This weekend in NFL stupid

Perhaps never in history has the word “stupid” been used to describe the NFL as often as has been the case in the last week. Most of the stupidity has taken place off the field, but let’s take a moment to acknowledge some of the stupidest moments from the field on the second weekend of […]

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14 crazy stats from Week 2

The NFL was a strange place in Week 2. The Cleveland Browns won a football game against an opponent that’s more than just respectable, and is downright good. The Seahawks pass defense looked oddly ordinary, the Bills haven’t lost yet, and Austin Davis went all Joe Montana on us in the fourth quarter of a […]

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This Week In Pain: Robert Griffin III breaks again

Every week bones break and muscles rip around the NFL. We’ll take a look at the most significant injuries, and what happens next. Robert Griffin III’s body doesn’t seem to like football Robert Griffin III getting injured always feels inevitable, and we expect it to happen the same way every snap goes down for a […]

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You can still be an NFL fan right now, just don’t be more than that

There are 1,696 NFL players on active rosters, a number that expands to 2,016 if we include those on practice squads who won’t be in uniform when Sunday’s games kick off. The overwhelming majority of those players are normal, law-abiding people who also happen to be supremely talented athletes. We watch and idolize them. We […]


There are “Goodell must go” banners above three NFL stadiums

Roger Goodell is essentially the CEO of the NFL. And when someone in that position approaches a serious issue like domestic abuse with blatant negligence, the result is confusion at first, and then anger. A whole lot of anger. And at three stadiums today it will be quite visible. Ultraviolet, a women’s advocacy organization, is […]


Five Matchups to Watch in Week 2

The NFL is a game of matchups. If your cornerback can’t cover my wide receiver, it’s going to be a long day for you. That is, unless you do something about it or my offensive tackle can’t block your edge rusher. Then I have to do something. Coaches will scheme and plan as much as […]


When does it stop being too early to call J.J. Watt a Hall of Famer?

I know, it always seems foolish to discuss the Hall of Fame credentials of a player who could be around for at least another 10 years, and who’s playing the final season of his rookie contract right now. Since time travel still hasn’t been perfected, we can’t go forward and know what injuries J.J. Watt […]


Poor NFL field conditions are baffling, unacceptable

The NFL is a $10 billion-a-year operation — this continent’s most lucrative sports league — and yet the conditions of some of the fields it puts its players on are laughable. How is it that a league with so much pride regarding its shiny image can allow games to be played on turf like this… […]


Greg Hardy has every right to play while due process occurs

With the Ray Rice case dominating the NFL’s atmosphere, it’s easy to overreact to related situations league-wide that involve alleged domestic violence incidents. And that’s simply not fair. The league’s domestic violence policy has already been hardened by commissioner Roger Goodell, making it so that first-time violators of the policy are suspended six games, with […]

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Trent Richardson still prefers tacklers over green grass

Trent Richardson is a rumbling bowling ball when he gets into the open field. But along with staying healthy, that last part — getting into the open field, ever — has been a problem throughout his first two NFL seasons. And early signs indicate little will change for Richardson this year. He has more than […]


Current and former NFL players rip Roger Goodell on Twitter

It’s remarkable that Ray Rice’s disgusting actions have been met by equally disgusting inaction my NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, but here we are. Understandably, the focus all week has been on the second surveillance tape which showed exactly what happened in that Atlantic City elevator between Rice and his then fiance. You’ve seen it repeatedly […]


Week 2 NFL Game Watchability Rankings

Week 2 in the NFL is here, and you might be entering the weekend with your own preferences regarding which games to focus on, and which to place on the backburner. Most of you have your favorites and fantasy players to track. But in case you’re completely neutral or need help breaking ties with regard […]


At age 33, how is Fred Jackson still doing it?

Sunday, in the fifth quarter of a grind-it-out game against the Chicago Bears, the oldest player on the Buffalo Bills’ roster did this… Actually, Fred Jackson is the oldest running back in the NFL, period. Studies have shown that players at that position begin to decline at around 27, and most are out of the […]


Are the Kansas City Chiefs destined to fall on their face in 2014?

It was always hard to take the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs seriously. They have a fine head coaching mind at the helm who was in his first season, and one of the best pass rushing tandems between Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. They also employ Jamaal Charles, a running back capable of turning a game […]