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  1. The Championship Belt: NFL Defense Edition

    Bill Barnwell

    The Seattle Seahawks defense needs no introduction. As a group, it's accomplished just about everything a band of elite defensive players can be expected to do together. They've led the league in scoring defense. They've put together a...

    Blog | January 27, 2015
  2. 2014 NFL Preseason Predictions Revisited

    Bill Barnwell

    With the lull between reviewing the conference championships and previewing the Super Bowl upon us, this is a good time to take a look at the season that's just finished up. I've already noted my preseason bets, and on our podcast on Friday...

    Blog | January 22, 2015
  3. The Grantland All-Pro Team

    Bill Barnwell

    The season is not quite over, but it's already time to start celebrating the best players of this 2014 NFL campaign. With one week to go and playoff coverage taking up time in the weeks to come, I've gone through my notes for the year, talk...

    Blog | December 23, 2014
  4. Week 14 Wrap-up: The Breaking Point

    Bill Barnwell

    It's all over for the San Francisco 49ers. Given their tenuous position in the NFC's playoff picture heading into Sunday, losing to anybody would have been bad. Losing to the crosstown-rival Oakland Raiders was even worse. Losing to them by...

    Blog | December 08, 2014
  5. Week 13 Wrap-up: A February Preview?

    Bill Barnwell

    If Sunday's game between the Packers and the Patriots was actually a preview of the Super Bowl, we've got a very exciting game on tap in February. Green Bay's 26-21 victory over New England was a rare bird, a game in which the Packers ...

    Blog | December 01, 2014
  6. Circling the Calendar: Your Guide to Cherry-Picking the Rest of t...

    Bill Barnwell

    The byes are finally over. Every NFL team has played 11 games, leaving five contests per team to go. That's 80 more NFL games over the next five weeks, likely ending with a Detroit-Green Bay game deciding the NFC North in Week 17. While th...

    Blog | November 26, 2014
  7. Sorting Through the Disaster That Is the NFC South

    Bill Barnwell

    I can't get enough of the NFC South. Football's most appalling division actually went 2-2 on Sunday and even picked up an interdivision win, albeit with Tampa Bay beating Washington, which might be the NFC South's honorary fifth member...

    Blog | November 18, 2014
  8. The Quarterback Contract Question

    Bill Barnwell

    Where does your team quarterback's come from? Most likely, he comes from your team's selection during the NFL draft. Of the league's 32 starters, three were acquired by trade (Carson Palmer, Alex Smith, and Jay Cutler), six were v...

    Blog | October 24, 2014
  9. The NFL Trading Deadline: Who Is the Next Percy Harvin?

    Bill Barnwell

    One of the disappointing things about covering the NFL as opposed to one of the other major professional sports is the lack of in-season trades. Baseball, basketball, and hockey all have active trade deadlines with months of rumors leading up to a fl...

    Blog | October 21, 2014
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Explaining the Jets: Yes, They Definitely Have a Plan

    Bill Barnwell

    Over the past week, Jets general manager John Idzik has come under fire for perceived slights with his work building the 2014 team. A New York Daily News article by Jets beat writer Manish Mehta on Saturday was followed by an embarrassing 31-0 loss i...

    Blog | October 07, 2014
  13. 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
  14. The NFL's Out-of-Nowhere Players

    Bill Barnwell

    The National Football League is an enormous organization with a lot of players. It's actually pretty staggering. The NBA mandates an average of at least 14 players per team, meaning there are about 420 active NBA players during the season. NHL r...

    Blog | October 02, 2014
  15. 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
  16. The Rise and Fall of the 2012 NFL Draft

    Bill Barnwell

    What happened to the top of the 2012 NFL draft? While the 2011 NFL draft is rapidly going down as arguably the best defensive draft in NFL history, the 2013 class was supposed to be mediocre (and it has been) because so much talent left college footb...

    Blog | September 25, 2014