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Past articles by Rob:

5 things to watch in Panthers-Patriots game

The New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers face off this Sunday afternoon in a clash of 2-1 contenders. Both are coming off shaky performances, with the Patriots scraping by the Texans last week due to some late Tom Brady magic and turnover luck, while the Panthers fell to the Saints after starting the season a sloppy […] → Read More

5 Worst Rookie Performances From Week 3 In NFL

Through three weeks in the NFL, the 2017 NFL Draft class has made what amounts to a medium impact. The highlights have been great, and Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt has carried the torch for the entire class with back-to-back-to-back spectacular performances. Without him, there are a few bright spots, a couple of guys who have […] → Read More

5 best rookie performances from Week 3 in NFL

The NFL rookies on offense seemed to get off to a fast start this season, with teams putting players such as Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook and Kareem Hunt front and center in their offenses. In Week 3, we saw things settle a bit and roles become more clearly defined. And defensively, rookies are […] → Read More

5 Things To Watch In Texans-Patriots Game

The New England Patriots and Houston Texans meet this Sunday in a reunion of 2016 division winners who met in the second round of the playoffs last season. Both teams enter the weekend at 1-1. The Texans have the added benefit of a few extra days of preparation after winning on Thursday Night Football last […] → Read More

5 Most Disappointing Rookie Performances From NFL Week 2

A bad week by a rookie is nothing to worry about most of the time. A week ago I was underwhelmed by some big names who were overmatched by their situations, but for others who struggled I had at least one or two reasons to be impressed. This week, two rookie quarterbacks flipped situations and […] → Read More

5 most impressive rookie performances from NFL Week 2

Week 2 wasn’t necessarily the coming-out party for this rookie class that played last week, when three runners went over 100 yards and a flurry of other players impressed in their debuts. Still, the 2017 NFL Draft class has made solid contribution across the board. On offense, at least 20 teams have one rookie or […] → Read More

Report | Some Bengals Want Colin Kaepernick

Some Bengals players believe the team should free agent Colin Kaepernick to replace Andy Dalton at quarterback. → Read More

Bears Won't Bench Mike Glennon For Mitchell Trubisky In Week 3

The Chicago Bears will not make a quarterback change after their blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. → Read More

Growing parallels on path to NFL between Josh Rosen and Dan Marino

Some of the greatest passers to see the gridiron have at times been their own worst enemy. The fine line between making a costly mistake and a spectacular throw can be razor thin. After all, football is a game of inches. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is all too familiar with the ups and downs of […] → Read More

How Jordy Nelson's Injury Affects Packers Offense

The Green Bay Packers entered their game against the Atlanta Falcons knowing they could have a shootout on their hands. Even if their defense had improved from last season’s debacle, the Falcons have a potent offense. They are going to score points. The Packers needed to be able to match their scoring drives. They were […] → Read More

Seat Warming Up For Saints Coach Sean Payton

There’s one thing that can be said about the New Orleans Saints: They are consistent. Whether it’s mediocre 7-9 finishes the last three seasons or the team’s horrendous Septembers to forget now going on four seasons, the Saints have trouble getting going. On Sunday, it was another example. When an NFL team scores 30 points, it […] → Read More

Center prospect Teddy Blueger could figure into early plans

Believe it or not, the NHL regular season is a mere two and a half weeks away. And yet, the Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t pulled the trigger on a trade for a third-line center. That fact can’t be all that surprising. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has remained steadfast in his belief that his team can […] → Read More

Steelers Defense May Not Be Tested For While

PITTSBURGH — It is difficult to assess the strength of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense through two games. The Steelers have won the opposing quarterback lottery while beginning the season 2-0. They faced Cleveland Browns rookie DeShone Kizer in a season-opening 21-18 road win, then beat the Minnesota Vikings, 26-9, on Sunday at Heinz Field while facing […] → Read More

Rothstein Files | Brutal holiday slate awaits UConn

1. UConn’s late December schedule epitomizes brutality Think Kevin Ollie is going to be able to enjoy Christmas? Guess again. With both nonconference and conference schedules for the 2017-18 season currently being finalized throughout college basketball, UConn finally released all of its details for the upcoming year this past week and the biggest thing that […] → Read More

Packers defense sees stars after being steamrolled by Falcons

The Green Bay Packers looked forward to their Sunday night showdown with the Atlanta Falcons. While the game was pitched as a clash between two of the league’s top quarterbacks, the main focus in Green Bay was its defense. To say the Falcons had their way with the Packers’ defense the last two times they […] → Read More

Falcons Prove To Still Be Class Of NFC In Win Over Packers

New digs, same results. The Atlanta Falcons opened Mercedes-Benz Stadium the same way they closed the Georgia Dome: by thrashing the Green Bay Packers, 34-23. Back in January, it was for the NFC championship. Sunday night, it was just Week 2 of the regular season and the first regular season affair in the Falcons’ new […] → Read More

Aaron Rodgers Throws 300th Career TD Pass

Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game, did not go as planned for the Green Bay Packers as they lost by the final score of 34-23. But quarterback Aaron Rodgers did reach a career milestone, as his shovel pass to Ty Montgomery with 5:54 remaining was the 300th passing touchdown of Rodgers’ career. → Read More

Falcons down Packers on SNF

The Atlanta Falcons played their first game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday and made quite the impression in their new home, thrashing the Green Bay Packers by double digits with a final score of 34-23. Two potent offenses traded touchdowns in the first, with Devonta Freeman’s rushing touchdown early in the first quarter followed up […] → Read More

Marc Leishman Wins BMW Championship

Marc Leishman claimed victory at the BMW Championship on Sunday afternoon from Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois. He cruised to victory with a five stroke defeat over Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose, who finished tied for second, with Jason Day coming up behind them in fourth. He began the tournament shooting a […] → Read More

3 and out | 3 NFL quick hits from Sunday’s Week 2 action

Here are three quick NFL observations coming out of Sunday’s Week 2 games: 1. Will Sean Payton pull a Marvin Lewis? — On Friday morning, hours after a terrible Thursday night loss to the Houston Texans, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese. The two had worked together since 2003, which […] → Read More