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The NFL’s Seven Biggest Surprises

The question our film-study guru hears most often over the course of a season: What’s been the biggest surprise so far? Here are seven worth examining as we enter Week 7

The Bengals’ Undoing

Cincinnati is off to a slow start and trying to shake its reputation for being an undisciplined team. Sunday’s loss didn’t help the cause

The Week 6 Awards

On Odell's entertaining day, LeSean McCoy, Jay Ajayi, and Sean Payton were among the other outstanding performers in Week 6

Talent Means More Tolerance

Main attractions can get away with being distractions. If not for otherworldly skills, Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham Jr. would be ex-players. But there’s a limit—just look at Greg Hardy’s foray into MMA

How Buffalo Returned From the Brink

Three weeks ago, the Bills were 0-2 and Rex Ryan was being panned for firing offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Since then the Bills have not only won three straight, but they’re winning with the exact style of football Ryan wants

Should the NFL Be Worried About Ratings?

Yes, TV numbers are down early in the 2016 season. But let’s channel Aaron Rodgers and R-E-L-A-X. Marquee players might be missing and the presidential race might be stealing eyeballs, but the league’s cash flow won’t be drying up anytime soon

The Mack Attack Is Back

Four games into the season, Khalil Mack finally picks up his first sack—but his impact goes so far beyond the stats. Plus our power rankings going into Week 5

The Vikings’ Secret Weapon

Is it special teams, which returned a punt for a TD against the Panthers? Is it the defense, which punished Cam Newton and held Kelvin Benjamin to no catches? Is it Sam Bradford learning on the fly? Not exactly. It’s the man on the sideline calling all the shots

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

Taking Stock of Our Stars

Two seasons ago, Marshawn Lynch was vilified for not talking to reporters. Now Colin Kaepernick is being treated the same way for speaking out. Who do we want our athletes to be?

LeSean McCoy’s New Reality

Some people think running backs have become replaceable cogs in today’s pass-happy NFL. But on the field and in the film room, the job has never been more complicated