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  1. Ranking contenders by QB dependence

    Mike Sando

    The days when the San Francisco 49ers could switch quarterbacks at midseason and still reach the Super Bowl feel increasingly distant with each Blaine Gabbert misfire during the 2014 preseason. Gabbert averaged 2.4 yards per attempt on 25 passes thro...

    Blog | August 23, 2014
  2. Colts can run with AFC's best

    Mike Sando

    Nothing much about the Indianapolis Colts' shocking 45-44 victory Saturday felt sustainable. Falling behind 38-10, as the Colts did before rallying to beat the Chiefs, amplified familiar questions about Indy's viability as a Super Bowl contender. It ...

    Blog | January 04, 2014
  3. NFL's Coach of the Year contenders

    Mike Sando

    Seventeen NFL franchises have changed head coaches since the 2010 season. Those fired coaches were earning millions per year, of course. It was their lower-paid assistants who were most vulnerable to the churn. Some didn't have long-term contracts or...

    Blog | November 30, 2013
  4. Ranking the Super Bowl contenders

    Mike Sando

    Peyton Manning went into the Denver Broncos' Sunday night game in chilly Foxborough, Mass., with a reputation for freezing in the cold. His teams had gone 4-3 over the past seven-plus seasons when the temperature at kickoff was colder than 40 degrees...

    Blog | November 25, 2013
  5. Which contenders hit hardest by injuries?

    Mike Sando

    Watching running backs Ray Rice, Steven Jackson, Reggie Bush and Eddie Lacy depart Week 2 games with injuries delivered an early reminder of how pivotal pulls, tears, bruises and breaks can be during an NFL season. The day concluded with the San Fran...

    Blog | September 16, 2013
  6. Sizing up SB contenders already? Thoughts

    Mike Sando

    ESPN's John Clayton is listing the Seattle Seahawks second to Green Bay among teams most likely to supplant San Francisco as the NFC team in the next Super Bowl. Separately, ESPN's Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith like the 49ers' chances for winn...

    Blog | February 05, 2013
  7. Victory trumps QB confusion for 49ers

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- There were two primary takeaways from the San Francisco 49ers' latest physically dominant performance against a potential NFC contender. One, the 49ers can beat capable opponents, especially one-dimensional ones, in multiple ways. T...

    Blog | November 25, 2012
  8. 2012 pre-camp analysis: 49ers 'O'

    Mike Sando

    Our two-day look at NFC West rosters continues with projections for the San Francisco 49ers' offense. Quarterbacks (4) Average number kept since 2003: 3.1 Safest bets: Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Josh Johnson Leading contenders: none ...

    Blog | July 02, 2012
  9. 2012 pre-camp analysis: Rams 'O'

    Mike Sando

    Our two-day look at NFC West rosters continues with projections for the St. Louis Rams' offense. Quarterbacks (4) Average number kept since 2003: 2.8 Safest bets: Sam Bradford, Kellen Clemens Leading contenders: none Longer odds: Tom B...

    Blog | July 02, 2012
  10. 2012 pre-camp analysis: Cardinals 'O'

    Mike Sando

    Our two-day look at NFC West rosters continues with projections for the Arizona Cardinals' offense. Quarterbacks (4) Average number kept since 2003: 3.0 Safest bets: Kevin Kolb, John Skelton Leading contenders: Ryan Lindley, Rich Bartel ...

    Blog | July 02, 2012
  11. Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 30, Vikings 17

    Mike Sando

    The NFC West stage isn't big enough for the Cardinals when they play like this. Arizona looked like a Super Bowl contender Sunday. Kurt Warner's ability to play at an MVP-caliber level after missing six quarters to a concussion makes everything...

    Blog | December 06, 2009
  12. 49ers: NFC West race much tougher in 2009

    Mike Sando

    Christian Petersen/Getty Images Linebacker Ray McDonald takes down Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner for a sack as the 49ers made it known that they will be contenders in the NFC West. Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando GLENDALE, Ariz....

    Blog | September 13, 2009
  13. Around the NFC West: Options for Rams

    Mike Sando

    Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Blues chairman Dave Checketts is a contender to help keep the Rams in St. Louis. Wrote Checketts in an e-mail to the Post-Dispatch: "We have the ability to g...

    Blog | June 02, 2009
  14. Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 30, Falcons 24

    Mike Sando

    Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Cardinals appear considerably more legitimate as a playoff contender after beating the Falcons at their own game. With Edgerrin James running effectively to set up big pass plays, the Cardinals ...

    Blog | January 03, 2009
  15. Cardinals find a way despite shortcomings

    Mike Sando

    Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire Kurt Warner threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinals held off the 49ers, 29-24. Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando GLENDALE, Ariz. -- An emerging NFC West contender flush with Sup...

    Blog | November 11, 2008
  16. QB choice easier for Cards than 49ers

    Mike Sando

    Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando Teams can't afford to whiff on first-round draft choices. We covered this ground extensively before the draft. Evaluations from Scouts Inc. showed perennial playoff contenders Pittsburgh, New England, Indianapolis and ...

    Blog | September 04, 2008