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.
Clayton's mailbag: September was marked by unexpected struggles in the NFC South and strange strategy with quarterbacks in the AFC East.
John Clayton's Mailbag: The big-spending Buccaneers, off to an 0-2 start, are the latest example of how money doesn't buy championships.
Mailbag: The early days of training camps were marked by injuries, a scarcity of holdouts, Johnny Manziel's uphill battle and more, John Clayton writes.
Mailbag: In what's usually a quiet time for the NFL, discipline and legal matters have dominated the news, writes John Clayton.
Mailbag: The Broncos need to focus on getting more physical.
No lead is safe with the QB field left in the playoffs and recent history sides with No. 6 seeds, John Clayton writes.
Weather and rematches are among the compelling storylines for the wild-card playoffs, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton's First and 10: Likely finale at iconic Candlestick Park, Indy-K.C. potential playoff preview highlight Week 16 action.
John Clayton's First and 10: The Bengals and several other playoff contenders hit the road for potentially tough matchups.
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Drew Brees and Peyton Manning continue to impress, writes John Clayton. Plus, more fourth-quarter flair from Indianapolis.
Mailbag: We're seeing a rise in fourth-quarter heroics by quarterbacks, adding excitement to the game, writes John Clayton.
The teams that spent the most in 2012 got little bang for their buck. Plus, answers to reader questions.
Football records might not resonate like those in baseball, but there are five NFL records that stand above the rest, John Clayton writes.
The Ravens firing offensive coordinator Cam Cameron shows one thing: good assistant coaches are tough to find, writes John Clayton.