Michael Strahan spent the entirety of his 15-year NFL career with the New York Giants and earned a well-deserved spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. His 141.5 career sacks are sixth on the NFL’s all-time list, but he’s also the owner of arguably the most coveted pas- rushing record: the single-season mark of 22.5 sacks. Strahan set the record in 2001 — a season in which he was dominant and led the NFL in both sacks and forced fumbles. But the last sack of the year for Strahan was as sketchy as it gets. After getting shut down all game against the Green Bay Packers, Strahan was running out of time to get the last sack he needed to pass Mark Gastineau’s record of 22 sacks. The Packers were nursing a 34-25 lead with less than three minutes to go and were working on running out the remaining clock. The Packers didn’t have much reason to pass, but Brett Favre rolled out of the pocket straight into Strahan. It was the easiest sack possible and Favre … [Read more...] about Who will break the NFL’s most bogus record?
The NFL didn't do any scheduling favors for any of the teams in the NFC South by John Breech @johnbreech 1m ago • 11 min read After sending three teams to the playoffs in 2017, don't be surprised if the NFC South takes a step back this year. For one, it's been a rough offseason for most of the division. We have one team dealing with a suspended quarterback (Tampa Bay), another team dealing with a disgruntled star receiver (Falcons) and then there's the Saints, who will be playing the toughest schedule in the division this year. With the regular season still more than two months away, you might be wondering how we already know that the Saints have the most difficult schedule in the division and that's because we devised a formula to rank all 32 schedules in the NFL. Back in February, we ranked each team's 2018 schedule using strength of schedule, but that's not exactly the most efficient way to rate schedule difficulty. To fix that, … [Read more...] about 2018 NFL schedule rankings, NFC South: Saints have it brutal in mostly even division
Getty Images If the NFL thought that changing the anthem policy would get the President off its back, the NFL thought wrong. In addition to the Commander-in-Chief’s carping about the new policy’s provision that allows players not inclined to stand for the anthem to stay in the locker room, he continues to suggest that the NFL’s numbers have dropped because people are choosing to follow politics instead. “When the NFL is down 20 percent – it’s the flag, but it’s also the fact that everyone is watching us on the different cable networks,” he said Wednesday at a North Dakota rally, via CNN. “They find this more exciting than the NFL but a hell of a lot more dangerous.” Of course, the NFL isn’t “down 20 percent,” but facts stopped mattering a couple of years ago. And many who are watching political coverage on the different cable networks would use terms other than “exciting” to explain their … [Read more...] about President continues to target the NFL
George Stoia Detroit Free Press Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Jun 28, 2018 We are nearly two months until the Detroit Lions return to Ford Field, and with new head coach Matt Patricia at the helm, expectations are rising. The Lions haven't won the NFC North since 1993 and have one playoff win since 1957. As you can see, Patricia has a low bar to clear, and making the playoffs would be a nice start. Here are five things the Lions need in order to make the playoffs in Year 1 of the Patricia era: 1. Stafford has to be super This is pointing out the obvious, but Matthew Stafford has to be on another level for the Lions to sniff the playoffs in 2018. In the three seasons Stafford has made the playoffs during his nine-year career, he has thrown at least 22 touchdowns and 4,200 yards. In 2011, when the Lions went 10-6 and finished second in the NFC North, Stafford threw for 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns. That's the Stafford the Lions will need in 2018. While … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions must do these five things to make NFL playoffs in 2018
If any player in NFL history made a more favorable impression over just six games than Deshaun Watson in 2017, an impression that has everyone ignoring two knee injuries and hailing him as a conquering hero, I need you to name names right now. I defy you to find one. Watson's favorable 2017 impressions manifest themselves in 2018 in any number of ways. Anecdotally, Watson's lack of a knee brace and full participation in OTA's and minicamp were huge, feeding the hype beast, for sure. More substantively, the oddsmakers continue to throw numbers out there that put Watson among the most impactful, most special players walking the planet. To wit, here are the latest odds from Bovada for the NFL's Most Valuable Player award in 2018 (Texans players in bold): 2018 NFL Regular Season MVP - Odds to WinDeshaun Watson 20/1DeAndre Hopkins 100/1 A few non-Watson observations on these odds (followed by some delicious Watson nuggets from Bill O'Brien):1. If you need any confirmation that this is a … [Read more...] about Deshaun Watson Among Heavy Preseason Favorites For 2018 NFL MVP Award