So we're in Week 17. Most of us have crowned a champion in our fantasy leagues, but there are still a lot of you out there playing to win. The NFL has tried to make the last week of the season more relevant, locking in division games for the across the board. I'm not sure that rule has made much difference. While you can make the argument that there are no meaningless games, there's not much in the way of games that change how teams will play things. This was about not having teams coast through the last weeks of the season (Thanks, Polian!), and that's still happening.
Preseason Week 3 tends to be the time we learn the most about the players we care about in fantasy, because that is the week teams let the starters go the longest. We wound up realizing we know everything we need to know about the players we care about.
The wife of Miami Dolphins star receiver Brandon Marshall has been charged with stabbing him in the abdomen with a kitchen knife during a domestic violence incident, according to a report from the Broward County, Florida, sheriff's office.
There will be hundreds of columns looking back at the 2010 fantasy season. They'll try to figure out what went wrong with some guys, how they missed the signs with others, and crow about the ones they got right. We all do it, some better than others, but no one has ever really tried to quantify it. I'm no stats guy, but I believe we can learn a lot from them when presented properly.
Thanksgiving was a veritable football feast, and at my house we had three games in a row following the turkey and stuffing. Watching games with family can be fun, but when it's me and my father, we're watching it differently than most. We used TiVo to go back and forth, watching everything from a lineman getting rolled up from behind by his running back (and he didn't have a brace on) to Miles Austin trotting off for X-rays on his forearm (he's fine, but bruised) and more helmet-to-helmet hits than Matt Millen could praise. Watching Reggie Bush limp or Cedric Benson telling his teammate "it's just a cramp" as the sideline reporter tells us it's a strain really got things going with the medical discussion. My dad's a Saints fan, so watching that back-and-forth game involved a little plain ol' rooting, too. I can only hope you and all your family had as much fun, though I'll bet most of you don't watch games quite the way we do. Before we get to the injuries, I'd like to thank everyone
On a night when Tom Brady, Randy Moss and Wes Welker were little more than footnotes, the Patriots still dominated the Dolphins 41-14 in Miami Gardens. If that doesn't make the rest of the league sit up and take notice, it should.
Throughout the 2010 NFL season, SI.com's Nick Zaccardi will work with Jerome Bettis to get the six-time Pro Bowl running back's observations about the latest happenings in the league. Bettis retired from the NFL in 2006 after a 13-year career.
SI.com is previewing all eight NFL divisions, beginning today with the AFC East and NFC East. The AFC South and NFC South follow Wednesday, AFC North and NFC North on Thursday and the AFC West and NFC West on Friday.
SI.com has dispatched writers to report on the 32 NFL training camps across the country. Here's what Ben Reiter had to say about the Dolphins camp in Davie, Fla. For an archive of all camp postcards, click here.
Playing the comparison game when it comes to NFL draft prospects is always a bit too easy -- dubbing Gerald McCoy the next Warren Sapp -- but there is one unmistakable echo of the past that keeps reverberating in my head when I peruse 2010's first-round storylines.
No sooner had the last flake of confetti fallen in Miami that next year's Super Bowl odds were posted. Not surprisingly, the Colts are the favorite to do what they couldn't achieve this season. Everybody of consequence returns for the Colts next season. Linebacker Gary Brackett is scheduled to be a unrestricted free agent and Antoine Bethea is a restricted free agent, but both are expected to return to Indianapolis. With that in mind, here's a look at the biggest questions that need answered this offseason among the AFC teams.
So here's the situation: I received a call from an active player around 10 a.m. last Saturday, the day teams reduced their roster to 53. His team had just informed him (via his agent) that he would be released if he didn't agree to a significant pay cut. The player had about two hours to think it over and get back to his organization. No pressure, right?
Don't get spoiled by the last two Mondays. I can't keep up the pace of 7,200- and 9,000-word columns in the preseason. But there's enough -- from Dallas, Denver and Minnesota, and a stunningly bad list of prospective free agents when teams will have real money to spend in 2010 -- to keep us all thinking this morning.
It's hard to say what exactly constitutes a typical week in the NFL any more, but with Plaxico Burress, Brandon Marshall and Donte' Stallworth once again in the news for all the wrong reasons, it's pretty obvious that receivers continue to dominate the headlines as much as they do most NFL offenses.
Can a team overcome a two-game suspension of its best player to make the playoffs? That's what John Fox will try to find out this season as the Panthers open the regular season without three-time Pro Bowl receiver Steve Smith.
Several weeks ago, I wrote a column about how I would build a team if the NFL has an uncapped year in 2010. So now it's time to put my words into action and build my own 53-man roster. Only this time I have to do it under the 2008 salary cap of $116 million.