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  1. Cutler deal hurts Chiefs with Alex Smith

    Mike Sando

    The Kansas City Chiefs could not beat Andrew Luck in the playoffs last season. They will have to overcome another strong-armed quarterback, Jay Cutler, to succeed in contract negotiations with their own starter, Alex Smith. That is because the dea...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  2. Are Broncos risking future to win now?

    Mike Sando

    The Denver Broncos own the NFL's best regular-season record in the two seasons since quarterback Peyton Manning improbably hit the market and signed with them. However, they are only 2-2 in the playoffs over that span, compared to a combined 12-3 for...

    Blog | March 12, 2014
  3. The Niners' Kaepernick dilemma

    Mike Sando

    Colin Kaepernick has a 21-8 record with four playoff victories and one Super Bowl appearance since becoming the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback during the 2012 season. Not everyone loves everything about his game, but it's tough finding qua...

    Blog | February 11, 2014
  4. 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
  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. 2013's biggest game-changers

    Mike Sando

    The Green Bay Packers needed 8 yards for a first down and roughly 20 to get comfortably into range for the go-ahead field goal try with a playoff berth on the line at Chicago on Sunday. What they got instead was one of the more memorable plays in tea...

    Blog | December 31, 2013
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Around the NFC West: Playoff predictions

    Mike Sando

    Good morning, NFC West. We're going to dive into this first week following offseason programs with playoff predictions from ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth. Around the NFC West: June 17, 2013 Arizona Cardinals Urban: Arians' style,...

    Blog | June 17, 2013
  12. New sod at FedEx Field could affect 49ers

    Mike Sando

    Robert Griffin III and Chris Clemons suffered serious knee injuries during their teams' playoff game on a shoddy surface at FedEx Field last season. It's tough to know whether bad sod influenced either injury or to what degree. The Washington R...

    Blog | April 24, 2013
  13. Jeff Fisher: 'They've gotta play us, too'

    Mike Sando

    PHOENIX -- Jeff Fisher's St. Louis Rams were tough on the NFC West last season. They went 4-1-1 against a division producing two playoff teams. 2012 Rams by Opponent (Per Game) Division NFC West Others PPG 20.0 17.9 ...

    Blog | March 20, 2013
  14. Ed Reed and 49ers' championship window

    Mike Sando

    Corey from Florida wants to know the likelihood of the San Francisco 49ers adding Ed Reed to replace Dashon Goldson. "And how strange is it that the Niners seem to love signing players from teams that defeated them the previous playoffs?" Corey as...

    Blog | March 12, 2013
  15. Sizing up NFC West QBs in the red zone

    Mike Sando

    2012 Playoff QBs in Red Zone QB Wilson Kaepernick Action plays 22 18 Drop backs 17 14 Comp. 7 5 Att. 15 11 Pct. 46.7 45.5 Yards 38 36 Yards/att. 2.5 3.3 TD-INT ...

    Blog | February 07, 2013
  16. Slim pickings: Can 49ers pick off Flacco?

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has gone 162 pass attempts without throwing an interception. His team has a 9-0 record this season, counting playoffs, when Flacco plays a full game and does not throw an interception. The San...

    Blog | February 03, 2013