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The Next J.J. Watt?

You probably still think of Joey Bosa as the rookie who held out all summer, but the Chargers pass rusher will soon be a household name

Midseason Awards

Andy Benoit’s film study reveals the best players at each position

Derek Carr Isn’t As Good As You Think

The Raiders are 6-2 and their quarterback has thrown 17 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Some people are even throwing his name around in MVP conversations. But the film tells a different story

The NFL’s Seven Biggest Surprises

The question our film-study guru hears most often over the course of a season: What’s been the biggest surprise so far? Here are seven worth examining as we enter Week 7

Cowboys vs. Packers: Clash of the Big Men

Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have thrived behind the league’s best offensive line, but we’ll see its near equal in Green Bay—which has masked the Packers’ continued offensive shortcomings

Matty Ice Is On Fire

The Falcons’ offense has been unstoppable, and Matt Ryan is poised to get even better in a scheme that wasn’t thought to be a good fit

You Want the Truth?

With nemesis Odell Beckham Jr. up next, Josh Norman continues to catch flak for not shadowing No. 1 receivers. For starters, he’s not the coach—and 10 other truths to consider before forming an opinion

All Twisted Up

Andrew Luck pulled out a win against the Broncos last year, but he took a pounding in the process and missed the rest of the season. Here’s how Denver will keep attacking him

The 32 Pivotal Players for the 2016 Season

For each team, the season will hinge on one guy’s success more than any other. These are the players—some big stars, some new faces, some underappreciated contributors—whose performance will make or break their club

The Most Evolved QB

Ben Roethlisberger is the only player of his era to dominate as both a sandlot-style playmaker and a cerebral field general

Big Shoes to Fill

With training camps a month away, a number of teams are staring down roster problems that opened up this offseason. The 12 most problematic roster holes that opened this offseason, and how each team plans to address them

Vinny Curry: Gonna Fly Now

The Eagles pass rusher was underused last season. But considering his performance in limited snaps—and Philly’s transition to a simplified 4-3 defense—Curry is setting up to be one of 2016’s breakout stars

Why the Jets Need Fitz, and Fitz Needs the Jets

As it stands, Geno Smith would be the Jets’ starter if Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn’t sign. While there isn’t much separating the quarterbacks from a talent standpoint, Fitzpatrick is clearly the better fit for offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s system

A Texan-Sized Rebuild

Houston was good enough to make the playoffs last year. But for team brass, it was clear that they needed to place more talent around DeAndre Hopkins, one of the league’s most unique playmakers

Offensive Linemen: A Character Study

The Dolphins took a chance when they stopped Laremy Tunsil’s draft-night free fall. And they should feel good about the risk—recent data shows offensive linemen usually stay out of trouble, and understanding the position they play shows why

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