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?
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The perception that "broadcast TV is dead" seems to be gaining momentum. The reality however, is that television is entering a new Golden Age. And digital media is the most valuable player. Why? Multiscreen engagement heightens the viewing experience. People are leaning forward on their couch while watching TV and simultaneously tapping social media. If we look to last week's Super Bowl as an example, there were over 2.4 million social media engagements about the Philadelphia Eagles, 1.1 million engagements about the New England Patriots and 1.2 million social media engagements about Justin Timberlake on the evening of the game alone. Whether it's major sporting events like this or the Winter Games, Hollywood celebrations like the BAFTAs or Oscars, or even news of a royal engagement, digital platforms have become the de facto place for the world to react. And social has provided a place for conversation to continue around the big screen. Digital creates a "surround sound" TV … [Read more...] about This year’s Super Bowl saw the dawn of TV’s next golden age
Gisele Bundchen reportedly wants her husband Tom Brady to retire after he won the Most Valuable Player award at Super Bowl 2017 for a record fifth time with New England Patriots. The former supermodel is apparently "begging" the quarterback to hang up his boots as she wants him to "go out on top". According to Radar Online, the mother-of-three wants Brady, aged 39, to pursue David Beckham's career path after he retires from the sport. "Giselle is begging him to retire and go out on top. She has retired and wants him to too," a source told the celebrity news website. "They have more money than they can ever spend and she is worried about him. "Giselle wants Tom to follow the David Beckham model post sports... [and] do endorsements, modeling and personal appearances," the source added. However, I seems like her pleas have fallen on deaf ears as the report claimed that Brady does not want to step away from the limelight and is not ready to retire as yet. "He is a competitor and thinks he … [Read more...] about Gisele Bundchen ‘begging’ husband Tom Brady to call it quits after fifth NFL Super Bowl win – report
By Frank Pingue MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – The Philadelphia Eagles upset the National Football League’s defending champion New England Patriots 41-33 in a back-and-forth clash on Sunday to capture their maiden Super Bowl title. For the Eagles, who previously lost title games in 1981 and 2005, the win capped a remarkable late-season charge that most observers considered unthinkable when starting quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending injury in December. The Eagles, trailing by one point late in the fourth quarter, moved 38-33 ahead when quarterback Nick Foles connected with tight end Zach Ertz on a 11-yard touchdown that held up after a review determined it was a catch. Philadelphia missed a subsequent two-point conversion attempt to leave the door open for the Patriots with a little less than two-and-a-half minutes to play. But in a game when both offenses moved up and down the field effortlessly, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had the ball swatted from his grasp by … [Read more...] about Eagles stun Patriots to claim maiden Super Bowl triumph
Gareth Southgate will attend Super Bowl LII in Minnesota on Sunday evening and the England manager believes the Patriots’ experience gives New England the edge. Southgate has been Stateside this week as part of a Leaders in Sport gathering and he has also visited the Minnesota Vikings’ new practice facility, as well as attending Saturday’s NBA game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the New Orleans Pelicans. On Sunday the Three Lions boss will be at U.S. Bank Stadium to see if New England can defeat the Philadelphia Eagles and win a sixth Super Bowl title in 17 years. Speaking to Press Association Sport on the eve of the 52nd Super Bowl, Southgate said: “I think it’s always difficult to go against people with big match experience in finals. “My experience of finals is that there’s a level of performance that you’re capable of hitting and very often people think you’ve got to find a level above that to win a final, and actually … [Read more...] about England boss Gareth Southgate tips Patriots to win Super Bowl