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Reaction Around the League: From Anger to Shrugs
Deflategate Reaction Around the League: From Anger to Shrugs
Most NFL coaches and GMs are in Alabama for the Senior Bowl—seemingly a million miles from the epicenter of Deflategate—and sentiment over the severity of a possible Patriots offense is decidedly mixed
By Greg A. Bedard
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How Officials Check Ball Pressure
How Officials Check Ball Pressure
During our Game 150 series, The MMQB got an exclusive look at the pregame check for proper inflation. You know you want to see it
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Taking the Air Out of Seattle’s Formidable D
Taking the Air Out of Seattle’s Formidable D
Under investigation as to whether they deflated footballs in the AFC title game, the Patriots won’t stop pushing the boundaries in Super Bowl 49
By Jenny Vrentas
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All-Pro Showdown
All-Pro Showdown
Rodgers or Romo? Revis or Harris? Gostkowski or Vinatieri? Greg Bedard and Peter King debate their 2014 All-Pro ballots and awards picks
By Greg A. Bedard
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Andy Dalton Still Hasn’t Earned His Stripes
Andy Dalton Still Hasn’t Earned His Stripes
It’s hard to pin the Bengals’ wild-card loss on their quarterback, but Dalton did little to win the game as his postseason record dropped to 0-4. As fans grow even more restless, coaches and teammates are quick to his defense
By Robert Klemko
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Patriots’ Super Bowl Hopes Rest on Revis & Co.
Patriots’ Title Hopes Rest on Revis & Co.
Thanks to a secondary led by lockdown corner Darrelle Revis, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick finally have a defense that can help them win a fourth Super Bowl ring
By Jenny Vrentas
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Redskins: Right or Wrong?
Redskins: Right or Wrong?
Another season has passed, and the fight continues in Washington over the football team’s nickname. Some find the name offensive and racist; others see it as a harmless, long-standing tradition. And there’s not much room in the middle
By Robert Klemko
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The Best Gift I Ever Got
The Best Gift I Ever Got
Ninja turtles, He-Man, Sega Genesis and one big kid who loved his new trampoline. NFL players weigh in with the best holiday gift they ever received
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Why the AFC North is Football’s Crown Jewel
Why the AFC North is Football’s Crown Jewel
A year ago, the NFC West was put on a pedestal as the NFL’s best division. But the aggressive, intelligent and opportunistic teams in the AFC North are changing the discussion. (You just have to ignore Manziel’s performance last Sunday)
By Robert Klemko
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The Other Side of Brady
The Other Side of Brady
The Patriots quarterback fiercely protects his off-field image, but through the eyes of former teammates, coaches and others close to him we get a glimpse of the real Tom Brady—part relentless competitor, part ‘regular dude’
By Greg Bishop