Kevin Allen USA TODAY Published 6:39 AM EDT Sep 6, 2019 CLEVELAND — It isn’t the misery that Cleveland 92.3 The Fan radio talk show host Ken Carman recalls about the Browns’ 1-15 season in 2016 and 0-16 record in 2017. It was the apathy. "Those two years were the first time, through the 4-7 records, the 5-11s, the quarterbacks (not working out), the coaches, general managers,” Carman said, “that I saw apathy about this team in my life." Carman said fans stopped taking advantage of ticket opportunities. They planned other activities for Sunday afternoon. They even stopped being mad. “They still loved (the Browns), but toward the end of the season, they stopped caring,” Carman said. Today, twenty-one months after the conclusion of the worst two seasons in Browns’ history, enthusiasm over the Cleveland team overflows nationally and locally. The Browns have been a below .500 team for 15 of the past 16 seasons, but there is an … [Read more...] about NFL: Cleveland Browns have become a popular Super Bowl pick
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Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 7:13 AM EDT Sep 4, 2019 The NFL's much-ballyhooed 100th season finally begins Thursday night. Unfortunately, if USA TODAY Sports' — apparently not so fearless — staff of league experts is to be believed, there won't be much drama in the NFL's centennial campaign. With the exception of me — and I enjoy being right more than your average Chicago Bear — all of our prognosticating panelists believe the New Orleans Saints will overcome two years of dramatic playoff heartbreak by celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their lone Super Bowl triumph by adding another Lombardi Trophy. Welp. There's only slightly less variance among the non-Davis crowd as it pertains to the AFC champions, with a split among last year's conference finalists, the Patriots and Chiefs. Thankfully, there's significantly less unanimity when it comes to picking season-ending awards finalists, though it appears Cardinals QB Kyler Murry and … [Read more...] about NFL 2019 predictions: Super Bowl LIV, MVP, rookie of the year
Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 6:07 AM EDT Sep 3, 2019 NFL power rankings, pre-Week 1 edition: 1. Patriots (1): Dynasties don't last this long because few churn their rosters so effectively. But reigning champs appear to have added quite a class of rookies, perhaps even a good enough group to keep Tom Brady around a few more years. 2. Chiefs (4): An offense already teeming with talent now adds Shady McCoy? Could K.C. actually be more explosive than last year's top-ranked attack? Suddenly seems plausible. 3. Saints (5): Early boost already with return of DT Sheldon Rankins, whose Achilles injury became overshadowed aspect of 2018 playoff demise. 4. Eagles (3): Who knew replacing backup QB Nick Foles would prove such an odyssey? But it might have been worth it given Josh McCown's eventual arrival. 5. Vikings (6): If you weren't excited about them heading into preseason, maybe now-healthy RB Dalvin Cook's 85-yard TD run changed your mind? 6. Chargers (2): Our offseason Super Bowl … [Read more...] about NFL power rankings Week 1: Colts, Chargers both sinking
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?
Iconic former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr died on Sunday in Birmingham, Alabama. Starr, who was 85, suffered a major stroke in 2014. His health had been failing in the years since. The family of Starr released a statement through the Packers to announce the news. 'We are saddened to note the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bart Starr,' it reads. Iconic former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr (pictured in 2006 following the Super Bowl XL game) died on Sunday in Birmingham, Alabama. He was 85 years old Starr (pictured here during Super Bowl I in 1967) suffered a major stroke in 2014 and his health had been failing in the years since 'He battled with courage and determination to transcend the serious stroke he suffered in September 2014, but his most recent illness was too much to overcome. 'While he may always be best known for his success as the Packers quarterback for 16 years, his true legacy will always be the respectful … [Read more...] about Legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr dies aged 85