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Jarrett Bell, Tom Pelissero, Lindsay H. Jones, Lorenzo Reyes and other members of the USA TODAY NFL staff go indepth on the hot topics on and off the field.




Gazing at the matchups for wild-card weekend

The regular season is over. Some teams are looking for new coaches; some teams are excitedly anticipating the postseason. USA TODAY Sports' Tom Pelissero and Chris D'Amico take a look at the highlights from all of that as wild-card weekend draws near. Tom and Chris give detailed breakdowns of the Raiders-Texans, Seahawks-Lions, Steelers-Dolphins and Packers-Giants. Then Tom addresses the elephant in the room involving the AFC South and faces the music when it comes to some of his preseason...

Duration: 00:26:25

Playoff picture and Fisher's firing

Chris D'Amico and Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY Sports discuss Jeff Fisher's in-season firing by the Rams and who might be in line to replace him in Los Angeles. Chris and Tom also dive into what the postseason picture looks like with only three weeks to go in the regular season. Who are the favorites, sleepers and clubs expected to fall away? Subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter at @usatoday_nfl and @TomPelissero.

Duration: 00:29:46

Stomp It Out

Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for real? A big win against Seattle might change minds. And, Seattle? What’s up with them? USA TODAY's Chris D'Amico and Tom Pelissero discuss that and go around the league. They talk about the two quarterbacks picked at the top of the draft last year - Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston - and if they were worth those high picks. They break down the decision by Broncos coach Gary Kubiak to kick a 62-yard field goal. They explore if the Broncos should be...

Duration: 00:12:58

It's all about the quarterback

Now that Dak Prescott has firmly secured the job as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, what does that mean for the future of Tony Romo, who has always been close with owner Jerry Jones? USA TODAY's Tom Pelissero joins NFL editor Chris D'Amico to talk about that and other quarterbacks who will be or could be on the market after this season. One of those guys who very likely will be paid either by how own team or another is Kirk Cousins. What's his status? The guys also look ahead to who...

Duration: 00:24:50

Romo passes torch, Patriots lose, Chiefs surge, Goff gets start

Tom Pelissero and Chris D'Amico of USA TODAY Sports discuss the aftermath of Week 10, beginning with Tony Romo handing the keys to the Cowboys kingdom to rookie Dak Prescott. They also analyze what the Patriots' loss to the Seahawks means, if the underrated Chiefs are actually a Super Bowl contender and what made Jeff Fisher and the Rams finally decide to go to rookie quarterback Jared Goff. Subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter at @usatoday_nfl and...

Duration: 00:26:10

Unrest in Charlotte, undefeated frauds and surprising slumps

Tom Pelissero and Chris D'Amico of USA TODAY Sports discuss Week 3 in the NFL, including Tom's time in Charlotte amid protests. The pair talk about the surprising Vikings, the not-so-surprising Broncos and Patriots, the disappointing Cardinals, and if the NFC East is actually a good division again. They also analyze the five remaining undefeated teams, as well as look ahead to Week 4. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @TomPelissero.

Duration: 00:23:24

Defensive Vikings, Aaron Rodgers' struggles and which 2-0 teams are legit

Tom Pelissero and Chris D'Amico highlight Week 2, including the Vikings opening up their new stadium with a big win, what's up with Aaron Rodgers, the level of concern for the Seahawks, which undefeated teams are for real and a couple new segments to the show. Tom and Chris cover much more, including a look at some of the standout games for Week 3 not the least of which is Josh Norman vs. Odell Beckham Part II. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter...

Duration: 00:28:58

Impressive debuts, alarming starts, new QBs and looking ahead to Week 2

Tom Pelissero joins Chris D'Amico for a recap of Week 1 of the NFL. The Steelers and Patriots won, but that's something we've all come to expect. The Seahawks struggled to an opening win, but that's something we've also come to expect. The Dolphins and Chargers were on the brink of big wins before it all came tumbling down, the Lions' win against the Colts is worth a second look and first-year starting quarterbacks on new teams shined. Tom and Chris also take a look at a juicy Week 2....

Duration: 00:19:38

Colin Kaepernick's protest and the fallout

USA TODAY Sports NFL columnist Jarrett Bell joins USAT NFL editor Chris D'Amico via phone to weigh in on Colin Kaepernick's decision not to stand during the national anthem in protest of what he feels is the country's poor treatment of minorities. Jarrett and Chris discuss their feelings, in addition to those of many from throughout the league, how this generation of athletes is reminiscent of another historical era and what the 49ers quarterback must do now to see this thing through. They...

Duration: 00:26:23

We're all about the quarterbacks

Chris D'Amico and Tom Pelissero focus on quarterbacks in this latest episode. The Browns not surprisingly named Robert Griffin III their starting quarterback for Week 1, but was it wise to give him the job without any exhibition games under his belt? The Broncos say Trevor Siemian has looked good but have hinted at Mark Sanchez being their starter. And what about Paxton Lynch? Who does Chip Kelly think will run his offense best with the 49ers -- Colin Kaepernick or Blaine Gabbert? And how...

Duration: 00:25:04

Tom Brady and other training camp story lines

It's campaign-stumping time, so why should the NFL be any different. Each coach believes they have what it takes to make their teams great again. Tom Pelissero and Chris D'Amico of USA TODAY Sports run through a list of training camp stories as the new league season gets ready for liftoff. The pair discuss some of the teams that stand out in this early stage, whether or not Tom Brady's four-game absence will damage the Patriots' season and some of the quarterbacks to watch this preseason....

Duration: 00:29:44

Thoughts heading into the summer

Tom Pelissero and Chris D'Amico of USA TODAY Sports play catchup before going on summer break. The guys talk about Von Miller's contract dispute, Andrew Luck's next contract, the ongoing Jets-Ryan Fitzpatrick saga, rookie quarterbacks and which teams won the offseason -- if there is such a thing. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes, and follow us on Twitter (@usatoday_nfl).

Duration: 00:37:16