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Colts Fire GM Ryan Grigson

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:14:53 -0500

"Colts have relieved GM Ryan Grigson of his duties, league source tells ESPN."

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NFC Championship Preview 2017

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:52:53 -0500

"Last team with the ball wins" is a cliche, but sometimes cliches are the best way to get across the central narrative of an important game. If you like great quarterback play, you have to watch the NFC Championship Game.

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AFC Championship Preview 2017

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:05:16 -0500

A Super Bowl berth could be decided by the Patriots' ability to contain Le'Veon Bell -- and by Pittsburgh's ability to avoid their usual defensive breakdowns against New England.

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Ravens LB Zach Orr to Retire

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:23:05 -0500

Surprising news out of Baltimore, where linebacker Zach Orr is retiring from the NFL after three seasons. He led the Ravens in tackles this year but an injury near the end of the year led to finding a congenital neck/spine condition that would endanger Orr if he played further. I'm sure there will be discussion about how this is yet another young player retiring from the NFL, but it's not solely due to injuries from the game itself. That's not what the word "congenital" means.

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ESPN: Will Weak QB Schedule Derail Patriots?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:19:27 -0500

Here's a look at the 10 teams to make the NFL's final four since 1990 with the easiest schedules of quarterbacks faced. Yes, the Patriots are in there, but they aren't number one. Do these teams have a history of failing to win the Super Bowl because their defenses haven't really been tested? (Hint: Nope.)




The Week In Quotes: January 20, 2017

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:15:48 -0500

'Tis the time of year for playoff reactions, trash talk, free-agent prep, new coaches, new cities, and abandoned barbecue grills.

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Word of Muth: Falcons Roll Seahawks

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:15:52 -0500

While Atlanta's backs and receivers have gotten most of the credit this season, Ben Muth likes what he saw from their offensive line against Seattle -- especially from the guards and center Alex Mack

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Off The Charts Podcast: January 19

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:12:53 -0500

Hey, it's time to preview the conference championships with the Off The Charts Podcast. How special is this year's final four of top quarterbacks? Has Aaron Rodgers really been better than Matt Ryan over the last two months? What's the clear strategy for Green Bay's defense to try to stop Ryan? Why should the Steelers be worried about the Patriots run game? And lots more. (Click for audio link.)

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Raiders File Las Vegas Paperwork

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:55:47 -0500

I never know when to post this stuff in Extra Points. Do we wait until they actually move? Until the owners approve? Is just filing paperwork enough? Anyway, the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas assuming they can get approval from 23 out of 31 other owners. (They will.) Apparently, they will stay in Oakland for the next two seasons, because their lease says they can and the Vegas stadium isn't built yet. So, that should be interesting. It's not like there's a history of fans turning on teams after they announce they're moving out of town, or anything.

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Michael Thomas and the Rookie Wide Receiver DYAR Record

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:03:09 -0500

This went totally under the radar, but Saints receiver Michael Thomas set a rookie wide receiver record for receiving DYAR this year. (Click to read more.)

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Film Room: Jared Cook

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:16:02 -0500

He made the biggest catch of the playoffs so far, but Green Bay's tight end had a lot of bad plays against Dallas too.

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Scramble for the Ball: A Lot to Live Up To

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:15:01 -0500

The NFL gets to show off four of their greatest quarterbacks this week. Has this fearsome foursome ever been topped? Your Scramble team remembers conference championships of yore, and take a trip back to their childhoods to try and find an answer.

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Week 19 DVOA Ratings

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:31:47 -0500

The cream rose to the top in this year's playoffs, as the final four teams all ranked seventh or higher in DVOA this season.

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Divisional Round Quick Reads

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:47:24 -0500

Brock Osweiler did against New England what Brock Osweiler often did all year -- which is something we have rarely seen in the NFL before this season.

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Clutch Encounters: Divisional Round

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:18:49 -0500

In an instant classic in Dallas. Dez caught it, but Jared Cook did him one better. Also: the ill-advised spike, the Kansas City two-point conversion, and requiem for a tall quarterback.

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Divisional Round Injury Aftermath

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:45:55 -0500

AFC teams fared notably better than NFC teams as far as injuries are concerned as the playoff field was whittled down to four.

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ESPN: Most Improved Units of 2016

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:12:44 -0500

Today's ESPN piece looks at the most improved units of 2016, including the Atlanta offense that powered the Falcons into the NFC Championship Game. How did these units improve, and what's likely to be the result in 2017?




Audibles at the Line: Divisional Round

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:39:25 -0500

The NFL playoffs finally heat up, as a wild finish in Dallas and a tight game in Kansas City go some way to making up for the blowouts that preceded them.

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NFC Divisional Round Playoff Preview 2017

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:28:03 -0500

In Week 6, the Seahawks beat the Falcons, while the Cowboys defeated the Packers. We'll get a rematch of both games this weekend, hopefully with all the excitement (and none of the controversy) as that Atlanta-Seattle showdown.

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NFL Moves PIT-KC Playoff Game to 8:20 EST

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:10:07 -0500

The Pittsburgh Steelers playoff game in Kansas City this Sunday has been moved from a 1:05 p.m. EST kickoff to 8:20 p.m. EST due to an ice storm that is expected to hit the region that morning.

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