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Threat of playoff blackout signals near end of attending NFL games

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Television is way better than attending a live NFL game. Ten years ago, that statement would be absolutely absurd. There's no way that watching a game on television would match and surpass the experience of going to an NFL game, people would say. But last week, three teams faced the very real possibility of not being able to sell out their playoff tickets and having to blackout the game in their area because of NFL rules. Thankfully, either the remaining tickets were bought by fans or some corporate sponsor to avoid the blackout.

Cold weather football–the way football was meant to be played

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The Frozen Tundra. The Ice Bowl. Many of the memorable games in NFL history have been played in cold and even frigid weather. The Cowboys-Dolphins game in 1993, famous for Leon Lett's gaffe which cost Dallas the game was played in the snow. The Ice Bowl, the 1967 NFL Championship Game was played in Green Bay where the temperature was 15 degrees below zero and the wind chill was anywhere between 36 and 48 degrees below zero. It's considered one of the best games in NFL history. Simply put, NFL football is made for the cold weather.

After great wild card round, NFL’s divisional round a big let down

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The wild card round of the NFL playoffs two weekends ago was simply amazing. Indianapolis had a great 28-point comeback. New Orleans and San Francisco each won on a late-second field goal. San Diego overcame a 10-7 halftime deficit to be the only team of the weekend to win by more than one score. But as is the general rule with sequels, the second go-around isn't usually as good as the original. The divisional round proved that point this past weekend.

Lots of winning teams coming out of NFL draft

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The story lines that dominated the 2014 NFL draft included Johnny Manziel falling all the way down to the 22nd pick by the Cleveland Browns and Michael Sam being picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round. But what's being overlooked in this draft is how many teams improved a lot because of what they did in the draft.

Cowboys need to rethink bringing back Josh Brent

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e all make mistakes, we're not perfect and everyone deserves a second chance to atone for their mistakes. The problem is that phrase has been taken out of context by Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys as an excuse for them to bring back defensive lineman Josh Brent after serving time for intoxicated manslaughter in an accident that killed his friend and teammate Jerry Brown. And the bigger issue is that this isn't his second chance--it's his third and fourth with a history of issues.

NFC East not the NFC least this year

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The NFC East has been a shell of its former self the past couple of seasons. The Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins haven't been major players on the NFL landscape in a number of years and the New York Giants have struggled outside of those Super Bowl years in 2007 and 2011. In short, the NFC (L)East hasn't factored in the NFL in quite some time. Until now.

Now is the time for Redskins to switch to McCoy

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Despite injuries, the lack of results and now calls from their own fans, the Redskins, and more likely owner Dan Synder, continue to roll out Robert Griffin III in game-after-game hoping he brings back the magic and success he had in his rookie season. But time-after-time, the same thing happens: he fails and the team loses. So it wasn't too much of a surprise when the team was booed off the field at halftime of their loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and fans chanted "we want Colt," in reference to back up quarterback Colt McCoy as well. And you know what? They're right.

Appeal ruling fine, but Suh has earned ‘Bad Boy’ reputation

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Suh deserved to win his appeal. While it looked bad on television, simply stepping on someone, and now stomping with force, is the least worrisome attack a player can do in a football game. But in the same breath, Suh has certainly earned this reputation as a "bad boy" and "dirty" player in the league, which no doubt contributed to his original one-game suspension.