The Top 10 Boneheaded Moments of the 2014 NFL Season

The Top 10 Boneheaded Moments Of The 2014 NFL Season

Bad plays and physical mistakes are going to happen to every team and player in the NFL at some point. Colin Kaepernick fumbling on the one-yard line against the St. Louis Rams or botched coverages on defense are terrible breaks but also part of the game.

Bonehead moments are the face-palm, “D’oh!” acts that leave you shaking your head in wonder. The difference between this past year and others is just as many of those moments came from off-field events as during games…

FN “Monday Morning Huddle”: Top Seeds Advance on Championship Sunday

FN “Monday Morning Huddle”: Top Seeds Advance on Championship Sunday

Football Nation proudly presents its 31st episode in season three of “Monday Morning Huddle” with host Dave Holcomb. This episode features two guest stars in Bleacher Report Featured Fantasy Football Columnist Dave Guidera and FN Senior Writer Tom Pollin.

With the top seeds from each conference advancing, home teams finished 8-2 in the 2015 playoffs. Both guests provide their takes on the weekend’s action along with Super Bowl predictions. In addition to that, Guidera and Pollin give excellent insight into the coaching hires in Denver and Chicago…

Patriots Survive Near-Death Experience Against the Ravens

Patriots Survive Near-Death Experience Against the Ravens

On the surface it’s easy to understand why the New England Patriots ’went into Saturday’s AFC Divisional Round game as seven point favorites over the Baltimore Ravens.

New England dominated the AFC for most of the 2014 season and coasted to their No. 1 postseason seed while the Ravens needed help to play January football. Also, the Patriots reigned supreme on their home field in 2014, outscoring opponents by an average of 16-points per game.

So, how did the Ravens come within five minutes of knocking New England out of another Super Bowl run? From a Quality Stats analysis this game was the prime candidate of the four NFL Divisional Round contests to produce an upset…

 

The 10 Most Frustrating Seasons in Chicago Bears History

The 10 Most Frustrating Seasons in Chicago Bears History

The Chicago Bears organization, and their fans, believed the team’s offense was on track after finishing the 2013 season No. 2 in points scored the team spent the spring and summer concentrating on improving one of the NFL’s worst defenses.

After signing defensive linemen Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen and drafting cornerback Kyle Fuller with the No. 20 pick in the first round fans looked forward to 2014 as the season the team would have enough talent to make a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Now that the Bears have limped across the finish line with a 5-11 record the only thing fans have to look forward to is what direction this team takes in the future. Here are 10 other seasons that left fans asking the same painful question…

Redskins End the Eagles 2014 Season: Autopsy of an Upset

Redskins End the Eagles 2014 Season: Autopsy of an Upset

The Washington Redskins’ victory over the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday night is an instance of even the blind squirrel finding the occasional nut…

Football Nation’s Monday Morning Huddle: East Meets West

Football Nation’s Monday Morning Huddle: East Meets West

Football Nation proudly presents the 25th episode in season three of “Monday Morning Huddle” with host Dave Holcomb. East met west in Week 14 in the NFL with the Seahawks traveling to the City of Brotherly Love to duel with the Eagles and the Patriots flew in sunny southern California to tangle with the Chargers. The road team won each, nearly by the same score, as the final score read East 1, West 1. Holcomb breaks down all the action of the two games.

Also on this week’s show, FN Senior Writer Tom Pollin guest stars in the second segment to discuss the direction of the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears. Both franchises seem to be heading in opposite directions, and Pollin offers his best advice in fixing the ailing Bears…

Chargers Slip Past Ravens for a Big Win: Autopsy of an Upset

Chargers Slip Past Ravens for a Big Win: Autopsy of an Upset

The Ravens controlled the game nearly the entire day before the Chargers scored 21 fourth quarter points to steal a victory.

The Ravens were 4-1 at home this season and 13-4 at home against AFC West competition since moving to Baltimore from Cleveland in 1996. A win against the San Diego Chargers would have kept them in contention for the AFC North title while putting them in the driver’s seat for an AFC wild card slot heading into the final four weeks of the season.

The Chargers were riding a two game win streak to climb back into playoff contention but still went into the Sunday’s contest as five-and-a-half point underdogs…

Rams Stun the Broncos In St. Louis: Autopsy of an Upset

Rams Stun the Broncos In St. Louis: Autopsy of an Upset

The St. Louis Rams did it again. In Week 7 they battled the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks at home and sent the seven point favorites back to Seattle with a 28-26 loss. In Week 9 the Rams travelled to San Francisco to take on the 10.5-point favorite 49ers and returned with a hard-fought 13-10 victory.

Sunday St. Louis hosted the other Super Bowl XLVIII participant and the No. 1 team in the Quality Stats Power Rankings, the Denver Broncos. Despite their previous two impressive victories and the return of Shaun Hill at starting quarterback the Rams went into the game as 9.5-point underdogs. This time the outcome was never in doubt, St. Louis beat-up the Broncos 22-7…

NFL London Calling: Proposal To Air All London Games At 9:30 AM

NFL London Calling: Proposal To Air All London Games At 9:30 AM

My radio and fellow Football Nation Senior Writer Dave Holcomb has proposed a common sense plan for an NFL presence in London without basing a franchise there.

The NFL playing games in London has been debated since its creation in 2007. It has been no secret the league’s ultimate goal is to either relocate a franchise or place an expansion team in the English capital. That idea has been met with much criticism due to stadium availability, the hardships of traveling, and other issues…

Browns Take Revenge on Bengals: Autopsy of an Upset

Browns Take Revenge on Bengals: Autopsy of an Upset

The shadows of past greatness are beginning to awaken in Cleveland. Paul Brown in his trademark hat roaming the sidelines, Otto Graham dropping back to pass, Jim Brown laying bone-crushing hits on would-be tacklers, now the 2014 Cleveland Browns are 6-3 and all alone atop the AFC North Division after smothering the Cincinnati Bengals 24-3 in Week 10…