Steve Silverman

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass during warmups prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on September 7, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Football Fantasy Starters: Big Ben, Joe Flacco And Steve Smith

We look at this game from a fantasy football perspective and consider the players from both sides that should be placed in the lineup or benched.

09/11/2014

Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Silverman: Jets Must Find Success In 3-Week Journey Into NFC North

These three non-conference games should serve as a barometer for what can be expected throughout the rest of the season.

09/10/2014

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin reacts from the sideline during the preseason game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 28, 2014. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Silverman: Giants Have An Opportunity To Make A Huge Statement

A loss in the opening week of the season can be a lot more important for teams that are not established. The Giants should have an opportunity to learn a bit more about their identity in their opener tonight against Detroit.

09/08/2014

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks in action against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on August 28, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Football Fantasy Starters: Rodgers, Wilson And Harvin Are Must Plays

Fantasy football players are also ready to go all-in on Thursday night. Finding favorable matchups in the first game on the schedule each week gives a player a big edge going into Sunday.

09/04/2014

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks in action against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on August 28, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Silverman: NFL Season Preview — Predicting Division Winners And Super Bowl

The Seattle Seahawks are the class of the NFL, and they are poised to become the NFL’s first repeat Super Bowl champions since the New England Patriots accomplished the feat following the 2004 season.

09/03/2014

Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on May 8, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Silverman: Goodell Not Qualified To Mete Out NFL Justice On His Own

Roger Goodell is not a judge, nor is he a trained lawyer. How can he think that his own personal morals are enough for him to do a proper job of policing the NFL?

08/29/2014

Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks reacts on the sidelines during the game against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field on August 22, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 34-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Silverman: Seahawks, 49ers Prove That Old-School Football Can Still Dominate

These two teams will almost certainly get off to the same kind of starts that they got off to last year. In addition to being very talented, both are extremely physical and tough.

08/27/2014

Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Silverman: Weak Division Is Giants’ Best Hope For Bounce-Back Season

The Giants have one thing they can feel very good about. It’s the division they call home, the NFC East.

08/25/2014

Mike Ditka (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images)

Silverman: Off-Key Ditka Needs To Zip It On The Redskins’ Name Debate

Mike Ditka has his bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and he is one of the most colorful individuals in the game’s legacy. But that doesn’t mean that anyone should listen to Ditka when he decides to bloviate.

08/20/2014

James Harden of the USA Basketball Men's National Team smiles during practice at the PNY Center on August 19, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Silverman: USA Basketball May Lack Superstars, But It’s Ready To Put On A Show

This relatively unheralded group of players has bought in. They are not concerned with the pressure they will face, or that the whole world will be trying to take down the favorites.

08/20/2014

Soon-to-be Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rob Manfred May Have An Impossible Task On His Hands

The World Series seems almost like an afterthought in national sports coverage. It takes a back seat to the NFL and even college football.

08/18/2014

Tom Coughlin (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Silverman: Coughlin Remains On Short List Of NFL’s Best Head Coaches

NFL head coaches tend to be more revered than their counterparts in Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL. Tom Coughlin is still viewed as elite, and deservedly so.

08/13/2014

Johnny Manziel throws a third-quarter pass against the Detroit Lions during a preseason game at Ford Field on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Silverman: Manziel Story Has Familiar Company In NFL History

If you have been following all the mixed signals coming out of Cleveland this summer, you know that Johnny Manziel’s first year in the NFL will be a worthwhile follow.

08/11/2014

Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester pitches during Game 1 of the 2014 World Series. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Silverman: Crumbling Red Sox Putting Lester Right In Yankees’ Hands

The Boston Red Sox are doing everything they can to turn their team into the Chicago Cubs.

07/30/2014

Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens addresses a news conference with his wife, Janay, at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Silverman: Goodell Should Have Suspended Rice For The Entire Season

Goodell is supposed to be the law-and-order commissioner. He failed miserably in this case, as Rice should have been suspended for a full season.

07/25/2014

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