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Four Downs: NFC North
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Four Downs: NFC North

Three teams with defensive issues that need to be solved, and one that has them as well but needs a quarterback even more.

35 comments, Last at 26 Feb 2014, 7:15pm by zlionsfan

2013 Amended Rules Analysis

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the owners changed six of the NFL's official rules. What does this mean for the 2013 season? (Click to read more.)

57 comments, Last at 25 Mar 2013, 12:11pm by Dean
Four Downs: AFC North
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Four Downs: AFC North

Looking at the holes in the AFC North, the Steelers and Ravens need help in the front seven, while Cincy needs a real running back and Cleveland needs secondary help.

8 comments, Last at 15 Feb 2013, 2:14pm by Rick S

Officiating: Head-To-Head Contact

Mike delves into legal and illegal helmet-to-helmet contact and looks at the interaction of rulesmaking and player motivation that is making the NFL an increasingly dangerous place. (Click to read more.)

64 comments, Last at 25 Jan 2013, 6:13pm by LionInAZ

Officiating: The One-Point Safety

An officiating rare gem was unearthed in a lopsided Fiesta Bowl between the Ducks and Wildcats. (Click to read more.)

29 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2013, 6:24am by BigCheese

Officiating: Disconcerting Signals

Mike tries to track down an officiating unicorn in Cincinnati's fourth-quarter field goal attempt on Thursday. (Click to read more.)

15 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2013, 2:18pm by Dean

Officiating: Technically Correct

Mike has been chewing on a strange set of offsetting penalties since Week 10. Read on to learn when roughing the passer is actually unnecessary roughness. (Click to read more.)

23 comments, Last at 25 Nov 2012, 4:06am by Andrew Potter

Officiating: How Replay Works

Mike breaks down the hows and whys of the NFL's instant replay system. (Click to read more.)

27 comments, Last at 13 Nov 2012, 12:27pm by Podge

Officiating: Bad Options

The coin toss is just a simple formality, right? Don't be so sure. (Click to read more.)

47 comments, Last at 02 Nov 2012, 10:50pm by MJK

Officiating: The "Push Out of Bounds" Defense

If a defensive back can push a receiver out of bounds and remove him from a play, why don't teams capitalize on this? (Click to read more.)

47 comments, Last at 02 Apr 2013, 8:10pm by Andrea