unwatchable […]

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Brian Hoyer may be a starting quarterback, but only by default

The Cleveland Browns had a choice between a quarterback who isn’t ready, and a quarterback who isn’t that good. They went with the second guy, but there’s a good chance we’ll see the first guy in, oh, about a month. That was the decision made by head coach Mike Pettine and his staff this morning […]


Reason No. 435 why Johnny Manziel just doesn’t get it

I have just one question: How can Johnny Manziel think this is OK? How can Manziel, knowing he was on national television for the first time in his NFL career, essentially interviewing for one of the most prized jobs in America, and knowing, too, that he’s already on thin ice for saying and doing silly […]


Why Darnell Dockett’s injury is crushing for the Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals’ chances of following up the success of a 10-win season and becoming a contender in the juggernaut NFC West lied with their pass rush. The same pass rush that finished sixth in the league last year with 47 sacks, and made life generally terrible for opposing quarterbacks. Now it’s also the same […]


Why Mike Pettine should wait to name a starting quarterback

Johnny Manziel did a stupid thing last night. He didn’t stay focused, he didn’t stay within that zone all the quarterbacks speak of, and he didn’t find a balance between being his aggressive, excitable self, and a sense of calm. The result: scattered, sprayed passes, some that sailed far out of reach, and an offense […]