Business of Football
An Inevitable Conversation
An Inevitable Conversation
Ray Rice will get his day in court next week. If his indefinite suspension is lifted, the former All-Pro running back will be free to sign with any team. Would one do it? Here's a hypothetical look at how a coach and GM would make this decision
By Andrew Brandt
Going Long
Waging Four Battles and Relying on Joe Cool
Waging Four Battles and Relying on Joe Cool
The Ray Rice scandal rocked the NFL, but not the Ravens’ locker room. Once the domain of a spitfire linebacker named Ray Lewis, it’s now the province of a ho-hum quarterback who prefers talking over yelling. A look at how Joe Flacco has kept Baltimore on track—and how the team upgraded at running back
By Jenny Vrentas
Open Field
Denver’s Defensive Difference-Makers
Denver’s Defensive Difference-Makers
DeMarcus Ware’s arrival and Von Miller’s return to form have given the Broncos the pass-rushing push they lacked last season. It may be the final piece in the championship puzzle
By Joan Niesen
MMQB Fantasy
Week 9 Fantasy Check: New Star in New England
A couple of must-have defenses, a new star set to emerge in New England and two young receivers, one in Seattle and one in St. Louis, poised for big games
By Peter King
Mediaville
You Keep Watching
You Keep Watching
Despite off-the-field scandals and on-the-field blowouts, the NFL's television ratings remain as strong as ever
By Richard Deitsch
Open Field
The First Half
Behind the Face Mask
‘It’s a Job—a Hard Job’
‘It’s a Job—a Hard Job’
He’s been a starter from Day One, but Browns rookie guard Joel Bitonio’s learning curve has still been steep, the lessons ranging from how to handle a veteran’s injury to how to answer questions about Johnny Football
Deep Dive
The Real Stars in Dallas
The Real Stars in Dallas
Credit the Cowboys’ coaching staff for getting the most out of their roster and turning the team into the season’s biggest surprise. But will it last? Plus, dissecting a smart play by the Eagles and 10 more notes off film study
By Andy Benoit
Open Field
The Struggle of Seattle
The Struggle of Seattle
An identity crisis, one playmaker jettisoned, another reportedly unhappy. If they're going to have any chance to defend their Super Bowl title, the Seahawks have to figure out who they are—and who is going to make plays—on offense
Deep Dive
2014 Midseason All-Pro
2014 Midseason All-Pro
With two months down and two more to go, here are the obvious (J.J. Watt, Peyton Manning) and surprise (Golden Tate, Jerry Hughes) stars of the first half
By Andy Benoit