NFL 2019 predictions: our writers call the winners, losers and also-rans

The NFLs 100th season kicks off Thursday night. Will the Patriots repeat? Will the Raiders implode? And what can Patrick Mahomes do for an encore? This will be the year of … Nicky Bandini hating on pass interference. Making PI calls (or non-calls) reviewable is one of those decisions that makes sense on paper but subjecting this area of the game to greater scrutiny will a bit like VAR in soccer make us realize everything we dont like about the …

The Dolphins are built to lose. And it looks like their players hate it

Miami are taking a leaf from the Cleveland Browns playbook and are building for the future. But some of their players are understandably annoyed Week one of Miamis 2019 Tankapalooza was either a rousing success or an epic fail, depending on your perspective. The Dolphins were hammered by the Baltimore Ravens 59-10 in their season opener. It is hard to be this bad. The Ravens racked up 643 total yards, with the Dolphins gifting 64 of them on nine penalties. …

Helmets don’t eliminate concussions. It’s time for the NFL to ditch them

The leagues brain trauma epidemic needs radical solutions. If recent changes arent protecting players then we need to rethink the games fundamentals One of the dumbest storylines of the NFL preseason was risk compensation. Studies of cycling and snowboarding found that athletes wearing helmets are more likely to take dangerous risks than those without. They know theres danger in plummeting down a mountain with a helmet on. Without one, they feel that danger and are more cautious. Then there is …

The ‘Formula One’ secret behind Tom Brady’s time-cheating dominance

The 42-year-old quarterback is among the NFLs best and hes shown little sign of slowing down. How does he do it? On 3 August, Tom Brady turned 42. Were there a Newtons Law of Aging, Brady would be defying it. After all, normal human beings slow down as they age. Tom Brady, not so much. At this point, after Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors picks. Strength A gradual loss of muscle strength, beginning around 35, …

New England Patriots’ Patrick Chung faces felony cocaine possession charge

The three-time Super Bowl champion has been indicted in New Hampshire on a charge of cocaine possession New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung has been indicted in New Hampshire on a charge of cocaine possession. A Belknap County grand jury indicted the 32-year-old Chung on 8 August. Authorities say Chung knowingly possessed cocaine on 25 June while in Meredith. Chungs arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday. #WBZ August 22, 2019 He has played for the Patriots for nine of his …

The NFL’s plan for an 18-game season: when ego and greed collide

The league expects to make $25bn a year by 2027. And its plans to get there show little regard for players, fans or broadcasters Even in the deeply cynical world of pro football, the NFLs latest plot to expand to an 18-game schedule rings as a blatant cash grab at the expense of its fans, broadcast partners and the health of its players. The recent proposal is as brazen as it is foolish. In short: the league has pitched an …

‘We’re going backwards’: Eric Reid will kneel for anthem in upcoming NFL season

Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, the first player to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick, said he will continue to protest during the national anthem in an interview published on Sunday. I havent seen that happen. At a time when the President of the United States Taking a knee: two years on, where does the NFL stand? video explainer In May 2018, Reid filed a collusion grievance against the NFL alleging he had been kept out of the league due to his …