j.j. watt

No. 19: Sarah Thomas

This fall, Sarah Thomas will become the first woman to officiate an NFL regular season game. Amy Trask, the first female CEO in NFL history, looks back at her time in the league and projects what Thomas will face this season

Football’s Focus Group

The ultimate outsider—an Englishman who never played the game—abandoned a profitable business to run an NFL advanced stats website. In just a few years he’s gone from 80 page views a week to overseeing an international staff of 80 that’s helping to transform the league

All-Pro Showdown

Rodgers or Romo? Revis or Harris? Gostkowski or Vinatieri? Greg Bedard and Peter King debate their 2014 All-Pro ballots and awards picks

The NFL’s Best and Worst Business Decisions

A look back at the players and teams that won and lost at the negotiating table in 2014, and what it all means going forward as the league tries to repair its image

Week 17 Twitter Mailbag

Did the Niners blow it by letting Jim Harbaugh walk? Who should be the Raiders' next head coach? And does EJ Manuel still have a future in Buffalo? That and more as Peter King answers your Twitter questions

What Happened With Harbaugh and the Niners?

Jim Harbaugh and San Francisco went from three straight NFC title games to 'doomed from the start' in 2014. A source explains what went wrong. Plus, a breakdown of the playoff field, an MVP vote explanation and more from Week 17

The Week 14 Mailbag

J.J. Watt is the NFL's best defensive player, but would the Texans be better if he played tight end? Plus questions on pre-snap movement, Le'Veon Bell's historic run and readers share their movie recommendations

Are Penalty Flags Ruining Football?

Are there really more penalty flags this year, and is it affecting the way the game is played? That, plus some theories behind the increase in injuries and Week 14 notes on a Packers unsung hero and J.J. Watt's MVP campaign

The Week 6 Mailbag

The Bengals-Panthers tie is a good reminder of how the NFL's overtime rules should work. Plus, answering your questions about player fine discrepancies, J.J. Watt's potential for Canton and when—not if—the Steelers will fire Todd Haley

It's Now Sunny in New York, But It’s Always Tough in Philadelphia

Tom Coughlin’s offseason gamble paid off and the new-look Giants have hit their offensive stride. But the chemistry between Eli Manning and new coordinator Ben McAdoo will be tested in the unfriendly confines of Lincoln Financial Field

The Best Players So Far

With nearly a quarter of the season in the books, we take stock of the MVP race and find some new names at the top. Plus, Steve Smith Sr. torches his old team, Teddy Bridgewater’s brilliant debut, Roger Goodell gets an earful in Texas and the night the football world watched baseball

Mega Watt’s Mega Deal

The Texans held all the cards but did the right thing in extending superstar defensive end J.J. Watt—and paying him like a franchise quarterback

Texans Preview: O'Brien Builds Without a QB

First-year head coach Bill O'Brien has some superstar talent to work with. But will the many holes in their lineup, specifically under center, do them in again?

There’s Life in Sun Life

Dennis Hickey, the Dolphins’ new GM, has the tools—and the cap room—to build a winner. Plus, how J.J. Watt plays into Houston’s Jadeveon Clowney decision

The Elite Will Rise

The playoffs seem like the height of unpredictability, but there's a pretty simple formula to figuring out who'll win this weekend—just look at the 'purple-chip' players

The Miseducation of Matthew Stafford

The quarterback and his coach, Jim Schwartz, have been the two primary targets of blame for Detroit's struggles. Schwartz's future with the Lions may be nonexistent, but it's not too late for Stafford—but only if he learns some key lessons

Pressure Points: Valuable Vike, but For How Long?

The subtly effective Everson Griffen had the biggest day you might not have noticed among pass rushers in Week 14, but in a contract year, you can bet other teams are paying attention

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

Pressure Points: Watt Down Season?

His stats have fallen sharply, but the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year remains as dominant as ever for the Texans