2018 Super Bowl Countdown: Super Bowl II

As the road to Super Bowl LII rolls on, so does Bullseye’s countdown to Minneapolis. Next up, Super Bowl II: Bart Starr and the Green Bay Packers make their second straight Super Bowl appearance, this time against the Oakland Raiders.

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January 14, 1968

The second ever AFL-NFL championship game was held in Miami, Florida on January 14, 1968. Thus far, fans both in attendance at Miami Orange Bowl Stadium and elsewhere were beginning to form the opinion that teams from the NFL were much more talented than the teams on the other side in the AFL. There were a total of 74,546 fans in attendance at Super Bowl II.

The Green Bay Packers were facing off in their second straight Super Bowl appearance, this time taking on the vaunted Oakland Raiders. Both reporters and fans alike expected the Packers to dominate the game, and that they did. In fact, the Oakland Raiders were only able to score twice in the entirety of the game. Don Chandler, the Packers kicker, was able to make four field goals and defensive back Herb Adderley added a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown en route to the Packers’ second straight championship, a 33-41 victory over Oakland.

Not to be forgotten was Packers quarterback Bart Starr, who not only was the first two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, but was also named Super Bowl II MVP as well. Just two Super Bowls played, two championships and two Super Bowl MVP awards would help to cement Starr’s status as one of the all-time greats.


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2017 NFL Offseason Headlines: Week of June 26

In the final weeks of June, as teams begin to break for their final down time before training camp and the season begins, a look at some of the biggest headlines from the week of June 26, 2017 in the league that never sleeps.

Oakland Raiders Stay Busy

After securing quarterback Derek Carr in a massive long-term deal, the team stayed busy on the extension trail, continuing to work to keep their offensive core together.

The Oakland Raiders and offensive guard Gabe Jackson agreed to a five-year, $56 million extension on Thursday. A key piece to the protection of their now-franchise QB Carr. Jackson was the third round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, a draft class that has been very kind to the Raiders, producing both Carr and linebacker Kahlil Mack.

 

Another Comeback for Brett Favre?

Didn’t think you’d still be hearing about a comeback for Favre in 2017, did you? Well during an appearance on ESPN Wisconsin’s Wilde & Tausch, Favre hinted that he’s thought about returning to the league once again…but this time as a coach or general manager.

“That type of stuff has crossed my mind,” the 47-year-old former quarterback said to ESPN’s Jason Wilde. “Because it’s no different to me than coaching. It’s being involved in the game in some aspect. I believe that would be a dream job, working as a coach [in Green Bay] or in some form of administration.”

You can read an entire transcript of Favre’s comments to Wilde by clicking here.

 

Dallas Cowboys DE Suspended Four Games

The Dallas Cowboys will be forced to begin their 2017-18 NFL season without a returning member of their defensive front seven.

Cowboys defensive end David Irving will serve a four-game suspension handed down by the league after reportedly violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.

Irving is heading into his third season with the Cowboys, coming off a 2016 campaign that totaled four sacks in 15 appearances.

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2017 NFL Offseason Headlines: Week of June 19

The NFL’s news cycle is never quiet, even in the offseason. Taking a look at the top headlines in the league from the week of June 19th, 2017.

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr Breaks the Bank

Despite suffering a broken leg in Week 16 of the 2016-17 NFL season, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had the best statistical season of his career, helping lead the team to an AFC West title and an NFL Playoffs berth, finishing the year with 3,937 yards, 28 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Now, the fourth-year quarterback can add another title to his resume; highest paid NFL player in league history.

The Raiders signed Carr to a five-year deal worth $125 million on Thursday, including $70 million in guarantees and a $40 million signing bonus, a deal Carr confirmed via his Twitter account.

Carr now makes just slightly more than the previous record, a contract signed last year by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, averaging a whopping $24.6 million annually.

New England Patriots Pick Up A Former Division Rival

 

The Super Bowl LI champs have set their sights at re-loading their team with even more firepower in the 2017 NFL offseason, and that mission seems to be continuing well into late-June.

Former All-Pro New York Jets linebacker David Harris signed a two-year deal with the champs on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. And confirmed by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth a $5 million base value, with $1.25 million guaranteed.

And stop us if you’ve heard this one before – Bill Belichick swoops in and grabs a proven veteran who was released and adds to his arsenal for a fraction of the price.

Kansas City Chiefs, GM Part Ways

 

In a surprise move, both due to the timing of the announcement as well as the announcements themselves, the Kansas City Chiefs and general manager John Dorsey are parting ways with one another after four seasons. Dorsey, who took the general manager job in January of 2013, had built a roster that went 43-21 and made three playoff appearances since taking the job.

Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt issued a statement regarding the announcements on Thursday morning, noting that the moves were “effective immediately.”

“I notified John that we would not be extending his contract beyond the 2017 season, and after consideration, we felt it was in his best interests and the best interests of the team to part ways now. This decision, while a difficult one, allows John to pursue other opportunities as we continue our preparations for the upcoming season and the seasons to come. My family and I sincerely appreciate John’s work over the last four-and-a-half years, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future.”

Though teams choose to move on from their front office staff frequently, the timing of this announcement seems to be odd. Not many teams choose to make a change at the helm post-free agency, post-draft and most definitely not approaching the months of July.

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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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2017 Expert NFL Mock Draft (#21-25)

Officially under one week until the 2017 NFL Draft from Philadelphia, we’re taking a look at what experts around the league predict will happen in the first round. Next up: the teams selecting #21-25 next Thursday.

#21: Detroit Lions

CBS Sports: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple | Bleacher Report: David Njoku, TE, Miami (FL) | MMQB: Teez Tabor, DB, Florida

“Lions fans may not want another first-round tight end after the mistake that was Eric Ebron, but it’s hard to look past David Njoku if he’s on the board. It’ll be especially hard for a general manager like Bob Quinn that grew up in the New England system and knows how valuable a game-changing tight end is.” – Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

#22: Miami Dolphins

CBS Sports, MMQB: Takkarist McKinley, OLB/DE, UCLA | Bleacher Report: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple |

“An exceptional athlete who is still rough around the edges, McKinley registered nine sacks last season and for a Dolphins team that ranked 31st in pass rush a year ago, McKinley fills an obvious need. Offseason surgery will keep McKinley sidelines until late summer, but he’ll be worth the wait.” – Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

#23: New York Giants

CBS Sports, MMQB O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama | Bleacher Report: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan | 

“I get the feeling the Giants would like to draft a quarterback to eventually replace Eli Manning, but this is not the year—or rather, this is not the round. Instead, New York’s front office will decide to maximize the last of the Manning years by giving him a go-to tight end. Howard is every bit as polished and impressive as advertised.” – Emily Kaplan, MMQB

#24: Oakland Raiders

CBS Sports: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama | Bleacher Report: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington | MMQB: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

“The Raiders ranked 25th in pass defense last season and Humphrey is considered one of the most physical cornerbacks in the draft. His father, Bobby Humphrey, was a first-round draft pick of the Broncos in 1989.” – Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

#25: Houston Texans

CBS Sports: Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama | Bleacher Report: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame | MMQB: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

“He’s a total gunslinger with some mechanical and footwork issues to sort out. He’s also the best arm in this draft, no doubt, with some of the special playmaking and leadership qualities scouts gush about when talking about Deshaun Watson. The Texans are a quarterback away from being legit contenders.” – Emily Kaplan, MMQB

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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Road to Super Bowl LI: Wild Card Weekend

The 2016 NFL Playoffs are finally here! Twelve teams have punched their tickets into the postseason, but only two can make the journey to Houston for Super Bowl LI. Never count out the wild cards, as sometimes, they’re the hottest teams in the league. A preview of what’s to come this weekend during Wild Card Weekend in the NFL.

Oakland Raiders @ Houston Texans (Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Once the trendy pick to reach Super Bowl LI for the AFC, the Oakland Raiders have gone from a potential Super Bowl contender to a struggling wild card team with just one moment: the injury of quarterback Derek Carr. Now, with backup QB Matt McGloin nursing an injured shoulder, the team looks to third-string QB Connor Cook Saturday against the Houston Texans.

Not to be outdone, Houston comes into the playoffs with a quarterbacking controversy of their own, choosing to start the $72 million man Brock Osweiler after benching him in favor of Tom Savage for two games.

Detroit Lions @ Seattle Seahawks (Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC)

Two of the hottest teams in the NFC face off on Saturday night, with the Detroit Lions, fresh off a heartbreaking division-loss to the Packers in Week 17, facing the Seattle Seahawks, a team playing well at the right time.

While the Seahawks are no strangers to playoff contention, the Detroit Lions will not only be facing unfamiliar territory in their postseason birth, but also a difficult task in taking on the Seahawks at home in front of thousands at Century Link Field. The Road to Super Bowl LI for the NFC more than likely goes through either Dallas or Atlanta, so the Seahawks will look to take advantage of their home field advantage while they can.

Miami Dolphins @ Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET on CBS)

The Miami Dolphins, sans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, will head to Pittsburgh on Sunday to face the AFC North champion Steelers. Pittsburgh rested starters Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown Le’Veon Bell in Week 17’s victory over the Cleveland Browns, giving the three-headed monster fresh legs heading into a wild card showdown.

With potential matchups against the Patriots and/or Chiefs looming, the Steelers and Dolphins look to take that first step on the Road to Super Bowl LI.

New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers (Sunday, 4:40 p.m. ET on FOX)

In what is most likely the most-anticipated matchup of the NFL’s Wild Card Weekend, the red-hot Green Bay Packers will match up against the New York Giants, in a matchup of high-flying offenses.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Giants QB Eli Manning will bring their high-powered offenses, featuring the likes of wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Odell Beckham Jr., respectively, to Lambeau Field on Sunday. With frigid temps and a chance of snow, this game has all the makings of an instant Lambeau classic.

 

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Countdown to Super Bowl LI: Super Bowl XXXVII

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders played in Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. A matchup between Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden (in his first year in Tampa Bay) and his former team highlighted Super Bowl XXXVII.

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The referee at the time was Bill Carollo, a Super Bowl played in front of a total of 67,603 fans. The Dixie Chicks played the National Anthem and Shania Twain was the star of the halftime show. The final score of Super Bowl XXXVII was 48-21, with the Buccaneers walking away victorious.

MVP of the game was Dexter Jackson, safety for Tampa Bay. Jackson made history as being one of the only players in the secondary to be named Super Bowl MVP. Some remember this particular Super Bowl being nicknamed the “Pirate Bowl,” and this was due to both mascots looking like a pirate.

John Madden, the legendary former head coach of the Oakland Raiders, was yet again one of the announcers for the Super Bowl this time around. Al Michaels and Melissa Stark both joined him, along with Lynn Swann. There were a total of 88.6 million viewers watching the Super Bowl this time around, and the cost of a 30 second commercial was around $2.1 million. The game aired on the ABC network and the Nielsen rating was 40.7.

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Indianapolis Colts Week 16: Eliminated

The Indianapolis Colts traveled to Oakland on Christmas Eve to face the AFC West-leading Raiders in a showdown in the Black Hole. In order to keep their playoffs hopes alive, the Colts had to come out of Saturday’s matchup with a victory, among other things.

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Eliminated

After falling to the Raiders 33-25 (the score was a lot closer than the game was), the Colts officially eliminated themselves from NFL Playoff contention, missing playoffs in back-to-back years since the 1997 and 1998 campaigns.

After falling behind (again) by 26, quarterback Andrew Luck and company did their best to provide fans with a Christmas miracle, but were stopped short in their comeback attempts.

Into The Offseason

With the Colts officially eliminated from postseason contention, all eyes turn towards the 2017 NFL offseason. The big question among the media and fanbase: will there be a change made in key front office and coaching positions moving forward?

It’s no doubt the Colts have struggled to supply Luck with talent. Who’s shoulders that should fall on is a tough question, one with various answers and leaving many speculating.

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Looking Ahead

The Colts will head home for their final game of the 2016-17 NFL season, facing off against the division rival Jacksonville Jaguars. Both teams are fighting for pride and draft positioning on Sunday, as both teams are eliminated from postseason contention (and Jacksonville has already begun the search for a new head coach).

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Countdown to Super Bowl LI: Super Bowl XVIII

The Washington Redskins would once again return to the Super Bowl in 1984, this time squaring off against the AFC Champion Los Angeles Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII.

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With a winning score of 38-9, the Los Angeles Raiders took home the Super Bowl XVIII trophy title over the Washington Redskins. The game was played on January 22, 1984 in Tampa, Florida at Tampa Stadium, with a total number of 72,920 people attending. This was the first time the Super Bowl had ever been played in Tampa, Florida.

The Redskins entered Super Bowl XVIII as defending Super Bowl champions. Los Angeles would jump out to an early lead at halftime and never look back, with running back Marcus Allen carrying the ball 20 times for a (at the time) Super Bowl record of 191 yards and two touchdowns.

In 1984, one of the most memorable parts of Super Bowl XVIII was the airing of the famous Apple Macintosh commercial.

There were an estimated 77.26 million viewers of Super Bowl XVIII, and a commercial, such as Apple’s Macintosh commercial, was around $368,000 for a 30-second ad. The national anthem was performed by singer Barry Manilow and was broadcasted by Pat Summerall and former Raiders head coach John Madden.

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Countdown to Super Bowl LI: Super Bowl XV

The Countdown to Super Bowl LI in Houston heads back to New Orleans, Louisiana, as the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles showdown in Super Bowl XV.

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Quarterback Jim Plunkett and the Oakland Raiders would capture a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, winning by a score of 27-10. Oakland is known as being the first “wild card” team to win it big at the Super Bowl. In fact, this was the Raiders third Super Bowl appearance. Super Bowl XV was played on January 25th, 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Louisiana Superdome, with 76,135 fans in attendance.

Plunkett would go on to be MVP of Super Bowl XV thanks to his completing 13 of 21 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Plunkett also became the second Heisman Trophy winner to win the Super Bowl.

The halftime show presented at Super Bowl XV was none other than Jim Skinner Productions, presenting “Mardi Gras Festival.” The network airing Super Bowl XV was NBC and had an estimated 68.29 million viewers. The cost of a 30 second commercial rose to $324,000!

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