1. 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 1 year ago 42,887 reads 63 comments

  2. 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 1 year ago 17,235 reads 66 comments

  3. 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 1 year ago 14,629 reads 34 comments

  4. 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 1 year ago 14,455 reads 86 comments

  5. 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 1 year ago 33,648 reads 46 comments

  6. 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 1 year ago 26,828 reads 62 comments

  7. 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 1 year ago 23,446 reads 128 comments

  8. 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 1 year ago 14,155 reads 53 comments

  9. 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 1 year ago 24,610 reads 19 comments

  10. 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 1 year ago 9,777 reads 22 comments

  11. 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 1 year ago 41,675 reads 107 comments

  12. 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 1 year ago 18,874 reads 39 comments

  13. 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 1 year ago 19,266 reads 79 comments

  14. 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 1 year ago 4,185 reads 9 comments

  15. 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 1 year ago 12,354 reads 58 comments

  16. 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 1 year ago 16,102 reads 57 comments

  17. 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 1 year ago 23,625 reads 144 comments

  18. 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 1 year ago 61,561 reads 102 comments

  19. 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 1 year ago 8,520 reads 44 comments

  20. 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 1 year ago 27,594 reads 99 comments

  21. 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 1 year ago 44,363 reads 168 comments

  22. 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 1 year ago 20,172 reads 69 comments

  23. 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 1 year ago 21,435 reads 63 comments

  24. 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 1 year ago 31,614 reads 278 comments

  25. 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 1 year ago 68,560 reads 221 comments