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The Injuries Shaping the NFL Season — Not every team can survive a key injury the way Dallas has. And as a recent study shows, not every position carries the same weight. T here are a lot of bad football clichés, but the worst might be "next man up."

Week 7 NFL Picks: The Defensive Downside of Traveling Abroad — International games aren't going away - and that means an increasingly skewed product for fans and teams alike W e've got one of those early London kickoffs this week. Next week, too. You probably didn't know this, because no one does - the teams playing in these games are barely aware. A 9:30 a.m.

For the Orlando Magic, at Least the Worst Is Over — Their fans can't predict the future, but it surely can't be any worse than the past four years After a long summer of topless championship parades, free-agency meetings in the Hamptons, Snapchat mishaps, and gold medals, the NBA is finally, truly, really, almost back.

Inside the NFL’s Ratings Crisis — The NFL's ratings problem is an election problem. It's a changing-technology and viewer-habits problem. Amazingly, it's even a baseball-playoffs problem. But most distressingly for the league, it's also an oversaturation problem. Y ou've probably heard a lot about the NFL's "ratings problem," but that's a relative term.

Week 6 NFL Picks: Save Us From the Prime-Time Torment — Here's how to fix the league's inflexible scheduling system - and correctly pick bad games without having to watch them T here's been plenty of talk about how the election is overshadowing the football season (and everything else).

Welcome to the Age of the Unstoppable Receiver — Sorry, QBs. It's time to give some shine to the guys who really own today's NFL: the pass catchers no one can seem to stop. E very NFL position has changed dramatically over the last decade: Quarterbacks are more involved than ever; offensive linemen face a harder college-to-pro leap; middle linebackers may be phasing out of the game completely.

Week 5 NFL Picks: Tom Terrific to the Rescue — Guess who's back. Back again. Brady's back. Tell a friend. T he big news this week is that Tom Brady is finally returning from suspension to face an NFL team. Of course, that's not true, because he'll be playing the Cleveland Browns.

Five Ways to Lose an NFL Season — A handful of 2016's early stragglers have a lot in common with some of the NFL's archetypal flop teams. And if they keep playing like their historical comps, they're doomed. A ll good NFL teams are alike; each bad NFL team is bad in its own way.

Week 4 NFL Picks: Twerk Responsibly — The No Fun League is increasingly earning its nickname by legislating emotion T his week, Odell Beckham Jr. was slapped with the dreaded "distraction" label. After the wide receiver freaked out late in the Giants' Sunday loss to Washington, lashing out at a kicking net (aren't those designed to take impact?)

Chiefs QB Alex Smith Is a Human TV Guide — Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith is working to win a Super Bowl - and to get all of his teammates to binge-watch his favorite TV shows and read his favorite books Most quarterbacks worry about teaching the rest of the offense how to approach film study or third-down protections.
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Oct 25, 2016

RT @ringer: The flippant “next man up” indicates that all NFL injuries are created equal—but they’re not 

Oct 25, 2016

We know little about how injuries hurt NFL teams. Three professors changed that--and the results were surprising. 

Oct 24, 2016

Osweiler in an obvious passing situation against the Broncos defense. This season makes no sense so he'll probably hit a 20-yard pass.

Oct 24, 2016

We will be begging for this level of play during the next prime time game: Jags-Titans.

Oct 24, 2016

The best part of this game so far is when they showed Brandon Weeden and I found out he was in the NFL.

Oct 24, 2016

@jackdickey feet on the ground, head in the sky, i know that I like this guy, Sean. I like him a lot as a football player.

Oct 24, 2016

Gruden loves The Talking Heads as much as he loves every starting NFL quarterback. That means he loves them a lot.

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