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Training Camp Summary: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers to open camp July 26th, with a revamped defensive line, the Bucs will look make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Silver And Black Pride

Raiders 2018 Opponent Breakdown: Baltimore Ravens

Overview The 2018 season will be, like, the eleventy-fifth year in a row the Raiders have to play the Ravens. They may as well be a divisional foe at this point. Oakland has won three of the last four meetings with Baltimore, but lost last year 30-17. 2014’s game might be the most memorable because rookie QB Derek Carr led the Raiders on a last-second comeback. These Ravens have been the definition of average for the last several years, but they did manage to win a Super Bowl in 2013 as Joe Flacco went on a tear in the playoffs. Baltimore will go as far as Flacco’s arm takes them, which...

Field Gulls

Is this the year that Russell Wilson solves the Packers defense?

For the fifth straight season, the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers will play each other, but this is the first time since the 2014 NFC Championship Game that the venue is CenturyLink Field. Since Russell Wilson’s rookie season, the Seahawks-Packers “rivalry” has been won exclusively by the home team, something Seattle will try to keep intact when these sides face off on Thursday, November 15th. While the Seahawks have undergone several changes on the coaching staff, let’s not forget that the Packers also failed to make the playoffs, and they too dismissed their offensive and...

Gang Green Nation

New York Jets Flight Connections 07/21/18

Good morning, Gang Green Gangsters! Here are your daily New York Jets links for this Saturday... NJ.com – Jets 53-man roster projection: Latest bold predictions about bubble players, entering training camp. Jets Wire – Darrelle Revis to sign one-day deal, retie with Jets. Jets Wire – USA TODAY predicts Jets will finish 4-12, but not in last place. The Jet Press – NFL Network picks the Jets to make playoffs in 2018. North Jersey – Giants and Jets ready to open camp with faith in their quarterback choices. NFL – Mind-Boggling Stats: NFL Training camp 2018. Enjoy your Saturday!

Field Gulls

USA Today has Seahawks finishing bottom of the NFC

It’s one thing to predict that the Seattle Seahawks will miss the playoffs in the 2018 NFL season, but this is the first article I’ve seen that pegs Seattle as one of the league’s worst teams instead of somewhere in the 7-9 to 9-7 range. Nate Davis of USA TODAY picked all 267 games (256 regular season + 11 postseason), and concluded that the Atlanta Falcons will play Super Bowl LIII at home and beat the Los Angeles Chargers to finally win their first Lombardi Trophy. I’m not really seeing Atlanta as a Super Bowl contender, but I do think the Chargers are a darkhorse in the AFC. Then...

Behind the Steel Curtain

The OVER/UNDER Game: The betting odds on Le’Veon Bell’s 2018 season

Odds on several players, and statistical categories have been released. Time to place your bet. The 2018 Pittsburgh Steelers season is less than a week away from kicking off with another trip to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, and with that comes odds on the upcoming season. Sure, everyone has seen the odds for the team’s chances of making the playoffs, winning the division and even winning the Super Bowl, but what about individual players? Welcome to ‘The OVER/UNDER Game’! Just to clarify, these odds were not created by myself, or any member of the BTSC team, but are actual...

Daily Norseman

Vikings 2018 Predictions: USA Today predicts 12-4 record for Minnesota

But still coming up short in the postseason Every season, Nate Davis of USA Today goes through the NFL schedule, game-by-game, and predicts the records for all 32 NFL teams, all the way out to the Super Bowl. His predictions for 2018 are out, and he sees the Minnesota Vikings having another very good season. . .but, unfortunately, not ending the way that we would like it to. Davis has the Vikings finishing the season with a record of 12-4, just off of their record from 2017, and once again grabbing the #2 seed in the NFC playoffs. However, that’s where the goodness ends for the purple, as...

Blogging The Boys

BTB Mailbag: Why haven’t the Cowboys made a move for Earl Thomas?

This week’s mailbag has more fans getting stir-crazy with Earl Thomas. Plus, how do teams prevent preseason injuries? Some more from the BTB Mailbag. Today we answer two questions. From Daniel: What I don’t understand is that “IF” Earl is going to be the man he was in Seattle, then why are the Cowboys not pulling strings to get it done. Is a second round pick going to ensure the playoffs? Earlier in the week, we received a new trade proposal in how the Cowboys could land Earl Thomas from the Seahawks. To be quite blunt, that proposal was weak. Everyone is getting stir-crazy waiting...

Cincy Jungle

ESPN analyst explains why Marvin Lewis will still coach the Bengals in 2021

Dan Graziano may have hit the nail on the head. When the Bengals finally broke their streak of consecutive season ending in playoff appearances, Marvin Lewis’ seat grew hotter. After the Bengals’ offense limped along in 2017 and the 7-9 team missed out on the playoffs, his seat grew hotter still. In fact, Lewis was on such a hot seat that there were reports he would leave at the end of the season. Then, when we though Lewis had finally worn out his welcome in Cincinnati, he signed a two-year deal to keep him the Queen City. It really feels that Lewis will be in Cincinnati until he...

Big Cat Country

USA Today predicts Jaguars as No. 1 seed in 2018 playoffs

...and then we lose to the Los Angeles Chargers in the playoffs? NFL season predictions are a funny thing. At this time last year, USA Today predicted the Jacksonville Jaguars would go 8-8 — and to be fair, without some monumentally historic performances by our defense we might have been there at season’s end. I laughed at the predictions because I thought we’d be somewhere around 6-10 or 7-9 and it’s the happiest I’ve ever been to be wrong. But now we’re back with the USA Today predictions for this year and Nate Davis believes the Jaguars go 12-4 and earn the No. 1 seed in the...

Niner Nation

NFL analyst predicts every NFL game

I think the 49ers end up better than this, but it’s in the range of the possible. Each year, USA Today NFL writer Nate Davis puts together an exercise where he predicts the results of all 267 NFL games, including all 17 weeks of the regular season and the full playoffs. July predictions hold limited overall value, but they are still fun for discussion purposes. And as usual, fans of plenty of teams will have some beef with Davis. Davis goes out on a heck of a limb with his Super Bowl pick, predicting the Atlanta Falcons will beat the Los Angeles Chargers in Super Bowl 53. His San...

Bleeding Green Nation

Why the Eagles won’t win a Super Bowl in the next three years — but Dallas will (lol)

*checks watch* is it August yet? I hate being Super Bowl Champions. Okay, that couldn’t be more false. I wouldn’t incessantly remind anyone and everyone who will listen if I did hate it. But I do hate being subjected to uninspired, war-mongering “analysis” predicting regression over the foreseeable football future. A few weeks ago, I wrote against the stance that the Eagles will miss the playoffs because they had a lot of injuries last year so might get a lot again this year. Today, I’m turning to ESPN Dan’s Graziano, who doubled down on inexplicable offseason takes regarding...

Behind the Steel Curtain

Steelers Throwback Thursday: An improbable L.A. story

BTSC harkens back to a time when a young, 8-7 club needed to beat the defending champs in their own yard to make the playoffs. Christmastime as a Steelers fan when the team had playoff aspirations was always a cool time for me as a young Steelers fanatic-in-training. That’s why the BTSC Delorean time circuits are set to a period when Madonna was crawling her way to the top of the charts in a wedding dress with “Like A Virgin”, Beverly Hills Cop and Eddie Murphy were sticking bananas in the tailpipes of the competition, we were a few days away from the Bernie Getz incident on a New...

Windy City Gridiron

Chicago Bears 2017 vs 2018: Stock up / stock down

In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation, he discusses the differences between last year’s Chicago Bears’ team and the one that is expected to break camp in 2018. This has to be the most I’ve anticipated a Chicago Bears training camp since the 2006 season. That was year after Lovie Smith had the Bears in the playoffs with an 11-5 record, and his team was led by Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman, Mike Brown. That team had one of the best defenses in the NFL, and the expectations on the offense taking a step under Rex Grossman had myself, and many fans fired up. This offseaosn has...

Windy City Gridiron

The Bear’s Den, July 19, 2018

Bears veterans report to training camp today, Roquan Smith contract still a question mark. BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY Zeglinski: Training camp hype and familiar stories for Matt Nagy’s Bears – The Rock River Times - It’s funny how despite making the playoffs exactly zero times since 2010, the Bears are decisively the city of Chicago’s favorite sports team. How despite being a football albatross for a better part of three-plus decades, they’re still king in comparison to teams that have actually won championships in the 21st century. No...

The Viking Age

Minnesota Vikings’ miracle play wins the ESPY for Best Moment

Stefon Diggs’ game-winning touchdown during the 2017 NFL playoffs earned the Minnesota Vikings an ESPY on Wednesday. It was a moment that absolutely no Minnesota Vikings fan could have ever even imagined. The Vikings are normally on the wrong side of last-second plays, but that was not the case during their divisional round matchup against […] Minnesota Vikings’ miracle play wins the ESPY for Best Moment - The Viking Age - The Viking Age - A Minnesota Vikings Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Bucs Nation

Training Camp Pressure Points: Defense and Special Teams

A look at the defense - the unit under the most pressure in 2018 After one of the worst defensive seasons in Tampa Bay history, general manager Jason Licht gave the Bucs’ defense a major overhaul this offseason. Licht brought in multiple free agents with production and Super Bowl experience to help bolster the unit. These players as well as the incumbents will relied upon heavily to help the Bucs make the playoffs in 2018 and the majority of Tampa Bay’s success will rest on the defensive shoulders of the team. Defensive Line William Gholston - Another no-sack year and you can bet...

Cincy Jungle

The top 5 Bengals who need to step up in 2018

The Bengals need to improve all around to get back into the playoffs, but these five players really need to up their game. After finishing two consecutive seasons outside of the playoffs, the Bengals have a lot of work to do to get back. The team has addressed some of their issues through free agency and the draft, but questions still remain. For the Bengals to succeed in 2018, these five players really need to step up. 1. Jake Fisher The Bengals need someone to step up at the right tackle position and Fisher seems like the only real candidate. Fisher has played well at times, but his...

Baltimore Sun

Five storylines heading into Ravens training camp

After three straight seasons of no playoffs, 2018 sets up as pivotal year for the Ravens. General manager Ozzie Newsome, the greatest constant in franchise history, is on his way out. Coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco could join him, depending on how they perform this season. Fan interest...

Field Gulls

Enemy Reaction Throwback Edition: Seahawks vs. Broncos (2010)

I’ve owed you guys some offseason Enemy Reactions, and it’s better late than never for me to start delivering them. You might not like these ones, because the Seahawks are actually the losers. With much media chatter that Seattle is in rebuild mode, I figured I’d put things in perspective with what a real rebuilding team looks like. Pete Carroll’s first year is memorable for the playoff upset against the New Orleans Saints, but make no mistake about it, that Seahawks squad was hard to watch. Ten losses (playoffs included) in which they were never at or above 50% win probability in...

Blogging The Boys

Over/unders for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have been released

Are the predictions good ones for the Cowboys backfield? A sign that the NFL season is close (ish) is when various odds and lines start to trickle out. Oddsmakers don’t exactly believe in the Cowboys chances to make the playoffs, but the people wagering on Dallas to take down the Carolina Panthers are pretty confident. We’ve now got some prop bets to discuss, specifically in regards to Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Dak Prescott Passing Yards: Over/Under 3,400 Touchdown Passes: Over/Under 22.5 Interceptions: Over/Under 13.5 Ezekiel Elliott Rushing Yards: Over/Under 1,375 Total...

Windy City Gridiron

Bears’ first round picks have started the fewest games in the NFL since 2015

When first-round picks don’t play, teams lose one of the only advantages they gain from prior struggles. Some teams have missed out more than others across the last few years. Since 2015, when Ryan Pace took over, the Chicago Bears have struggled. A 14-34 record is far from good, and not everything can be John Fox’s fault. Nor can everything be blamed on prior general manager Phil Emery. Struggling teams have certainly rebounded faster. In that same time, for example, the Atlanta Falcons (6 wins in 2014 to the Bears’ 5 wins) have made the playoffs twice—including making a run to the...

Blogging The Boys

Relax, Cowboys fans: Why last year doesn’t matter in the NFL and why it’s okay to be optimistic about 2018

Why you’re allowed to be optimistic about the Cowboys’ playoff chances this season. Anything can happen in the NFL. Every new NFL season is always a new chance for teams that fell short of the playoffs the season before. The NFL is intrinsically designed to be a parity-driven league; the draft, revenue sharing, the salary cap, compensatory draft picks, even the schedule; everything about the NFL is designed so that every team from every market has a legit opportunity to compete year-in and year-out. Fact is, the ‘competitive balance’ in the league gives each team hope of finishing...

The Pewter Plank

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Position Previews: Defensive line

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2018 campaign on the horizon, much of the hope relies on the defensive line. If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to return to the playoffs for the first time in over a decade, their defensive line has to play at an elite level. With the talent general manager Jason […] Tampa Bay Buccaneers Position Previews: Defensive line - The Pewter Plank - The Pewter Plank - A Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Daily Norseman

The Third Wide Receiver Could Play A Big Role in 2018

Kirk Cousins has targeted his third wide receiver a lot while he was in Washington. Will it continue in Minnesota? When Kirk Cousins was in Washington, he led a pretty diversified passing attack, and spread the ball around a fair amount. In the three full years Cousins was the Redskins starter, Washington finished 12th, 2nd, and 11th in total passing yards, with Washington winning the NFC East and making the playoffs in 2015. In 2014, the year he split starts with Robert Griffin III and Colt McCoy, the Redskins passing offense was 11th. And through it all, the third wide receiver spot was a...

2017 Playoffs Mini-Movie: From Mariota's Comeback to the Eagles Super Bowl Victory | NFL Highlights

Relive the 2017 NFL Postseason from Marcus Mariota and the Titans epic comeback in KC, to the Philadelphia Eagles capturing their first Super Bowl title in franchise history! Watch full games with NFL Game Pass: https://www.nfl.com/gamepass?campaign=sp-n

The Worst NFL Playoff Game: 2015 - Episode 11

The NFL saves the best football for the playoffs as the 12 best teams make it battling for the Lombardi Trophy. 2015 was an exception though, when the 7-8-1 Panthers faced off against the Ryan Lindley led Cardinals and...it wasn’t great.

Quarterbacks will be key for Vikings, Eagles

The Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles have had their share of quarterback issues this season, but Case Keenum and Nick Foles could be the difference maker in the playoffs.