1. Dream Season for Injury-Ravaged Raiders Headed for Nightmare Finish

    At first glance, fans of the Oakland Raiders seemingly have plenty to be happy about. Despite falling 24-6 on the road to the Denver Broncos in Week 17, the Raiders are a 12-win team headed to the playoffs for the first time sine 2002...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 8 months ago 60,139 reads 243 comments

  2. Rex Ryan's Failure in Buffalo Hammers Home That He's Just Not a Good Head Coach

    If talking won football games, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick would have nothing on Rex Ryan . During his tenures with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills , Ryan certainly talked the talk...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 8 months ago 28,992 reads 37 comments

  3. Even After QB Change, the Texans Still Can't Be Taken Seriously

    The Houston Texans received an early Christmas gift on Saturday. Thanks to a listless performance from the Indianapolis Colts and a brutal injury that befell Tennessee Titans ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 8 months ago 46,297 reads 130 comments

  4. Slowing Momentum, Offensive Woes Leave Giants' Playoff Hopes in Question

    The New York Giants entered Thursday night with a clear edict: Beat the floundering Eagles in Philly, and the surging team would be in the playoffs for the first time since their Super Bowl run in 2011...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 8 months ago 49,096 reads 146 comments

  5. Matt Barkley Has Earned Chance to Start for Chicago Bears in 2017

    It's been a miserable season for the Chicago Bears in 2016. Not Cleveland miserable, mind you, but a 3-11 season makes the Chicago winter feel even darker and more brutal. However, scattered among the dark clouds have been bright spots...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 8 months ago 19,018 reads 99 comments

  6. Bleacher Report's Expert Consensus 2016 Pro Bowl Predictions

    It's the most wonderful time of the year. No, I'm not talking about Christmas. I guess that's OK, if you're into presents and tinsel and holiday cheer and all that other brouhaha...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 8 months ago 83,802 reads 169 comments

  7. Win over Lowly Rams Does Little to Alleviate Questions Surrounding Seahawks

    On Thursday night in Seattle, the Seahawks did what they were supposed to do. They dispatched the cellar-dwelling Los Angeles Rams 24-3 to move to 9-4-1 and wash off some of the stink from last week's blowout loss at Green Bay...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 8 months ago 70,106 reads 115 comments

  8. Ryan Tannehill's Injury Isn't Death Knell for Surprising Miami Dolphins

    Week 14 of the NFL season was the epitome of an old saying for the Miami Dolphins . "I've got good news, and I've got bad news...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 8 months ago 29,036 reads 26 comments

  9. The NFL's Next Crop of Shutdown Cornerbacks

    In today's pass-wacky NFL , quarterback is the league's most important position. Elite signal-callers dominate the MVP conversation and regularly earn in excess of $20 million a season...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 8 months ago 42,807 reads 63 comments

  10. Falcons Finally Proving to Be Complete Force in NFC Playoff Picture

    There's been no shortage of discussion regarding the success the Dallas Cowboys have enjoyed in 2016. No shortage of talk about the New England Patriots as they near yet another AFC East title...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 8 months ago 17,233 reads 66 comments

  11. Showdown with Broncos Will Show If Titans Are Legit Challengers for AFC South

    The AFC South was arguably the worst division in the NFL in 2015. That same argument can be made again this year. But even in a bad division, there's good news...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 14,629 reads 34 comments

  12. Raiders Keep Winning, but Slow Starts Loom as Huge Postseason Problem

    You aren't going to find many anxious fans of the Oakland Raiders at the moment. Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills lifted the first-place Raiders to 10-2 on the season...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 14,452 reads 86 comments

  13. After Disappointing 2016 Season, Bengals Must Consider Life Beyond Andy Dalton

    To say the 2016 season hasn't gone according to plan for the Cincinnati Bengals is one whopper of an understatement...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 33,583 reads 46 comments

  14. Texans' Gamble on Brock Osweiler May Cost Them the AFC South

    This wasn't how things were supposed to go for the Houston Texans in 2016. After winning the AFC South a season ago at 9-7 and getting smoked at home by the Kansas City Chiefs ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 26,820 reads 62 comments

  15. Seahawks' Defining Flaws Show Up Big in Loss to Bucs

    Over the past few years, no NFL team has been better at flipping the proverbial switch in the second half of the season than the Seattle Seahawks ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 23,442 reads 128 comments

  16. Alex Smith's Limitations Spell Big Trouble for Chiefs in AFC West

    The AFC West has become the NFL 's best division in 2016. Three of the division's four teams sit at 7-3 or better...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 14,151 reads 53 comments

  17. View from the Cellar: Covering the NFL's Worst Teams for a Living

    Over the last 10 years, the New England Patriots played in a staggering seven AFC Championship Games and competed in football's biggest game three times. Two years ago, they lifted the Lombardi Trophy as champions of the NFL ...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 24,606 reads 19 comments

  18. Despite Win, Colts Need Much More from Andrew Luck to Catch Texans in AFC South

    There's good news and bad news in Indianapolis. The good news is that with a win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, the Colts got back to .500 and back into the race to win the NFL 's worst division...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 9,776 reads 22 comments

  19. Defense Keeps Panthers' Playoff Hopes Alive, But It Won't Save Sinking Season

    Apparently the Carolina Panthers like life on the edge. After dropping five of their first six games, the Panthers peeled off two wins in a row to offer fans some hope of a fourth straight trip to the playoffs...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 41,672 reads 107 comments

  20. Pro Football Hall of Fame Predictions: Who Should, Shouldn't Get In?

    With 10 weeks done in the 2016 season and the push to the playoffs beginning in earnest, the focus in the National Football League is very much in the here and now. However, for some, this week shifts attention to both the past and the future...

    Gary Davenport Written by Gary Davenport about 9 months ago 18,864 reads 39 comments

  21. 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 9 months ago 19,263 reads 79 comments

  22. 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 9 months ago 4,184 reads 9 comments

  23. 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 10 months ago 12,349 reads 58 comments

  24. 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 10 months ago 16,101 reads 57 comments

  25. 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 10 months ago 23,623 reads 144 comments