2018 Super Bowl Countdown: Super Bowl XIV

As we continue on the Road to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, the Los Angeles Rams make their first appearance in the Super Bowl LII Countdown, facing off against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIV.

January 20, 1980

Played at the gorgeous Rose Bowl in sunny Pasadena, California in front of nearly 104,000 fans, the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers met for the first time in Super Bowl XIV. Pittsburgh would capture yet another Super Bowl title, defeating the Rams by a score of 31-19. This was the first time the NFL had a team that hailed from the same surrounding area as the Super Bowl host, with the Los Angeles Rams playing just 14 miles from the LA Memorial Coliseum.

The Steelers also made history in Super Bowl XIV by becoming the first team to capture four Super Bowl titles, doing so in just a six-year span. The game was close for the majority of Super Bowl XIV, with Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw connecting with wide receiver Lynn Swann for a 47-yard touchdown pass, highlighting the Steelers victory. Bradshaw would go on to win Super Bowl XIV MVP award honors, finishing the game with 309 yards and two touchdowns.

Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier would once again handle the broadcast duties at the Super Bowl, broadcast on CBS in 1980. A 30-second commercial continued to rise in price, standing around $222,000 for Super Bowl XIV. The halftime show entertainment was provided by Up with People, presenting “A Salute to the Big Band Era.” Interesting enough, the Nielson Rating was 46.3 with an estimated 76.2 million viewers tuning into Super Bowl XIV.

 


 

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Colts Weekly Update: @ Los Angeles Rams

The 2017 NFL season is officially here! After a seemingly long offseason, we are finally back to football, which means the Indianapolis Colts are back in action, looking to bounce back from a down year in 2016. Recapping what we learned from the team’s trip to Los Angeles to take on the Rams in Week 1.

Indianapolis Colts 2017 Season

Needing A Little ‘Luck’

 
After the Colts lost to the Rams in Week 1 by a score of 49-6, one thing became incredibly evident in the post game statistics; the Colts desperately need a healthy Andrew Luck.

Backup quarterback and the starter for Week 1, Scott Tolzien, a 7th-year man out of Wisconsin, struggled mightily against the Rams, completing just 9 of 18 passes for 128 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions, both returned for Rams touchdowns. Late in the game, Tolzien was replaced by the newly-acquired Jacoby Brissett, who was able to complete just two of his three pass attempts, though one being completion of 50 yards to wide receiver Donte Moncrief that would eventually lead to the team’s only touchdown of the day.

After the game, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano would not clarify who would start for the team in Week 2 if Luck remained on the sidelines, stating the staff would “look at everything” before making that decision.
 

A Diamond in the Rough

 
A glimmer of hope for some of the new young faces on the Colts was rookie running back Marlon Mack. The rookie carried the ball 10 times for just 24 yards, but managed to capture the Colts’ first (and only) touchdown of the day in the 4th quarter. Mack also had one reception for 21 yards, and was robbed of a touchdown on the catch early in the 1st quarter when the officials ruled him out at the one-yard-line.
 

Trust the Process

 

One thing that new Colts general manager Chris Ballard has preached all year is that the reshaping of this team is going to “take some time,” and that the front office is very much planning for the future beyond this season. That “have patience” mantra has been evident in the team’s cautious approach to quarterback Andrew Luck’s rehabilitation from shoulder surgery, and it was apparent on the field yesterday.
 


 

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NFL Kickoff Special: Early Super Bowl LII Predictions

Kickoff has finally arrived! As the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs get ready to square off in the NFL’s first game of the 2017 season, we’re taking a look at some of the early predictions by the experts for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2017 NFL Kickoff Super Bowl LII Predictions

Bleacher Report: New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers

In Bleacher Report’s NFL season preview, a panel of 10 the sports outlet’s most talented and experienced writers and analysts got together to discuss the upcoming season. The matchup of New England vs. Green Bay in Super Bowl LII was the most popular choice.

“The leading vote-getter was the matchup many are hoping for. The television networks certainly are. After all, the Patriots and the Packers would be a programmer’s dream. Two of the NFL’s most successful and popular franchises. And two of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play the game in Brady and Aaron Rodgers. The Packers came up just short last year with a flawed team that was exposed by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. An improved defense will put them over the top in 2017.” Read the full preview here.

Judy Battista, NFL.com: New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers

“It’s practically impossible to pick against a team that won the Super Bowl a year ago and improved its offense and defense in the offseason. This might be the best Patriots team yet — New England will repeat as champion.” Read the full preview here.

Steve Wyche, NFL.com: Oakland Raiders vs. Seattle Seahawks

Derek Carr fakes the handoff to Marshawn at the 1 then hits him on a waggle pass to win it in the waning seconds.” – Read the full preview here.

Andy Benoit, Sports Illustrated: New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers

“Of course, none of these teams compares with the Patriots, that franchise you either outright love or outright hate. I searched for the courage to pick against New England, but common sense kept getting in the way…I’ll go with the Pats over the Pack, who, while talented, run too hot and cold.” Read the full preview here.

Steven Ruiz, USA Today: Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots

“In the Super Bowl, the Seahawks get some revenge and knock off a one-loss Patriots team to lift their second Lombardi Trophy. Russell Wilson wins Super Bowl MVP.” Read the full preview here.

 


 

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2017 NFL Offseason Headlines: Week of June 12

The “Road to the Super Bowl” begins behind the scenes through the months of June and July for all NFL teams. However, “behind the scenes” can make for quite a boring offseason for football fans everywhere. We’re taking a look at the biggest stories from the week of June 12, 2017, in the league that never sleeps.

Former No. 2 Overall Pick Traded

With the 2nd overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the St. Louis (now Los Angeles) Rams select offensive tackle Greg Robinson out of Auburn. And after just three seasons with the team, Rams general manager Les Snead traded Robinson to the Detroit Lions on Thursday in exchange for a 2018 6th-round pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Robinson’s arrival in Detroit comes on the heels of an announcement that Detroit’s starting left tackle, Taylor Decker, could miss four to six months with a torn labrum.

2017 No. 1 Pick Myles Garret Sidelined

On Wednesday during the Cleveland Browns’ team minicamp drills, the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Myles Garrett, went down on the field with what would later be revealed as a foot injury, leaving Browns fans to worry about the severity of the injury.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, despite sitting out Thursday’s activities, Garrett is “fine,” and the injury to the linebacker is just a minor setback.

 

Odell Beckham Jr. Makes Statement with Cleats

After it was reported last week that New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was unhappy with his current contract situation, and the media frenzy surrounding his choice to not attend voluntary offseason organized team activities, Beckham was in attendance for the team’s mandatory minicamps on Tuesday. But per usual with Beckham, it wasn’t without a catch.

The 24-year-old All-Pro wide receiver donned cleats during the practice that seemed to make a nice gesture toward the media, choosing to “let his cleats do the talking.”

 

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2017 NFL Offseason Headlines: Week of June 5, 2017

The “Road to the Super Bowl” begins behind the scenes through the months of June and July for all NFL teams. However, “behind the scenes” can make for quite a boring offseason for football fans everywhere. We’re taking a look at the biggest stories of this week from the league that never sleeps.

Odell Beckham Jr. looking for new deal with Giants

Pro-Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s absence from the New York Giants’ organized team activities (OTAs) has been well documented over the last several weeks. On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that OBJ’s absence is directly tied to the player’s “desire for a new deal.”

Despite Schefter’s tweet, nobody from Beckham Jr. has confirmed (nor denied) the reports.

Kirk Cousins’ contract talks with Washington Redskins improving

Schefter was a busy man on Wednesday morning, also breaking the news that the long and often strained contract talks between the Washington Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins have recently improved, raising optimism on hopes the team can secure the quarterback long-term. According to Schefter, there has been an “encouraging” tone and increase involvement from team owner Daniel Snyder.

New York Jets make flurry of moves

The New York Jets seem to be in a seemingly endless downward spiral, this week making announcements that the team would lead the team in a younger direction by cutting linebacker David Harris and making a decision to move on from wide receiver Eric Decker.

Despite an off season in 2016, the season before saw 80 catches for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns for the former Denver Broncos star receiver. The Jets have stated their intentions to release Decker, should the team not be able to find a trade suitor.

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NFL Schedule Highlights

Everybody loves summer, but we’re all ready to get back to football. We decided to take a look at the entire 2017 NFL season and highlight some of the best matchups on the road to Super Bowl LII.

Week 7: Atlanta Falcons @ New England Patriots

Not much needs to be said about this Week 7 matchup, aside from the fact that it might be the most highly anticipated game of the upcoming season.

After blowing a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl LI, the Atlanta Falcons will travel to Foxboro to face the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, a matchup that the Falcons are sure to have scheduled on their calendars. 2016 league MVP Matt Ryan and Super Bowl LI MVP Tom Brady will square off once again in an offensively high-flying matchup.

Week 2: Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons

Another rematch highlights the 2017 NFL season, this time, the NFC Championship Game from the 2016 season. The Packers will travel to the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta to take on the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons, the first home game at the new stadium for the team.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and company will be look to exact revenge on the Falcons, following a 44-21 beatdown in January.

Week 15: Dallas Cowboys @ Oakland Raiders

Two of the most surprising teams in the NFL for the 2016 season, the Dallas Cowboys will travel to Oakland to take on the Oakland (Las Vegas?) Raiders.

Entering their second seasons, the dynamic duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott will be looking to expand upon their successful 2016 campaigns. Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders anxiously await the return of quarterback Derek Carr, who broke his leg late in the season in 2016.

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Indianapolis Colts Season Preview: Weeks 1-4

As we embark upon the quietest months of the NFL’s offseason, teams get to work behind the scenes preparing for the road to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. We’re taking a look at the Indianapolis Colts 2017 schedule, the marquee games, matchups and moments looking forward.

Week 1: Indianapolis Colts @ Los Angeles Rams – Sept. 10, 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)

The Colts will travel to Los Angeles, California for the first time in decades to face the LA Rams, the newly-relocated team that formerly called St. Louis, Missouri home. Los Angeles is boasting a new head coach and a re-vamped roster, offering the also renovated Colts roster their first test of the 2017 NFL season. Fans will get a good early window into the re-tooled Colts defense as one of the best running backs in the entire league, Todd Gurley III, will look to lead the offensive attack for the Rams, lining up behind second-year quarterback Jared Goff.

Week 2: Arizona Cardinals @ Indianapolis Colts – Sept. 17, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)

A homecoming of sorts in Week 2, as former Colts offensive coordinator (and interim head coach) Bruce Arians leads his Arizona Cardinals into Lucas Oil Stadium for the home opener. Arians led the Colts to a 9-3 record in 2012 while current head coach Chuck Pagano underwent cancer treatment, instrumental in helping lead the team to their 2012 playoff berth. This game marks the second matchup between the two as head coaches, with the Cardinals taking a 40-11 victory against the Colts in 2013.

Week 3: Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts – Sept. 24, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

The #1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Myles Garrett, makes his way to Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 3, in a game that Colts fans hope to seldom hear his name called. This will be the third time the Browns and Colts have met during current head coach Chuck Pagano’s tenure, with the Colts winning both previous meetings. Who will be lining up at quarterback for the Browns remains to be seen, but Colts fans hope quarterback Andrew Luck can take advantage of the Browns defense that helped lead the team to a 1-15 record in 2016.

Week 4: Indianapolis Colts @ Seattle Seahawks – Oct. 1, 8:30 p.m. ET (NBC)

Arguably one of the most anticipated matchups of the 2017 NFL season, the two brightest (QB) members of the 2012 draft class square off in a Sunday Night Football battle. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck holds a 1-0 advantage over Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, a 34-28 victory in 2013. This time, however, the teams meet at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, considered one of the most hostile environments in all the NFL, a game that is sure to test the Colts in communication, and a difficult matchup for the team’s young defense.

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2017 NFL Offseason Schedule

Feeling the non-football season blues? You’re not alone, NFL fans. Following the free agency period and the 2017 NFL Draft, we’ve officially entered the quietest parts of the NFL’s offseason. As team’s set their sights on Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, here’s a quick look at the offseason schedule on the road to kickoff.

May

May 18-21: NFLPA Rookie Premiere and Rookie Minicamps

May 22-23: Spring League Meetings in Chicago, IL

Owners and league executives are expected to vote on various changes to the league’s rules, including rules that are said to affect rosters and shortening the overtime period in regular season games.

Late May – June: Full-Team OTAs

July

July 15: Franchise-tagged Players Extension Deadline

Players who have been designated with their teams’ franchise tags are no longer able to sign multi-year extensions following the July 15 deadline. After the deadline, players are only able to sign one-year Franchise tenders with their respective teams.

Mid-Late July: Training Camp Early Open

Teams league-wide are being permitted to open training camps early for rookies and first-year players for the 2017 offseason, available a full seven days before the team’s earliest mandatory training camp reporting date for veterans.

Late July-August: NFL Training Camps

The season begins with teams taking their first steps towards Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, opening training camps at various dates.

August

August 3: NFL Hall of Fame Game

This year being played on Thursday night, the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals will square off in the first official football game of the NFL’s preseason, played at the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

August 5: Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony 

The 2017 NFL Hall of Fame inductees will be enshrined forever in Canton, Ohio.

September

September 7: Kickoff

The Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots will kick off the brand new 2017 NFL season against the Kansas City Chiefs at home on Thursday, September 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The team will unveil their Super Bowl banner and forge a new path, seeking their sixth Super Bowl title.

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2017 Indianapolis Colts: Which Rookies Will Shine?

For the first time of the NFL’s offseason, team’s are reporting as a whole 90-man roster this week for organized team activities (OTA) at team complexes. The Indianapolis Colts, who report to their first full-team OTA’s on Monday, have completed the rookie mini-camp portion of their offseason. After early action, what rookies are most likely to stand out for the team in the upcoming 2017 NFL season?

To recap, a look at the Indianapolis Colts draft class:

Round 1, Pick 15: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

Round 2, Pick 46: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

Round 3, Pick 80: Tarell Basham, EDGE, Ohio

Round 4, Pick 137: Zach Banner, G, USC

Round 4, Pick 143: Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida

Round 4, Pick 144: Grover Stewart, DT, Albany State

Round 5, Pick 158: Nate Hairston, CB, Temple

Round 5, Pick 161: Anthony Walker Jr., LB, Northwestern

Most Likely to Shine: Malik Hooker

At the #15 pick, the Indianapolis Colts got a steal in safety Malik Hooker. Called the “best center fielder” in the draft by many, Hooker slid, largely due in part to his offseason hip and hernia surgeries. Although he was forced to sit out of the rookie mini-camps, Hooker’s speed and athleticism make him a surefire plug-and-play starter for this newly renovated Indianapolis Colts defense.

A team desperate to create turnovers, Hooker’s ballhawk-nature in the center of the field provides the Colts with a home-run hitter they haven’t seen sign safeties Bob Sanders and Antoine Bethea graced the secondary. If Hooker can stay healthy, he might just be the defensive stud the Colts have been looking for.

Future Prospect: Marlon Mack

With starting running back Frank Gore and the newly re-signed Robert Turbin on the roster, the Colts were able to stock pile the defensive players and focus on finding a value project at the running back position in the draft. Marlon Mack, the fourth-round running back out of the University of South Florida, very well could be the back of the future for the Colts.

In just his junior season, Mack finished surpassed Andre Hall to become USF’s all-time leading rusher, finishing his career with 3,609 yards on 586 carries and 32 touchdowns in just three years.

A speedy back with an explosive burst, Mack has an opportunity to sit under one of the all-time greats in Gore, while refining his running game and adjusting to the NFL speed.

Dark Horse: Anthony Walker Jr.

In the 2017 NFL offseason, it was clear new Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard’s focus was on revitalizing the defense. Part of this revitalization meant the team parting ways with aging middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, the team’s defensive quarterback of sorts for the past three seasons.

Despite signing multiple outside linebackers, Ballard chose to focus on the defensive secondary and line in the NFL Draft, making Anthony Walker Jr. the only linebacker the team took in the draft. After a slow collegiate start, Walker led the Northwestern Wildcats in tackles (122) and tackles for loss (20.5) in his first full season starting in 2015, receiving All-American recognition from the AP and Sports Illustrated, and All Big 10 honors.

With the Colts being thin at inside linebacker, and the team’s 3-4 defensive scheme, Walker has an opportunity to shine right away for the team and step into an important role, becoming a leader on the team’s new and much-younger defense.

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2017 NFL Draft: Big Winners

With the focal points of the 2017 NFL offseason well behind us, teams are beginning to shift their focuses towards the elusive Lombardi Trophy and Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. Which teams walked away from April’s 2017 NFL Draft as the biggest winners and most improved, according to the experts?

Dallas Cowboys – Dane Brugler, CBS Sports

“The surprise team of the 2016-17 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys, focused the majority of their NFL Draft selections on the defensive side of the ball, utilizing defensive players with seven of their nine draft picks. “While the first round pick was solid — not great, not bad — it was the value on days two and three that qualifies the Cowboys for this list. Dallas revamped the secondary with Awuzie and Lewis on day two, adding White later in the sixth round. But the best value was landing Woods in the sixth. The Cowboys traded a future fifth round pick to get back into this draft and get the former Louisiana Tech safety as they try to recreate last year’s outstanding value when they grabbed corner Anthony Brown in the sixth round.” – Dane Brugler, CBS Sports

Arizona Cardinals – Kristopher Knox, Bleacher Report

“The Arizona Cardinals, much like the Dallas Cowboys, utilized the historically deep defensive selections in the 2017 NFL Draft to bolster the defensive side of the football. “The Cardinals defense gets even nastier with the addition of Haason Reddick and Budda Baker. Arizona added some nice upside prospects on Day 3.” – Kristopher Knox, Bleacher Report

Minnesota Vikings – Dan Kadar, SB Nation

“Despite trading away their first-round selection in the 2016 offseason to the Philadelphia Eagles, a trade that brought in quarterback Sam Bradford, the Minnesota Vikings managed to find great value with the picks they did have. “(The Vikings) still managed to get first-round value in running back Dalvin Cook. I think he can be a star in the NFL, and trading a fourth-round pick to get him was worth it. On the field, he’s a playmaker who runs with speed, shiftiness, and enough power. The Vikings needed help on the offensive line, and they got it in Ohio State’s Pat Elflein. Whether it’s guard or center, he’s a starter on the line. He’s a tough and instinctive blocker who could become one of the leaders on the team.” – Dan Kadar, SB Nation

San Francisco 49ers – Eric Single, Sports Illustrated

“The San Francisco 49ers managed to trade all around the draft and stockpile picks, both for this draft and the future, under rookie general manager John Lynch. “Maybe don’t mess with the new guy? With the second pick in a wide-open draft, Lynch knew he had the league in the palm of his hand, and the moment wasn’t too big for him. San Francisco’s first-year GM got the Bears to pull the trigger on a costly trade up for Mitchell Trubisky, then landed a player the 49ers needed at pick No. 3 anyway in Stanford star Solomon Thomas, and then jumped back into Round 1 to get another top-five talent in Reuben Foster. Not bad for a greenhorn—we’ll just look past that QB depth chart for a year.” – Eric Single, Sports Illustrated

For a full recap of winners and losers from Dane Brugler of CBS Sports, click here.

For a full recap of winners and losers from Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report, click here.

For a full recap of winners and losers from Dan Kadar of SB Nation, click here.

For a full recap of winners and losers from Eric Single of Sports Illustrated, click here.

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