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  1. NFL Week 7 Picks: It Can Only Go Up From Here

    Bill Barnwell

    Week 7 can't be worse than Week 6. Well, it would be very difficult to be worse than Week 6. I was victimized by two of the week's three pick-sixes in the final seconds of games that turned a winning side into a loser (while also pushing th...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  2. Ranking the NFL’s Non-Playoff Teams

    Bill Barnwell

    Yesterday, I ran through the league's eight divisional leaders and tried to figure out which of them were most likely to hold on to their spots over the 11 weeks to come. Sorry for jinxing you, Colts and Patriots. Today, I'm going to run t...

    Blog | October 14, 2014
  3. NFL Week 6 Picks: Question Everything

    Bill Barnwell

    I have to admit I was tempted to just make this entire Week 6 preview out of J.J. Watt GIFs from Thursday night's Texans-Colts game and call it a column. I know that he's not better at quarterback than Ryan Fitzpatrick, if only because Fitz...

    Blog | October 10, 2014
  4. Week 5 Picks: Award-Winning Performances

    Bill Barnwell

    Today, amid the Friday NFL picks and predictions, we'll be handing out awards for the first four weeks of the season. Before we do that, let's get to a topic that is quickly becoming a widely held opinion: Thursday Night Football is a mess....

    Blog | October 03, 2014
  5. Week 4 Picks and Preview: It’s the Coaching, Stupid

    Bill Barnwell

    You know a good NFL quarterback when you see one, right? Sure, it might take a few hundred passes and a playoff game or two to really get a grip on how good a passer looks, but watch a guy for a few games and you shouldn't find it too difficult ...

    Blog | September 26, 2014
  6. Figuring Out the Falcons

    Bill Barnwell

    It was like clockwork. The Atlanta Falcons (Matt Ryan and Mike Smith edition) posted a winning record by virtue of dominating their opposition in close games. For their first five seasons together, the only knock you could throw at Atlanta's sta...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  7. The All–Bad Contracts Team

    Bill Barnwell

    After covering the league's most valuable contracts earlier this week, it's time to move on and pillory the worst deals in the NFL. Now, while it's easy to do this solely for the sake of ridicule, it's not my goal; I've found...

    Blog | July 25, 2014
  8. NFL Trade Value, Part 2

    Bill Barnwell

    On Monday, Grantland published Part 1 of the annual NFL Trade Value column. Click here to read the first installment as well as a breakdown of the rules and how the picks are made. 29. Duane Brown, LT, Houston 28. Tyron Smith, LT, Dallas...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  9. NFL Trade Value, Part 1

    Bill Barnwell

    The 2013 NFL season reminded us that efficiency kills. On the field, despite an arm that would have been laughed out of the combine, Peyton Manning and a near-unstoppable Broncos offense set virtually every passing record by marching their way down t...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  10. The Domino Game

    Bill Barnwell

    Usually, the first overall pick in the NFL draft is one of the day's least interesting selections. By the time it's made, the identity of the pick is clear, either by consensus proclamation or by virtue of an already-announced agreement of...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  11. NFL Deep Cuts: Obscure Players Get Their Shot

    Bill Barnwell

    As we near the halfway point of the 2013 NFL season, the teams and lineups we expected to see trotted out on the field this season are now shells of their former selves. The Falcons are already down seven starters from the guys they would have expect...

    Blog | October 23, 2013
  12. Julio Jones Goes Down, the Falcons Are Out

    Bill Barnwell

    The good news for Atlanta sports fans is that there's nothing left to pin your hopes on for a while. It's been a gruesome 24-hour period: The Braves were knocked out of the National League playoffs on late-game heroics by the Dodgers, the Falcons wer...

    Blog | October 08, 2013
  13. Thank You for Not Coaching, Week 4

    Bill Barnwell

    The biggest decision made by a coach during Week 4 was covered in the Monday football recap, but there are still plenty of coaching decisions to cover in today's Thank You for Not Coaching. As always, let's start with the bright side of the ledger &#...

    Blog | October 01, 2013
  14. Thank You for Not Coaching: The Week in (Ahem) Curious Strategic ...

    Bill Barnwell

    Welcome to your new Thank You for Not Coaching Day. After finishing off the Monday-morning columns each week with TYFNC, it became popular enough that I'm moving it to Tuesdays and giving it some space to stretch out. Hopefully, that will mean more o...

    Blog | September 10, 2013
  15. NFL Free Agency, Day 3: Here Come the Bargains

    Bill Barnwell

    Attention, shoppers: The bargains have finally started to make their way into the NFL free-agency marketplace. After two days of average players getting premium contracts, Thursday was really the first day when teams were able to sign players on sign...

    Blog | March 15, 2013
  16. NFL Playoff Stock Watch

    Bill Barnwell

    With the rest of this off week between the Conference Championships and the Super Bowl, I'll be taking a look back at the playoffs (today) and the season at large (Thursday and Friday) before diving back into Super Bowl coverage next Monday. Today, I...

    Blog | January 23, 2013