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  1. Ranking Week 17's biggest games

    Mike Sando

    Week 17, also known as Super Bowl week in Dallas, is going to be a wild one not just in Texas, but across the NFL. At least 10 teams will fight for five playoff berths, four teams will claim division titles and, in a shocker, Seattle might not be one...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  2. Is Brady best ever? Not yet, but time is on his side

    Mike Sando

    While seven seasoned evaluators placed Tom Brady solidly in the top 10 quarterbacks of all time, Johnny Unitas consistently ranked higher than any other QB, Mike Sando writes.

    Story | Conversation | January 30, 2008
  3. In the playoffs, the only guarantee is that there is none

    Mike Sando

    A strong playoff team needs to run the ball well and be able to stop the run -- or does it? Mike Sando measures that "truth" and others against recent NFL playoff teams to get a handle on the postseason.

    Story | Conversation | January 02, 2008
  4. Best 'breakthrough' coaching candidates

    Mike Sando

    The NFL divides into distinct groups once the regular season runs its course. While 12 teams prepare for the playoffs, others line up candidates to fill newly created head coaching vacancies. The contrast is striking given the narrow line that someti...

    Blog | December 28, 2013
  5. NFL Power Rankings: How they voted

    Mike Sando

    The top four teams in ESPN's final 2012 NFL Power Rankings should come as no surprise. All four have first-round byes in the playoffs. The top three -- Denver, Atlanta and San Francisco -- remain unchanged from last week. New England is fourth....

    Blog | January 01, 2013
  6. NFL Power Rankings: How they voted

    Mike Sando

    The Seattle Seahawks and the NFL won big Sunday night. That 42-13 victory Seattle posted over the San Francisco 49ers made Green Bay a strong favorite to secure the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoff race. If the Packers do secure that second seed,...

    Blog | December 24, 2012
  7. NFL Power Rankings: How they voted

    Mike Sando

    The mission is clear for the reigning No. 1 team in ESPN's NFL Power Rankings: Keep quarterback Matt Schaub healthy at all costs. The Texans lost Schaub late last season and had no chance to advance through the playoffs as a result. With Schaub he...

    Blog | November 27, 2012
  8. 2012 NFL draft order as Week 16 nears end

    Mike Sando

    While the San Francisco 49ers fans sweat over playoff seeding, those following the other NFC West teams have 2012 NFL draft order to consider heading into Week 17. OleSagginSeahawk visited an earlier item and asked in the comments section how fini...

    Blog | December 26, 2011
  9. Cards, Seahawks could both make playoffs

    Mike Sando

    Tis the season for NFL playoff scenarios. We know the San Francisco 49ers are headed to the postseason as NFC West champs. We know the Arizona Cardinals or Seattle Seahawks remain in the wild-card hunt. I did not know the Cardinals and Seahawks...

    Blog | December 13, 2011
  10. NFL Power Rankings: How they voted

    Mike Sando

    The last season in which the San Francisco 49ers fielded a playoff team, they peaked at No. 2 in ESPN's NFL Power Rankings. That was way back in Week 11 of 2002, when Steve Mariucci, Jeff Garcia, Terrell Owens and Garrison Hearst defined the 49ers...

    Blog | October 18, 2011
  11. Rough opening week for division winners

    Mike Sando

    At least five NFL teams per year since 1996 have earned playoff berths after failing to do so the previous season. Five of the eight defending division champs lost Sunday, tying the NFL record set last season, according to ESPN Stats & Informa...

    Blog | September 12, 2011
  12. Logic prevails: No playoff re-seeding

    Mike Sando

    The NFL has bigger things to worry about than reseeding the playoffs to prevent another division winner from qualifying with a losing record. The Atlanta Falcons' Rich McKay, chairman of the competition committee, told reporters during a conferen...

    Blog | March 16, 2011
  13. Almost forgot: Regretting Cutler criticism

    Mike Sando

    Seattle Seahawks defensive end Raheem Brock was among those leading the charge on Twitter when NFL players questioned Jay Cutler's toughness during the playoffs. Brock used the term "sissy" to describe Cutler after the Chicago Bears quarterback fa...

    Blog | March 01, 2011
  14. Playoff reseeding takes a back seat

    Mike Sando

    With labor unrest and a Super Bowl seating fiasco, the NFL has more important things to worry about than reseeding the playoffs to prevent another losing team from getting a home playoff game as a division winner. Making significant changes to the...

    Blog | February 11, 2011
  15. Field positions: No mud to sling Sunday

    Mike Sando

    FORT WORTH, Texas -- Postseason visitors Seattle and Green Bay weren't the only ones to notice the shoddy playing surface at Soldier Field. The Chicago Bears' own players cast 21 "poor" votes for their playing surface in the NFL Players Associatio...

    Blog | February 03, 2011
  16. Cardinals NFL's oldest team in Week 17

    Mike Sando

    The Cardinals owned the NFL's oldest roster by average age entering Week 17. They were third-oldest when I removed quarterbacks from the equation. Arizona takes a veteran team into the playoffs. The Packers have often fielded one of the two you...

    Blog | January 09, 2010