1. Young Panthers Linebackers Will Have to Grow Up in a Hurry vs. Broncos

    The Carolina Panthers rode a combination of an explosive offense and a stout defense to the NFL 's best record in 2015 and a berth opposite the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 31,273 reads 27 comments

  2. Shutting Down Panthers TE Greg Olsen Key for Broncos Pass D in Super Bowl 50

    After watching the Carolina Panthers hang an NFC Championship Game-record 49 points on the Arizona Cardinals , there's little question the Denver Broncos ' top-ranked defense faces its stiffest test of the season in Super Bowl 50...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 14,643 reads 162 comments

  3. Panthers Secondary Faces Toughest Test of Season vs. Cardinals in NFC Title Game

    The Carolina Panthers have spent most of the 2015 season as the big dogs of the National Football League, thanks in large part to a defense that ranks sixth in the league in both yards and points allowed...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 19,860 reads 185 comments

  4. NFL Playoff Predictions: Bleacher Report's Conference Championship Picks

    And then there were four. After last week's divisional round, four teams remain in the race to reach Santa Clara, California, and Super Bowl 50. There won't be any Cinderellas at this year's big ball either...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 201,761 reads 446 comments

  5. Big Game from Patrick Peterson Crucial for Cardinals Victory in NFC Championship

    In the lead-up to Sunday's NFC Championship Game, there will be no shortage of discussion regarding quarterbacks Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers and Carson Palmer of the Arizona Cardinals ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 17,722 reads 62 comments

  6. Cardinals Get Badly Needed Wake-Up Call in Wild Win vs. Packers

    In 2015, the Arizona Cardinals have been one of the NFL 's best teams. They possess a potent offense brimming with talent. A swarming defense capable of shutting down opponents...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 132,377 reads 280 comments

  7. Doug Pederson Hire Should Return NFL Normalcy to Eagles After Nightmare 2015

    To say that the 2015 season was a disappointment for the Philadelphia Eagles would be a massive understatement. After a pair of 10-win seasons, head coach Chip Kelly was given the keys to the car—complete personnel control...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 37,093 reads 75 comments

  8. Ben McAdoo Gives New York Giants Continuity—for Better or Worse

    As soon as it became available, the head coaching job for the New York Giants was considered the crown jewel of this year's class of vacancies...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 124,337 reads 231 comments

  9. NFL Playoff Predictions: Bleacher Report's Expert Consensus Divisional Picks

    We bore witness to a bit of NFL history being made in the 2016 Wild Card Round. For the first time ever, all four road teams were victorious in the same playoff weekend...

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  10. Vontaze Burfict Got What He Deserves with 3-Game Suspension

    On Saturday night, the Cincinnati Bengals , perhaps the most talented team in this year's playoffs, experienced one of the bigger meltdowns in NFL postseason history...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 102,779 reads 239 comments

  11. Adam Gase Perfect Hire to Fix Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill

    After investing tens of millions of dollars on both sides of the ball last offseason, the Miami Dolphins were a trendy pick in many circles to take the "next step" in 2015...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 48,379 reads 182 comments

  12. Ben Roethlisberger's Jekyll-and-Hyde Act May Spell Playoff Trouble for Steelers

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is an NFL superstar. An elite player at football's most important position...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 23,919 reads 61 comments

  13. Sean Payton Returning Sets up Make-or-Break Year for Coach, Saints in 2016

    As the New Orleans Saints pitched and lurched their way to a 7-9 record in 2015, speculation grew that the only coach to bring a Super Bowl win to the Big Easy could be nearing the end of the line...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 25,671 reads 96 comments

  14. NFL Playoff Predictions: Bleacher Report's Expert Consensus Wild-Card Picks

    The NFL 's second season is underway. On Saturday, the Wild Card Round of the 2015-16 NFL playoffs will begin. Thirty-two teams entered the season with dreams of making it to Santa Clara, California, and Super Bowl 50...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 245,652 reads 551 comments

  15. Steelers Deserve Playoff Berth but Live and Die with Ben Roethlisberger

    After losing to the Baltimore Ravens in shocking fashion a week ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers ' chances of making the postseason looked pretty bleak as 2016 dawned...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 17,487 reads 126 comments

  16. Bleacher Report's 2015 NFL Awards

    As difficult as it may be to believe, we've nearly reached the end of the line—both for 2015 and another regular season in the National Football League. And what a season it's been...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 206,177 reads 736 comments

  17. NFL Picks Week 17: Bleacher Report's Expert Consensus Picks

    Well, this is it. It seems like only yesterday the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots were kicking off the 2015 NFL season. But now only one Sunday of football remains in the regular season...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 148,730 reads 300 comments

  18. Bleacher Report's Week 16 NFL Awards

    The mighty have fallen. Actually, in Week 16, the mighty fell all over the place in the NFL . The New England Patriots were defeated by the New York Jets after one of the most bizarre beginnings to overtime you'll ever see...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 16,437 reads 72 comments

  19. Steelers' Deep Problems, Playoff Concerns Resurface in Ugly Loss to Ravens

    The stars were aligning for the Pittsburgh Steelers . Heading into Sunday's road game against an injury-ravaged Baltimore Ravens team playing out the string, the Steelers had won five of six games...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 27,707 reads 196 comments

  20. Do Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins Really Stand a Chance in the Playoffs?

    On Saturday night in Philadelphia, the Washington Redskins completed an unlikely run to an NFC East title, downing the Eagles 38-24...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 91,159 reads 398 comments

  21. Raiders Win Ugly in Possible Last Game in Oakland but Future Looks Bright

    The future looks bright for the Raiders. Notice I did not say the Oakland Raiders . Because for all we know, there won't be an Oakland Raiders at this point in a year...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 55,933 reads 136 comments

  22. NFL Picks Week 16: Bleacher Report's Expert Consensus Picks

    Deck the halls with high-stakes football! There will, however, be no fa-ing or la-ing, so there. Christmas week features a number of games with much on the line...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 169,416 reads 359 comments

  23. Bleacher Report's Week 15 NFL Awards

    'Tis the season —t he season for absolute chaos across the National Football League. Not long ago, the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals looked like they might be the NFL 's two best teams...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 75,612 reads 229 comments

  24. AJ McCarron Proving He Can Lead Bengals in Playoffs

    When Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton broke his thumb in last week's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers , the groan from the Queen City could be felt from coast to coast...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 13,156 reads 60 comments

  25. Jets Keep Wild Card Playoff Hopes Alive with Lackluster Win over Tepid Cowboys

    As there usually is with the New York Jets , there is good news and bad news. The good news is that in downing the Dallas Cowboys 19-16 Saturday night at AT&T Stadium, the Jets kept their wild-card hopes in the AFC very much alive...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about over 1 year ago 70,021 reads 142 comments