Latest from Mark Maske

Week 2 NFL Power Rankings: Saints and Steelers crash the top 5

The Bucs and Chiefs maintain the top spots, while the Rams move up to third and the Packers slide a few spots following a wild opening week to the NFL season.
  • Sep 14, 2021

Something goes right for Jon Gruden’s Raiders as they outlast Ravens in overtime thriller

After a furious fourth quarter, the Raiders and Ravens traded turnovers before Las Vegas came out on top, 33-27.
  • Sep 14, 2021

Rams’ QB upgrade pays off immediately as Matthew Stafford shines in rout of Bears

Matthew Stafford made his Rams debut in a season packed with high expectations and tossed three touchdown passes in an easy home win over the Bears.
  • Sep 13, 2021

NFL Week 1: Patrick Mahomes brings Chiefs back; Jordan Love replaces Aaron Rodgers in Packers’ loss

Plenty of AFC matchups provided drama in Sunday's season openers, while the Saints crushed the Packers in one of the worst losses of Aaron Rodgers's career.
  • Sep 12, 2021

As NFL leaves Deshaun Watson eligible, Texans rule him out for Sunday’s opener

The Texans have ruled the quarterback out for Sunday's opener, although the league has not placed him on paid leave.
  • Sep 11, 2021

How Biden’s new vaccine mandate affects the NFL, MLB and other pro sports leagues

No major U.S. professional sports league has a vaccine requirement for its players. But the leagues have generally high vaccination rates and strict protocols with frequent testing already in place.
  • Sep 11, 2021

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers edge Cowboys in NFL season-opening thriller

The defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers overcame a late Cowboys field goal with a meticulous drive that ended with a game-winning kick by Ryan Succop in a nail-biter on the NFL’s opening night.
  • Sep 10, 2021

Steelers’ T.J. Watt gets his mega-deal, becomes NFL’s highest-paid defensive player

T.J. Watt's four-year contract extension with the Steelers is worth more than $112 million and makes him the NFL's highest-paid defensive player.
  • Sep 9, 2021

NFL still confident in coronavirus protocols, but differences with NFLPA linger

“I’m very optimistic about the season ahead because of the fact that we are such a very heavily vaccinated group of players and staff,” Allen Sills, the NFL's chief medical officer, said after the NFLPA reiterated its desire for a return to daily testing.
  • Sep 8, 2021

The NFL’s taunting enforcement thus far has brought few flags but plenty of commentary

There were three penalties for taunting called during the preseason after the NFL made it a point of officiating emphasis.
  • Sep 7, 2021