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, 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, 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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2018 Super Bowl Countdown: Super Bowl I

As team’s begin to take their final break of the offseason before reporting to training camp, we’re setting our sights on Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII. Looking back at the history of the Super Bowls before us, beginning with Super Bowl I between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs.

Super Bowl LII Countdown

The first ever AFL-NFL championship game in professional football, Super Bowl I was played on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. An astounding 61,946 fans were in attendance for the first ever Super Bowl, the big game that will return to the city of Los Angeles in 2022 for Super Bowl LVI.

The Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs were the first two Super Bowl participants. In the first half of the game, the Chiefs would jump out to a quick lead and take control of the game early. However, in the second half, things would pull a little more even thanks to a 50-yard interception return by Packers defensive back Willie Wood and a memorable performance by Packers quarterback Bart Starr. Starr, who would go on to be named Super Bowl I MVP, would lead the Packers to a 35-10 victory, throwing for two touchdowns and completing 16 of his 23 pass attempts.

An interesting fact about Super Bowl I is that it was broadcast nationally by two networks simultaneously, being shown on both NBC and CBS in 1967. There was no Katy Perry or Lady Gaga with a flashy halftime performance, but rather fans were entertained at halftime by a mix of various college bands and musicians from the universities of both Arizona and Michigan.


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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 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 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 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 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 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 Offseason: Top Targets for Indianapolis Colts

As the 2017 offseason begins to hit its peak, teams begin focusing on that coveted Super Bowl LII trophy. Now, the Indianapolis Colts, coming off of a disappointing 8-8 campaign in 2016, have a new man in charge, and are looking to put themselves back in the driver’s seat of the AFC South.

Already signed: P Jeff Locke, LB Barkevious Mingo, LB John Simon

Aside from finding the now-retired Pat McAfee’s replacement in former Vikings punter Jeff Locke, new Colts general manager Chris Ballard’s focus was evident; improving the pass rush. In just under 24 hours, Ballard has managed to sign former Patriots and Texans linebackers Barkevious Mingo and John Simon to efficient deals. Mingo, a one-year deal, and Simon, a three-year deal, look to shore up on of the Colts’ biggest problems in 2016, struggling to rush the passer and defend the run.

Looking Forward

While obviously looking for youth, speed and defensive talent, the Colts need plenty of help on the offensive side of the ball as well. Here are some of the post-day one free agents still remaining that should be on Ballard’s radar.

Jabaal Sheard, DE

It was reported on Friday morning that Sheard would be meeting with the Colts after several meetings with other teams. A former Cleveland Brown and New England Patriot, Sheard is a fast, versatile edge player that can either line up on the defensive line or at linebacker. Another young, fast edge rusher would undoubtedly solidify Ballard’s efforts of upgrading the Colts’ defensive front seven.

Terrelle Pryor, WR (Signed with Washington Redskins)

If Thursday’s rumors are believed to be true, the Indianapolis Colts were making a push for former Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, considered to be the prized possession of the 2017 free agency class. This would indicate doubts about former first-round pick Phillip Dorsett’s future with the team, thus leaving fans to believe the Colts are in the market for a third wide receiver to round out the corps. Pryor’s 2016 campaign, combined with his physical traits and raw potential, leave the former Cleveland Browns WR as an appealing choice for the Colts.

Mike Remmers, RT

Although forced to play left tackle in Carolina last season, Remmers has shown in previous seasons he can be a reliable right tackle for a solid NFL quarterback. With the protection of quarterback Andrew Luck on the forefront of many Colts fans’ minds, and with the recent retirement of tackle Joe Reitz, Ballard would be well suited to make a run at Remmers to help shore up the offensive line.

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Top Free Agents: 2017 NFL Offseason

As teams dive into the 2017 NFL offseason, focuses begin to shift toward bettering their overall rosters and pursuing Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. After the combine, the all important offseason free agency begins, leaving teams and un-signed players the opportunity to negotiate with one another. Here are some of the top free agency names of the 2017 NFL offseason.

  • Le’Veon Bell, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers

Although the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to use the franchise tag on Bell, the electrifying running back would undoubtedly be the biggest name to hit the free agency market this offseason. Past suspensions and injuries aside, when healthy and active, Bell adds a dimension to the Steelers offense that is a rarity across the landscape in today’s NFL. With the franchise tag, Bell will be subject to either a long-term extension once again in 2018, or face testing the free agency market.

  • Kirk Cousins, Quarterback, Washington Redskins

Playing under the Washington Redskins’ franchise tag designation from the 2016 offseason, Cousins was on a one-year, “prove it” type of deal. In today’s NFL that is proving to be a quarterback-driven league, the Redskins will likely use the franchise tag on Cousins for the second consecutive season if a long-term deal is not agreed upon before free agency.

  • Eric Berry, Safety, Kansas City Chiefs

Berry might be one of the most coveted free agents of this 2017 offseason period, as seemingly every team in the NFL is looking for a playmaker at one of the safety positions. Coming off one of the best statistical seasons of his short career thus far, Berry is a locker-room leader who played under Kansas City’s franchise tag in 2016. If the Chiefs and Berry do not come to an agreement on a long-term deal, Berry could have his pick of teams come free agency.

  • Alshon Jeffery, Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears

Jeffery is most likely to be the prize of the 2017 offseason, as it does not appear the Chicago Bears will be utilizing the franchise tag on the star wide receiver for the 2017 season. Despite his undoubted skill set and statistical feats, Jeffery has faced an injury and suspension riddled 2015 and 2016 seasons, so teams might be hesitant to give the receiver No. 1 money.

  • Melvin Ingram, Linebacker, San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers

Ingram rose to the top of the edge rushing categories in the 2016 season, making him one of the more coveted defensive options this upcoming free agency period. Should the Los Angeles Chargers choose to let Ingram test the free agency market, Ingram will find himself commanding 2016 free agent linebacker Olivier Vernon-type money. In the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Ingram started all 32 games, recording 125 tackles, 18.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

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NFL 2016-17 Season In Review

Completed by one of the most memorable Super Bowls to date, the 2016-17 NFL Season was one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory. From the conclusion of “Deflate Gate,” to Brady’s redemption, to the first year without “The Sheriff” and the rise of the Atlanta Falcons. We take a walk down memory lane and review the season that was in the NFL.

The “Rise” of the MVP

The surprise team of the 2016-17 NFL season was without a doubt, the Atlanta Falcons. Behind a stellar offensive attack and a surprisingly stingy defense, the Falcons claimed their first NFC title in decades, due large in part to league MVP, quarterback Matt Ryan.

Ryan finished the 2016 campaign with career-bests in yards (4,994), touchdowns (38), interceptions (7), completion percentage (69.9%) and quarterback ratings (117.1). The evening before his Super Bowl LI appearance, Ryan would go on to be named the 2016 NFL MVP.

First Year Without Peyton

The 2016-17 NFL season marked the first year since 1997 that former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback and two-time Super Bowl winner Peyton Manning would not be under center. “The Sheriff” announced his retirement after his Super Bowl 50 victory in 2016 with the Denver Broncos, marking the end of his illustrious 18-year career. Sophomore quarterback Trevor Siemian would take over for the Broncos, although Denver would miss the playoffs.

Deflate Gate Revenge

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would finally go on to serve his four-game suspension, despite his multiple appeals, relating to the “Deflate Gate” drama from years prior. Despite Brady missing the first four games, the Patriots would be led to a 3-1 record by quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, leaving the door open for Brady to come back and complete one of his best statistical seasons to date.

Super Bowl LI

The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots would square off in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, in what would become one of the most exciting Super Bowls to date.

Atlanta would hold a 28-9 lead heading into the 4th quarter, but with “Tom Terrific” leading the way, the Patriots were not to be counted out. Mounting the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, and creating the first overtime Super Bowl in league history, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots would capture their 5th Super Bowl trophy in the Belichick-Brady era. Brady would take home Super Bowl MVP, throwing for a Super Bowl record 466 yards and two touchdowns on 62 pass attempts.

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2017 Players Tailgate at the Super Bowl: Media Roundup

Described as the best pre-game event before the Super Bowl, the 2017 Players Tailgate at Super Bowl LI was the biggest and best event to date. We look back at some of the various outlets that covered the event, and what they had to say.


TMZ Sports

The guys at TMZ Sports talked to celebrity chef Guy Fieri ahead of the 2017 Players Tailgate at Super Bowl LI in Houston.

CBS “Tailgate Fan”

The NFL’s biggest event of the year attracts some big-time pregame parties and this past weekend was no different. Host Nick Stevens and the crew of Tailgate Fan made the trip down to Houston to check out the local scene in the lead up to the big game. Read the full story here.

In the middle of the sold-out kickoff party, Fieri explained the Super Bowl/tailgating conundrum: “At football games, you tailgate all year, then you go to the Super Bowl, and they don’t allow tailgating… We didn’t like that, so we thought we’d throw the best tailgate party anyone’s ever seen.” That bash included a BBQ Butts and Brisket station, as well as a Mac Daddy Mac N Cheese stand, and a dessert counter called the Flavortown Finale Ice Cream & Candy Bar. On the lighter side of things, the celebrity chef served ahi tuna poke, made with fish that was flown in fresh from Hawaii. Clearly, no expense was spared at this suped-up Super Bowl smorgasbord.” Read the full story here.


If anyone knows how to tailgate and throw the most epic Super Bowl party, it’s Guy Fieri. He hosted the tailgate at last year’s Super Bowl in San Francisco. Guy told POPSUGAR, “After that experience . . . I had such a good time. I said, ‘Let’s take it to another level.'” So he’s headed to Houston for this year’s Super Bowl (Patriots vs. Falcons) to throw the ultimate pregame party.” Read the full story here.

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