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Tom Brady, Patriots all-too-familiar foes for Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Over and over again, it seems, the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots find themselves matched up in an NFL season.<p>They …

2016 Fiesta Bowl stats preview: Ohio State vs. Clemson advanced tale of the tape

Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1) vs. Clemson Tigers (12-1)<p>December 31, 2016 ( 7:00 PM ET, ESPN )<p>Spread: Ohio State -3<p>S&P+ Projection: Ohio State (29.4-24.5)<p>Confused? Check out the advanced-stats glossary here. <br>Statistical profiles index. <br>Full Football Outsiders F/+ rankings can be found here.<p>The …

Fantasy Football Week 15 Rankings: Top Players and Matchups for All Positions

As usual, it's shaping up to be a wild week in fantasy football heading into Week 15, when many players have entered their postseasons.<p>Owners of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones are sweating it out as they wait to hear whether he will miss a second straight game with turf toe.<p>Those who …

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Did Ron Rivera draw a line in the sand for Cam Newton?

SEATTLE -- Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the decision to sit quarterback Cam Newton for the first series on Sunday night for not wearing a …

Rose Bowl 2017: Full Preview and Predictions for USC vs. Penn State

It may not be the College Football Playoff opportunity that the Nittany Lions were hoping for after beating Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, but Penn State will get the chance to play a powerful USC team in the Rose Bowl on January 2.<p>The "granddaddy of them all" is a fitting reward for James …

College Football

Sorry, Penn State: The Four Best Teams Got In To The College Football Playoff

Heading into college football’s conference championship week, we knew three schools (Alabama, Clemson and Washington) could basically punch tickets …

College Football

40 college football bowl picks: 2016-17’s schedule is loaded with tight matchups

Is 40 bowls excessive? Sure. But there are gonna be lots of good games in here.<p>Both sides are right. Bowls are a cynical money-making exercise, an excuse for ESPN inventory, and an outdated way for all the wrong people to maintain some semblance of control over college football. They're also happy, …

College Football

Jeffrey Okudah Names Top 3: Odds on Where 5-Star Lands

The long list of suitors for 5-star safety Jeffrey Okudah has been whittled to three, and a decision date is rapidly approaching.<p>The 6'1", 190-pounder from South Grand Prairie High School in Texas, who rates as the nation's top safety and the No. 12 player overall in the 2017 cycle, will commit on …

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It's clear the College Football Playoff committee crushes teams over one basic stat — losses — and it's terrible for the future of the sport

The College Football Playoff committee has released their final ranking of the 2016 season and despite all the debate and all the screaming and yelling, there were no major surprises.<p>With Washington and Clemson winning their respective conference championships this weekend, the final debates came …

Does Washington have any chance at upsetting Alabama?

It went chalk … mostly. After a week of anticipation and debate, the College Playoff Committee kept the same four teams as last week, with slight …

College Football Playoff committee takes a deep dive, comes up with Huskies

The debate stretched late into Saturday night, with the men and women who control college football's playoff system hashing over which teams should vie for the national title.<p>The selection committee took a preliminary vote, talked some more, then got some sleep before reconvening early Sunday …

College Football

2016 Big Ten Football All-Conference Team

The 2016 campaign brought a stunning result in the Big Ten, but the all-conference team reflects most of what we expected.<p>A pair of programs dominated the list, and it won't come as a surprise which two those were. Five of the remaining 12 member schools placed a player on the All-Big Ten …

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Von Miller Buys Custom Bottle of Wine for Every Player in AFC West

Denver Broncos pass-rusher Von Miller makes life miserable for the opposition on a regular basis, but the reigning Super Bowl MVP spread some holiday cheer by gifting every AFC West player a bottle of wine.<p>According to Nicki Jhabvala of the <i>Denver Post</i>, the wine is called "The Setting," and it …

Why the Chiefs have a good shot at grounding the high-flying Falcons

Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher and Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure take an in-depth look at Kansas City vs. Atlanta (1 p.m. ET Sunday).<p>KANSAS CITY …

One Secret to Kirk Cousins’ Success

Those of you who read these nerdy film study columns regularly know that I’m infatuated with Washington’s offense. It’s a mix of the Patriots’ and …

Cowboys notch another win but losing may be what they really need

Regret an 11th straight win? The NFL's best team might if it falls in the playoffs<p>It was sloppy, it was ugly, and in the end it was both wildly …

Percy Harvin Injury: Updates on Bills WR's Head and Recovery

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Percy Harvin had not played since Week 11 and will miss the remainder of the season after being placed on the NFI list because of migraines.<p>Continue for updates.<p>Harvin Out for Season<p>Monday, Dec. 5<p>Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported the Bills placed Harvin on the …

It reportedly will take a ‘miracle’ to keep the Chargers in San Diego

The San Diego Chargers have until Jan. 15 to exercise their option to join the Rams in Los Angeles, and according to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, it appears they will.<p>Here’s Trotter, who formerly covered the Chargers for the San Diego Union-Tribune, on Thursday:<p>According to a story on ESPN’s website that …

The dead-eyed horrors of NFL holiday merchandise

<i>Block & Tackle</i> <i>is John Teti’s column about pro football.</i><p>The NFL year has seasons within the season. October is breast cancer awareness season, when …

Derek Carr Could Already Be The Most Important Player In Raiders History

The 56,000 fans who gathered in the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum to watch their resurgent Raiders host the flailing Carolina Panthers probably didn’t know the full range of emotion they were going to experience that afternoon.<p>It started with outright euphoria when Khalil Mack scored the first …

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After Disappointing 2016 Season, Bengals Must Consider Life Beyond Andy Dalton

To say the 2016 season hasn't gone according to plan for the Cincinnati Bengals is one whopper of an understatement. A campaign that began with hopes of a sixth straight playoff trip and first postseason win in over two decades sits in tatters at 3-7-1.<p>As disappointment sinks in in the Queen City, …

NFL playoff picture: Who's in, who's out and what's on the line in Week 13

Week 13 contains several games that affect the NFL playoff standings<p>Week 13 of the NFL season is under way. The Dallas Cowboys won their 11th …

NFL Survey: Which Young QB Is the Top Pick to Start a Franchise with Today?

Seventeen quarterbacks drafted in the past three years have started at least one NFL game. They are Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Jacoby Brissett, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jared Goff, Cody Kessler, Paxton Lynch, Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota, A.J. McCarron, Zach Mettenberger, Bryce Petty, …

Football (U.S.)

Week 13 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Each Positions' Top 10 Players and Stat Predictions

Week 13 of the 2016 season is underway. Things got off to an interesting start on Thursday night as the Dallas Cowboys knocked off the Minnesota Vikings 17-15.<p>Thursday's game wasn't a big one for guys not named Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant or Jerick McKinnon in the old fantasy department. …

Ratings: Dallas Cowboys 'W' Dominates Thursday

DC crossover makes CW a player<p>Everyone loves a Dallas Cowboys victory, aside from New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and — …

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TNF Live Blog: Cowboys at Vikings

The Dallas Cowboys (10-1) are the team to beat in 2016 after ripping of a current ten-game winning streak. The Minnesota Vikings (6-5) looked the …

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Injury report: Siemian likely missing Sunday's game

The big news from Broncos practice was once again about Trevor Siemian. For the second straight practice, Siemian did nothing while rookie Paxton …

Football (U.S.)

Broncos vs. Jaguars Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

Looking for a Broncos vs. Jaguars prediction and preview? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the match-up.<p>Sunday, December …

Football (U.S.)

Broncos ST coach Joe DeCamillis on Chiefs loss: “Worst game I’ve ever been a part of,” Injury updates, more notes

Broncos special teams coach Joe DeCamillis said he didn’t sleep at all Sunday night. His special teams unit, a typically well-prepared, …