C.J. Stroud is projected to be a top-5 NFL Draft pick this spring. Will he become a pioneer of the NIL era instead?
Monday is the deadline for players with remaining NCAA eligibility to announce they wish to make themselves available for spring’s NFL Draft. Almost every highly rated player has declared for the draft at this point … except one notable exception, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, who is a contender not just to be a first round selection, but the first pick overall. Stroud – or someone like him in the future – might actually stay and develop due to the more advantageous financial situation. It’s not unusual in baseball and hockey, where college players can be drafted by pro teams yet still play under NCAA rules.wftv.com
Vikings have won NFL-record 11 one-score games. Here's how 5 other teams with similar luck fared since 2010
Call it luck, skill or a combination of both, but the Minnesota Vikings have been a historically great team in close games this season. Say what you want about how it happened, but Minnesota knows how to win games. Five other teams won at least nine one-possession games (meaning eight points or fewer) since 2010. Two lost in the divisional round, while the other two were ousted in the wild-card game. 2012 Indianapolis ColtsAndrew Luck led the Colts to an 11-5 record and a postseason berth in his first NFL season thanks to a veteran-laden team and a weak AFC.wftv.com
With Frank Reich now gone, Colts' post-Andrew Luck identity crisis spirals unabated
The Indianapolis Colts have looked directionless ever since Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement right before the 2019 season. After Rivers retired in 2020, Ballard tried to recapture the glory of the previous season by reuniting Reich with Carson Wentz. Ballard spent a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 first for the former Eagles quarterback, and that move failed spectacularly. In all, no team has spent more in salary cap dollars on quarterbacks since 2019 than the Colts' $133 million, per OverTheCap.com. The Colts’ past two draft classes have not impressed, save for 2021 first-round pass rusher Kwity Paye and 2022 second-round wideout Alec Pierce.wftv.com
The Latest: Georgia takes its 1st lead with game's 1st TD
CFP Championship Football Georgia's Zamir White celebrates after running for a touchdown during the second half of the College Football Playoff championship football game against Alabama Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Paul Sancya)INDIANAPOLIS — (AP) — The Latest on the College Football Playoff championship game (all times local):10:50 p.m.Georgia took its first lead of the national championship game with the first touchdown by either team. 3 Georgia 9-6 at halftime of the CFP championship game, a contest that has turned into a defensive struggle. The Crimson Tide All-American clutched his left knee lying on the ground after a 40-yard catch in the second quarter against Georgia. Alabama beat Georgia five weeks ago in the SEC title game, but the Bulldogs are a slight favorite.wftv.com
The Latest: Alabama holds lead despite losing top receiver
CFP Championship Football Alabama's Dallas Turner sacks Georgia's Stetson Bennett during the first half of the College Football Playoff championship football game Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Paul Sancya)INDIANAPOLIS — (AP) — The Latest on the College Football Playoff championship game (all times local):10:35 p.m.Alabama receiver Jameson Williams’ national championship game ended early, but his team still led 9-6. 3 Georgia 9-6 at halftime of the CFP championship game, a contest that has turned into a defensive struggle. Alabama was already without 1,000-yard receiver John Metchie III, lost to a knee injury in the Southeastern Conference championship game. Alabama beat Georgia five weeks ago in the SEC title game, but the Bulldogs are a slight favorite.wftv.com
The Latest: Alabama leads Georgia 9-6 in defensive struggle
CFP Championship Football Alabama's Dallas Turner sacks Georgia's Stetson Bennett during the first half of the College Football Playoff championship football game Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Paul Sancya)INDIANAPOLIS — (AP) — The Latest on the College Football Playoff championship game (all times local):9:50 p.m.No. 3 Georgia 9-6 at halftime of the CFP championship game, a contest that has turned into a defensive struggle. The Crimson Tide lost top receiver Jameson Williams with what appeared to be an injured left knee early in the second quarter. Alabama beat Georgia five weeks ago in the SEC title game, but the Bulldogs are a slight favorite.wftv.com
The Latest: Alabama receiver Williams injured in title game
CFP Championship Football Fans cheer before the College Football Playoff championship football game between Alabama and Georgia Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Paul Sancya)INDIANAPOLIS — (AP) — The Latest on the College Football Playoff championship game (all times local):9:18 p.m.Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams went down with an apparent left knee injury. Alabama was already without 1,000-yard receiver John Metchie III, lost to a knee injury in the Southeastern Conference championship game. Williams had seven catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns in the SEC title game against the Bulldogs. Alabama beat Georgia five weeks ago in the SEC title game, but the Bulldogs are a slight favorite.wftv.com
The Latest: National championship game at full capacity
CFP Championship Football Fans cheer before the College Football Playoff championship football game between Alabama and Georgia Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Paul Sancya)INDIANAPOLIS — (AP) — The Latest on the College Football Playoff championship game (all times local):8:10 p.m.A sellout crowd, clad largely in red, filled Lucas Oil Stadium arrived early for the national championship game between SEC rivals No. Unlike last year's title game in Miami, fans were not socially distanced. Alabama beat Georgia five weeks ago in the SEC title game, but the Bulldogs are a slight favorite. The game kicks off at Lucas Oil Stadium at 8 p.m. and airs on ESPN.wftv.com
Salaam, Luck headline College Football Hall of Fame class
INDIANAPOLIS — (AP) — Late Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam of Colorado and two-time Heisman runner-up Andrew Luck of Stanford headline a list of 21 former players and coaches in this year's College Football Hall of Fame class. Salaam starred at Colorado and won college football's most prestigious award in 1994 after rushing for a school-record 2,055 yards and 24 touchdowns. His going into the College Hall of Fame is a good thing, but there is so much serious social work that has to be done on this side for our children and this planet. Salaam's selection will define this Hall of Fame class. ___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-football-pollCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Bucs' Arians scoffs at rumors, says he's returning 'for 2'
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)TAMPA, Fla. – Seconds after linebacker Devin White intercepted a pass in the end zone, Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians started doling out hugs. Arians unplugged his headset, slipped on a Super Bowl championship hat and braced for the traditional Gatorade shower. Together, Arians and the 43-year-old Brady helped Tampa Bay win its first championship in 18 years and cemented their spot in the franchise history books. He took a year off and worked in television before returning to the NFL with Tampa Bay — joining a young team he saw as full of potential. His biggest coup was landing Brady, who engineered yet another masterpiece and won his seventh Super Bowl after six titles with the Patriots.
Brady, improved defense keys to Bucs winning Super Bowl
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady during NFL football practice, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers will face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55. (Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers via AP)TAMPA, Fla. – Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won’t be denied. The 43-year-old six-time Super Bowl champion may no longer be the best quarterback in the NFL, however, he’s shown in his first season with the Bucs that he’s still good enough to lead a team to the NFL title game. You want to make some moves that hopefully get your team into the Super Bowl.
Tom Brady has denied 27 QBs in unparalleled playoff success
Brady is shooting for his seventh ring when he leads the Buccaneers (14-5) against the reigning champion Chiefs (16-2) in Super Bowl 55 on Sunday. Brady's postseason record includes a 33-11 mark, 14 conference championship appearances and 10 trips to the Super Bowl. If the Bucs dethrone the champs, Mahomes would become the sixth quarterback Brady has beaten multiple times in the playoffs. Although he’s not showing his age, 43, Brady will be the oldest to play in a Super Bowl, displacing Colts kicker Matt Stover, who was 42 in Super Bowl 44. Unlike Warner, he wasn't going to get ahead of himself and talk about anything but the Super Bowl title in front of him.
QB whisperers Christensen, Moore see different side to Brady
Tom Moore worked with Manning, Terry Bradshaw and many others before the 82-year-old assistant got a chance to coach Brady. Christensen and Moore were on the opposite sideline against Brady during the Colts-Patriots rivalry. Both have a different view of the six-time Super Bowl champion after getting to know him during his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Joking aside, Brady appreciates the wisdom from Christensen and Moore. He loves throwing them and he’s an extremely elite, deep-ball thrower.”Christensen has one Super Bowl ring and Moore has three.
Eagles hire Colts OC Nick Sirianni as head coach
FILE- In this Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni speaks during a news conference at the NFL football team's facility in Indianapolis. The Philadelphia Eagles are nearing a deal to hire Nick Sirianni to be their head coach, according to two people familiar with the decision. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)PHILADELPHIA – Three days after choosing Nick Sirianni to be their new coach, the Philadelphia Eagles made it official. He worked under coach Frank Reich, who was offensive coordinator in Philadelphia when the Eagles won the Super Bowl three years ago. The Colts finished in the top 10 in points and yards in two of Sirianni’s three seasons as offensive coordinator.
Mahomes leads champion Chiefs to 14-2 mark in stacked AFC
While the Chiefs get another week’s rest, the six other AFC playoff teams get going this weekend. For just the second time since the 1970 league merger, every team in the AFC playoffs has at least 11 wins. Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 54, 31-20 over the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 2, 2020, at Miami. Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 43, 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Feb. 1, 2009, at Tampa, Florida. Their pass rush is nearly nonexistent with 19 sacks, the fewest by a playoff team since Denver had 19 in 1979.
Tom Brady excited, ready to lead Buccaneers into playoffs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during an NFL football practice Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)TAMPA, Fla. – New team, same ole Tom Brady. Brady led New England to the Super Bowl nine times in 20 seasons, appearing in 41 playoff games and winning 30 — both records. “When he first signed I said, ‘OK, we’ll be a 40 (touchdown) and 10 (interception) team,’” Arians said. “It’s a never-ending thing with him, the perfectionist, to get everything right in practice,” Arians added.
Jaguars vs. Bears: How to watch, stream, listen
NFL Sunday TicketOPENING LINE – Bears by 10RECORD VS. SPREAD – Bears 7-7; Jaguars 6-8SERIES RECORD – Bears lead 4-3LAST MEETING – Jaguars beat Bears 17-16 on Oct. 16, 2016LAST WEEK – Bears beat Vikings 33-27; Jaguars lost at Ravens 40-14AP PRO32 RANKING – Bears No. BEARS DEFENSE – OVERALL (14), RUSH (16), PASS (13). JAGUARS OFFENSE – OVERALL (23), RUSH (26), PASS (22). JAGUARS DEFENSE – OVERALL (32), RUSH (30), PASS (28).
No. 1 pick Joe Burrow happy to be on field for Bengals
After waiting a few extra months to get on the practice field for the Cincinnati Bengals for the first time, No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow had a little extra energy. The Bengals last won a playoff game following the 1990 season. 1 overall pick and Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer lost twice in the postseason for the Bengals, Andy Dalton had four defeats and A.J. Im going to have to continue to do my job.
3 things to watch for this NFL Sunday
OliverCardall/Pixabay(CNN) - For many NFL teams, their hopes of making the playoffs have already been dashed. Going into the third NFL Sunday of the season, teams will look to capitalize on early momentum, correct miscues that have exposed weaknesses or start planning for the 2020 Draft. Relatively unknown backups are taking the fieldThe season started with a bombshell when Andrew Luck, the top pick from the 2012 NFL Draft, unexpectedly retired from football. The 1972 Miami Dolphins are the only team in NFL history to finish a season undefeated. WATCH: Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at 1 pm ET on FOXThe-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
Andrew Luck takes out a full-page ad to thank fans one last time
Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(CNN) - Andrew Luck is retiring from football, but he couldn't leave the Indianapolis Colts without bidding the fans a proper farewell. The 29-year-old quarterback took out a full-page ad in the Indianapolis Star's Sunday paper to thank fans for their support after he announced he'd quit the game last week. Luck, a first pick in the 2012 draft and four-time Pro Bowl QB, said the "unceasing" pain forced him out of the game. News of his retirement spread last week while he sat on the sidelines of a preseason game against the Chicago Bears. Brissett filled in for Luck during the 2017 season while he was out recovering from shoulder surgery.
Some fans booed Andrew Luck for retiring
CNN image(CNN) - As word spread Saturday night that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is retiring, some fans booed the four-time Pro Bowler after a preseason game against the Chicago Bears. Injuries had kept Luck, 29, from playing in the preseason, but fans at the game in Indianapolis were clearly upset about the news. Cameras caught one man even taking off his Luck jersey as the game ended. James Irsay, the owner and CEO of the Indianapolis Colts, said at a press conference Saturday, "We have nothing but gratitude and thankfulness for the blood, sweat and tears he spilled as no. It was terrible how the fans booed a man who gave them so much Much respect, 12" tweeted Colts linebacker Darius Leonard.
Reports: Colts QB Andrew Luck, former No. 1 pick, is retiring
Jonathan Ferrey/Getty ImagesINDIANAPOLIS (CNN) - Quarterback Andrew Luck, the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft and a four-time Pro Bowl selection, has told the Indianapolis Colts that he is retiring, ESPN and the NFL said on their websites Saturday night. Both NFL.com and ESPN reported the sudden retirement, citing their sources. CNN has reached out to the Colts and Luck's agent for comment. His competitor for the starting sport at quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, also did not play in the Colts' game Saturday night. CNN's Homero De La Fuente contributed to this reportThe-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
5 strategies to help win your fantasy football league
(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)ORLANDO, Fla. - Many people are getting ready to draft players for their fantasy football team this weekend. Look at mock drafts fantasy football experts have already participated in to get a feel for of when certain players have been getting drafted. CBSSports.com offers a list of fantasy football rankings and updates the rankings daily. Know your league rules:Every fantasy football league is set up differently. Know player availability:Player availability is important to know before your fantasy football draft.