The playoff picture has finally come into focus, John Clayton writes. Plus, the Cowboys' emotional win, the Saints' fall and more.
John Clayton's First and Goal: After early-season struggles, the chips may fall into place for Seattle to claim No. 1 seed in NFC. Plus, how will DeMarco Murray's injury impact his workhorse status?
John Clayton's First and Goal: In the wake of off-field controversy, the NFL needs on-field excitement to generate more favorable headlines.
Expect the Rams and Cardinals to make the NFC West a four-team race. Plus: the Dolphins' O-line needs, QB salaries and more.
The Seahawks have youth on their side, but the talent-rich NFC boasts plenty of threats, writes John Clayton.
The AFC playoff picture is coming into focus, writes John Clayton. Plus, the Colts' issues, Carson Palmer's regression and more.
John Clayton's First and 10: Thanks to the AFC's mediocre middle, 4-6 teams remain viable playoff contenders.
Plenty of teams made big splashes early in free agency, but keep an eye on those who waited for smart bargains, writes John Clayton.
The Raiders are out of cap purgatory, but having too much space could be costly in the long run, writes John Clayton.
Free agency in 2013 has been fast and furious, with big deals, lots of cuts and new coaches making multiple moves, writes John Clayton.
Peyton Manning headlines John Clayton's 2012 All-Pro team, which includes clear choices at the skill positions and tough calls elsewhere.
There's still plenty of intrigue regarding the NFC playoff race, writes John Clayton.
No. 1 seeds are on the line this weekend, but that distinction isn't as valuable as it once was, John Clayton writes.
Before each season, experts try to pick the surprise teams. But these teams surprised us by being disappointing, writes John Clayton.
With young talent and shrewd moves, the Bengals are getting it right, writes John Clayton.
Recent wild finishes reinforce the necessity of having a quarterback who can thrive in the fourth quarter, John Clayton writes.