Countdown to Super Bowl 2019 Atlanta: Super Bowl XXXV

Approaching Week 13 on the 2018 NFL season, the Road to Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta takes a detour through Tampa, Florida for Super Bowl XXXV.

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In front of over 72,000 fans at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium, the Baltimore Ravens would capture their first Super Bowl victory largely due in part to their dominating defense, defeating the New York Giants 34-7.

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis would become just the second linebacker in NFL history to take home Super Bowl MVP honors, recording five total tackles and four deflected passes. The New York Giants would go down in the record books for a different reason, becoming the first team to go an entire Super Bowl without recording an offensive touchdown.

 

Super Bowl XXXV was broadcasted to more than 84 million viewers world wide on CBS, with broadcasting duties handled by Phil Simms and Greg Gumbel. The National Anthem for the Super Bowl was sung by the Backstreet Boys, and halftime was provided by popular rock band Aerosmith. The cost of a 30-second commercial in 2001 took a massive hike, jumping to more than $2.1 million for Super Bowl XXXV.

 


 

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Road to Super Bowl 53: AFC North Preview

With teams beginning to report for mandatory organized team activities (OTA’s), we get closer to kicking off the Road to Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta. Taking a quick look at how the AFC North stacks up compared to 2017, and which teams might surprise in 2018.

Pittsburgh Steelers

2017 Record: 13-3, AFC North Champions

A relatively quiet offseason for the Steelers in 2018 was headlined by the expected news of the return of quarterback Ben Roethlishberger,  but the future remains unclear for the team. With the core of Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown and a disgruntled running back Le’Veon Bell still on the roster, the team still boasts the potential for an explosive offense. But losing wide receiver Martavis Bryant and a trio of defensive backs in Mike Mitchell, William Gay and Robert Golden leaves the team’s defensive identity and subsequent success hanging in the balance.
 


 

Baltimore Ravens

2017 Record: 9-7

An offseason of turnover for the Baltimore Ravens, headlined by an unclear direction for the team’s quarterback position, leaves fans wondering what the team might look like heading into the 2018 regular season. The Ravens have Joe Flacco, a Super Bowl winning quarterback, currently as their starter. However, that didn’t stop the team’s front office from both only signing Robert Griffin III this offseason, but trading into the first round to grab Louisville’s Lamar Jackson as well.

The team’s receiving corps also sports a new look, with 2017 wide receivers Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin and Chris Matthews being replaced by Michael Crabtree (OAK), Willie Snead (NO) and John Brown (AZ).
 


 

Cincinnati Bengals

2017 Record: 7-9

The trend of a relatively quiet offseason in the AFC North continues in Cincinnati, where the team didn’t make many moves to improve or hurt their depth chart. The team’s biggest transactions this offseason came in the form of signing tight end Tyler Effect to a one-year contract extension and trading for Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, adding some much needed depth on the front lines following the loss of offensive linemen Eric Winston, Russell Bodine and Andre Smith.
 


 

Cleveland Browns

2017 Record: 0-16

Arguably the team with the biggest makeover of the 2018 NFL offseason, the Cleveland Browns have (rightly so) completely revamped their roster. Holding the #1 and #4 overall picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Browns were able to grab two players they believe can be the cornerstones of a turnaround in quarterback Baker Mayfield and defensive back Denzel Ward, pairing the two first-round picks with the 2017 #1 overall pick Myles Garrett. But it wasn’t just the draft where the Browns looked to improve.

The team was also incredible active on the trade and free agency markets before the draft, acquiring Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins, quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills and defensive back Damarious Randall from the Green Bay Packers. The team was also able to bring in former 49ers running back Carlos Hyde, defensive back E.J. Gaines and defensive end Chris Smith through free agency.

 


 
 

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2018 NFL Expert Mock Draft: Picks 16-20

As teams get set for the month of April, the next step on the journey toward Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta involves invigorating the team’s rosters with an infusion of youth; the 2018 NFL Draft. We’re gathering some of the top experts from around the NFL world and taking a look at who they predict will go where, continuing with picks 16-20.

 

#16: Baltimore Ravens

CBS Sports: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech | Bleacher Report, NFL.com: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

 
“The Ravens get a great value here in Edmunds, who doesn’t turn 20 until after the draft and has as much upside as any prospect this year. He’s scheme versatile and should be an interesting chess piece for the Ravens’ defense, someone who can line up next to C.J. Mosley inside or potentially be groomed to take over for Terrell Suggs down the road.” – R.J. White, CBS Sports


 

#17: Los Angeles Chargers

CBS Sports: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama | Bleacher Report: Connor Williams, OT, Texas | NFL.com: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

 
“The first offensive tackle comes off the board at pick No. 17, and he’s an excellent fit and value for the Los Angeles Chargers. An aggressive 2017 draft and the signing of Mike Pouncey has the line in good shape for this year, but the future needs addressing, and Williams can be that left tackle of the present and long-term plan.” – Matt Miller, Bleacher Report


 

#18: Seattle Seahawks

CBS Sports, NFL.com: Will Hernandez, G, UTEP | Bleacher Report: Derwin James, S, Florida State

 
“With the loss of DT Sheldon Richardson in free agency, and an obvious rebuild needed on that side of the ball, a pick to help the D makes sense. But, it also makes sense to do more to take care of the team’s No. 1 asset, QB Russell Wilson.” – Charles Davis, NFL.com


 

#19: Dallas Cowboys

CBS Sports: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State | Bleacher Report: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama | NFL.com: Mike Hughes, DB, UCF

 
“Defense, defense, defense. That’s how the Cowboys’ draft board should read with a wide receiver and offensive guard sprinkled in along the way. Rashaan Evans can do it all—NFL clubs have asked him to play outside linebacker or edge-rusher. In Dallas, he’s a natural to replace departed free agent Anthony Hitchens and adds youth and speed to a defense that’s being rebuilt well through the draft.” –  Matt Miller, Bleacher Report


 

#20: Detroit Lions

CBS Sports: Josh Jackson, DB, Iowa | Bleacher Report: Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College | NFL.com: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

 
“The Lions re-signed Nevin Lawson and brought in Deshawn Shead, but neither should prevent them from selecting a potential starter at the position across from Darius Slay should the right opportunity present itself. Matt Patricia gets a ballhawk with this pick who led the nation in interceptions last year.” – R.J. White, CBS Sports

To see full mock drafts:

For Matt Miller and Bleacher Report’s full 2018 NFL Mock Draft, click here.

For Charles Davis and NFL.com’s full 2018 Mock Draft, click here.

For R.J. White and CBS Sports’ full 2018 NFL Mock Draft, click here.

 


 

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2018 Super Bowl Countdown: Super Bowl XLVII

Once again returning to the city of New Orleans, our 2018 Super Bowl Countdown to Minneapolis features a brotherly matchup in Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

February 3, 2013

For the very first time in Super Bowl history, two brothers would go head to head as head coaches of their respective teams, as Super Bowl XLVII would become known as the “Harbaugh Bowl,” with brothers Jim (49ers) and John (Ravens) Harbaugh as the opposing head coaches. The Baltimore Ravens would send the legendary linebacker Ray Lewis riding off into retirement with a Super Bowl victory, a 34-31 win over the 49ers, in a game played in front of over 71,000 fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco would walk away with Super Bowl MVP honors in an effort that say him complete 22 of his 33 pass attempts for 287 yards and three touchdowns, the fourth QB in a row to win the award.

The National Anthem would be performed by Alicia Keys, and Super Bowl XLVII halftime would be performed by none other than the incomparable Beyonce. Broadcasters Jim Nantz and Phil Simms would handle the game, broadcast on CBS, with the cost of a 30-second commercial coming in at $4 million, the highest in Super Bowl history.

 


 

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2018 Super Bowl Countdown: Super Bowl XXXV

With Week 14 officially underway, we’re that much closer to kicking off the 2017 NFL Playoffs and the Road to Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis. Next up on the 2018 Super Bowl Countdown; the Baltimore Ravens face off against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXV.

January 28, 2001

In front of over 72,000 fans at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium, the Baltimore Ravens would capture their first Super Bowl victory largely due in part to their dominating defense, defeating the New York Giants 34-7.

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis would become just the second linebacker in NFL history to take home Super Bowl MVP honors, recording five total tackles and four deflected passes. The New York Giants would go down in the record books for a different reason, becoming the first team to go an entire Super Bowl without recording an offensive touchdown.

Super Bowl XXXV was broadcasted to more than 84 million viewers world wide on CBS, with broadcasting duties handled by Phil Simms and Greg Gumbel. The National Anthem for the Super Bowl was sung by the Backstreet Boys, and halftime was provided by popular rock band Aerosmith. The cost of a 30-second commercial in 2001 took a massive hike, jumping to more than $2.1 million for Super Bowl XXXV.

 


 

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Indianapolis Colts Season Preview: Weeks 13-17

The Indianapolis Colts are looking to rebound from their disappointing 2016 campaign and return to the NFL Playoffs in 2017. We’re looking at the road that lies ahead, with the final installment of the 2017 Colts Season Preview.

Week 13: Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Dec 3, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

The second of the two divisional matchups, the Colts will travel to Jacksonville, a city that hasn’t always been kind to the team. Although last year the team’s squared off in the NFL’s International Series at Wembley Stadium in London, the Colts have lost the last two “road” games against the Jaguars.

Week 14: Indianapolis Colts @ Buffalo Bills – Dec 10, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Heading to upstate New York in early December could be a cause of early concern for the Colts, who have historically had difficulties playing in inclement weather. However, the Colts have won seven of their last nine matchups against the Buffalo Bills. Despite having a youthful and inexperienced defense, the Colts will be facing an offense that faces uncertainty at the quarterback position, with quarterback Tyrod Taylor returning at the helm.

Week 15: Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts – Dec 14 (Thursday), 8:25 p.m. ET (NBC / NFLN)

No Manning-matchup in Week 15, however the Denver Broncos appear to be one of the marquee matchups of each of the past five seasons for the Indianapolis Colts. A Thursday night home game, in mid-December, with playoff chances on the line; does it get much better? The Broncos come into Indianapolis with new head coach Vance Joseph, with much of their starting Super Bowl 50 defense still in tact. Colts fans will also get to see the team debut their Nike Color Rush uniforms in this game, debuting an all-blue uniform and pant combination.

Week 16: Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens – Dec 23 (Saturday), 4:30 p.m. ET (NFLN)

For the first time in the regular season as head coach of the Colts, Chuck Pagano will return to Baltimore to face the Ravens, where Pagano was an assistant from 2008-11 under current head coach John Harbaugh. A special Saturday matchup, the teams will square off on a Saturday, giving the Colts two long weeks back-to-back, following the short week in Week 14.

Week 17: Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts – Dec 31, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

For the seventh straight year, the Colts and Houston Texans square off in the final month of the regular season. After winning the first 13 home games against Houston, the Colts have dropped their last two, including relinquishing the AFC South to the Texans in 2016. This game is sure to have divisional implications on the line, and could be a battle to get into the NFL Playoffs.

Season Review

On paper, the Indianapolis Colts have the easiest schedule in the NFL. Combine that with a new general manager at the helm and a completely re-tooled defensive 11, and fans have a renewed sense of hope for the team’s NFL Playoff chances. The Colts’ opponents boasted just a .424 winning percentage in 2016, the worst in the NFL. And despite having just three primetime pairings this season, Colts fans have a lot to be excited about for the future of the team.

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2017 Expert NFL Mock Draft (#16-20)

Just over a week and a half until the 2017 NFL Draft, we’re taking a look at who the experts think might be the big winners in the first round. A look at picks #16-20 in next Thursday’s NFL Draft from Philadelphia, PA.

#16: Baltimore Ravens

CBS Sports: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama | Bleacher Report: John Ross, WR, Washington | MMQB: Taco Charlton, DL, Michigan

“In the NFL, Charlton will be whatever a defensive coordinator wants him to be. Baltimore’s Dean Pees will love Charlton’s length (he measured just under 6’6″ at the combine) and athleticism. He could be a great playmaker against the run.” –Emily Kaplan, MMQB

#17: Washington Redskins

CBS Sports: Jabrill Peppers, S-LB, Michigan | Bleacher Report: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama | MMQB: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

“Peppers is a safety-linebacker hybrid who fills an obvious need in the Redskins’ secondary. He’s so versatile, in fact, that some scouts think he can play on both sides of the ball, and return kicks too.” –Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

#18: Tennessee Titans

CBS Sports: Budda Baker, S, Washington | Bleacher Report: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State | MMQB: John Ross, WR, Washington

“The tape shows Conley as a complete cornerback and that’s what the Titans need. In Tennessee, Conley could be the No. 1 cornerback as a rookie. Pairing him with Jamal Adams and Kevin Byard makes this one of the NFL’s best up-and-coming secondaries, too.” –Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

#19: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

CBS Sports, Bleacher Report, MMQB: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State 

“(Albert) Breer has alluded to some off-the-field concerns teams have about Cook, but his talents cannot be understated. Cook has been compared to everyone from Jamaal Charles to Fred Taylor. A dynamic weapon as a runner or when he splits out wide, he’d make an offense already featuring Jameis Winston and Mike Evans very difficult to game-plan for.” –Emily Kaplan, MMQB

#20: Denver Broncos

CBS Sports: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin | Bleacher Report: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah | MMQB: Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky

“The Denver Broncos need an answer at left tackle and Bolles can be the solution. He’s shown incredible improvement since stepping onto the Utah campus last August and has the athletic tools and work ethic to continue developing into a solid starter.” –Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

Full 2017 NFL Draft 1st-Round Mock Drafts.

For Ryan Wilson’s CBS Sports mock draft, click here.

For Matt Miller’s Bleacher Report mock draft, click here.

For Emily Kaplan’s MMQB mock draft, click here.

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Countdown to Super Bowl LI: Super Bowl XXXV

On January 28, 2001, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, Super Bowl XXXV was played between the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Giants.

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In front of nearly 72,000 fans, the Baltimore Ravens captured their first Super Bowl trophy, defeating the Giats in dominating fashion. The Ravens showcased their stingy defense, holding the Giants to zero offensive touchdowns in the 34-7 victory.

Linebacker Ray Lewis would take home Super Bowl XXXV MVP honors, recording five total tackles and four blocked passes, the second linebacker to win Super Bowl MVP honors. The Gants would go down as history as the first team that didn’t score an offensive touchdown in the Super Bowl.

The game was aired on the CBS network and brought in a total 84.3 million views. The National Anthem was sung by the Backstreet Boys and halftime was brought to the crowd by Aerosmith. There were a ton of announcers for this game, Phil Simms and Greg Gumbel to name a few. The cost of a 30 second commercial for Super Bowl XXXV was $2.1 million, which is way more than any of the early Super Bowls ever cost.

Indianapolis Colts: Preseason Home Opener

The road to Super Bowl LI for the Indianapolis Colts is a road of redemption, and this road begins in the preseason. A preview of the Colts preseason matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Luck’s Return

It was reported over the week that Luck will make his 2016 debut on Saturday against the Ravens. After missing nine games in 2015 to a slew of injuries, Colts fans will be delighted to see Luck under center for at least the entirety of the first quarter.

After a somewhat inconsistent training camp, Luck seemed to improve toward the end of camp and into preseason workouts. Getting a glimpse of Luck and new rookie center Ryan Kelly will a sight for the sore eyes of Colts fans.

Running Game

The running game was a major disappointment in the team’s first preseason game in Buffalo a week ago. Colts had coach Chuck Pagano said this week the team would emphasize the running game against the Ravens, with running backs Robert Turbin, Jordan Todman and Josh Ferguson in line to get the majority of the team’s reps.

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Count Up to Super Bowl 50: A Look Back at Super Bowl XLVII

On February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers played in Super Bowl XLVII. This was a unique game because for the first time, two brothers were going head to head against each other as coaches. The final score of the game was 34-31 and it was played in the Mercedes Benz Super Dome.

The MVP of Super Bowl XLVII was Joe Flacco. Flacco ended up completing 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns. He was also the fourth quarterback “in a row” to receive the MVP title during the Super Bowl. The head referee of the game was Jerome Boger and there were 71,024 people in attendance for this Super Bowl.

The National Anthem was sung by Alicia Keys and the halftime entertainment was Beyonce. The announcers of the game were Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. The cost of a 30 second commercial during Super Bowl XLVII was $4 million dollars. CBS broadcasted the game and the total cost of a commercial for this network rang in as being the most expensive ever recorded in Super Bowl history.

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