Big Sunday wins by the Steelers, Eagles and Vikings turned the momentum around for teams whose seasons seemed to be slipping away, while the Ravens have fully embraced Lamar Jackson for their run at the postseason. And yes, Baker Mayfield’s Browns have the look of a playoff team—if only they’d gotten an earlier jump on a needed change. Plus notes and nuggets on the coaching carousel, the draft and much more.
The Dolphins pull off a ridiculous last-second win (with some help from Gronk and company), the Bears show 2018 what a defense looks like, Patrick Mahomes summons up more highlight-reel magic, the Cowboys take charge and the rest of the news from a truly wild NFL Sunday.
The Packers part ways with their longtime coach after a dismal Lambeau loss to the Cardinals—so where does that leave Aaron Rodgers and the franchise? Plus, Joey Bosa’s resurgence helps fuel a big-time Chargers win over the Steelers, the streaking Texans’ chemistry is just right, more on Kareem Hunt, and rest of the NFL news from Sunday and beyond.
The brash Browns rookie made a statement—about himself, his team, and Hue Jackson—in a resounding win in Cincinnati. Plus, Philip Rivers’ big bounce-back, the Broncos’ trick to upset Pittsburgh (and get back in the playoff hunt), the Vikes’ adjustment that shut down Aaron Rodgers, and much more as the season hits the homestretch.
Veteran Benjamin Watson says his 2018 Saints have the same relentlesss mind-set—and same explosive talent—as the record-setting ’07 New England team he played on. Plus, Leighton Vander Esch and the surging Dallas defense, Lamar Jackson’s big debut, the Steelers’ myth-making and much more from a rollicking NFL weekend.
The Saints and Patriots stake their conference claims with statement wins as the serious jockeying for postseason position begins, with every team now at least halfway through its slate. Plus, inside the Browns mess, the creativity in the Panthers’ attack, Pittsburgh’s James Conner/Le’Veon Bell quandary, the Vikings’ resurrected defense, what stood out in Patriots-Packers, and all the rest of Week 9 in the NFL
The real Gruden Grinders? They’re in Washington, where Jay Gruden has built strength in the trenches—and quietly (no drama! no dysfunction!) taken the lead in the NFC East. Plus, the focused, selfless Rams, Adam Vinatieri’s long (looong) road to the scoring record, Philly’s ‘must-win’ win, a Seattle resurgence, trade news and much more.
Deshaun Watson rode the bus to Jacksonville, but everyone’s on board for the surging Texans. Plus, what was behind Cam Newton’s comeback effort in Philly, how the Chiefs are working to avoid a letdown, why the Chargers are flying high and more off a wild NFL Sunday
The old master and the young phenom went toe-to-toe down on Sunday night, and in the end the Patriots veteran demonstrated to the football world why he’s the G.O.A.T. Oh, and that Mahomes kid is pretty amazing, too. Plus, covering the rest of NFL Week 6
An epic game-winning field goal headlines a weekend in which the playoff hunt began in earnest—and the Panthers, Rams and Bengals all made big-time statements. Plus, how the Lions held it together against another great QB, Drew Brees on the brink of history, the Vikings’ bounceback, that DeAndre Hopkins play and much more as the heart of the season is upon us
Titans’ Mike Vrabel rolled the dice on his new team and came up a big winner over the Super Bowl champs, while Indy’s risk-taking might have saved the season—for the Texans. Plus what the difference is for the 3-1 Bengals, a Bears offensive explosion, how defensive coaches weigh up the body weight rule, impact rookies for the Chargers and Patriots, Gruden gets his win and much more
On one jaw-dropping TD play, we got a glimpse of the Patrick Mahomes that the Chiefs had been seeing all along—the Favre-like gunslinger. But even that wild, improvised score was the product of planning and practice. Plus, we look at the Bills’ improbable upset, Carson Wentz’s return, Cleveland’s Baker decision, the secret to FitzMagic, the Jimmy G injury and much more
The Jaguars slayed their dragon (New England) by giving their quarterback the green light with the game on the line, while the Chiefs got a second straight touchdown eruption from the kid they’ve put their trust in. Plus notes and analysis on Josh Gordon’s fate, Matt Ryan’s Falcons, that Clay Matthews call, placekicking chaos and more on another frenetic Sunday in the NFL
He was carted off in the first half to the worst fears of football fans everywhere. Then the Packers QB hobbled onto the field for the second half to lead a historic comeback against a Bears team that looked destined for a statement win. It was all in a day’s work for Aaron Rodgers. Plus, insight and analysis from the rest of Sunday’s action
One gets traded, the other re-signs, and in the end both get paid big. For the Raiders and Rams, the behind-the-scenes machinations revealed contrasting strategies for dealing with their premier defensive players, and only time will tell which approach was the wiser. Plus, a poll of who the best quarterback will be by the end of the season, Doug Pederson’s tough decision on Carson Wentz, the QB situations in Denver and Buffalo and much more as the season is set to start
Pederson hasn’t been able to get away from the recognition for what his team accomplished last season, but he’s trying. The Eagles coach also weighs in on Carson Wentz’s ETA, the turnover on his staff and the return of other injured veteran stars. Plus, why J.J. Watt wants to get back so badly, estimating Odell Beckham Jr.’s next contract, and impressive preseason performances from Luck, Peterson and Newton
Drew Brees and Sean Payton have played together in New Orleans for 13 years now—and they’re long past the ‘finishing each other’s sentences’ phase. The two recall what it was like in the early days and what has gotten them to where they are today (hint: communication). Also, checking in on Ryan Tannehill in Miami, previewing the trade action that we may or may not see around cut-down day, a conversation with new head coach Mike Vrabel and much more.
How the coach is melding the old with the new in Oakland, an explanation of his “analytics” take, and why things might not be going the way you’d expect. Also, the Jalen Ramsey/Dante Fowler suspensions in Jacksonville, the turnover in Seattle, Tom Brady’s incentives, takeaways from the rookie QBs’ preseason debuts, next-man-up in Washington’s backfield, Andrew Luck thrills Indy’s coaches and much more
After a sophomore slump, Dallas’s QB has to step it up in Year 3—and he says he knows what he needs to do to make it happen. Plus, Philip Rivers still loves this game, the Rams try to keep ahead of the curve, the Browns’ Aaron Rodgers plan for Mayfield, and more as training camp powers on