Defending Super Bowl champion Rams open season as underdogs
Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams will raise their Super Bowl banner Thursday night before kicking off the NFL season at home where they became the second straight team to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy in their own stadium.
Browns unwilling to make Mayfield's messy situation worse
Already at odds with Baker Mayfield, the Cleveland Browns are choosing not to get into a public fight with him. No longer part of Cleveland's future, Mayfield is not participating in the team's voluntary offseason program as the team tries to work out a trade to get rid of the 2018 No. 1 overall draft pick. On Wednesday, coach Kevin Stefanski was reluctant to address the polarizing QB at all.news.yahoo.com
Why this should be the end of Joe Judge in New York (and why it won’t be)
The New York Giants have become one of the least successful organizations in sports the last 5 years and specifically under Joe Judge. New York Giants fan Charles Curtis goes off on why no one should anticipate things to change anytime soon.news.yahoo.com
Mayfield makes too many mistakes in return from COVID list
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield threw a career-high four interceptions in his first game since returning from the reserve/COVID-19 list as the Browns’ fading playoff hopes took another hit with a 24-22 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.
Odell Beckham Jr. excused from Browns practice amid drama
Odell Beckham Jr.'s days — maybe hours — with the Browns could be numbered. The star wide receiver was excused from practice on Wednesday, a day after his father caused a stir before the trade deadline by sharing a video of quarterback Baker Mayfield not throwing passes to his son. It appears Beckham's release could be imminent.news.yahoo.com
AP source: Browns' Mayfield has torn labrum in left shoulder
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has been playing with a torn labrum in his left shoulder that will not require surgery at this time, a person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press on Thursday. Mayfield will continue to play as long as the injury to his non-throwing shoulder doesn't worsen, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. Mayfield hurt his shoulder while making a tackle after throwing an interception against Houston on Sept. 21.news.yahoo.com
TV ads for insurance companies that feature NFL quarterbacks greatly outperform other ads
"We're going to run heavy this week," Charney told CNBC on Thursday of the company's plan to run Mayfield's Progressive ads across networks, especially ViacomCBS. And according to advertising metrics data firm EDO, insurance ads in NFL games featuring the player outperform other ads. EDO uses analytics that track brand and product searches and sales when ads air, helping companies and networks determine ads' value during sporting events. This weekend, Progressive is hoping Mayfield's ads will bring a return on their investment through brand exposure and by driving more business. Informed of EDO's data, Rosner said he wasn't surprised the firms see a bump in searches around their business when their NFL ads appear.cnbc.com
No bubbles, but NFL playoff training camps likely if Covid-19 cases continue
Cleveland Browns Quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) hands off to Cleveland Browns Running Back Nick Chubb (24) during the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 29, 2020 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. NFL officials have publicly stated the league is against playing in bubble environments, with mental health a primary concern. Under this model, playoff clubs would remain in-market but stay at hotels the entire week leading up to playoff games. The people said keeping clubs in hotels would allow the NFL to better monitor teams while also keeping players and staff near families. One of the individuals pointed to the Aug. 12 through Aug. 20 testing report when the NFL reported no positive cases among players, to support installing the model.cnbc.com