Saints finding it's hard to please as defending champs
The Saints are tied for the best record in the NFC at 4-2, but it's hard to tell by the amount of criticism the team has faced coming off its Super Bowl run.
Giants' return to prominence hinges squarely on the defense
A new coordinator. Antonio Pierce gone. Kenny Phillips' health in the balance. And Osi Umenyiora on the bench? The Giants need to figure out their defense, because the teams' success depends on it.
How playoff contenders cope with suspensions is crucial
If the Steelers, Vikings, Jets and Texans want to fulfill their postseason expectations, they will have to successfully navigate the early portion of their schedules without suspended stars.
Pro Bowl foursome making the rounds in USO tour of Afghanistan
San Francisco TE Vernon Davis, Cleveland OT Joe Thomas, Houston DE Mario Williams and Dallas TE Jason Witten are continuing an NFL-USO tradition initiated more than 40 years ago.