Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 11:16 AM EDT Sep 10, 2019 NFL power rankings, post-Week 1 edition: 1. Patriots (1): If they're 30 points better than Pittsburgh before bringing Antonio Brown into fold, who's going to derail them going forward? (AB, right?) 2. Chiefs (2): Appears they'll get nice boost from a pair of ex-Bills — RB Shady McCoy and WR Sammy Watkins. K.C. definitely looms as most significant threat to New England. 3. Vikings (5): Suffocating defense and a relentless run game with QB Kirk Cousins almost in a complementary role — exactly the type of team that Mike Zimmer wants. 4. Saints (3): This time they avoided heartbreaking loss on national stage, but secondary has work to do if New Orleans is to celebrate 10-year Super Bowl anniversary in style. 5. Ravens (17): QB Lamar Jackson looked like an MVP. New-look defense appeared up to Baltimore's perennial standards. But was it all a Miami mirage? 32 things we learned: Week 1 in the books Week … [Read more...] about NFL 2019 power rankings Week 1: Chiefs, Ravens pursuing Patriots
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Lorenzo Reyes USA TODAY Published 12:16 PM EDT Aug 25, 2019 Andrew Luck stunned the NFL world Saturday night when he announced he was retiring. Luck, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 draft by the Indianapolis Colts, was a seven-year veteran and had earned a reputation as one of the game’s brightest, young passers, thanks to his arm strength, toughness and pocket presence. Luck will turn 30 years old on Sept. 12, which is four days after the Colts open their 2019 season against the Los Angeles Chargers. Luck was entering his fourth season on a six-year extension worth just over $139 million. He is giving up $58.125 million left on his contract. He earned more than $100 million in his career. Here is everything we know about Luck’s abrupt decision to step away from the NFL. How he did it Luck held an impromptu press conference after Saturday night’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears as reports surfaced of his decision. Luck had been on the … [Read more...] about Andrew Luck retires: What we know about the Colts QB’s decision
Joel A. Erickson Indianapolis Star Published 8:44 AM EDT Aug 18, 2019 INDIANAPOLIS — The player that Jacoby Brissett can be, the reason the Colts believe they can still win games even if Andrew Luck has to miss time, showed up at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday night. Frank Reich could sense it, felt it long before Brissett directed his first touchdown drive of the preseason, long before the Colts got anything going on offense at all in a 21-18 preseason loss to the Cleveland Browns. Brissett felt the way he has to the Indianapolis brass for a long time now. Like a starting quarterback. “I can just feel he’s in control, he’s in the zone,” Reich said. “He just felt real confident in how he was seeing things, his presence out there.” Brissett, truth be told, felt a little frustrated early in the game. He wanted points. The first-team offense failed to get any in two series in Buffalo, and the first two drives at home against the Browns … [Read more...] about NFL: Colts’ Jacoby Brissett showing he can be a starting QB
Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 7:29 AM EDT Jul 22, 2019 Take it from me, few things are more fun (if thankless) than the prediction business. So, with training camp doors swinging open, it's time to reveal my now-annual NFL record projections. The methodology? Using the latest pre-camp info, I predict all 256 regular-season games on the 2019 schedule, letting the chips fall where they may. From there, I add bonus prognostications for all 11 postseason contests. The results? Well, I've correctly forecast a Super Bowl eight months ahead of schedule (Seahawks over Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII) ... and also had some spectacular misses, including way-off-base outlooks for Seattle and Indianapolis just a year ago (both teams reached the postseason, of course, avoiding last-place finishes I envisioned). But 2018 produced extra fun when Seahawks LBs Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright kindly (and correctly) dismissed my predictive powers. Wagner even followed up to rib me after … [Read more...] about 2019 NFL record predictions: Will Patriots return to Super Bowl?
An attempt by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to patent one of his nicknames has run into opposition from the New York Mets baseball team. NFL superstar Brady's TEB Capital company is seeking trademark protection for the phrase "Tom Terrific" according to filings with the US Patent and Trademark Office. The six-time Super Bowl champion is planning to use the nickname for a clothing line as well as collectible trading cars with the same name. But the move has drawn a frosty response from the Mets, who have noted that their Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver was fondly known by the same name 50 years ago, a title borrowed from a TV cartoon. In a posting on Twitter, the Mets appealed directly to the US Patent and Trademark Office to register their opposition to Brady's move. "Hey @uspto, with all due respect to @TomBrady...There's only one #TomTerrific to us," the Mets wrote in a posting. The 74-year-old Seaver's family announced in March through the baseball Hall of Fame that he … [Read more...] about Mets, fans bristle at Brady’s ‘Tom Terrific’ copyright claim