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FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 03:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers greets Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots following the game at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

AFC Championship Preview: (3) Pittsburgh Steelers at (1) New England Patriots

It just feels like the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers have met more often than they actually have in the NFL Playoffs, probably because they’re both almost always in contention. This will mark the ninth time in 14 years in which either Tom Brady or Ben Roethlisberger have represented the AFC in the Super Bowl, […]

at Lambeau Field on December 8, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

NFC Championship Preview: (4) Green Bay Packers at (2) Atlanta Falcons

The NFL’s top two MVP candidates will go head to head Sunday in Atlanta, with a trip to Super Bowl LI on the line. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had one of the best statistical seasons in NFL history, finishing with the NFL’s highest qualified yards-per-attempt average (9.3) this century and the fifth-highest qualified passer […]

KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. Andy Reid and Alex Smith

You’d think that teams playing in the NFL Divisional Playoffs would be less likely to do stupid things. That’s not entirely true. Playoff teams provided plenty of material for This Weekend in NFL Stupid, starting with déjà vu in Kansas City. The Chiefs thought there was a fifth quarter… again Andy Reid and the Kansas […]

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 19: A Charger fan in a luche libre mask yells during the game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Diego Chargers during preseason at Qualcomm Stadium on August 19, 2016 in San Diego, California.  The Chargers won 19-3.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

A statistical look at the 56 years the Chargers spent in San Diego

The San Diego Chargers are no more, as owner Dean Spanos is moving his NFL team 120 miles north to Los Angeles. That ends a nearly six-decade residency in San Diego. Here’s what you need to know about the 56-year run the Chargers had in “America’s Finest City.” 416-427-11: That was the Chargers’ record during their 56 years […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 13:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers shakes hands with Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys at the conclusion of the Dallas Cowboys 35-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Ranking the 16 potential Super Bowl LI matchups

Which would be the best Super Bowl LI matchups among the remaining teams in the NFL Playoffs? Which would be the worst? Eight teams remain in the NFL Playoffs, as we move from the Wild Card Round to the Divisional Round this weekend. That presents 16 possible matchups for Super Bowl LI in Houston, some […]

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 08: Randall Cobb #18 of the Green Bay Packers catches a touchdown pass in the second quarter during the NFC Wild Card game against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. the New York Giants

NFL Wild Card weekend provided plenty of material to choose from for This Weekend in NFL Stupid. With a column like this, you’d think we’d have less to work with during the playoffs. There are fewer games, and the teams playing in said games are presumably kind of smart. But not this past weekend. In fact, […]

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts to a play during the second half against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on January 1, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C.  Cox/Getty Images)

32 crazy stats from the 2016 NFL regular season

Passing yards, rushing attempts, sacks, losing streaks — all of these and more are among some standout numbers from the past NFL season. A lot of wacky stuff happens during the 17-week circus that we call the NFL regular season, some of which we can relay using numbers that are either amazing, unbelievable or both. […]

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 11: Head coach Hue Jackson of the Cleveland Browns during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Hue Jackson

This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. Buffalo’s special teams

This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest decisions in football throughout the season. For Week 17, we start with a comically foolish move from a team that seems to love doing comically foolish things.  Punts are not the same as kickoffs Buffalo Bills running back/return man Mike Gillislee has been playing football for at least […]

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 18:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills speaks at a press conference after the win over Cleveland Browns on December 18, 2016 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Cleveland 33-13.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rex Ryan

This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. Bills coach Rex Ryan

This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest decisions in football throughout the season. For Week 16, we highlight a comedy errors from one of the NFL’s most infamously senseless coaches.  Rex being Rex Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan exercised so much stupidity on Saturday that at one point he did something stupid which saved […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs watches the scoreboard during the game against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Reed Hoffmann/Getty Images)

This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. Andy Reid and the practice of icing the kicker

This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest decisions in football throughout the season. This week, we focus on one coach’s silly decision to apply a strategy that should have been abandoned years ago, which ultimately cost his team an important game.  No more icing, please Only 14 men in history have coached more NFL […]

SEP 25 2016: San Diego Chargers Wide Receiver Tyrell Williams (16) [14625] heads up field after making the catch during the NFL week 3 game between the San Diego Chargers and the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Comeback Q&A: Chargers receiver Tyrell Williams on breakout season

It’s been a tough year for the injury-ravaged, snakebitten San Diego Chargers, but second-year wide receiver Tyrell Williams has been a bright spot in San Diego. In 14 games, he has 59 catches for 925 yards and six touchdowns. The Comeback caught up recently with the team’s leading receiver. Brad Gagnon: You’re big, athletic and fast. And […]

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24:   Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with Ezekiel Elliott #21 after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The reality of the NFL in 2016: Everybody is flawed

With four weeks remaining in the 2016 NFL regular season, it occurs to me that the league is lacking something: a great team. Look around. Everybody has at least one major problem. Let’s go from top to bottom (or at least middle). Dallas Cowboys (11-1): The pass rush is toothless and the offense is being […]

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Head coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers looks on against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game on November 27, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. Panthers coach Ron Rivera

This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest decisions in football throughout the season. This week, we focus on an ordeal that one coach inexplicably brought upon himself.  A simple fine would have sufficed Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera benched superstar quarterback Cam Newton for the first series (it turned out to be only one […]

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This Weekend in NFL Stupid: Breaking down Gary Kubiak’s big decision

Armed with 20/20 hindsight, a lot of Monday morning quarterbacks are suggesting that it was stupid for Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak to have kicker Brandon McManus attempt a 62-yard field goal with just over a minute remaining in overtime Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. But like an attention-seeking Facebook relationship status, it’s […]

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 24:  Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans during the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Bill O’Brien has nobody to blame but himself for Texans’ loss to Raiders

In my latest This Weekend in NFL Stupid column, I issued a very passionate rant about how stupid Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was to punt on a 4th-and-5 down seven points with one timeout and 3:13 remaining against the Oakland Raiders: “Down seven. Fourth-and-five near midfield. Just over three minutes to play. Texans have […]

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This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. Jaguars defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks

This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest decisions in football throughout the season. This week, we isolate one particularly stupid moment starring an eight-year veteran who should have known better. Everyone in the stadium knew Detroit was trying to draw the Jaguars offside, except… Just one week ago, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks openly […]

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 9:  Head coach Dan Quinn of the Atlanta Falcons during the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. dumb penalties, timeouts and picks

This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest decisions in football throughout the season. This week, we start with a baffling clock management strategy from the Atlanta Falcons.  Let’s never forget the time the Falcons called a timeout to save one second Atlanta still had a very good chance to beat the Philadelphia Eagles. They trailed Philly […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings looks on before the game against the Minnesota Vikings on September 1, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Rams 27-25. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. Minnesota Vikings’ thoughtless kick

This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest decisions in football throughout the season. This week, we focus on an widely overlooked yet terrible crunch-time special-teams decision.  Why would the Vikings kick the ball into the end zone? After Minnesota scored to take a three-point lead with 23 seconds remaining in a matchup with the […]

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 09: Head coach Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles watches his team during first half action against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 9, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. terrible game management

This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest decisions in football throughout the season. This week, we target several coaches who dropped the ball while trying to manage key situations.  Let’s start with you, Doug Pederson You’re a rookie head coach, and rookie head coaches make these mistakes. But you’re also an offensive coach, which makes […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 23:  Head Coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during warmups before the game against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field on October 23, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin

This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest decisions in football throughout the season. This week, we take aim at a smart coach who had a really stupid moment. Mike Tomlin’s brain fart I hate having to do this to Mike Tomlin, mainly because I admire his willingness to buck longtime coaching trends and take […]

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 16: Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants removes his helmet and draws a penalty after scoring the go ahead touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter with the Giants winning 27-23 during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 16, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. celebration penalties and botched DPIs

This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest decisions in football throughout the season. This week, we lead with a recurring theme early this season. Stop punishing harmless celebration, NFL I won’t wax poetic on this for 1,000 words because tons of other outlets have already made it clear that the NFL is ridiculous for continuing […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 1: Head coach Jeff Fisher of the St. Louis Rams watches from the sideline in the third quarter  against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome on November 1, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. Rams coach Jeff Fisher (again)

This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest decisions in football throughout the season. This week, we go after a familiar target. A Jeff Fisher special We focus this week on two confounding fourth-quarter decisions from the king of bad decisions, Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher. 1. Down seven at the Buffalo 4-yard line […]

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 25: Cody Parkey #3 of the Cleveland Browns reacts after missing the game winning field goal in the 4th quarter against the Miami Dolphinson September 25, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. the Browns, the Bucs and poor kicker decisions

This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest decisions in football throughout the season. This week, we start with kicker-related developments involving two of the league’s dumbest teams. Did the Cleveland Browns cheap out on a kicker and then force said kicker to attempt a tougher-than-necessary field goal with the game on the line? The […]

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