Welcome back to the NFL Fun Power Rankings, where we value excitement and intrigue over wins and losses. This list is all about working out which NFL teams are worthy of your busy eyes, and which deserve to be rolled up in a carpet, set on fire, loaded into a big rocket and blasted off into the sun. There were quite a few movers and shakers in week 11 - a week which saw the Chiefs and Rams play out one of the greatest games in NFL history, Lamar Jackson make his first career start, and the Raiders win a football game. I know, anything really is possible. Here's how we stand heading into Thanksgiving, aka the day which officially marks the beginning of the 'business end' of the season. 32. New York Jets (down 1) Good news: For the first time in weeks the Jets weren't utterly abject on Sunday. Bad news: That's only because they were on a bye. All the early season optimism has faded from New Jersey, and if you watch their last few performances back it's hard to see how they've got to … [Read more...] about NFL Fun Power Rankings, week 11: Where do Rams and Chiefs stand after Monday night’s record-breaking showdown?
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Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 8:10 AM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Most NFL teams have reached halftime of their 2018 season. It's a natural point to re-evaluate priorities and make adjustments. With that in mind, here's one major question each club faces moving forward: AFC Baltimore Ravens: Is the future near? After a promising 3-1 start, they sit at 4-4 with the division-leading Steelers coming to town. We know GM Ozzie Newsome is winding down, so it seems unlikely that rookie QB Lamar Jackson would replace Joe Flacco until this club's postseason possibilities are officially exhausted. Right? Buffalo Bills: How do they help Josh Allen? An unpolished prospect carrying a franchise's hopes on his howitzer arm deserves better. Before sustaining a Week 6 elbow injury, Allen was regularly running for his life while relying on a 30-year-old running back (LeSean McCoy) as his primary weapon. Allen's development could be in serious jeopardy without a major course correction. Cincinnati Bengals: … [Read more...] about NFL: One question for every team in second half of 2018 season
Jarrett Bell USA TODAY Published 1:13 p.m. UTC Aug 20, 2018 When Todd Gurley II struck his huge, four-year, $57 million extension with the Los Angeles Rams earlier this summer, you can imagine the buzz among brethren running backs across the NFL. "It’s great for the running back position, which has been kind of devalued," Ezekiel Elliott said during the Dallas Cowboys’ camp in Oxnard, Calif. "But we’ve seen a good trend of running backs picked high and after they are picked high, their teams are doing better. "So I think the league is finally noticing the value of the running back." Somewhere, absent Pittsburgh Steelers star Le’Veon Bell — yet to report to training camp while franchise-tagged for the second year in a row — might beg to differ while wondering what more he could have done to land the type of secured haul that Gurley commanded. Gurley’s pact included a $21 million signing bonus as part of $45 million in practical … [Read more...] about Bell Tolls: Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott thinks NFL ‘finally noticing the value of the running back’
Lorenzo Reyes USA TODAY Published 3:00 p.m. UTC Aug 13, 2018 For those begging for football to return, well, the first full week of the NFL preseason is over. And while starters barely played, we did get a glimpse of what 2018 might hold. Here are 20 things we learned: 1. For all the posturing the owners did this offseason, their rushed attempt to solve the national anthem issue won’t go away. With talks between the league and the NFL Players Association not yielding an answer, players like Marshawn Lynch, Kenny Stills, Demaryius Thomas, Robert Quinn and Russell Okung showed they will continue to protest social injustice during the pre-game playing of the anthem. 2. At this time last year, David Johnson was the hottest name in fantasy football, but a wrist injury ended his season after Week 1. It’s like much of the NFL forgot about the Cardinals’ versatile running back. Though he had just two carries in the preseason opener Saturday, each run went for 14 yards, … [Read more...] about 20 things we learned from the first week of NFL preseason
Mike Jones USA TODAY Published 1:49 p.m. UTC Jul 24, 2018 Football is back. After a frenetic offseason — highlighted by coaching changes, record-setting player contracts and the never-ending debate involving social justice and patriotism — the on-field work at last begins in earnest as 30 of the NFL's 32 teams report for training camp later this week. Here are seven of the most compelling story lines across the league. Philadelphia's title defense The Eagles find themselves in uncharted territory as defending Super Bowl champs for the first time in franchise history. Their locker room features several players who won rings prior to coming to Philly, but how will this group handle the newfound success and pressure that comes with it? Throughout last year’s title run, the Eagles found themselves counted out repeatedly yet embraced that underdog role. Now expectations change. The intrigue further intensifies as franchise quarterback Carson Wentz returns from … [Read more...] about Fates of Eagles, Patriots among seven story lines to watch as NFL training camps open