Marvin Lewis didn’t plan to watch the Steelers advance to the AFC title game on Sunday by winning in Kansas City by the same score _ 18-16 _ they beat the Bengals in Cincinnati last year in the wild Wild Card Game. Plus, he didn’t want to watch the Falcons make it to the NFC title game by turning Seattle’s Legion of Boom into the Battalion of Silence at the hands of Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan.
It's hard to make a complete assessment of a draft class after just one or two years. But that doesn't mean there can't be snapshots of how far along these players are. How are the Cincinnati Bengals' past two draft classes doing? The best grade right now would be "incomplete."
Players like Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Geno Atkins, Kevin Zeitler, and George Iloka are just a few that come to mind that the Bengals have acquired in the most recent NFL Drafts. It could be said that Cincinnati has had some decent success in the Draft. But let’s revisit the previous 3 NFL Drafts and take a look at some of the players the Bengals could have taken.
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Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger first met under the most storied of circumstances. It was Halloween 2004. Brady's Patriots were defending Super Bowl champions on a historic 21-game winning streak. Roethlisberger was a hotshot rookie with a 4-0 record since taking over as the Steelers starter.
A Dion Lewis-for-Emmanuel Acho trade didn't raise eyebrows at the time—but it's funny how things can work out. Back in April 2013, the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles came to an agreement on a minor trade. Cleveland would trade Acho, a linebacker selected in the sixth round of the 2012 draft, for Lewis, a 2011 fifth-round pick. Neither player had made much of an impact on his original team, although Lewis was playing behind Eagles Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy.
The Baltimore Ravens have the ability to be contenders in 2017 The past two seasons have left Baltimore Ravens fans frustrated. 5-11 and 8-8 seasons are not acceptable in an organization that has a winning reputation. While it may be hard to find optimism for the upcoming season, I am here to tell you otherwise. I think the Ravens can absolutely be contenders next season. Every year you see NFL experts talking about the Ravens as contenders.
At least one NFL owner is willing to reduce the number of commercials on league TV broadcasts. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti says he thinks fans can get inundated with commercials, and that may be hurting the league’s TV ratings.
At a time when many wonder whether the NFL had been delaying the ongoing investigation regarding domestic violence claims against Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to help the team, the man at the center of the probe is agitating for a final answer.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman played with an MCL injury during the 2016 NFL season, coach Pete Carroll revealed Monday.
The Legion of Boom is no more. It was slain by the Atlanta Falcons, and the very moment it happened was obvious and easy to define. At a time when the Seahawks should have been ready to take control of the game, Atlanta not only flipped the script, it ended an era.
The Atlanta Falcons remain alive on the Road to Houston, but their talented offensive coordinator might wind up somewhere else. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Kyle Shanahan has emerged as the favorite for San Francisco's head coaching job, per sources informed of the team's thinking.