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  1. The NFL Buddy System: How One Team Helps Another Make the Playoff...

    Bill Barnwell

    The final two weeks of the NFL season make for strange bedfellows. We're at the point at which every team that still has competitive football to play has a pretty clear path to either improving its playoff stock or ensuring that it gets to Janua...

    Blog | December 16, 2014
  2. Make It or Break It: The NFL Players Who Have Everything to Prove...

    Bill Barnwell

    The NFL season is almost over. We're three-quarters of the way home, with four weeks left to go for each team. For most players, the season's story has already been written. There will be a few who rewrite their 2014 narrative with a playof...

    Blog | December 04, 2014
  3. Cousin Sal’s Week 13 Prop Bets!

    Cousin Sal Iacono

    I had the opportunity to pass on my Week 13 NFL gambling blog post. The short week created a mad scramble by Grantland staffers to leave town. They deserve the break - especially from my nonsense - but t...

    Blog | November 26, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Week 6 Wrap-up: Heavy Is the Head

    Bill Barnwell

    The one thing you can count on from season to season in the NFL is change. Since the league moved to its eight-division format in 2002, the average season has seen just three division winners retain their titles the following season. Given the strang...

    Blog | October 13, 2014
  6. Absent From Class: Where Are the NFL’s 2014 Draftees?

    Bill Barnwell

    Most NFL observers say it takes a minimum of three years to judge a draft class. The 2014 draft class is miles away from proving its eventual worth under those standards, but what we can notice after five weeks is that there are all kinds of first-ro...

    Blog | October 09, 2014
  7. 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
  8. You Shall Not ... Run? The Brick-Wall Rush Defenses of the Jets, ...

    Robert Mays

    It's hard to be a consistently good run defense in the NFL. Take ... wait for it ... the Bears, last season. In 2012, Chicago finished first in run-defense DVOA. Last season, it dropped to 32nd - from best to worst in a single seas...

    Blog | September 19, 2014
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. The Most Attractive, Available Head Coaching Gigs in the NFL Righ...

    Bill Barnwell

    There's little joy to be had around the league on the first weekday after Week 17, commonly known as Black Monday. While a few fans will be excited that their teams are moving on from coaches who had subpar seasons, Black Monday's a day when failure ...

    Blog | December 31, 2013
  12. Week 16 Fantasy Football Preview: OK, You Made It This Far —...

    Matt Borcas

    Fantasy football championships are inherently stupid, which is exactly what makes them so awesome. I mean, if we truly wanted to reward the owner who assembled and maintained the best possible team over the course of the season — ostensibly...

    Blog | December 20, 2013
  13. The NFL All-Bargain Team

    Bill Barnwell

    It's not very easy for an NFL team to find a bargain in free agency. The vast majority of players who would be considered bargains on NFL rosters are guys who are still on their rookie deals, players whose salaries are artificially capped by the CBA....

    Blog | December 19, 2013
  14. Vegas Weekend Recap: How Times Have Changed

    RJ Bell

    The sports world was buzzing on Sunday after the Lions' last-second comeback win against the Cowboys. The final touchdown didn't affect the point spread, since Dallas was a 3-point underdog and lost by only one. A decade ago, that would have meant th...

    Blog | October 30, 2013
  15. About Last Weekend: A Series of Mistakes

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy regretting your attempt to introduce that exchange student living in your home to the joyful simplicity of America's pastime, here's what you missed in sports last weekend: A weird weekend in the World Series left the Cardi...

    Blog | October 28, 2013
  16. NFL Run & Shootaround: Still the Same

    Grantland Staff

    On any given Sunday (or Monday, or Thursday), your NFL Run & Shootaround crew will be gathered around multiple televisions, making inappropriate jokes and generally regressing to the mean. Catch up on all the NFL action right here. It Was All Good...

    Blog | September 30, 2013