Deep Dive

Retread Superheroes

While Carolina touts its camaraderie, the Panthers’ success is just as much down to the franchise's ability to identify and bring in time-tested veterans from other teams—eight in all in key positions this season—who fit their schemes and their culture

Cam Newton: Worth Every Penny

OK, OK—I was wrong about Cam Newton. Way wrong. He’s played up to and beyond the megacontract he signed last year, his four seasons of promise and development paying off in an MVP season for the Panthers. (Now, as for Ryan Tannehill ... )

NFL’s Final Four Sunday

It’s a whole new ballgame in Denver; unlike in the regular-season meeting, Peyton Manning and Julian Edelman will be there for Broncos-Patriots. Meanwhile, the NFC title game features two very different offenses: Carolina’s multi-faceted ground game and Arizona’s aerial attack

Divisional Playoff Preview

Which teams have the edge in the NFL’s most competitive weekend of football? Breaking down offensive and defensive matchups in Chiefs-Patriots, Packers-Cardinals, Steelers-Broncos and Seahawks-Panthers

We’re in for a Wild Weekend

All eight teams playing on Wild-Card weekend are able to make a legitimate claim to being Super Bowl contenders, but four of them are going home. Breaking down the matchups that will decide each game

The Unlikely QBs of the Likely AFC Playoffs

The conventional wisdom is that you need a superstar quarterback to win Super Bowls. Yet, looking at the likely AFC playoff bracket, it’s Tom Brady and five pedestrian signal-callers. Here’s how each one gets it done

The NFL’s Most Physically Gifted Quarterback

Cam Newton has emerged as an MVP candidate. Aaron Rodgers is the guy you’d build a franchise around. Tom Brady is still pushing to become the greatest of all time. Why isn’t anyone talking about Ben Roethlisberger?

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