Thanks to a gift win, the Bengals have a leg up in the AFC North, John Clayton writes. Plus, NFC South strides, the reality of backup QBs and more.
John Clayton's First and Goal: Few teams are out of the running for an AFC playoff berth, meaning contenders can't afford to lose any ground in Week 9.
Playoff-bound teams have a lot to play for in Week 17. Plus, the Colts' gains, Sean Payton's missteps and more.
John Clayton's First and 10: Thanks to the AFC's mediocre middle, 4-6 teams remain viable playoff contenders.
For Jets and other teams hoping to contend, it's time to assert themselves, writes John Clayton.
If the Houston Texans really are going to establish themselves as contenders, they must beat the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1, writes John Clayton.
The Broncos deserve credit for their 3-0 start, but it's much too early to determine where this team is headed, John Clayton writes in his latest mailbag.
After a tumultuous offseason, the Eagles want to establish themselves as one of the NFC's top contenders. The first test comes Sunday at Carolina, writes John Clayton.
Peering into his crystal ball, John Clayton forecasts three teams in each conference as 2009 title favorites.
NFL teams need to learn that first-round receivers don't always have to turn into No. 1 receivers, writes John Clayton.