The New England Patriots have a chance this season to achieve one of the few milestones that has eluded them in the Bill Belichick era – a third consecutive AFC championship, a third consecutive Super Bowl appearance.
Cornerback Jason McCourty is in a familiar spot, and it’s not simply New England. It’s New England and the same secondary as his twin brother, Devin McCourty — with the two reunited this offseason when the Patriots traded for Jason. It marks the first time the McCourtys will play together since they were starting cornerbacks …
The Giants brought Super Bowl aspirations into the fall but five weeks into the season they have already vanished. New York is already 0-5, having lost to Dallas, Detroit, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and the Los Angeles Chargers.
Few coaches in NFL history have played the hand they’ve been dealt as masterfully as Marty Schottenheimer. He coached for 21 seasons and won 200 games. He suffered only two losing seasons in his career, taking 13 teams to the playoffs and winning division championships with eight of them.
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.
Bill Belichick owns seven Super Bowl rings – five as head coach of the Patriots and two as the defensive coordinator of the Giants. He has won 237 career games, fourth most all-time behind Hall of Famers Don Shula, George Halas and Tom Landry.
We asked our listeners and readers which of the eight NFL team in the conference semifinal round would go on to win the Super Bowl – and Dallas won going away with almost 78 percent of the vote. For once, our Talk of Fame Network poll got it wrong.