It’s not getting any easier for New England, which is why the grinding Super Bowl LIII victory—built on mental toughness and brilliant coaching adjustments—is all the more admirable: Over nearly two decades, this team has won in every way imaginable. Plus: What's next for the Rams and Pats, the major rules changes that may be in the works, a review of the Hall of Fame class of 2019, storylines for the draft and much more as we close the book on another season, and look ahead to 2019.
The character and style of the two contenders in Atlanta, in the opinion of one NFL playoff coach who faced them both this year, embodies the state of play in the NFL in 2018—and Matt Nagy details how New England and L.A. will match up on Sunday. Plus, how the Rams’ run is pumping up the L.A. market, the big issues for the runner-up Saints and Chiefs, major movers during Senior Bowl week, and the latest on coaching moves—and that non-call.
After dramatic overtime wins, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are headed to their ninth (!) Super Bowl together, to face off against young Jared Goff and Sean McVay. But the talk today is all about an obvious, game-deciding blown call, and what the NFL must do to address an officiating crisis.
In a year of offensive fireworks, the Saints and Chiefs did it with D, the Rams pounded their way past Dallas and—oh yeah—the creaky old Patriots are headed to the conference title game for the eighth straight year. Plus, the latest draft and coaching news and more as we head into the NFL final four.
The Ravens D shuts down a Baker Mayfield-Browns miracle to send ground-and-pound Baltimore to the playoffs (and Pittsburgh packing), the Eagles get it done and the Vikings don’t, the Colts cruise (and it’s not just Luck), the Jets and Bucs join the teams looking for new coaches as the old year ends and—oh, yeah—there’s plenty more football to be played! Week 17, and beyond ...
With a gutsy comeback win against Pittsburgh, Drew Brees and company solidify their standing as the Super Bowl favorite. Plus, the Colts, Titans, Eagles and Vikings jockey for the playoffs, the latest coaching carousel buzz and more as the regular season hits its climax.
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