MINNEAPOLIS — The Tremendous Bowl will get an improve in 2019.
Tremendous Bowl LII was performed Sunday night time within the two-year outdated U.S. Financial institution Stadium, which price $1.1 billion to assemble. Tremendous Bowl LIII can be performed subsequent yr in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which opened this season and price $1.6 billion.
Now for our annual way-too-soon prediction: Who makes it to subsequent yr’s sport?
Consistent with the theme about plenty of cash, I am choosing the Cowboys and the Patriots. Billionaire Jerry Jones vs. billionaire Robert Kraft.
Primarily based on Forbes’ most up-to-date report, the Cowboys are No. 1 on the listing of most dear NFL franchises at $Four.eight billion. The Patriots are second at $Three.7 billion.
On the day after the Tremendous Bowl 5 years in the past, I had my solely direct hit: Denver vs. Seattle. I wasn’t courageous sufficient to choose a rating, however I am fairly assured I’d not have mentioned Seahawks 43, Broncos eight.
It is silly to choose any group aside from the Patriots within the AFC so long as Invoice Belichick is the coach and Tom Brady is the quarterback. Why trouble choosing a stylish group just like the Jaguars or Chargers or a stable alternative just like the Steelers or a shock just like the Texans with Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt coming again wholesome?
Let’s face it: New England performs in a weak division and is just about assured to win the AFC East and obtain a primary spherical bye. Brady mentioned once more final week he desires to play into his mid-40s and so long as Belichick has Brady, he’ll proceed to be a grasp of replaceable components.
Belichick does have one large difficulty: He is has to exchange each his coordinators and whereas he is misplaced coordinators prior to now, by no means each on the identical time. As early as Monday, the Lions will announce they’ve employed defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and the Colts will identify offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their new head coach.
Will it matter? If there are any issues, Belichick can do each jobs himself along with being the pinnacle coach.
The Cowboys are going to rebound from their 9-7 season that was sabotaged by Zeke Elliott’s six-game suspension for home violence. Whilst Elliott saved pushing the suspension again with minor court docket victories, the inevitably hung over the Cowboys all season. They have been solely 5-Four with him earlier than the suspension lastly hit, then misplaced their first video games with out him and although they received their final three with out him, they have been out of the race by the point he returned for the 15th sport.
Dak Prescott regressed with out Elliott however will construct off the adversity. Jones must get him a brand new big-play receiver with Dez Bryant now not having the ability to get any separation and he wants extra playmakers at every of the three ranges of the protection.
In fact, with Carson Wentz coming again subsequent season, the Eagles will contend. I just like the Saints, however assume they are going to have a tricky recovering from the Minneapolis Miracle and the NFC South is so aggressive they beat one another up and any of the 4 groups might win it; the Packers are at all times in it due to Aaron Rodgers however in any other case are flawed; the Rams are a enjoyable group however not Tremendous Bowl-rady simply but; the 49ers want two extra drafts and they are going to be Tremendous Bowl contenders with Jimmy G.
Tremendous Bowl LIII: Cowboys 31, Patriots 21
Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli Manning seem in an entertaining tv spot selling the NFL. It is based mostly on the film “Soiled Dancing,” with the 2 of dancing collectively within the Giants subject home. On the finish of the spot, they’re standing about 30 yards aside and Manning motions together with his index fingers for OBJ to run in direction of him simply as Patrick Swayze did with Jennifer Gray within the film. Beckham runs full pace and Manning lifts him over his head. They confirmed the industrial on the NFL Honors with Eli, Peyton, Archie and OBJ in attendance. The viewers was laughing fairly a bit…UCLA QB Josh Rosen was at any NFL occasion on Friday night time and after chatting with him, I got here away with this impression: He is obtained plenty of persona and would don’t have any downside dealing with New York. He looks as if an important child. He mentioned he holds Eli within the highest regard…Not that I am counting, however Tremendous Bowl LIII was my 37th consecutive Tremendous Bowl. I am questioning if Brady will catch up.
The NFL elevated locker room safety to verify no one swiped Brady’s jersey after the sport. Brady alternated between distraught and elation after the Tremendous Bowl one yr in the past. He was elated as a result of he had simply led the best comeback in Tremendous Bowl historical past bringing the Patriots from 28-Three behind with 17 minutes remaining to win 34-28 in additional time. Distraught as a result of he realized when he obtained to his locker following his post-game press convention that his sport jersey was gone. He had deliberate to present it to his mom, who attended the sport after receiving clearance from her most cancers medical doctors. The jersey was later recovered in Mexico. This yr, credentialed media and others have been required to swipe in and swipe out using RF readers positioned on the entrance to the locker room. Every credential was embedded with an digital chip.
I feel Kevin Mawae, who performed eight of his 16 years with the Jets, will get into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame subsequent yr. For the second yr in a row, he made the minimize from the 15 finalists right down to the ultimate 10 however did not make the minimize to the 5 who get in. Here is how the discount course of went Saturday. The ultimate 10: Tony Boselli, Brian Dawkins, Alan Faneca, Steve Hutchinson, Ty Legislation, Ray Lewis, Mawae, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Brian Urlacher. Eradicated: Isaac Bruce, Joe Jacoby, Edgerrin James, John Lynch, Everson Partitions. The ultimate 5: Dawkins, Lewis, Miss, Owens, Urlacher. As a voter, we aren’t given vote totals, so there isn’t any means of figuring out the place in Nos. 6 by way of 10 Mawae completed, however judging by the feedback within the assembly room, I feel he was subsequent man up. After the shows, I believed Mawae must beat out Dawkins or Urlacher as a result of it was clear Lewis, Moss and T.O. have been getting in. The momentum moved in Owens’ favor about midway by way of a protracted dialogue about him…Owens was in Minneapolis for a lot of the week, however was a no-show on the occasions the HOF invited the 15 finalists to attend within the days main as much as the vote. He did not present up at NFL Honors to be launched after he was voted in, however Owens was the one one of many eight new Corridor of Famers, which included seniors Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile and contributor Bobby Beathard, who did present up Sunday to be honored in the course of the primary quarter. Not less than we do not have to take heed to him bitching about getting screwed by the committee any extra. Full disclosure: I disliked his disruptive act as a participant, however I voted for him three years in a row. He did not even make the ultimate 10 his first two years. So that ought to remove any ideas of no less than one voter letting private emotions cloud objectivity…First-time eligibles subsequent yr embody Ed Reed, Tony Gonzalez and Champ Bailey. Prediction: Reed, Gonzalez and Bailey get in together with Mawae and both Boselli or Legislation.
All three of the Vikings QBs are scheduled to be free brokers in March: Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater. If the Vikings do not signal Kirk Cousins, it appears seemingly probably the most logical transfer can be to carry again Keenum and Bridgewater. There was a report that Washington might nonetheless franchise Cousins for the third straight yr, even after buying and selling for Alex Smith, then commerce him. That is smart aside from one factor: As quickly as they franchise him, the $34.5 franchise quantity goes on their cap. Cousins would lose the flexibility to be an unrestricted free agent however nonetheless be accountable for his destiny as a result of no group will commerce for him with out understanding a long-term deal and Cousins might refuse to signal until he’s traded to a group of his alternative.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots at U.S. Financial institution Stadium
Listed here are my 2018 playoff predictions:
NFC East: Cowboys
NFC North: Lions
NFC South: Saints
NFC West: Rams
NFC Wild-Playing cards: 49ers, Packers
AFC East: Patriots
AFC North: Steelers
AFC South: Texans
AFC West: Chargers
AFC Wild-Playing cards: Jaguars, Jets
Brady And The Beav.
The Beav is Brady’s secret weappn.
His identify is Jay Flannelly and he’s 5 years older than Brady. His nickname is The Beav for Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver from Go away It To Beaver. Flannelly appeared like The Beav as a child and he was at all times discovering himself in the course of issues.
He took a circuitous path to College of Michigan and arrived in 1993, two years earlier than Brady. The Beav roomed with Jason Carr, a senior backup quarterback and the son of coach Lloyd Carr.
“He is an excellent man. I’ve recognized him a very long time,” Brady mentioned. “We simply had an important relationship.”
The Beav labored for the Michigan soccer group. When Brady was drafted by the Patriots, he did not know a lot about them. The Beav was an enormous Patriots and Drew Bledsoe fan, so he compiled a scouting report on the New England gamers and gave it to Brady. And from there…The Beav grew to become Brady’s unofficial scout. As soon as Brady took over because the Patriots beginning QB within the third sport of the 2001 season following Bledsoe’s harm towards the Jets, the key weapon started emailing Brady scouting studies by Saturday at midday on the following day’s opponent, stuff that Brady would not essentially get from Invoice Belichick and the teaching employees.
“It is a report each week,” The Beav mentioned.
Brady’s response every week? “Good job, Beav,” Flannelly mentioned.
Does Brady learn them the scouting studies??
“I attempt to,” he mentioned. “I get loads of emails so I attempt to do one of the best I can do.”
This yr’s Tremendous Bowl report was detailed. The Beav had two weeks to work on it. As regular, it was on account of arrive in Brady’s in-box the day earlier than the sport. The Beav gained a little bit of fame when one of many emails Brady wrote to him went public in the course of the Deflategate investigation. He now has his personal site: Beav’s World.