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Championship Fallout: On Deflation and Blame

A look at what is known about the NFL’s probe into the potential use of deflated footballs in the Patriots-Colts game. Plus readers weigh in on the Packers-Seahawks game, including who is most to blame for Green Bay’s late collapse

Breaking Down the NFL's Elite Eight

An in-depth look at both sides of the ball for this weekend's four divisional-round playoff games

Better Than Dallas

The Cowboys are off to a great start, but they're not as deep as the Packers, who have reeled off four straight wins by dominating in different ways. Plus, a smart look at something the Jets are actually doing right and more film-study notes

Packers, Patriots Have Same Issues on Defense

The wrong personnel playing the wrong scheme affected both New England and Green Bay in season-opening losses. It’s a continuation of last season’s problems for both teams, though one has a better chance of fixing it

The Masterminds Behind the Mayhem

The Seahawks and Packers kick off a new NFL season tonight in a marquee matchup. The men who built the rosters, Seattle’s John Schneider and Green Bay’s Ted Thompson, share a common background but couldn’t be more different

Packers Report: Spiced Up With Peppers

Green Bay added an unusual free-agent splurge, signing Julius Peppers to shore up a defense that was among the worst at stopping the run in 2013. But is the 34-year-old defensive end the answer?

A Horrible Holiday

The Packers were blown out in Detroit on Thanksgiving, Green Bay's fifth straight game without a win. And while it'd be easy to blame everything on the absence of Aaron Rodgers, it's actually the other side of the ball that is embarrassing itself

The Read-Option As We Know It Is Dead

But the scheme is quickly evolving to redefine play-action and revolutionize the passing game. Long live the read-option

Bring on the New

Clay Matthews on preparing for the read-option and taking his first vacation ever