The sagging NFC South is continuing a yearly trend, John Clayton writes. Plus, AFC haze, the resilient 49ers and more.
John Clayton's First and Goal: The NFC, currently led by the surprising Cowboys, Cardinals and Lions, has a wide-open feel entering Week 8.
There was no shortage of bizarre outcomes Sunday, John Clayton writes. Plus, the struggling Saints, the beleaguered champs and more.
Clayton's mailbag: September was marked by unexpected struggles in the NFC South and strange strategy with quarterbacks in the AFC East.
Emerging talents Akiem Hicks and Brandin Cooks look poised to make the Saints even more dangerous, John Clayton writes.
The Seahawks have youth on their side, but the talent-rich NFC boasts plenty of threats, writes John Clayton.
No lead is safe with the QB field left in the playoffs and recent history sides with No. 6 seeds, John Clayton writes.
Playoff experience is paying off at QB. Plus, the importance of Michael Crabtree, the Saints' best plan of attack and more.
Weather and rematches are among the compelling storylines for the wild-card playoffs, John Clayton writes.
The No. 1-seeded Seahawks look formidable, but recent history is working against them.
John Clayton's First and 10: With all four division titles and every playoff seed still undecided, the NFC will own most of the Week 17 spotlight.
Playoff-bound teams have a lot to play for in Week 17. Plus, the Colts' gains, Sean Payton's missteps and more.
A recent rash of injuries at receiver didn't slow offenses, writes John Clayton. Plus, the Panthers' rise; the Steelers' fall and more.
Drew Brees and Peyton Manning continue to impress, writes John Clayton. Plus, more fourth-quarter flair from Indianapolis.
John Clayton's First and 10: With a week to prepare, will defenses be able to rein in the scoring a bit in Week 2?
Three early safeties set the tone for a strange Week 1, writes John Clayton.