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Looking at the fatal flaws of the current division leaders

For now, the Patriots looks to be the best team in the NFL. Just like they did a year ago, when they didn’t close the deal with another Super Bowl win. The Patriots had a fatal flaw — their offensive line — that kept them from nailing down the No. 1 seed and then from…

Golden Tate: Benching “lit a fire under my tail”

Lions wide receiver Golden Tate wasn’t the kind of receiver he thought he was capable of being. And he said it took being benched for him to realize it. Via Kyle Meinke of, Tate said that it took his being parked for most of the second half of a Week Four loss to the…

Marcell Dareus, Robert Woods back to practice for Bills

A suspension kept Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus out of the first four games of the season and a hamstring injury has kept him out of the last three, but the time for Dareus to make his 2016 debut may be drawing closer. Dareus returned to practice on Wednesday for a limited session for the…

B/R Recruiting Breakdown: 5-Star RB Cam Akers

Each week, Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analyst Tyler Donohue analyzes a different prospect based on in-person evaluation and intensive film study. Here's our latest scouting report of a promising young athlete and how he projects...Show More Summary

Julius Thomas Injury: Updates on Jaguars Star's Ankle and Return

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas continues to deal with a nagging ankle injury, and his official playing status for Week 8 against the Tennessee Titans has yet to be announced. Continue for updates. Latest on Thomas' Playing Status Wednesday, Oct. Show More Summary

Breaking down the record breaking Oklahoma-Texas Tech game

The final game on the Big 12 schedule last weekend was a doozy. Oklahoma outlasted Texas Tech in an offense only, four-hour 66-59 final. This game was expected to be an offensive shootout. Both teams ranked near the top in the nation in total offense and had deplorable defenses to back them. Show More Summary

Tony Romo throws at practice for the first time

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was back at practice on Wednesday. In a very loose sense that hardly suggests his return to the field is imminent. Via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Romo threw in individual drills on Wednesday. It’s the first time he has thrown at practice since suffering a compression fracture in…

Jared Odrick, Julius Thomas questionable for Thursday night

The Jaguars have released their injury report for Thursday night’s game against the Titans and they only put designations on a couple of players. Defensive end Jared Odrick and tight end Julius Thomas have both been listed as questionable to play in the game. Odrick played after being listed as questionable last week with a hip…

Romo gets first practice throws since injury

Dallas quarterback gets first practice throws in since training camp.        

Another double-digit drop in prime time

The Texans-Broncos game was pretty much what everyone thought it would be. And so were the ratings. Unmoved by the return of Brock Osweiler to Denver, the needle moved in the wrong direction from a Nielsen standpoint, with a 14-percent decline in ratings from the Ravens-Cardinals Monday night game from Week Seven a year ago.…

Jets place Geno Smith on IR

Quarterback Geno Smith will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL against the Ravens last Sunday, which left little reason for him to remain on the team’s active roster. The Jets went ahead and removed Smith from it on Wednesday by placing him on injured reserve. Smith’s contract expires at the end of…

NFL says Jarvis Landry's dangerous hit on Bills safety didn't warrant ejection

One play that slipped between the cracks a bit from Week 7 was the hit from Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry to the head of Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams, which put him in the hospital. Hard to believe such a play wouldn’t...Show More Summary

Joe Thomas hopes Browns stick to their word about not trading him

The trade deadline is next week and one of the names that has come up as a possible target for teams looking to upgrade their offensive line is Browns left tackle Joe Thomas. Connecting those dots isn’t hard. The Browns have jettisoned many veterans since their latest regime change, Thomas has been one of the…

Hiring a college football coach is expensive. Firing one is, too.

USA TODAY study shows sums commanded in buyout language of FBS contracts are skyrocketing.        

What you find in a college football coach's contract buyout

Schools will send a coach off with a windfall, but also an expectation he won't rest on it        

Joe Namath says he's sorry for questioning Geno Smith's knee injury

Even a 73-year-old Hall-of-Fame quarterback can learn that impulsive tweets can sometimes turn out looking pretty bad. Like on Sunday, when Joe Namath questioned the severity of New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith’s knee injury. Smith was tackled in an awkward way and was done for the rest of the game. Show More Summary

Josh McCown optimistic he’ll play on Sunday

If the Browns had to play a game yesterday, they would have started fourth-string quarterback Kevin Hogan. Fortunately, they didn’t have to play a game yesterday. Cleveland does have a game on Sunday against the Jets, and there’s optimism that Josh McCown will be able to play. McCown said his broken collarbone is healing nicely,…

Belichick: Lorenzo Alexander one of the best players we’ve seen all year

Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander has been a useful NFL player for the last decade, seeing time on defense and special teams for a variety of teams. Alexander’s play this season has taken things to another level, however. Pressed into a starting role after injuries to other linebackers in Buffalo, Alexander has responded with at least…

Jim Harbaugh Headlines USA Today List of College Football's Highest-Paid Coaches

Jim Harbaugh has taken the University of Michigan's football team from a laughingstock to a national title contender in just two seasons, and according to a list released by USA Today Wednesday, he is being compensated handsomely asShow More Summary

NFL Predictions Week 8: Top Underdog Picks, Vegas Odds and Score Predictions

Entering Week 8, bettors who enjoy rolling with underdogs must know how to do it well. This idea applies every week, but especially in Week 8 with six teams on bye, including crafty possible underdogs such as the Los Angeles Rams, San...Show More Summary

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