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  1. Free-agency grades for all 32 teams

    Mike Sando

    The first two weeks of the NFL free-agent signing period featured multiple trades, high-profile cuts, a notorious failed physical examination in Oakland and battles over players between heated rivals. Rosters changed quickly as 405 unrestricted free ...

    Blog | March 25, 2014
  2. Five most challenging NFL offseasons

    Mike Sando

    It was June 1995 when news broke that Raiders owner Al Davis would move the team back to Oakland from Los Angeles. I'd grown up in Northern California, so the happy news stirred in my mind images of the team's rich history: Ghost to the Post, Sea of ...

    Blog | February 17, 2014
  3. Defense still key for NFL champions?

    Mike Sando

    SEATTLE -- When the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks faced each other in the 2013 preseason, I remember thinking the game had a regular-season feel to it. There was an edge to both teams that felt misplaced for August. Peyton Manning and Russell W...

    Blog | January 20, 2014
  4. Top 25 'must-sign' NFL free agents

    Mike Sando

    The stakes in NFL free agency would be so much higher this offseason if NaVorro Bowman, Kam Chancellor, Geno Atkins, Sean Lee, Clay Matthews, Percy Harvin and other headliners hadn't signed contract extensions keeping them off the market. Teams have ...

    Blog | January 14, 2014
  5. How Panthers can take the next step

    Mike Sando

    The Carolina Panthers took a giant step forward in 2013 and changed perceptions in the process. Coach Ron Rivera ditched his play-not-to-lose reputation, embracing a "Riverboat Ron" persona reflecting greater comfort with calculated risks. Quarterbac...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  6. NFL's five most disappointing teams

    Mike Sando

    The NFL is filled with success stories this season. Philip Rivers has been reborn in San Diego. Ron Rivera has rewritten his Carolina legacy. Kansas City and Arizona are a combined 19-8 after going 7-25 last season. Green Bay is in the playoff pictur...

    Blog | December 16, 2013
  7. The Carolina Panthers' quick draft fix

    Mike Sando

    The Carolina Panthers opened the 2013 season by holding Seattle to 12 points, still the Seahawks' second-lowest output in 27 games with Russell Wilson at quarterback. The Panthers allowed nine points to their most recent opponent, San Francisco, and ...

    Blog | November 18, 2013
  8. NFL's most important returning players

    Mike Sando

    By rule, NFL players have been practicing less frequently and less physically the past couple of years. They're also suffering injuries more often. It's an issue the league will have to address if the carnage continues. Not all the injury news is ...

    Blog | November 16, 2013
  9. NFL's most likely coaching changes

    Mike Sando

    November in the NFL brings hard-hitting matchups between speculative reports on one side and votes of confidence on the other. Things get even rougher when outright denials work their way into the fray. Sunday saw Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben ...

    Blog | November 11, 2013
  10. NFL teams who could target a new QB

    Mike Sando

    It's possible that most NFL fans fretting about their teams' quarterback situations feel better after watching the Minnesota Vikings complete 37.7 percent of their passes Monday night. Bad is bad, but what the Vikings put on display during their Week...

    Blog | October 23, 2013
  11. Packers can win despite potential losses

    Mike Sando

    During a key third-and-6 play at Baltimore in Week 6, Green Bay Packers rookie Eddie Lacy missed his block in blitz pickup. As a result, quarterback Aaron Rodgers had to improvise, and fast. Rodgers escaped a collapsing pocket and ran for 12 yards. I...

    Blog | October 14, 2013
  12. Why RG III should bounce back

    Mike Sando

    Hall of Famer Warren Moon was correct five weeks ago when he warned against expecting too much from Robert Griffin III early in the season. Getting acclimated to the speed of the game after knee surgery and after missing the preseason would be too di...

    Blog | October 12, 2013
  13. For unbeatens, surveying the road to 16-0

    Mike Sando

    The Denver Broncos are averaging 44.8 points per game during their 4-0 start. Their quarterback, Peyton Manning, has 16 touchdown passes without an interception. No team in the Broncos' 54-year history had exceeded 50 points in a game before Sunday, ...

    Blog | September 30, 2013
  14. Teams seeking return on investment

    Mike Sando

    New York Giants fans saw an aging offensive line struggling in the team's 0-3 start this season. Fantasy owners saw quarterback Eli Manning under siege and unable to maximize his receiving weapons. The view can be a little different from inside the N...

    Blog | September 28, 2013
  15. Which 0-3 teams can make postseason?

    Mike Sando

    Four proud NFL franchises with 22 Super Bowl appearances between them have plummeted from .500 or better last season to 0-3 in 2013. The New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers have issues, to say the least. Th...

    Blog | September 23, 2013
  16. Josh Freeman's future in Tampa Bay

    Mike Sando

    Sometimes a leadership change produces sudden, extreme results carrying maximum shock value. The Cleveland Browns' decision to trade highly drafted running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts comes to mind. New general manager Mike Lombar...

    Blog | September 21, 2013