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The Transformative Power of Deshaun Watson

After opening this season 0-3, the Texans have won nine straight and are on the hunt for a first-round playoff bye. That’s thanks largely to their dynamic young quarterback and his knack for lifting every team he’s part of to new heights.

The Broncos’ Playoff Surge Is Real

Denver may be 6-6, but the Broncos have been better than their record indicates and have a clear path to postseason contention. They may not be built in the mold of the league’s high-flying offenses, but don’t sleep on this smashmouth squad’s chances.

2018 NFL Exit Interviews

As the season draws to a close, it’s time to bid farewell to the teams that won’t make it to the playoffs

Everything You Need to Know About Week 14 of the 2018 NFL Season

The Ringer’s updates, analysis, and highlights from the 14th slate of regular-season games

Hollywood Talk With Jason Reitman

Plus, Bill calls up Joe House to make some ambitious NFL bets

Learning to Love Josh Allen, America’s Most Mobile Mountain

Sure, the critics were right about the Bills rookie’s arm. But they didn’t account for his rushing ability, which has revitalized a once-listless team.

Aaron Donald Won’t Win MVP — but He Could Rewrite the NFL Sack Record

The Rams defensive tackle has spent 2018 terrorizing opposing quarterbacks in every way possible. And with four games left in the season, he has a chance to bring some legitimacy to one of the more bizarre records in sports.

Exit Interview: Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags went from AFC runners-up to back to the dregs of their division in less than a year. What can Jacksonville do to right this ship? (Hint: It starts at QB.)

Reassessing the Super Bowl Race

The Cowboys, Eagles, and Texans are each making a late-season push, but can they actually contend for a Super Bowl?

‘Worst Picks’ of NFL Week 14, Plus ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

Kevin Clark selects the New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, and the Cincinnati Bengals as the worst of the week

The Evolution of Russell Wilson

The Seattle passer has mastered his craft this season, taking a roster lacking star power and turning it into a playoff contender. As the Seahawks near a postseason berth, it’s become clear Wilson has cemented his place in the league’s top QB tier.

Ike Barinholtz As Dennis Green: “They Are Who We Thought They Were”

The first installment of ‘Dramatic Pressers’

Miami Is Tom Brady’s Personal House of Horrors

The future Hall of Famer has played like anything but in South Florida—and history shows that his performance there may impact the Pats’ Super Bowl odds

Week 14 Best Bets Plus NCAA Bowl Breakdown

Cousin Sal and the Degenerate Trifecta discuss their best bets for the upcoming week in the NFL, college football bowl games, and more

Lombardi’s Week 13 Reactions

The Eagles keep their playoff hopes alive, and awards are distributed

Help Wanted: An Offensive Mastermind to Work With a Franchise Quarterback

It’s shaping up to be the most consequential coaching carousel in years. Will the Packers find someone to maximize Aaron Rodgers’s greatness? Will the Browns’ next hire unlock Baker Mayfield’s potential?

Exit Interview: San Francisco 49ers

Following their Week 13 loss to the Seahawks, the Niners are officially out of playoff contention. What should they do this offseason to prepare for the return of Jimmy Garoppolo?

Washington Is Now Relying on Mark Sanchez to Lead a Playoff Push

Already without Alex Smith, the team lost Colt McCoy to a broken leg on Monday night and will likely turn to the longtime Jets starter

The Backups Have Become the Stars

Plus, Dante Pettis and Jeff Wilson Jr. headline this week’s Initial Advice

Rob Mullens on the CFB Playoff Selection, Plus Five NFL Thoughts

Plus, Russillo gives his take on the NFL Playoffs

The Starting 11: The Patriots Aren’t Going Anywhere, and Neither Is Russell Wilson

While newcomer franchises like the Rams have taken the NFL by storm this season, league stalwarts showed on Sunday that they plan on sticking around.

Exit Interview: Oakland Raiders

After being eliminated from playoff contention in Week 13, it’s officially time for the Raiders to look to 2019. Can Jon Gruden find that pass rusher he’s long sought?

The Packers Fired Mike McCarthy Because Every NFL Team Wants Its Own Sean McVay

What does McCarthy’s in-season ouster say about the league’s newfound lack of patience—and how could that attitude shape the landscape of the NFL moving forward?

The Ravens’ Impending Lamar Jackson Decision and Week 13’s Game-Changing Plays

Is Baltimore more effective with its rookie QB under center? Plus: Aaron Donald as the league’s best insurance policy, the Texans’ quiet dominance, and Tyler Lockett’s incredible efficiency.

The Coaching Carousel Has Begun

Mike McCarthy is out, the Aaron Rodgers coaching sweepstakes have commenced, and other coaches are on the hot seat

McCarthy’s Gone and Goodell Won’t Leave

Plus: Super Bowl sleepers and Week 14 lines with Cousin Sal

The Winners and Losers of NFL Week 13

Aaron Rodgers may have gotten his birthday wish. Plus: Congrats to Tom Brady for his obscure rushing milestone and to Jalen Ramsey for being able to talk his trash freely for at least one more week.

The Steelers Just Lifted the Chargers’ Kicking Curse

It took three straight offside penalties and two untimed downs at the end of the game, but Pittsburgh gifted us with the rarest of all sights: a Chargers game-winning field goal

The Green Bay Packers Have Fired Mike McCarthy

The Super Bowl–winning coach was relieved of his duties following Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals, creating one of the most desirable NFL coaching vacancies in years

Power Ranking the Best Non-QB Pass Throwers in the NFL Right Now

Tarik Cohen and Odell Beckham Jr. had their teams’ best throws on Sunday. It got us thinking: With a trick play dialed up and the game on the line, who do you want throwing the ball?

The Kareem Hunt Scandal Shows the NFL Hasn’t Learned Anything Since Ray Rice

For all the league’s assurances since 2014 about having stronger enforcement and more robust investigative powers, a team once again took decisive action against a player accused of violence only because of a video released by TMZ

The NFL Promised It Would Change. The Kareem Hunt Failure Proves It Hasn’t.

The Kansas City Chiefs released the running back on Friday, but only after TMZ published a video showing Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in February. That it took until now for the league and team to take public action is a betrayal of everyone who’s made the mistake of taking the NFL at its word.