The 12th installment of “A Football Life” airs on Wednesday, Dec. 12 on NFL Network and will feature Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen. For a time, Allen teamed with Bo Jackson on the Los Angeles Raiders to form one of the greatest running back tandems in NFL history. Was it the greatest? Take a look at the talented competition.
Coach Bill Belichick had amassed a talented staff in his time with the Cleveland Browns. Many of those on that staff were no-names in the mid-90s, but became the backbone of many teams’ front offices and coaching staffs in the years to come. Ahead of “Cleveland ’95: A Football Life,” take a then-and-now look at those future coaches and general managers who worked under Belichick in Cleveland. More …
Weeks 1-4 went well as far as picks are concerned. Week 5? Not so much. Here’s to hoping we experience a bounce-back week at the Rhino’s Sports Lodge and Bacon Bistro …
Five-star upset special o’ the week: Browns over Raiders. This could be a classic case of the emotional letdown for the Raiders, who pulled off a thrilling, emotional win over the Houston Texans in Week 5 a day after the passing of Al Davis. The Browns, meanwhile, are coming off a bye week. The last time the Browns played after a week off of play? Well, Cleveland pulled off one of 2010′s greatest upsets, administering a 34-14 haymaker to the New England Patriots.
Lock of the week presented by the official Twitter page of Murder Killingfield: Packers over Rams. Unstoppable force meets movable object at Lambeau Field. The Packers are unbeaten, the Rams are beaten. Even with the Rams coming off the bye week and the Packers facing some injury woes — Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins out for the year, Pro Bowl left tackle Chad Clifton out with a hamstring injury — it’s hard to imagine a team that has been struggling so much pulling out a shocker over the champs, who are coming off their most impressive victory of the season.
Panthers at Falcons
The pick: Falcons
Colts at Bengals
The pick: Bengals
49ers at Lions
The pick: Lions
Rams at Packers
The pick: Packers
Bills at Giants
The pick: Bills
Jaguars at Steelers
The pick: Steelers
Eagles at Redskins
The pick: Redskins
Texans at Ravens
The pick: Ravens
Browns at Raiders
The pick: Browns
Cowboys at Patriots
The pick: Patriots
Saints at Buccaneers
The pick: Saints
Vikings at Bears
The pick: Bears
Last week’s record: 7-6 (ouch!)
2011 overall record: 53-24 (.688 winning percentage)
Five-star upset special record: 2-3
Lock of the week presented by the official Twitter page of Murder Killingfield record: 4-1 (last week, I expounded on how much shame I would feel if I missed on one of these picks. Well, it happened — thank you very little, New York Football Giants. Do I feel shame? Yes, but not nearly as much as the Giants should feel for Sunday’s debacle. I will remember what you did.)
I threw down on NFL.com some of his best highlights, which helped Hillis become the fan favorite who earned the distinction of being on the cover of “Madden NFL 12″ after a tournament-style, head-to-head voting by fans.
“Then run it and let’s get the hell out of here.” — Vince Lombardi to Packers QB Bart Starr, moments before Starr scored the game-winning touchdown in the famous “Ice Bowl.”
In the days building up to what is arguably football’s greatest day — conference championship Sunday — it’s appropriate to bust out this list of the top 10 greatest conference championship games played in the Super Bowl era:
After said win over the Lions, former Browns receiver Braylon Edwards — who was unceremoniously shipped to New York last season — blurted out on his officialTwitter account, and we quote, “all you Cleveland browns [sic] fans, 17 is coming back and you better bring ya damn popcorn.” This seems like as good a sign as any that ol’ dropsy-pants will let a few key passes drop in another big Browns win.
Lock of the week presented by Rhino’s Sports Pub: Giants over Cowboys. There may be a new head coach in Dallas (Jason Garrett took over for Wade Phillips this week in case you missed it in the newsies), but the pointing and laughing at the so-called “America’s Team” will continue this week (and likely beyond). The Giants are arguably the most complete team in the league. Yup, the entire National Football League. Think about it. There could be a Manning playing in the Super Bowl this season, and it won’t be Peyton.
Falcons over Ravens
Bills over Lions
Vikings over Bears
Browns over Jets
Colts over Bengals
Jaguars over Texans
Titans over Dolphins
Buccaneers over Panthers
Chiefs over Broncos
Seahawks over Cardinals
Giants over Cowboys
Rams over 49ers
Steelers over Patriots
Eagles over Redskins
Last week’s record: 9-4
2010 record: 73-57 (.562 winning percentage)
Five-star upset special record: 2-7
Lock of the week presented by Rhino’s Sports Pub record: 7-2
Let’s take a very necessary break from that annual nuisance that is the New York Yankees’ march to the World Series by focusing on a decidedly more entertaining and enjoyable pastime: American football.
We’re not even going to waste any time and Internets space here discussing trends in this great game, or taking part in some sort of statistical analysis. We’re just getting straight to the picks for Week 5 of the National Football League season.
Ye Olde Rhino’s Sports Pub and Grille is hearing things.
The good word around the watercooler is that the NFL is considering eliminating two weeks of preseason games and adding two more weeks of play to the regular season. We know. This is groundbreaking stuff.
Once upon a time, the NFL played six preseason games. As recently as the 70s (well, not so recently, as a matter of fact), there were six preseason games and 14 regular-season games. That’s just plain nuts … way too many games that didn’t count for anything. And, that 14-game season really had to mess with fantasy football players (did the playoffs start in Week 11? Geesh!).
With this year’s NFL preseason set to blissfully kick off in just eight days in Canton, Ohio, here are the five preseason games that will be featured on the big screen at Rhino’s Sports Pubery …