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Monson: Why it is still too soon to anoint QB Sam Darnold as the Carolina Panthers' savior

Sam Darnold has now racked up 888 passing yards across three games and has looked like a different player since Carolina traded for him -- and picked up his fifth-year option -- this offseason. But how much of this reclamation project is for real, and how much is an illusion?

by Sam Monson 24 days ago

NFL Week 3 Offense Rankings

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The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers unsurprisingly lead the way among NFL offenses through Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season.

by Sam Monson 26 days ago

Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season

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After only two weeks, NFL rookies from the 2021 class are starting to rise to the top. First-year stars Micah Parsons, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and Odafe Oweh are among those already making names for themselves.

by Sam Monson 27 days ago

NFL Week 2 Game Recap: Green Bay Packers 35, Detroit Lions 17

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and running back Aaron Jones impressed in the Green Bay Packers' 35-17 win over the Detroit Lions Monday night.

NFL Week 2 Game Recap: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48, Atlanta Falcons 25

This Week 2 game proved how crazy the swings can be in the NFL, as the Atlanta Falcons were making this a close game early in the fourth quarter before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were finally able to pull away with a 48-25 win.

Did QBs Daniel Jones and Taylor Heinicke show enough Thursday night to suggest they are the future of their NFL franchises?

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Quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Taylor Heinicke are auditioning to prove they can be the long-term answer for the New York Giants and Washington Football Team despite vastly different backgrounds.

by Sam Monson 1 month ago

NFL Week 1 Offensive Line Rankings

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The Cleveland Browns couldn't hold on against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1, but their offensive line remained a strong point of the team.

by Sam Monson 1 month ago

Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season

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Week 1 of the 2021 NFL regular season is in the books, so it’s time to check in on how the top rookies for each team fared.

by Sam Monson 1 month ago

NFL Week 1 Game Recap: Cincinnati Bengals 27, Minnesota Vikings 24

While the Minnesota Vikings forced overtime with a late field goal, quarterback Joe Burrow was triumphant in his return from a serious knee injury as the Bengals hung on for a 27-24 win in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season.

Cowboys' trust in Dak Prescott is a promising sign despite Thursday Night Football defeat

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Dak Prescott made his long-awaited return from a gruesome ankle injury, and the Dallas Cowboys clearly trusted him to put the team on his back.

by Sam Monson 1 month ago

Can Sean Payton fix the bad side of Jameis Winston?

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During his time in Tampa Bay, Jameis Winston was a high risk/reward quarterback who threw long bombs. Now, as the newly named starter in New Orleans, Winston has a chance to transform his game. Will head coach Sean Payton be able to transform Winston's arm?

by Sam Monson 1 month ago

Monson: Why the Pittsburgh Steelers are being underrated ahead of the 2021 NFL season

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What is happening with the Pittsburgh Steelers? In 2020, the team was the last undefeated team in the league remaining. Now, pundits don't even know if they'll win the division. But, what if, the Steelers are severely underrated?

by Sam Monson 1 month ago

Is Teddy Bridgewater good enough to take the Broncos' elite roster to the playoffs?

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The Denver Broncos chose Teddy Bridgewater as their Week 1 starter over third-year signal-caller Drew Lock, but can the team thrive through the veteran's play style?

by Sam Monson 1 month ago Denver Broncos

NFL Preseason Week 3 Game Recap: New England Patriots 22, New York Giants 20

The New York Giants' starters played far later into their third and final preseason game than the New England Patriots', but it was the Pats who emerged victorious 22-20 in Week 3 of the 2021 NFL preseason.

NFL Preseason Week 3 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 37, Washington Football Team 3

The Baltimore Ravens made history by beating the Washington Football Team 37-3 in Week 3 of the 2021 NFL preseason, the franchise's 20th straight preseason victory.

NFL Preseason Week 3 Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts 27, Detroit Lions 17

In a battle of attrition, the Indianapolis Colts came away with the 27-17 victory over the Detroit Lions in preseason Week 3.

Best second-year player performances through NFL preseason Week 2

Breaking down the best second-year player performances from the 2021 NFL preseason from Green Bay's Jordan Love to Miami's Tua Tagovailoa.

by Sam Monson 1 month ago

NFL Preseason Week 2 Game Recap: Tennessee Titans 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3

In a game where both teams rested most of its starters, the Tennessee Titans came away with a dominant 34-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

NFL Preseason Week 2 Game Recap: Washington Football Team 17, Cincinnati Bengals 13

Joe Burrow didn't return to the field for the Cincinnati Bengals, and both groups of starters were underwhelming in the Washington Football Team's 17-13 victory.

Rookie QB Mac Jones looks ready to start right now for the New England Patriots

First-round quarterback Mac Jones hasn't skipped a beat through two preseason games, and while the NFL regular season is a different beast, he looks ready to start for the New England Patriots.

by Sam Monson 1 month ago New England Patriots
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Sam joined PFF as one of the core members in the early days. He now co-hosts the PFF NFL Podcast, the PFF NFL Daily and covers all things NFL.

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