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Cowboys Have Historic Pair of Rookies

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

Goff, Wentz Lab Rats for Sit vs. Start

Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Daily News

McKnight's Shooter Freed ... But Why?

Michael McCann, Sports Illustrated

Those of you who read these nerdy film study columns regularly know that I’m infatuated with Washington’s offense. It’s a mix of the Patriots’ and Saints’ systems, with a...(full article)

Either Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott will be robbed of NFL offensive rookie of the year honors this season. Whoever "loses" would have won the award in any other season. Debating...(full article)

Through the first 11 games of the season the NFL's top two draft picks had nearly identical passer ratings. Carson Wentz eked past Jared Goff, 83.4 to 83.3. That might be where any...(full article)

The shooting death of former New York Jets running back Joe McKnight in a New Orleans suburb on Thursday is raising serious questions as to why McKnight was killed and why police w...(full article)

They traded Deion Branch at 27, despite having lost David Givens and carrying zero receiver depth to speak of. They dealt away Richard Seymour at 29, days before a season opener. T...(full article)

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