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SI.com: Don Banks: 7 strong hunches for the 2012 seasonupdated: Tue May 15 2012 15:44:00

The NFL is both beloved and exalted in the pantheon of spectator sports because absolutely no one knows what will unfold from week to week. But that doesn't stop us from predicting up a storm when it comes to the season just ahead. More than two months away from the full-scale opening of training camps, here are seven strong hunches we're willing to share in a bold foretelling of 2012's storylines to come:

SI.com: Steve Rushin: Red Sox's slow start has New England in state of Mass. Hysteriaupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 09:26:00

When his team plays at home, the Red Sox manager holds press conferences in front of a red brick wall that lends an unintentional air of comedy or tragedy to his every utterance, the brick-wall backdrop being synonymous with stand-up comedy and firing squads and official announcements from the Boston Red Sox, for whom April has alternated between farce and doom.

SI.com: Don Banks: Sizing up the Moss market: Which teams make the most sense for Randyupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 13:04:00

So let me get this straight: The guy who once said he plays when he wants to play wants to play again? Ah, but it takes somebody to want him to play for them, and that's where Randy Moss's big 35th birthday un-retirement announcement on Monday comes out sounding like the proverbial one-sided conversation at the moment.

New York Giants celebrate Super Bowl winupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 16:24:00

The New York Giants parade through the heart of Manhattan, celebrating a dramatic win in Super Bowl XLVI.

SI.com: Joe Posnanski: Bradshaw's Reluctant Touchdown puts to rest unusual Super Bowlupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 13:29:00

INDIANAPOLIS -- Call it the Reluctant Touchdown. Ahmad Bradshaw's awkward and unwilling flop into the end zone is part of Super Bowl lore now -- there with Rice-to-Montana, there with David Tyree's helmet catch, there with Lynn Swann's ballet, there with Mike Jones' tackle one yard shy. Those moments defined their times. In many ways, The Reluctant Touchdown defines ours.

SI.com: Don Banks: Giants finish resilient season in fitting fashion; more Snapsupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 08:10:00

INDIANAPOLIS -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we digest the Giants' impossibly dramatic and gritty 21-17 defeat of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI Sunday night in Lucas Oil Stadium. As it turns out, it was a rematch, and a redux, indeed...

Giant parade awaits Super Bowl winners updated: Mon Feb 06 2012 04:30:00

A ticker tape parade awaits the New York Giants this week when the team returns home as Super Bowl champions after defeating the New England Patriots on a last-minute touchdown.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Media grades for Super Bowl XLVIupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 03:15:00

There is no sweeter scenario for a Super Bowl broadcaster than a game hanging in the balance, and NBC's ratings for the Giants' 21-17 victory over the Patriots on Sunday will almost assuredly top last year's Super Bowl on FOX, which averaged 111 million viewers and became the most-watched television program in U.S. history. But how was the NBC broadcast for viewers? It's time to hand out grades.

SI.com: Andrew Perloff: Super Bowl XLVI Grades: Giants-Patriotsupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 01:34:00

Grading out performances from the New York Giants' nailbiting 21-17 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI:

SI.com: Kerry J. Byrne: Manning outduels Brady again, earns second ring in XLVI winupdated: Sun Feb 05 2012 23:53:00

INDIANAPOLIS -- Eli Manning stirred controversy when he declared himself an elite quarterback at the start of the 2011 season.

Giants edge Patriots in thriller; it was Madonna dance party at halfupdated: Sun Feb 05 2012 23:16:00

Triumphing in a thriller, quarterback Eli Manning led the New York Giants on Sunday to their second Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in four years.

What the smart money knows about the Super Bowlupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 11:00:00

For the past few days, the NFL punditry here has been remarkably divided on predictions for Super Bowl XLVI. For every expert espousing New England Patriots' depth and balance there is another waxing rhapsodic about the New York Giants' "momentum" and "destiny." Las Vegas echoed this ambivalence, as the gambling line continues to shift.

Super Bowl could hinge on one ankleupdated: Fri Feb 03 2012 13:05:00

Not in a long time has the pre-Super Bowl chatter been so dominated by one player's body part.

SI.com: Peter King: Patriots' Light must hold up against Giants' fierce pass-rushersupdated: Fri Feb 03 2012 12:25:00

INDIANAPOLIS -- This city's outdone itself. It's been a great game site for the Super Bowl. So much to do downtown, all on foot, and the natives and even the drunks are in great moods. The meteorologists have helped, but there's something to be said for a vibrant downtown hosting everything at a Super Bowl, and holding the Super Bowl in a place where you never have to get in a car.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Super Bowl edition: How parity in MLB matches up with NFLupdated: Fri Feb 03 2012 12:10:00

One of the great myths about the NFL is that the salary cap affords the league much better competitive balance than is possible in the cap-less Major League Baseball. This would not be a good week to be promoting that myth, seeing that the New York Giants and New England Patriots have become what Meryl Streep and George Clooney are to the Oscars. Ho-hum. The Giants and Patriots have filled one-third of the available spots over the past 12 Super Bowls.

Patriots' cry: Win it for Myra!updated: Fri Feb 03 2012 11:59:00

Across the country, fans of the New England Patriots are wondering whether Tom Brady will return to top form this Sunday, whether Gronk's ankle will hold up, and whether cornerback Julian Edelman can shut down the Giants' dangerous receivers. But here in Beantown, folks ask still another question: Will the Pats go out and win this one for Myra?

SI.com: Kerry J. Byrne: Shift toward offense culminates with upcoming XLVI fireworksupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 12:49:00

If you love the passing game, you'll love Super Bowl XLVI. In fact, it's a watershed moment in the evolution of pro football.

SI.com: Don Banks: All eyes on Gronkowski's ankle at media day; more Snapsupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 18:05:00

INDIANAPOLIS -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from the exercise in pack journalism that was Tuesday's Super Bowl media day at the beehive known as Lucas Oil Stadium, which served to remind me once again that when it comes to this over-hyped event, alas, we're farther away all the time from chatting up Namath at poolside...

SI.com: Don Banks: Redskins' Fletcher has gotten good look at this year's Giants, Patsupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 13:21:00

INDIANAPOLIS -- Sure, they seem unbeatable now. Dare we say, even super. The Patriots enter this week with a league-best 10-game winning streak that began in mid-November, and the Giants are on yet another improbable and magical postseason run, with five consecutive elimination-game victories to their credit and a world of mojo in their favor.

SI.com: Peter King: Let the hype begin as Patriots, Giants descend on Indy for The Rematch Bowlupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 12:06:00

INDIANAPOLIS -- Lots going on as we draw nearer to The Rematch Bowl of Super Bowl 46. (That's right, I'm not a big Roman numeral guy.)

SI.com: Andrew Perloff: Pats rediscover missing championship ingredient vs. Ravensupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 08:06:00

FOXBORO, Mass. -- During Bill Belichick's tenure in New England, the Patriots have gradually transformed themselves from a lunch-pail group of players who fed off other's disrespect to an offensively brilliant glamour team. The first group won Super Bowls; the second lacked a key ingredient for postseason success. They got it back Sunday to hold off the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 in a win that felt more like 2001 than 2012.

SI.com: Don Banks: Giants, Pats to revisit recent history in Super Bowl, more Snapsupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 01:26:00

SAN FRANCISCO -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a down-to-the-wire Championship Sunday. We had three-point thrillers, from coast to coast...

SI.com: Chris Burke: Playoff grades: Ravens-Patriotsupdated: Sun Jan 22 2012 21:50:00

Grading out the performances in the New England Patriots' narrow 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.

SI.com: Don Banks: Manning, Giants pull off unthinkable yet again; more Snapsupdated: Sun Jan 15 2012 23:05:00

Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we wrap our brains around the new realities that the divisional playoffs have wrought: The Giants and 49ers move on, and the Packers and Saints don't. There's nothing like the plot twists you get in the NFL's postseason....

SI.com: Peter King: Red-hot Brady, Patriots look better than ever in win over Broncosupdated: Sun Jan 15 2012 23:02:00

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Before Saturday night, New England hadn't won a playoff game in four years. From the looks of what the Patriots put on display against Denver, they're not going to have to wait four years before winning another.

SI.com: Chris Burke: Divisional grades: Broncos-Patriotsupdated: Sun Jan 15 2012 23:00:00

Grading out the performances from San Francisco's New England's dominant 45-10 beatdown of the Denver Broncos in Saturday's AFC divisional round matchup.

SI.com: Kerry J. Byrne: Playoff preview: Broncos-Patriotsupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 16:38:00

1. Tom Brady's paper-tiger Patriots need this win more than Tim Tebow's magical Broncos.

SI.com: Don Banks: No shortage of storylines to watch among playoffs' elite eightupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 13:45:00

Sign me up for the notion that the NFL's divisional playoff round typically makes for the best weekend of the season, with the league's elite eight pairing off in four bursts of high-stakes elimination football. Here are eight of the best storylines that provide a backdrop of the action on tap:

SI.com: Peter King: Picking this year's Hall of Fame class a major challenge; mailupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 14:58:00

I write and tweet about the Hall of Fame so much, and my buddy Don "Donnie Brasco'' Banks always tells me to stop doing it -- because the more I do it, the more I unleash the masses, angry that this guy or that guy didn't make the Hall -- or, in this case, didn't make the list of the finalists for enshrinement in the Hall when the 44-person Board of Selectors meets in Indianapolis Feb. 4.

SI.com: Don Banks: NFL 2012 playoff primerupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 13:52:00

Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we break down the NFL's 12-team playoff field from as many angles as occur to us...

SI.com: Don Banks: Tebow's disappearing act coming at the worst time; more Snapsupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 00:23:00

Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a Week 17 that gave us playoff-scenario drama, record-breaking performances and the close of another unpredictable regular season in the NFL...

SI.com: Costly stretch leaves Tebow unable to orchestrate more magicupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 22:42:00

DENVER -- Here's the thing the Denver Broncos learned about magic Sunday afternoon at Sports Authority Field: It just doesn't work as well in a three-score game.

SI.com: Chris Burke: Pats, Broncos square off in season's most hyped matchupupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 11:10:00

New England Patriots (10-3) at Denver Broncos (8-5)

SI.com: Don Banks: Saints pass much-needed test with win over Titans; more Snapsupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 04:26:00

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight in a Week 14 that had more than its share of frantic finishes, like the ones that unfolded in Washington, Tennessee, Cincinnati and Detroit...

SI.com: Damon Hack: What we learned from the Patriots' rout of the Chiefsupdated: Tue Nov 22 2011 14:16:00

It's been an odd season in New England, where the Patriots defense springs the odd leak and Tom Brady turns the ball over more than usual. The Albert Haynesworth experiment fizzled. Chad Ochocinco has been quieter than anyone thought. The Patriots secondary is beset by injury. And yet the Patriots, after a thorough 34-3 victory over the Chiefs on Monday night, sit atop the AFC East at 7-3 with a two-game lead over the reeling Bills and Jets. Is New England Super Bowl ready? Are the Chiefs toast in 2011? Those questions will be answered in time, but here's what we learned Monday night.

SI.com: Steve Rushin: A special language just for sportsupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 11:36:00

Many months ago I asked you to coin new words for familiar concepts in sports and you replied in great numbers, from places farflung and nearflung -- a word that doesn't exist but ought to, which is the whole point of this exercise.

SI.com: Don Banks: What we learned from Patriots-Jetsupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 13:37:00

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Things we learned from New England's less-than-artistic but still-satisfying 37-16 victory over the New York Jets Sunday night at MetLife Stadium ...

SI.com: Don Banks: Season's second half features great games as playoff races heightenupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 12:11:00

With Week 9 finished and 130 of the NFL's 256-game regular season now in the books, we're almost exactly halfway through the story in 2011. The second half of the season shapes up as an intriguing and wide-open affair, with 20 of the league's 32 teams still playing .500-or-better ball, and 18 clubs either in first place or within two games of the lead in their division.

SI.com: Peter King: Super deja vu for Manning, Giants in clutch win over Patriotsupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 11:32:00

This may be the week offense came down to earth, and the league got back on its axis of normalcy. But before I get into the two Games of the Week, Eli Manning playing at a postseason 2007 level (sweet music to Giant ears everywhere) and a very weird scene involving Rex Ryan and a Belichick bobblehead, let's turn our eyes west. To Aaron Rodgers, who is halfway to the best season a quarterback has ever had in the 92-year history of the NFL.

SI.com: Don Banks: With statement win, Steelers show critics they still haven't lost a stepupdated: Mon Oct 31 2011 00:33:00

PITTSBURGH -- At 2-2, coming off that humbling and ragged Week 4 loss in Houston, they looked old, slow and perhaps even insufficiently motivated. Now, not quite a month later, the Pittsburgh Steelers just look dangerous. Once again.

SI.com: Don Banks: A pair of playoff rematches this weekend boast interesting parallelsupdated: Thu Oct 06 2011 13:01:00

Every once in a while, we're reminded that maybe the NFL schedule makers really do know what they're doing after all. Week 5 provides us with ample evidence.

SI.com: Peter King: Rodgers' brilliance, Lions' thrills make NFC North a force to bewareupdated: Thu Oct 06 2011 10:51:00

Ten Things that surprise me about the NFL at the quarter-pole:

SI.com: Chris Harry: Pats looking to rebound vs. ex-teammate Seymour, Raidersupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 11:05:00

New England Patriots (2-1) at Oakland Raiders (2-1)

SI.com: Don Banks: Bills learned resiliency after last year's heartbreak, more Snapsupdated: Sun Sep 25 2011 21:15:00

CHICAGO -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we take in a tight, taut and thrilling Week 3 in the NFL that featured seven of the early eight games being decided by a touchdown or less ...

SI.com: Ben Reiter: 2011 Division Preview: AFC Eastupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 13:12:00

SI.com is previewing all eight divisions throughout the week in anticipation of the 2011 season kicking off. (Send comments to siwriters@simail.com)

SI.com: Don Banks: Newly-signed Vick, Raiders RBs among preseason Week 3 winnersupdated: Tue Aug 30 2011 15:28:00

Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we run down the winners and losers in the all-important (OK, more important?) Week 3 of the NFL's preseason. The games don't count, but the perceptions sure do ...

SI.com: Dan Shaughnessy: Belichick's Pats look loaded ... againupdated: Sun Aug 21 2011 14:30:00

Brace yourself, NFL. It looks like Bill Belichick plans to come back from the lockout with guns blazing.

SI.com: Ben Reiter: Postcard from camp: Patriotsupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 18:47:00

SI.com has dispatched writers to report on NFL training camps across the country. For an archive of all camp postcards, click here.

SI.com: Don Banks: Seventeen NFL games to watch forupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 22:11:00

The NFL rolled out the 2011 schedule with its usual amount of prime-time fanfare on Tuesday, and yet what do we make of a regular season that has the potential to be anything but regular?

SI.com: Andrew Perloff: Greene, Tomlinson lead Jets gradesupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 09:11:00

Grading out the performances from the Jets' stunning 28-21 win over the Patriots in an AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium:

SI.com: Jeff Pearlman: Memo to Jets: Please shut upupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 14:07:00

They have spent much of the week talking. And talking. And talking. And talking. Which would be fine, were the words interesting or inspiring. By now, however, anything uttered by members of the New York Jets organization can only be interpreted as the inane, nonsensical blatherings of jealous dolts.

America's most controversial coachupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 08:32:00

The biggest upset of the NFL playoffs took place this week when Rex Ryan, the most controversial head coach in professional sports, stepped behind a podium and said, well, nothing.

SI.com: Don Banks: A loaded wild-card field, plus more Snapsupdated: Mon Dec 27 2010 12:08:00

Musings, observations and the occasional Week 16 insight as the NFL's 12-team playoff field continues to come into focus ...

SI.com: Don Banks: The indomitable Patriots are title favorites -- and it's not even closeupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 00:16:00

CHICAGO -- After this one, you could almost hear the collective uh-oh starting to echo around the rest of the NFL. These Patriots are serious. They're on a mission. And we all know what that means, because it hasn't been all that long since we've seen it before.

SI.com: Don Banks: Five things we learned from Patriots-Jetsupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 02:41:00

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Five things we learned from New England's shocking 45-3 destruction of the New York Jets Monday night at a festive Gillette Stadium. ...

SI.com: Dom Bonvissuto: Blogging Pats-Jets showdownupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 20:11:00

Dom Bonvissuto blogs the battle for the AFC East lead between the Patriots and Jets.

SI.com: Dan Shaughnessy: Moss shows his true colors, wears out welcome with three teamsupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 11:29:00

Here in New England, a couple of months ago, we actually cared about Randy Moss. Now you never hear his name around Gillette Stadium. The Patriots host the New York Jets in Foxborough on Monday Night Football next week and Randy Moss is ancient history. He is a non-factor.

SI.com: Dan Shaughnessy: Peyton Manning has plenty on his shouldersupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 12:42:00

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- This time, he could not beat Bill Belichick and the Patriots. This time, he could not finish the furious comeback. This time, he threw a killer interception in the closing seconds when his team was already in position to tie the game with a field goal.

SI.com: Don Banks: Just another Patriots-Colts classicupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 12:39:00

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It's more compliment than complaint, but here's the problem I've got with these annual Colts-Patriots showdowns, the ones the NFL use as the centerpiece of its entire 256-game regular-season schedule every November: They only serve to make us realize what we're missing the rest of the year.

SI.com: Dan Shaughnessy: Pats' Belichick in midst of finest coaching job of his careerupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 10:21:00

PITTSBURGH -- Bill Belichick has won three Super Bowls. He coached a team that went 18-0 and came within a couple of minutes of winning a fourth Super Bowl. He has a place in Canton, Ohio, when his coaching days are over.

SI.com: Don Banks: Patriots still own the Steelers when it counts -- regardless of venueupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 06:44:00

PITTSBURGH -- Here are five things we learned from New England's 39-26 throttling of Pittsburgh on Sunday night at Heinz Field, in a surprisingly one-sided showdown of AFC superpowers ...

SI.com: Don Banks: Favre's historic day, Mangini one-ups Belichick, more Snapsupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 10:29:00

OAKLAND -- Musings, observations and the occasional Week 9 insight as we make special note of our first ever Snap Judgments filed from the Black Hole, the very epicenter of Raiders Nation ...

SI.com: Don Banks: Tom Brady leads MVP race; Bradford top offensive rookieupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 12:30:00

When he looks around his huddle these days and barks out the play call, could you blame Tom Brady for wondering, "Who are these guys?'' Here's a quick check of who the Patriots' franchise quarterback sees staring back at him in New England as Week 7 of the NFL's regular season looms:

SI.com: Don Banks: That old Patriot magic, another QB quandary in Philly, more Snapsupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 11:17:00

MINNEAPOLIS -- Musings, observations and the occasional Week 6 insight as we watch the NFL's most desperate two teams, Dallas and Minnesota, fight it out for an all important second win at the Metrodome ...

SI.com: Dan Shaughnessy: New-look Pats feel like their old championship selves againupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 10:28:00

It was the feel-good game of the year in New England. It reminded Patriots fans of the good old days when the Pats won with brains and teamwork.

SI.com: Kerry J. Byrne: Ravens-Patriots is Game of the Weekupdated: Fri Oct 15 2010 11:06:00

ColdHardFootballFacts.com breaks down Sunday's Baltimore at New England game

SI.com: Kerry J. Byrne: Undefeated Chiefs vs. Peyton Manning is best statistical matchup of Week 5updated: Fri Oct 08 2010 14:45:00

ColdHardFootballFacts.com breaks down Sunday's Kansas City at Indianapolis game (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

SI.com: Don Banks: Breaking down the blockbuster Moss trade from every angleupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 16:58:00

Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we digest the blockbuster trade that sends Randy Moss back to Minnesota, from as many divergent angles as possible ...

SI.com: Kerry J. Byrne: Give Moss his due, but Patriots had better playoff teams without himupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 14:46:00

There are a lot of long faces in New England today. The Patriots just dumped one of the most prolific receivers in the history of the game, trading Randy Moss to Minnesota for a third-round draft pick in 2011.

SI.com: Source: Moss trade to Vikings doneupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 09:53:00

Mired in third place in their division and with their Super Bowl aspirations in jeopardy, the Minnesota Vikings addressed their need for a vertical receiving threat in stunning fashion on Wednesday, trading a 2011 third-round pick to New England for receiver Randy Moss, an NFL source confirmed.

SI.com: Don Banks: Mediocrity abounds in the young season; plus more Snap Judgmentsupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 13:12:00

As the guy responsible for SI.com's NFL Power Rankings, someone asked me Monday afternoon what constitutes the NFL's elite class this season. As I gave it some thought, I realized Week 4 was when it started to dawn on us that we don't really have one of those yet in the 2010 NFL season.

SI.com: Jim Trotter: Patriots, Fins headed in different directions after Miami drubbingupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 03:34:00

On a night when Tom Brady, Randy Moss and Wes Welker were little more than footnotes, the Patriots still dominated the Dolphins 41-14 in Miami Gardens. If that doesn't make the rest of the league sit up and take notice, it should.

SI.com: Tim Layden: Moss speaks the truth and the Patriots understandupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 10:28:00

There are many Sundays when it's better to cover the NFL from home. Pre-game shows, Red Zone Channel, reliable Internet. Keep up with everything and then hit the road to interview live bodies during the week. Seriously. Last Sunday, however, was not one of those days, because you definitely wanted to be in Foxborough for the Randy Show.

SI.com: Shaughnessy: The NFL is back, which means, basically, nothing else mattersupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 11:22:00

There was a time in this great land when baseball was king, a time when boxing and horse racing mattered. It was a time when when people actually read printed newspapers and a lot of Catholics went to daily Mass.

SI.com: Brady agrees to 4-year extension with Patriotsupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 03:19:00

NEW ORLEANS -- One superstar quarterback contract down. Two more to go.

SI.com: Dan Shaughnessy: It's college football season everywhere -- except in Bostonupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 15:40:00

The college football season is underway and nobody cares in New England.

SI.com: Jay Clemons: Tailback tiers, a No. 6 sense and Rice's mystery surgeryupdated: Fri Sep 03 2010 19:32:00

We'll keep today's Clicks (relatively) short and sweet, just in case you haven't finished devouring Monday's PPR spectacular, which might've gone on even longer if Brett Favre had played more than one series against San Francisco on Sunday -- or attempted more than one pass. Oh, those attention-loving Vikings!

SI.com: Dan Shaughnessy: Dislike between Patriots, Jets runs deepupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 13:57:00

The pro football season can't start soon enough. Here in New England, we can't wait for Week 2 when the Patriots play the Jets at the new football theatre off exit 16W in the Meadowlands.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: NFL's Greatest Players By Jersey Numbersupdated: Sun Aug 29 2010 18:32:00

Some NFL jerseys tell a story. In the case of Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew case, his number 32 tells a tale of revenge.

SI.com: Don Banks: New England Patriots training camp postcardupdated: Sun Aug 01 2010 17:20:00

SI.com has dispatched writers to report on the 32 NFL training camps across the country. Here's what Don Banks had to say about the Patriots camp in Foxborough, Mass. For an archive of all camp postcards, click here.

SI.com: Don Banks: Twenty questions as 2010 NFL season nearsupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 16:08:00

Every NFL season starts with a host of unanswered questions, and this year it's even more so. With the opening of the first training camp less than 10 days away -- Dallas, on July 24 in San Antonio -- here are 20 pressing questions, in no particular order, that begged to be answered as the 2010 preseason looms:

SI.com: Ross Tucker: What are Patriots thinking in regards to Brady's contract situation?updated: Wed Jun 09 2010 12:03:00

I find it interesting that New England has chosen to go down a road that runs the risk of irritating the most important player in franchise history. By not yet entering into serious contract negotiations with Tom Brady -- a situation that Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports went into great detail here -- the Patriots could be doing more harm than good.

SI.com: Peter King: Goodell's leadership could be key in avoiding job action in 2011updated: Wed Jun 02 2010 15:03:00

LOWELL, Mass. -- I've been thinking there's a strong likelihood the 2011 NFL season will be interrupted because the players and owners won't reach agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. And I'm not sure I've changed my mind. But two things happened in the past week that made me feel like there might not be a job action.

SI.com: Peter King: Why Pat Tillman shouldn't be in Hall of Fameupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 23:40:00

So one of the controversies of the day Monday, via e-mails and Twitter, centered on Pat Tillman and whether his valiant life, tragic death and turning down NFL millions to join the Army Rangers in the war in Afghanistan merits a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

SI.com: Jim Trotter: Players won't warm to idea of cold Super Bowlupdated: Wed May 26 2010 10:22:00

In January 2004, the Patriots hosted the Titans in an AFC divisional playoff game in which the temperature at kickoff was 4 degrees with a wind chill of minus-10. Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow was part of a radio broadcast crew doing the game, and as we rode on the elevator to the press box beforehand, he shook his head about the players being forced to take the field in such harsh conditions.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: The hidden art of stealing signsupdated: Wed May 19 2010 14:55:00

The footage was unmistakable. A camera for FSN Rocky Mountain, the television home of the Rockies, had found Phillies bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer sitting on the visiting bullpen bench in the second inning of a game on May 10, looking through a pair of binoculars in the direction of home plate.

SI.com: Peter King: Readers share their reactions to early 2010 rankingsupdated: Tue May 18 2010 23:13:00

LAYING OVER AT JFK -- OK. Before I inflame a few more passions, the answer to the golf over-under I posed in Monday Morning Quarterback: one. I put one tee shot in the drink from the 17th tee at the TPC Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., at the annual Tom Coughlin/Jay Fund benefit golf outing. I stink at golf anyway, but this was the big time, and I really wanted to hit one good shot on a waterlogged day. I used one of those hybrid clubs, swung soft, hit it pin-high -- but 10 feet to the right of the island. Plunk. Good thing our fivesome didn't have to use my tee shot in the team format on that one.

SI.com: Peter King: Tom Brady emerges from shadows of offseasonupdated: Wed May 12 2010 11:53:00

The disgrace of two former New Jersey heroes and one from LSU headlined the week -- and yes, I believe any award or postseason honor, including rookie of the year, should be stripped if a player tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, as apparently is the case with defensive rookie of the year Brian Cushing of the Houston Texans. But I'm not leading with bad news. I'm leading with Tom Brady breaking his offseason silence to discuss his bi-coastal life, hopes for his team, a charity he is very bullish on and how much his world has spun in the past few years.

SI.com: Peter King: Charlie Whitehurst understands the skepticism, but is confident he can playupdated: Tue May 04 2010 12:34:00

Charlie Whitehurst is getting used to a new life in Seattle, a life with a little more pressure than he had as the number three quarterback in San Diego. There will be expectations now -- that he can push Matt Hasselbeck for the starting job, and even if he loses that competition, that he'll be ready to play at a moment's notice for the Seahawks this year. Until now, the thickly brown-bearded, long-haired Whitehurst has been known for one thing as a Charger: his resemblance to Jesus Christ, at least to how Christ looks in the photos and images we've become used to seeing.

SI.com: Don Banks: Tebow's Mile High landing, a sour night for Clausen, more Snapsupdated: Fri Apr 23 2010 11:02:00

NEW YORK -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we watched a prime-time version of the NFL Draft's first round from a raucous Radio City Music Hall ...

SI.com: Dan Shaughnessy: Boston is America's best sports cityupdated: Thu Apr 22 2010 15:21:00

Welcome to my town, Boston, Massachusetts. It's quite simply the best sports city in the United States of America. Especially this week.

SI.com: Peter King: Ten people under most pressure on draft weekendupdated: Wed Apr 21 2010 14:49:00

There's pressure on everyone to figure out which draft picks will prosper and which will bust in their NFL career. There's pressure on the players too -- particularly the highly drafted ones. The 10 people on draft weekend who should be feeling the most heat:

SI.com: Don Banks: The 17 must-see games of the 2010 NFL seasonupdated: Wed Apr 21 2010 00:49:00

The beauty of the NFL schedule can be in the eye of the beholder, but I know which 17 games in the NFL's 17-week regular season that I consider must-see TV:

SI.com: Don Banks: Where NFL free agents will/should signupdated: Wed Mar 03 2010 13:06:00

With the demise of the NFL's salary cap dramatically changing the landscape, free agency is such an unknown this year that one club executive told me this week the only thing he knows for sure is Washington will throw money around like it's playing Monopoly.

SI.com: Jim Trotter: NFL offseason burning questions, AFCupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 11:39:00

No sooner had the last flake of confetti fallen in Miami that next year's Super Bowl odds were posted. Not surprisingly, the Colts are the favorite to do what they couldn't achieve this season. Everybody of consequence returns for the Colts next season. Linebacker Gary Brackett is scheduled to be a unrestricted free agent and Antoine Bethea is a restricted free agent, but both are expected to return to Indianapolis. With that in mind, here's a look at the biggest questions that need answered this offseason among the AFC teams.

SI.com: Peter King: Bills not in any hurry to hire coach; mailbagupdated: Tue Jan 12 2010 14:33:00

Five quick observations, then your e-mail from a busy NFL week:

SI.com: Dan Shaughnessy: After Patriots blown out of playoffs, has Boston's title reign ended?updated: Mon Jan 11 2010 13:13:00

Is that it? Has the curtain officially been drawn on the golden era of New England sports?

SI.com: Don Banks: Pats a shadow of selves, more wild-card week Snap Judgmentsupdated: Mon Jan 11 2010 07:42:00

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight after taking in three-fourths of the NFL wild-card playoff weekend and preparing to write a separate story after attending the fourth game ...

SI.com: Peter King: Coin-flip games abound in playoffs; 10 things to watchupdated: Sat Jan 09 2010 00:17:00

When's the last time you recall all four wild-card games being so competitive you wouldn't be surprised to see the road team win any one? Two roadies won last year, and three won in 2005. This year, I don't care what Vegas says. It's even-steven across the board entering the weekend.

SI.com: Don Banks: Top quarterbacks take center stage, more notesupdated: Thu Jan 07 2010 15:17:00

Even more stuff you need to know before the NFL playoffs kick off this weekend with four first-round games...

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