0 Have your say Another weekend, another tied game. You would think it’s a regular result in the NFL these days. That game excluded, there were eight other clashes separated by less than a touchdown, and half of those by less than a field goal, demonstrating that the NFL really has created a level of parity. There are, of course, exceptions and this was a week where the Bills were so bad Vontae Davis, pictured below, announced his retirement at half-time by getting in his “street clothes” and leaving the stadium.Meanwhile, the Browns, still searching for their first win in over 600 days, managed to throw away a fourth-quarter lead, missing two field goals and two extra points, and with the Jets to come on Thursday, it is a short week to fix the problems.At the other end of the spectrum, Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs into Pittsburgh and upstaged future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger with six passing touchdowns, … [Read more...] about New York Giants must start planning for life after Eli Manning
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Week two in the NFL is traditionally when everyone's hot takes get ripped up into tiny little pieces and scattered to the wind. This season, they were ripped up, put in a blender, set on fire and dumped in a skip which was promptly shot into the sun. That's a long-winded way of saying it was a week of surprises. We got our second tie in two weeks - the same number as the last two seasons combined - and there were at least six shock results which served to remind us that judging teams after just 60 minutes of football is rarely an embarrassment-free exercise. With the Buccaneers, Bengals and Dolphins among the teams to start 2-0, it's time to toss aside those scripts. Here's everything we learnt in week two. The only way you can understand the value of a good kicker... is by having a terrible one If upsets were one theme of week two, the other was definitely horrible, horrible kicking displays. Once again, the Browns were denied a first win since December 2016 by the boot. Zane Gonzalez … [Read more...] about NFL snap judgements, week two: Shock upsets, kicking woes and Fitzmagic goes full Conor McGregor
Mike Jones USA TODAY Published 1:36 AM EDT Sep 17, 2018 ARLINGTON, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott let out a long, high-pitched “WOOOOOO!” as he bounced along the hallway that led from the playing field to the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room Sunday night at AT&T Stadium. With a 20-13 victory over the visiting NFC East rival New York Giants, a weight had lifted from the shoulders of the third-year running back and all of his teammates — particularly those on offense. Just one week earlier, the Cowboys’ offense looked nothing like the once-promising and potent attack built around Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott. Instead — and in continuance with the feeble showing of the preseason — the unit had managed only 232 yards and two successful third down conversions on 11 attempts in a 16-8 snoozer against the Carolina Panthers. Instead of showing anticipated signs of maturation, Prescott appeared overwhelmed and ineffective while … [Read more...] about Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott help Cowboys find identity on offense
Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 9:02 p.m. UTC Sep 5, 2018 The NFL's 2018 regular season is nigh. However the preseason has produced a few curveballs when it comes to assessing the league's overall power structure. A look at how all 32 teams stack up heading into Week 1. 1. Eagles (1): Nope, Carson Wentz isn't ready. Yup, preseason a mess for Nick Foles and depleted offense. But champs retain our top spot until first L. 2. Patriots (2): Significant questions at left tackle, wide receiver and defense for AFC's kings. But can't take them lightly as long as TB12 is slinging. 3. Falcons (3): Fresh measuring stick for talented squad comes Thursday night, nearly eight months after its five-point playoff loss in Philadelphia. 4. Rams (5): They're loaded on both sides of ball. But after keeping so many starters bubble wrapped in August, will they emerge firing on all cylinders? 5. Saints (6): With five of first six games against teams that failed to reach postseason last year, infamously … [Read more...] about NFL power rankings: Eagles, Patriots still on top heading into Week 1
Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 12:12 p.m. UTC Jul 19, 2018 It's time to dig into those playbooks and hit the ice baths. NFL training camps begin opening this week as veterans for the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears officially report for duty. Summer vacation ends for the league's other 30 teams next week. It won't be long after that until injuries begin to mount, holdouts potentially simmer and flare and other manners of controversy surface. But based on what I know (or think I know) as we embark on the NFL's 99th season, here's my annual prediction of how the season will unfold with record projections for each team based on picking all 256 games, plus a playoff forecast. NFC EAST Philadelphia Eagles (11-5): Underdogs no longer, the champs may be in for a rocky start based on a rough early schedule (particularly October, which includes a Thursday night road game and trip to London) that coincides with Carson Wentz's presumed re-entry from December's ACL tear. Dallas … [Read more...] about 2018 NFL record projections: Will Patriots falter on road to Super Bowl LIII?