In the last 12 Hall of Fame classes, offensive linemen have been shut out only twice (also 2011). The last time two blockers were inducted the same year was 2013 when Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen both received busts. But that was when the classes included six modern-era candidates.
A starter from Day 1, Jameis Winston became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to pass for 3,000 yards, then 4,000 yards and also the youngest to pass for 40 touchdowns. Winston has passed for 4,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons.
The Buffalo Bills hadn’t won a division title since 1995 and hadn’t been to the playoffs since 1999. This once-proud franchise had forgotten how to win. But Sean McDermott is reminding the Bills how it’s done this season, frankly, with mirrors.
A third-round pick in 2017 from Toledo, Kareem Hunt moved into the starting lineup after a preseason injury to incumbent Spencer Ware and it doesn’t appear he’s going to give the position up any time soon.
The two key elements for any Super Bowl contender are quarterback and pass rush. The Raiders have both with Derek Carr taking the snaps and Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin pressuring the quarterback off the edge.
Ryan Tannehill passed for 2,995 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Dolphins in 2016 but he won’t be passing for any this season after suffering a season-ending knee injury in practice the first week of training camp.