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The First Read: Who deserves respect after 3 games? Plus, most intriguing Week 4 matchup, MVP rankings
Sep 25, 2023
Through three games, who deserves some serious R-E-S-P-E-C-T? Who's on the decline? And who sits atop the way-too-early MVP rankings? In this edition of The First Read, Jeffri Chadiha provides a snapshot of the hottest stories and trends heading into Week 4 of the 2023 NFL season.
The First Read: Six burning questions off Week 2; plus, risers/sliders & Week 3's most intriguing game
Sep 18, 2023
Can Sean Payton still turn around the Broncos? Do the Cowboys have the NFL's best defense? Who's on the rise/decline? In The First Read, Jeffri Chadiha provides a snapshot of the hottest stories and trends heading into Week 3 of the 2023 NFL season.
Lions' defense restores its roar in 21-20 win over reigning Super Bowl champion Chiefs
Sep 08, 2023
The Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs kicked off the 2023 NFL season with a tightly fought bout. Jeffri Chadiha explores how the Lions' defense helped the visiting team knock off the reigning Super Bowl champions in Arrowhead Stadium.
For Detroit Lions, 2023 NFL season offers chance to reach new heights
Sep 05, 2023
How can Detroit deliver on sky-high expectations in 2023? To find out, Jeffri Chadiha looks back at the last team to win a playoff game in franchise history. What kinds of examples -- and lessons -- do the 1991 Lions have to offer today's group?
Seeking Sacksonville: Jaguars need more impactful pass rush to take next step in 2023
Aug 11, 2023
Last season, Jacksonville won the AFC South and logged an extraordinary playoff win. In order for the Jaguars to take the next step toward becoming a true championship contender in 2023, Jeffri Chadiha says the team must improve in one critical area.
No D in Chicago? Bears need wholesale improvement from Matt Eberflus' defense after offseason overhaul
Aug 02, 2023
Despite all of the attention Chicago QB Justin Fields is receiving as a potential breakout candidate, Jeffri Chadiha says the Bears' most pressing need in 2023 is wholesale improvement from Matt Eberflus' overhauled defense.
Browns breakthrough? Cleveland has talent to rise up in Deshaun Watson's first full season with franchise
Jul 31, 2023
The AFC is flush with powerhouse teams, but Jeffri Chadiha warns against overlooking Cleveland. With enticing talent on both sides of the football, the Browns could be poised for a breakthrough campaign.
The First Read: 10 biggest questions hovering around NFL's first wave of mandatory minicamps
Jun 08, 2023
Are the Cowboys better off with Mike McCarthy calling the plays? How much help will the Lions receive from their rookie class? Is there already too much drama around the Raiders? Jeffri Chadiha explores the 10 biggest questions hovering around this week's mandatory minicamps.
Five assistant coach hires that'll have biggest impact on '23 NFL season: Nathaniel Hackett's redemption?
Jun 01, 2023
Can Steve Wilks help the 49ers' defense hold its spot at the top of the NFL? Will Kellen Moore get the most out of Justin Herbert in Los Angeles? Jeffri Chadiha identifies the five assistant coach hirings that will have the biggest impact on the 2023 NFL season.
2023 NFL season: Bengals, Eagles among teams likeliest to replace Chiefs as Super Bowl champs
May 16, 2023
Which teams have the best chance of replacing the Chiefs as NFL champions when Super Bowl LVIII rolls around? Jeffri Chadiha eyes the seven strongest candidates, including Joe Burrow's Bengals.
The First Read: Winners and losers from Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft
Apr 29, 2023
Will Jordan Love thrive with the pass-catchers Green Bay picked up? Might the Jets' failure to add an offensive tackle cause trouble for Aaron Rodgers down the road? Jeffri Chadiha identifies winners and losers from Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft.
The First Read: Five major takeaways from Jalen Hurts' mega-extension
Apr 17, 2023
The Eagles and Jalen Hurts agreed to a five-year, $255 million extension on Monday, making him the highest-paid player annually in NFL history. Jeffri Chadiha identifies five major takeaways from Hurts' megadeal in this edition of The First Read.
Five players who will thrive in 2023 NFL season thanks to teams' offseason moves
Apr 06, 2023
Is Aaron Rodgers about to supercharge the development of Jets receiver Garrett Wilson? How high can Broncos receiver Jerry Jeudy fly under Sean Payton? Jeffri Chadiha identifies five players poised to thrive in the 2023 NFL season thanks to their teams' offseason moves.
The First Read, NFL free agency: Five biggest takeaways from early moves
Mar 13, 2023
Did the Raiders make the right call in signing veteran QB Jimmy Garoppolo? How will the Bengals move forward after losing a pair of safeties? Jeffri Chadiha identifies the five biggest takeaways from early free agency moves in this edition of The First Read.
2023 NFL free agency: Five teams that most need to make major moves
Mar 06, 2023
Can Dan Campbell's Lions add the necessary pieces to compete for the NFC North title? Will the Bears build around Justin Fields? Before the 2023 free agency period kicks off, Jeffri Chadiha identifies five teams that must make major moves this offseason.
Super Bowl win, MVP awards only part of why Patrick Mahomes' 2022 season may end up his best
Feb 13, 2023
Patrick Mahomes capped his MVP-winning season with a second Super Bowl title and another Super Bowl MVP award. But the new hardware is only part of the reason why Jeffri Chadiha thinks Mahomes' 2022 campaign may end up being the finest of his career.
Patience is Kansas City's virtue: Chiefs got back to Super Bowl by overhauling personnel and strategy
Feb 10, 2023
The Chiefs had to radically alter their offensive philosophy last offseason after trading away Tyreek Hill, with GM Brett Veach overhauling the receiving corps. Jeffri Chadiha explains how Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes made it work, getting Kansas City back to the Super Bowl.
Patrick Mahomes' growth as a quarterback helped drive Kansas City Chiefs to Super Bowl LVII
Feb 07, 2023
Within his first two seasons as an NFL starter, Patrick Mahomes won an MVP award and a Super Bowl -- and he still had plenty of room for improvement. Jeffri Chadiha digs into the growth that helped the quarterback propel the Kansas City Chiefs to Super Bowl LVII.
Super Bowl-bound Eagles among NFL teams succeeding with aggressive roster-building tactics
Feb 02, 2023
Today's NFL GMs are wheeling and dealing in ways their predecessors likely never would have dreamed of. Jeffri Chadiha digs into what's driving a wave of aggressive team-building -- and how it's paying off for some, including the Super Bowl-bound Eagles.
The First Read, Super Bowl LVII: 6 factors that could determine Kansas City Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Jan 30, 2023
Of all the potential matchups for Super Bowl LVII, the Philadelphia Eagles facing off against the Kansas City Chiefs was always the most intriguing, Jeffri Chadiha writes. Check out six factors that could determine the Andy Reid bowl.
The First Read: Six initial thoughts heading into Championship Sunday
Jan 23, 2023
Will Jalen Hurts and the Eagles outrun Christian McCaffrey and the 49ers in the NFC title match? Can the Bengals top the Chiefs once more for AFC supremacy? Jeffri Chadiha outlines six initial thoughts heading into Championship Sunday.
NFL Divisional Round: Biggest winners and losers from Saturday's games
Jan 22, 2023
Both No. 1 seeds advanced in their first postseason action, as the Chiefs topped the Jaguars and the Eagles downed the Giants. Reporting from Kansas City, Jeffri Chadiha spotlights the biggest winners and losers from Saturday's Divisional Round games.
The First Read, NFL Divisional Round: Biggest immediate question for advancing and eliminated playoff teams
Jan 16, 2023
In this week's edition of his First Read, Jeffri Chadiha reveals the biggest immediate question for the eight teams that have secured a spot in the Divisional Round and the six teams eliminated on Super Wild Card Weekend.
2022 playoffs: Having a big-play receiver has become crucial to NFL success
Jan 11, 2023
When the stakes soar and victory is on the line, having a big-play-generating, instant-offense-producing wideout on the field can make all the difference. Jeffri Chadiha digs into the impact of players like Justin Jefferson, A.J. Brown and Ja'Marr Chase.
NFL playoffs first look: What to like, dislike about 12 teams playing on Super Wild Card Weekend
Jan 09, 2023
The NFL playoff field is set after an eventful Week 18. Now, 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: Examining playoff picture on final weekend of the 2022 NFL regular season
Jan 06, 2023
Who will snag the NFC's final playoff spot? What about the many other playoff permutations in play across the NFL? Jeffri Chadiha breaks down what to look for in Week 18 of the 2022 regular season.
The First Read, Week 17: Four things that will be decided this week; updated MVP rankings
Dec 26, 2022
Can Josh Allen's Bills continue storming toward a playoff bye? Will Jalen Hurts return to the field in time to hold off Patrick Mahomes in the MVP race? Jeffri Chadiha eyes four things that will be decided in Week 17.
The First Read, Week 16: Who's clinched a playoff berth? Helped/hurt their chances?
Dec 19, 2022
Jeffri Chadiha takes stock of the contenders and hopefuls heading into Week 16, including the rolling Bengals, the rising Lions and the newly frisky Giants. Plus, examining a tough moment for the Patriots and the 49ers' ceiling with Brock Purdy.
The First Read, Week 15: Six defenses under pressure; Jared Goff's rise; Baker Mayfield's future
Dec 12, 2022
Are Roquan Smith and the Ravens' defense ready to carry Baltimore? Will Nick Bosa and Co. lift the 49ers? Jeffri Chadiha eyes six defenses under pressure heading into the 2022 NFL season's final four weeks. Plus, Baker Mayfield's future and updated MVP rankings.
The First Read, Week 14: Five things we know (and five we don't) as season heats up; updated MVP ranks
Dec 05, 2022
Are Joe Burrow's Bengals superior to the Chiefs? Can Tua Tagovailoa push the Dolphins forward? Jeffri Chadiha breaks down five knowns and five unknowns as the 2022 NFL season heats up. Plus, pondering Zach Wilson's future and updated MVP ranks.
The First Read, Week 13: Players who could be stretch-run heroes; Chargers' staying power
Nov 28, 2022
Can Mike White elevate the Jets? Will Isiah Pacheco help carry the Chiefs? Jeffri Chadiha identifies players who could rise to become heroes down the stretch. Plus, who's up and down heading into Week 13?
The First Read, Week 12: Stellar defense driving Cowboys; Eagles in a lull; updated MVP rankings
Nov 21, 2022
Can Micah Parsons and Dallas' defense lift the Cowboys to playoff glory? Jeffri Chadiha digs into that storyline in this week's First Read. Plus, updated MVP rankings and who's up and who's down heading into Week 12.
The First Read, Week 11: NFC contenders, pretenders; plus, Josh Allen's turnover troubles
Nov 14, 2022
Have Justin Jefferson's Vikings firmly established themselves as conference heavyweights? Where do Dak Prescott's Cowboys stand? In this week's First Read, Jeffri Chadiha sorts NFC contenders and pretenders. Plus, Josh Allen's turnover troubles and more.
The First Read, Week 10: Patrick Mahomes' night a reminder QB position is key; Bears unlocking Fields
Nov 07, 2022
In his First Read ahead of Week 10, Jeffri Chadiha explores a fact of life in the NFL highlighted by Patrick Mahomes' dominant night against the Titans: It's tough to win without star-level QB play. Plus, winners and losers and updated MVP rankings.
The First Read, Week 9: Pete Carroll, Seahawks silencing critics; Dolphins set for run?
Oct 31, 2022
Written off as a rebuilding team entering the 2022 season, the Seahawks have used a familiar formula to take an early lead in the NFC West. In this week's First Read, Jeffri Chadiha digs into what has Pete Carroll so confident and identifies the winners and losers heading into Week 9.
The First Read, Week 8: Quinnen Williams ready to push Jets to new heights; Packers on the brink
Oct 24, 2022
What's behind the breakout season making Quinnen Williams a central part of the Jets' rise? Can the Packers pull out of their tailspin? Jeffri Chadiha digs into those topics and more in his First Read heading into Week 8 of the 2022 NFL season.
The First Read, Week 7: Sorting AFC contenders, pretenders; the Giants' secret weapon
Oct 17, 2022
Are Joe Burrow's Bengals back on track? Will Bill Belichick's Patriots eventually fall off? Jeffri Chadiha sorts out contenders and pretenders in a messy AFC. Plus, updated MVP rankings and more in his First Read entering Week 7.
The First Read, Week 6: Vikings see need to improve despite early success under Kevin O'Connell
Oct 10, 2022
What did Jeffri Chadiha learn about the Vikings after spending time with the NFC North leaders? Who's on the rise and who's heading in the wrong direction entering Week 6? See those topics and more in The First Read.
The First Read, Week 5: Q&A with Eagles' Jalen Hurts; is Micah Parsons NFL's top defender?
Oct 03, 2022
Jeffri Chadiha sits down with Jalen Hurts to discuss what the Eagles QB shares with Tom Brady and much more. Plus, is the Cowboys' Micah Parsons the best defensive player in the NFL? Those are just two of the topics covered in this week's edition of The First Read.
The First Read, Week 4: Bengals too talented for Super Bowl hangover; who's early leader for MVP?
Sep 26, 2022
Jeffri Chadiha checks in with the Cincinnati Bengals and finds a team adjusting to a new position in the NFL hierarchy. Plus, who's the early leader in the MVP race? See that and more in The First Read entering Week 4.
The First Read, Week 3: 49ers well-positioned in topsy-turvy NFC with Jimmy Garoppolo back at QB
Sep 19, 2022
Are the 49ers set to rise to the top of the NFC with Jimmy Garoppolo taking over for the injured Trey Lance? Jeffri Chadiha digs into those topics and more in his First Read entering Week 3 of the 2022 NFL season.
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs show they still know how to win with comeback against Chargers
Sep 16, 2022
The Chargers came into Thursday night looking for an opportunity to send a message about their hopes for divisional supremacy. The Chiefs made an even louder statement about what it takes to beat the reigning AFC West champs. Jeffri Chadiha looks at how Kansas City did it.
The First Read, Week 2: Huge opportunity awaits Chargers vs. Chiefs; big trouble for Cowboys
Sep 12, 2022
Will the Chargers make a statement against the Chiefs on Thursday night? Can the Cowboys find their way out of a messy situation? Jeffri Chadiha digs into those topics and more in his First Read entering Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season.
Dan Campbell's Lions aiming to be this year's Bengals; plus, five more NFL beacons of hope
Aug 25, 2022
It's easy to get swept up by the "Hard Knocks" darlings right now, but Jeffri Chadiha says there's a legit energy in Detroit that could portend vast improvement for the long-suffering Lions. Plus, five more beacons of hope across the NFL.
2022 NFL season preview: Ranking all eight divisions
Aug 19, 2022
Jeffri Chadiha ranks all eight divisions entering the 2022 NFL season. Could this year's AFC West be the best division in NFL history? Can the NFC West's Rams fend off the rest of the conference and reach a second straight Super Bowl?
With Mike Macdonald in charge, Ravens' D seeks redemption after frustrating, injury-riddled season
Aug 10, 2022
The Ravens' defense is looking for redemption after a down 2021 campaign. With the unit getting closer to full health, Jeffri Chadiha explores how new Baltimore DC Mike Macdonald is helping this group return to the excellence it's accustomed to.
With Matt Ryan at quarterback, Indianapolis Colts hoping less is more for Jonathan Taylor
Aug 05, 2022
Jonathan Taylor won the rushing title by a whopping 552 yards last season, but Indianapolis missed the playoffs. With Matt Ryan now quarterbacking the offense, Jeffri Chadiha writes that the Colts hope less is more for their star running back.
Overshadowed by Russell Wilson-infused offense, Broncos' defense still poised to set tone in Denver
Jul 29, 2022
Denver's buzzing with the arrivals of franchise QB Russell Wilson and offensive-minded coach Nathaniel Hackett. But as the Broncos attempt to end a six-year playoff drought, Jeffri Chadiha believes the team's real driving force is hiding in plain sight.
Baltimore Ravens designed offense to maximize Lamar Jackson, not feed belly-aching wide receivers
Jun 15, 2022
Marquise Brown and Willie Snead have both publicly complained about Greg Roman's offense in Baltimore. Do these former Ravens receivers have a point? Jeffri Chadiha provides strong feelings on the Lamar Jackson-led attack.
Overrated and underrated NFL offseason storylines: Don't sweat Lamar Jackson's contract
Jun 02, 2022
Is Lamar Jackson's contract situation a concern? Are we downplaying how much the Bucs need Gronk? Jeffri Chadiha tells us which offseason storylines are overhyped and which deserve more of our attention.
Ryan Tannehill-Malik Willis situation spotlights the challenging -- yet vital -- nature of QB mentorship
May 26, 2022
After ruffling some feathers by stating that it's not his job to help rookie quarterback Malik Willis, Ryan Tannehill clarified his comments this week, saying he plans to be the best teammate possible. Jeffri Chadiha feels the situation spotlights the challenging -- yet vital -- nature of QB mentorship.
2022 NFL Draft class latest to boast crop of raw pass-rushing prospects
Apr 20, 2022
Pass rushers who have the potential to make life hard on QBs are getting their shot in the NFL -- even if they lack an impressive résumé. Jeffri Chadiha takes a closer look at the crop of high-potential, less-experienced pass-rushing prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Chiefs trade Tyreek Hill to Dolphins: Who are the biggest winners and losers?
Mar 23, 2022
The Dolphins are acquiring Tyreek Hill from the Chiefs and will give the electric wideout the contract extension he's been looking for. Jeffri Chadiha highlights the winners and losers from yet another blockbuster trade this offseason.
Raiders acquiring Davante Adams from Packers: Who are the trade's biggest winners and losers?
Mar 18, 2022
Davante Adams will get the lucrative long-term deal he's long sought, but it will be coming from the Raiders instead of the Packers. Jeffri Chadiha highlights the winners and losers from the blockbuster trade.
Aaron Rodgers' decision, Russell Wilson trade: Who are the biggest winners & losers?
Mar 08, 2022
Aaron Rodgers signed a four-year extension to stay in Green Bay, while the Seattle Seahawks agreed to trade Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. Jeffri Chadiha reveals the winners and losers of Tuesday's events.
Los Angeles Rams' aggressive, all-in approach pays off in Super Bowl LVI win over Bengals
Feb 14, 2022
The Rams didn't merely win Super Bowl LVI -- they also reminded the NFL at large that there's a new way of doing business, one that can generate the type of rewards every franchise covets. Jeffri Chadiha digs into Los Angeles' winning all-in strategy.
Super Bowl LVI's Rams-Bengals matchup a love story of Andrew Whitworth's acclaimed career
Feb 10, 2022
On Sunday, Andrew Whitworth will play in his second Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams. And this time around, he's facing the Cincinnati Bengals, the team that drafted him. Jeffri Chadiha explores what this matchup means to the 40-year-old offensive tackle.
Top 10 team turnarounds of Super Bowl era: Where do 2021 Bengals rank?
Feb 07, 2022
Joe Burrow's Bengals are in the Super Bowl one year after winning four games. Was their reversal as dramatic as the 1981 49ers' or the 1999 Rams'? Jeffri Chadiha ranks the top 10 team turnarounds of the Super Bowl era.
Tom Brady retirement fallout: Five biggest questions across the NFL
Feb 01, 2022
The fallout of Tom Brady's retirement will be felt across the league in 2022 and for years to come. Jeffri Chadiha examines the five biggest questions that immediately come to mind in the wake of the league-altering news.
The First Read, Super Bowl LVI: Seven factors that could determine NFL's biggest game
Jan 31, 2022
In this week's edition of his First Read, Jeffri Chadiha discusses seven factors that could determine the outcome of Super Bowl LVI. Will Aaron Donald and the Rams' D keep rolling? How can Joe Burrow deliver Cincinnati its first Lombardi Trophy?
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.