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By RALPH VACCHIANO There isn’t much that can get a rise out of Bill Belichick, the stoic, unemotional, coach of the New England Patriots. He’s been to four Super Bowls as a head coach, won three, and built himself a dynasty in New England. But...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
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The Final Four has been set, and it might not have been the one you were expecting. The AFC did get its top two seeds through to the championship, but over in the NFC the two best teams – or what everyone thought were the two best teams (the...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
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The New York Giants already have a formula for how to beat the Green Bay Packers. Other than the Kansas City Chiefs, who actually beat them, nobody came closer to doing it than the Giants did on Dec. 4. That game was the perfect example for...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
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The stakes are high enough as it is. In fact, they couldn't be higher during a regular-season game. Rarely are there games where a division title and a playoff berth is on the line and the loser will be eliminated entirely. That's what's on the...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
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Tom Coughlin’s seat isn’t necessarily hot. It’s more like lukewarm heading into the final two games of the NFL season. His bosses don’t want to fire him, and they might use any excuse to keep him. It’s also possible that they’ll have no choice...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
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It’s too late now to do anything about a season gone wrong. Dreams are dead. Hopes haven squashed. And in some places the spark of life has been extinguished. The stretch run of the NFL season isn’t for pretenders. The playoff race isn’t for...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
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The biggest race of the 2011 season – the one that could have the biggest impact on 2012 and beyond – is all-but decided. The Indianapolis Colts are the worst team in the NFL. They are going to own the rights to super-quarterback Andrew Luck....
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
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There is a long, long way to go for the Green Bay Packers – probably longer than they even realize. That’s a lesson that was learned the hard way by so many previously unbeaten teams. Even the teams that look unbeatable, the way the Packers do...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
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They were 6-2 at the midpoint of the season, despite a bunch of free-agent losses and an infirmary full of injuries. Eli Manning was on his way to joining the MVP conversation. Tom Coughlin was earning praise as a possible NFL Coach of the Year...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
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There are contenders and there are pretenders, and sometimes this late in the season it’s impossible to separate the two. One moment a team like the Buffalo Bills can look like the best team in the AFC East. The next their fast start can fall...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
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Twitter can range between being awesome and being the most annoying thing in on the Internet. So to help sports fans figure out which Twitter accounts they should follow, we put together the list of the best 100. This list contains everything...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
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Every team in the NFL will have reached their halfway point of the season by the time this weekend’s games are finished, which means we are about to be officially in the stretch run. And the timing couldn’t be better. There are several games this...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
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Seven weeks into the NFL season, there are 22 teams with a record of .500 or better, which means they can claim to be in the thick of the playoff race as the NFL season nears its halfway point. But none of them are in the most interesting race –...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
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By RALPH VACCHIANO Donovan McNabb took a seat last week, perhaps putting an end to his stellar NFL career. He was a shell of his former self, but more importantly the Vikings are 1-5 and they have a fresh, young quarterback collecting dust on...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
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The Philadelphia Eagles have already declared the Dream Team “dead”, but they only meant the nickname, not the team itself. They still remain confident that they’re talented enough and have enough time to turn their sinking ship around. But do...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
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- by Ralph Vacchiano The usual suspects are all lurking out there for anyone tempted to make a switch. Bill Cowher is always rumored to be on the verge of returning to coaching, even though he seems comfortable in the CBS studio. So is Jon...
Braden Gall
2 years ago
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-by Ralph Vacchiano You knew that Tom Brady and Drew Brees would be leading the NFL in passing yardage, even this early in the season. But come on, who would’ve guessed that Cam Newton would be third? Darren McFadden as the NFL’s rushing...
Braden Gall
2 years ago
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By RALPH VACCHIANO There is always time for a miracle, but miracles don’t happen often. That’s why, for seven NFL teams, they’re really already facing a must-win game this week. It’s not an elimination game yet, but it might as well be...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
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By RALPH VACCHIANO In 2003, the New England Patriots released popular safety Lawyer Milloy, causing an uproar up in Foxboro, Mass. He promptly signed with the Buffalo Bills, and together they hammered the Pats 31-0 on Opening Day. Tom Brady...
Athlon Sports
3 years ago
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By RALPH VACCHIANO Six months ago, there was no guarantee this would ever happen. Yet here we finally are, in opening week. The lockout scared everyone and threatened take away football, but in the end the NFL hasn’t missed a beat. In fact,...
Athlon Sports
3 years ago
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By RALPH VACCHIANO It's almost impossible for one person to change a game in the NFL. There are no isolation plays, like in basketball. There's no one with the ability to make an impact like a dominant pitcher in baseball or a hot goalie in...
Athlon Sports
3 years ago
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By RALPH VACCHIANO If you read the headlines only, the Philadelphia Eagles have owned them during the NFL’s abbreviated offseason. But the truth is they weren’t the only ones making moves. In the wildest, three-week scramble the NFL has ever...
Athlon Sports
3 years ago
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By RALPH VACCHIANO No one has ever won an NFL championship in the spring and summer, and no one has ever lost one either. That’s not for lack of trying, of course. Just ask the “Dream Team” in Philadelphia, or any of the up-and-comers...
Athlon Sports
3 years ago
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By RALPH VACCHIANO The Philadelphia Eagles made a big free-agency splash over the last two weeks. All that was missing from the first few days of the NFL’s wildest free-agent frenzy was Andy Reid sitting in a television studio, being...
Athlon Sports
3 years ago