Week 14 NFL Against The Spread: Contenders and Pretenders

Unlike the charade that will envelop college football this weekend, it is sheer wins and losses that will determine the NFL playoff field during the next four weeks.

There will be no 12-person committee sitting behind closed doors to determine who is worthy of championship contention. All division winners (even the NFC South) and two wild cards from each conference get in. Style points and who teams played will not matter.

Alex Smith: Kansas City Chiefs will try to extend quarterback this offseason

Alex Smith had a wildly successful first season as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. He led the team to an 11-5 record and a postseason berth after a 2-14 season in 2012. Combined with new head coach Andy Reid, Smith completely remade Kansas City’s offense into a dangerous unit. And now, the Chiefs apparently want to make sure he’s around longer.

Top 10 football games played at Candlestick Park

Barring a home playoff game, one of the NFL’s more venerable venues closed its doors Monday night with the final regular season game at Candlestick Park.

A much maligned venue (especially for the baseball Giants) over its history, Candlestick has staged some of pro football’s most memorable games over it’s 43-year history.

2013 NFL Power Rankings: Week 9

Despite the disparity between the NFL’s best teams from the middle of the pack, the 2013 season has yet to feature any one team running away from everyone else.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Previewing Andy Reid’s Return to Philly in TNF Showdown

Andy Reid’s return to the City of Brotherly Love also includes another dual-threat quarterback in Alex Smith.

Although Smith’s mobility pales in comparison to that of Michael Vick, he’s arguably a better passer in terms of accuracy and decision-making. It’s also a matchup of two stellar ball-carriers in LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles.

San Francisco 49ers: Was trading Alex Smith a bad move?

It was one game. Colin Kaepernick had one bad game in Week 2 of the 2013 NFL season. But, it was emblematic of the bigger picture of what is happening to the read-option and running quarterbacks in the NFL.

Fantasy Football Week 3: Start ’em, Sit ’em

Week 2 of the NFL season saw a healthy mixture of studs doing their thing (Aaron Rodgers! Doug Martin! Julio Jones!) as well as a couple of surprises (James Starks? Charles Clay?). Fantasy football is a crapshoot, but let’s try to make some sense of it all for Week 3.

2013 fantasy football rankings: quarterbacks

Fantasy freaking Football. That’s what Midwest Sports Fans founder Jerod Morris says each year as the calendar turns to July. Just two months before the NFL kicks off, this is definitely fantasy football season.

Colin Kaepernick or Alex Smith? For 49ers, The Decision Is Easy

I’m still trying to figure out what the hell is supposed to be wrong about a “quarterback controversy.” Which, apparently, is what Jim Harbaugh is “dealing with” in San Francisco with incumbent but injured starter Alex Smith and his precocious backup Colin Kaepernick.

MNF Drinking Game Week 8: San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals

I think the Arizona Cardinals are in for a long night tonight against the 49ers, but I think there will be plenty of drinks to be had if you follow these simple rules.

Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups & Advice

Whether you’re making a playoff push, fighting from the basement, or trying to maintain your elite team, I’ve got you covered for Week 6. Including your fill-in defense and kicking needs.

Sunday Night Football: Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers Preview and Prediction

A week after taking down the Packers, the San Francisco 49ers welcome the Detroit Lions to the Bay Area.

NFL Game of the Week: San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers Preview and Prediction

Sunday afternoon, two of the best regular season teams of 2011 face off in what is unquestionably the NFL’s Game of the Week for Week 1. So naturally, Packers fans (and part-owners!) Chris Callaway and Amanda Lawson and 49ers fan Jerod Morris had to have an epic smack talk battle.

6 Bold Predictions For The 2012 NFL Season

Jerod checks in with his annual column presenting six bold predictions for the upcoming NFL season. Let’s just say that he’ll need a lot of Luck for this year’s predictions to come true.

Which “Ringless” QB Has The Best Shot at Reaching the Super Bowl in 2012?

Several “ringless” NFL quarterbacks had terrific seasons last year, which got me thinking: who’s got the best shot at winning their first Super Bowl this year? My answer may surprise you.