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The Cowboys Have Plenty to Think About This Offseason—but Not Their QB

Dak Prescott has received criticism for his up-and-down season, and his play in the divisional round. But he is still a top player in the NFL—and the Cowboys’ chances are much better with him than without him. → Read More

How Will Lamar Jackson’s Standoff With the Ravens End?

Jackson hasn’t played since December, didn’t travel for the team’s playoff loss in Cincinnati, and, most notably, doesn’t yet have a contract for next year. Is this the beginning of the end for him and Baltimore? Or will their standoff end? → Read More

The Five Biggest Takeaways from NFL Wild-Card Weekend

What seemed like it could be a dud of a first round going in ended up featuring close games, a massive comeback, and surprising performances. Here’s what those games showed about the winning teams and what that could mean for their upcoming games. → Read More

The Five Teams NFL Contenders Should Be Afraid to See on Wild-Card Weekend

There’s always a team that sneaks into the first round of the playoffs and makes some noise. But in this bizarre season, there could be more than just one. Here are the teams that are getting healthy, figuring things out, or that just Have Tom Brady and could be dangerous in the postseason. → Read More

One Big Question Facing Each Super Bowl Contender

It was a weird week for the NFL’s upper crust of teams, filled with close wins against inferior competition and a historic comeback needed just to beat the Colts. So here are questions facing each of the top seven teams—the answers could determine how far those teams go this season. → Read More

How Much Should These NFL Playoff Hopefuls Be Panicking After Sunday?

Seven teams that were in line to make the playoffs lost on Sunday. But we learned very different things about the Vikings and Giants compared to, say, the Titans and Dolphins. → Read More

Deshaun Watson’s Return Often Felt Like Any Other Game. That’s the Problem.

The Browns quarterback made his first on-field appearance in 700 days on Sunday. But rather than address the real, important reasons for his absence, most people in the NFL machine seemed content to leave them in the past. → Read More

Can the Broncos Salvage Their Russell Wilson Bet?

For years, Denver seemed a franchise quarterback away from contention. Now the Broncos are supposed to have one, and yet everything is going wrong. Are the ills of this offense fixable? If not, what other paths do the Broncos have going forward? → Read More

Who Really Won and Lost the Biggest Trades of the NFL Offseason?

Halfway through the season, it’s becoming clear that some moves worked out well for both sides, some were incredibly lopsided, and some were just tough all around → Read More

The 2022 NFL Midseason Superlatives

From the league’s best quarterback to its oldest coach making a comeback to the worst attempt at recreating the TB12 method, here are some honors (and dishonors) for the people and teams that have shaped the first half of the season → Read More

The 2022 NFL Quarter(ish)-Season Awards

Five weeks into the NFL season, is Josh Allen still the MVP favorite? Who from the Eagles is working themselves into the award conversation? And how does Geno Smith fit into all of this? → Read More

The NFL’s Best Offenses in 2022 Aren’t the Ones With Superstar QBs

The NFL’s best, most consistent offenses aren’t being run by Joe Burrow, Tom Brady, or Russell Wilson. Instead, they’re helmed by middle-of-the-pack passers with excellent run games. What does this mean for the rest of the season? And can those star-led teams get back on track? → Read More

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