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Two Rivals, One Cause

For one night during the NFL offseason, the Ravens’ purple and the Steelers’ black and gold were a perfect match at a charity event meant to connect strangers and fight cancer

How Quarterbacks Are Made

The MMQB examined the youth football careers and family backgrounds of the 15 QBs taken in this year’s NFL draft (a record number), and found several key life experiences that appear to be predictors of success. Often, the men who play the position aren’t natural born leaders

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

Divisional Playoff Preview

Which teams have the edge in the NFL’s most competitive weekend of football? Breaking down offensive and defensive matchups in Chiefs-Patriots, Packers-Cardinals, Steelers-Broncos and Seahawks-Panthers

The Steelers’ Burfict Ending

Landry Jones seemed to throw Pittsburgh’s season away with a soul-crushing interception, but the emotional roller coaster was only getting started. The final two minutes of the Steelers’ heart-pounding win over the Bengals has already entered Black-and-Gold lore

An Open Letter to Players

Take care of yourselves. Take care of the game. In the wake of the Steelers-Bengals debacle, the future of the sport depends on you

Unleash It Deep

With the league trending toward dink and dunk in recent years, three of the NFL’s best offenses are taking a different tack: big throws, big risks, big plays and big wins

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 Battle of the Thirties

Pittsburgh’s offense has topped 30 five straight weeks. Denver’s defense has not allowed it all season. Assessing the classic irresistible force vs. immovable object battle, plus more in a playoff impactful Week 15 slate

The NFL’s Most Physically Gifted Quarterback

Cam Newton has emerged as an MVP candidate. Aaron Rodgers is the guy you’d build a franchise around. Tom Brady is still pushing to become the greatest of all time. Why isn’t anyone talking about Ben Roethlisberger?

The Fine Fifteen

There’s movement at the top, as two AFC giants re-enter the top five. Plus notes on Pete Rose, Muhammad Wilkerson and a player I admire

The Fine 15: Sanity Check

Seismic activity in the NFL pecking order this week will leave many questioning the power ranker’s mental state. Please form an orderly line

How Russell Wilson Tore Apart the Steelers

On Sunday, the Seahawks spread out and moved the ball at will in beating the Steelers. It was a look at the ideal way to attack Pittsburgh’s zone blitz. And, after losing another star to injury, it might have been a preview of how the Seahawks will operate down the playoff stretch