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Recent articles by Ben:

The X Factors for All 32 NFL Teams

Every team’s season hinges on someone. Which players have the ability to make—or break—their squad’s campaign? → Read More

The Six Least-Predictable Units of the NFL Offseason

Summer is a time for rampant optimism and even more rampant narratives—but some narratives aren’t so easy to identify → Read More

Seven Takeaways From the 2022 NFL Draft

The quarterbacks fell … and fell, and fell, and fell. But a few teams managed to have great draft classes while others left us scratching our heads. → Read More

There’s Never Been a First Overall Pick Like Travon Walker

The former Georgia defensive end had an unremarkable college career, yet now finds himself heading to Jacksonville as this year’s top pick. The Jaguars’ bold selection is a case study in how much potential matters in the NFL draft. → Read More

Kyle Hamilton Is the Best Player in the NFL Draft. Why Won’t He Be the No. 1 Pick?

The league has historically overlooked safeties, and appears poised to do so again in April’s draft. But a closer look reveals the value of the position is on the rise—and Hamilton is the perfect prospect to maximize a defense. → Read More

There Are No Easy Answers for Baker Mayfield or the Browns

Mayfield wants out. Cleveland has no better quarterback options. Both sides are angry, but they also may be forced to stick with each other. → Read More

The Colts Are Running Out of Time to Get the Quarterback Position Right

After trading away Carson Wentz, Indianapolis will have its fifth starting quarterback in as many seasons. A failure to get aggressive under center is costing a talented roster its Super Bowl window. → Read More

The New Path to a Super Bowl

The last two Lombardi Trophies have been won by teams with veteran quarterbacks in their first seasons with a new franchise. What effect will the 2020 Buccaneers and 2021 Rams have on team-building around the NFL? → Read More

It’s Time to Recognize Trey Hendrickson As an Elite Pass Rusher

The Bengals defensive end has come into his own during the team’s playoff run. But his rise as a star defensive talent began years ago. → Read More

What’s Next for Jimmy Garoppolo?

The 49ers quarterback nearly guided the team to another Super Bowl berth, but San Francisco is poised to move on. Is Garoppolo good? And what does the future hold for the veteran QB? → Read More

Four Takeaways From the NFL’s First Wave of Head Coaching Hires

Nathaniel Hackett is the new boss in Denver. Matt Eberflus is the guy in Chicago. And Byron Leftwich will take over in Jacksonville … maybe. The coaching carousel has begun to spin. → Read More

The Intertwined Evolutions of Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay

The two coaches have been linked since their days in Washington and have employed similar offenses across their careers. But recently, their philosophies have diverged—and the NFC championship game won’t be decided by their similarities, but their differences. → Read More

A Classic Tom Brady–Led Comeback Fell Just Short. What’s Next?

Brady had enough magic for another unbelievable playoff win … until he didn’t → Read More

Deebo Samuel Isn’t a Wide Receiver or a Running Back. He’s a Skeleton Key.

Backfield tandems are often called "thunder and lightning." Samuel is both packaged into one. → Read More

The Eagles’ Future With Jalen Hurts Has Never Been Murkier

The second-year quarterback played well enough in 2021 to earn more time as a starter. But the team’s blowout playoff loss to the Buccaneers exposed the ceiling of any Hurts-led football team. → Read More

The Offensive Player of the Year Race Is Coming Down to the Wire

The margin between Cooper Kupp and Jonathan Taylor couldn’t be slimmer. And who wins the award will say a lot about what type of football voters find impressive in the modern NFL. → Read More

The Detroit Lions Have the NFL’s Most Promising Rebuild

The recent play of Amon-Ra St. Brown, the coaching of Dan Campbell, and a number of other positive developments make the future look bright for one of the NFL’s worst teams → Read More

The Eagles’ Running Game Has Made Them a Potential Playoff Spoiler

It’s not just Jalen Hurts—Philadelphia has a multifaceted rushing attack that has proved nearly impossible for defenses to stop → Read More

This NFL Season, Parity May Finally Extend Deep Into the Playoffs

Without many favorites to speak of—or at least favorites worthy of trust—no teams seem preordained to win the Super Bowl. That makes predictions hard. But it may also make the reality that much more exciting. → Read More

The Chargers Have Quietly Turned Their Offense Into a Juggernaut

Early in the season, a lack of success on early downs frequently put Los Angeles into tight situations. A handful of smart, subtle tweaks have fixed that problem—and could have this team primed for postseason success. → Read More