The League: Michael Kun

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Both the Giants and Patriots will be back next year

Eli Manning came up big in the fourth quarter once again, but both the Giants and Patriots showed why they’re built to last in the topsy-turvy NFL.

By Michael Kun  |  03:56 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Rob Gronkowski’s ankle draws plenty of attention

There’s no reason for a two-week layoff before the Super Bowl.

By Michael Kun  |  05:43 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Pro Bowl 2012: 10 ways to keep yourself entertained while watching

If you’re brave enough to watch the Pro Bowl, you may need to find a way to entertain yourself with more than the action on the field.

By Michael Kun  |  02:10 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Greg Schiano, New York Jets could have made a perfect match

The New York Jets should have hired Greg Schiano as their coach. Instead he’s headed to Tampa Bay.

By Michael Kun  |  06:01 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 01/20/2012

NFL Playoffs: Eli Manning, Alex Smith on the rise

Quarterbacks, defenses will decide Ravens-Patriots, Giants-49ers.

By Michael Kun  |  12:42 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Rex Ryan, New York Jets are in disarray

The Jets’ collapse has put Rex Ryan on a short leash.

By Michael Kun  |  04:12 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Santonio Holmes, Larry Fitzgerald left different impressions in season finales

The last week of the season provided lasting images of star wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Santonio Holmes.

By Michael Kun  |  05:23 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 12/21/2011

10 NFL holiday wishes: Chargers, Eagles playoff hopes; put a muzzle on Adrian Peterson, Archie Manning

If only the Chargers and Eagles had played this way all season — and if only Archie Manning and Adrian Peterson knew when to speak up and when to keep their mouths shut.

By Michael Kun  |  01:10 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 12/16/2011

10 NFL holiday wishes: Perfect Packers, coaching second chances

From Tony Sparano and Todd Haley finding new jobs to the Green Bay Packers going for a perfect season, here are 10 wishes for this holiday season in the NFL.

By Michael Kun  |  05:03 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 11/15/2011

Bold prediction: With Matt Schaub injured, Matt Leinart will lead Texans to AFC title game

Matt Leinart gets a chance to turn his career around in Houston. Can he make the most of it?

By Michael Kun  |  04:18 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 11/15/2011

John Fox, Mike Smith, Rex Ryan in-game decisions may prove costly

Three NFL coaches made decisions on Sunday that could threaten their long-term career prospects with their current teams.

By Michael Kun  |  12:04 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 11/10/2011

Goodbye (again), Albert Haynesworth

Albert Haynesworth was released by the Patriots, following another high-paid, under-performing stint with an NFL team. Next stop: Tampa Bay.

By Michael Kun  |  10:01 AM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 11/08/2011

NFL Week 9 highs & lows: Steelers, Ravens are best in AFC

Eli Manning and the Giants relived their 2007 Super Bowl comeback against the Patriots on Sunday while the Steelers and Ravens flexed their muscles as the top two teams in the AFC.

By Michael Kun  |  12:39 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 11/04/2011

Bold prediction: Peyton Manning to start at QB for Redskins in 2012

If the Colts finish with the worst record this season, Peyton Manning will end up quarterbacking the Redskins in 2012.

By Michael Kun  |  01:28 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 10/25/2011

NFL Week 7 highlights & lowlights: DeMarco Murray, Carson Palmer, Chris Johnson, Colts, Dolphins, two-minute drills and Pizza Hut

DeMarco Murray splashed onto the scene in Week 7 while Carson Palmer made the Bengals look brilliant. Titans running back Chris Johnson continues to prove his holdout was a mistake and NFL teams appear to have stopped practicing the two-minute drill.

By Michael Kun  |  01:15 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Carson Palmer, Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, James Harrison highlight unusual week in the NFL

The Carson Palmer trade and the Cowboys-Patriots game highlighted an unusual few days in the NFL.

By Michael Kun  |  04:18 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Retired QBs Brett Favre, Joe Namath should hold their tongues

Brett Favre and Joe Namath need to stop talking about their former teams.

By Michael Kun  |  12:10 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Week 4 thoughts: Tony Romo’s ribs, the Lions’ resilience and the return of the Ravens

The Ravens seem to have established themselves as the team to beat in the AFC, while the Lions are giving new meaning to the old sports cliche, “never give up”.

By Michael Kun  |  03:24 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 09/27/2011

Week 3 in NFL paints clearer picture for season ahead

Through three weeks of the NFL season, trends and anomalies become apparent, meaning we can now tell that the Lions and Bills are for real, while the Vikings, Seahawks, Rams and Dolphins are in serious trouble.

By Michael Kun  |  08:36 AM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 09/23/2011

A few thoughts about Tony Romo, Rex Grossman, Cam Newton, Ryan Fitzpatrick and other NFL quarterbacks making waves this season

From Rex Grossman to Cam Newton to Ryan Fitzpatrick, NFL quarterbacks are lighting it up early on this season.

By Michael Kun  |  11:52 AM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Sebastian Janikowski ties NFL’s longest field goal record

Sebastian Janikowski’s record-tying field goal reminds us of a great moment four decades ago.

By Michael Kun  |  02:40 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 09/07/2011

What if this is it for Peyton Manning?

If Peyton Manning’s career is over, he would still rank as one of the top quarterbacks of all time.

By Michael Kun  |  08:31 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 08/25/2011

Los Angeles doesn’t want the Raiders

Los Angeles is ready for the return of the NFL, as long as that doesn’t mean the return of the Raiders.

By Michael Kun  |  02:30 PM ET, 08/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 07/28/2011

Goodbye, Matt Lienart

By turning down an opportunity to be reunited with Pete Carroll in Seattle, Matt Lienart has just thrown away his best chance to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

By Michael Kun  |  01:05 PM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 06/07/2011

Ten questions, fewer than 10 answers

Ten pressing questions about the NFL, a few of which are actually answered.

By Michael Kun  |  10:44 AM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 04/26/2011

This year’s draft needed Luck

The 2011 NFL draft is short on star power, and a different decision from one big-name quarterback from Stanford could have made a world of difference.

By Michael Kun  |  02:49 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 04/19/2011

The schedule is coming! The schedule is coming!

The NFL and ESPN expect you to watch them announce next season’s schedule. Get excited! Or don’t.

By Michael Kun  |  02:09 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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)

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Cam Newton, Randy Moss and Keanu Reeves

With the NFL lockout in place and the draft coming up, there’s plenty to think about. And that includes Cam Newton, Randy Moss, Jake Locker, Tiki Barber and Keanu Reeves.

By Michael Kun  |  03:29 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)