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Broncos’ C.J. Anderson joins Cal running backs thriving in NFL

Former Cal running backs coach Ron Gould remembers, among the many things he preached to Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett and C.J. Anderson, this maxim: “It’s not speed to the hole, it’s speed through the hole.”<p>The Seahawks’ Lynch has long been one of the best running backs in the NFL, and Forsett …

NFL Week 17 Picks: Predictions for Favorites and Underdogs

With every Week 17 game taking place on Sunday, bettors aren't able to rely on the usual staggered schedule that allows them to fully concentrate their efforts on prime-time contests surrounding the madness that transpires on Sunday afternoon.<p>That said, wagers must be chosen wisely.<p>We've seen …

NFL picks and predictions, Bears vs. Vikings 2014: Minnesota getting love

Neither club is making the playoffs, but Minnesota has the look of a team hanging tough.<p>The Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears will wrap up their 2014 seasons on Sunday, with each having been eliminated from playoff contention for weeks. However, both have plenty to play for. Minnesota is trying …

Eagles vs. Giants 2014 picks and predictions: No clear favorite according to experts

Neither team has anything to play for on Sunday.<p>The Philadelphia Eagles' season effectively ended during Week 16 with a loss to Washington and a Dallas Cowboys win over the Indianapolis Colts, which eliminated Philly from playoff contention. Still, the Eagles could finish with 10 wins by defeating …

Aaron Donald, Marshawn Lynch and other thoughts from the NFL Notebook

Aaron Donald for Rookie of the Year, keeping Lynch in Seattle and more from retired NFL defensive end Stephen White's Notebook.<p>I know there will be a lot of debate over the Defensive Rookie of The Year award, but for me there is only one choice: Aaron Donald. I've already laid out my case for …

Reports: Jim Harbaugh to Michigan is done deal, introduction on Tuesday

Members of the 49ers organization, and the coach's friends, reportedly believe that Jim Harbaugh will accept Michigan's offer to be the Wolverines' …

The Mental Health of the College Athlete

Apparent Suicide of Ohio State Football Player Comes Amid a Push for Better Care of Student-Athletes<p>Indianapolis<p>The apparent suicide last week of Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge underscores Brian Hainline’s argument that college athletes need better mental-health services.<p>“Some …

Mental Health

Insider Buzz: Coaches Believe Packers Exposed Critical Weakness in Patriots D

The New England Patriots defense struggled in a Week 13 loss at the Green Bay Packers.<p>Was the New England defense exposed against Green Bay? Will opponents be able to have success against the Patriots defense moving forward?<p>Watch as Stephen Nelson and Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole discuss …

Texans back J.J. Watt for MVP

Houston players believe Watt impacts the game more than anyone, even the league's best quarterback.<p>The Houston Texans may not even make the postseason, but that doesn't mean they couldn't conceivably have the league's Most Valuable Player on their team. His teammates have noted defensive end J.J. …

NFL Power Rankings Week 14: Predicting Post-Monday Night Football Standings

The 2014 NFL regular season has been one of the wildest in recent memory, and that is reflected when predicting the post-<i>Monday Night Football</i> Week 14 power rankings.<p>With a marquee matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots highlighting an entertaining schedule of holiday …

Packers Beat Top QB, Clear Final Super Bowl Hurdle

Week in and week out, the Green Bay Packers typically enjoy the decisive advantage at the quarterback position uniquely granted by Aaron Rodgers.<p>When that gap was shrunk considerably by future Hall of Famer Tom Brady and the New England Patriots Sunday afternoon, the Packers proved that this Super …

NFL Power Rankings Week 14: Latest Outlook and 2014-15 Super Bowl Odds

NFL power rankings are about as difficult as College Football Playoff standings at this point.<p>Super Bowl odds? Kudos to oddsmakers for even taking a stab, just as a tip of the hat goes to CFP pollsters.<p>Look at it this way. Just as a number of one-loss teams hope to sneak into the CFP, the race to …

NFL standings 2014, Week 13: Broncos tighten grip on bye, NFC South finally steps up

There were plenty of postseason developments on Sunday, and most them occurred somewhere other than Green Bay.<p>The Packers beat the Patriots, 26-21, on Sunday in a heavyweight showdown billed as a potential Super Bowl preview. But despite the headlines and hype, it wasn't all that significant in …

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