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Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Greg Schiano, Chuck Pagano, Jeff Fisher: How will new NFL coaches fare?

The NFL will be welcoming seven new head coaches in 2012 and there is some risk with each hiring.

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Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Giants vs. Packers: Can New York pull the upset?

Last season, the Green Bay Packers turned the NFC upside down by winning the conference as the lowest seed team. Now this season, the Giants will travel to Green Bay and hope to return the favor by defeating the top seed Packers.

By Brandon Benson  |  12:27 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Todd Haley, Chiefs were hardly a match made in heaven

There were some factors that might have been beyond Todd Haley’s control, but with the way the Chiefs’ season unraveled, it was clear that it was time for him to go.

By Brandon Benson  |  02:51 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 11/18/2011

Tim Tebow’s Broncos teammates deserve credit for turnaround, too

While Tim Tebow is enjoying all the press for the Broncos current winning streak, his teammates deserve just as much credit for all the wins.

By Brandon Benson  |  11:32 AM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 11/11/2011

What’s the matter with the AFC West?

The AFC West appears to be the weak division this season where one team is going to make the playoffs, even if it doesn’t deserve it.

By Brandon Benson  |  02:19 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 10/28/2011

What games you should be watching this weekend

Week 8 is still early in the NFL season, but there are four games this week that could have a direct impact on who makes the playoffs and who has home field advantage.

By Brandon Benson  |  04:02 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Packers vs. Lions could be perfect Thanksgiving Day appetizer

The surprising Lions remained unbeaten with an impressive win over the Bears. Can both the Packers and Lions go 10-0 before they play on Thanksgiving?

By Brandon Benson  |  12:21 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Through three weeks, Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals are teams to watch

A look at the top teams in the NFL who have won three, two, one and no games so far this season.

By Brandon Benson  |  03:08 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 09/13/2011

Has the window closed for the Pittsburgh Steelers?

No loss was more surprising last Sunday than the blowout victory by the Ravens over the Steelers. Was that a sign that Pittsburgh’s time at the top of the AFC is over?

By Brandon Benson  |  10:13 AM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 08/30/2011

The rehabilitation of Michael Vick

The new $100 million contract agreed to between the Philadelphia Eagles and Michael Vick is just further proof that he’s not the same man that got himself arrested and imprisoned a few years ago.

By Brandon Benson  |  02:58 PM ET, 08/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 08/26/2011

Kerry Collins is the best the Colts can do until Peyton Manning returns

Kerry Collins isn’t an ideal short-term substitute for Peyton Manning, but he’s better than the other options for the Colts.

By Brandon Benson  |  12:43 PM ET, 08/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 08/11/2011

The Giants might be right about Steve Smith

The Philadelphia Eagles made a surprising move and signed wide receiver Steve Smith away from their NY Giants rivals. But was it a good idea?

By Brandon Benson  |  02:35 PM ET, 08/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Four teams that will improve immediately in 2011

By looking at each teams’ passer rating on offense and defense in 2010, there are four teams that underperformed in the win column last season who may turn it around quickly in 2011.

By Brandon Benson  |  12:19 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 07/12/2011

A few free agents who could help any team

Versatile free agents who can help just about any team in the NFL will be hot commodities when the league finally ends its work stoppage.

By Brandon Benson  |  02:51 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 06/22/2011

Time to get over the Super Bowl curse

Don’t expect the 2011 Super Bowl runner up Pittsburgh Steelers to crash and burn like so many title game losers before them.

By Brandon Benson  |  03:17 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 06/07/2011

Plenty to gain from player organized workouts

Many NFL teams are organizing player workouts with mixed results. Here’s a quick look at what players are doing and what advantages they main gain.

By Brandon Benson  |  01:21 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 05/24/2011

The battle to keep the Vikings in Minnesota

The Vikings thought they had made a great deal to build a new stadium in the Minneapolis suburb of Arden Hills, except it isn’t finalized. A look at how close the Vikings are to gaining a new home at a bargain price.

By Brandon Benson  |  10:52 AM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 05/17/2011

A huge win for the owners is a huge loss for the fans

The Eighth Circuit ruled for the NFL owners on Monday, marking a was huge setback not only for the players, but also for the fans of football.

By Brandon Benson  |  11:45 AM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 05/13/2011

Maybe the owners need a history lesson

It’s not easy to say whether the owners or the players have the best interests of the game at heart, but it looks like the owners haven’t learned well enough what made the NFL a success in the past.

By Brandon Benson  |  02:50 PM ET, 05/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 05/09/2011

Three QBs who will profoundly change their franchises

While the first three quarterbacks selected in the draft will change their teams, the next three quarterbacks will arguably have a bigger impact on their respective franchises.

By Brandon Benson  |  12:44 PM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 05/03/2011

What to make of the quarterback class of 2011

The 2011 NFL draft provided a weak group of quarterbacks, but six were still selected in the top 36 picks. Do the QBs look better in hindsight now that we know which teams drafted them?

By Brandon Benson  |  02:18 PM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 04/27/2011

More potential busts than stars in QB draft class

A record number of quarterbacks might be drafted in the first round. Here’s a look at who these players are, and the risks ahead for the teams that might be tempted to draft them.

By Brandon Benson  |  12:27 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Some NFL teams are not ready for primetime

Five teams did not earn nationally televised night games in 2011 due to their 2010 struggles. Here’s a look at what it will take to get them back in primetime in 2012.

By Brandon Benson  |  12:50 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Fans voting against favorite player for Madden ‘12 cover

ESPN and EA Sports have empowered the fans to vote for the player on the cover of Madden ‘12, and many fans have used it to vote against their favorite player.

By Brandon Benson  |  12:25 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 04/18/2011

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By Matt Brooks  |  01:58 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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