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  1. NFC Championship Preview: Packers vs. Seahawks

    Bill Barnwell

    The Seattle Seahawks hosted the Green Bay Packers 134 days ago in the game that kicked off the NFL season. It feels closer to 134 months ago. That was before the second Ray Rice tape hit TMZ, before Adrian Peterson's arrest, and before Roger Goo...

    Blog | January 16, 2015
  2. AFC Championship Preview: Colts vs. Patriots

    Bill Barnwell

    The Indianapolis Colts are probably awfully sick of proving themselves by now. After they opened as six-point favorites at home against the Bengals in the wild-card round, the line shifted against Indy and moved all the way to three before bettors be...

    Blog | January 15, 2015
  3. NFL Divisional Preview: Sunday Edition

    Bill Barnwell

    The lead-up to Sunday's playoff games is dominated by a pair of injured quarterbacks. In Green Bay, there's Aaron Rodgers, whose calf ailment appeared in Week 16 before biting down hard in the North-clinching win against the Lions. While Ro...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  4. NFL Divisional Preview: Saturday Edition

    Bill Barnwell

    Two full days of NFL playoff action are on the schedule, so let's break them down. Tomorrow, we'll take on the two Sunday games; today, let's look at Saturday's matchups. You'll have to look hard to find somebody who thinks ...

    Blog | January 08, 2015
  5. Together We Make Playoffs: The 2015 NFL Wild-Card Preview

    Bill Barnwell

    The first week of professional football in 2015 brings us a wild-card weekend less familiar than it might seem. As traditional as it feels to see the likes of the Bengals and Colts alongside a Ravens-Steelers tilt in the playoffs, just three of the e...

    Blog | January 02, 2015
  6. Week 13 Wrap-up: A February Preview?

    Bill Barnwell

    If Sunday's game between the Packers and the Patriots was actually a preview of the Super Bowl, we've got a very exciting game on tap in February. Green Bay's 26-21 victory over New England was a rare bird, a game in which the Packers ...

    Blog | December 01, 2014
  7. NFL Week 6 Picks: Question Everything

    Bill Barnwell

    I have to admit I was tempted to just make this entire Week 6 preview out of J.J. Watt GIFs from Thursday night's Texans-Colts game and call it a column. I know that he's not better at quarterback than Ryan Fitzpatrick, if only because Fitz...

    Blog | October 10, 2014
  8. Week 4 Picks and Preview: It’s the Coaching, Stupid

    Bill Barnwell

    You know a good NFL quarterback when you see one, right? Sure, it might take a few hundred passes and a playoff game or two to really get a grip on how good a passer looks, but watch a guy for a few games and you shouldn't find it too difficult ...

    Blog | September 26, 2014
  9. NFL Season Predictions, Part 3: The Rising

    Bill Barnwell

    After the grimness of spring and summer, real professional football is finally back. For this sunny, happy day, it's only appropriate to provide a rosier outlook during today's installment of the NFL preview. With the eight worst teams in f...

    Blog | September 04, 2014
  10. NFL Season Predictions, Part 2: The Falling Stars

    Bill Barnwell

    After starting yesterday with a look at the eight contestants for football's worst record, the Grantland NFL Preview continues onward by detailing eight teams that are likely to decline in 2014. Now, before you go any further, chill. This...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  11. NFL Season Predictions, Part 1: The Cellar Dwellers

    Bill Barnwell

    The rosters have been pared down to 53 men, and with thousands of words of preamble out of the way, it's time to finish up the 2014 NFL Preview. As always, during this last week of boring before the NFL season finally begins, we break up the lea...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  12. Predicting the NFL’s Unpredictable

    Bill Barnwell

    Nothing is a surprise in the NFL, even the surprises. Sure, there will be teams that come from out of nowhere and blaze a path to the playoffs, like last year's Chiefs, but they're just the latest in a string of teams that rode up...

    Blog | August 29, 2014
  13. The It Factor

    Bill Barnwell

    If you want to succeed in the NFL, you simply have to have that "It Factor." The defending Super Bowl champions are led by a quarterback, Russell Wilson, who, Jon Gruden said, "had the 'it' factor unlike any quarterback I&#03...

    Blog | August 27, 2014
  14. The Day the Rams' Season Imploded

    Bill Barnwell

    The Rams did this to themselves. When they decided to tread water this offseason and stick with Sam Bradford and his $17.6 million cap hit as their starter for the 2014 campaign, they left themselves with a low-upside, high-downside option a...

    Blog | August 25, 2014
  15. The Showstoppers

    Bill Barnwell

    You already know that the defending NFL champions are a unique team. The Seattle Seahawks have a quarterback who is two sizes too small, a running back seemingly powered by candy, and an unconscionably loud home stadium. Something else is strange abo...

    Blog | August 22, 2014
  16. The Sound and Fury of the NFL Preseason

    Bill Barnwell

    The preseason doesn't matter. We run through the same stuff every year, only with different faces. There's the bad team that looks great in meaningless action. The reclamation project at quarterback who looks revitalized and new. The unknow...

    Blog | August 20, 2014