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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

Five Reasons the Panthers Are 1-5

From the offensive line to the defensive backfield, from Cam to Luke to Benjamin, breaking down exactly why it has gone so wrong for the defending NFC champs

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

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?

Listen Up, Rookies

Put down the playbook and study this: Three players share insider knowledge on how to survive life in the NFL

Player Safety Problems

A glimpse into how NFL-appointed medical experts patrol the sidelines shows flaws in the system. Plus a gloomy forecast for RG3 in Cleveland and the first rankings of 2016 finds some familiar teams at the top