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  1. Lost and Found: Seeking a Super Bowl Weakness

    Bill Barnwell

    Even the best teams in football have weaknesses. The Patriots and Seahawks each lost four games this season, with New England starting 2-2 and Seattle making it all the way to 3-3 before catching fire. These two teams are a combined 22-4 over their l...

    Blog | January 28, 2015
  2. NFL Conference Championship Wrap-up: See You in Arizona

    Bill Barnwell

    Seattle's comeback victory over Green Bay on Sunday afternoon in the NFC Championship Game is why we watch football. It's why we care about training camp cuts and mock drafts and advanced metrics, why we slog our way through preseason play-...

    Blog | January 19, 2015
  3. Together We Make Playoffs: The 2015 NFL Wild-Card Preview

    Bill Barnwell

    The first week of professional football in 2015 brings us a wild-card weekend less familiar than it might seem. As traditional as it feels to see the likes of the Bengals and Colts alongside a Ravens-Steelers tilt in the playoffs, just three of the e...

    Blog | January 02, 2015
  4. 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
  5. Seeding the NFL Playoffs, NCAA-Style

    Bill Barnwell

    I have to admit I'm a little jealous of college football right now. While the NFL still has three weeks to go before we can finally figure out who will suit up in January, the various deliberations and tribulations surrounding the announcement o...

    Blog | December 09, 2014
  6. Week 12 Wrap-up: Together, We Appreciate Football

    Bill Barnwell

    The NFL has been more difficult to enjoy in 2014 than at any other point in its entire history. If you're a fan with a conscience, the moral and ethical question of whether football is something humans should do has weighed on you this year more...

    Blog | November 24, 2014
  7. Just Win, Sort Of: How the Raiders Took Down the Chiefs

    Bill Barnwell

    So, that happened. The Raiders and Chiefs somehow produced the most exciting Thursday Night Football contest of the year, with Oakland overcoming a second-half comeback from Kansas City and one of the most bizarre near-penalties you'll ever see ...

    Blog | November 21, 2014
  8. The Chaos of the 2015 RB Free-Agent Class

    Bill Barnwell

    It's been a tumultuous week for football's most anachronistic asset, the free-agent running back. Two of the more prominent choices from this year's class were released within hours of one another Monday, as Ben Tate and LeGarrette Blo...

    Blog | November 20, 2014
  9. 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
  10. Week 5 Wrap-up: The Patriots’ Roller Coaster Continues

    Bill Barnwell

    With a comfortable 43-17 win over the Bengals on Sunday night, the New England Patriots strongly suggested that rumors of their demise are greatly exaggerated. In beating what had looked like the best team in football by 26 points, Bill Belichick put...

    Blog | October 06, 2014
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Imagining Football in a Non-NFL World

    Bill Barnwell

    One question I get asked once in a while as a football writer - especially by friends who don't really follow or enjoy football - is whether I think there will still be a sport for me to cover in 20 or 30 years....

    Blog | September 18, 2014
  14. NFL Week 2 Wrap: A Tale of Two Cities

    Bill Barnwell

    Week 2 showed why you shouldn't jump to conclusions after one week of football. Five teams won by 15 points or more in Week 1, and on Sunday, four of them -- the Vikings, Lions, Seahawks, and Titans -- lost their second game by an average of mor...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  15. The Four Teams That Have the Most to Lose by Starting 0-2

    Bill Barnwell

    If you want to be playing meaningful football at the end of the season, 0-2 isn't a very good place to start. I'm not exactly revealing a state secret by suggesting that teams that start the season with a couple losses are less likely to ma...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  16. Big Blue Goes Gray: Everything We Learned From the First Two &lsq...

    Bill Barnwell

    On Monday, the returns on two new offenses came in with drastically different results. As you can probably tell from the 35-14 final score, the revamped Detroit Lions came through with flying colors. Eli Manning and the New York Giants? Whatever the...

    Blog | September 09, 2014