Nolan Bianchi Special to The Detroit News Published 12:21 AM EDT Aug 18, 2019 The Detroit Lions on Saturday night wrapped up Week 2 of the NFL Preseason with an exhibition in Houston. Only two games remain until the real action kicks off in the first week of September. Two weeks ago we previewed the top five games to watch from Week 1 of the college football season, and with the pros now dominating every news cycle, it’d be only fair to give them similar treatment. Here are the five best games to watch for from Week 1 of the NFL season. 1. Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots The only two NFL franchises with six Super Bowl victories meet for the second edition of Week 1’s Sunday Night Football presentations. There will also be a banner raised at Gillette Stadium, as the Patriots’ most recent title came in February with a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53. Pittsburgh shipped and let walk their most … [Read more...] about Here’s a look at the top NFL games in Week 1
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The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots are looking forward to Super Bowl LIII on February 3 – but Las Vegas is already looking towards 2020.Way-too-early Super Bowl LIV odds show that this season's final four teams may also be the last ones standing come next postseason, and scorned Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints fans should be pleased with their chances. Of course, anything could happen between now and next February. The NFL draft is coming up in April, and there's always the possibility of some star players getting injured, traded or choosing to retire over the long offseason (we're watching you, Gronk). If you're not a fan of this year's championship contenders, you can turn your attention back to your team and Super Bowl LIV below – unless you're a Dolphins fan. Then, maybe look away. 32 PHOTOS Way-too-early Super Bowl LIV odds See Gallery Way-too-early Super Bowl LIV odds 32. Miami Dolphins: 100/1 Via Vegas … [Read more...] about Rams have better odds of winning the Super Bowl than the Patriots – next year
We love all of our children, but we do not love them equally. By children, I mean Patriots playoff victories in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era, of course. What now? You thought I meant actual children? Our real kids in our real families? Like, we actually love some more than others? Aren’t you familiar with the concept of the metaphor? Ranking Patriots’ playoff victories — specifically, the 24 since Tom Brady has been their quarterback, excluding the five Super Bowl victories, since that’s a ranking for another day – isn’t easy. All of the wins should be cherished to some degree, even if the memories of some stay with you forever while others fade. Hey, it’s a lot to keep track of. But it sure is fun sorting it out, and there is plenty of room for debate. This is my subjective countdown from the 24th-most memorable/satisfying/important/entertaining playoff win during the franchise’s dynasty to the most . . . well, you know. … [Read more...] about Ranking the Patriots’ playoff wins (not including Super Bowls) and reliving great memories
By Eric Branch Updated 3:59 pm PST, Thursday, January 17, 2019 The 49ers won their last Super Bowl in Miami. Will their win their next Super Bowl in the same city? The chances aren’t great. The 49ers have 40-1 odds to win Super Bowl LIV in Miami in 2020, according to BetOnline.ag. Only 11 teams have longer odds than the 49ers, who share 40-1 chances with the Jaguars and Giants. Of note for the dynastic Patriots, who are managing to play the everyone-thinks-we-stink card before the AFC Championship Game in Kansas City on Sunday: The Chiefs have the best odds (7-1) and the Patriots are a 10-1 shot. Tom Brady’s reaction: No one believes in us. For those that actually wager on such things, there appears to be decent value in the Colts (20-1) and Seahawks (33-1) and, yes, the longshot 49ers, who had 22-1 odds in training camp before their franchise quarterback was lost for the season in Week 3. The 49ers won their last Super Bowl, beating the Chargers 49-26, … [Read more...] about 49ers win next season’s Super Bowl? What are the odds?
If the 2018 NFL regular season ended today, the Philadelphia Eagles would be on the outside of the playoffs looking in. However, should they win their next two games over the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins, they still have a pretty good chance at making the dance. Let's take a look at who you should be rooting for in the non-Eagles games, with the ideal winners in bold: First, games that affect the Eagles' chances of making the playoffs • Vikings at Lions: The 7-6-1 Vikings are a half-game ahead of the Eagles for the sixth wildcard spot. If the Eagles win both of their remaining games, they would need the Vikings to either lose on Sunday in Detroit, or next Sunday at home against the Bears. • Bears at 49ers: In the event the Vikings beat the Lions, the Eagles could need the 10-4 Bears to beat the Vikings Week 17. What the Bears do this Sunday is worth watching. If they win in San Francisco, they will still have a chance to overtake the 11-3 Rams for the No. … [Read more...] about Week 16 non-Eagles rooting guide