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Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Tom Brady-led late rally comes up short vs. Rams in Divisional Round
Jan 23, 2022
A Tom Brady-led comeback bid fell just short as the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers lost to the Rams in the Divisional Round. Judy Battista writes about the QB's throwback effort and what's next for him and the Bucs.
Raiders' victory over Colts helps set up two Week 18 win-and-in scenarios in AFC
Jan 02, 2022
After an unpredictable Week 17, the final two AFC wild-card spots are still up for grabs heading into the final week of the 2021 NFL regular season. Judy Battista discusses what's ahead for several teams still in contention.
John Madden's unparalleled impact on NFL influenced generations of football fans
Dec 28, 2021
John Madden won a Super Bowl as the coach of the Oakland Raiders, and at the end, that is his least memorable accomplishment. Judy Battista explores the late coach's unparalleled impact on the NFL and football fans across multiple generations.
Undermanned Buffalo Bills return to top of AFC East with dominant win over Patriots
Dec 26, 2021
With their recent miserable loss to the Patriots in the rearview, the Buffalo Bills bounced back to construct a dominant, doubt-silencing win over them Sunday. Judy Battista discusses the win that reclaimed Buffalo the top spot in the AFC East.
NFC playoff picture remains blurry following stunning Sunday amid another COVID-19 surge across the NFL
Dec 20, 2021
With the COVID-19 pandemic now a significant factor for the first time this season, the NFC playoff picture looks increasingly blurry. Judy Battista explores the state of the conference after a wild Sunday with multiple shockers.
NFL reexamining COVID-19 protocols after sudden wave of positive cases late in 2021 season
Dec 15, 2021
With a sudden wave of positive COVID-19 cases this week, the NFL has been forced to reexamine its protocols when it comes to the virus. Judy Battista explores options discussed at the NFL's Winter League Meeting.
Buffalo Bills clinging to final AFC wild-card spot after gut-wrenching OT loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dec 12, 2021
The Bills' late comeback bid fell short in overtime against the Buccaneers, leaving them clinging to the final AFC wild-card spot. Judy Battista explores Buffalo's psyche after another gut-wrenching loss.
Patriots sit alone atop AFC after bizarre win over Bills
Dec 07, 2021
After a bizarre, weather-impacted win over the Bills, the Patriots sit alone atop the AFC. Judy Battista says the throwback effort -- in which New England attempted just three passes -- was another ominous sign for the rest of the NFL.
Patriots roll past Titans for sixth straight win, showing flexibility that should concern rest of NFL
Nov 28, 2021
The Patriots won their sixth straight game on Sunday, rolling past the Titans 36-13. Judy Battista says Bill Belichick's team is showcasing the kind of flexibility that should concern the rest of the NFL.
Raiders' loss to Giants caps nightmare week in trying season, but 5-3 Las Vegas must move forward
Nov 07, 2021
In the wake of a horrific car crash caused by Henry Ruggs III, the Raiders lost to the lowly Giants on Sunday. After a nightmare week in a trying season, Judy Battista writes, Las Vegas must move forward to avoid another unravelling in the stretch run.
Ravens make young season's loudest statement in 34-6 throttling of Chargers
Oct 17, 2021
Sunday's hyped matchup between Lamar Jackson's Ravens and Justin Herbert's Chargers ended up being no contest, with Baltimore romping to a 34-6 win. After the loudest statement of the young season, Judy Battista writes, it's time for everyone to give Baltimore the respect it deserves.
'Very emotional week' for Tom Brady concludes with surreal Buccaneers victory over Patriots
Oct 04, 2021
As the night two decades in the making finally came to an end, Tom Brady admitted it was a "very emotional week" as he anticipated his return, thinking about the people in New England who had made an impact on him, Judy Battista writes.
Jets owner Woody Johnson weighs in on 'Ted Lasso' dig, Robert Saleh, Zach Wilson, more
Sep 09, 2021
Judy Battista sits down with Jets owner Woody Johnson to discuss his return from serving as United States ambassador to the United Kingdom, new head coach Robert Saleh, rookie QB Zach Wilson and much more.
Remembering 9/11: 'This wasn't the time to play football'
Sep 07, 2021
Like countless others, those who work for the NFL were deeply impacted by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Players, coaches and executives who were in the league at the time share with Judy Battista their firsthand accounts of that tragic day and its aftermath.
2021 NFL season preview: Fifty-six things to watch on the road to Super Bowl LVI
Sep 03, 2021
With the 2021 NFL campaign about to kick off, Judy Battista identifies 56 things to watch en route to Super Bowl LVI. What can we expect from the first 17-game regular season? Which showdowns will be must-see TV?
Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger enter 2021 season in unfamiliar under-the-radar position
Aug 17, 2021
After a devastating playoff exit in January, the Steelers enter the 2021 campaign in an unfamiliar spot: under the radar. Ben Roethlisberger embraces the new challenge in his 18th season, Judy Battista writes.
Tom Brady allowing no room for complacency in Bucs' extraordinary quest to repeat
Aug 12, 2021
Can Tom Brady and Co. be even better in 2021 than they were last season? Judy Battista checks in with GM Jason Licht, coach Bruce Arians and others at Bucs camp, where making the unlikely a reality seems like it's become the norm.
Tua Tagovailoa 'very comfortable' entering first season as Miami Dolphins' full-time starter
Aug 09, 2021
After a challenging rookie season, Tua Tagovailoa enters Year 2 in a searing spotlight. But the Miami Dolphins quarterback tells Judy Battista that all the outside noise doesn't affect him: "I feel very comfortable."
NFL updates COVID-19 protocols: Vaccinated players largely returning to pre-pandemic normal at work
May 26, 2021
The NFL announced sweeping changes to its COVID-19 protocols on Wednesday. Vaccinated players are largely returning to pre-pandemic normal at work, while unvaccinated players must continue adhering to restrictions put in place for the 2020 season.
2021 NFL schedule release: Six key takeaways; plus, games to watch
May 12, 2021
Judy Battista reveals six key takeaways from the 2021 NFL schedule, which features a new 18-week slate full of excitement. And it begins with a compelling kickoff game between Dak Prescott's Cowboys and Tom Brady's Buccaneers.
NFL launching video series in support of Mental Health Awareness Month
May 04, 2021
The NFL is launching a series of videos in support of Mental Health Awareness Month. Judy Battista discusses how the league is taking steps to reach its players, fans and the general public about prioritizing mental health and wellness.
Urban development: Jaguars coach building culture for longterm success
May 01, 2021
With Urban Meyer leading the culture change and No. 1 draft pick Trevor Lawrence installed as the franchise QB, things are looking up for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who finally appear set up for sustainable success, writes Judy Battista.
NFL, NFLPA release results of annual helmet testing: Three previously approved models now prohibited
Apr 20, 2021
The NFL and the NFL Players Association released results of their annual helmet testing, Judy Battista reports. Three helmets that were previously approved for use are now listed as prohibited, which brings the total of prohibited helmets to 16.
Sam Darnold trade: Who are the winners and losers?
Apr 05, 2021
The Jets traded Sam Darnold to the Panthers on Monday, nearly three years after selecting him No. 3 overall. Will the QB benefit from a fresh start? Can Carolina rest easy now at the position? Judy Battista breaks down the winners and losers of the deal.
Drew Brees creates impactful Hall of Fame career with New Orleans Saints in rare second act
Mar 14, 2021
Judy Battista discusses the illustrious career of quarterback Drew Brees and how he went from being one of the league's greatest free-agent signings to helping rebuild a city and creating a Hall of Fame career with the New Orleans Saints in a rare second act.
Five takeaways from Dak Prescott's huge deal with Cowboys
Mar 08, 2021
Dak Prescott can be happy for millions of obvious reasons, and the Cowboys can be happy for finally wrapping up a negotiation that should have been done two years ago. Those are the most important points. But there are other key takeaways from the latest quarterback blockbuster move of the offseason, Judy Battista writes.
Tom Brady's seventh Super Bowl win the crowning achievement of his NFL career
Feb 08, 2021
In winning Super Bowl LV, Tom Brady elevated a moribund franchise, further delayed demands to pass the baton to one of the game's most talented QBs and earned the crowning achievement of his illustrious career, Judy Battista writes.
Would a Super Bowl LV win be the greatest of Tom Brady's career?
Feb 06, 2021
On Sunday, Tom Brady will play in his 10th Super Bowl and look to win his seventh championship. Looking back on all of his accomplishments, Judy Battista discusses whether a Super Bowl LV win would be the greatest of Brady's career.
Roger Goodell unsure what 2021 season will look like: 'I don't know when normal will occur again'
Feb 04, 2021
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media Thursday just days away from Super Bowl LV. Goodell told reporters he is not sure what next season will look like but the league has "learned to operate in a very difficult environment."
Former Giants teammates' support for Jason Pierre-Paul means rooting for once-enemy Tom Brady in Super Bowl
Feb 02, 2021
Nine years ago, Jason Pierre-Paul helped the Giants beat Tom Brady in the Super Bowl. Now, those two players are trying to win a ring together with the Bucs. Judy Battista reports from Tampa on the strange position JPP's former Giants teammates find themselves in as a result.
CDC, NFL hope findings of what makes a close contact high risk will limit public spread of COVID-19
Jan 25, 2021
A CDC paper published Monday stated that the NFL found transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 occurred in less than 15 minutes of cumulative contact between individuals and therefore brought about the league redefining what constituted high-risk close contact.
Tom Brady back in familiar postseason spot after Buccaneers beat Saints in Divisional Round
Jan 18, 2021
The Buccaneers' 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.
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.