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Big Shoes to Fill

With training camps a month away, a number of teams are staring down roster problems that opened up this offseason. The 12 most problematic roster holes that opened this offseason, and how each team plans to address them

Here’s the Catch...

The NFL's convoluted catch rule will be a hot topic at the upcoming league meetings. What, exactly, is a catch these days? Even the men on the receiving end have trouble defining it

‘One of God’s Masterpieces’

The retirement of Calvin Johnson at 30 surprised many around the NFL, but it was a relief to those who tried to cover him. Three corners reflect on what made the ex-Lion one of the game’s greats. Plus reader email

What Is Hoyer Worth?

The “Wet Blanket of Reason” assesses one of his favorite quarterbacks and breaks down an X's and O's question with some help from former NFL QB Sage Rosenfels. Plus, five thoughts going into Week 12

Football for Breakfast

The Falcons-Lions game in London on Sunday will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Eastern and be nationally televised by FOX. The NFL is curious: How many people will watch? Plus, the Week 8 spotlight player and 10 things to watch for on Sunday

Lions Report: Tall Order

Detroit is showing off its corps of towering pass-catchers, but little Golden Tate may end up being the key to survival in the rough NFC North

He Is Not a Robot

As the Lions fell to the Ravens Monday night, putting their January fates in serious doubt, we were reminded of a simple fact: The man we call Megatron is just that—a man, not a mythical figure

Sunday Slate: Analyzing Week 15 Matchups

How will the Patriots offense adjust without Rob Gronkowski? The answer will be revealed in an AFC East clash with the Dolphins, highlighting a weekend that includes Packers-Cowboys, Jets-Panthers, Ravens-Lions and more

My Pro Bowl Picks

New format, same old emphasis on popularity over merit. But I'm here to correct that. Who deserves to go to Hawaii? Here's who made it in on my ballot

A Football Feast

Thanksgiving offers NFL fans the opportunity to sit on the couch and not move for 12 hours, with Packers-Lions, Raiders-Cowboys and Steelers-Ravens all on the docket. Who has the edge in each matchup? Here's a complete breakdown

Beyond Tom Brady and Peyton Manning

The future Hall of Famers will duel for the 14th time on Sunday. But the winner won’t prove himself the best quarterback—he’ll just have the better supporting cast ... plus, the matchup to watch and five bold predictions for Week 12

NFC Is About to Get Real

The Lions and Panthers are making strong pushes for the playoffs, just as we all predicted in August. (Right?) But first things first: All of the NFC’s top teams are on the brink of what should be a wild final seven weeks

A Blown Opportunity

Unable to get a game-clinching first down late in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys opened the door for Matthew Stafford to drive the Lions 80 yards in 50 seconds for the winning TD. That's of little consolation to Jakar Hamilton, the practice squad safety who got burnt twice in the final minute

Matthew Stafford Comes of Age

Sometimes you just feel it. And on Sunday, staring a loss in the face, the QB felt it, leading the Lions to an inexplicable victory and growing up a lot in the process. Plus, more of my thoughts from an offense-heavy Week 8

That New Motown Sound

I called for a more diverse Lions offense, and with Reggie Bush in the fold, that's exactly what we're getting. The result? A potent attack that makes Detroit one of the league's most intriguing attacks

Undrafted and Still Dancing in Detroit

Rookie tight end Joseph Fauria has made an immediate impact on the Lions, and not just with his end-zone moves. Where did they find this guy? Plus, mailbag questions on the NFL's No. 2 team and the Vick-Foles debate

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