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After spending the past week in Los Angeles, it's hard to imagine the Super Bowl hasn't come and gone already. Not once during my stay in the City of Angels did anyone within earshot mention this Sunday's Super Bowl LI matchup between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. Now that just may be an anomaly on the Left Coast, where people have enough going on not to concern themselves with two teams from the Eastern Time Zone playing weeks after their own teams bit the dust. Or perhaps the NFL is losing its luster just a wee bit.
The standard line in the NFL is that defenses win championships. And while teams with great defenses such as Pittsburgh, Chicago, Baltimore, Seattle and Denver have won Super Bowls, more often than not a great quarterback is behind a winning team's ultimate success. Bart Starr, Joe Montana, John Elway, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger are among those QBs who have won multiple NFL titles, the latter two of whom are seeking yet another championship this season. Brady is attempting to become the first signal-caller to win five Super Bowls, but his New England team needs to get
After a wild-card playoff week that saw little intrigue, the NFL playoffs reach what should be a much more competitive divisional round this weekend. I don't know how the worst matchup — Houston at New England — ended up in prime time, but the other games should offer plenty of excitement. Playoff veteran teams such as the Patriots, Seahawks and Packers, behind top quarterbacks, know how to win in the postseason, Pittsburgh has the most talented offensive trio, Dallas has the best offensive line and running game, Kansas City might have the best (non-playoff) coach and no team ca
Now that the NFL regular season has come to a close, there’s been a lot of talk about who the league’s MVP will be. ESPN’s weekly poll concluded with Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan wresting first place away from New England QB Tom Brady. While an MVP award is a nice feather in any player’s cap, rest assured that the only trophy Brady wants to be holding at the end of the season is the Lombardi Trophy. Bank on him doi
The NFL regular season comes to an end this weekend, and it won’t take long before armchair quarterbacks take aim at their playoff-less teams. Few teams have as many targets to sling arrows at than the Minnesota Vikings. A once-promising 5-0 start turned into a nightmarish finish that, at best, can end .500 with a win over Chicago on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
A moment all of America breathlessly awaited finally arrived Tuesday night. I’m talking about the release of Pro Bowl rosters, of course. You know, that game where players drop out by the truckload claiming maladies ranging from hangnails to chapped lips. That game where defenders feign tackling and then laugh and high-five the same players they are supposedly trying to stop.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings hitched their sleigh to Adrian Peterson on Sunday, with hopes of him guiding them through the frosty air and into the NFL playoffs. But the...
The Minnesota Vikings are poised to join a club no NFL team wants to join. By going 2-6 after a 5-0 start, the Vikings are on the cusp of being...