Branden Oliver Is San Diego's New, Improved Darren Sproles

The Chargers looked stacked at running back before the season started. Ryan Mathews would lead, Danny Woodhead would find some carries and work as a frequent pass-catcher, and Donald Brown would do... something—So nice to have you, Donald! By Week 5, Mathews, Woodhead, and Brown were sidelined by injury. That's fine,… » 10/23/14 4:57pm 10/23/14 4:57pm

How The Cowboys Have Made The Most Out Of Ex-Bust Rolando McClain

Remember Rolando McClain? The star Alabama linebacker the Raiders took with their first pick in 2010, hailed as a surprisingly wise move by then-owner Al Davis? The guy who was, naturally, a huge bust because the Raiders can't have nice things? Well, he popped up on the Cowboys this season playing a competent middle… » 10/16/14 4:49pm 10/16/14 4:49pm

DeMarco Murray Has Been The NFL's Best Running Back. Can He Keep It Up?

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is dominating the NFL right now, leading the league with 670 yards in five games, 210 more than the next guy, Le'Veon Bell. Murray got there on 130 attempts, an absurd number at this point of the season (sad-ass LeSean McCoy is in second place with 94). He's on track to pass his… » 10/10/14 12:32pm 10/10/14 12:32pm

What's Wrong With LeSean McCoy?

Philadelphia is 3-1 and at the top of the NFC East, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the stat line of its star, LeSean McCoy. In Philly's last two games, Shady's totaled 37 rushing yards on 39 touches, and no receptions. Through four games last season, McCoy had 468 yards on the ground. This season: 192. The… » 10/02/14 5:13pm 10/02/14 5:13pm

Just How Good Is Kirk Cousins?

When Robert Griffin III busted his ankle early in Washington's Week 2 game against the Jaguars, the team turned to backup Kirk Cousins to run the offense, again, and damn, he filled in nicely, again. The offense came alive, and Washington came away with a decisive 41-10 victory. RG3's return is still up in the… » 9/18/14 3:24pm 9/18/14 3:24pm

Is Jaguars WR Allen Hurns For Real?

Here's what we know about Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns: He's an undrafted rookie out of Miami, and he had 110 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles in his first regular-season game. And that's about it. But a debut performance like that will land you a heap of attention, from casual fans and fantasy owners… » 9/11/14 12:15pm 9/11/14 12:15pm

Tyron Smith Isn't A "Cowboy For Life." He Just Got Screwed.

Yesterday, Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith signed an enormous eight-year extension, valued at $110 million over 10 years. Today, Dallas is telling everyone that it guarantees Smith will be a "Cowboy for life." As we know by now, the numbers in NFL contracts are bullshit. But this is outrageous enough bullshit that it… » 7/31/14 5:17pm 7/31/14 5:17pm

NFL Playoff Longshots: A Guide To The Also-Rans

The teams with the best Super Bowl chances in this year's playoffs are obvious. But who cares about them—most aren't even playing this weekend. This is a look at some of the other teams in the Wild Card round who haven't gotten as much play, whether it's because they're heavy underdogs or just haven't had many… » 1/03/14 4:40pm 1/03/14 4:40pm

NFL All-Non-Playoff Team: The Best Players Not In The Postseason

In the NFL, where many believe that winning supersedes stats, many outstanding players don't get the accolades or attention they deserve, just because the rest of their team was shit. We think that's dumb, so we've gathered up the best players out of the league who didn't make the playoffs this season. » 1/03/14 1:29pm 1/03/14 1:29pm

"Death Star" Lotulelei Might Be The NFL's Next Great Defensive Lineman

Last season, Carolina drafted Luke Kuechly, who's currently one of the best inside linebackers in the league. This year it was defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. While he isn't even the full-time starter yet, every indication says he's going to be an absolute world-breaker, if he isn't already. » 12/06/13 4:03pm 12/06/13 4:03pm

How Mike Glennon And The Tampa Bay Bucs (Sort Of) Stopped Sucking

Remember when the dysfunctional Buccaneers were an 0-8 dumpster fire fueled by MRSA and ineptitude? Greg Schiano and his Men have somehow won three straight, with some legitimate play from both sides of the ball—especially rookie quarterback/intrepid middle schooler Mike Glennon. Which leaves us with the same question… » 11/27/13 12:39pm 11/27/13 12:39pm

How Jimmy Graham Became The Most Productive Tight End In Football

Calling Jimmy Graham a tight end seems dishonest. Drew Brees's favorite target is a freak who's blowing the other competition at his position out of the water in 2013. Because "Jimmy Graham is good" isn't a very compelling statement, let's go a little further. Since Graham is essentially a wide receiver set at tight… » 11/21/13 7:28pm 11/21/13 7:28pm

How The Jets' Run-Stuffing, QB-Ruining Defensive Line Came To Be

It's up in the air who named the Jets' defensive line of Sheldon Richardson, Damon Harrison, and Muhammad Wilkerson the "Sons of Anarchy," but there's no question how disruptive and dominant the line has been. Without much help from the secondary, it's helped return Rex Ryan's squad to its place as one of the best… » 11/12/13 7:12pm 11/12/13 7:12pm

How The Chiefs Stopped Sucking In One Offseason

Before Week 1, if you'd said that the Kansas City Chiefs would be undefeated halfway through the season, you'd have been chased up and down Blue Parkway by men with butterfly nets. Yet here we are, on the cusp of November, and the last undefeated team in the NFL plays at Arrowhead Stadium. How'd the Chiefs go from a… » 10/31/13 5:32pm 10/31/13 5:32pm