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Published: Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 2:41 PM
Updated: Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 4:02 PM
Even for two franchises with histories that fall well short of glorious, Sunday’s Battle of Ohio between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns could be an all-timer on the futility scale.
Both teams are 0-3 after the Bengals fell at Green Bay 27-24 in overtime Sunday while the Browns lost 31-28 at Indianapolis . That means the 88th renewal of the intrastate rivalry will mark just the third time both teams have been winless when meeting in Week 4 or later.
“I was urgent last week, it’s more urgent this week,” Bengals safety George Iloka said. “Starting off 0-3 is not somewhere we wanted to be. We could’ve easily been 2-1. But easily and should haves don’t count for nothing. The sense of urgency is real high right now. We’ve got to hone in on this one. We can’t look at big picture. We’ve just go to look at now.”
The most recent instance was in 2008, when both teams were 0-3. The Browns came to Paul Brown Stadium and handed the Bengals a 20-12 loss.
The other time it happened was in 1999, when both teams were 0-4. That contest saw the Bengals pull off a road win with an 18-17 decision. That game holds an infamous spot in B.O.O. lore as the Akili Smith throat slash game, in which the Bengals quarterback made the gesture after throwing a game-winning touchdown pass to Carl Pickens with five seconds remaining.
A few weeks later, the NFL banned the throat slash as “an unacceptable act of violence.”
So consider Sunday’s game at FirstEnergy Stadium the rubber match of wretchedness.
Using history as a barometer, it could be one of the few highlights the winning team will experience the rest of the season.
In 2008, the Browns went on to finish 4-12 while the Bengals went 4-11-1.
And in 1999, the Bengals wasted the spark of a last-second win by losing their next game six games to fall to 1-10 before finishing 4-12. Half of those four victories came against the Browns, who dropped their first seven on the way to a 2-14 campaign.
While that 1999 season pre-dated the Marvin Lewis era in Cincinnati, this weekend’s matchup has the feel of the coach’s career coming full circle.
Lewis’ first season as head coach began 0-3 and was followed by a trip to Cleveland, a battle with Buffalo and a bye.
The new three weekends for the Bengals: at Cleveland, vs. Buffalo and a bye.
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Lewis’ 2003 team turned things around and finished 8-8 for the franchise’s first non-losing season in seven years and just the second in 13 seasons.
Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) vs. Cleveland Browns (0-3)
When: 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
TV: Ch. WHIO-TV Ch. 7, Ch. 12
Radio: Bengals — 1530-AM, 102.7-FM, 104.7-FM: Browns — 1290-AM, News 95.7-FM WHIO
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 3:02 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Leonard Fournette, the rookie Jacksonville Jaguars running back, was overcome with emotion after his team lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.
Fournette, who had 76 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries Sunday, appeared to be distraught after the game. On Twitter, reporters began to document the running back breaking down, but then a heartwarming moment emerged.
Cameras captured New England Patriots' defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois going out of his way to hold up the upset running back and offer some words of presumed encouragement.
Pats' Rickey Jean-Francios comforting an emotional Leonard Fournette pic.twitter.com/1LKE8nku2r— gifdsports (@gifdsports) January 21, 2018
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:00 AM
LSU football is the No. 1 topic of discussion every day on SEC Country’s One Team, One Podcast . Host Carter ‘The Power” Bryant shares why former Tigers superstar Leonard Fournette and the Jacksonville Jaguars were jobbed by the referees against in the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots.
Also, Bryant talks about how the weirdness and inconsistency of pass interference and holding calls were on full display in the game, why citing how many schools have NFL players in the playoffs can be inconsistent, the struggles of the LSU basketball team, if Lowell Narcisse is the next JaMarcus Russell and more.
Fournette’s amazing rookie season ended in tears as the Patriots came back from 10 points down in the AFC Championship Game to win 24-20. Bryant explains how weird it was the Jaguars were called for six penalties for 98 yards while the Patriots were only whistled for one for 10 yards.
Here is Bryant’s full Twitter breakdown of how two critical pass interference calls wrongly went in favor of the Patriots, which ultimately led to victory:
Pass interference spot fouls change everything. It’s the easiest call to mainuplate as a ref. As @AndyGlockner @PFF_Sam & others have noted, this was a bad PI call. Led to #Pats TD before the half. https://t.co/W4E8EQ0StJ
— Carter Bryant (@CarterthePower) January 21, 2018
Bryant also answers a listener question about Narcisse’s potential under center, as well as talks about the horrendous loss for the Tigers basketball team.
Have something you want discussed on the podcast? Let us know! Tweet any questions you have to @CarterThePower. Keep up with the latest in recruiting by following Sam Spiegelman and our SEC Country LSU beat writers Nick Suss and Alex Hickey. Listen to this episode of One Team, One Podcast below. We also can be followed on SoundCloud and you can find past episodes right here.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:11 AM
— Myles Jack and the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t going to be happy. However, the conspiracy theorists who believe that the National Football League is around to get the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl will be thrilled.
Jack forced New England running back Dion Lewis to fumble the football on Sunday, leading to the linebacker scooping up the ball with nothing but green grass in his way from scoring a huge touchdown. But a referee whistled the play dead, preventing any such aftermath from taking place.
Here is the video of the play (draw your own conclusion):
That fumble came on a New England trick play.
The Jaguars would go on to punt after the turnover, the Patriots would drive down and score a touchdown and New England never wavered, overcoming a late deficit to win the AFC championship 24-20.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 2:45 AM
Super Bowl 2018 has the New England Patriots playing the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52. Find Super Bowl game date, location, TV channel and time information below.
The Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in the most recent Super Bowl.
Super Bowl 52 will be played on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. It will feature the AFC champion New England Patriots against the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles.
The 2018 Super Bowl is at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The city previously served as host of Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.
The Super Bowl will be televised by NBC. Al Michaels is doing the play-by-play while Cris Collinsworth is the analyst. Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox are the sideline reports.
Super Bowl 52 starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.
|I||Green Bay Packers||35-10||Kansas City Chiefs||Los Angeles|
|II||Green Bay Packers||33-14||Oakland Raiders||Miami|
|III||New York Jets||16-7||Baltimore Colts||Miami|
|IV||Kansas City Chiefs||23-7||Minnesota Vikings||New Orleans|
|V||Baltimore Colts||16-13||Dallas Cowboys||Miami|
|VI||Dallas Cowboys||24-3||Miami Dolphins||New Orleans|
|VII||Miami Dolphins||14-7||Washington Redskins||Los Angeles|
|VIII||Miami Dolphins||24-7||Minnesota Vikings||Houston|
|IX||Pittsburgh Steelers||16-6||Minnesota Vikings||New Orleans|
|X||Pittsburgh Steelers||21-17||Dallas Cowboys||Miami|
|XI||Oakland Raiders||32-14||Minnesota Vikints||Pasadena, Calif.|
|XII||Dallas Cowboys||27-10||Denver Broncos||New Orleans|
|XIII||Pittsburgh Steelers||35-31||Dallas Cowboys||Miami|
|XIV||Pittsburgh Steelers||31-19||Los Angeles Rams||Pasadena, Calif.|
|XV||Oakland Raiders||27-10||Philadelphia Eagles||New Orleans|
|XVI||San Francisco 49ers||26-21||Cincinnati Bengals||Pontiac, Mich.|
|XVII||Washington Redskins||27-17||Miami Dolphins||Pasadena, Calif.|
|XVIII||Los Angeles Raiders||38-9||Washington Redskins||Tampa, Fla.|
|XIX||San Francisco 49ers||38-16||Miami Dolphins||Stanford, Calif.|
|XX||Chicago Bears||46-10||New England Patriots||New Orleans|
|XXI||New York Giants||39-20||Denver Broncos||Pasadena, Calif.|
|XXII||Washington Redskins||42-10||Denver Broncos||San Diego|
|XXIII||San Francisco 49ers||20-16||Cincinnati Bengals||Miami Gardens, Fla.|
|XXIV||San Francisco 49ers||55-10||Denver Broncos||New Orleans|
|XXV||New York Giants||20-19||Buffalo Bills||Tampa, Fla.|
|XXVI||Washington Redskins||37-24||Buffalo Bills||Minneapolis|
|XXVII||Dallas Cowboys||52-17||Buffalo Bills||Pasadena, Calif.|
|XXVIII||Dallas Cowboys||30-13||Buffalo Bills||Atlanta|
|XXIX||San Francisco 49ers||49-26||San Diego Chargers||Miami Gardens, Fla.|
|XXX||Dallas Cowboys||27-17||Pittsburgh Steelers||Tempe, Ariz.|
|XXI||Green Bay Packers||35-21||New England Patriots||New Orleans|
|XXII||Denver Broncos||31-24||Green Bay Packers||San Diego|
|XXIII||Denver Broncos||34-19||Atlanta Falcons||Miami Gardens, Fla.|
|XXIV||St. Louis Rams||23-16||Tennessee Titans||Atlanta, Fla.|
|XXXV||Baltimore Ravens||34-7||New York Giants||Tampa|
|XXXVI||New England Patriots||20-17||St. Louis Rams||New Orleans|
|XXXVII||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||48-21||Oakland Raiders||San Diego|
|XXXVIII||New England Patriots||32-29||Carolina Panthers||Houston|
|XXXIX||New England Patriots||24-21||Philadelphia Eagles||Jacksonville, Fla.|
|XL||Pittsburgh Steelers||21-10||Seattle Seahawks||Detroit|
|XLI||Indianapolis Colts||29-17||Chicago Bears||Miami Gardens, Fla.|
|XLII||New York Giants||17-14||New England Patriots||Glendale, Ariz.|
|XLIII||Pittsburgh Steelers||27-23||Arizona Cardinals||Tampa, Fla.|
|XLIV||New Orleans Saints||31-17||Indianapolis Colts||Miami Gardens, Fla.|
|XLV||Green Bay Packers||31-25||Pittsburgh Steelers||Arlington, Texas|
|XLVI||New York Giants||21-17||New England Patriots||Indianapolis|
|XLVII||Baltimore Ravens||34-31||San Francisco 49ers||New Orleans|
|XLVIII||Seattle Seahawks||43-8||Denver Broncos||East Rutherford, N.J.|
|XLIX||New England Patriots||28-24||Seattle Seahawks||Glendale, Ariz.|
|50||Denver Broncos||24-10||Carolina Panthers||Santa Clara, Calif.|
|51||New England Patriots||34-28 (OT)||Atlanta Falcons||Houston|