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NFL Should Adopt 7-Point Touchdowns

Sheldon Hirsch, Out In Right Field

If Peterson Can't Run, He Might Walk

Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports

Will New NFL Coaches Reach Playoffs?

Don Banks, Sports Illustrated

NFL as Rootless as It Is Ruthless

Rob Rossi, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The NFL just moved the line-of-scrimmage for the point-after-touchdown kick (PAT) from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line, an ineffective solution to a lesser problem. The PAT b...(full article)

The topic was risk, and while explaining the thinking attached to some of the Dallas Cowboys' eye-popping offseason decisions, Jerry Jones caught himself. "There are no cookie-cutt...(full article)

Ben Dogra is nothing but persistent. The powerful agent, never shy about playing the role of antagonist if he deems it required, has been plenty content to take a heel turn in the ...(full article)

The win-now mentality that the NFL is so well known for doesn’t even preclude first-year head coaches from that type of pressure, as new hires are routinely expected to deliver...(full article)

In Roger Goodell's Football America, deflating footballs is an audacious violation of all that is righteous. Whereas inflating the bank accounts of millionaire/billionaire NFL o...(full article)

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