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The NFL's Greatest Power Pairings

Bill Barnwell, Grantland

PATs From the 1-Yard Line? Go for It

Mike Tanier, Sports on Earth

Justice Anything But Swift in the NFL

David Steele, Sporting News

Preseason QB Controversies Meaningless

Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight

You already know that the defending NFL champions are a unique team. The Seattle Seahawks have a quarterback who is two sizes too small, a running back seemingly powered by candy, ...(full article)

Giants coach Tom Coughlin had a great idea on Wednesday. When asked about the league’s extra point experiments, Coughlin complained, somewhat predictably, about the differenc...(full article)

Another week in limbo for Josh Gordon. Not to mention Aldon Smith ... and Jim Irsay. As of late Friday afternoon — with the third full week of preseason games already underway â€...(full article)

Jets coach Rex Ryan has a favorite Michael Vick story, though telling it makes him cringe. His 2006 Baltimore Ravens defense was perhaps his best ever, but the coordinator barely...(full article)

During this NFL preseason, the media spotlight has shined brightest on the quarterback competition in Cleveland between incumbent Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. Although Br...(full article)

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