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  1. Teams most likely to return to playoffs

    Mike Sando

    The first Super Bowl in the New York metropolitan area features two teams from far, far away. That is fitting because the West teams were best in 2013. While six of the eight NFL teams from the AFC West and NFC West finished with winning records, the...

    Blog | January 23, 2014
  2. What should Cincy do with Andy Dalton?

    Mike Sando

    The Cincinnati Bengals face a critical decision at quarterback following their latest playoff defeat with Andy Dalton behind center. They do not have to make the decision today, and that is probably a good thing. Some frustrated fans surely wouldn't ...

    Blog | January 06, 2014
  3. 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
  4. The read-option overreaction - NFL

    Mike Sando

    Mike Sando writes why certain quarterbacks -- like Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson -- can make it work while others cannot. He also writes why the system is used much less than people think.

    Story | Conversation | September 07, 2013
  5. NFL - Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers among top 10 QBs for 2016

    Mike Sando

    Mike Sando projects who the top NFL quarterbacks will be in 2016. Aaron Rodgers tops the list.

    Story | Conversation | June 20, 2013
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Scenarios for Seahawks to clinch playoffs

    Mike Sando

    The Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals are assured a playoff berth by winning Sunday. There is a chance Seattle will have clinched a playoff berth before kicking off against the San Francisco 49ers in the Sunday night game...

    Blog | December 22, 2012
  9. 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
  10. Wrap-up: Bengals 23, Cardinals 16

    Mike Sando

    Thoughts on the Arizona Cardinals' 23-16 road defeat against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16: What it means: The Cardinals were eliminated from playoff contention while losing for only the second time since opening the season with a 1-6 record. ...

    Blog | December 24, 2011
  11. Final Word: NFC West

    Mike Sando

    Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 16: About those playoff scenarios. The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks must win Saturday to remain in contention for the fifth or sixth seed in the NFC. But if Detroit beats San Diego and Atlanta wins ag...

    Blog | December 23, 2011
  12. Whether 49ers could succeed in playoffs

    Mike Sando

    It's tough to say the 6-1 San Francisco 49ers aren't getting respect. They were second in ESPN's most recent NFL Power Rankings. Unlike more established teams, the 49ers still invite skepticism for getting to 6-1 with an offense that ranks 23rd...

    Blog | November 03, 2011
  13. 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
  14. Where will Seahawks find elite talent?

    Mike Sando

    The Seattle Seahawks won a playoff game last season despite having no players named to the Pro Bowl, even as an injury replacement. Given the relative lack of talent, perhaps coach Pete Carroll deserved stronger consideration in ESPN.com's recent ...

    Blog | April 14, 2011
  15. 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
  16. 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