By Rich Thompson | [email protected] | Boston HeraldJanuary 4, 2019 at 4:09 pm FOXBORO — Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty’s nine previous NFL seasons never extended beyond 16 games. While his twin brother Devin was enjoying first round byes, routine AFC title games and four Super Bowls with the Patriots, Jason McCourty endured eight fruitless campaigns with the Tennessee Titians and last season with the hapless (0-16) Cleveland Browns. McCourty has played in 138 NFL games with 116 starts but is a novice when it comes to the post season. McCourty’s status was upgraded when the Patriots locked down the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs with a 38-3 win over the New York Jets on Dec. 30. McCourty will make his first playoff start on Jan. 13 at Gillette Stadium against an opponent to be determined on wildcard weekend. The Browns traded McCourty to New England on March 15 and appeared in 16 games with 12 starts. “I joked with a lot of guys on the … [Read more...] about Jason McCourty excited about being in the NFL playoffs
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By Barry Wilner The Associated Press Mon., Dec. 31, 2018 While the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams were mesmerizing NFL fans with their offensive onslaughts, something else might have gone unnoticed. More teams that failed to make the playoffs in 2017 qualified this season than there are repeaters. Seven of the 12 qualifiers didn’t make it last year, some not coming close. The Chiefs, Saints, Rams, Patriots and defending champion Eagles are back. Houston, which started 0-3, and Chicago went from worst to first. Amazing? Not quite: in 15 of the past 16 seasons, that’s occurred. Baltimore hadn’t gotten to the post-season the last three seasons, but squeezed in by winning the AFC North — at the expense of perennial qualifier Pittsburgh, which did an uncharacteristic flop by dropping five of its final six games. Article Continued Below Indianapolis hadn’t advanced since 2014, either, and took care of that … [Read more...] about Plenty of fresh faces in the NFL playoff picture
Seventeen weeks of the NFL season are complete and we have our 12 playoff teams. In general, this was a fantastic season that came down to the wire, as it should. The drama at the end of the late afternoon window was fantastic, an excellent end to the season. The Colts and the Ravens are going to be hard to beat in the playoffs Andrew Luck is now 11-0 against the Titans and 12-1 against top five scoring defenses after Week 5 in his career. He is a baller. The game went exactly as I expected, even without Marcus Mariota. The Colts dominated the line of scrimmage all night. Marlon Mack rushed 25 times for 118 yards. Their offensive line kept Luck mostly upright and he dominated outside of a single poor throw. Luck was 24/35 for 285 yards with three touchdowns. Yes, his interception was awful, but that’s not the norm for Luck. The Colts defense, which doesn’t get enough love, made things difficult for the Titans rushing attack. Henry got his yards, but when it mattered the … [Read more...] about Which teams are the most dangerous ones in the NFL playoffs?
After improbable win over the Patriots, the Dolphins have a shot at a playoff spot in the AFC by Pete Prisco @PriscoCBS moments ago • 1 min read The "Miracle in Miami'' improved the Miami Dolphins to 7-6 on the season. And with that impractical victory over the New England Patriots, if the Dolphins win out, getting to 10-6, they could very well be in the playoffs.How is that possible? How does a team that lacks great talent, and starts a quarterback who most want replaced, find itself in a playoff race?The answer is coach Adam Gase.In his third season with the Dolphins, he has taken his team, one that doesn't always look pretty, and turned them into a contender in December. When you scan the roster, most likely you, too, will wonder as well how the Dolphins are in the playoff race.Sorry to interrupt your reading, but just a quick PSA here. We have a pretty amazing daily NFL podcast you may not be aware of. It's hosted by Will Brinson and … [Read more...] about NFL Week 15 Power Rankings: Dolphins are in the AFC playoff race thanks to Adam Gase’s coaching
On NFL new season-eve, here's our guide to what has changed during the summer, and what to look out for in the 2018 regular season. Franchise-saving rookie quarterbacks The NFL is quite a kind old beast, really. Whereas in “our” football the reward for sucking is relegation and nine-hour round trips to Rochdale on a Tuesday night, playing horribly in the NFL means you get first choice of college football’s brightest stars. This means the Cleveland Browns (an impossibly terrible 1-31 over the last two seasons) now have Baker Mayfield, the number one pick out of Oklahoma who won’t start the season ahead of Tyrod Taylor, but looks like he may be the real deal. 21-year-old Sam Darnold is being thrown straight in at the deep end for the New York Jets, while Josh Allen - a baby-faced 6’5” Californian with a bazooka for an arm - is either going to save the Buffalo Bills by throwing eight 7,000-yard touchdowns every single game or be the worst player in the … [Read more...] about Rookies, coaches and rules: What’s new in the NFL this season?