NFL Week 1 — 3 Notes from Early Games — What I Saw

NFL Week 1 — 3 Notes from Early Games — What I Saw

Exciting early games for Week One of the 2018 season! Here are three quick notes from what I personally saw on NFL Sunday Ticket during the early games.   Browns are much improved, and their defense should win them a few games. Great pass rush, linebackers forced the late turnover that could have one the game, and the secondary made outstanding plays. Tom Brady rules the two minute drill. The end of the first half of the Patriots/Texans game illustrated a clock management second to none. I hear Texans fans about the Rob Gronkowski call that might not have been a catch, but Brady worked the clock and made outstanding throws. Defense and Special Teams make the difference. Both pass rushes in the Steelers vs Browns game affected the outcome. The Bengals and Jaguars won on defensive touchdowns…and this punt by the Patriots was key in helping New England hold off the Texans.   That punt though. 👀 @R_Allen86 @Jonathan_Jones2 […]

Thinking Out Loud: Le’Veon Bell, Emmitt Smith, and the Franchise Tag

The Steelers and Le’Veon Bell are in a contract dispute. Basically, the Steelers are trying to keep his salary lower, and Bell wants an increase. Bell is in jeopardy of missing the first game of the season. This situation reminds me of Emmitt Smith holding out before the 1993 season. Smith wanted to be paid similar to what Thurman Thomas made. Otherwise, Smith would have made well below his market value. Jerry Jones refused and Smith missed the first two games of the season. The Cowboys were 0-2 and players like Charles Haley complained publicly that Dallas needed Smith to win. Jones then ponied up the cash, and the Cowboys reversed their fortune, en route to their second straight Super Bowl win. Bell makes a trainload more money than Smith made, even after Smith got his shiny new contract. Still, the plot isn’t much different. The Steelers want to pay Bell less than what he thinks he’s worth. Bell wants to […]

Thinking Out Loud: Terrell Owens and the Hall of Fame

Controversy has covered Terrell Owens better than most defensive backs ever managed. This week’s Hall of Fame induction stir and his refusal to attend line up perfectly with T.O.’s playing days. If reports are true, T.O. chose to skip the induction ceremony likely because of feeling slighted by writers over his career, with the cherry on top being waiting too long to induct him into the Hall of Fame. His decision is sad for two reasons. First, Owens is missing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This is his one chance to be welcomed as an equal peer by every Hall of Famer in attendance. All the respect he could ever need will be there in Canton, Ohio. Unfortunately for him, he’s choosing not to attend. I have never met Terrell Owens and don’t know his background outside of football, but my guess is that over the years this decision will end up being one of the biggest regrets of his life. Secondly, […]

How the First-Overall NFL Draft Picks Have Fared in the Last 5 Years

The top pick in the NFL Draft always brings lofty expectations to fans of dismal teams. How have the last 5 top-picks fared? Let’s take a look. 2017: Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns, DE – Garrett collected 7 sacks and forced 1 fumble in his rookie season. He also earned PFWA All-Rookie Team honors. The Browns, however, lost every single game. Despite a fine rookie campaign, the Browns could have started a nine-month old puppy at defensive end and still had the same 0-16 record. 2016: Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams, QB – Goff had a terrible rookie season, making many question whether the Rams made a huge mistake in trading the farm to draft him. Goff’s second year, however, was a complete reversal of fortune. He won 11 of his 15 starts, led the Rams to the playoffs, and made the Pro Bowl. He also led the NFL in Yards per Completion. 2015: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, QB – […]