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The Pain of J.J. Watt

With his groin muscle tearing off the bone, the Houston pass rusher still turned in the best season by an NFL defensive player in 2015. The MMQB went to Wisconsin to check on Watt’s rehab and get his opinion on the NFL’s early retirement trend. Plus draft notes on L.A., Dallas and more

Would You Give $37 Million to a Guy You’ve Never Met?

The rule preventing prospective free agents from talking with teams means the Texans handed Brock Osweiler the keys to their franchise pretty much sight unseen. A slight tweak—creating a free-agent visiting period—is an easy, and sensible, fix

The Blitz Is Back! (Maybe)

Some NFL trends—more passing, more shotgun, and a blurring line between 3-4 and 4-3 defenses—become ensconced in the game. Others fade away, like the Wildcat or the read-option. Here are five emerging trends to watch coming out of the 2015 season

We’re in for a Wild Weekend

All eight teams playing on Wild-Card weekend are able to make a legitimate claim to being Super Bowl contenders, but four of them are going home. Breaking down the matchups that will decide each game

The Unlikely QBs of the Likely AFC Playoffs

The conventional wisdom is that you need a superstar quarterback to win Super Bowls. Yet, looking at the likely AFC playoff bracket, it’s Tom Brady and five pedestrian signal-callers. Here’s how each one gets it done

A Shorts Story of a Texans Turnaround

The Texans’ creative new approach on offense has included Cecil Shorts III in a Swiss-army knife role: receiver, runner and passer. The veteran receiver on living the dream of throwing a touchdown in the NFL, how Bill O’Brien turned things around in Houston, and the history of one of the coolest names in the NFL

Andy Benoit’s Midseason All-Pro Team

He didn’t consult stats or advanced metrics. The MMQB’s film-study guru simply relied on his own eyes and expertise to compile this list—and he’s ready for your challenge flags

Lights Out Football

In their never-ending quest to find a winning edge, NFL teams are turning their players on to the most accessible and natural performance-enhancer: a good night’s sleep

Four Free Agency Fails

It’s the same every year: Teams spend big in free agency and end up getting little in return. Halfway through the 2015 season, here are four players shaping up to be last offseason’s biggest free-agent mistakes

On Bill O’Brien and Those Overachieving Texans

No coaching staff got more out of less last year than that Texans. But with Arian Foster out and still no clear answer at quarterback, is a great scheme plus J.J. Watt enough to earn a Wild-Card spot?

Vintage Vince Wilfork in Houston

Think Vince Wilfork is finished? It didn’t look like it last weekend. Plus, an embarrassment of riches in Indianapolis, the greatness of Calvin Johnson, why you can’t roast rookies after one preseason game, and one more story to add to Frank Gifford’s legend