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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.
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.
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."