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28 Feb 2010, 02:52pm by Vince Verhei

NFL May Change OT Rules For Playoffs

A league spokesman says new rules for postseason overtime games will be discussed at a competition committee meeting next month. In the new format, each team would get the ball at least once, unless the first team to get the ball scores a touchdown.

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113 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2010, 4:50am by sports-veronica

28 Feb 2010, 02:42pm by Vince Verhei

Bills Won't Offer Contracts To Owens, Reed, Denney

The Bills have announced they will not be offering contracts to wide receivers Terrell Owens and Josh Reed and defensive end Ryan Denney. Reed and Denney are pretty clearly backups at this point, but what about Owens? He is 36, and his -18 DYAR in 2009 was the first time in his career he was below replacement level. When you consider the "talent" around him, though -- most notably quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards -- it gets easier to see him bouncing back to some degree next year. Maybe Baltimore or Cincinnati will come calling.

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24 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2010, 4:50am by sports-veronica

23 Feb 2010, 05:10pm by Vince Verhei

Jared DeVries Wants to Be a Lion. Seriously.

Jared DeVries, who missed all of 2009 with a torn Achilles tendon, has been released by the Detroit Lions. DeVries has started all of 32 games in his 11-year career. He says he could play a game right now and that he hopes to re-sign with Detroit, but Achilles injuries are often career-enders. The most interesting part of this story is this quote from DeVries: "I've been a Lion for 11 years and I'd like to finish a Lion." Why would anyone want to finish as a Lion?

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24 comments, Last at 25 Feb 2010, 3:10pm by witless chum

08 Feb 2010, 03:36am by Vince Verhei

NFL Standings, 2000-2009

With the last year of the first decade of this century now complete, Vince Verhei put together the final results for that decade. (Click to read more.)

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113 comments, Last at 12 Feb 2010, 10:16pm by nat

16 Jan 2010, 01:53pm by Vince Verhei

Marvin Lewis Named Coach Of The Year

I'm kind of split on this one. On the one hand, Lewis did lead his team to the playoffs despite a lot of tragedy off the field, and the six-linemen, power running set he used was a good example of a coach getting the most he could out of limited talent. On the other hand, the Bengals never really were that good this year, they've only had one really good year under Lewis, and he still had some of the worst clock management in the league.

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47 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2010, 10:33pm by Kibbles

14 Jan 2010, 04:25pm by Vince Verhei

All-Pro Team Announced

My biggest issues:

* Wes Welker at wide receiver? I know he had a bazillion catches, but he missed two games and most of a third. And even if you want to have a "possession receiver" on the team, Reggie Wayne had more first downs than Welker in 20 fewer catches. I'd have put Vincent Jackson in here, but Wayne also would have been a good choice.

* I'd also have gone with Antonio Gates over Dallas Clark. (There were no Chargers on the All-Pro team.)

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74 comments, Last at 15 Jan 2010, 10:53pm by Big Johnson

13 Jan 2010, 11:42am by Vince Verhei

ESPN AGS: Ravens over Patriots

Despite a 9-7 record, the Baltimore Ravens are one of the best teams in the NFL. What does their blowout win over New England mean for this week's game against Indianapolis?

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8 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2010, 11:38pm by Dice

12 Jan 2010, 04:04pm by Vince Verhei

LaDainian Tomlinson's Electric Glide

LaDainian Tomlinson made this song and dance video. It is apparently a video Nike has had forever and chose to release now for no particular reason. I have no idea what else to say about it. But I know you should watch it immediately.

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32 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2010, 1:29pm by Noah of Arkadia

07 Jan 2010, 05:57pm by Vince Verhei

Mangini To Coach Browns In 2010

"Over the past few weeks, Eric and I have had a chance to talk on a number of occasions, including our meetings over the last two days," [Browns president Mike] Holmgren said in a statement released by the team. "I was able to gain some tremendous insight into his thought process and philosophies, and came away from our meetings very impressed. In my opinion, Eric has gained the respect and admiration of players, coaches and others in the organization, and with him continuing to lead the team, I feel that we are headed in the right direction.

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59 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2010, 4:11am by MC2

05 Jan 2010, 07:44pm by Vince Verhei

Cushing Named Defensive Rookie of the Year

As we predicted in early November, Texans linebacker Brian Cushing ran away with the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Bills safety Jairus Byrd was a distant second. (Click for more Cushing stats.)

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59 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2010, 3:18am by french mastiff