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The Week 11 Mailbag

Let's take a spin around the NFL's latest news, including thoughts on Johnny Manziel's starting appointment, Aldon Smith's suspension and an ugly trade. Plus mailbag questions on the Giants, Packers and Seahawks

Talent Still King in NFL

The Bills' signing of IK Enemkpali, and some team's eventual signing of Aldon Smith, go to show that ability always wins out. Plus, which QB stat needs to change pronto and why Vince Wilfork shouldn't quit his day job

‘Aldon Is Balling Again’

Embattled linebacker Aldon Smith returned from his nine-game suspension just in time to help the 49ers compensate for a sluggish offense against the Giants on Sunday. Two wins in a row now have this team thinking playoffs again

The Teeter-Totter 10

Will their teams rise up or fall down during the final two months of the regular season? Identifying 10 players whose play could determine the playoff picture

An Inevitable Conversation

Ray Rice will get his day in court next week. If his indefinite suspension is lifted, the former All-Pro running back will be free to sign with any team. Would one do it? Here's a hypothetical look at how a coach and GM would make this decision

49ers Preview: S.F. eyes 4th NFC title game in row

Can a potentially more potent offense offset what might be a decline on defense? San Francisco will find out as Colin Kaepernick and company aim to keep pace with their Super Bowl champion, NFC West neighbors to the north

Explaining the Fifth-Year Option for Teams

A key deadline occurs Friday night regarding players picked in the first round of the 2011 draft. For teams, it's a chance to get an extra year—on the cheap—from a talented young player. For players, it's a chance to see their true status

The Strength of Birds

The Cardinals shook up their strength and conditioning staff in the offseason, bringing in a mad scientist and an Olympic gold medalist hurdler to recondition the team. Plus, Johnny Manziel, San Francisco suspension chatter and more

The Draft Games Begin

It’s a rite of April. Draft chatter is at full buzz and no one knows what’s the truth and what’s just spin. Let’s cut through all that with five things to know as May 8 draws near. Plus, NFL Media’s new leader, 10 things and my journey to England

The Miseducation of Matthew Stafford

The quarterback and his coach, Jim Schwartz, have been the two primary targets of blame for Detroit's struggles. Schwartz's future with the Lions may be nonexistent, but it's not too late for Stafford—but only if he learns some key lessons

Here Comes San Francisco

Tearing through feeble Washington on Monday night, the 49ers looked very much like the defending NFC champs and a club that could be hitting its stride at just the right time. Plus, mailbag questions, including one that will sour some in Seattle

Sunday Slate: Analyzing Week 11 Matchups

The NFL schedule is highlighted by two massive matchups with playoff implications—one in the AFC and one in the NFC. Who has the advantage in Broncos-Chiefs and 49ers-Saints? Plus, a look at the rest of the weekend lineup

Welcome Back?

By all accounts, the 49ers have made things for Aldon Smith as comfortable as possible, both in his decision to enter rehab and upon his return to the team. But suspensions can change the way a team views even its most beloved players

No Win-Win Situation

The 49ers got back on track with a victory over the Rams on Thursday. But that doesn’t excuse them for losing their way with Aldon Smith ... plus 11 thoughts about emerging teams, falling players and trends around the league

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