1. Bleacher Report's Midseason NFL All-Rookie Team

    We may well look back on 2016 as the Year of the New Guy. We've seen rookies across the NFL have immense success this season. Some, like Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, were expected to make a big dent during their first NFL campaign...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 61,464 reads 102 comments

  2. Carolina Panthers Save Dismal Season with Emphatic Win over Cardinals

    The 2016 season hasn't gone according to plan for the Carolina Panthers . After winning 15 games and representing the NFC in Super Bowl 50 a year ago, the Panthers lurched their way to five losses in six games...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 8,021 reads 44 comments

  3. Jekyll-and-Hyde Titans Contenders in AFC South After Destroying Jaguars on TNF

    The Tennessee Titans are a hard team to figure out. When last we saw them, they were blowing a fourth-quarter lead in Week 7 to the Indianapolis Colts —their 10th consecutive loss to their AFC South rivals...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 27,163 reads 99 comments

  4. Improving Defense Makes Raiders AFC West's Most Dangerous Team

    On Sunday, the Oakland Raiders hung 33 points on the Jacksonville Jaguars in a resounding victory. This isn't news—the Raiders have fielded the AFC West's best offense for most of the 2016 NFL season...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 44,295 reads 168 comments

  5. Packers Offense Finally Shows Signs of Life in TNF Win, but Will It Last?

    At first glance, it might appear that quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers fixed what ailed their offense in Thursday's 26-10 win over the Chicago Bears ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 20,158 reads 69 comments

  6. David Johnson's Brilliance Ends Cardinals' Offensive Identity Crisis

    Last year, the Arizona Cardinals won 13 games, propelled to the NFC West title by one of the NFL 's most prolific passing attacks. In 2016, quarterback Carson Palmer and the passing game have struggled...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 21,371 reads 63 comments

  7. Seahawks Reclaim Crown of NFC's Most Complete Team With Win Over Falcons

    There are a number of surprises in the NFC six weeks into the 2016 season. The conference's lone unbeaten team lost both its starting quarterback and star tailback and keeps winning anyway...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 31,591 reads 278 comments

  8. Broncos Can No Longer Rely on Dominant Defense to Mask Offensive Woes

    Not long ago, the Denver Broncos appeared to be chugging right along. After quarterback Trevor Siemian lit up the Cincinnati Bengals for 312 yards and four scores in Week 3, ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 68,539 reads 221 comments

  9. Broncos Need Trevor Siemian Much More Than We Thought

    Last year, the Denver Broncos rode a stout defense to a victory in Super Bowl 50, overcoming spotty play at quarterback along the way. The thought was the same would hold true this season...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 4 months ago 12,006 reads 32 comments

  10. Sorry, Tony: Win over Bengals Gives Dak Prescott Ownership of Cowboys Offense

    We're watching a changing of the guard in Dallas. When quarterback Tony Romo injured his back in the preseason, Cowboys Nation panicked, fearful that yet another season was down the tubes complements of a Romo injury...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 48,441 reads 169 comments

  11. Cardinals Find Recipe for Turning Season Around in Gut-Check Win Over 49ers

    The Arizona Cardinals entered Week 5 with a simple mandate. Defeat the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night, or watch any realistic hopes of the deep playoff run the team envisioned when the season began disappear...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 16,687 reads 72 comments

  12. Short-Handed Cardinals in Full-On Desperation Mode as Season Slips Away

    When the 2016 NFL schedule was announced, Thursday's Week 5 matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers appeared a lopsided affair—a walk in the ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 7,638 reads 44 comments

  13. Loss to Bills Hammers Home Tom Brady's Importance to Patriots' Super Bowl Hopes

    After the New England Patriots started the 2016 season 3-0 following a 27-0 whitewashing of the Houston Texans , there was a lot of chatter about "The Patriot Way...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 31,269 reads 106 comments

  14. A.J. Green's Dominance Forming Blueprint for Bengals' Success in AFC North

    Sometimes the answer is staring you right in the face. After dropping their last two games, a scrambling Cincinnati Bengals team entered Thursday night's home tilt with the ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 40,226 reads 120 comments

  15. Vontaze Burfict's Return Won't Fix All That Ails Reeling Bengals

    When the Cincinnati Bengals face the Miami Dolphins Thursday night, they will do so with one of their best defensive players back on the field when Vontaze Burfict makes ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 7,226 reads 23 comments

  16. Andrew Luck, Colts Finally Flash Reason for Hope in Win over Chargers

    There hasn't been much to celebrate in Indianapolis. The Colts lost a heartbreaker to the Detroit Lions in Week 1, and the Denver Broncos throttled them a week ago. For the third straight season, the Colts started 0-2...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 15,057 reads 70 comments

  17. Shorthanded Patriots Send Emphatic Message That They Are Team to Beat in AFC

    The New England Patriots entered Week 3 beset by injuries. The team was on its third-string quarterback. Its star tight end had yet to take the field...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 114,559 reads 311 comments

  18. Despite Injuries, Patriots Already September's Biggest Winners in the NFL

    The New England Patriots are the most annoying team in the National Football League. At least they are to fans of teams in Cleveland and Buffalo and Los Angeles—cities ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 22,539 reads 56 comments

  19. Seattle Seahawks' O-Line and Anemic Offense Threaten to Derail Super Bowl Hopes

    The Seattle Seahawks entered the 2016 season with the same aspirations they had in 2015—representing the NFC in Super Bowl LI in Houston . There's a big problem, though...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 18,092 reads 108 comments

  20. Explosive Offense Already Proving Key to Jets' 2016 Hopes After Win over Bills

    For years, dating back to Rex Ryan 's time as head coach of the team, the New York Jets have been known as a defensive club. They possess arguably the most loaded defensive line in the league...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 70,613 reads 99 comments

  21. Rex Ryan Deservedly on Hot Seat Already, and It Shouldn't Get Cool Anytime Soon

    If there's one thing fans and pundits alike love to do early in an NFL season, it's overreact. Win in Week 1, and it's time to start making playoff plans. Lose, and the sky is falling...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 12,695 reads 27 comments

  22. NFL Head Coach Power Rankings Heading into Week 2

    Welcome to the NFL , fellas. On Sunday, four men served as head coach of an NFL team for the first time...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 5 months ago 1,355 reads 0 comments

  23. Andrew Luck's Heroics Not Enough to Overcome Inept Colts Defense

    Heading into the 2016 season, fans of the Indianapolis Colts breathlessly awaited the return of a healthy Andrew Luck . With their quarterback back in the fold, the belief was that the Colts would quickly regain their perch atop the AFC South...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 28,288 reads 152 comments

  24. Packers Prove How Badly They Need MVP-Caliber Season from Aaron Rodgers Again

    In Sunday's season-opening win over the Jacksonville Jaguars , Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looked more like the NFL MVP version of himself from two years ago than last season's subpar (by his standards) "Rodgers Lite...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 35,238 reads 81 comments

  25. Bleacher Report's NFL Pre-Regular-Season Expert Predictions

    It's that time again. We've traversed training camp and persevered the preseason. Thursday night, for the first time since February, two NFL teams will take the field in a game that matters...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 94,015 reads 226 comments