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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
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The Making of Modern QBs
The Making of Modern Quarterbacks
A look at how Aaron Rodgers rose to the top of his game, and what his journey reveals about football’s most important position
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Three Months After Ray Rice…
Three Months After Ray Rice…
At the owners meetings in Dallas, the league announced a new personal conduct policy. A look at how it will work, why Roger Goodell will retain power as final arbiter, and why the NFLPA isn't going to like it
By Jenny Vrentas
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The QB Market Crash
The QB Market Crash
RGIII has crashed, Newton is hurting and Kaepernick is struggling. With more questions than answers at the top of the upcoming draft class, will teams back off the big investments in young quarterbacks?
By Peter King
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The Best Offensive Minds
The Best Offensive Minds in Football
Mike Martz, architect of The Greatest Show on Turf, breaks down the game-planning and play-calling of the NFL’s top three offensive coaches. Here’s what you should know about Mike McCoy, Adam Gase and Mike McCarthy
By Robert Klemko
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Should RG3 Be QB2?
Should RG3 Be QB2?
I think Jay Gruden made a mistake benching Robert Griffin III, while my colleague Andy Benoit says the Washington coach had no other choice
By Peter King
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Week 13 Fantasy Check: Two Overlooked Receivers Worth Your Attention
By Peter King
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The Snow Couldn’t Stop the Bills, and Neither Could the Jets
The Snow Couldn’t Stop the Bills, and Neither Could the Jets
Beseiged by an epic snowstorm, Buffalo Bills players and staff used their time wisely—mostly studying film and the game plan—then traveled to Detroit and crushed the Jets for their socked-in city
By Robert Klemko
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UNBEARABLE
UNBEARABLE
Jay Cutler’s three touchdown passes lifted Chicago to victory over Minnesota, but they did little to make fans forget about what a miserable season it’s been. The Bears are now tied with the Vikings for last place in the NFC North, and the paying customers are screaming for a new face of the franchise
By Robert Klemko