SB Nation "If there’s one thing less reliable than making strong proclamations about the NFL before the season starts, it’s making those same statements after one week of play. Preconceived notions of who would be dominant and who would struggle were blown open by one of the wildest,..." September 16
Sporting News "The Washington Football Team is looking for a Taylor-made win on Thursday. The Washington Football Team QB carousel was among the most intriguing stories in football in 2020, and that has followed them into the 2021 season. Heinicke, the team's backup who got some shine in..." September 16
Bleacher Report "The first week of the 2021 NFL season has ended. The Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders wrapped the opening slate with an overtime thriller on Monday night. Now, teams are on to their preparation for Week 2. For some teams, strengthening the roster will be part of the equation...." September 16
Bleacher Report "We learned a lot about each NFL team during training camps and in the preseason. However, scrimmages and exhibition games do not accurately simulate the real thing. We got a much clearer picture of what teams are and aren't going to be during Week 1. Now, it's time for the in-season..." September 16
Clutch Points "The Dallas Cowboys began the 2021 season with a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they looked great overall. Despite the loss, there was a ton of excitement about this season with Dak Prescott returning alongside Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, and CeeDee Lamb all looking like legit healthy..." September 16
Bleacher Report "A handful of rookies didn't look like first-year players in their NFL debuts. In fact, they made strong impressions that suggest we only saw the beginning of what's to come in the near future. Even though one game isn't enough to stamp a Pro Bowl or All-Pro label on a..." September 16
Front Office Sports
"The House of Mouse is ready to strike back.
Disney is exploring it’s own kids-focused NFL telecast to rival ViacomCBS’ slime-filled presentation of last season’s NFC Wild Card Playoff game, said sources.
"Chase Young’s initial reaction to the Washington Football Team’s late-season quarterback addition encapsulated the feeling for many.
“I was like, ‘Dang, who is that little guy?’” he said.
The Score "Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke received a major endorsement ahead of his first regular-season start since 2018. "I think (Heinicke) can start on any other team in the league," defensive end Chase Young said Tuesday, according to The Athletic's..." September 15
Yahoo! Sports "A mini-kerfuffle emerged on Tuesday, with various reporters who cover the Broncos openly complaining about the fact that the Jaguars won’t be making coach Urban Meyer available for a conference call in advance of Sunday’s game between the two teams. In past years, it was..." September 14
Sportsnaut "Since 2001, in collaboration with NFL Films and HBO, “Hard Knocks” has provided a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it takes to prepare for a football season. Per Adam Schefter, the NFL plans to announce something that involves the future of “Hard Knocks”..." September 14
Bleacher Report "After nearly seven months without NFL games that have any significance in the win-loss column, we often overreact to Week 1 outcomes. During the offseason, front-office executives and coaches make roster moves to set up the franchise for short- or long-term success. Some..." September 14
CBS Sports "The 2021-2022 NFL season is officially underway. CBS Sports will be tracking rookie performers each week of the season and identifying those that stood out. In Week 1, the first-round selections did not disappoint and fans learned that preseason football matters very little. Without..." September 14
Clutch Points "The quarterback situation for the Washington Football Team has been a question mark for a while now and the solution for this season was the longtime journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick. Unfortunately for Fitzpatrick and the Football Team, he will miss at least the next three weeks (one report says..." September 14
Bleacher Report "The hot-seat watch kicked into gear when Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season started. While most hot-seat analysis centers on coaches, it applies to players too. Onlookers have seen this in action with coaches benching players in openers and at least one quarterback situation in need of..." September 14
Bleacher Report "The NFL has long been known as a copycat league. Whenever a team finds success, rival coaches and general managers have little shame taking the strategy and employing it for themselves. Examples of this in the last couple of decades include the proliferation of no-huddle offenses..." September 14
USA Today "I have seen the future of "Monday Night Football," and it is Manning. If you didn't check your local listings for the NFL's Week 1 capstone between the Ravens and Raiders in Las Vegas – tuning in to ESPN by rote – then you missed the alternate..." September 14
USA Today "The 32 things we learned from Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season: 1. Nice league-wide tribute prior to Sunday's kickoff commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America. The NFL also produced a touching tribute video voiced by..." September 13
For The Win "The first Sunday of the 2021 NFL season is in the books which means it’s now Monday morning which means it’s time for us to have some very strong reactions to some disappointing things that we saw from Sunday. That’s just what we do as football fans –..." September 13
Total Pro Sports "NFL fans were not able to come out and enjoy their favorite teams last season due to the global pandemic, but it appears letting them come back was a mistake. On Sunday, yet another fight went down in the stands at FedExField as two fans of the Washington Football Team were seen..." September 13
SB Nation "Aaron Rodgers is pretty much Dante from Clerks at this point, which I promise you is the only middle-age writer reference I’ll use today. It’s important to know when your quota has been reached. Anyway, like Dante, here’s a dude who stood around on Sunday saying..." September 13
Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Football Team lost its starting quarterback on Sunday when Ryan Fitzpatrick went down with a hip injury, and it appears Robert Griffin III thinks he can help. Fitzpatrick will be placed on injured reserve, meaning he will sit out at least three games. He could be out..." September 13
Clutch Points "The first week of the NFL season always gives us some unexpected performances from players all over the field. Some exceed expectations and some fall flat, and this is especially prominent at the quarterback position. If a quarterback doesn’t meet expectations, it often costs their team..." September 13
Pro Football Talk "When reporters asked Washington coach Ron Rivera about free-agent quarterback Cam Newton after the Patriots released him, Rivera said that Ryan Fitzpatrick is the team’s starting quarterback. Pending the results of a Monday MRI, Fitzpatrick may not be. So will that create an..." September 13
"It's time for NFL overreactions.
If there's never a bad time for mock drafts these days, there's certainly not a bad time for overreactions. That's especially true now that fans have just witnessed the opening salvo of the 2021 season.
The Athletic "Teams plan, football laughs. The Washington Football Team spent significant dollars and most of its offseason servicing the notion that Ryan Fitzpatrick would be the answer at quarterback this season. It was settled law in Ashburn. The rightness or wrongness of the decision to not..." September 13
NBC Washington "The Washington Football Team saw its starting quarterback go down with an injury in Week 1, so they brought in another quarterback to quickly fill in the depth chart. Washington signed former Vanderbilt standout Kyle Shurmur to their practice squad, the team announced Monday...." September 13
Bleacher Report "Three particular events on the NFL calendar lead to a special amount of overreaction: the first 24 hours of free agency, the first round of the draft and the first week of the regular season. Thus, we aren't here to tell you that the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills,..." September 13
Total Pro Sports
"Things did not go to plan for the Washington Football Team opening their 2021 season at FedEx Field.
The team losing their opener 20-16 to the Chargers was one thing, but the fan base got shitted on well before that game went final.
Clutch Points "Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin came into the year with plenty of expectations, especially following his breakout campaign last season. In the Football Team’s season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, McLaurin proved that his standout season..." September 12
Sporting News "Something stinks at FedEx Field, and it's not the Washington Football Team. A video credited to Instagram account "tommyob5" surfaced on social media, showing a burst pipe at Sunday's Washington-Chargers game, spilling its contents onto unfortunate fans below. While..." September 12
CBS Sports "Maia Chaka is about to make history. As of late, the NFL has taken up the mantle in working passionately to stimulate equality in its ranks. That includes making sure the world understands women are not only welcome in the sport of football, but that they can and are already an integral part of..." September 12
Bleacher Report "The best battles between wide receivers and cornerbacks come with the exchange of spirited words and, sometimes, on-field antics. Think about the moment after the 2013 NFC Championship Game when cornerback Richard Sherman called wideout Michael Crabtree a "sorry..." September 11
USA Today "The 32 things we learned from the NFL's 2021 offseason: 1. These Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the first team in the salary cap era (since 1994) – and first since the 1977 Oakland Raiders – to return their entire Super Bowl lineup intact ... and that..." September 11
Sportsnaut "On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the sports world joined together on Saturday morning to remember all those lost on Sept. 11, 2001. The 9/11 attacks took the lives of 2,977 people, injured thousands more and forever changed the United States. Now, 20 years after a day that no one will..." September 11
Larry Brown Sports "NFL contracts are often a hot-button issue. People love to debate who is making too much, too little, who deserves more, and who is overpaid. Some athletes outperform their deals, while others cash in and fail to deliver. Teams obviously try hard to avoid the latter situation, but sometimes..." September 10
Pro Football Talk
"Most of the NFL’s broadcast deals have been extended. One hasn’t.
NFL Sunday Ticket continues to be available. Alex Sherman of CNBC.com reports that Amazon has “serious interest” in the package.
Sportsnaut "Week 1 in the NFL is finally underway. Even though you may have already conducted your fantasy drafts, we rank the top-20 quarterbacks in the NFL. Each year there are a few quarterbacks who surprise the world as they ascend into fantasy football stardom. In 2020, Josh..." September 10
USA Today "The number of NFL players who are vaccinated is at 93.5 percent as of Friday, and league officials said they are optimistic that number will continue to rise. About half of the players who were not vaccinated when they arrived at training camp have since received at least one shot,..." September 10
Pro Football Talk "Ten days after he became a free agent, former NFL MVP Cam Newton continues to be unsigned. And there continues to be crickets around the league regarding his future. As mentioned last night during the Cowboys-Buccaneers pregame show, Newton still wants to play — and he..." September 10
Bleacher Report "It's hard for individuals to transcend the hype of an impending NFL season. The draft and ensuing summer months, after all, are a wellspring of optimism for 32 fanbases. Free-agent moves, draft selections and buzz from training camp swells in what has become a 24/7, 365..." September 10
Clutch Points "Fresh off a NFC East title and a stellar performance during the Wild Card Round of the 2021 NFL Playoffs, the Washington Football Team is looking to start the 2021 NFL season with a big win against the Los Angeles Chargers. Now that they’ve officially named Ryan Fitzpatrick..." September 10
The Athletic "Like most histories, the story of football comes in cycles. Through some accidental or desperation-fueled innovation, a particular scheme comes to prominence. Think Bill Walsh stumbling into the West Coast offense because his quarterback had a popcorn arm. As that system takes hold, opponents..." September 10
Sporting News "As it turns out, you shouldn't flaunt it if you got it. At least, not if you're an NFL player. The NFL is shifting back into "No Fun League" mode, with the league's competition committee deciding that taunting should be an emphasis from officiating..." September 10
SB Nation "When it comes to predicting the NFL you might as well play the lottery using the birthdays of your dead ancestors. What I mean to say, albeit flippantly, is that I don’t really believe it’s possible to have supreme confidence that your football opinions will be proven..." September 09
The Score "Arizona Cardinals Can Kliff Kingsbury scheme his way out of trouble? What happened to the Cardinals at the end of last season? After a 6-3 start that had them tied for first in the NFC West, they stumbled to a 2-5 finish and missed the playoffs. In a..." September 09
CBS Sports "Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory in his first season with the franchise. It is unrealistic to expect that level of return annually, but several newcomers should help their respective teams factor into the playoff..." September 09
SB Nation "Each year team owners meet with the NFL Competition Committee to discuss ways to improve or alter the game of football. Sometimes these are minor tweaks to the game, while on other occasions they have a profound effect on the league as a whole. Past elements like like helmet-to-helmet hits,..." September 09
Sportsnaut "Green Bay Packers star wide receiver Davante Adams made news ahead of their season opener by indicating there’s “no chance” he will sign a contract extension here soon. Adams, 28, is entering a contract year and has been at odds with the Packers’ embattled..." September 09
Larry Brown Sports "Cam Newton has been teasing the release of a segment in which he will likely open up about his time with the New England Patriots and where his NFL career currently stands. A promo clip that was posted on Thursday provides a strong hint into the former MVP’s..." September 09