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The First Read, Divisional Round: Biggest immediate question for advancing and eliminated playoff teams
Jan 17, 2022
In this week's edition of his First Read, Jeffri Chadiha reveals the biggest immediate question for each of the eight teams playing in the Divisional Round and six teams eliminated on Super Wild Card Weekend.
NFL playoffs first look: What to like, dislike about 12 teams playing on Super Wild Card Weekend
Jan 10, 2022
Now that the NFL playoff field is set after a wild Week 18, Jeffri Chadiha discusses what's to like and dislike about the 12 teams playing on Super Wild Card Weekend in this edition of his First Read.
The First Read, Week 18: How Antonio Brown's meltdown has sealed Bucs' fate; Joe Burrow rising
Jan 03, 2022
How will Antonio Brown's meltdown affect the Bucs moving forward? Can the Cowboys' offense get back on track? Jeffri Chadiha examines those stories and more in his First Read ahead of Week 18 of the 2021 NFL season.
Cardinals deliver reminder of stellar team they can be with win over Cowboys
Jan 02, 2022
After a losing streak brought about doubts to the credibility of the Cardinals, their win over the Cowboys on Sunday changed the narrative. And now the Cards know they have what it takes to earn critical wins at this time of year, Jeffri Chadiha writes.
The First Read, Week 17: Five decisions that most impacted 2021; will Seahawks trade Russell Wilson?
Dec 27, 2021
Aaron Rodgers staying in Green Bay. Matthew Stafford heading to L.A. Ja'Marr Chase landing in Cincy. Which decisions have most changed the 2021 NFL season? Jeffri Chadiha looks back in his First Read ahead of Week 17.
The First Read, Week 16: Wish list for playoff teams; Cardinals scuffling
Dec 21, 2021
Could Josh Allen get some help from the Bills' game plan? Is some major hardware in Micah Parsons' future? Jeffri Chadiha assembles a wish list of positive developments for each playoff contender in his First Read ahead of Week 16 of the 2021 NFL season.
NFL trailblazer Carl Nassib made enduring impact on nonprofit The Trevor Project
Dec 21, 2021
Six months after Carl Nassib made history as the first active NFL player to come out as gay, the impact of his announcement is still being felt. Jeffri Chadiha provides a look at the difference he's making for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
The First Read, Week 15: Trustworthy teams emerging? Plus, Justin Herbert facing major test
Dec 13, 2021
Will Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs or Micah Parsons' Cowboys stand tall as the playoff race takes shape over the final month of the 2021 NFL season? Can Justin Herbert handle a big upcoming test? Jeffri Chadiha digs into that and more ahead of Week 15.
The First Read, Week 14: Rob Gronkowski powering Buccaneers; Washington rolling
Dec 06, 2021
Might Rob Gronkowski be key to the Buccaneers' title defense? Is Washington peaking at the right time? Jeffri Chadiha dives into those stories and more in his First Read ahead of Week 14 of the 2021 NFL season.
This isn't the L.A. story Rams expected to be telling
Nov 28, 2021
This isn't the L.A. story the Rams expected to be telling, not after a dazzling 7-1 start to the season. In the wake of a third straight loss, though, Jeffri Chadiha says there's still time for Sean McVay's team to deliver on its Super Bowl promise.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Curley Culp passes away at 75
Nov 27, 2021
Curley Culp, a Hall of Fame defensive tackle who revolutionized his position and became the standard for interior defensive linemen for years to come, passed away Saturday at the age of 75. A multi-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection, Culp played 14 seasons and was an integral part of the Chiefs' Super Bowl IV win during the 1969 season.
The First Read, Week 12: Free-for-all in the AFC; Jalen Hurts rising
Nov 22, 2021
Big wins by Jonathan Taylor's Colts and Mac Jones' Patriots provide the latest reminder of the ever-changing nature of the AFC. Jeffri Chadiha digs into that and more in his First Read ahead of Week 12 of the 2021 NFL season.
The First Read, Week 8: Packers facing moment of truth vs. Cardinals; Daniel Jones steps up
Oct 25, 2021
Will the Packers prove they can hang with the NFC's top teams in a huge Thursday showdown with the Cardinals? Jeffri Chadiha explores that and more in his First Read ahead of Week 8 of the 2021 NFL season.
The First Read, Week 7: Raiders refuse to be rattled; Ja'Marr Chase proving Bengals right
Oct 18, 2021
How did the Raiders hold up after a wildly disruptive week? What has Ja'Marr Chase meant to the Bengals? Jeffri Chadiha explores that and more in his First Read ahead of Week 7 of the 2021 NFL season.
No Kliff, no problem: Undermanned Cardinals show off character, pummel Browns to remain undefeated
Oct 17, 2021
The Arizona Cardinals showed Sunday why they're the class of the NFC. Jeffri Chadiha explains how Arizona -- sans head coach Kliff Kingsbury -- improved to 6-0 with a resounding win over the Cleveland Browns.
Justin Fields' frustrating debut vs. Browns leads to more concerning questions about Bears
Sep 26, 2021
Justin Fields' first start wasn't the least bit promising for Chicago Bears fans. But Jeffri Chadiha says the rookie's frustrating performance had less to do with Fields and more with coaching/lack of preparation.
Chiefs' defensive disruption keys Week 1 win, promise for another Super Bowl run
Sep 13, 2021
It's important to understand what defense means to the Chiefs, who have generated so much magic with Patrick Mahomes that it's easy to forget the offense has only taken this team so far in the past. Jeffri Chadiha explains why Chris Jones and Co. are absolutely crucial to Kansas City.
New England Patriots officially begin Mac Jones era, but what's next for Cam Newton?
Aug 31, 2021
The breaking news out of New England on Tuesday morning packed a punch, but how TRULY surprising was the Patriots' decision to cut Cam Newton? Jeffri Chadiha says Bill Belichick sent a clear message. How will Mac Jones -- and the 32-year-old Newton -- respond?
Ron Rivera: Even with offensive upgrades, Washington will have to 'fight and scrap'
Aug 10, 2021
There's excitement around the Washington Football Team coming off a playoff berth and active offseason. However, Ron Rivera tells Jeffri Chadiha his concern is making sure his players mature in the face of a tougher road and heightened expectations on offense.
Aaron Rodgers drama calls into question Packers' ability to maintain chemistry in 2021
Jul 28, 2021
Aaron Rodgers is back -- but after the QB expressed his frustration with the Packers in a no-holds-barred media session, Jeffri Chadiha wonders if chemistry issues will prove to be Green Bay's downfall in 2021.
Aaron Rodgers trade? Richard Sherman re-sign? Big moves NFL teams should make this offseason
Jun 11, 2021
Jon Robinson recently said that trading for Julio Jones was something the Titans just HAD to do. With that in mind, Jeffri Chadiha looks around the NFL and identifies five moves teams must make before kickoff.
Falcons trade Julio Jones to Titans: Who are the winners and losers?
Jun 06, 2021
The Falcons traded franchise icon Julio Jones to the Titans on Sunday. Will the seven-time Pro Bowler make Tennessee a Super Bowl contender? How will Atlanta regroup? Jeffri Chadiha breaks down the winners and losers of the deal.
Could Justin Fields end up as the best QB from the 2021 NFL Draft? How disrespect fuels dominance
May 13, 2021
Justin Fields was the fourth quarterback selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, but could the Chicago Bears' hopeful savior actually end up being the best of the bunch? Jeffri Chadiha explains how disrespect fuels dominance at the game's most important position.
Lamar Jackson among individuals helped by 2021 NFL Draft; Russell Wilson among vets hurt
May 04, 2021
Should Lamar Jackson be excited by the Ravens' draft haul? Will Russell Wilson be displeased with the Seahawks' selections? Jeffri Chadiha reveals who was helped by the 2021 NFL Draft and who was hurt by it.
Alex Smith would NOT be denied: Fighting spirit defined quarterback's 16-year NFL career
Apr 19, 2021
Sheer numbers never will be a sufficient resource for evaluating the cumulative impact of retiring QB Alex Smith. Jeffri Chadiha says the three-time Pro Bowler lifted three franchises -- and inspired NFL fans across the nation -- through the power of perseverance.
Patrick Mahomes human after all, as Chiefs fall to Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV
Feb 08, 2021
Patrick Mahomes has authored so many magical comebacks and breathtaking performances in his short career that they've become expected of the 25-year-old phenom. But Super Bowl LV showed that even Mahomes has his limits if he loses too much help, Jeffri Chadiha writes.
Imprisoned for 37 years, exonerated man gets assist from Buccaneers
Jan 26, 2021
Robert DuBoise's life has been returned to him after he spent nearly 37 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Experiencing a rebirth of their own, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are helping the former death row inmate figure out what to do with it next, writes Jeffri Chadiha.
Bills' Josh Allen, other resilient QBs continue to prove doubters wrong
Jan 14, 2021
Josh Allen and so many other quarterbacks in this season's playoffs have proven once again that mental toughness remains the most important trait for an NFL signal-caller. A chip on the shoulder doesn't hurt, either, writes Jeffri Chadiha.
New Orleans Saints poised for deep run with offensive firepower finally intact
Jan 10, 2021
The Saints finally got a glimpse of what they could be with the return of several key offensive playmakers in Sunday's wild-card win over the Bears. Jeffri Chadiha discusses New Orleans' potential for a deep run now that the team's finally whole.
Buccaneers advance, but tenacious Washington provides wake-up call in Wild Card Round
Jan 10, 2021
The Buccaneers can take great pride in claiming the franchise's first playoff win since their Super Bowl season in 2002. What they can't do is deny that they have ample work ahead of them if they want another victory this year, Jeffri Chadiha writes.
As the weather turns cold, these teams are heating up at just the right time
Jan 06, 2021
Recent NFL history has shown us champions that have overcome adversity and gone on deep playoff runs. Led by Tampa Bay, several teams this year are looking to parlay their seasonal setbacks into Super Bowl success, writes Jeffri Chadiha.
Washington deserved a better ending than what Eagles provided
Jan 04, 2021
Doug Pederson's decision to bench Jalen Hurts during the Eagles' Week 17 loss to Washington will create a lot of discussion around the NFL, but it shouldn't diminish or overshadow what the Football Team achieved this season, Jeffri Chadiha writes.
Buccaneers emerge from Monday night as best team in flawed NFC
Nov 03, 2020
Following an unsteady 25-23 victory over the one-win Giants, the Buccaneers improved to 6-2. Though the Bucs might well be the best in the NFC, it's difficult not to think they're benefitting greatly from the company they keep in the conference, Jeffri Chadiha writes.
Concerns escalate around Cam Newton, Patriots after third consecutive loss
Oct 25, 2020
Cam Newton had his worst performance of the season, as he was benched three quarters into New England's 33-6 loss to the 49ers. Jeffri Chadiha explores the escalating concerns around the QB and what it means going forward.
With road win over Chiefs, Jon Gruden finally has Raiders on path to redemption
Oct 11, 2020
Jon Gruden took the Raiders head-coaching job in 2018 with a vision to turn the franchise around. On Sunday, his team put the entire NFL on notice after a statement road victory over the Chiefs, Jeffri Chadiha writes.
Now it feels like there is a list of contenders for Chiefs' AFC crown
Oct 06, 2020
This was supposed to be a season when the AFC Championship Game was predetermined: Ravens vs. Chiefs. Things look a lot different now that a full month has gone by. The Chiefs still end up representing the AFC in the Super Bowl, but not without a fight.
Chiefs' challenge: History says it will be difficult for K.C. to defend title
Sep 07, 2020
The Kansas City Chiefs make no secret about their desire to build a dynasty. But Jeffri Chadiha says they're about to face a harsh reality that comes with trying to repeat as Super Bowl champions: History is not on their side.
Raiders among dark-horse playoff contenders in 2020
Aug 19, 2020
Less than a month away from the start of the 2020 NFL season, Judy Battista, Jeffri Chadiha, Michael Silver and Jim Trotter identify dark-horse candidates. Which teams will advance to the playoffs after failing to make it last year? And which teams will miss the postseason after making it in 2019?
2020 NFL training camp: Intriguing storylines in unprecedented times
Jul 29, 2020
After an unimaginable offseason, NFL training camp is opening with the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the most intriguing storylines to follow in the coming weeks? Judy Battista, Jeffri Chadiha, Michael Silver and Jim Trotter weigh in.