Herm Edwards gets points for deadpan comedy in his llama analysis on ESPN

You know the NFL offseason has arrived when analyst Herm Edwards is providing analysis of four-legged animals. Let me explain. See, tragically — and as a devotee to old-school journalism and the value of legitimate news, I’m using that word sans sarcasm — the most gripping national news story on Thursday pertained to a pair […]

NFL: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

Who should open the 2015 NFL season at New England?

The 2014 NFL season hasn’t even been over for 48 hours, but we’re already looking ahead to next season. That’s because it’s already been revealed that for the 12th consecutive year, the defending Super Bowl champions will host a special Thursday night prime-time game to kick off the year. Here are the eight teams that are […]

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 27:  The booth of  Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks sits empty at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade inside U.S. Airways Center on January 27, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

NBC details its six-hour Super Bowl pregame schedule

No annual sporting event gets as much attention and hype as the Super Bowl, which is why the network airing said game doesn’t hold back with its pregame coverage each year. NBC will be no different this Sunday, with six hours of content leading up to kickoff, starting at noon ET. The bread and butter: […]


ESPN will try everything possible to make the Pro Bowl watchable

Despite the fact most of us can agree the Pro Bowl really sucks, the NFL’s annual all-star game manages to draw solid television ratings each year. Still, the league never settles and is continually looking for ways to enhance the value of the game. This weekend, with the game returning the continental United States for only […]

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Ranking the NFL teams eligible for Hard Knocks next year

If nobody else volunteers, the NFL can now force certain teams to participate in HBO’s Hard Knocks. This year, nine teams are eligible because they haven’t been to the playoffs in two years, they don’t have first-year head coaches and they haven’t been featured on the program in the last 10 years. We rank them […]

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

Week 17 NFL Game Watchability Rankings

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy our friends at This Given Sunday. Week 17 in the NFL is here, and you might be entering the weekend with your own preferences regarding which games to focus on, and which to place on the backburner. Most of you have your favorites and fantasy players to track. But […]


Titans-Jaguars is the worst primetime game this century

We’re down to the penultimate week of the NFL season. That means that even with a couple bonus Saturday games in Week 16, the schedule is left with just six nationally-televised games in exclusive time slots between now and the end of the regular season. One of those slots belongs to the 2-12 Tennessee Titans […]

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos

Week 15 NFL Game Watchability Rankings

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy our partners at This Given Sunday, Bloguin’s NFL vertical.  You can catch the weekly Game Watchability Rankings there each and every week. Week 15 in the NFL is here, and you might be entering the weekend with your own preferences regarding which games to focus on, and which to […]


Week 10 NFL Game Watchability Rankings

Ed Note: Every week our Brad Gagnon breaks down the NFL’s watchability rankings over at our NFL site, This Given Sunday. Check them out each and every week over at TGS. Week 10 in the NFL is here, and you might be entering the weekend with your own preferences regarding which games to focus on, […]


The amount of NFL primetime blowouts this year is absurd

A month ago, we pointed out that Thursday Night Football games were consistently ending in lopsided fashion. That hasn’t changed much, as three of the five TNF games since then have been decided by 14 or more points. But it turns out CBS and NFL Network aren’t the only outlets getting hit by an unusual […]


Katy Perry will reportedly perform at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show

With recent Super Bowl halftime acts like the Black Eyed Peas, Madonna, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, the NFL has developed a habit of branching from the musical tastes of its core demographic. That trend will reportedly continue in 2015. Pop star Katy Perry has been chosen to perform at this year’s game in Glendale, Ariz. on […]


Thursday Night Football has a competitiveness problem

Tonight, CBS and NFL Network will air their fourth Thursday night simulcast of the year when the Minnesota Vikings visit the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. When Green Bay hosted the Vikings last year, the game ended in a 26-26 tie. Ties aren’t appealing, but it’s fair to say CBS — which reportedly paid […]

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Could the NFL hit back at ESPN with next year’s Monday Night Football schedule?

When it comes to prime-time NFL games, the broadcast networks get dealt a better hand than ESPN. As the league’s premier package, Sunday Night Football gets better matchups than Monday Night Football. Now that’s been extended to CBS’s Thursday Night Football as well early in the season. But we’ve always basically concluded that said trend was the […]