Question: Do the Broncos or the Browns have a brighter future as an NFL playoff team? Kiz: The Broncos are the pride of the Rocky Mountains. The Browns are the mistake by the lake. Denver won Super Bowl 50, while Cleveland hasn’t won a playoff game since the 1994 season, when Bill Belichick was the coach. But as we watch the Broncos and Browns play this weekend, which team would you rather own stock in? Let’s start, as all NFL discussions do, with analysis of the quarterback situation. O’Halloran: Baker Mayfield all the way. That should give Browns fans hope. It should make the head-coaching job attractive to a variety of candidates. And it’s why the Browns’ future is better than the Broncos’. New general manager John Dorsey used the first overall pick on Mayfield, an equal parts gun-slinger and leader who has command of the offense and the locker room. The Broncos have been chasing their tails at the position since Peyton Manning retired. Kiz: … [Read more...] about Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: Do the Broncos or the Browns have a brighter future as an NFL playoff team?
By Michael Silverman | [email protected] and Michael Silverman | [email protected] | Boston HeraldPUBLISHED: November 27, 2018 at 12:45 am | UPDATED: December 5, 2018 at 9:59 pm This Red Sox' team was not only the best in franchise history, but it was also the most generous in recent franchise history. According to figures released by the players' association, the Red Sox awarded 66 full shares, each share worth $416,837.72. The total of 66 full shares easily tops totals from the other three championship squads from this century, and is more than any Red Sox playoff team dating back to 2004, excluding the 2005 team, whose generosity could not be immediately obtained. Working from a pool of $31.75 million based on a formula of gate receipts from the playoffs — 50 percent of gate receipts go to the players, the other half to the teams — the Red Sox also awarded 10.023 partial shares and eight cash awards. Players typically take a … [Read more...] about 2018 Red Sox team more generous with postseason full shares than other Red Sox playoff teams
For the first time since 2014, the Browns enter the month of December with legitimate, if slim, postseason hope, And unlike that ‘14 team — a club that finished its season with a five-game losing streak — this year’s Cleveland team is trending in the right direction. So does it make any sense to believe in the Browns? For 2019, sure. They have the foundation of a playoff team without a Hue Jackson-sized albatross hanging around its neck. In 2018? It’s dicey, but if you rub your eyes hard enough you can see the vague outline of a wild card berth. In 11 games, Cleveland has already matched its win total from the past three seasons combined. With four. So yes, there’s still so, so much work to be done. But these Browns have improved at an impressive pace this fall, and there’s reason to believe their midseason turnaround could potentially extend to an unlikely game on Week 18. Here’s why Cleveland’s door to the postseason hasn’t … [Read more...] about 3 reasons the Browns could be a playoff team. Yes, the BROWNS
Josh Allen returned from his elbow injury and won the third game of his career Sunday in the Bills' 24-21 victory over the Jaguars. Allen set a franchise record by rushing for 99 yards, breaking Tyrod Taylor's single-game mark for rushing yards by a quarterback. All three of Allen's wins have come against playoff teams from a year ago: Minnesota (lost NFC championship to Eagles), Tennessee (lost AFC divisional round to Patriots) and Jacksonville (lost AFC championship to Patriots). “I love his fire,” coach Sean McDermott said of Allen. “He personifies Buffalo, right? He’s a hard-worker, blue-collar kid and loves to compete.” The Bills (4-7) are now on their first winning streak of the season. They visit Miami (5-6) next week. Allen, Bills get the best of Ramsey: Remember when Jags cornerback Jalen Ramsey called Josh Allen "trash"? He had to eat his words Sunday after the Bills handed the Jaguars their seventh straight loss. Ramsey did get his hands on … [Read more...] about [BN] Blitz newsletter: Josh Allen beats third playoff team in return from injury
There’s one thing Phillip Lindsay isn’t carrying to daylight right now: A shred of doubt. “I mean, you have confidence every time you win,” the Denver Broncos’ rookie tailback and former University of Colorado star said after rushing for a season-best 110 yards Sunday in a 24-17 victory over Pittsburgh. “You build a bond, you build what you need to get to the next step. We (need) to peak here, so that when we get to the playoffs, we can peak again.” Hang on. Playoffs? “We’re a playoff team,” Lindsay replied. “If you sit here and doubt yourself, there’s no reason for you to play.” No. 30 is toppling more skeptics — and front-line NFL defenses — by the week. The AFC Central-leading Steelers (7-3-1) came into Broncos Stadium at Mile High having allowed just 99.6 rushing yards per game, the eighth-best clip in the league. Lindsay topped the century mark on just 14 carries, averaging 7.9 yards a tote, … [Read more...] about Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay: “We’re a playoff team”