Tua Tagovailoa scrambles for the first of two touchdowns in a 22-12 Dolphins win over the Patriots.

The Most Intense and Historic Rivalries in American Football

In the realm of American sports, few spectacles captivate audiences as profoundly as the intense showdowns between football rivals. From the packed stadiums of the NFL to the echoing chants of college arenas, these matchups are more than just games; they represent deep-rooted histories, regional pride, and generational legacies. As fans adorn themselves in their team’s colors, emotions run high, and anticipation fills the air.

The stories behind these rivalries often transcend the boundaries of the field, influencing local cultures and communities in immeasurable ways. Dive into the chronicles of the most fierce and storied confrontations in American football, where passions flare, and legends are forged. Welcome to the world of the most intense and historic rivalries in the sport.

NFL Rivalries: A Testament to Decades of Competition

In the vast tapestry of american football games, NFL rivalries stand as monumental chapters, echoing decades of fierce competition, memorable moments, and unparalleled passion.

Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears


Tracing back to the origins of the league, the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears have forged one of the oldest rivalries in American football. Their matchups, steeped in history and tradition, are a testament to the spirit of competition that defines the sport. From freezing games at Lambeau Field to intense battles at Soldier Field, these two teams’ mutual enmity has become legendary, drawing fans from all over to witness their epic confrontations.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Football Team


Labeled as “America’s Team,” the Dallas Cowboys have found a formidable rival in the Washington Football Team. Their confrontations, over the years, have become the stuff of legends. Iconic plays, last-minute touchdowns, and nail-biting finishes have characterized their matchups, with many of these games etching their place in the annals of American football games’ history.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens


The modern era of football has given fans a rivalry that’s both fierce and thrilling. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens, two powerhouses of the AFC North, regularly engage in hard-hitting matches that often have playoff implications. With both teams boasting strong defenses and committed fan bases, their games are a spectacle, often deciding the fate of their division.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams

The West Coast has its share of classic American football, and many of them feature the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams. Their rivalry, laden with incredible catches, strategic plays, and unforgettable moments, resonates with fans from both cities. As they vie for dominance in the NFC West, their meetings on the gridiron are always marked by high stakes and high drama.

Oakland Raiders (now Las Vegas Raiders) vs. Denver Broncos


In the rugged terrains of the AFC West, the Raiders and the Broncos have locked horns in some of the most physical matchups the league has seen. Whether it was the Oakland Raiders or now the Las Vegas iteration, their confrontations with the Broncos have been gritty, intense, and characterized by fierce competition. Their games are a showcase of pure determination, where every yard gained becomes a testament to their enduring rivalry.

College Football Rivalries: Where Traditions Collide

The landscape of American college football is vast and varied, but it’s the age-old rivalries that truly capture the essence of the sport. These matchups are more than just games; they are annual events that bring together communities, ignite passions, and showcase the vibrant traditions that make college football a cultural phenomenon.

Alabama vs. Auburn

Deep in the heart of Alabama, as autumn winds down, anticipation for the Iron Bowl reaches its peak. Known to divide households and even marriages, this storied matchup between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers is more than just a game; it’s a cultural event. Every year, the state of Alabama stands still, choosing sides, as these two giants collide on the gridiron, adding another chapter to their legendary tale.

Michigan vs. Ohio State

The Wolverines and the Buckeyes share a rivalry that’s transcendent. It’s not just about football; it influences recruitment wars, engages alumni, and swells state pride to unparalleled levels. Their annual meetings are marked on calendars well in advance, as fans from both sides eagerly await the chance to claim bragging rights for the year.

Texas vs. Oklahoma

The banks of the Red River become the epicenter of college football when Texas and Oklahoma face off. Known as the Red River Showdown, this contest has given fans countless memorable moments, with each team striving to outdo the other. Beyond state pride, these matchups often have national implications, with both teams frequently in the hunt for championship honors.

Florida vs. Georgia

Between the hedges and beyond, the rivalry between Florida and Georgia is electrifying. Often referred to as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”, this annual face-off between the Gators and the Bulldogs is more than just a game. It’s an SEC showdown that encapsulates the spirit of college football, drawing fans from near and far to witness these two giants battle for supremacy.

USC vs. Notre Dame

From the sunny shores of California to the historic fields of Indiana, the rivalry between the USC Trojans and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish stands tall. With decades of history, numerous national championships, and a shared legacy of producing football legends, their meetings are a testament to the grandeur of college football. When these two storied programs clash, it’s a spectacle that commands the nation’s attention.

Final Thoughts

These rivalries are emblematic of the broader narrative of American football, a tale of perseverance, dedication, and the relentless pursuit of glory. The games may end after four quarters, but the stories, the memories, and the emotions linger on, passed down from one generation to the next.

Week 8 NFL Power Rankings: New team at the top

Week 8 of the NFL season is already here and some teams have emerged as championship contenders while others might be headed towards the list of pretenders. 


Who would’ve thought that the Jacksonville Jaguars were going to start their season 5-2? They came through with a big win against the Saints on a short week and Travis Etienne has shown that he is one of the top running backs in the league. 


How about the teams in the AFC North? The Browns, Steelers and Ravens all came out with wins on Sunday. 


The Cleveland Browns have arguably the best defense in the league and put it on display after forcing four turnovers against the Colts in their 39-38 victory. Despite their problems at the quarterback position, they are off to a 4-2 start. 


The Steelers went on the road (not really) and beat the Rams 24-17. Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren each had rushing touchdowns and wide receiver George Pickens caught five passes for 107 yards. 


But the team that has emerged as a legitimate contender is the Baltimore Ravens. They put everyone in the league on notice after completely annihilating the then 5-1 Detroit Lions by a score of 38-6. It looked like Lamar Jackson was playing on easy mode as he threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns while 36 yards and a touchdown on the ground. It’ll be interesting to see how this loss will affect the Lions moving forward. Was this just a bad game or were the Ravens just too much for them to handle? They host the Raiders next week on Monday Night Football. 


Speaking of too much to handle, the Chiefs routed the Chargers on their home turf 31-17 to move to 6-1 on the season and it seems as if Taylor Swift’s presence is taking Travis Kelce’s game to a whole other level. The tight end had 12 catches for 179 yards and a touchdown. But also, don’t overlook Patrick Mahomes’s 424 passing yards and four touchdowns. 


Bill Belichick got his 300th regular season win after his Patriots beat the Bills 29-25 in a game in which the New England offense finally woke up. Mac Jones threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns while Ezekiel Elliott and Kendrick Bourne found their way into the end zone. 


Alright and then there are the Dolphins. Miami went on the road to Philadelphia in a prime time game with the Eagles and had trouble moving the ball early in what would turn out to be a 31-17 Eagles victory. 


Was the officiating lopsided? Sure. Was Miami missing starters on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball? Absolutely. But there has to be credit given to Philadelphia and the amount of talent they have on both sides of the ball. 


The Dolphins just couldn’t get any traction through the ground game and because Miami was missing multiple starters on their offensive line, Tua Tagovailoa had no time to throw and was sacked four times. 


On defense, the Dolphins couldn’t figure out how to contain Philadelphia’s receivers. 


A.J. Brown had a huge night with 10 catches for 137 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Dallas Goedart had five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Yes you can say the Dolphins were missing their best two cornerbacks in Jalen Ramsey and Xavien Howard but again, the Eagles are an elite football team. 


With the loss, the Dolphins fall to 5-2 and the narrative surrounding them is if they can beat good teams. Their five wins have come against the Chargers, Patriots, Broncos, Giants and Panthers who have a combined record of 8-25. Can Miami win the big games? As the season unfolds, we’ll have our answer. 


Below are my power rankings for Week 8. 


  1. Carolina Panthers (0 – 6) 

Last Week: 32

Result: Bye Week


  1. Arizona Cardinals (1 – 6)

Last Week: 30

Result: Lost at Seahawks 20-10

  1. Green Bay Packers (2 – 4)

Last Week: 25

Result: Lost at Broncos 19-17


  1. Tennessee Titans (2 – 4)

Last Week: 26

Result: Bye Week


  1. Denver Broncos (2 – 5)

Last Week: 28

Result: Won vs. Packers 19-17


  1. Chicago Bears (2 – 5)

Last Week: 29

Result: Won vs. Raiders 30-12


  1. Washington Commanders (3 – 4)

Last Week: 20

Result: Lost at Giants 14-7


  1. New York Giants (2 – 5)

            Last Week: 27

Result: Won vs. Commanders 14-7


  1. New England Patriots (2 – 5)

Last Week: 31

Result: Won vs. Bills 29-25


  1. Indianapolis Colts (3 – 4)

Last Week: 22

Result: Lost vs. Browns 39-38


  1. New Orleans Saints (3 – 4)

Last Week: 21

Result: Lost vs. Jaguars 31-24


  1. Las Vegas Raiders (2 – 4)

Last Week: 19

Result: Lost at Bears 30-12


  1. Los Angeles Chargers (2 – 4)

Last Week: 15

Result: Lost at Chiefs 31-17


  1. Los Angeles Rams (3 – 4)

            Last Week: 18

Result: Lost vs. Steelers 24-17


  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3 – 3)

Last Week: 14

Result: Lost vs. Falcons 16-13


  1. Atlanta Falcons (4 – 3)

Last Week: 23

Result: Won at Buccaneers 16-13


  1. Houston Texans (3 – 3)

Last Week: 17

Result: Bye Week


  1. Minnesota Vikings (3 – 4)

Last Week: 24

Result: Won vs. 49ers 22-17


  1. New York Jets (3 – 3)

Last Week: 13

Result: Bye Week


  1. Pittsburgh Steelers (4 – 2)

Last Week: 16

Result: Won at Rams 24-17


  1. Seattle Seahawks (4 – 2)

Last Week: 12

Result: Won vs. Cardinals 20-10


  1. Cincinnati Bengals (3 – 3)

Last Week: 11

Result: Bye Week


  1. Buffalo Bills (4 – 3)

Last Week: 8

Result: Lost at Patriots 29-25


  1. Cleveland Browns (4 – 2)

Last Week: 9

Result: Won at Colts 39-38


  1. Dallas Cowboys (4 – 2)

Last Week: 7

Result: Bye Week


  1. Detroit Lions (5 – 2)

Last Week: 4

Result: Lost at Ravens 38-6


  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (5 – 2)

Last Week: 6

Result: Won at Saints 31-24


  1. San Francisco 49ers (5 – 2)

Last Week: 3

Result: Lost at Vikings 22-17


  1. Miami Dolphins (5 – 2)

Last Week: 1

Result: Lost at Eagles 31-17


  1. Baltimore Ravens (5 – 2)

Last Week: 10

Result: Won vs. Lions 38-6


  1. Kansas City Chiefs (6 – 1)

Last Week: 2

Result: Won vs. Chargers 31-17


  1. Philadelphia Eagles (6 – 1)

Last Week: 5

Result: Won vs. Dolphins 31-17

Week 7 NFL Power Rankings: Dolphins rise to top

There are no more unbeaten teams after a wild Week 7 of the NFL season. I repeat: no more unbeaten teams. 


What does that mean? Well, the 1972 Miami Dolphins can pop the champagne as they celebrate another year of being the only team in NFL history to have a perfect season. 


Both the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles lost their first games this year on the road and their quarterbacks did not play well. 


Of course, the 49ers could easily still be undefeated if their kicker, Jake Moody, cashed in on a 41-yard game winning field goal, but that’s not how the story ended for San Francisco. It’s worth taking into account that offensive stars Christian McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel had to exit the game due to injury but Cleveland did what they could and kept attacking that stingy Niner defense.


The Eagles were hoping to start out 6-0 as they faced off against the Jets on the road in East Rutherford, but their offense looked lost. They couldn’t get anything going with the run game as running back D’Andre Swift had tallied just 18 yards on 10 attempts. Quarterback Jalen Hurts did not look comfortable as he threw three interceptions and was sacked five times even with the Jets missing their star cornerback Sauce Gardner. But it did not matter because Robert Saleh’s defense was up for the task and played lights out to hand Philly their first loss of the year. 


Flipping it over to the rest of the league, a couple of highly talented teams in the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs had some ugly wins on their home turf against subpar opponents. But at the end of the day, a win is a win in the stat sheet I guess. 


The Jacksonville Jaguars blew out the Indianapolis Colts 37-20 as Jacksonville’s defense forced four turnovers that included three picks against quarterback Gardner Minshew. 


Baltimore snuck out with a victory against the Titans in London while the Texans got a much-needed win at home against the Saints. 


The Detroit Lions continue to win football games while Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys were able to fend off the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football.


The Miami Dolphins were in a little bit of trouble against the Carolina Panthers after finding themselves down 14-0, but there was no panic with the best offense in the league. 


Raheem Mostert had a huge day running for 115 yards and two touchdowns, Tyreek Hill had six catches for 163 yards and a touchdown and Tua Tagovailoa threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Miami ended up winning 42-21 and are 5-1 on the season, their best start in 20 years. 


Below are my Week 7 power rankings.


  1. Carolina Panthers (0 – 6) 

Last Week: 32

Result: Lost at Dolphins 42-21


  1. New England Patriots (1 – 5)

Last Week: 31

Result: Lost at Raiders 21-17

  1. Arizona Cardinals (1 – 5)

Last Week: 29

Result: Lost at Rams 26-9 


  1. Chicago Bears (1 – 5)

Last Week: 26

Result: Lost vs. Vikings 19-13


  1. Denver Broncos (1 – 5)

Last Week: 30

Result: Lost at Chiefs 19-8


  1. New York Giants (1 – 5)

Last Week: 28

Result: Lost at Bills 14-9


  1. Tennessee Titans (2 – 4)

Last Week: 22

Result: Lost vs. Ravens 24-16


  1. Green Bay Packers (2 – 3)

            Last Week: 25

Result: Bye Week


  1. Minnesota Vikings (2 – 4)

Last Week: 24

Result: Won at Beats 19-13


  1. Atlanta Falcons (3 – 3)

Last Week: 19

Result: Lost vs. Commanders 24-16


  1. Indianapolis Colts (3 – 3)

Last Week: 13

Result: Lost at Jaguars 37-20


  1. New Orleans Saints (3 – 3)

Last Week: 12

Result: Lost at Texans 20-13


  1. Washington Commanders (3 – 3)

Last Week: 27

Result: Won at Falcons 24-16


  1. Las Vegas Raiders (3 – 3)

Last Week: 18

Result: Won vs. Patriots 2-17


  1. Los Angeles Rams (3 – 3)

            Last Week: 20

Result: Won vs. Cardinals 26-9


  1. Houston Texans (3 – 3)

Last Week: 23

Result: Won vs. Saints 20-13


  1. Pittsburgh Steelers (3 – 2)

Last Week: 16

Result: Bye Week


  1. Los Angeles Chargers (2 – 3)

Last Week: 14

Result: Lost vs. Cowboys 20-17


  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3 – 2)

Last Week: 11

Result: Lost vs. Lions 20-6


  1. New York Jets (3 – 3)

Last Week: 21

Result: Won vs. Eagles 20-14


  1. Seattle Seahawks (3 – 2)

Last Week: 8

Result: Lost at Bengals 17-13


  1. Cincinnati Bengals (3 – 3)

Last Week: 15

Result: Won vs. Seahawks 17-13


  1. Baltimore Ravens (4 – 2)

Last Week: 10

Result: Won at Titans 24-16


  1. Cleveland Browns (3 – 2)

Last Week: 17

Result: Won vs. 49ers 19-17


  1. Buffalo Bills (4 – 2)

Last Week: 6

Result: Won vs. Giants 14-9


  1. Dallas Cowboys (4 – 2)

Last Week: 7

Result: Won at Chargers 20-17


  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (4 – 2)

Last Week: 9

Result: Won vs. Colts 37-20


  1. Philadelphia Eagles (5 – 1)

Last Week: 2

Result: Lost at Jets 20-14


  1. Detroit Lions (5 – 1)

Last Week: 5

Result: Won at Buccaneers 20-6


  1. San Francisco 49ers (5 – 1)

Last Week: 1

Result: Lost at Browns 19-17


  1. Kansas City Chiefs (5 – 1)

Last Week: 4

Result: Won vs. Broncos 19-8


  1. Miami Dolphins (5 – 1)

Last Week: 3

Result: Won vs. Panthers 42-21


NFL Power Rankings Week 6: Dolphins back in top 5

With Week 6 of the NFL in the books, there was certainly a lot to unpack. From season-ending injuries to major upsets, the league continues to show its unpredictability.


There are only two teams left with perfect records: Philadelphia and San Francisco. But looking at the other end of the spectrum, Carolina is still seeking their first win of the season. 


It has been a rough first five weeks for Bryce Young and the winless Carolina Panthers. Turnovers were the story of the game for Carolina as they got blown out on the road in Detroit. Young threw two interceptions and has now thrown four in five games this year. It doesn’t get easier for the Panthers as they head down to South Florida next week to play one of the league’s best teams in the Miami Dolphins. 


Let’s talk about New England for a second. What has happened to Bill Belichick and his New England Patriots? New England got embarrassed at home and Mac Jones’s struggles continued. Jones looked absolutely rattled by New Orleans’ defense as he completed just 12 of his 22 passes for 110 yards. Oh, and he also threw a couple of picks. And to make things worse, the Patriots have been outscored 72-3 in their last two games. Woah.


Speaking of the number 72, the Denver Broncos have been one of, if not, the biggest letdown in the league this season. Bringing in Sean Payton was clearly not going to help Russell Wilson guide this team to consistently find ways to win. And it doesn’t help when the defense just looks lost week after week. Denver gave up 234 rushing yards to the Jets and couldn’t bring down Breece Hall as he ran for 177 yards and a touchdown. If it wasn’t for a come-from-behind win against the Chicago Bears, the Broncos would easily be at the bottom of my list. 


The Chicago Bears. Let’s give them props for winning their first game in 346 days. Yes, you read that right. Justin Fields played lights out, throwing for 282 yards and four touchdowns. But the story of the game was D.J. Moore. Moore had eight catches for 230 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the Bears to a 40-20 victory in Washington on Thursday Night Football.


The Cardinals are an interesting team. They go from blowing a game against the Giants one week to beating the Cowboys another week. But it seems like they’ve run out of gas as they’ve lost by double digits in their last two games against the 49ers and Bengals. Arizona had no answer in containing Ja’Marr Chase as the star wide receiver had a total of 15 catches for 192 yards and three touchdowns. With the status of quarterback Kyler Murray being uncertain, it’s looking like a long season for the Cardinals. 


The offensive line for the New York Giants continues to be a disappointment and they have not been doing Daniel Jones any favors as they allowed seven sacks in their loss to the Dolphins. It seemed as if every time Jones dropped back to pass, he was getting tossed to the ground by Miami’s defensive line. Jones eventually had to exit the game due to neck soreness. A positive note that New York can take out of the game was that they forced a couple of interceptions that included a 102-yard pick-six. But don’t look now Giants fans. Your New York Football Giants are headed to Buffalo next week. Yikes. 


It looked like the Bills were jetlagged in their 25-20 loss to the Jaguars in London. Buffalo was down early in the game and despite their efforts to make a comeback, it was too little too late. Give credit to Jacksonville though. They had a very good offensive approach, especially through the ground game. Travis Etienne ran all over Buffalo’s defense as he had 26 carries for 136 yards and two touchdowns. But I think the main story is the injury to Bills star linebacker Matt Milano. According to reports, Milano suffered a season-ending knee injury during the first quarter and the Bills took another major blow to their defense. They’ve now lost Milano and Tre’Davious White in the span of two weeks. 


The Philadelphia Eagles cruised by the Los Angeles Rams to start their season out 5-0 and the San Francisco 49ers look like the most complete team in the NFL after making the Dallas Cowboys look like a deer in headlights. To top it off, George Kittle had a hat trick, catching three touchdowns in San Francisco’s 42-10 victory. 


Shifting over to South Florida, the best offense in the league is back at it again. Whether it’s in the air or on the ground, the Dolphins looked unstoppable. Aside from a couple of careless interceptions from Tua Tagovailoa, Miami looked flawless on both sides of the ball. Tyreek Hill had eight catches for 181 yards and a touchdown. Rookie running back De’Von Achane made his presence known as he had 11 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown although there were some reports that Achane was suffering from a knee injury after the game. There are no reports of the severity of the injury.  


On the defensive side, defensive tackle Zach Sieler had a day, tallying six tackles and two sacks. After a disappointing loss to Buffalo in their last game, Miami looks like they are back to being the team to beat in the AFC. With a matchup against the winless Carolina Panthers in their next game, the Dolphins could very well be headed towards a 5-1 start to the season. 


Below are my Week 6 power rankings.


  1. Carolina Panthers (0 – 5)

Lost vs. Lions 42-24


  1. New England Patriots (1 – 4)

Lost vs. Saints 34-0


  1. Denver Broncos (1 – 4)

Lost vs. Jets 31-21


  1. Arizona Cardinals (1 – 4)

Lost vs. Bengals 34-20


  1. New York Giants (1 – 4)

Lost vs. Dolphins 31-16


  1. Washington Commanders (2 – 3)

Lost vs. Bears 40-20


  1. Chicago Bears (1 – 4)

Won vs. Commanders 40-20


  1. Green Bay Packers (2 – 3)

            Lost vs. Raiders 17-13


  1. Minnesota Vikings (1 – 4)

Lost vs. Chiefs 27-20


  1. Houston Texans (2 – 3)

Lost vs. Falcons 21-19


  1. Tennessee Titans (2 – 3)

Lost vs. Colts 23-16


  1. New York Jets (2 – 3)

Won vs. Broncos 31-21


  1. Los Angeles Rams (2 – 3)

Lost vs. Eagles 23-14


  1. Atlanta Falcons (3 – 2)

Won vs. Texans 21-19


  1. Las Vegas Raiders (2 – 3)

            Won vs. Packers 17-13


  1. Cleveland Browns (2 – 2)

Bye Week


  1. Pittsburgh Steelers (3 – 2)

Won vs. Ravens 17-10


  1. Cincinnati Bengals (2 – 3)

Won vs. Cardinals 34-20


  1. Los Angeles Chargers (2 – 2)

Bye Week


  1. Indianapolis Colts (3 – 2)

Won vs. Titans 23-16


  1. New Orleans Saints (3 – 2)

Won vs. Patriots 34-0


  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3 – 1)

Bye Week


  1. Baltimore Ravens (3 – 2)

Lost vs. Steelers 17-10


  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (3 – 2)

Won vs. Bills 25-20


  1. Seattle Seahawks (3 – 1)

Bye Week


  1. Dallas Cowboys (3 – 2)

Lost vs. 49ers 42-10


  1. Buffalo Bills (3 – 2)

Lost vs. Jaguars 25-20


  1. Detroit Lions (4 – 1)

Won vs. Panthers 42-24


  1. Kansas City Chiefs (4 – 1)

Won vs. Vikings 27-20


  1. Miami Dolphins (4 – 1)

Won vs. Giants 31-16


  1. Philadelphia Eagles (5 – 0)

Won vs. Rams 23-14


  1. San Francisco 49ers (5 – 0)

Won vs. Cowboys 42-10


Four Best Bets To Win The Heisman Trophy

The Heisman Trophy award is something every college football player is chasing throughout the season. From a betting perspective, it’s one of the most popular player props to bet on. This year, there are a number of players that are going to be in the running for this honor with USC’s Caleb Williams starting the year as the favorite. He’ll be aiming to become the first player since 1975 to win back-to-back Heisman’s. Can he pull it off, or are there other names that could upend him? Let’s take a closer look at the betting odds, which are from MyBookie sportsbook.

Caleb Williams, USC Trojans

Odds: +550

Caleb Williams is currently the favorite to win the Heisman in 2023. He is coming off a Heisman-winning year after throwing for 4,537 yards. He also set a school record for touchdowns with 52.

He’s in a great, quarterback-friendly offense led by head coach Lincoln Riley and saw the team add Dorian Singer from the transfer portal to give him another playmaking wideout. The expectation is that USC is going to be one of the top teams in the country. If that’s the case and the USC offense is the reason for it, Williams will be in the running for the trophy again.

Jayden Daniels, LSU Tigers

Odds: +900

Jayden Daniels looks primed to compete with Williams for this award. Daniels is the starting quarterback of the LSU Tigers, a team that got a boost in 2022 following head coach Brian Kelly joining. Since then, Daniels came over from the transfer portal and threw for over 2,900 yards and 17 touchdowns compared to only three interceptions. Where he really shined was on the ground, leading the team with 885 yards and 11 more touchdowns. His dual threat capabilities coupled with a flourishing team could help him jump Williams in the race. Similar to Williams, if LSU is in the running to win the SEC or National Championship, Williams will get plenty of credit that will be useful for the Heisman Trophy race.

J.J. McCarthy, Michigan Wolverines

Odds: +1200

J.J. McCarthy is a sneaky Heisman pick out of Michigan. The quarterback filled a hole in the position that Michigan had been struggling in for years. McCarthy threw for 2,700 yards and 22 touchdowns while adding 306 rushing yards and five more touchdowns on the ground. He proved to be a game-changer in 2022, and now gets to play behind a phenomenal offensive line to make his life easier. He’s got two elite guards in Trevor Keegan and Zak Zinter on top of Donovan Edwards and Blake Corum. McCarthy is in the perfect situation to shine.

Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State Buckeyes

Odds: +2000

The biggest longshot comes here, with Marvin Harrison Jr. The wide receiver tops all other non-quarterbacks in betting odds, and for good reason. The entire Ohio State passing offense is expected to flow through Harrison in 2023, so there’s an opportunity for a massive receiving season ahead of him. On top of that, it’s anticipated that he can lead the country in receptions, yards, and touchdowns this year. Expectations are certainly sky high for Harrison, though the fact that he isn’t a quarterback could hurt his odds against other notable players mentioned earlier. However, we watched DeVonta Smith win the Heisman from his wide receiver position back in 2020 when he had 1,800 yards and 23 touchdowns. It’s definitely possible, but only three wideouts have ever won the Heisman in history. Harrison has

Tyree Hill and Jaylen Waddle are giving the Miami Dolphins the most dynamic receiving duo in the NFL.

5 Takeaways from Miami’s 48-20 Loss to Buffalo

The Disappointing Fangio Defense: 


In what has been a challenging start to the season for the Miami Dolphins, the performance of their defense, led by defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, has been a major letdown. After four weeks of play, the Dolphins’ defense finds itself at the bottom of the league, ranking worst in success rate, second-worst in passing success, and third-worst in rush EPA and success. To make matters worse, they sit at the 21st spot in passing EPA and a dismal 26th in EPA/play. Against the Buffalo Bills, this defense allowed quarterback Josh Allen to have a field day without applying sufficient pressure, unveiling effective blitz packages, or really making him feel uncomfortable in the slightest. The decision to leave second-year UDFA Kader Kohou on an island against All-Pro WR Stefon Diggs backfired spectacularly, as Diggs racked up three touchdowns and 120 receiving yards, with two of those touchdowns coming in the first half. The absence of halftime adjustments compounded the defensive woes, underlining the urgent need for significant improvements in Miami’s defensive game plan.


Abandoning the Run Game: 


While it’s understandable that the Dolphins leaned heavily on their passing game, given the early deficit, Coach McDaniel conceded that he should have stuck with the run game more. Rookie De’Von Achane, a bright spot, found the end zone twice and displayed promise. However, the Bills’ defensive strategy of employing cover two effectively limited deep passing opportunities for Miami’s wide receivers. Opponents are increasingly adapting to Miami’s high-flying offense by focusing on preventing deep passes. This necessitates a strategic adjustment in the Dolphins’ game plan to counter these defensive tactics.


Concerns on the Offensive Line


After three nearly flawless weeks, the Dolphins’ offensive line encountered a considerable setback, surrendering a total of four sacks to the Bills. This marked a significant departure from the mere one sack allowed in the first three weeks of the season. The absence of center Connor Williams forced the Dolphins to thrust Liam Eichenberg into the center position, where he faced a challenging day. Eichenberg’s struggles not only affected the offensive line but also contributed to LT Terron Armstead’s injury. An unfortunate collision with Armstead’s knee forced him to exit the game prematurely. Tua Tagovailoa found himself under constant pressure, and it was evident that he was rattled. Miami must urgently address this concern at the center position to ensure the protection of Tagovailoa’s health.


Injuries Taking Their Toll

The Dolphins were dealt a harsh blow with the loss of Terron Armstead, expected to be sidelined for weeks, is a significant setback. The unavailability of LB Jaelan Phillips and C Connor Williams due to injuries further exacerbated issues, impacting both the pass-rushing and pass-protection aspects of Miami’s game plan. These injuries disrupted Miami’s strategy and undoubtedly contributed to their struggles on the field.


A Shot at Redemption


Defeats may sting, but they also provide the opportunity for redemption. In the grand finale of the regular season, the Dolphins will host the Bills—a team they have a peculiar knack for defeating at home, even if Buffalo’s backyard proves elusive. Could it be for the division title? After all, a win in Miami is worth two in Buffalo, isn’t it? If the Dolphins aspire to dethrone the Bills and crown themselves AFC East champions, there’s a captivating journey ahead and a lot of work to be done.


Dolphins Win Jets

Kicking it Old School: The Legacy of Leather Footballs in Modern Game

Every modern NFL player throws and kicks balls made by one company: Wilson. This Ohio-based brand has been creating balls for the NFL since 1941.

No other sports company has had such a long partnership with a major sports league in the world. What does Wilson do great that makes its contract with the NFL so solid?

The obvious answer is that it creates quality footballs consistently. Wilson’s footballs have established a legacy in the world of American football. Continue reading to learn more.

Revolutionized Football Manufacturing

Footballs are sometimes called pigskins. The name originated from how the first generation of American footballs were made. Players would inflate pig bladders and use them to play the game.

Pig bladders were terribly unreliable. They would deflate when pricked by the tiniest of materials. Next came rubber balls. They were better than bladder-made balls. But they provided poor grips. 

Leather balls revolutionized American football. Not only were they sturdier and more durable, but they also provided better handling. Today, the best leather football balls are made of pure leather or composite leather.

Composite leather combines several materials to create affordable balls for college and high school students. Composite footballs are easy to hold and can last for a while. But they’re not as durable as pure leather balls.

Standard Material for NFL Footballs

We’ve already mentioned that the NFL has one source for all its footballs. What we didn’t mention, however, is that Wilson creates its best balls using pure leather.

The Ohio-based company uses cowhide skin to be precise. It uses hides to create the main body of footballs. It also includes a liner to help maintain the ovular shapes of balls.

From there, Wilson includes a rubber bladder to keep footballs inflated for long. In most cases, Wilson also includes the NFL logo on its balls but not before inspecting each ball thoroughly.

Although Wilson has a lion’s share of the football leather market, it’s not the only brand in this niche. Nike creates quality leather balls too. But it mostly targets college teams and not the NFL.

An Important Symbol for American Football

When you think about it, the ovular leather-made football is one of the most important symbols of American football. If you see a Wilson-branded, brown-colored leather ball with white stripes, you immediately associate it with American football.

You might associate it with your favorite Super Bowl moments. But no one can mistake an American football for a rugby ball. You could create a bigger ball and place it next to a rugby ball.

If it’s brown, ovular, has a white bladder, and the iconic Wilson logo, it belongs on an American football field. That said, leather balls would probably not be so iconic if they weren’t dominated by one company.

Imagine if the NFL contracted a different company to create its Super Bowl balls every year. Sure, the balls would all have an ovular shape. But they wouldn’t stand out the way Wilson’s balls do.

Recommended for All Football Levels

Leather footballs aren’t just ideal for NFL players. They’re appropriate for players at all levels. Leather provides excellent grip regardless of the size of your hands. It also helps create accurate, durable, and reliable balls.

Against that backdrop, companies like Nike and Wilson create balls for Pee Wee, Junior, Youth, and professional players using leather. They create small balls to suit kids. But they use standard-sized footballs for players aged 14 years and above.

That said, leather balls aren’t created equal. Manufacturers use different materials to create balls that suit different buyers. As mentioned, they use composites to lower costs. These balls are great for practice at the college and high school levels.

Some companies add bells and whistles to their balls. For example, they may add LED lighting and Internet connectivity. Of course, these balls are more expensive than standard balls. 


Leather footballs aren’t always affordable. But there’s no denying they’re reliable. If you’re looking for quality footballs, leather-made balls are a worthy investment. Sure, they won’t last forever. 

However, these balls can serve you for several years. The best part is that leather balls require little maintenance. Keep them away from water. Inflate them accordingly. And they will serve you for a long time.

Tua Tagovailoa, with Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel, had an uncharacteristically poor performance in the loss against San Francisco.

5 Takeaways from Dolphins’ Week 1 Triumph Over the Chargers

The Miami Dolphins opened their 2023 campaign with an electrifying victory, outlasting the Los Angeles Chargers 36-34 in a thrilling showdown. Here are five key takeaways from this Week 1 clash:


  1. Tua Tagovailoa Returns in Style

After an arduous nine-month wait since his last meaningful game due to a season-ending concussion in December 2022, Tua Tagovailoa made an impressive comeback. Showing no signs of rust, Tagovailoa’s performance was nothing short of spectacular. He completed 28 of 45 passes for a staggering 466 yards. Notably, a crucial 47-yard connection with Tyreek Hill on a pivotal third-and-10 in the late stages of the game set the stage for a game-deciding four-yard touchdown pass to Hill. Tagovailoa’s resilience and skill were on full display.


  1. Vic Fangio’s Timely Defensive Adjustments

The Dolphins’ defense faced a stern test throughout the game, struggling to contain the Chargers’ offensive prowess. However, it was Vic Fangio’s late-game adjustments that turned the tide. Fangio’s strategic blitzes on consecutive plays disrupted the Chargers’ offense, leading to a Justin Herbert intentional grounding and a key sack by Zach Sieler. Justin Bethel and Jaelan Phillips combined for a pivotal game-ending sack. While not without its challenges, Fangio’s timely defensive tactics ultimately delivered the stops required for victory.


  1. Overcoming Costly Turnovers

Overcoming adversity is a hallmark of a resilient team, and the Dolphins demonstrated just that. Despite turning the ball over twice within the 5-yard line, they refused to be discouraged. The first blunder occurred early in the game when Tagovailoa and Connor Williams mishandled a center-quarterback exchange. Later, an ill-advised pass by Tagovailoa resulted in an interception by J.C. Jackson. The Dolphins’ potent offense on Sunday proved capable of surmounting these setbacks.


  1. J.C. Jackson’s Unforgettable Play

In a rare sequence, a drive that commenced with a touchback and less than 10 seconds left in a half concluded with a successful field goal. This remarkable turn of events was made possible by a crucial play from J.C. Jackson, who drew a penalty by interfering with Erik Ezukanma. Jason Sanders capitalized on the extra play, nailing a 41-yard field goal. However, Jackson’s challenging day continued as Tyreek Hill burned him on a 35-yard touchdown pass later in the third quarter.


  1. Concerns in Dolphins’ Run Defense

The Dolphins’ defense faced challenges in stopping the run, with several alarming moments during the game. Notable among these was Austin Ekeler’s 55-yard dash through a gaping hole created by a Chargers’ offensive line that appeared five yards wide. Furthermore, the Chargers executed an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive without completing a single pass. Allowing 243 yards on 40 rushing attempts, including three touchdowns, raised concerns, especially considering that the Chargers’ rushing offense ranked 30th in yards per carry and yards per game in 2022. Improvement in run defense is imperative to ease the burden on Tagovailoa in the competitive AFC East.

Offensive Line’s Redemption

One of the most significant points of redemption in this game was the performance of the Miami Dolphins’ offensive line. Often criticized in recent times, the offensive line stepped up admirably. Despite uncertainties leading up to the season opener, the unit collectively delivered an outstanding performance. Players like Austin Jackson, Liam Eichenberg, and Kendall Lamm assumed key roles, filling in for injured teammates. Most notably, the offensive line succeeded in protecting Tua Tagovailoa, offering him the necessary time for his quick releases. Impressively, the offensive line kept formidable Chargers’ defensive ends Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack at bay, not conceding a single sack. While not without its initial challenges, such as Connor Williams’ snapping issues, the offensive line’s overall performance showcased significant improvement. These developments bode well for the Dolphins as they look to establish a more formidable presence upfront.

The Miami Dolphins’ Week 1 victory not only highlighted their offensive firepower and resilience but also illuminated areas for potential defensive improvement. With Tua Tagovailoa back in the mix and an evolving offensive line, the Dolphins are poised for a promising season as they navigate the competitive landscape ahead.

Tua Tagovailoa has thrived in coach Mike McDaniel's offense with the Miami Dolphins.

Dolphins at Chargers: Preview and Prediction

The Dolphins find themselves on the west coast for their first game of the season. They should be familiar after suffering an ugly 23-17 loss at So-Fi stadium last December.


The Chargers dialed up an effective game plan to stymie the high-powered Dolphins offense. Tua finished with just ten completions for 145 yards on twenty-eight pass attempts, while the defense surrendered 367 yards to Justin Herbert. The game really wasn’t as close as the score indicated, and one of Miami’s touchdowns came when Tyreek Hill took a fumbled ball from Jeff Wilson fifty-seven yards for a touchdown.


Now it’s week one; the start of a brand new season. The Dolphins have a new defensive coordinator, and Mike McDaniel should have a new game plan. In order for Miami to avoid repeating history, they need to focus on some key points.


Mike McDaniel needs to show range and discipline as a play-caller


Last season was a major offensive success, until it wasn’t. Like anything in the history of the NFL, teams will eventually figure you out. When the Niners and Chargers figured out how to stop the Dolphins attacking the middle of the field McDaniel had no answer.


It’s likely other teams will look to employ the same strategies this season, and it’ll be critical for the second year head coach to show he can adjust. Miami’s offense has to be multi-dimensional. McDaniel has to stay committed to his promise of running the ball more, especially in this game. The Chargers allowed the fifth most rushing yards last season, and didn’t do much to address that issue over the offseason.


Derwin James, JC Jackson, and Nick Bosa were out for last year’s game, but all three are healthy and ready to go for the Chargers’ defense. McDaniel is going to have to back-up his “genius” moniker if Miami wants to have any chance at success.


Allowing the run-game to set up the pass, particularly play-action, and utilizing the speed on offense through the screen game, could prove to be a successful approach. If it works, McDaniel has to try and refrain from getting too cute. It’s okay to go away from forcing downfield plays to Hill and Waddle if something else is working. Too often last season he abandoned the ground game when it was working. This season, and game in particular, will go a long way in showing what kind of growth McDaniel has, and if he make adjustments in-game.


The NFL in it’s simplest form is a chess match; move, counter-move. Can the yale-grad prove to be a chess master?


Time for the pass rushers to step up


New Chargers offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has promised this offense will feature a much more vertical passing game. With the size and down-field abilities of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and rookie Quintin Johnston, and the big arm of Herbert, it’s a pretty common sense approach.


Depending on how fast the Dolphins defense have picked up Vic Fangio’s, a vertical passing game could prove to be favorable matchup for Miami. Fangio’s confusing zone scheme is built to defend against big plays in the pass game, and Jevon Holland is an excellent deep safety.


Since Fangio’s scheme makes it difficult for opposing quarterbacks to get pre-snap reads, causing them to hold the ball longer post snap while they figure out ever-changing coverage looks, it could lead to some big plays for the defensive line.

That’s if they rushers can prove they’ve graduated from pressures, to finishes. They were among the league’s best in creating pressure last season, but struggled to get sacks.


Herbert is big and mobile, so it won’t be easy, but the secondary could cause coverage sack opportunities for Jaelan Phillips and Bradley Chubb. Phillips has high expectations this year as he looks to record his first double-digit sack season, and Chubb needs to prove his $110 million-dollar contract and first round pick the Dolphins traded to land him was worth it. Sunday afternoon is a terrific place for them to start.


Quick-hit key matchups


-Terron Armstead is OUT, So Kendall Lamm has his work cutout with Joey Bosa. He had a mostly strong preseason, and needs to show he can be the go-to backup plan for Armstead who likely won’t be missing his last game this year.


-Austin Jackson has appeared confident and ready to prove himself after an injury-marred season. He’ll get his opportunity against Khalil Mack.


-David Long Jr. and Jerome Baker will need to be productive as they work to stop Austin Akeler in the run and pass games.


-Like the Dolphins won’t already have their hands full with Allen, Williams, Johnston, Josh Palmer and Ekeler, how they choose to handle the vertical threat that tight end Gerald Everett brings will likely prove to be an important factor.


-The Dolphins are known for their wide-zone rushing attack, but Bosa and Mack should be able to set the edges. The focus should be running between the tackles. A mixture of Raheem Mostert and Chris Brooks could prove fruitful in attacking Sebastian Joseph-Day, Morgan Fox, and Austin Johnson in the interior.




Week one is always a bit sloppy as most teams don’t play their starters much in the preseason. On top of that, both the Dolphins and Chargers have new coordinators and schemes that players are adjusting to.


This game could go either way, and may come down to game plans, more than the talent on both teams.


Tua should be fired up after missing the final three games last year, including the Dolphins playoff loss to the Bills, and I expect him to have a chip on his shoulder this season. His success against the Chargers will come down to the success of Miami’s gameplan, as he’s shown not to be a player who makes the same mistakes twice.


Ultimately, expecting the defense to quickly pick up a dramatically different scheme than what they’re used to, and a tough matchup for Miami’s offense, the Chargers should be able to capitalize at home.


Chargers 31, Dolphins 24


Key Insights Gleaned from Baltimore Ravens’ Preseason Finale

The preseason finale often serves as a platform for those looking to prove themselves worthy of a roster spot. While stars are resting, the real battles occur among players trying to cement their places on the team. 


As the Baltimore Ravens locked horns with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there were several noteworthy performances and notable absences. Let’s delve deep into the key insights from this intriguing matchup. 

Roster Absences


Sometimes, the players who don’t play reveal more about a team’s strategies than those who do. Two notable absences from the Ravens’ roster might offer clues about the team’s plans as they approach the regular season.  


The Seymour-Kelly Situation

Kevon Seymour, despite missing the recent practice, had been starting ahead of Kyu Blu Kelly at cornerback. With his veteran status allowing for certain roster moves without the waiver process, Seymour’s absence presents intriguing possibilities.


Mitchell’s Mysterious Absence

Rookie UDFA Keaton Mitchell showed potential as a runner and kick returner earlier in the preseason. But his absence from the finale raises questions: Is he part of the Ravens’ long-term plan? A vital position on any NFL roster is the backup quarterback. This preseason, the battle between Josh Johnson and Tyler Huntley had been closely watched, and the finale provided some valuable insights. Josh Johnson may have solidified his spot as the backup. Posting a 6-9 for 95 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers, his performance, coupled with his good health, speaks volumes.


Huntley’s Health and Roster Mechanics

With Huntley’s ongoing injury concerns, the Ravens might be forced to make some strategic decisions. Their approach towards him and Johnson will be crucial during the roster cutdowns, especially with the latter’s veteran status.


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Trenton Simpson’s Development


Trenton Simpson’s progression, or lack thereof, became a major point of discussion after the finale. A talented youngster, his performance in the preseason suggests there’s still much room for growth.  Despite being a third-round pick, Simpson found himself down the pecking order, playing later in the game and seemingly struggling to adapt.


His struggles in recent weeks raise questions about what role, if any, he might have in the upcoming season. Is he a long-term project or just going through early career hiccups? The starting left guard position has been one of the most keenly contested spots in the Ravens’ lineup this preseason. Two players have emerged as frontrunners.


John Simpson’s Dominance


John Simpson has emerged as a favorite for the left guard position, outperforming his peers and establishing a robust case for himself. While Aumavae-Laulu started the preseason on a strong note, recent performances suggest he’s struggling to keep pace with Simpson, especially when facing stronger opponents.


With Tyus Bowser out and new additions to the team, the edge rusher position has been a focal point of the preseason. The Ravens have some decisions to make. Jeremiah Moon has consistently started in the recent games, even ahead of fourth-round pick Tavius Robinson. His stock seems to be rising rapidly.


Wrapping It Up

As the preseason draws to a close, the Baltimore Ravens have given us a glimpse into the tough decisions they face. From roster absences to position battles, every moment of the finale offered a valuable insight. The preseason finale is more than just a game. For many players, it’s a final shot at making the roster or proving their worth.


With the roster taking shape and the regular season approaching, the Ravens and their fans have much to look forward to. The strategies and decisions made now will shape the team’s fortunes in the upcoming months.


The curtain has come down on the Baltimore Ravens’ preseason, a critical phase that offers a blend of anticipation, excitement, and anxiety. As we transition into the regular season, let’s recap and conclude on what these insights potentially mean for the team and its avid followers. The preseason is a complex tapestry of individual stories, hopes, dreams, and immense dedication. Players battle for their positions, veterans strive to maintain their standing, and rookies ardently aspire to cement a spot. The finale against the Buccaneers epitomized these very sentiments.


The Road Ahead


The insights gleaned from this finale highlight the depth and talent available to the Ravens. Each decision, from roster cuts to starting lineups, carries with it the weight of the season’s aspirations. As fans, while we may analyze and speculate based on these games, it’s essential to remember the broader picture. The real battle is just beginning, and the Ravens are shaping up to be a formidable force.


In essence, as we gear up for the regular season, one thing is clear: the Baltimore Ravens have an ensemble of talent, and how they harness it will define their journey ahead.