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ALEX: 2017 Season Review
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ALEX: 2017 Season Review

A familiar face finishes on top, and again we find a star rookie at the bottom. Can Mitchell Trubisky undergo a Jared Goff transformation? Also: the best third-down defense of this era, and the unit that couldn't pressure anyone to force the ball short.

7 comments, Last at 12 Jan 2018, 12:52pm by MilkmanDanimal

ESPN: Divisional Round DFS Matchups

At ESPN Insider, our final fantasy column of the season looks at DFS matchups for the divisional round. Some of our favorite plays include Case Keenum, Dion Lewis, Alshon Jeffery, and Kyle Rudolph. We also like one of Pittsburgh's three stars far more than the other two.

2 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2018, 3:06pm by Scott Kacsmar
Clutch Encounters: Wild Card
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Clutch Encounters: Wild Card

The latest Kansas City playoff loss at home ("The Forward Progress Game") is the worst yet. Also: Sean Payton brings us back to fourth-and-2 memories, and a Nathan Peterman interception ends Buffalo's season.

29 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2018, 10:15pm by eagle97a

FiveThirtyEight: 12 Playoff Teams Are Enough for the NFL

The Bills and Titans are in the playoffs, which might be enough of an argument itself to not expand the playoffs. But we looked at DVOA since 2002 to see that playoff expansion wouldn't be a good idea.

43 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2018, 1:26am by RickD
AFC Wild-Card Playoff Preview 2018
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AFC Wild-Card Playoff Preview 2018

The playoffs begin with the Chiefs and Alex Smith hosting Marcus Mariota and the Titans. Action continues on Sunday, as either the Bills or Jaguars will get their first playoff win in a long, long time.

2 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2018, 3:45am by JoeyHarringtonReigns

ESPN: Wild Card DFS Matchups

At ESPN Insider, some of our favorite DFS matchups for the wild-card round include Alex Smith, Alvin Kamara, Keelan Cole, and Delanie Walker.

2018 Hall of Fame Finalists Announced

The Hall of Fame announces its 15 modern-era finalists for the class of 2018.

98 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2018, 7:08pm by amin purshottam
Clutch Encounters: Week 17/Season Review
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Clutch Encounters: Week 17/Season Review

The Bengals stun Baltimore and delight Buffalo fans everywhere. Also: a farewell to Bruce Arians and his magic beans, a comparison of 0-16 seasons, and how every team fared in close games in 2017.

7 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2018, 2:07pm by Bryan Knowles

ESPN: Week 17 DFS Matchups

At ESPN Insider, a tricky Week 17 of DFS action awaits with several teams resting starters for the playoffs. Some of our favorite matchups include Matthew Stafford, Melvin Gordon, Doug Baldwin, and Jesse James.

Clutch Encounters: Week 16
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Clutch Encounters: Week 16

Bah humbug. The Raiders and Eagles played arguably the worst game of the season to end Week 16. Also: Cam delivers, the first game-winning drive of the Jared Goff era, and another team bites the dust after trying an ill-advised field goal in New England.

6 comments, Last at 21 May 2018, 8:52am by singhum