2021 season

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Final NFL rookie ranking: Micah Parsons leads our top 10 – and only one QB comes on the list

In the end, the best of the best from the 2021 NFL rookie class was pretty much found on the first two days of the draft. Four of the top 10 players on our final rookie ranking of the season – which only took into account performances in the regular season – were selected in […]

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Did the officials miss a faulty whistle on a Bengals TD? Why the piece should have been blown dead.

Your instincts were correct if you felt NFL officials threw more flags in 2021. Penalties ticked up to 13.88 per. 16.17) and 2018 (15.87). That’s the long-term context when you look at this year’s off-season matches. It would be a surprise if we saw many matches filled with penalty kicks, and with a little luck […]

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We asked 15 NFL analysts for a playoff prediction: Super Bowl challenger, upset election, more

7 AM ET ESPN staff It’s playoff time in the NFL, and 14 teams all have a chance to win the Super Bowl LVI. It begins this weekend with six wild-card games before the winners join the Packers and Titans in the division round next weekend. Anything can happen in the NFL playoffs. Just ask […]

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How the regular NFL season ends: Projection of results for the last 32 games, who gets to the playoffs

There are only 32 games left in the 2021 NFL season, and only six playoff spots have been won. Incredibly, the hope of 24 teams after the season still lives on mathematically. And even with all two weeks left, there are endless changes to how the rest of the regular season could play out and […]

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Week 16 takeaways, big questions: Titans beat 49ers, Rodgers set record as Packers win

20:00 ET NFL NationESPN Week 16 of the 2021 NFL season should provide some clarity on the playoffs in both conferences. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made history in the early game Saturday as he tossed his franchise record 443rd career touchdown pass. Green Bay, who got a playoff spot last week, beat the Browns and […]

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Preview of CFL’s Gray Cup: What you need to know about Winnipeg-Hamilton

It’s 24 months since the Canadian Football League last held its signature event, a span that has traced one of the most unusual periods in the league’s history. After playing the Gray Cup in November 2019, CFL canceled its 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It then delayed and shortened its 2021 season, considered […]

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NFL rookie rankings: Micah Parsons jumps to No. 1, but who else gets in the top 10?

Twelve weeks into the 2021 NFL season and we are completely in the body-of-work zone for the league’s freshmen. Some of the beginners have blinked for a week and felt every bump on the learning curve of others, while some have been derailed for a moment by injuries. But on the season’s third rookie rankings, […]

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