Could the NFC South be worst division ever?


By Ray Hamill

Often in sports, it’s not how good you are, but rather how lucky you are.

Take the Atlanta Falcons for example. They’re awful this year. They really are. They can’t run the ball. They can’t stop the run. They can’t stop the pass. In fact, they can’t stop much of anything.

But that doesn’t matter, because they have one ace up their sleeve that just about any other team in football would love. They play in the NFC South. Continue reading

Four huge matchups on tap for Sunday


By Ray Hamill

There are four NFL games on Sunday with major playoff implications, not only in determining who might be playing in January, but just as importantly, where they might be playing.

In the AFC, the Patriots (7-2) will travel to play the Colts (6-3) in a game that could be instrumental in deciding who ultimately has gets the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage for the playoffs.

The Broncos (among others) still hope to have a say in that particular race, but there’s no denying the importance of this game nonetheless, and the winner will have the upper hand heading into the final quarter of the season. Continue reading

How come so many Heisman quarterbacks flop in the NFL?


By Ray Hamill

Success on the college football field doesn’t always translate to the NFL, but when it comes to Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks it’s almost a certainty it won’t.

And that’s nothing new.

In fact, if history is anything to go by, the closest Johnny Manziel or Jameis Winston is going to get to a Super Bowl any time soon will be somewhere in the stands or watching from the comfort of their living room. Continue reading

Primetime blowouts all the rage for 2014


By Ray Hamill

If you’re expecting a close contest between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills Thursday night, don’t.

Why? Because when it comes to primetime NFL games this season, the fat lady’s been singing loud and proud long before the final whistle.

Indeed, while the 2014 version of the NFL remains as unpredictable as ever and has served up an exciting assortment of nail biters and surprises, it hasn’t saved many of them for the primetime slots. Continue reading

Four-team playoff field doesn’t go far enough


By Ray Hamill

We’re barely halfway through October and it’s already glaringly obvious – a four-team playoff tournament in college football needs to be expanded.

As it stands right now, the selection committee will have its hands full, opinions swayed and minds taxed to the limit trying to narrow it down to just four for January, with numerous teams still in the mix and making a case for inclusion. Continue reading

A wild and wonderful postseason


By Ray Hamill

This month marks the 20th year of the wild card in baseball, and thus far it’s been a memorable celebration.

Considered by many as the one bright spot in Bud Selig’s legacy, the wild card has changed the nature of Major League Baseball. It not only has given a multitude of teams something to play for late in the season – and the resulting excitement for the fans that goes with that – but it has also altered the playoff landscape in ways few of us could have imagined.

And this year is no different. Continue reading

This week’s five-star NFL games


By Ray Hamill

Week three in the NFL has an abundance of intriguing matchups, but these five stand out.

Washington (1-1) at Philly (2-0)

The Eagles had to fight from behind in each of their opening two games, but produced a clutch performance to pull out a thrilling win at Indy Monday night.

This is the first of two meetings between the two favorites in the NFC East and could go a long way toward deciding what is expected to be a tight division race. Continue reading

NFL as unpredictable as ever


By Ray Hamill

If parity floats your boat, you’ve got to love the new-age NFL.

Unfortunately, however, that also means there are a lot of average teams in the league, and the days of the dominating dynasty would appear to be a thing of the past.

Just two weeks into the new season, 18 of the 32 teams are 1-1. What’s more telling, however, is that many of those teams – Dallas, Washington, Detroit, Minnesota, San Francisco, Miami, New England, Pittsburgh and Tennessee among others – have had a distinct jeckyll and Hyde look to them in back-to-back games, one week brilliant, one week awful.

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