Jeffri Chadiha

Jeffri Chadiha

Jeffri Chadiha is a senior writer for and an on-air talent for NFL Network. His responsibilities include co-hosting "Gameday First," producing features for the Network and writing columns and stories for Prior to his current job, Chadiha was a reporter for ESPN's "E:60" and a senior writer for (2007-15) as well as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated (2000-07). He also won a Sports Emmy in 2009 and wrote his first book, "Going Deep: How Wide Receivers Became the Most Compelling Figures in Pro Sports," with Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter in 2013.


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- This was the way it was supposed to end for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. It couldn't be simple, boring or utterly devoid of suspense. A man who's built a brilliant legacy in an insanely brief timetable had to... more


MIAMI -- If there was one thing Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce knew, it was that he wasn't going to waste his moment. His team was in the midst of the postgame celebration following their AFC championship win over the Tennessee Titans whe... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tyrann Mathieu couldn't stop staring at the Lamar Hunt Trophy. As his teammates beamed and bounced around the crowded stage erected after the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game win over the Tennessee Titans, the All-Pro safety kept his... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some time after the confetti had fallen, the owner had hoisted the trophy with his father's name on it and the transcendent quarterback had slipped on his championship hat, the truth about these Kansas City Chiefs was never more... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There's been something different about this version of the Kansas City Chiefs since the second half of the season began. There's more grit, more toughness, a sense that they're building toward something special with each passing w... more

NEW ORLEANS -- These were the kinds of moments Kirk Cousins wasn't supposed to have in him. Those situations when the urgency heightened, the pressure mounted and the possibility of winning hung delicately in the balance. The Minnesota Vikings bet on... more


PHILADELPHIA -- There comes a point in every season when underachieving teams can sense an unnerving despair swallowing all the optimism they've clung to for months. The Dallas Cowboys hit that wall on Sunday night in what has become an all too famil... more

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The last play said it all. When the Chicago Bears needed a game-tying touchdown, their starting quarterback was running desperately with a ball that had been lateraled to him by running back Tarik Cohen, hoping to find another team... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There's something happening to the Kansas City Chiefs that can't be ignored as we roll into December. They're creating more frustration for opposing quarterbacks, causing more turnovers when the opportunities arise and cultivating... more


PHILADELPHIA -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been so brilliant that it's easy to forget he can't do everything for this team. There will be days when he's struggling and frustrated and his teammates have to carry a heftier amount o... more

BALTIMORE -- This wasn't the Miami Dolphins. It wasn't the Cincinnati Bengals for that matter, either. This was another Baltimore Ravens win over another team with legitimate championship dreams, and so it's finally time to say what's become quite... more

BALTIMORE -- They met in the middle of summer, where they honed their techniques and crafted their chemistry while grinding through stifling humidity. An assortment of Ravens receivers darted and dashed downfield during those informal workouts, while... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Minnesota Vikings just proved something that will be critical to whatever hopes they have of contending for a championship this season. Despite all the firepower they've amassed in their passing game, this team is at its best... more

PHILADELPHIA -- The Chicago Bears' hopes of returning to the postseason likely died inside Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday afternoon. It was apparent in the way their offense struggled to move the football yet again. It was clear in how their... more


NEW ORLEANS -- Drew Brees could've played it safe. He could've taken another week to rest his surgically repaired right thumb, let backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater keep rolling and then use the New Orleans Saints' bye week to chill even more. The... more

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers believed his offense had been building toward what happened on Sunday afternoon. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur echoed a similar sentiment, saying he'd noticed hints that suggested big things we... more

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Scott Frantz trembled, then felt tears welling in his eyes. He tried to listen intently as his Kansas State teammates talked about their own traumas -- growing up in poverty, losing loved ones, desperately fighting to be the first... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It says something when a team can play as poorly as the Houston Texans did and still beat a Super Bowl contender on the road. They weren't done in by myriad mistakes, countless penalties or a kicking game that was painfully errati... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- All the people who keep waiting for Aaron Rodgers to look like his old self need to relax. There's still plenty of time for the Pro Bowl quarterback to find his rhythm in the offense of first-year head coach Matt LaFleur. In fact,... more


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has built his entire reputation off producing the improbable. He's launched mind-blowing passes, delivered soul-crushing clutch plays and amassed the kind of numbers that literally be... more

BALTIMORE -- At some point, it's not going to matter who the opponent is for Lamar Jackson. All he can do is compete against whomever the schedule puts in front of him. His first game of this season revealed that he's more than capable of dominating... more

CLEVELAND -- The only positive the Cleveland Browns could take away from their 43-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans was that they have 15 games left on the schedule. There will be plenty of time to work on the lack of discipline that plagued them... more

The story that seemingly couldn't become any crazier finally has done exactly that. The Oakland Raiders released wide receiver Antonio Brown on Saturday morning and, in the process, ended what was arguably the shortest, most dysfunctional marriage... more


NFC QUESTIONS AFC QUESTIONS It's hard to recall a time when the NFC was as crowded with serious contenders as it is now. There are at least 11 teams with a legitimate shot at qualifying for the postseason, and there are three divisions with... more

AFC QUESTIONS NFC QUESTIONS The tremors resulting from Andrew Luck's stunning retirement are going to be felt throughout the AFC in 2019. Before the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback's decision to quit the game became known on Aug. 24, the... more


Giving quarterback Carson Wentz a record-breaking contract was the easy part for the Philadelphia Eagles. He's young, talented and he plays the right position to warrant such a glorious payday. The real issue is whether Wentz can deliver on that type... more


TEMPE, Ariz. -- Everybody knows rookie quarterback Kyler Murray is the biggest story for the Arizona Cardinals these days. What's not being discussed enough is something that is going to be the biggest factor in his success: the relationship he conti... more


NEW YORK -- After a couple early-morning interviews and a brief ride on a half-empty subway train, Josh Jacobs casually strolled through the busy midtown section of Manhattan last week. He wore a white Burberry shirt with skinny black jeans and moved... more

Dâ??COTA DIXON SQUINTED AND GRIMACED, all the while hoping that looking harder might make it easier to find what he so badly wanted to see. As his sister, Lovie Fance, drove her sedan through the Coconut Grove section of Miami, he watched a smatteri... more


NORMAN, Okla. -- Former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray came into his pro day workout understanding one key thing: This was the moment when he had to deliver. Nobody had the benefit of watching him compete at a college all-star game like the Senior... more


ATLANTA -- This latest New England Patriots' championship wasn't about Tom Brady for once. It was about a defensive line filled with unfamiliar names, a collection of linebackers known for their versatility and an assortment of defensive backs adept... more

ATLANTA -- Matthew Slater watched the ball bounce awkwardly, then squirt past the cupped hands of his New England teammate, Julian Edelman, on a fourth-quarter punt in the AFC Championship Game. One minute, Edelman was waving off his fellow Patriots... more


ATLANTA -- Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks gently wiped away the beads of sweat pooling on his forehead, then thanked a nearby reporter for a brief interview last week. After that, he quickly tapped the cross dangling from his gold neckl... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs will be wise to learn a valuable lesson from their 37-31 overtime loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Yes, home-field advantage is nice, as is a record-setting offense and a... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This wasn't the script that anybody expected to play out inside Arrowhead Stadium. If the Kansas City Chiefs were going to claim their first home playoff win in 25 years, it was supposed to be star quarterback Patrick Mahomes rece... more

CHICAGO -- The most impressive thing about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is that he knows these moments won't last forever. Someday he'll have a different uniform, a larger paycheck and heavier expectations from a franchise that will see... more


SEATTLE -- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has enjoyed bigger moments. He's won a Super Bowl, a couple national championships and served as the architect of one of the best defenses in NFL history. There's basically little to question about... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There's been something different about Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers all season, a critical change that became even more evident on Thursday night. A player known for being a reckless gunslinger at times has evolv... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes exceeded the expectations of what he could be in his first year as a full-time starter a long time ago. On Sunday, he provided yet another indication of how special he's going to be i... more


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys delivered a crucial message in a season where offenses have run rampant in the NFL: Defense still matters. It might not be as sexy as high-scoring shootouts. It surely won't make fantasy football owners feel b... more

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans provided a critical glimpse into whatever future they hope to enjoy in the coming weeks. It involved an offensive line bullying defenders, a shifty running back darting into open spaces and a gifted, young quarterback... more

NEW ORLEANS -- The competition for the Most Valuable Player in the NFL has been a one-man race for most of this season, with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes being the undisputed leader of the pack. He now has a legitimate fight on his... more

RENTON, Wash. --They munched on juicy ribeye steaks, nibbled on sumptuous portions of mashed potatoes and sipped expensive red wine. They talked about family, upcoming vacations and how quickly the new NFL season would be upon them. There were more t... more

BALTIMORE -- There's been so much drama brewing around Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell that it's easy to overlook what his team has been doing without him. They've taken decisive control of the lead in the AFC North . They've built an... more


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kareem Hunt waited his turn and never complained. He could've whined, fussed, stewed or sulked. Instead, he wisely realized where the Kansas City offense was heading, that something special was blossoming with each passing week. H... more

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns fans who showed up at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday thought they might see the next big step quarterback Baker Mayfield was about to take in his rookie year. What they wound up witnessing was a reminder of how cruel... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For once, the story after a Kansas City Chiefs win didn't revolve around their explosive offense. It wasn't about the brilliance of quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the breathtaking athleticism of his supporting cast or all the points... more


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- All the high hopes for a rapid resurrection in San Francisco vanished the moment 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo crumpled to the turf in the fourth quarter of his team's 38-27 loss to Kansas City. It's difficult to know if the... more

PITTSBURGH -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is really going to test the notion that first-year starters have to endure their fair share of frustration. It's not that he's not capable of struggling at some point. It's just that we hav... more

KANSAS CITY -- The ball smacked against the bat of third baseman Robin Ventura and immediately shot high and deep into the sky. Patrick Mahomes II steadied himself instantly as he tracked the ball soaring above him in the vast outfield of Yankee Stad... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- You can talk about all the distractions that have been swirling around the New England Patriots in recent months. You can bring up the intriguing drama that has been reported over the past year as well. Just don't think it has an... more


ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith has changed his team, his home and the perception that he couldn't ever be a dangerous downfield passer. However, one obvious thing that hasn't been altered over this past year is his attitud... more

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- The ugliest day of Houston Texans training camp ended with defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel ducking into the team's cafeteria to conduct an interview as torrential rain poured outside. The team had spent more than... more

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby wanted to talk about the changes to his team's secondary. He ultimately kept defending himself from teammates eager to harass him after Sunday's practice. Outside linebacker Von Miller teased... more


LOS ANGELES -- On an unseasonably cool mid-May morning, an 85-year-old man squeezed his massive frame onto a metal folding chair at the entrance to the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools. He wore a tan suede leather jacket -- with decorative tassels... more


MALIBU, Calif. -- Geno Smith closed his eyes and prayed for something positive before taking his next step inside Aventura Hospital and Medical Center outside Miami two and a half years ago. As soon as he edged into that crowded patient room, he saw... more


NORMAN, Okla. -- As soon as Oklahoma's pro day concluded, a crowd of reporters raced to the middle of the school's indoor practice facility, eager to meet with former Sooners star quarterback Baker Mayfield. Thirty yards away, a towering 21-year-old... more


Josh Allen Josh Malone Shaquem Griffin Baker Mayfield Christian Kirk EDITOR'S NOTE: This past fall, went Back 2 Campus to tell the incredible stories of some of college football's brightest stars, profiling the players befor... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's actually fitting that Eagles quarterback Nick Foles couldn't find New England's Tom Brady on the field in the wake of Super Bowl LII. As great as Brady has been throughout a Hall of Fame career -- and as well as he played in this... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- They stood in the shadows of a narrow tunnel on Monday night, waiting for the directive to amble into the spotlight. Some of the Philadelphia Eagles tapped texts to friends on their cell phones. Others peered at the gleaming lights tha... more


Jay Wright thought he had his dream trip laid out perfectly. The Villanova head basketball coach would lead his top-ranked Wildcats into a home game against Seton Hall at noon ET next Sunday, just as multitudes of Philadelphia Eagles fans swarmed the... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars were still talking when it was over, as the confetti fell on the New England players and Tom Brady and Bill Belichick celebrated their eighth AFC championship. The stage literally belonged to the Patriots... more

PITTSBURGH -- If this is the Blake Bortles that Jacksonville is going to get in the AFC Championship Game, then this team really is on the verge of something special. The Jaguars know their stellar defense is going to be amped when facing the New Eng... more

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adam Thielen barely had settled into his seat at the Target Center in Minneapolis when the fans surged toward him. He and his wife, Caitlin, were hoping to enjoy a New Year's Day date -- an NBA game between the Minnesota... more

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tennessee Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk released a statement Sunday saying Mike Mularkey "will be our head coach moving forward ." KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If Mike Mularkey's job was on the line Saturday night, he found the b... more


ATLANTA -- The most important lesson the Atlanta Falcons likely learned from last season was on display during their 22-10 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. The Falcons didn't produce the prettiest of efforts, and there were plenty of moment... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Seattle Seahawks will tell you this is all part of their magic. One minute they can seem divided and dysfunctional, incapable of making the outside world comprehend what seems like madness inside their franchise. Then suddenly... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Of all the positives that emerged for the Kansas City Chiefs in their 30-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, the most critical involved the emphatic return to form of cornerback Marcus Peters. He picked off passes in crucial... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs remembered something that should be especially helpful in the final three weeks of the regular season. Regardless of how bad things have looked, they still have enough talent to turn around what has been an... more


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys discovered something crucial at a time when they most needed a glimmer of hope. Even with the best offensive player suspended and the best defensive player sidelined by injury, this team still has the ability to... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- These were the images the Kansas City Chiefs provided in the wake of yet another devastating loss in the middle of a season that started with such great promise: A couple Pro Bowl players vanishing from the locker room without... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- There comes a point in every season when a championship contender begins to truly separate itself from everyone else. The Philadelphia Eagles just entered that critical phase, with Sunday night's 37-9 win in Dallas providing power... more

Christian Kirk K.J. Malone Shaquem Griffin Baker Mayfield Calvin Ridley EDITOR'S NOTE: This past fall, went Back 2 Campus to tell the incredible stories of some of college football's brightest stars, profiling the players be... more

LANDOVER, Md. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum picked the perfect time to play one of his best games of the year. Teddy Bridgewater, the former first-round pick, was finally back in uniform after a gruesome knee injury sidelined him for n... more

We've reached the midway point of this NFL season and there's already been enough surprises to cover an entire year. Far too many star players are sidelined with injuries, a list that includes Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Cardinals RB David Johnson and... more

ARLINGTON, Tex. -- All the continuous drama swirling around Ezekiel Elliott has overshadowed something that is pretty noteworthy in its own right: The Dallas Cowboys really have gotten their act together. They're currently riding a three-game winning... more


NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints sent a powerful message to the rest of the NFC with their 20-12 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. They really are a different team when compared with those the Saints have fielded the past few seasons, and t... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Pittsburgh Steelers taught the Kansas City Chiefs a valuable lesson during a 19-13 win on Sunday afternoon . The Chiefs had the most prolific offense in the NFL, an unblemished record and a raucous home crowd ready to enjoy an... more

DETROIT -- Cam Newton definitely came prepared for the moment. The Carolina Panthers quarterback walked into Ford Field with a button of Rosie the Riveter, a World War II cultural icon, pinned to his black fedora. He displayed the most excitement in... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Solomon Thomas had no idea how much his life was going to change when he walked into that crowded classroom in the summer of 2014. He was there to take a popular course called "Introduction to Decision Making," and Thomas insta... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If this is really the season when the Kansas City Chiefs find their way back to their first Super Bowl appearance in 48 years, then Monday night will be a moment that will be remembered as a critical juncture in that journey. Thei... more


NASHVILLE -- The Seattle Seahawks sent a powerful political message before their 33-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The problem is that the statement they made with their play wasn't nearly as impressive. It's accurate to say the 'Hawks a... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alex Smith would never say this, but there was a certain joy in his latest win that seemed to outweigh the previous one. The Chiefs quarterback didn't lead his team to a 27-20 victory over Philadelphia with the same package of... more

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- For all the high expectations that are swirling around the Green Bay Packers' offense this season, the biggest question in their championship hopes was answered in their first game. The Packers learned that their defense actually... more


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- If there's any positive that the Atlanta Falcons can take away from their loss in Super Bowl LI , it's that they have plenty of reasons to believe they can return to the NFL's biggest game. The Falcons may have blown a 25-point... more

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Of all the positives brewing around the Tennessee Titans these days, the one that is easiest to miss is undoubtedly the most important. This team is a trendy pick to become a postseason contender because of the promise of third-... more

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- All those people who've wondered when Green Bay will give Aaron Rodgers more help will have to find something else to complain about this fall. The talent in the Packers' backfield should be more diverse. There will be a variety of... more

It's probably fitting that Terrell Davis is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in this manner. He nearly gave up on football during his rookie season because his chances of making the Denver Broncos were literally remote. Injuries also plagued... more

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Speed always has defined Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill. It's what immediately excited his coaches, instantly frightened opposing defenders and eventually transformed him into a rookie Pro Bowler. In Year 1 of his NFL... more


The abrupt firing of Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman on Monday sent another round of shock waves through the NFL. They're the same reverberations that accompanied the stunning departure of Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey in June,... more


DAVIE, Fla. -- There is no mystery about what awaits the Miami Dolphins following their first playoff appearance in eight years. There will be more doubters who will view them as one-hit wonders, more skeptics who will predict their demise under the... more


If there's one thing we know about the NFL in May, it's that the storylines always keep coming. We've discussed the work to be done by new coaches hired in January, pondered the impact that free agents signed in March will produce and salivated over... more

It's about time to start seriously wondering if we'll ever see Colin Kaepernick playing in the NFL again. The free agency signing period opened two months ago. The draft has come and gone. Even the possibility that a team could lose a compensatory... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The bold move was made, the fans erupted and, today, the Kansas City Chiefs can do no wrong. For the first time in 34 years, they used a first-round selection on a quarterback, turning former Texas Tech star Patrick Mahomes II int... more


The clamor inside the house shook Desmond King instantly, forcing him to open his eyes from a deep slumber. He'd only been sleeping for a few hours, but one glance at his clock -- it was around 2 a.m. on that Wednesday morning -- told him something... more

The first thing we always have to remember a month into the unrestricted free agency period is that this isn't a sprint. Yes, there's that initial wave of signings that leads to all sorts of predictable hype and endless debates. Then comes the consta... more


The NFL's official calendar year isn't even a week old, and already we've had enough moves to fill an entire offseason. The New England Patriots are still competing as if the Super Bowl never ended. The Houston Texans are back in a familiar place, wi... more


It's been roughly six months since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest went public, and things haven't been the same since. More NFL players decided to follow his lead in bringing attention to the issue of unarm... more

HOUSTON -- It wasn't supposed to end like this for the Atlanta Falcons. The way Super Bowl LI was unfolding, the likely scenario was something involving these images: a second half filled with constant laughter and frequent hugs, a joyous celebration... more

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. strolled into his team's indoor facility last week with an undeniable bounce in his step, a 24-year-old looking very much like he was savoring this unprecedented time in his life. The Falc... more

HOUSTON -- Dwight Freeney felt it as soon as he sat down across from Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and looked him square in the eyes. It was more about what the 15-year veteran defensive end sensed in Quinn than anything the coach uttered: a... more


ATLANTA -- The one thing you knew instantly, even before the Atlanta Falcons were well on their way to demolishing Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game , was that this was going to be some kind of celebration . Samuel L. Jackson already had whipped... more

ATLANTA -- It was supposed to be Atlanta's fatal flaw, the reason why the Falcons weren't trustworthy enough to reach their first Super Bowl appearance in nearly two decades. Yes, they could generate points like no other team in the NFL, but their de... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The most interesting thing Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell said after another record-setting playoff performance had nothing to do with his numbers. He didn't want to celebrate his 170 yards or the way his team rode... more

SEATTLE -- The biggest issue the Seattle Seahawks had to address coming into this postseason was how they were going to advance without a reliable running game. The only question they faced after Saturday night's 26-6 NFC wild-card win over Detroit... more

RENTON, Wash. -- For everything Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has done in his career, this is the postseason when we're going to learn something even more essential about him. He's leading a team stripped of critical playmakers, one pla... more


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sunday night was an incredibly good time for the Kansas City Chiefs. They trounced their AFC West rival in front of a nationally televised audience on Christmas. They clinched a playoff berth before that 33-10 win over the Denver... more

DALLAS -- To hear the Dallas Cowboys tell it, there was never any doubt that rookie quarterback Dak Prescott would do what he did on Sunday night. It didn't matter that he'd finally looked like a first-year quarterback, that the struggles that usuall... more

The one thing you know about December in the National Football League is that it's all about survival. For some teams, that means finding any way possible to win a game to keep playoff hopes alive. For others with more control of their destiny, it me... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The complaints and concerns about Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill suddenly have been replaced by chants and cheers. The same fans who once despised his mere presence are now fighting to be heard over those who swoon... more

We've got four weeks left in the regular season and, once again, we're looking at something comparable to a photo finish for playoff spots. More than half the league remains legitimately alive in their hopes of playing in the postseason. Less than a... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Dallas Cowboys got a critical glimpse of what's coming in the near future during their 17-15 win over Minnesota. This was a game that required Dallas to do things that haven't been a big part of its season thus far: playing throug... more


MIAMI -- There are still plenty of questions for the Miami Dolphins to answer in a schedule that only gets tougher . They will be doubted and challenged, and it won't be nearly so easy to find supporters outside the confines of South Florida. This is... more

SEATTLE -- You just knew this time was coming, when Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson would hit his stride. The knee and ankle injuries that once plagued him would become old news. The questions about the inconsistency in the Seattle offens... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There was plenty to talk about in the wake of Seattle's 31-24 win over New England on Sunday night -- including a last-second matchup between Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowksi that ended in a... more

We've just passed the midway point of this NFL season, and, as usual, there's been plenty to talk about already. We've watched Colin Kaepernick impact the league before he ever took a snap. We've witnessed the rise of Dak Prescott in Dallas, along wi... more


ARLINGTON, Texas -- If Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott really does keep Tony Romo on the bench, this is the game that will be remembered as the turning point. We've heard the talk about karma, good luck, not messing with a winning streak. Thi... more

LANDOVER, Md. -- The key to the Redskins' hopes of repeating as NFC East champions can be summarized by one play late in their 27-20 win over Philadelphia . It was the image of Washington running back Matt Jones charging downfield on a third-and-7 ,... more

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Marcus Peters sat quietly at the bedside of his ailing grandmother, Janice Howard, praying that all this pain would end soon. Howard was receiving treatments for bone cancer inside that cramped Oakland hospital room when Peters arr... more

DENVER -- The Atlanta Falcons knew the question was coming. They expected it before they ever finished celebrating their 23-16 win over the Denver Broncos , when the sweet taste of beating the defending Super Bowl champions hadn't even settled in. It... more

CINCINNATI -- Vontaze Burfict stretched his legs across the sofa in his basement while scanning the channels on his flat-screen television. His eyelids still drooped a bit -- the result of just waking from an afternoon nap -- and he could still feel... more

TAMPA, Fla. -- There comes a point when you have to accept that certain teams are just too good to count out, regardless of the circumstances. The New England Patriots have proved as much under head coach Bill Belichick. The Denver Broncos are now do... more


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As convenient as it would be to categorize Carolina's 22-10 loss to Minnesota as simply a bad day at the office, that would be a mistake. The Panthers now have dropped as many games as they lost all of last season (playoffs includ... more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It was a tailor-made excuse, which is why the Carolina Panthers weren't clinging to it in the wake of their 22-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Yes, their city had suffered through tragedy and trauma this past week. Yes... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- It might have been only one game, but an undeniable message was sent on Sunday night. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford used the national spotlight to remind us all of his potential, as well as the reason why he's managed to k... more

LOS ANGELES -- Josh Norman sat on a small wooden stool inside the home locker room at the Rose Bowl in June. A collection of cameramen jockeyed for position around him as he played with his cellphone. A make-up artist assembled an assortment of cosme... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will have to learn many things as he fills in for the injured Tony Romo over the next few weeks. Confidence, poise and maturity most certainly will not be on that list. Those traits were ve... more

ASHBURN, Va. -- If 2015 was the year when Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins surprised the NFL, then this season offers a crucial opportunity to remind us all of what he truly can do. There is no more flying under the radar, no more chances... more


The major irony of Colin Kaepernick's protest is that it actually failed to accomplish what he hoped. Instead of inspiring a conversation about police brutality, it opened the floodgates for people to bicker about free-speech rights, his disrespect... more

HOUSTON -- Brock Osweiler heard the gruff, gravelly voice in the background, then whirled to see the steely eyes of Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien barking orders. The more Osweiler watched the scene unfold, the more he was drawn to O'Brien's... more

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The most important thing the Carolina offense learned last season is that there really is life without star wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. The lesson the Panthers plan on teaching opponents this year is how dangerous they can be... more


To understand former NFL head coach Dennis Green, you first need to know he ran the scout teams when he was leading the Minnesota Vikings in the 1990s. He'd gather up his cards filled with offensive formations and defensive schemes, assemble the... more


One of the hardest tasks of the NFL offseason is determining just how well some players have recovered from injuries. You see them moving around in jerseys and shorts, but that's a far cry from how they'll operate come fall. Some injured players have... more

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- To hear Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy tell it, there is no great mystery about how to fix his team's offensive problems from last season. Some of that has to do with simply keeping players healthy. More of it has to do... more

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions receivers are tired of hearing about Calvin Johnson. They've spent the last few months talking about his unexpected retirement, the impact of his loss and how they'll somehow manage without the man known as Mega... more

HOUSTON -- There have been enough significant changes within the Houston Texans that it's time for a crucial reality check. Yes, they have a new look in the offensive backfield with quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Lamar Miller arriving th... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There's always a select group of players who are worth touting as future superstars every year. You can see them coming with each passing season, as their confidence grows and their skills blossom. They titillate imaginations with... more


The Denver Broncos can talk about a three-man quarterback race all they want. What they can't do is convince anybody that Mark Sanchez isn't going to be their best option under center come fall. He's the only signal caller on the roster with NFL... more

We've finally reached the point in the offseason where it feels safe to make sense of the last few months. Free agency opened with its typical frenzy. The draft gave us a look at the next class of new faces hoping to make an impact on the NFL. Offsea... more

The San Diego Chargers haven't made the comparison because they know it's largely unfair and way too early to even think about such possibilities. Their first-round pick, defensive end Joey Bosa, already has enough on his plate as he adjusts to his... more

There used to be a time when it was laughable to doubt the destiny of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. He earned trips to the Pro Bowl, led his team to multiple postseason appearances and made good on every last bit of promise that was att... more

Tyreek Hill earned All-Big 12 honors before getting dismissed from OK State. (Tony Gutierrez/AP) KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's been more than a week since the 2016 NFL Draft ended, and the tremors from an unheralded fifth-round pick can still be... more


RICHMOND, Ky. -- Noah Spence grabbed a blank sheet of legal-sized paper and a reliable ballpoint pen, then hunkered down and exhaled. He racked his brain for ideas before distilling them into simple, digestible aspirations. Spence already had spent t... more

Sometimes you can win so much and so consistently that reality doesn't feel like a daunting challenge. That probably explains what has been happening over the last few weeks with the Denver Broncos. The recent focus has centered on that team's uncert... more


It didn't take long for the Cleveland Browns to give head coach Hue Jackson one more challenge in his new job. Along with rebuilding a perennial loser and working with a front office that has little experience in personnel evaluation, Jackson is ta... more

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera could've approached his media session at this week's NFL Annual Meeting in many ways. He could've deflected any questions that addressed the drama surrounding quarterback Cam Newton at Super Bowl 50. Rivera cou... more

New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan uttered some pretty predictable statements last week when addressing the team's negotiations with free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Along with acknowledging that Fitzpatrick is "a very good fit" an... more

The recent retirement of Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson left quarterback Matthew Stafford in a mood to gush on the team's website . Stafford talked about how much Johnson will be missed, all the humility the six-time Pro Bowler displayed... more

We're only one day into the new NFL calendar year, and one thing is already obvious: The Oakland Raiders are going to be much improved. They've got a franchise quarterback who's already blossomed into a star after two seasons. They have a supporting... more

For all those wondering what the Philadelphia Eagles see in quarterback Sam Bradford, don't be surprised if this becomes his year of redemption. He's finally back in a system that works well with his skill set. His new head coach knows a thing or two... more


Michael Johnson sensed the weight of the moment building, as if a shot clock was ticking deep inside his mind. The crowd around him was swelling -- tens of thousands of people were in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 2015 -- and they all wanted the... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- For all the great things Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton accomplished this season, most will be overshadowed by his reluctance to pursue a loose football in the most critical moments of Super Bowl 50 . It was the kind... more

CHARLOTTE, N.C., and SAN JOSE -- Thomas Davis felt his body trembling as trainers examined his right arm midway through the Carolina Panthers' NFC Championship Game with the Arizona Cardinals. Davis prayed that it wasn't as bad as it seemed, but he k... more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One of the most important lessons Cam Newton learned about the NFL came long before he ever became the lightning rod of Super Bowl 50. It was back in 2011, when the recent Heisman Trophy winner was training for the NFL Scouting... more


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Of all the factors that led to the Arizona Cardinals' 49-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, the biggest trudged into an interview room inside Bank of America Stadium wearing a sharp navy blue suit... more

There are some years when it feels like the Super Bowl is going to be nothing more than an anticlimactic event. It happened with the 1985 Chicago Bears , the Dallas Cowboys that Jimmy Johnson led in the early 1990s and the 1994 San Francisco 49ers th... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer called him "special." Another teammate, wide receiver Michael Floyd, gushed about his mindset, saying, "He's not going to fail." This was how the evening ended for Cardinals Pro Bowl wide... more

TEMPE, Ariz. -- If the Arizona Cardinals are going to win Super Bowl 50, then their hopes will rest on the shoulders of a head coach who needs more space in his bedroom closet than his wife. That's the first thing to know about Bruce Arians: The ma... more

HOUSTON -- The most memorable image of the Kansas City Chiefs' first playoff win in 22 years wasn't that of beaming players racing off the field with their fists pumping. It was injured wide receiver Jeremy Maclin gingerly walking through a cramped... more


BALTIMORE -- This is what happens when a team veers too far away from its roots. This is the reality of life when an identity becomes too muddled with supposedly progressive thoughts. The Pittsburgh Steelers might end up watching the playoffs from ho... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's fitting that Brandon Weeden was the quarterback who helped put the Houston Texans in control of the AFC South. This is a team that resurrected itself when most people gave up on it seven weeks ago. Now the Texans have a third-st... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There were days when Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Dee Ford had to wonder when his time would come. There were moments when the silence had to be deafening. He came into the NFL with a reputation as a dynamic play-making p... more

Welcome to the time of year when things really become interesting in the NFL. The next four weeks will bring clarity to the currently muddled playoff picture. As usual, there are plenty of teams hoping they can do enough to keep playing well into Jan... more

ORCHARD PARK, NY -- If the Buffalo Bills are going to earn a spot in this year's AFC postseason, they will have to continue doing what they did in a 30-21 win over Houston. They'll need Tyrod Taylor's improvisational skills, LeSean McCoy's dynamic... more

There used to be a time -- not that long ago, in fact -- when it was silly to worry about the Green Bay Packers' regular-season problems. They usually found a way to overcome injuries, frustrating stretches of ineffective play or a disappointing loss... more


DENVER -- If the Denver Broncos end this season with a Super Bowl victory, they will look back on this night as the pivotal moment in that quest. They have enjoyed some exciting victories thus far. They have proven their mettle in difficult situation... more

CHICAGO -- A funny thing happened as the Denver Broncos tried to figure out how life would go without Peyton Manning starting at quarterback: They started looking very much like the team they were supposed to be. The Broncos ran the ball effectiv... more

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If there was any real blessing in Tennessee's 27-10 loss to Carolina on Sunday , it's that Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota had a perfect view of a quarterback he should be emulating. Cam Newton controlled that contest from the p... more

It was fashionable to talk about the New York Jets as serious contenders when their defense opened the season by terrorizing opponents. Now it's more realistic to see this team's possibilities through the lens of an improved offense. This is no longe... more

CINCINNATI -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel wasn't budging from his talking points on Thursday night. As he stood in a cramped interview room -- speaking in rapid-fire bursts and with his gaze focused on a row of cameras perched across... more

Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson wasn't supposed to be doing this. His best days were apparently behind him, his possibilities seemingly all but evaporated, his career having run into that dreaded dead end that comes with being 30 years o... more

The NFC East was supposed to be a division filled with intriguing storylines and interesting matchups. It had Romo and Dez in Dallas, Odell Beckham Jr.'s magic hands in New York, all the maneuvering of Chip Kelly in Philly and that long-running soap... more


The timeless football adage "on to the next play" means everything when discussing New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. This could still be a story about a tragic accident that left Pierre-Paul's right hand mangled . It could continue to... more

The constant question about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady used to focus on how he compared to his longtime rival, Peyton Manning. Later, it became a worthwhile debate as to where he ranked in NFL history. It was a given that Brady should... more

ST. LOUIS -- To hear St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley tell it, there was never any fear in that first carry. He took a simple handoff from quarterback Nick Foles in the second quarter of a home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, gained 2 ya... more

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick might never play a more pivotal game than the one he's facing against the Seattle Seahawks this Thursday night . That might sound crazy for a player who already has appeared in one Super Bowl and two... more

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is not big on bravado or bluster, so you can forgive him for downplaying the significant juncture he has reached. He's a team player by both trade and temperament, a man happy to... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The last remnants of Andy Reid's honeymoon in Kansas City officially ended on Sunday afternoon. The head coach lost whatever benefit of the doubt he had left once the lowly (and wounded) Chicago Bears scored an 18-17 victory over... more

ATLANTA -- The question of who now ranks as the NFL's best wide receiver is getting answered nearly every week in Atlanta. It's coming up whenever Julio Jones produces another spectacular catch, embarrasses yet another defense or leaves people around... more

The knee-jerk response to the Raiders' 22-20 loss in Chicago would be to say little has changed around Oakland. That also would be a considerable mistake to make at this point. Yes, the Raiders suffered a difficult, last-second defeat -- courtesy... more

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor is compelling for more than just the obvious reasons. Anybody can see the skill set he possesses and the way he's ignited a Buffalo team after being a relatively obscure backup in Baltimore. The more fascinati... more


When this season ends, we will know much more about Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck than ever before. That's the narrative that is growing around the franchise and its star quarterback these days. He's enjoyed a phenomenal start to his c... more

ATLANTA -- The word you keep hearing inside the Atlanta Falcons' locker room these days is one that tends to be overused in sports: Brotherhood. That term appears consistently in answers after Atlanta players are questioned about what's different... more

Chip Kelly asked for this. That's the first point to make when deciphering the issues plaguing the Philadelphia Eagles' head coach and his currently disappointing team. He doesn't have the luxury of pinning this on injuries, bad bounces or a schedu... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If you want to know how much Peyton Manning has left in his tank, just consider these lasting images in the moments that followed Denver's 31-24 win over Kansas City. Broncos cornerback Chris Harris stood before a throng of fans... more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There comes a time for every NFL team when potential no longer means much. It's the point when the window of opportunity opens as wide as it ever will stretch and confidence soars with the arrival of fall. The Kansas City Chiefs... more

ST. LOUIS -- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll knew the questions were coming long before he ever walked into the press conference that followed his team's 34-31 overtime loss in St. Louis . The concerns had festered for months. The issue had... more

SEATTLE -- This is going to be the most critical season of Russell Wilson's career. You can hear it in the way he talks, feel it in the way he carries himself and see it deep in his eyes. The plan Wilson cultivated years ago has brought him everythin... more


The road to success in the NFL begins each year with the hard work and wide-open possibilities of training camp. As teams around the league gear up for the 2015 campaign, NFL Media reporters will be checking in from all 32 camps around the league . F... more

HOUSTON -- It was only a few non-contact drills. That's the critical thing to remember about the first practice that outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney has participated in since undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee last December. It... more

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Two years ago, Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller talked about wanting to be a leader and wound up suspended for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy . Nearly a week ago, he sat with his cell phone pressed against... more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The smartest move made by the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coaches happened when they met for the first time earlier this offseason: Nobody brought a playbook. It was a session that didn't revolve around schemes or concepts... more

The road to success in the NFL begins each year with the hard work and wide-open possibilities of training camp. As teams around the league gear up for the 2015 campaign, NFL Media reporters will be checking in from all 32 camps around the league . F... more

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