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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

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?

Jacoby Brissett and the Tale of One Snap

Here’s the unlikely story of how Bill Parcells, a mentor to the Patriots’ rookie quarterback, bestowed Brissett with a nickname that foretold his future. Plus how teams rank after Week 2

Rob Gronkowski, Football Mastermind

He’s thought of as a good-old-bro who dominates based on size and athleticism, but the Pats’ All-Pro tight end is really one of the brainiest players at his position. Don’t just take our word for it—ask the coaches who game-plan for and against him

Jimmy G. and the Young QBs

New names stepped into the spotlight in Week 1, and none performed better than the Patriots backup quarterback. Plus a very Raider thing to do, a coach needs a heart, a new cause to get behind and much more 

Belichick’s Popovich Moment

With Week 1 upon us! A look at why Belichick might be smiling with a short-handed underdog in Arizona, Garoppolo’s handsomeness, why Dak is fine (for now), preseason predictions, plus other stuff! And things!