deep dive

What 54 NFL Passes Tell Us About Brock Osweiler

Peyton Manning’s backup will make his first career start against the Bears—and against his old coaches who know his weaknesses. Look for Gary Kubiak to start installing the offense he always wanted in Denver

Andy Benoit’s Midseason All-Pro Team

He didn’t consult stats or advanced metrics. The MMQB’s film-study guru simply relied on his own eyes and expertise to compile this list—and he’s ready for your challenge flags

No Longer a Black Hole

The Oakland Raiders are playoff contenders thanks to quarterback Derek Carr and wideout Amari Cooper, who headline a diverse offense that is trending to become (eventually) one of the league’s best

The Prospering Patriots

Everyone expected New England to dominate on offense this season, but the performance of its defense has been a pleasant surprise. A remade secondary is beating expectations and is ready for its hardest task so far

A Matchup Nightmare

Russell Wilson finally started targeting Jimmy Graham, but the Seahawks’ offense isn’t maximizing the true value of its greatest asset

The Patriot Weakness

In addition to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, all of New England’s recent Super Bowl teams have another thing in common: strong secondary play. Here’s why a depleted unit could cause problems for the Pats this season

Can Gore Get the Colts Up and Running?

There is reason to be concerned that the savvy veteran, a between-the-tackles runner, will have many of the same issues recent Colts runners have had. Of course, with Andrew Luck under center, it might not matter

Denver's Defense Key to Another Playoff Run

For the first time in Peyton Manning's career, the veteran QB can rely on his defense to carry more of the burden than the offense. The Broncos are ripe with playmakers on that side of the ball, making January football very likely

Big D Could Rise Again

The Cowboys have all the parts to make a Super Bowl run, but their formula comes with a lot of caveats

He’s No Regular Joe

His postseason record is the best among active QBs not named Tom Brady. He possesses top-of-the-line size, arm strength and accuracy, and he’s one of the most astute at picking apart defenses. When will people realize Joe Flacco is one of the NFL’s superstars?

The Panthers Will Run for Their Lives

The Panthers found their way late last season with a diverse, collegiate style rushing attack. With their top perimeter receiving threat out for the season and pass protection still a major issue, expect Carolina to rely heavily on Cam Newton’s legs for 16 games this year

Lions and Life After Suh

A year ago the Lions rode Matthew Stafford’s late-game heroics and a dominating defense to the playoffs. Stafford and a potentially high-powered offense return, but Detroit’s defense is in deep trouble after losing the one man who made them go against the run and the pass

The Evolution of Big Ben

With the defense in a transition state, the Steelers are relying heavily on an offense that's transformed into the league's best. At the helm is QB Ben Roethlisberger, who guides a unit teeming with young, rising stars

Maxwell? Smart

The Eagles’ man coverage was exposed last season, so Chip Kelly turned to the guy who gave Philly’s offense fits. Here’s why Byron Maxwell, a former sixth-round pick, became one of the NFL’s highest-paid corners