Super Bowl prediction: Andy Reid wins his first Vince Lombardi Trophy by leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a win over the Philadelphia Eagles

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Author: Jon Kuzma


Better late than ever. That’s a good way to sum up Andy Reid’s 20 year quest for his first Super Bowl victory which will likely happen this season. Kansas City’s roster is stacked with talent and Reid gets so much out of his players.


The difference between this team and all of the others Reid has coached in the past is definitely the quarterback position. Donovan McNabb was outstanding and that’s why the Eagles went to Super Bowl XXXIX when Reid was coaching there. However Patrick Mahomes is cut from a different cloth and he’s the one who can uplift the Chiefs to new heights. Whether it’s his ability to stretch the field with his incredible throwing power or the fact that he can drop no look dimes from any angle. Mahomes is truly special and Kansas City could be on the cusp of a dynasty. Another key role will be MeCole Hardman and the fact that he’s another guy who runs a 4.33 40 yard dash. Tyreek Hill could be even faster than Hardman but the two of them together will open up this offense’s vertical passing attack. Not to mention either one of those players can be used on jet sweeps and bubble screens. Meaning there’s so many options for Reid and his play calling should be better than ever. We’re talking about a group that could average 30 points per game. It won’t be easy to stop that juggernaut and the defense will be better than expected too. Everything seems to suggest that the Chiefs will win it all this year.

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Brian Burns is already making a name for himself. The Carolina Panthers added an elite athlete to their defense:

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Most of the rookies in the NFL are hoping to make a good impression during training camp. Although that wasn’t enough for the Carolina Panthers first round pick Brian Burns. The 6’5” 249 pound defensive end is very quick off the edge and he showed that by recording 2 sacks in his first ever preseason game.


It’s his ability to go around the edge and use a dip move to get to the quarterback that stands out the most. Burns also has a nice spin move and it’s obvious he’s a finesse player above all. The other thing the former Seminole does really well is come down the line and help out in run support. Most of the time that backside pursuit is what separates the good defenses from the great ones. There’s no doubt that Brian Burns will help this group play faster on Sunday’s and that’s all you can really ask for after taking him so high in the draft. And with what he’s already shown against the Chicago Bears it’s a real possibility that Burns could be one of the stars out of the 2019 draft class. Panthers GM Marty Hurney looks like a genius for ultimately choosing Burns and Carolina will be much better because of it. This team will be very close to making the playoffs and Brian Burns could be the missing piece that gets them there.

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Brian Burns is already making a name for himself. The Carolina Panthers added an elite athlete to their defense:

You can already see why the Pittsburgh Steelers traded up to draft Devin Bush. His closing speed is incredible:

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In football defense is all about reacting. Defenders must take their read step and then pursue the ball carrier in whatever direction the play is flowing. Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Devin Bush is already showing he’s a natural in this aspect of the game.


Not only are Bush’s instincts amazing, he can close in on ball carriers very quickly. Having Bush right in the middle of this defense makes the Steelers so much tougher on that side of the ball. By taking away the inside running game Pittsburgh can dictate the terms against their opponents and force teams to alter their game plan. By eliminating one the most important parts of the field it definitely plays into the Steelers favor and that’s what Bush can do for this group. He’s also a defender who can intimidate his opponents and cause receivers to become timid when they go over the middle. Add in the fact that Bush has a motor that never shuts off and you can see why GM Kevin Colbert traded up to get the former Wolverine. It’s because this one addition will make a drastic impact right away. Which might be enough to get this franchise back to the playoffs.

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Devin Bush’s closing speed is incredible. You can see why Pittsburgh traded up to get him.

Are the New England Patriots and Tom Brady heading their separate ways? There’s plenty of signs that seem to indicate that:

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There’s been so much speculation about the New England Patriots the past three years. We’ve heard reports that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are at odds and can’t stand each other anymore. Brady has considered leaving the team in the past because of how he’s been treated and some thought Belichick would retire after last year’s Super Bowl.


Then there was the rumor that Belichick wanted to trade Brady and keep Jimmy Garoppolo so that was another challenge for everyone involved. And now we’re hearing that Tom Brady’s house is for sale in Massachusetts and you have to remember Brady’s new deal is actually void after the 2019 season. The Patriots also can’t franchise tag Brady because of a clause in his new agreement. All of these signs lead one to believe this could be the last ride for Brady and the Patriots. Belichick wants to prove he can win another Lombardi Trophy without his future Hall of Fame quarterback. On the opposite side of the coin Brady is ready to show what he can do for some other team. Based on the past you have to believe both sides will be professional and put their egos aside in hopes of making one more great run. It’s been 19 years of greatness for Brady but it’s starting to feel like he’ll have on a different jersey in 2020.

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Are the New England Patriots and Tom Brady finally heading their separate ways.

Jalen Hurd starred in the San Francisco 49ers’ 17-9 win over the Dallas Cowboys:

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When the San Francisco 49ers drafted Jalen Hurd in the third round they got an interesting prospect. Hurd was a running back at the University of Tennessee for three years before transferring to Baylor University and switching to the wide receiver position.


The move made sense for Hurd because he was almost too big to be a running back at 6’5” tall. However that height would give him a leg up as a pass catcher and that was on display in the 49ers’ 17-9 win over the Cowboys. Hurd caught one pass and then refused to be denied on the goal line which is something a former running back would take pride in. That play finished in the end zone for six points and Hurd also scored on a jump ball where he elevated above the defender for a touchdown. It’s only the preseason but you couldn’t have asked for a better night from a rookie who is trying to make a name for himself in this league. With all of the talent that Jalen Hurd possesses this might not be a fluke either. Size, speed, power and a knack for the game. These traits are what will make the 23 year old a success in this league. Kyle Shanahan finally has all of the tools to outgun his opponents this year and Hurd should be a significant piece of the puzzle along with George Kittle, Marquise Goodwin, and Deebo Samuel. Meaning the 49ers could be entering a golden era in 2019.

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Jalen Hurd was the 49ers’ best player in their win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Daniel Jones had a better opening night than Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins did in their rookie debuts:

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Everyone is talking about how good Kyler Murray looked in the Cardinals first preseason game but most of his passes were short completions. To be perfectly honest Brett Hundley threw the ball just as well as Murray and then there was Dwayne Haskins.


The Redskins’ rookie struggled throwing 2 interceptions and had the worst night out of the three first round quarterbacks. Which leaves the best performer for last and that was New York’s Daniel Jones. Remember Jones has been under a ton of scrutiny ever since the Giants drafted him above Haskins and he was even booed at a Yankees game. Despite that Jones looked sharp against the Jets in his first pro match-up and this is where he can start to win some of the fans back. Eventually people will start to respect Daniel Jones if he continues to be resilient. He took the first step by showing up Murray and Haskins. The question is whether or not Jones can maintain this high level of output? Consistency is what will define his career but it’s been a good start so far. Eli Manning will become nervous with every strong performance Jones turns in because that means the Giants can turn the page on him sooner rather than later.

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Daniel Jones’ opening night went very well for the Giants rookie.

Mason Rudolph and James Washington stole the show in the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-28 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

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Two former Oklahoma State teammates put on a show in the Pittsburgh Steelers week one preseason win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Those players were Mason Rudolph and James Washington who were clearly relying on their past rapport to take over in this football game. While every other QB and receiver have to work hard to hash out the rhythm and timing of each route. Rudolph and Washington looked lightyears ahead of everybody else and that showed on the stat line. Rudolph threw for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 8 passing attempts. Including a perfect back shoulder throw to Washington for the Steelers first touchdown of the night. You know we’ve been hearing that Donte Moncrief or Diontae Johnson will be Pittsburgh’s number two receiver but Washington will close the gap if he keeps playing like this. Now the second year pass catcher has to prove he can do it against the starters in the regular season. For the time being though this is a big win for Washington and it’ll help his confidence moving forward. The same goes for Rudolph and he looks like he’s capable of taking over after Ben Roethlisberger retires. Which proves just how well run the Steelers are as an organization. They always reload and come back stronger.

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Baker Mayfield didn’t skip a beat in his return to the gridiron and the Cleveland Browns appear to be the real deal:

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Okay let’s not get too excited it was only one preseason game but there were a few takeaways that became obvious. First and foremost Cleveland beat Washington 30-10 and that shows that Freddie Kitchens and the coaching staff are doing something right.


Kitchens is the opposite of Bill Belichick in the sense that he brings an outgoing coaching style to the table and the Browns respond well to it. The other major observation was how well Baker Mayfield looked after being away from football for the past several months. You never know if a player will become complacent in the off-season but Mayfield came out zipping the ball all over the field. Once his night was done Mayfield finished with 77 yards, 1 touchdown, and a 158 passer rating. The way he energizes that team is amazing and the second year QB will be the driving force behind Cleveland’s success. Yeah John Dorsey acquired all of these weapons who are top tier athletes. However at the center of it all is Baker Mayfield and there’s not many other passers who would be a better fit for this system. Everything is clicking for the Dog Pound and everything is clicking for Mayfield. Which is dangerous for the other 31 teams in the league.

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Baker Mayfield came out firing in his return to the gridiron.

Eli Manning is in the final year of his contract and the New York Giants’ fan base should send him off the right way:

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It’s easy for people to take shots at Eli Manning. His demeanor is somewhat sluggish and sometimes it appears that Manning is overwhelmed in press conferences. However the New York Giants fan base has to remember everything he’s done for their organization.


Two Super Bowl titles and for fifteen years Manning has gave big blue a reliable quarterback under center. So now that the veteran signal caller’s time is winding down everyone should be grateful that they got to witness such a great run. The Giants won 124 games since number 10 took over the reins and only Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Ben Roethlisberger have more when it comes to the current QBs in the NFL. New York has been so incredibly successful during that time span and it’s only right that we send Manning off the right way. Maybe he’ll get another one year contract or it’s possible that another team signs him. Although the odds of that happening are low and you have to pay respect to one of the legends of the game. The naysayers and Twitter mob want you to think otherwise but don’t fall for it. Even if you aren’t a Giants fan you have to appreciate the contributions that Eli Manning gave to the league. Sundays were always special because of those moments.

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The New York Giants’ fan base cherish this final season with Eli Manning.

The way Jalen Ramsey plays the game is so fun to watch. He sets the tone for the Jacksonville Jaguars:

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Let’s be honest Jalen Ramsey took it a little bit too far when he did the GQ interview a year ago. The 24-year-old cornerback called out just about every single quarterback in the league and was a little too braggadocios. Although that same confidence is what makes Ramsey so great. You’ll always see him trash talking his opponents and he never backs down from any match-up.


If Ramsey has to cover Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, or Odell Beckham Jr. it’s no big deal for him. This guy wants to be the best and that means there’s going to be some tests along the way. However his athleticism is so amazing that it’s easy to compete. It’s tough to find a cornerback that can break on the ball like Ramsey and he’s made some really acrobatic interceptions during his career. Even if the receiver does catch the ball Ramsey is also exceptional at ripping it out immediately after. Those plays end up going down as defended passes and you know the other Jaguars players love having a teammate who rattles the other team. Jacksonville should lock the former first round pick up because he recently came out and said that the Titans and Raiders are two teams that appeal to him. If Ramsey signs with a division opponent then Tom Coughlin has failed as Vice President of Football Operations. That’s the last thing on earth that should happen.

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Jalen Ramsey plays the game with so much confidence.

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