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If the Bears can inflict as much punishment on opponents as they seem to on the psyche of their fans, it could be one memorable year. The soundtrack thus far has deteriorated from fast-fingered Spanish guitar to a slow and painful Merle Haggard song....
Last week's ranking in parentheses 1. 49ers (5): People don't want to believe this team can be this good with Alex Smith at quarterback. Believe it. 2. Patriots (3): This is what you call an overpowering offense. 3. Ravens (4): Joe Flacco was...
1. 49ers (1 last week): There isn't much not to like about the 49ers. At this point, the only question is who is No. 2? 2. Packers (4): Cut them some slack for losing to 49ers. They still are one fine football team. 3. Falcons (5): The defense is...
1. Cardinals (9 last week): It's hard to believe they are the best in football, but they have beaten more good teams and answered more challenges than any other team. 2. Falcons (3): A quarterback who takes great care of the football and a defense...
1. Falcons (2 last week): They aren't getting any style points for the way they have been winning lately, but they are the NFL's only unbeaten. 2. Texans (1): There is no disgrace to losing to Aaron Rodgers when he's on his game like he was Sunday. 3....
"You aren't coming out tonight. Don't put a hand up and tell me you're tired — because there ain't anyone left." — Special teams coach Danny Smith addressing the rookies before the fourth exhibition when I played for the Redskins. Make a...
Many fans of the late Walter Payton were stunned by the depiction of the Bears Hall of Fame running back as a flawed human being in Jeff Pearlman's controversial book: "Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton." Assertions that Payton abused drugs...
With the NFL draft less than three weeks away, it's time to take a first stab at how things might shake out in the first round. At this point, NFL teams already have about 95 percent of the information that will influence whom they select. Now it's a...
PHOENIX — The NFL's eight new head coaches have yet to conduct a practice, or even solidify their rosters, but already they can be roughly divided into three groups. The haves, the might-haves and the have-nots. That's those who have an answer...
Ravens fans have fretted for weeks about the dismantling of their team's legendary defense, but it only takes a cursory review of the relevant 2012 statistics to see that, as always, there is a method to all the recent roster madness. The tremendous...
Tags: Ed Reed, Marcus Spears, Ray Lewis, Elvis Dumervil, Super Bowl
That big collective sigh you heard late Sunday came from Ravens Nation, which was in full-scale panic mode and exhausting the region's supply of Xanax until the news of Elvis Dumervil's deal came down. What a heist Ozzie Newsome pulled off, something on...
Tags: Joe Flacco, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, Marcus Spears, Chris Canty
The Ravens almost lost another key player in free agency. Oh, ho-hum, another day, another top player gone. Who cares, and at this point, did anyone expect anything different? Despite the exodus of players, the Ravens haven't made any major mistakes...
Tags: Ed Reed, Houston Texans, Super Bowl, Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens
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