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  1. Strength of schedule: Detroit Lions

    Michael Rothstein

    Last season, as the Detroit Lions tried to make a run at the playoffs, a large reason why they looked like they could be legitimate playoff contenders had to do with the team's strength of schedule. It was, before the season and at the end, fairly...

    Blog | February 11, 2014
  2. Morning Links: Underrated contenders

    Eric D. Williams

    SAN DIEGO - Good morning. Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated lists the Chargers as one of the NFL's underrated contenders down the backstretch of this season. Farrar: "It could be argued that right now, if the 5-7 Chargers and 9-3 Chiefs faced off ...

    Blog | December 04, 2013
  3. Biggest NFL games of Week 12 -- John Clayton's First and 10

    John Clayton

    John Clayton's First and 10: Thanks to the AFC's mediocre middle, 4-6 teams remain viable playoff contenders.

    Story | Conversation | November 22, 2013
  4. Hot Button: Are the Giants contenders or pretenders?

    Hot Button: Are the Giants contenders or pretenders?...

    Page | Conversation
  5. NFL - Despite winning streak, New York Giants still far from cont...

    Rivers McCown

    Rivers McCown of Football Outsiders writes that despite a four-game winning streak, the New York Giants remain outside the realm of legitimate contenders.

    Story | Conversation | November 19, 2013
  6. NFL - Turning around the New York Giants, Houston Texans and othe...

    Herm Edwards

    ESPN Insider Herm Edwards identifies the top five underperforming teams in the NFL, and offers advice on how they can turn things around. The New York Giants and Houston Texans lead the list.

    Story | Conversation | October 14, 2013
  7. BE: Bears need to right ship quickly

    Michael C. Wright

    Chicago comes off a loss, yes. But today shouldn't be a panic Monday, considering the Bears lost to what I'd consider to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender in the New Orleans Saints; one of the NFL's elite. As we get into today's Bears Essential...

    Blog | October 07, 2013
  8. Bill Barnwell on the NFL teams that have the best shot at the Lom...

    Bill Barnwell

    In the final installment of our team-by-team preview, we look at who has the best shot at winning the Super Bowl.

    Story | Conversation | September 05, 2013
  9. High 5: Can Tony Romo finish strong?

    Tim MacMahon

    The last in ESPNDallas.com's five-part series looking at factors that must go Dallas' way in a big way for the Cowboys to be contenders this season. It's simplistic and silly to just slap the choker label on Tony Romo. ColdHardFootballFacts.com...

    Blog | July 12, 2013
  10. Will Giants prioritize linebacker?

    Dan Graziano

    Football Outsiders' Vince Verhei takes a look at three NFC playoff contenders that didn't make it and tries to identify the biggest areas in which they need to improve. Two of these teams -- the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys -- play in the N...

    Blog | January 08, 2013
  11. NFL - Holes for New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears...

    Vince Verhei

    Vince Verhei examines the holes that the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants must fix if they want to make the playoffs in 2013.

    Story | Conversation | January 08, 2013
  12. Cincinnati Bengals stick nose into AFC North business

    Ashley Fox

    It didn't seem possible a few weeks ago, Ashley Fox writes, but the Bengals could rearrange the AFC North pecking order.

    Story | Conversation | December 21, 2012
  13. Which Matchups Are Kryptonite for NFL Playoff Contenders?

    Bill Barnwell

    The modern NFL is a game of matchups. Since the salary cap and the spread of strategic concepts throughout the league prevent a team from dominating the way that the 1980s Niners or the early-'90s Cowboys did, just about every team in football has on...

    Blog | December 20, 2012
  14. NFL - Which potential NFL playoff teams are hot (and not) heading...

    Khaled Elsayed

    Pro Football Focus examines three potential NFL playoff teams with varying levels of momentum heading into the final weeks of the regular season. Are the Bengals, 'Boys and Colts hot or not?

    Story | Conversation | December 10, 2012
  15. Real NFL contenders know how to finish strong-- Between The Tackl...

    Ashley Fox

    True Super Bowl contenders know they have to finish strong, writes Ashley Fox in Between The Tackles.

    Story | Conversation | November 23, 2012
  16. NFL - Herm Edwards - Key issues for the New York Giants, New Engl...

    Herm Edwards

    Herm Edwards outlines key areas of concern for the New York Giants, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers for the remainder of the regular season and beyond.

    Story | Conversation | November 13, 2012