Steve Silverman

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions makes a diving catch for a first down as Brandon Browner #39 of the New England Patriots defends during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Bears-Lions Fantasy Starters: Matt Forte, Matthew Stafford, And Calvin Johnson

The Chicago Bears are going to try to reach the .500 mark when they face the Lions in the opening game of the Thanksgiving Day triple header.

12 hours ago

Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: No Longer Upstarts, Islanders Ready To Kick In The Door

The Islanders sent a loud-and-clear message to one of the NHL’s top glamour teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins: “We can play any game you want, and we can beat you. Keep trying, but we are not going away.”

15 hours ago

Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri pose during a press conference at The Venetian on November 19, 2014 in Macau, Macau. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Silverman: Pac-Man Likely To Shatter Algieri’s Chance Of A Lifetime In Title Fight

If he lasts more than six rounds in this scheduled 12-rounder, he has every right to feel good about himself. But it would take a near-miracle for Algieri to get the upset.

11/21/2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 16: Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on November 16, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Fantasy Starters: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs Defense And Andre Holmes

Head coach Andy Reid won’t let his team let up against the Raiders and blow an opportunity for a victory, and quarterback Alex Smith is too smart to take any opponent lightly.

11/20/2014

Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs passes against the Seattle Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov. 16, 2014. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Silverman: Reid’s Chiefs May Just Be The NFL’s Biggest And Best Secret

There’s a team that’s being virtually ignored in the AFC, and tit may be able to keep the Patriots from getting back to the top of the football world.

11/19/2014

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Silverman: Silver’s Gambling Stance Is Another Way For Pro Sports To Get Your Money

In this dangerous world, sports fans are responsible for their own sobriety, no matter how many temptations are put in front of them. And there are more temptations every single day.

11/14/2014

The Rangers’ Tanner Glass, left, blasts the Penguins’ Simon Despres during the third period at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 11, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Silverman: For Consistency’s Sake, Rangers Must Build On Blowout Of Penguins

The Rangers showed Tuesday night that they can look at themselves in the mirror, feel absolutely disgusted and then come back with a monumental effort that allows them to handle the best team in the league with ease.

11/12/2014

Giants coach Tom Coughlin yells at defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images); Bears QB Jay Cutler is sacked by the Packers (Photo Tom Lynn /Getty Images)

Silverman: Giants Have Issues, But At Least They’re Not The Bears

Both teams are suffering through hard times right now, but at least the Giants are playing the game with effort and a desire to win. The Bears play as if pride doesn’t exist.

11/10/2014

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 2: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up prior to the start of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Fantasy Starters: Brian Hoyer, Jeremy Hill And A.J. Green

At the start of the season, a Cleveland-Cincinnati battle as a Thursday Night primetime game did not appear to be an ideal television choice.

11/06/2014

Tomas Kaberle, then of the Montreal Canadiens, skates against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on March 5, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: You Know Rangers Are Desperate When They Consider Kaberle

The Rangers are battered and bruised on the blue line, and if the other areas of strength on this team do not step up, the Blueshirts will slip in the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference to very precipitous depths.

11/05/2014

Michael Vick (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Silverman: Chiefs Have Pass-Rush, Relentlessness To Derail Vick’s Debut

As much as Reid is sympathetic to Vick’s cause, this could be one difficult day for the Jets’ new starting quarterback.

10/31/2014

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 26: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers scrambles against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 26, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Fantasy Starters: Drew Brees, Cam Newton And Jimmy Graham

The Saints are coming off their best game of the year after hammering Green Bay 44-23. However, they have not won a road game this year. The Panthers are hoping to continue that trend, and they will be bringing back a familiar face in running back DeAngelo Williams.

10/30/2014

Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos waves to fans as he walks off the field after a 35-21 win over the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 23, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Silverman: Manning, Murray, Rodgers Lead 5-Man MVP Race At Halfway Point

While the local teams are searching for answers, the NFL has seen some startling performances through the first half of the season.

10/29/2014

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 05: Tight end Julius Thomas #80 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after scoring on quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos 500th career touchdown pass to take a 7-3 lead over the Arizona Cardinals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 5, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cardinals 41-20. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Fantasy Starters: Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers And Julius Thomas

The Chargers and the Broncos have something more on their minds than the epic fantasy battle that is at hand when they meet in Denver Thursday night.

10/23/2014

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Silverman: Voynov Suspension May Be PC, But NHL Did The Right Thing

Ray Rice is having an impact on the NHL. A big impact.

10/22/2014

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