The Pro Bowl is beloved by NFL fans across the globe, and the league’s players often react with joy or disdain at being selected or passed over for the annual showcase. It is, however, a flawed concept, given that every year it appears to be more of a popularity contest, reflecting which team’s fans can register the most votes.… Read more
Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers sees a matchup between two head coaches who are regarded amongst the most innovative and exciting offensive play callers in the league.
Tennessee were seen as outsiders in this game who, behind Derrick Henry’s bulldozing running, Ryan Tannehill’s emergence as an offensive threat, and the play calling of offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, had a real chance to emerge from Foxborough victorious.
Much will be made of the lack of juice to the Patriots passing attack in this game, and Tom Brady certainly didn’t look like the G.O.A.T against the Titans defence. A number of passes were just off in terms of accuracy, or resulted in incompletions due to the quarterback and receiver not being on the same page. There was a notable instance where Brady seemed frustrated with rookie wideout N’Keal Harry on a failed connection, not for the first time this season.
Buffalo coach Sean McDermott had helped lead the Bills to the postseason for the second time in his three years at the helm. Whilst the Bills, like the Texans, have had a potent running attack this year, they made it to the postseason on the back of a smothering defense, which ranked third overall in the league.
Buffalo’s lack of killer instinct on offence ultimately allowed Houston to hang around and claw their way back into the game in the second half.
Fans of both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Miami Dolphins have had their sights set on the 2020 season for much of this campaign. With Miami’s 38-35 overtime victory at Hard Rock Stadium, the Bengals secured the first overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. What can supporters of both franchises take forward into the offseason and next season?
Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin’s season couldn’t have got off to a worse start this year. In the season opener, the team lost longtime franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the season in a defeat to the New England Patriots. They then proceeded to drop the following two games to the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
The Buffalo Bills have somewhat flown under the radar this year. A case in point was after their recent Thanksgiving Day victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Most of the press buzz after that game was focused on Dallas’ performance and what it meant for the future of Jason Garrett.
Last Thursday night at Soldier Field we saw the peak of the recent Mitchell Trubisky mini-revival. In front of a primetime audience, the much-maligned quarterback of the Chicago Bears put in his best performance of a disappointing season.
Everyone expected the Niners to be better this year, especially with the return of Jimmy Garoppolo under centre. No one expected them to be amongst the league’s elite though at this point in the year.
As the 2019/20 NFL year moves towards the postseason, for many teams out of playoff contention the focus becomes not the Super Bowl, but the NFL draft.
What did the Niners’ obliteration of Aaron Rodgers’ Packers tell us?
All the promise and optimism surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars of a few seasons ago, when they reached the AFC Championship Game, seems to have long since dissipated.