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'Different' Lamar Jackson, Ravens offense on display during road win over AFC North rival Bengals
Sep 17, 2023
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens looked comfortable in their new offense during Sunday's win over the Bengals in Cincinnati Bengals. Judy Battista details how Jackson is set up for success with the best array of weapons he's had during his time in Baltimore.
Zach Wilson presented 'great opportunity' as Jets turn the page after Aaron Rodgers' injury
Sep 13, 2023
The New York Jets are turning the page after Aaron Rodgers' season-ending and are looking to Zach Wilson. Judy Battista surveys the state of the team less than 48 hours after it had both a huge win -- and loss.
Aaron Rodgers' arrival proves too good to be true for Jets after season-opening injury
Sep 12, 2023
Jets fans roared when Aaron Rodgers took the field Monday night -- a scene that was soon deflated by the injury that knocked the quarterback out of action shortly thereafter. Judy Battista captures a moment of shock and disappointment.
Gil Brandt dies at 91: Godfather of modern scouting helped build Dallas Cowboys into 'America's Team'
Aug 31, 2023
Pro Football Hall of Famer Gil Brandt has died at age 91. Widely recognized as the godfather of modern scouting, Brandt helped build the Dallas Cowboys into "America's Team." Judy Battista explains what made this trailblazer such an influential NFL figure.
Patriots, Mac Jones seeking rebound with Bill Belichick, OC Bill O'Brien after losing footing in 2022
Aug 06, 2023
Mac Jones and the Patriots need a rebound under Bill Belichick and new offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien after an 8-9 season. Judy Battista walks through the pieces at New England's disposal and Jones' growth so far.
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Kenny Pickett set for second-year leap with more aggressive downfield approach
Jul 31, 2023
Kenny Pickett didn't exactly light the NFL on fire as a rookie, but the Steelers quarterback showed promise down the stretch. After talking to Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, Judy Battista explains why Ben Roethlisberger's successor appears poised for a second-year breakout.
Five biggest NFL questions as teams break until training camp: Can Giants, Saquon Barkley get deal done?
Jun 16, 2023
Will the Giants and Saquon Barkley work out a new deal? Who will sign DeAndre Hopkins? As NFL teams take a break before training camp, Judy Battista explores the five biggest questions lingering around the league.
Four teams that greatly helped their quarterbacks in the 2023 NFL offseason -- and five that didn't
Jun 06, 2023
Which NFL teams have set up their respective quarterbacks for success in 2023? Judy Battista identifies four franchises that significantly helped their signal-callers this offseason -- and five that didn't.
2023 NFL Draft: Texans, Colts, Titans pick up QB prospects while chasing Jaguars in AFC South
Apr 29, 2023
With Trevor Lawrence lifting Jacksonville, Houston (C.J. Stroud), Indianapolis (Anthony Richardson) and Tennessee (Will Levis) each grabbed QB prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft. Colts owner Jim Irsay talks to Judy Battista about the influx of signal-callers in the AFC South.
Jets reinforce pass rush with Will McDonald IV after first-round pick swap in Aaron Rodgers trade
Apr 28, 2023
The Jets acquired the player they wanted most this offseason in QB Aaron Rodgers, but after missing out on an ideal fit on night one of the 2023 NFL Draft, New York added to its strength by selecting pass rusher Will McDonald IV, writes Judy Battista.
Aaron Rodgers trade fallout: Winners/losers from blockbuster QB deal between Packers and Jets
Apr 24, 2023
Who is riding high after the Green Bay Packers officially agreed to trade Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets? And who's worse off? Judy Battista breaks down winners and losers following a long-awaited move.
Jets QB Zach Wilson spending offseason in odd limbo while team pursues Aaron Rodgers
Apr 11, 2023
Quarterback Zach Wilson is spending his offseason in an odd limbo while the New York Jets pursue four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers. Judy Battista examines Wilson's current reality and his future with the organization.
Eagles' unquestioned leader Jalen Hurts owns his role in narrow Super Bowl loss to Chiefs
Feb 13, 2023
Jalen Hurts was a revelation this season and played his best in the biggest game. Yet despite having a four-TD performance in Sunday's Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs, the team's unquestioned leader owned his role in the defeat and challenged himself to learn from it, Judy Battista writes.
Super Bowl LVII: Andy Reid can bolster legacy by securing second title with Kansas City Chiefs
Feb 11, 2023
What would winning a second Super Bowl with the Chiefs -- against the Eagles franchise he previously led to prominent playoff success -- mean for Andy Reid's legacy? Judy Battista examines where the coach stands among the all-time greats.
Philadelphia's core four: Brandon Graham, Jason Kelce, Fletcher Cox and Lane Johnson define Eagles
Feb 08, 2023
The Eagles selected Brandon Graham, Jason Kelce, Fletcher Cox and Lane Johnson in four successive drafts. Five years after winning a Super Bowl together, they continue to define this franchise. Judy Battista chronicles Philadelphia's core four.
Resilient Chiefs defeat Bengals for third Super Bowl appearance in Patrick Mahomes' five years as starter
Jan 30, 2023
The Chiefs will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl for the third time in Patrick Mahomes' five seasons as a starter, but it wasn't easy. Judy Battista says Kansas City showed extraordinary resilience to knock off Cincinnati in Sunday's AFC title game.
Bengals provide reminder of playoff potency by dominating Bills in Divisional Round
Jan 22, 2023
By romping past the Bills in the Divisional Round and advancing to a second straight AFC title game appearance, Joe Burrow and the Bengals provided a reminder that they are a force to be reckoned with in the race to reach Super Bowl LVII, Judy Battista writes.
Tom Brady offers no timeline for decision on future following one of his worst playoff performances: 'Just feels like the end of the season'
Jan 17, 2023
Buccaneers QB Tom Brady offered no timeline for a decision on what lies ahead, but Monday night's loss to the Cowboys played out like a microcosm of the season now behind him, writes Judy Battista.
Deshaun Watson's rusty 2022 debut shows how far QB, Browns have to go
Dec 04, 2022
The Browns were victorious in Deshaun Watson's 2022 debut, but Judy Battista says the quarterback's performance against the Texans showed dramatic -- and rapid -- improvement will be needed for Cleveland to have any hope of making a playoff push.
Maurice Britt interrupted Lions career to become World War II hero: 'He was a one-man army'
Nov 16, 2022
After one season with the Detroit Lions, Maurice Britt put his football career on pause to serve his nation in World War II -- and proceeded to become one of the most decorated soldiers of his era. Judy Battista digs into Britt's incredible story.
Hot sauce, kickers and giant animatronics: The history of the NFL's international push
Nov 09, 2022
Before the Seahawks and Buccaneers square off in the NFL's first regular-season game in Germany, Judy Battista captures the ups, the downs and the unbelievable from the league's decades-long effort to expand the game internationally.
Zach Wilson's meltdown vs. Patriots raises questions about long-term future as Jets' franchise QB
Oct 30, 2022
After getting an up-close look at the Jets' loss to the Patriots on Sunday, Judy Battista writes that Gang Green has a quarterback problem. Is Zach Wilson the solution for a team trying to end its playoff drought?
Digging into the Colts' and Rams' 1972 franchise swap: 'The greatest, biggest trade in the history of sports'
Oct 26, 2022
Fifty years ago, the owners of the Colts and Rams pulled off a transaction unlike any other: a complete franchise swap. Judy Battista digs into a bizarre chapter in NFL history that shifted the fates of both teams in far-reaching ways.
Mike Tomlin open to all remedies after Steelers 'smashed' by Bills in Kenny Pickett's first start
Oct 09, 2022
What's the Steelers' next move after the team's most lopsided loss of the Mike Tomlin era? Judy Battista says the coach was leaving the door open to any potential fixes after being shellacked by the Bills.
Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins put rest of NFL on notice with epic comeback win over Ravens
Sep 18, 2022
The Dolphins stunned the Ravens with a comeback for the ages on Sunday. Judy Battista reports from Baltimore, where she finds a Miami team showing the kind of confidence -- and firepower -- it has long been missing.
Panthers' Baker Mayfield eyes bigger goal after coming up short in bid for revenge against Browns
Sep 11, 2022
Baker Mayfield failed to exact revenge against the Browns, his former team, in Week 1. After the game, Judy Battista reports she saw a QB anxious to take on the much bigger task he's facing in 2022.
22 people who will shape the 2022 NFL season
Sep 05, 2022
Which coaches, executives and players will have the biggest impact between now and the final whistle of Super Bowl LVII? With another season of football finally upon us, Judy Battista highlights 22 people who will shape the 2022 NFL campaign.
Buffalo Bills made right decision releasing Matt Araiza, but serious questions remain
Aug 28, 2022
While there's almost certainly more to be learned about the Bills' response to the allegations against Matt Araiza, the organization made the right decision in releasing the rookie punter, Judy Battista writes.
Todd Bowles focused on leading Bucs, elevating minority coaches during second stint in the big chair
Aug 17, 2022
Todd Bowles was content finishing his NFL career without a second head-coaching opportunity. Then Bruce Arians passed him the Buccaneers reins. Judy Battista chronicles Bowles' approach in Tampa Bay, exploring how the beloved teacher hopes to elevate those around him.
Giants and Jets in similar -- yet markedly different -- places with their respective New York rebuilds
Aug 10, 2022
Robert Saleh's Jets and Brian Daboll's Giants are both in the midst of a rebuild, but Judy Battista says the NFL's two New York franchises have clear differences in two areas: state of the roster and state of mind.
New York Jets plan Week 3 tribute to Ukraine to raise awareness for relief efforts
Aug 05, 2022
During their Week 3 game against the Bengals, the New York Jets will wear a Ukrainian flag decal on their helmets in support of the country and its citizens. In an interview with Judy Battista, Suzanne Johnson, wife of team owner Woody Johnson, explores her deep Ukrainian ties and discusses the importance of raising awareness for relief efforts.
Response to Deshaun Watson's six-game suspension represents important litmus test for NFL
Aug 01, 2022
The NFL's response to Deshaun Watson's six-game suspension represents an important litmus test for the league, Judy Battista writes. An appeal for a more severe punishment could advance the culture shift the league has been seeking.
Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers embrace challenge of moving into post-Ben Roethlisberger era
Jul 28, 2022
For the first time in his Pittsburgh tenure, Mike Tomlin will be leading a team without Ben Roethlisberger. But, Judy Battista writes, the Steelers coach and his players remain undaunted as they prepare for the 2022 NFL season.
Five biggest NFL questions as teams break until training camp: What's next for Deshaun Watson?
Jun 17, 2022
What happens with Deshaun Watson? What's next for Deebo Samuel? How will the remaining quarterback dominoes fall? As NFL teams take a break before training camp, Judy Battista explores the five biggest questions lingering around the league.
Five NFL teams that significantly helped their quarterbacks this offseason -- and three that didn't
Jun 08, 2022
Which NFL teams have set up their respective signal-callers to succeed in 2022? Judy Battista spotlights five squads that significantly helped their quarterbacks this offseason -- and three others whose team-building strategies raise questions.
2022 NFL season: Eight intriguing storylines to follow at mandatory minicamps
Jun 03, 2022
How are the big-name QBs who changed teams this offseason adjusting to their new surroundings? Are the Bills ready to get over the hump? Judy Battista provides eight intriguing storylines to follow at mandatory minicamps.
Tom Brady will take international stage in NFL's regular-season debut in Germany
May 04, 2022
If the 2022 season turns out to be Tom Brady's farewell tour, it will officially be an international affair, Judy Battista writes. TB12's star power will headline the NFL's first regular-season game in Germany, when the Buccaneers and Seahawks clash in November at Munich's Allianz Arena.
Cleveland Browns' trade for Deshaun Watson underscores cold, hard reality
Mar 18, 2022
Deshaun Watson hovered like a ghost over the NFL for a year, ever-present but almost entirely unseen and unheard. Still facing 22 civil lawsuits, the quarterback was traded to the Browns on Friday. Judy Battista says the ordeal underscores a cold, hard reality.
Tom Brady's unretirement stirring but not surprising; Vikings know Kirk Cousins is better than QB limbo
Mar 13, 2022
Tom Brady never seemed fully convinced he was retiring, even when he was retiring. So it's no real surprise, Judy Battista writes, that the seven-time Super Bowl champion is coming back for a 23rd season. Plus, thoughts on Kirk Cousins' extension and Michael Gallup's new contract.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow hopes to use Super Bowl loss as fuel for the rest of his career
Feb 14, 2022
Joe Burrow came up just short of leading Cincinnati to its first Super Bowl title Sunday night. Judy Battista looks at how the young Bengals QB handled his first postseason loss since high school.
2022 NFL head coach hires: Exploring the results of another cycle marred by diversity issues
Feb 06, 2022
Nine teams are making a change at head coach this offseason. Who's the headliner? And what's the fallout from Brian Flores' lawsuit? Judy Battista explores the results of another hiring cycle marred by diversity issues.
Joe Burrow channels Joe Montana's temperament in Bengals' win over Chiefs to make Super Bowl LVI
Jan 30, 2022
The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Kansas City Chiefs to advance to Super Bowl LVI behind Joe Burrow's unwavering confidence and elite play. Judy Battista explores the win and performance of the NFL's new Joe Cool.
Ben Roethlisberger retires: Iconic quarterback defined Steelers era, in good times and bad
Jan 27, 2022
In the wake of Ben Roethlisberger's retirement, Judy Battista looks back on the quarterback's decorated 18-year career. It was rarely pretty, but plenty gritty, marked by an abandon that defined an era of Steelers football, in good times and bad.
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.