AFC South 2017 predictions: Time to take division, and the Titans, seriously

Keep joking about the AFC South at your own risk. According to projected win totals, it’s no longer the NFL’s worst division. And one team, maybe even a couple, could do real damage in the playoffs this season. The two-time defending division champion Texans have a promising rookie passer and what could become the league’s best […]

NFC North 2017 predictions: Lions, Packers set for another duel

Is the world ready for Matthew Stafford to jump ahead of Aaron Rodgers? Probably not. It doesn’t even look normal in print. But the NFC North title is within reach, and the Packers have to prove they’re up to defending it … even with one of the best quarterbacks of his generation. The vital question is whether Stafford […]

Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald dismisses retirement talk

Throughout last year, Larry Fitzgerald heard the question: “Are you going to retire after the 2016 season?” The Cardinals star receiver obviously didn’t hang up his cleats, returning in 2017 for his 14th NFL campaign. But in his first media appearance of the 2017 season Sunday, Fitzgerald once again got the retirement question. “I feel good right […]

Colts first-rounder Malik Hooker placed on PUP list

Malik Hooker, the 15th overall pick in April’s draft by the Colts, will start training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, the team announced Tuesday. Hooker underwent hernia surgery in the offseason, but the precautionary move made Tuesday is related to a tweaked hamstring suffered during conditioning tests Monday. An update on […]

NFC East 2017 predictions: Steady Cowboys, streaky Giants still top division

The Cowboys went 13-3 to take the NFC East last season, but of course, even that wasn’t easy. All three of their regular-season losses came within the division, including both games to the 11-5 Giants. That’s just life in the most competitive, highest-profile division in the NFL. Dallas is now trying to do something no team in the […]

Dale Earnhardt Jr. could contribute to NBC’s NFL coverage, report says

When Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series racing career ends at the conclusion of the 2017 season, he’ll head to a media role — a move many expected. Few, on the other hand, have imagined Earnhardt becoming part of NBC’s NFL coverage. Sports Business Daily reported Monday that NASCAR’s most popular driver has signed a multiyear on-air deal […]

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