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The Athletic’s flagship football podcast covers the NFL like only The Athletic can. Robert Mays is joined by a team of world class NFL writers and analysts. They’ll break down the biggest stories throughout the world of football. Whether it’s happening on the field, or behind-the-scenes, you’ll get an in-depth look at an unprecedented NFL season on The Athletic Football Show.

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Week 2 Reaction: Russell Tops Cam, The Cowboys' Comeback, Buffalo’s Blooming Offense & More

What a week 2 it was in the NFL! Why didn't more team's buy in on Cam Newton? Did the Falcons lose or did the Cowboys win? Who won the week for week 2? And what the heck happened to the Vikings? Robert Mays and Nate Tice are answering these questions and more as they react to the NFL's week 2 on The Athletic Football Show.

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Sep 21, 2020
Week 2 DFS Plays and Picks Against the Spread

Falcons-Cowboys dominates the Week 2 DFS slate, but there is plenty of goodness to be found outside that game. Michael Beller and Brandon Funston help you find it...while also talking plenty about that likely scoring bonanza. Then, Beller and Vic Tafur highlight their five favorite picks against the spread among the 15 remaining Week 2 games.

2:06 Games to Target in DFS Contests
3:53 Dak Prescott Tops the QB List
5:31 A Case for Kyler Murray
7:14 Going Cheap at QB with Mitch Trubisky and Kirk Cousins
8:59 Jonathan Taylor a DFS Free Space
10:41 The RBs to Back if You Spend Big at the Position
12:41 The Ronald Jones Argument
14:13 Believing in Miles Sanders Right from the Jump
17:07 Playing all the Falcons' and Cowboys' Receivers
19:33 Emmanuel Sanders Climbs the Ranks
21:18 Tampa Bay's Receivers with Chris Godwin (Concussion) Likely Out
22:48 A Bounceback for Tyler Higbee
24:38 Brandon Beats the Drum for Jared Cook
25:53 Defense/Special Teams Plays
30:24 Week 2 Picks Against the Spread
32:35 Rams-Eagles
33:47 Panthers-Buccaneers
34:57 Broncos-Steelers
36:42 Falcons-Cowboys
38:27 49ers-Jets
40:01 Bills-Dolphins
41:45 Vikings-Colts
43:08 Lions-Packers
44:21 Giants-Bears
46:17 Jaguars-Titans
48:14 Washington-Cardinals
50:23 Ravens-Texans
51:30 Chiefs-Chargers
53:38 Patriots-Seahawks
55:13 Saints-Raiders
57:55 Recapping our Picks, Plus a Look at Survivor

Vic's Week 2 Picks Column

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Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunston
Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur

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Sep 18, 2020
Week 2: Baker vs. Burrow, Questions for the Cowboys and Can Russ Cook the Patriots?

It’s been a hectic week for wide receivers, from Michael Thomas and Chris Godwin’s injuries to Allen Robinson’s contract riff. The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones break down all the news and notes across the league.

Later in the show, they get you ready for Week 2 by discussing the marquee games on the slate, what position matchups they’re watching and who has the most at stake.

Plus, Lindsay explains what it’s like covering a game with no fans and Robert shares his love for Sir Purr.

Sep 17, 2020
Week 1 QB Performances with Quincy Avery, Aaron Reiss Breaks Down the Texans, Film School with Ted Nguyen, and more

First up, Robert is joined by Quarterback Consultant Quincy Avery to give his thoughts on the best and worst QB performances of Week 1, including the play of Gardner Minshew, Dwayne Haskins, Tom Brady, and more.

Then, Texans beat writer for The Athletic, Aaron Reiss joins the show for a Team Visit to discuss Houston’s blowout loss to the Chiefs on opening night, how the Texans’ offseason moves led to their rough start, and much more.

To close the show, The Athletic’s own Ted Nguyen takes us to Film School, breaking down a handful of the week’s best plays, featuring the likes of Lamar Jackson, CJ Henderson, Cam Newton, and Daniel Jones.

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Sep 16, 2020
Week 1 Reaction: Cowboys Calls, Newton & Rodgers Return, The Lions Collapse & More

What an opening it was in the NFL. The Athletic's Robert Mays is joined by Nate Tice to break down the highlights of the week with a review of Mike McCarthy's decision to not take the field goal, the Lions' collapse at the hands of Mitch Trubisky, Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers' returning to form, plus a deep dive into the Colts' loss to the Jags in "What Just Happened?" and more.

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Sep 14, 2020
Week 1 DFS Plays and Picks Against the Spread

Week 1 is here, and the first full Sunday of NFL action can't arrive soon enough. Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper get you ready for the DFS weekend ahead with their favorite plays at every position, and various lineup-building strategies. Then, Beller and Vic Tafur make their five favorite picks against the spread for the week. They also both give an upset special, and weigh in on survivor pools, where there aren't a lot of attractive picks in Week 1.

3:25 The Latest on Injuries to Courtland Sutton, Kenny Golladay and Mike Evans
7:21 Games to Target in DFS Contests
9:24 Quarterbacks to Play in Week 1
11:56 A Bears Stack Led By Mitch Trubisky?
15:28 The Difficulty of Working Christian McCaffrey Into Lineups
17:46 Lots of Love for Josh Jacobs and Joe Mixon
19:58 Targeting the Mid-Level Wide Receivers
24:18 Paying the Premium for George Kittle?
27:52 Trusting Washington's Defense Against the Eagles?
32:03 Let's Make Some Picks Against the Spread
32:52 Dolphins-Patriots
34:45 Browns-Ravens
36:46 Jets-Bills
39:12 Raiders-Panthers
40:49 Bears-Lions
42:03 Colts-Jaguars
43:46 Chargers-Bengals
47:23 Cardinals-49ers
49:57 Buccaneers-Saints
52:30 Cowboys-Rams
54:15 Steelers-Giants
56:34 Picks Recap and Upset Specials
59:19 Backing the Bills in Survivor Pools

Vic's Picks Column

Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller
Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper
Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur

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Sep 11, 2020
NFC South Preview & Super Bowl Picks: The Brady Bucs, Faith in the Saints, Projecting the Panthers & Who Are the Falcons?

For the final episode in our division previews, Robert Mays is joined by The Athletic NOLA's Katherine Terrell to preview the NFC South, Brees' "final season," what to expect from the Brady Bucs, projecting what the Panthers could look like with a new coach and trying to figure out the Falcons, plus Lindsay Jones stops by for the final segment to pick the league awards, division winners and Super Bowl champion!

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Sep 10, 2020
AFC South Preview: The Transformative Titans, Rivers Takes Over Indy, Houston Has Problems & Remember the Jags?

The AFC South is anybody's game in 2020. Stephen Holder of The Athletic Indiana joins Robert Mays to discuss the new-look Colts with Philip Rivers at the helm, whether or not the Titans should be believed after their run last season, what the future holds for Deshaun Watson and the Texans, and remember when the Jags were competing for a championship, like, a year ago?!

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Sep 09, 2020
AFC North Preview: Ravens Ready to Roll, Potential in Pittsburgh, Changing Scheme in Cleveland & Can Burrow Lead the Bengals?

It’s a podcast by committee for the AFC North preview! ESPN analyst and new Monday Night Football color commentator, Louis Riddick joins Robert Mays to discuss Lamar Jackson and the Ravens’ offense as well as the Steelers’ potential to contend this season. Then, The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia breaks down the changes in Cleveland and expectations for Joe Burrow’s rookie year.

Sep 08, 2020
NFC West Preview: The Favored 49ers, Seattle Seeks Middle Ground, Rams Ready to Run & Could the Cardinals Make Noise?

The Athletic's Mike Sando is Robert Mays' special guest for this episode as they preview the NFC West division, from their faith in Kyle Shanahan, to what Seattle is doing wrong with Russell Wilson & more. Plus Where does Sean McVay stand right now as a coach, and how should we feel about Kyler Murray?

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Sep 07, 2020
Washington's Backfield, Quarterbacks and Tight Ends to Target, and our Favorite Futures Bets

It's the debut episode of the joint effort between The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast and The Athletic Football Show. Every Friday, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper will round up the fantasy news of the week and look ahead to Sunday with last-minute tips and DFS picks. After that, Beller and Vic Tafur will walk you through their favorite bets of the week. On the debut episode, Beller and DVR discuss Washington's backfield and the quarterback and tight end positions for fantasy, while Beller and Tafur highlight some of their favorite future bets for the 2020 season.

1:35 Introducing the Friday Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast and Athletic Football Show Partnership
2:33 Antonio Gibson's Stock on a Rocketship
7:55 Quarterbacks We're Targeting at ADP
13:29 Quarterbacks We're Avoiding at ADP
17:39 Quarterbacks Outside the Top 15 We Think Can Finish in the Top 10
22:25 Tight Ends We're Targeting at ADP
25:35 Tight Ends We're Avoiding at ADP
28:33 Tight Ends Outside the Top 15 We Think Can Finish in the Top 10
33:22 Welcome to the Gambling Portion
34:08 Super Bowl Futures Bets
38:08 Our Favorite Division Winner Bets
43:53 Win Totals!
50:08 Make or Miss the Playoffs Wagers
55:07 MVP Futures We're Backing
60:16 Not Loving the Rookie of the Year Odds

Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller
Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper
Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur

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Sep 04, 2020
AFC West Preview: Chiefs in Control, Raiders Speculation, Broncos Buzz & Can the Chargers Compete?

When it comes to the AFC West, we think we know what to expect with the Chiefs expected to make another push for a championship, but what about the other 3 teams? The Athletic's Lindsay Jones joins Robert Mays to preview the strengths and weaknesses of all 4 teams in the division and predict how they finish.

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1:00 - Chiefs
18:34 - Raiders
34:57 - Broncos
58:46 - Chargers

Sep 03, 2020
NFC East Preview: Can Cowboys shine, Banged-up Eagles, Judging the Giants & A Reboot in Washington

Three new head coaches and plenty of storylines to follow in the NFC East this season. The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia sits down with Robert Mays to discuss the Cowboys’ potential under Mike McCarthy, the Eagles’ training camp setbacks, Joe Judge’s tactics with the Giants and a franchise reboot in Washington.

Sep 02, 2020
AFC East Preview: Patriots new offense, Bills built to contend, Jets Looking for Answers & the Post-Tank Dolphins

The AFC East will be without Tom Brady for the first time in 20 years, so what does the division look like heading into this season? ESPN’s Bill Barnwell joins Robert Mays to discuss Cam Newton’s impact on the Patriots’ offense, the Bills’ deep roster, the Jets’ future and the development of the Dolphins.

Sep 01, 2020
NFC North Preview: Bears QB Drama, Packers Need Playmakers, Debating the Vikings & Look Out for the Lions

The Athletic's Robert Mays kicks off The Athletic Football Show with former Wisconsin QB and NFL staffer Nate Tice as they begin their division previews with a close look at each team of the NFC North, including the Bears QB competition, the Packers' unwillingness to add playmakers, what difference Yannick Ngakoue makes on the Vikings and why the Lions might surprise some people.

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Aug 31, 2020
The Athletic Football Show - Trailer

The Athletic Football Show is your go-to podcast for NFL coverage. staff brings you extensive audio coverage every weekday headlined by host Robert Mays with contributions from Athletic writers Lindsay Jones and Sheil Kapadia, plus former NFL, exclusive interviews, fan Q&A's, fantasy football advice and so much more.

Aug 25, 2020