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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. NFL Season Predictions, Part 3: The Rising

    Bill Barnwell

    After the grimness of spring and summer, real professional football is finally back. For this sunny, happy day, it's only appropriate to provide a rosier outlook during today's installment of the NFL preview. With the eight worst teams in f...

    Blog | September 04, 2014
  9. NFL Season Predictions, Part 2: The Falling Stars

    Bill Barnwell

    After starting yesterday with a look at the eight contestants for football's worst record, the Grantland NFL Preview continues onward by detailing eight teams that are likely to decline in 2014. Now, before you go any further, chill. This...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  10. Running Out of Luck

    Bill Barnwell

    This article kicks off Andrew Luck Week here on Grantland, which aims to provide a deeper look into one of football's most compelling players. Luck is very obviously a great quarterback, but when you get past the broader descriptor, he's a ...

    Blog | August 11, 2014
  11. A Primer on Match Fixing in the Wake of the Cameroon World Cup Al...

    Bill Barnwell

    Late Monday night, FIFA's worst nightmare began to break. The Cameroon Football Federation sent out an urgent press release announcing that they were investigating claims that several of Cameroon's recent matches were fixed, most notably th...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  12. The Money Pit

    Bill Barnwell

    While the football world has been transfixed by one of the more intriguing draft classes in recent memory, a crucial piece of news has flown under the radar: The NFL's hard salary cap is about to rise dramatically. If the reports are true &mdash...

    Blog | March 04, 2014
  13. The Curious Case of Jim Harbaugh

    Bill Barnwell

    On Friday afternoon, a relatively quiet NFL scouting combine was interrupted by a stunning story, as Pro Football Talk quoted multiple league sources in reporting that the 49ers and Browns had nearly completed a trade that would have sent 49ers head...

    Blog | February 24, 2014
  14. Welcome to the NFL’s SATs

    Bill Barnwell

    The scouting combine is the most misunderstood event in football. Coverage of the combine has ballooned since 2004, when the NFL Network began offering live wall-to-wall analysis from Indianapolis. The growth of the web has allowed for increased cove...

    Blog | February 20, 2014
  15. Bill Barnwell on the NFL playoffs

    Bill Barnwell

    The final four of football is set, so let's take a look at how we got there.

    Story | Conversation | January 13, 2014
  16. Bill Barnwell on the NFL playoffs

    Bill Barnwell

    The Colts' Hollywood ending was just the opening act in an NFL weekend that kept us glued to the couch.

    Story | Conversation | January 06, 2014