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The Key to Super Bowl 49? Guy by the Name of Gronk

Here's why the Patriots' all-pro tight end, and more specifically the Seahawks defenders in charge of slowing him down, will determine the outcome in Arizona. Plus 10 things to watch for Sunday and, oh yeah, my official game prediction...

The Deflategate Rundown (And a Little Super Talk)

The Patriots aired their side of the story Thursday, and now the football world awaits the NFL’s ruling. (Don't hold your breath.) Here’s where things stand, along with a quick peek ahead to what we’ll be watching for next week in Phoenix

Will Championship Sunday Come Down to a Kick?

Imagine the drama if former Patriot hero Adam Vinatieri plays the villain role in Foxboro. We catch up with the Colts' 19-year veteran. Plus, picking the Super Bowl participants, the spotlight player in Seattle and 10 more things to watch

Carolina vs. Goliath

The divisional round has not been kind to No. 1 seeds of late. Can the Panthers pull off the impossible and defeat the defending champion Seahawks in Seattle? Plus, a pair of players in the spotlight and 10 things to watch for this weekend

Cincy’s Goal: ‘Exorcise the Elephant in the Room’

Andy Dalton and the Bengals have played on three straight wild-card weekends, and lost every time. Opportunity No. 4 comes Sunday. A Cincinnati coach talks about all the pressure. Plus, another spotlight player and 10 more things to watch

The 2014 NFL Stat Champions Will Be...

DeMarco Murray is a given as the NFL’s rushing king, but who will be atop passing yards ... receiving touchdowns ... sacks? Handicapping those races, plus spotlighting the Week 17 player to watch and 10 things to look for on Sunday

A New NFC West Rivalry

San Francisco-Seattle is out. Arizona-Seattle is in. And here's why you shouldn't count out the quarterback-light Cardinals against the Seahawks. Plus, the Week 16 spotlight player and 10 things to watch on Sunday

It's All on the Line

Whether the Cowboys reach the playoffs or fall victim to yet another December swoon largely depends on the large men protecting Tony Romo Sunday against Philadelphia. Plus, the Week 15 player to watch and 10 things to keep an eye on

The Fast vs. The Furious

The Eagles are playing at warp speed and putting up points just as quickly. The Seahawks defense officially is back to 2013 form. Something has to give Sunday in Philadelphia. Plus, the Week 14 spotlight player and 10 things to keep eye on

James Harrison is Back

How did the menacing defender go from being a retired linebacker to one of the most impactful Pittsburgh players this season? The answer, plus thoughts on the turkey day results, the Week 13 spotlight player and 10 things to watch Sunday

Planes, Bills and Snowmobiles

An epic snowstorm has forced Sunday's Jets-Bills game out of Buffalo, into Detroit on Monday night and caused logistical issues for a team still in the playoff hunt but with more on its mind than football. Plus, 10 things to watch in Week 12

Eleventh Heaven

Week 11 is a smorgasbord of meaningful games. Want star power? Welcome to Brady-Luck III. Fancy under-exposed instead? Have a slice of Lions-Cards. And don't forget Packers-Eagles or Chiefs-Seahawks. Plus, 10 more things to watch

‘This is Not a Fluke’

The Browns are 6-3 for the first time since being reborn in 1999. After Thursday night’s thrashing of the Bengals, it might be time to consider that Cleveland is for real. Plus, the Week 10 player in the spotlight and 10 things to watch for Sunday

The Race to Seven

Sixes are wild Sunday, with the NFL's four six-win teams playing each other—one game in each conference. Let's dive into Broncos-Patriots and Cardinals-Cowboys, plus examine the Week 9 spotlight player and 10 more things to watch

Football for Breakfast

The Falcons-Lions game in London on Sunday will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Eastern and be nationally televised by FOX. The NFL is curious: How many people will watch? Plus, the Week 8 spotlight player and 10 things to watch for on Sunday

The Unknown Dallas D

The Cowboys have been the season’s biggest surprise, and much of it is due to the outstanding play of a unit devoid of big names and expectations entering 2014. Plus, the Week 7 player to watch and 10 things to keep an eye on Sunday

It's Now Sunny in New York, But It’s Always Tough in Philadelphia

Tom Coughlin’s offseason gamble paid off and the new-look Giants have hit their offensive stride. But the chemistry between Eli Manning and new coordinator Ben McAdoo will be tested in the unfriendly confines of Lincoln Financial Field

Pressure’s on, Patriots

New England is a mess offensively, and one of the NFL's most formidable defenses comes calling Sunday night. Will the Bengals embarrass the Pats? Plus, the Week 5 player to watch and 10 things to keep an eye on Sunday

Three Weeks Down...

...14 more to go. What have we learned so far in the 2014 season? We've met the league's emerging star (hello, Le'Veon Bell) and its most disappointing team (sorry, Bucs). Let's run down a few more, plus find 10 things to watch in Week 4

Rematch of the Mismatch

After being blown out in the Super Bowl, Denver overhauled two-thirds of its regular lineup and puts it to the test Sunday against the Seahawks. Plus, the Week 3 player to know, a revived AFC rivalry and 10 things to keep an eye on