1. Joe Flacco, Ravens Too Flawed to Make Legitimate Run at AFC North Crown

    The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns 28-7 on Thursday night for their second straight win...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 19,240 reads 79 comments

  2. Ravens Must Rediscover Rushing Attack in Thursday's Tuneup Game vs. Browns

    The good news in Baltimore is the Ravens ' victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last week snapped a four-game losing streak...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 4,167 reads 9 comments

  3. Kansas City Chiefs Nothing More Than Fool's Gold in Loaded AFC

    The Kansas City Chiefs just might be the best team in the National Football League that no one is talking about. After dispatching the Jacksonville Jaguars 19-14 in Week 9, the Chiefs sit at 6-2 despite injuries to a number of key players...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 12,343 reads 58 comments

  4. Matthew Stafford Rekindles Darkhorse MVP Hopes as Lions Roar into NFC Contention

    The NFC North is becoming impossible to figure out. A month ago, the Minnesota Vikings appeared to be running away with the division. Then the Vikings began to fade just as the Green Bay Packers began to get it together and then struggle again...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 16,085 reads 57 comments

  5. Red-Hot Atlanta Offense Pushes Falcons to Legit Super Bowl Contender

    Four days ago, Atlanta stopped a two-game skid with a thrilling victory over the Green Bay Packers —a victory spurred by quarterback Matt Ryan , wide receiver Julio Jones and the Falcons offense...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 6 months ago 23,604 reads 144 comments

  6. 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 6 months ago 61,516 reads 102 comments

  7. 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 6 months ago 8,100 reads 44 comments

  8. 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 6 months ago 27,317 reads 99 comments

  9. 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 6 months ago 44,325 reads 168 comments

  10. 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 6 months ago 20,163 reads 69 comments

  11. 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 6 months ago 21,376 reads 63 comments

  12. 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 6 months ago 31,602 reads 278 comments

  13. 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 7 months ago 68,553 reads 221 comments

  14. 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 7 months ago 12,018 reads 32 comments

  15. 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 7 months ago 48,456 reads 169 comments

  16. 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 7 months ago 16,693 reads 72 comments

  17. 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 7 months ago 7,645 reads 44 comments

  18. 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 7 months ago 31,280 reads 106 comments

  19. 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 7 months ago 40,373 reads 120 comments

  20. 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 7 months ago 7,233 reads 23 comments

  21. 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 7 months ago 15,079 reads 70 comments

  22. 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 7 months ago 114,581 reads 311 comments

  23. 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 7 months ago 22,547 reads 56 comments

  24. 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 7 months ago 18,106 reads 108 comments

  25. 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 8 months ago 70,622 reads 99 comments