Football News

  • The Philadelphia Eagles are the 2018 Super Bowl champions. Philadelphia defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 on Sunday in Super Bowl LII in what was an historic display of offense for an NFL playoff game, with a record 1,151 total combined yards. The Eagles were overlooked by many heading into the postseason due to starting quarterback Carson Wentz’s season-ending injury, but backup Nick Foles guided them to victory despite being underdogs for their entire playoff run.
  • The New England Patriots will have their most important receiver in the lineup for Super Bowl LII on Sunday after Rob Gronkowski cleared the conconcussion protocol.
  • The NFL offseason doesn't officially begin until after the Super Bowl, but the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins just couldn’t wait this year. Kansas City reportedly has an agreement in place to trade veteran quarterback Alex Smith to Washington once teams are able to deal again in March.
  • The New England Patriots are already heavy favourites to win Super Bowl LII, but they almost didn’t make it there. The Patriots trailed the Jacksonville Jaguars for most of Sunday’s AFC championship game before a Tom Brady touchdown toss to Danny Amendola gave New England the lead late in the fourth quarter of the 24-20 win.
  • The Minnesota Vikings will play for the NFC championship after one of the wildest endings ever to an NFL playoff game. Minnesota defeated the New Orleans Saints 29-24 on Sunday, scoring a touchdown on the final play of the game after New Orleans took the lead on a field goal with 25 seconds remaining. Vikings quarterback Case Keenum found Stefon Diggs for the game-winning play, which began on their own 39-yard line.
  • The Oakland Raiders responded to a disappointing 2017 season by looking to the franchise’s past to find answers, no matter the cost. Oakland introduced Jon Gruden on Tuesday for his second stint as Raiders head coach, 16 years after he was traded away. Oakland’s interest in Gruden was rumoured for months, and it reportedly took a hefty sum of money to lure him away from his long-standing gig as a commentator on Monday Night Football.
  • Monday’s college football playoff national championship game between Alabama and Georgia is a study in similarity. The two Southeastern Conference foes are built behind the same philosophy: honed by Alabama coach Nick Saban and implemented in Georgia by former Saban assistant Kirby Smart. Both teams have a run-focused offense and a stifling defense filled with players ready to make an impact on the NCAA’s biggest stage and perhaps make the leap to the NFL.
  • The Buffalo Bills are in the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. Buffalo had a little help ending its lengthy drought—the longest active drought of any professional sports franchise in North America—from the Cincinnati Bengals, who defeated the Baltimore Ravens to open a wild card spot for the Bills. The good fortune was a welcome change for a Buffalo franchise that has had every right to feel cursed ever since its last playoff game in January of 2000.
  • Johnny Manziel is one step closer to returning to professional football, albeit a little further north this time. Manziel was cleared to sign a contract with a CFL team on Thursday, and his rights in the league are owned by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who appear interested in his services.
  • There’s still hope for the Dallas Cowboys on their three-game winning streak, but not much of it. The return of running back Ezekiel Elliott from a six-game suspension restores Dallas’ offense to full strength, but they have a mountain to climb in the final two weeks of the regular season. In order to secure a wild card berth, the Cowboys will need to win out and get more than a little help with some of the teams in front of them.
  • It would have been impossible to foresee the Jacksonville Jaguars as a playoff team 12 months ago, when the team was struggling through yet another lost season and a dismal 3-13 record. But a new head coach and some important additions turned Jacksonville around, and the Jaguars are 10-4 and on their way to the postseason for the first time in a decade with arguably the most complete team in franchise history. Even their quarterback is playing well.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles have been the talk of the NFC this season, wrapping up the NFC East with three weeks remaining after defeating fellow division-leaders the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. But Sunday’s victory came at a high price for the Eagles, who lost starting quarterback and MVP candidate Carson Wentz for the year due to a torn ACL. Philadelphia’s offense is untested without Wentz, and it will have three games to tune up before the playoffs begin in the hyper-competitive conference.
  • The New York Giants couldn’t wait any longer. Following their 10th loss of 2017 and facing a quarterback controversy with Eli Manning benched, the Giants fired head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese on Monday. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will take over as interim head coach for New York’s final four games of this lost season, and assistant GM Kevin Abrams will be interim GM.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs had a mini meltdown late in Sunday’s 38-31 loss to the New York Jets. Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters was unhappy with a penalty called against Kansas City and he expressed his displeasure by picking up the penalty flag and tossing it into the stands. Assuming he was ejected, Peters then left the field, only to return when he realized he was still eligible to play. The Jets scored the game-winning touchdown a few plays later.
  • The Eli Manning era is nearing its end for the New York Giants. Head coach Ben McAdoo announced Tuesday that the Giants, who are a disappointing 2-9 this season after making the playoffs in 2016, will start Geno Smith in their next game, ending Manning’s streak of consecutive starts at 210. Manning won two Super Bowls during his time with New York, but the 36-year-old does not appear to be in the team’s rebuilding plans.
  • The Calgary Stampeders were less than 10 yards away from taking a commanding fourth-quarter lead in the 105th Grey Cup championship on Sunday, but the Toronto Argonauts stormed back to win 27-24 on a snowy evening in Ottawa. The loss was Calgary’s second Grey Cup defeat in as many years, and Toronto has now won its last six CFL championship appearances.
  • All of a sudden, the Buffalo Bills look lost. A month ago Buffalo was behaving like a team bound for the playoffs, but a three-game losing skid has pushed the Bills to the outside of the AFC playoff picture, and their road doesn’t get much easier in the final weeks of the season. Sunday’s 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers exposed many of Buffalo’s self-inflicted issues, along with some terrible luck.
  • After spending 15 months unsure if he would ever set foot on a football field again, Teddy Bridgewater didn’t take anything about his return on Sunday for granted. Bridgewater may not have played a down of the Minnesota Vikings’ 38-30 win over Washington, but he seemed to enjoy everything about being back as part of Minnesota’s active roster.
  • The San Francisco 49ers hope they’ve found their quarterback of the future in Jimmy Garoppolo, who was acquired from the New England Patriots for a 2018 second-round pick on Monday. Garoppolo has spent a few seasons backing up Patriots starter Tom Brady and was once believed to be Brady’s successor, but his pending free-agency forced New England to act before the upcoming trade deadline.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles shocked many when they traded a large package of draft picks to move up in the 2016 draft and take Carson Wentz, but their gamble is already paying off. Wentz is emerging as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in his second professional season, and he has the Eagles well-positioned to return to the playoffs.
  • Aaron Rodgers could miss the remainder of the 2017 season after suffering a broken collarbone on Sunday, which is very concerning for the Green Bay Packers. Now more than ever, Green Bay’s offense is built to rely on Rodgers’ superlative talents, and losing him could spell the end of any playoff hopes for this year.
  • Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension will finally begin after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the injunction that was keeping him on the field and ordered his case dismissed.
  • The Oakland Raiders’ bad luck on offense just got even worse. Oakland has been struggling to score points over its last two games, only managing 10 in a loss to the Washington Redskins and matching that disappointing total on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. But the Raiders lost more than just the game against Denver: they also lost their starting quarterback for at least a couple weeks.
  • The Chicago Bears signed Mike Glennon to provide some veteran stability at the quarterback position, but Glennon might be their biggest problem on offense four games into the season. He fumbled twice and threw two interceptions in a 35-14 loss to the rival Green Bay Packers on Thursday as Chicago fell to 1-3 with plenty of questions about who will start the next game.
  • After only scoring three points in a Week 1 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants could point to injured star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. as the reason for their anemic offense. Now they have no excuse. Beckham made his season debut on Monday, but his return from an ankle injury wasn’t nearly enough to lift New York out of its scoring funk, which now bridges multiple years.
  • The Arizona Cardinals’ season started in the worst possible fashion with a 35-23 loss to the Detroit Lions that also cost them their best offensive player. Running back David Johnson—a consensus top pick in most fantasy football drafts—left the game with a dislocated wrist, and Arizona appears to be preparing for a season without him in the backfield.
  • The New England Patriots ended last season with the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, but they began this season on the other end of a tough loss. The Kansas City Chiefs outscored New England 21-0 in the fourth quarter to prevail 42-27 on Thursday, recording more total yards on offence than a Bill Belichick-coached team has ever allowed in the process.
  • No one expected Brock Osweiler to be back with the Denver Broncos a year after spurning them to sign a big contract with the Houston Texans, but the stars aligned after Osweiler was traded to the Cleveland Browns and then released. Denver’s backup quarterback suffered a preseason injury, opening the door for Osweiler to come back, albeit under very different circumstances than when he left.
  • A good quarterback is more valuable than ever in today’s NFL, and some of the best in the league appear set for a big raise if the recent contract extensions for Matthew Stafford and Derek Carr become the new standard. Stafford and Carr may not be the top two passers in terms of talent, but for the time being they are set to be paid as such, which should affect upcoming extension negotiations for players like Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers.
  • A large group of Cleveland Browns players became the latest to join the anthem protests that are spreading around the NFL. Several Browns knelt in a circle during the anthem before Monday’s preseason game against the New York Giants, echoing similar displays from players on teams like the Seattle Seahawks, the Oakland Raiders, and the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Ezekiel Elliott will likely file an appeal of his six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Elliott was accused of domestic violence last July, and he stands to miss a large chunk of his second professional season after becoming one of the breakout stars on the Dallas Cowboys.