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?
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Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 6:14 AM EDT May 2, 2019 Winning an NFL rookie of the year award is a prestigious honor, and the success of last season's recipients, the Giants' Saquon Barkley (offense) and Colts' Darius Leonard (defense), should portend a promising future for their respective franchises ... well, in Indianapolis anyway. Nice as the individual recognition is, ROY hardware is often geared toward highly drafted players on bad teams who immediately benefit from featured roles and scads of playing time. However their less-prominent peers may have better shots at winding up as the missing variable of a championship equation. Sony Michel, not Tom Brady, was the engine of New England's offense during last season's playoffs and scored the decisive (and only) touchdown of Super Bowl LIII. The previous year, on the heels of a strong NFC Championship Game performance, it was the Eagles' Derek Barnett who basically put a bow on Super Bowl LII when he recovered Brady's fumble … [Read more...] about 2019 NFL draft: 9 rookies who could make Super Bowl-level impact
Newsbeat By Kameron Virk Newsbeat reporter 16 April 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-47947155 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Drake is gifted at many things - rapping, random acts of kindness, bringing back cancelled TV shows. But, … [Read more...] about Why AS Roma has ‘banned’ photos with Drake
Jarrett Bell USA TODAY Published 7:44 AM EDT Apr 12, 2019 The search is on for a new executive director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, and the prospects are seemingly not unlike hiring a head coach to inject renewed purpose for a team that finished 4-12. Or 1-for-8. John Wooten has retired as chairman of the FPA, the organization that pushes for minorities to get a fair shot at coaching and front office roles in the NFL, leaving with the stark reminder of all that needs to be done as the NFL prepares to celebrate its 100th season. In 2019, not 1920, a minority was hired for just one of eight head coach openings. Over two years, it’s 2-for-15, with the Cardinals' Steve Wilks, the lone hire last year, already dumped – and replaced by Kliff Kingsbury, a purported offensive whiz kid who has never coached a down in the NFL and had a 35-40 record as a college coach. So, here we go. NFL 100 is also the year that the league – with more than 70% of … [Read more...] about NFL: Fritz Pollard Alliance at critical juncture for league diversity
Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 7:13 AM EDT Apr 10, 2019 April 10 — today — is the 100th day of the year, so we here at USA TODAY Sports thought it the ideal time to kick off our own series of features celebrating the NFL's upcoming 100th season. And with the 2019 draft just two weeks away, what better teaser for celebrating the league's future than by looking back at the biggest misses during and surrounding the annual "Player Selection Meeting"? Though the draft has been in existence since the Eagles picked inaugural Heisman Trophy winner Jay Berwanger first overall in 1936, it was hardly a scientific (or particularly informed) process for decades. So this list's scope will only encompass drafts dating to 1967, the first common draft following the agreement between the NFL and AFL to merge. Some words about the methodology: This ranking and analysis are certainly interspersed with opinion. But I tried not to view these wayward picks in a … [Read more...] about NFL draft busts: 100 worst picks, trades ever in league history