Matt Ryan was the NFL’s MVP in 2016 after passing for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. He completed 69.9 percent of his passes and led the league with an average of 9.3 yards per attempt.
September will mark the third consecutive year the Texans have opened the season with a new starting quarterback. It was Brian Hoyer in 2015, Brock Osweiler in 2016 and this season rookie DeShaun Watson appears likely to get the call.
With a healthy Derek Carr plus playmakers Marshawn Lynch and Amari Cooper on offense and Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin providing the edge rush on defense, the Raiders are as talented as any team west of the Massachusetts state line.
The Patriots have owned the division ever since Tom Brady took over at quarterback in 2001. New England has won the East in 14 of the 16 seasons Brady has been the starter, including the last eight years in a row.
Since Tom Brady took over as quarterback of the Patriots in 2001, New England has won 14 division titles, seven AFC championships and five Lombardi Trophies. He’s back in 2017 at the age of 40 and so are the franchise’s lofty expectations.
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.
Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes is more than last season’s NCAA passing leader. He’s a first-round draft choice waiting to happen, with numerous mock drafts having the former Texas Tech star moving up their boards. “The more I look at him,” said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock, “the more I push him higher.” And why not? In …
Some New England Patriots are refusing to go to the White House to celebrate Super Bowl LI, and critics are not amused. But what they do not understand is that those players are only exercising the freedom that this country gives them.