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The Pupil is Prospering

Ten games into his first season, Jameis Winston has nearly eliminated turnovers and led Tampa to a 5-5 mark. Unsurprised by the QB’s success: Jimbo Fisher. Plus Thanksgiving analysis and 10 things to watch Sunday 

Role Reversal

Green Bay's won four straight NFC North titles, but the current division leader—Minnesota—is in position to end the reign. Setting up the Pack-Vikes showdown plus the Week 11 spotlight player and 10 things to watch

Remembering a Classic: The Day the Giants Played to Win

With the Patriots set to visit the Giants for the first time in eight years, we revisit the 2007 meeting with the help of key players in the memorable battle. Plus Rex Ryan’s winning return and 10 things to watch in Week 10

Here Comes Jameis

Tampa Bay is on a bit of a roll, thanks to its rookie quarterback limiting his turnovers, being patient as a passer and ... throwing blocks like a fullback? Plus, Week 9’s spotlight player and 10 things to watch Sunday

Manning vs. Rodgers: A Matchup for the Ages?

The Broncos and Packers are both perfect entering Sunday's matchup, but their quarterbacks are performing at opposite ends of the spectrum. Can Denver's defense boost its offense again? Plus, a Week 8 rundown

The Concussion Climate

Luke Kuechly missed 34 days after suffering a head injury in Week 1 and returned four games later to lead the Panthers in tackles. The Carolina linebacker discusses the risks of playing. Plus, a preview of what to watch in Week 7

Running from the Truth

With all the focus on Deflategate, the spotlight for Colts-Patriots should instead be on Indy’s rush defense, which has been gashed in three previous meetings. Can New England do it again? Plus, 10 things to watch in Week 6

Thanks for the Jeers

Bothered by boos in his own city this summer, Andy Dalton has started the 2015 season as one of the NFL’s hottest quarterbacks. Here’s why his success might carry into January. Plus, 10 things to watch in Week 5

The Falcons Can Finish

Atlanta is 3-0 despite trailing in the fourth quarter of all three games. Here’s how coach Dan Quinn has helped his team find an extra gear late. Plus, thoughts on Thursday’s OT thriller and 10 things to watch in Week 4

What Pagano, Grigson and Irsay Must Be Thinking

The Colts are not a team in chaos, but a win would put everyone in a better state of harmony. Plus, the 10 things I’ll be watching for this weekend and a look at the Aaron Rodgers-Alex Smith showdown

The Maturation of Romo

Infamous for his failures in the clutch, Tony Romo worked hard to fix careless mistakes and is now changing the narrative. Here's how he's doing it, plus a note on Denver's wild win and what to watch in Week 2

The Predictable Patriots

Tom Brady dominated, Rob Gronkowski was unstoppable and the opponent accused New England of subterfuge. Same song, new season for the reigning champs, who opened their title repeat quest with a 28-21 win over the Steelers. Plus a Week 1 preview, including 10 things to watch

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