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The Tale of Two Seasons

Last December at this time, the Falcons were floundering. Here’s how an offhanded comment helped Atlanta fix the problem for 2016. Plus notes on Aaron Rodgers’ rebound, Lane Kiffin’s NFL prospects, Los Angeles’s biggest problem and five names to watch in Week 13

The Bucs Start Here

Coming off a big win and heading into a measuring stick game, Tampa sets the table for the future. Plus more notes including Kirk Cousins’ price tag, Jimmy Garoppolo’s next home and five names to watch in Week 12

Inside the Dallas Decision

Tony Romo asked for the chance to win back his job from Dak Prescott. Cowboys executive Stephen Jones explains the difficult answer to that question. Plus a look ahead to Week 11, including Tom Brady’s return home, the resurgence of Miami and Tennessee and five names to watch

Why the Chiefs Might Be NFL’s Most Complete Team

Seventeen wins in their last 20 games is no accident. Here’s a look behind the rebuild on the fly in Kansas City. Plus an examination of the Jets chaos, Green Bay’s average offense and five names to watch in Week 10

On Norv’s Exit and Every Contender’s Biggest Flaw

A peek inside the rift that led to the 5-2 Vikings parting ways with their offensive coordinator. Plus a look at the weaknesses that could be the undoing of all the top teams, Week 9 names to watch and much more

On the Broncos’ Road Map and Creative Deadline Ideas

John Elway explains how he stayed the course through a rocky offseason to keep Denver on track in its title defense. Plus some brand-name trade targets requiring outside-the-box thinking, the Patriots’ new health strategy, five names to watch heading into Week 8 and much more

Here’s What is Left to Make Las Vegas Raiders a Reality

Sin City wants the Raiders. Mark Davis needs a home. And Chargers owner Dean Spanos predicts it all will happen. Detailing the relocation hurdles still to clear, plus five names to watch this weekend, why Detroit is playing better and how the NFL should address its rapidly declining quality of play

Can Kaepernick Play? We’re About to Find Out

Nobody (including 49ers coaches) knows just what to expect from Colin Kaepernick when he reclaims his starting job on Sunday. Plus, why Marc Trestman is out in Baltimore, why Anthony Lynn is working in Buffalo, the struggles of Tannehill and Osweiler, and a college safety who’s evoking the name ‘Ed Reed’

Kyle Shanahan and the Evolution of a Young Coach

The coaching carousel is starting to rotate early this season, and one man expected to get some looks explains why his offense is having success. A look at other potential candidates, plus notes on the NFL’s declining TV viewership, Odell Beckham’s maturity and Tom Brady’s vengeful return

International Series is Here, But China Still a World Away

Inside the logistical problems and other factors delaying the NFL’s growth into an untapped market of 1.3 billion people. Plus the ongoing running back rebirth, Russell Wilson’s big secret, Gus Bradley’s job status and the NFL assistants who major colleges could soon target as head coaches

Don’t Reach for the Panic Button in Washington

Jay Gruden defends Kirk Cousins after the Redskins’ 0-2 start: “There’s no reason to go crazy and say the quarterback’s no good.” Plus a look at the Vikings, Bills, Steelers and more going into Week 3

The Truth About Young QBs

Week 1 competency is great for new players, but it’s hardly a predictor of success. Checking in with Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, plus more on the Bengals, Adam Gase and what game day is like for an NFL agent

Is This Cam’s Kryptonite?

The Panthers have won 22 of their last 24 games. Both their defeats came against defenses orchestrated by Dan Quinn. The Atlanta coach shares some of the insights on how his Falcons conquered Cam Newton and Carolina in the Panthers’ lone loss this season

The Puncher’s Chance

Bradley Roby delivered the big blow against the Steelers and now the Broncos corner will play a key role in the AFC title game against the Pats. Plus a look at the NFC championship and five things to watch on Sunday

Chip Kelly, Take Two

The 49ers’ bold move to hire Chip Kelly leads to questions about how much the ex-Eagles coach learned in his first NFL job. Plus a look at divisional-round games, including one with two teams that are mirror images

The Cold Truth

The Seahawks throttled the Vikings by 31 last month but aren’t huge favorites in Sunday’s playoff rematch. Here's a look at how Minnesota could pull off the upset. Plus six surprise players and a wild-card preview

Vikings Quest: Win on Sunday and Shake Up the NFC North

Minnesota hasn’t won the division title nor has it beaten the Packers in Green Bay since 2009. But that can all change in prime time ... plus, Madonna’s influence on the NFL, two unexpected stats and 10 things to watch this weekend

The Battle of the Thirties

Pittsburgh’s offense has topped 30 five straight weeks. Denver’s defense has not allowed it all season. Assessing the classic irresistible force vs. immovable object battle, plus more in a playoff impactful Week 15 slate

Who is Allen Robinson?

The second-year wideout is the first Jag to have a 1,000-yard season in 10 years, one of the NFL’s hottest young stars and a sign of the offensive success to come in Jacksonville. Plus a look at what to watch in Week 14

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