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Recent articles by Steven:

NFL Week 1 Hype Check: Which Teams Lived Up to Their Offseason Billing—and Which Didn’t?

After a summer of unprecedented player movement and plenty of buzz over upgraded players, units, and teams, it’s time to see which look as good as (or better than) expected, and which look much worse → Read More

Can Rashod Bateman Unlock the Baltimore Ravens Offense—and Lamar Jackson?

After back-to-back down seasons, Greg Roman and Co. are revamping the Ravens’ scheme. And they’re doing so with the second-year receiver front of mind. → Read More

Justin Herbert Is Known for His Arm. But His Mental Game May Be Even Better.

The third-year pro is quickly climbing the list of top quarterbacks in the NFL. And Chargers coaches say that’s due to a processing ability matched only by some of the greatest of all time. → Read More

Why the NFL Wide Receiver Bubble May Not Burst—or at Least Not Anytime Soon

As Terry McLaurin’s new deal shows, big contracts for NFL wideouts aren’t going away, even with the constant influx of new, young talent. And that’s largely due to the league’s offensive—and defensive—evolution. → Read More

Which Units Could Be the NFL’s Most Improved in 2022?

As the Chiefs’ offensive line showed last year, it is possible to turn a weakness into a strength in just one offseason. Did these teams manage the same this spring? → Read More

How NFL Contenders Can Fix Their Remaining Roster Weaknesses

Now that we’re through the draft and primary wave of free agency, it may seem like teams’ rosters are set. Fortunately for contenders, though, there are still plenty of options to shore up their remaining holes. → Read More

How Will the Giants Answer Their Daniel Jones Question?

The deadline for New York to pick up Jones’s fifth-year option is fast approaching. And how the team handles that could dictate its team-building approach for years to come. → Read More

How the Jalen Ramsey–Ja’Marr Chase Battle Could Shape the Outcome of the Super Bowl

The Rams corner thrives on physical matchups, and he’ll certainly get that going up against the rookie Bengals receiver. But how successful Ramsey is at limiting Chase could affect L.A.’s defensive plan—and so much more. → Read More

The Titans Are Finally Healthy. But Will That Be Enough for Them to Make a Run?

This season, Tennessee has been defined by its injuries. Now that its stars are back in the fold, though, does this team have enough to live up to its no. 1 seed? → Read More

The Six Biggest Lessons From NFL Wild-Card Weekend

After three blowouts, one legitimately close game, and another that will be remembered for a series of Mike McCarthy blunders, wild-card weekend is almost in the books. And there’s plenty to learn from what transpired. → Read More

Which NFL QBs Could Be on the Move This Offseason? And Where Might They End Up?

With many unsettled passers still under contract for next season, this spring could see one of the more interesting QB markets in recent memory. Will Russell Wilson, Baker Mayfield and Co. actually end up changing teams? And if so, where might they go? → Read More

The Rooting Guide for Every Potential NFL Playoff Team Entering Week 18

At this point in the calendar, most teams know whether they’ll be playing in the postseason or not. But there’s still a lot at stake in the final week of the regular season—so here’s how each possible playoff team should want things to shake out. → Read More

This Ravens Offense Is Failing Lamar Jackson. What Does Baltimore Need to Fix It?

Baltimore’s recent frustrations on offense don’t just stem from this recent slump; they’ve been coming since the end of the 2019 season. Can Greg Roman and Co. turn things around? Or is a bigger change needed? → Read More

What’s Really Wrong With the Rams Offense?

Matthew Stafford was supposed to supercharge Sean McVay’s scheme. But the offense has become stagnant in recent weeks. What gives? → Read More

Are Aaron Rodgers’s and Russell Wilson’s Futures Any Clearer Than They Were This Offseason?

After a summer when both quarterbacks expressed frustration with their respective teams, one is set up to make another postseason run, while the other might be just as dissatisfied as before → Read More

What Do These Contenders’ Shocking Week 9 Losses Say About Their Playoff Futures?

It was a bad week to be a good team in the NFL. But did the Bills, Cowboys, Rams, Bengals, and Packers expose their weaknesses on Sunday? Or was this just a blip? → Read More

What Will Sean Payton and the Saints Decide to Do at Quarterback?

With Jameis Winston out for the season with a torn ACL, New Orleans has a big decision to make: move forward with Trevor Siemian, revamp the offense around Taysom Hill, or bring in an outside veteran. The team’s playoff hopes hang in the balance. → Read More

How Did Odell Beckham Jr. and the Browns Get to This Point? And Where Do They Go From Here?

With the star receiver being asked to sit out practice on Wednesday, it appears he and the team have reached an impasse. How did things get this bad? And will he soon be moving on? → Read More

Which AFC Teams Are Real Contenders, and Which Have a Fatal Flaw?

Ten AFC teams are sitting at .500 or above—and that doesn’t even include the defending conference champion Chiefs. So which of those have a realistic shot at the Super Bowl, and which are just crowding the field? → Read More

The Chiefs’ Issues Are Too Big for Even Patrick Mahomes to Cover

After a nightmare outing against the Titans on Sunday, Kansas City is continuing to trend downward—and the competition is only going to get tougher from here → Read More