Dan Quinn is 19-13 in the regular season and 1-0 in the playoffs as coach of the Falcons

You might argue that McCarthy was unlucky to lose the coin toss and have his defense give up a season-ending touchdown within three plays from scrimmage after his decision to kick the extra point, that it was the worst possible outcome for his decision. That's fair. It's also fair to say he got the best possible outcome for making the same sort of bizarrely conservative mistake again last Sunday against the Cowboys. Again, playing as an underdog on the road, McCarthy's team took an early lead...
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The question is whether the pair will be able to keep up their play

Like Houston, 26-year-old Miller is an on-the-rise edge rusher. Although Miller served a suspension earlier in his career for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy and has also dealt with a torn ACL, it certainly looks like his best days are ahead. His 14 sacks in 2014 combined with 10 sacks from Ware to make the Broncos one of the NFL's top pass-rushing teams. While the production doesn't match that of Houston in Kansas City, Scotty Payne of SB Nation's Broncos blog, Mile High...
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What do the Patriots have in mind for Le’Veon Bell?

QB Matt Ryan is playing at an MVP level, and you especially like his chances of matching Rodgers' offensive output at home. But what stood out about Atlanta in Saturday's victory over the Seattle Seahawks was how dynamic and energetic the Falcons were on the other side of the ball. We're not used to thinking defense when we think of the Falcons, but their young defensive stars have been difference-makers down the stretch. Green Bay has one of the best pass-protecting offensive lines in the lea...
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Last week OBJ, this week Dez Bryant for Packers CB LaDarius Gunter

When the 2015 NFL draft weekend wrapped up, the Green Bay Packers felt confident they had found their shutdown cornerback of the future. If it wasn't first-round pick Damarious Randall, then surely it would be second-rounder Quinten Rollins. George Johnson Game Jersey Yet when defensive coordinator Dom Capers sits down these days with his assistant coaches and decides whether to match one of his cornerba...
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Do NFL preseason stats mean anything for running backs?

With one week of the NFL Preseason in the books, you may find yourself belly-up to the bar and realize that you're not only unrepentantly excited about Ameer Abdullah and his 9.6 yards per carry, but you're equally as excited about that fifth running back on your team's depth chart, a Zach Zenner, for instance. You may catch yourself re-calibrating your team's roster in your mind based on a few exciting preseason runs. Are you wrong to do this? Do "breakout" preseason performances at the runn...
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That’s the difference between those Patriots and these Patriots

The day after the Dallas Cowboys¡¯ 2014 season ended in a controversial 26-21 loss to Green Bay in the divisional playoffs, coach Jason Garrett saw his team¡¯s future, even if he didn¡¯t know it. Garrett was sitting in the owner¡¯s suite at AT&T Stadium next to Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith for the first College Football Playoff National Championship between Ohio State and Oregon. At the time, it was Garrett¡¯s desire to retain Dallas RB DeMarco Murray, who led the NFL with 1,845 yards rushin...
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Robert Alford snagged a Kirk Cousins’ pass in overtime to give the Falcons a win

If you drew up a list of surprising teams for this season, Atlanta might be near the top. The pre-season projections back that up, too -- according to ESPN Stats and Info, their FPI metric gave the Falcons a 2.7 percent chance to win their first five games this year, lowest probability of any the undefeated teams. They're having success through the air -- Julio Jones is on a torrid pace -- and their run game ain't shabby either. Second-year pro Devonta Freeman became the third player with e...
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Carroll can come off as unduly optimistic

The atmosphere is electric. The speed of the game jumps. And the pressure? It's intense. But that's expected, really, when you get into the dance. I played on wild-card weekend four times during my journeyman NFL career. We won a couple. And we lost a couple too. The common thread? Everything is magnified when you play in an elimination game. You can't stop the run game in the playoffs? Get beat on special teams? Or give up the deep ball in the second half? Man, it's time to clock out an...
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The Raptors are quietly back to being the second-best team in the Eastern Conference

Toronto has the league¡¯s best offense and an average defense. They¡¯ve barely lost to good teams and thwacked bad ones. Lowry and DeRozan are both having career years, and the Raptors will survive if either of them fall off even slightly. Patrick Patterson is injured now, but the Raptors have several bench players who they can plug in during his absence. Limited Youth Nick Perry Jersey That¡¯s because, firs...
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Aaron Rodgers sucking his thumb is slightly NSFW thanks to this slo-mo camera work

Aaron Rodgers sucking his thumb is slightly NSFW thanks to this slo-mo camera work The magic of television is great! It allows fans to instantly check out replays when something amazing happens. We even have the added bonus of slo-mo to just bask in the beauty of football. But when exciting things don't happen, it's weird — really weird. Take Sunday afternoon's game, for example. Rather than showing a great pass, the cameras pointed to Aaron Rodgers sucking his thumb. Then, for absolutely ...
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