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Tom Brady back in familiar postseason spot after Buccaneers beat Saints in Divisional Round
Jan 18, 2021
The Bucs' 30-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday was really a credit to Tampa Bay's defense for generating timely plays and turnovers. But the Bucs were in the Divisional Round to begin with because they had gone all in this year with Tom Brady, Judy Battista writes.
Browns overcome adversity, past history to claim stunning wild-card victory over Steelers
Jan 11, 2021
The Cleveland Browns raced to a 28-0 first-quarter lead against the Pittsburgh Steelers and never looked back. Judy Battista reflects on the adversity the team has overcome to advance to next weekend's Divisional Round.
New York Jets partnering with four organizations as next step in social justice initiative
Dec 22, 2020
The New York Jets are taking the next step in their social justice initiative by providing financial support and other resources to four organizations. Judy Battista details the work it took to get to this point and what these partnerships can accomplish.
New York Jets' first win comes with ambivalence for long-suffering fan base
Dec 20, 2020
The Jets' first win of the 2020 NFL season -- a massive upset of the L.A. Rams -- came with conflicting emotions after New York lost its hold on the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Judy Battista explores why the fan base is filled with ambivalence rather than jubilance.
Browns' statement win over Titans legitimizes team as postseason threat
Dec 06, 2020
The Cleveland Browns have shown promise since Baker Mayfield was drafted. But after beating the Tennessee Titans in convincing fashion Sunday, the Browns have finally established themselves as a legitimate postseason threat, Judy Battista writes.
Firing of Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn gives Lions clean slate franchise desperately needed
Nov 28, 2020
In firing Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn, the Lions finally have the clean slate the franchise so desperately needed after a tumultuous three years at the bottom of the NFC North, Judy Battista writes.
Taysom Hill's performance justifies Sean Payton's decision, investment in QB
Nov 22, 2020
Taysom Hill led the New Orleans Saints to a victory Sunday in his first career start at QB. His performance not only justified Sean Payton's decision to start him over Jameis Winston but planted seeds of being Drew Brees' potential heir apparent, Judy Battista writes.
Russell Wilson's Seahawks stumble again, blowing NFC West race wide open
Nov 15, 2020
With a Kyler Murray scramble and throw followed by a sensational DeAndre Hopkins TD catch, the Cardinals created a logjam atop the NFC West with the Seahawks and Rams. Judy Battista writes how the pecking order in the NFL's best division changed in the blink of an eye.
After terrible offensive showing, Buccaneers will need whatever they can get from Antonio Brown
Nov 09, 2020
Antonio Brown can likely still help provide touchdowns and wins, although neither he nor anybody else wearing a Buccaneers uniform did on Sunday night. Given how terrible the Bucs offense looked in the loss to another top-level team, it certainly looks like Tampa Bay needs Brown to provide whatever he can for as long as he can.
NFL did not experience spike in preseason injuries despite significant offseason limitations
Oct 29, 2020
The NFL did not see a spike in injuries this preseason despite the complete absence of offseason training programs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Judy Battista gets reaction from Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's chief medical officer.
Success of Antonio Brown-Buccaneers partnership falls on Tom Brady's shoulders
Oct 23, 2020
After months of speculation, Tom Brady will soon reunite with his guy Antonio Brown in Tampa Bay. Judy Battista details why it'll be up to the legendary QB to ensure that the troubled receiver's arrival pans out for all parties involved.
Falcons must be open to full rebuild following firings
Oct 12, 2020
The firings of coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff might be the precursors to even more dramatic changes in Atlanta. Judy Battista explains why a complete housecleaning has to be a consideration for Falcons owner Arthur Blank.
Cam Newton leads new-look Patriots to quiet victory vs. Fins
Sep 13, 2020
Foxborough was quiet, but that didn't stop Cam Newton's play from being loud in his New England debut. Judy Battista illustrates the dramatically different atmosphere and the QB's thrilling performance in the Patriots' season-opening win over Miami.
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?
Cam Newton, Patriots eye opportunity for reinvention in 2020
Aug 07, 2020
How is Cam Newton meshing with his new team? Judy Battista writes that while the QB's personality appears unchanged as a Patriot, both he and the team will need a reinvention on the field for their union to be a success in 2020.
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.
NFL training camp amid COVID-19 pandemic: What you need to know
Jul 27, 2020
Judy Battista has a primer on how NFL training camp will operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. When will testing occur? What if a player chooses to opt out of the season? Will any teams have an advantage? Get all the answers here.
Players will receive daily COVID-19 tests for first two weeks of camp
Jul 20, 2020
NFL players will be tested every day for the first two weeks of training camp, Dr. Allen Sills said in a conference call, and it is expected that players will need more than one negative test before being cleared to enter team facilities.
NFL commits $250M over 10-year period to combat systemic racism
Jun 11, 2020
The NFL, which first began a social justice program after players protested police brutality and racial injustice several years ago, announced Thursday it will commit a quarter of a billion dollars over 10 years to a fund to combat systemic racism and support the battle against injustices faced by African Americans.
Important salary-cap negotiations loom for NFL, NFLPA
Jun 02, 2020
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Judy Battista report the NFL and NFLPA acknowledge that important negotiations are coming quickly to determine how to handle yearly salary caps for 2020 and beyond, considering there are likely to be steep revenue losses due to COVID-19.
Virtual offseason program set to begin April 20
Apr 13, 2020
The NFL and the players union have agreed to a virtual off-season program that will provide the chance for classroom instruction, workouts and non-football education programs while team facilities remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tom Brady exhibits reassuring sameness in Buccaneers debut
Mar 24, 2020
There was a reassuring sameness to Tom Brady in his introductory conference call as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback. Judy Battista says this is bad news for reporters, but good news for one of the NFL's most anonymous franchises.
NFL players approve CBA: Impact on league in 2020 and beyond
Mar 15, 2020
After 10 months of negotiations, some very public player splintering, a little last-minute tinkering and even the election of a new union president, the NFL has a new collective bargaining agreement. Judy Battista explains how this will impact the league in 2020 and beyond.
Chiefs' Andy Reid finally caps remarkable resume with Lombardi
Feb 02, 2020
Andy Reid waited 15 years to get back to the Super Bowl, and on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs coach didn't let this one slip away. Judy Battista writes how the pressure to win the Lombardi has been lifted for Reid and those close to him.
NFL reveals 2019 injury data, hopeful rule changes are working
Jan 23, 2020
The number of diagnosed concussions suffered in 2019 increased slightly over the previous season, an indication, the NFL hopes, that recent rules and equipment changes mean the dramatic drop in concussions in 2018 was not an anomaly. Judy Battista reports on the findings.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Centennial Class thick with NFL history
Jan 15, 2020
The special Centennial Class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame was announced Wednesday morning on NFL Network, sending 15 individuals to football immortality in Canton. Judy Battista explores a group of individuals that spans league history.
NFL, NFLPA hold forum on CBD use for pain management
Jan 14, 2020
The Pain Management Committee of the NFL and the NFL Players Association held a fact-finding forum today with manufacturers of products that use CBD in sports medicine to learn more about its potential benefits in the area of pain management.
Cowboys fire Jason Garrett: Will Jerry Jones adjust for next HC?
Jan 05, 2020
As Jerry Jones searches for a new coach after a massively disappointing season and prolonged divorce from Jason Garrett, Judy Battista says the Dallas Cowboys owner might have to change to land the right person for the job.
Patriots' offense finds identity in division-clinching win over Bills
Dec 21, 2019
The New England Patriots have looked vulnerable for much of the season but put together a quality performance when they needed it most. Judy Battista examines how the Patriots turned the corner in Week 16 to defeat the Buffalo Bills.