Published on: 07/22/2014 19:32:20
The Oakland Raiders have gone 4-12 in each of the last two seasons. Oakland showed promise early last year, but that promise faded away quickly. This is a franchise that has a made a habit out of making bad draft picks and bad offseason acquisitions. Matt Flynn was their big acquisition prior to last year, and he was so bad he didn’t even make it to week six without getting cut.
Published on: 07/22/2014 09:32:12
The expectations were very low for the 2013 San Diego Chargers. Phillip Rivers was coming off his worst season and the team appeared short on weapons. All the Chargers did was surprise everyone by not only making it to the playoffs, but winning a game on the road in Cincinnati before bowing out against Denver.
Published on: 07/19/2014 11:02:22
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 16-16 over the last two seasons. This is a proud franchise that is accustomed to fighting for championships, and going .500 just isn’t going to cut it for Pittsburgh. Mike Tomlin’s seat is getting a little bit warm, and there could be big changes coming for this team if the Steelers don’t find their way back into the playoffs in 2014.
Published on: 07/16/2014 09:42:13
The New York Jets have missed the playoffs for three seasons in a row. In New York, there is always plenty of pressure to succeed, and this Jets team is definitely starting to feel it. The Jets did improve from their 6-10 record in 2012 to go 8-8 last year. In a lot of ways, I believe you could say the Jets overachieved last season.
Published on: 07/14/2014 14:29:11
The Tennessee Titans finished 7-9 last season. Tennessee was in the playoff hunt for a while, but in the end there just weren’t a good enough team. Tennessee made a move and picked up Ken Whisenhunt in the offseason. Whisenhunt has been great with quarterbacks in the past, and the team hopes he develop Jake Locker into a star.
Published on: 07/14/2014 08:29:02
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to have a very different look in 2014, and that’s a good thing. The Bucs have a new general manager, a new head coach, and a bunch of new players. Something needed to change, so a mass overhaul seemed like a good idea. Tampa Bay finished 4-12 and tied for last place in the NFC South. This is one of the best divisions in football, so there will be no easy turnaround for the Buccaneers, but you have to start somewhere.
Published on: 07/13/2014 08:00:04
Certainly the World Cup is the biggest prize in the sport for those who play soccer, and if one considers himself an elite player, a career is not complete without scaling those heights. That will be the goal for two of the world's premier offensive players on Sunday when Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, tangles with Germany, spearheaded by the scoring of Thomas Muller, in the title game, which begins at 3 PM ET in Rio de Janeiro.
Published on: 07/12/2014 10:23:46
The Washington Redskins have had all kinds of drama surrounding their team in the past year. After an impressive 2012 season, the news was all about RG3’s injury after that season and early last year. Griffin was never himself last year, and he was eventually benched late in the year. Mike Shanahan was fired and Jay Gruden will get his first crack at a head coaching position.
Published on: 07/12/2014 09:27:14
The New Orleans Saints put together an impressive 11-5 regular season record last year, but that wasn’t quite enough to win the NFC South. Carolina’s 12-4 record took the division instead. The Saints did win at Philadelphia in their first game of the playoffs. The Saints 26-24 win over the Eagles was the franchise’s first postseason road victory. New Orleans fell 23-15 the following week to the eventual champions in Seattle.
Published on: 07/11/2014 09:27:03
Most people remember the 2013 Miami Dolphins because of the Richie Icognito and Jonathan Martin story that went on for months. It was definitely a distraction, and the team lost a lot of depth on the offensive line when both of those guys exited. While the storylines weren’t good, it is important to remember that the Dolphins improved to 8-8 in 2013.