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Today is a sad day for me and that’s because my understanding is that I’m no longer in the running to buy the Denver Broncos. It appears Walmart heir Rob Walton is going to purchase the team for $4.5 billion, which is $4,499,999,712 more than I bid. I didn’t think my $288 bid would be enough to buy the team, but I thought it had a chance. The next time a team comes up for sale, I’m bidding at least $300.
Not only will we be talking about the potential sale of the Broncos today, but we’ll also be taking a look at how one former NFL MVP is on the verge of becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to lose to all 32 teams. That’s not exactly a record you want to be known for, but it soon could be happening to Matt Ryan.
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1. Today’s show: NFC West win totals
We’ve spent most of the past two weeks going over regular-season win totals on the podcast, and that theme will continue today with a run through the NFC West. Last year, it was viewed as the toughest division in football, but heading into the 2022 season, the division has lost some of its luster: Russell Wilson is gone, DeAndre Hopkins is suspended for six games, and the 49ers are going to have a new starting quarterback.
Those three things could lead to some struggles for the Seahawks, Cardinals and 49ers.
For today’s episode of the pod, Jordan Dajani got together with Will Brinson, and the two guys spent roughly 30 minutes debating whether each team would go over or under their win total. Here’s a look at how those predictions went:
Although the 49ers are likely going to have a new starting QB in 2022, both guys think the they can still hit the over this season, “If Trey Lance can be just a little bit of an upgrade over Jimmy Garoppolo, then I think this team can be a legitimate Super Bowl contender,” Dajani said.
As for Arizona, both guys think the Cardinals will come crashing back to earth this year after a 2021 season where they won 11 games and made the playoffs. “Kyler isn’t going to have DeAndre Hopkins (due to suspension), and just look at those first six games where he’s out,” Dajani said. “I think they likely go 3-3, and I think it’s possible they could even go 2-4.”
For those of you wondering, the Cardinals’ first six games of the season are against the Chiefs, Raiders (away), Rams, Panthers (away), Eagles and Seahawks (away). To be honest, it wouldn’t be completely crazy to see the Cardinals start 0-3. The reason a slow start could kill this team is because the Cardinals have a history of fading down the stretch under Kliff Kingsbury. If you start slow and end slow, you’re probably not going to make the playoffs.
2. Walmart heir expected to purchase Broncos for $4.5 billion
For the first time since 1984, the Denver Broncos are going to have a new owner. According to Forbes, Rob Walton is likely going to purchase the team with a winning bid that’s expected to come in at roughly $4.5 billion. Forbes did note that the winning bid hasn’t yet been finalized, but it’s expected to be announced as “early as this month.”
Walton will become the richest owner in the NFL. According to Forbes, Walton has a net worth of $59.6 billion, which makes him one of the 20 richest people in the WORLD. Once the purchase is finalized, not only would Walton instantly become the NFL’s richest owner, but he’d have a higher net worth than the NFL’s six richest owners COMBINED. Panthers owner David Tepper currently has the highest net worth in the NFL at $16.7 billion.
One Walmart heir is already indirectly involved with NFL ownership. Rob Walton’s cousin, Ann Walton Kroenke, is the husband of Rams owner Stan Kroenke. If you’re wondering about the family tree there, Rob is the son of Walmart founder Sam Walton, who is Ann’s uncle. Ann’s father, Bud, was Sam’s brother and a co-founder of Walmart.
The 77-year-old Walton will be buying the team from the Pat Bowlen trust. Bowlen originally purchased the team back in 1984 for just $78 million. From 1984 until his death in 2019, Bowlen oversaw one of the most successful franchises in the NFL as the Broncos went to seven Super Bowls, winning three of them, under his watch. Bowlen died in 2019, and his trust has been running the organization ever since. After his death three years ago, there was constant speculation that the team would eventually be put up for sale, but that didn’t officially happen until February of this year.
3. Matt Ryan has a chance to become the first QB in NFL history to lose to all 32 teams
There are 32 teams in the NFL, and over the course of league history, no quarterback has ever lost to all of them, but that’s something that could change in 2022 thanks to Matt Ryan.
Since his rookie year in 2008, Ryan has lost to 29 of the league’s 32 teams, and there’s a chance that by the end of the 2022 season, he could become the first quarterback in NFL history to lose to all 32 teams.
Even if he doesn’t hit the 32-team mark, Ryan could still set an NFL record in 2022. If he just loses to 31 different teams, he would become the first QB in league history to lose to that many teams. Although there have been seven quarterbacks who have lost to 30 teams, no QB has ever hit the 31-team mark.
Here’s a look at the three teams Ryan has never lost to and when the Colts will play them this season:
Jaguars (Week 2 and Week 6). The Colts will play at Jacksonville in Week 2, and although that seems like a guaranteed win for Indy, I think we can all agree that’s not the case. If we learned one thing from last season, it’s that there’s no such thing as a guaranteed win for the Colts when they play in Jacksonville. The Colts have lost seven straight games on the road against the Jags dating back to 2015.
Raiders (Week 10). If the Jags and Raiders both beat the Colts, Ryan would become the first QB to lose to 31 different teams.
Falcons (Colts don’t play Atlanta in regular season). Ryan could theoretically hit the 32-team mark this season, but things would have to get a little crazy. To lose to all 32 teams, Ryan would have to also lose a game to the Falcons, but that could only happen if they play each other in the Super Bowl since the two teams don’t play each other in 2022. Although the idea of the Falcons getting to the Super Bowl seems far-fetched, most people thought the same thing about a Bengals‘ Super Bowl appearance in 2021, and we all know what happened there.
If the Colts don’t end up playing the Falcons in the Super Bowl, Ryan still won’t have to wait long to face them and that’s because the Colts are scheduled to play the Falcons during the 2023 regular season.
4. Best- and worst-case scenarios for rookie quarterbacks
When you take a quarterback in the NFL Draft, that can actually be a pretty high-risk pick, especially if they’re taken in the first round. While some teams can luck out and get a QB like Joe Burrow (hello Bengals), disaster can also hit. Just ask the Raiders about that (hello JaMarcus Russell).
With that in mind, CBSSports.com draft guru Chris Trapasso decided to take a look at the best-case and worst-case scenarios for the top-four quarterbacks taken in this year’s draft.
One interesting thing about these numbers is that even in each quarterback’s “best-case scenario,” Trapasso doesn’t really envision any of them having a breakout season. Although we’ve seen a quarterback win the offensive rookie of the year award in two of the past three years, it seems highly unlikely that we’ll see that trend continue in 2022.
Once the calendar hits June, that basically means we’re getting near the dead part of the NFL offseason. And when that happens, the only way to liven things up is to rank something, so our Bryan DeArdo decided to rank the best NFL quarterbacks from each decade.
This process is pretty simple: DeArdo took a look at every decade dating ALL THE WAY BACK TO 1920 and ranked the top quarterbacks from each era. Let’s take a look at how he ranked the quarterbacks in two of those decades:
2000s (2000-2009) Best QB: Peyton Manning Runner-up:Tom Brady Honorable mention: Drew Brees DeArdo’s explanation:“In any other decade, Brady would have come away as the decade’s best quarterback. During the 2000s, Brady won three Super Bowls, was a two-time Super Bowl MVP, league MVP in 2007 and was the NFL’s passing leader twice and the NFL’s leader in touchdown passes twice. He also quarterbacked the NFL’s only undefeated team during the 16-game regular season era. To boot, Brady was 2-1 against Manning in postseason competition. Brady’s argument is convincing, but Manning gets the nod largely due to how he raised the bar for how quarterbacks can dominate a game, not just with his brawn but with his brains.”
1980s (1980-1989) Best QB: Joe Montana Runner-up: Dan Marino Honorable mention: John Elway DeArdo’s explanation: Often lost in the story of “Joe Cool” was his ability to overcome adversity. He won just three games during his first two seasons before leading the 49ers to the franchise’s first title in 1981. By the end of the decade, he would have four rings. Marino, Elway and Montana started a combined six times in Super Bowls during the ’80s.
6. Rapid-fire roundup: Romeo Crennel retires after 50-year coaching career
It was a somewhat wild weekend in the NFL, and since it’s nearly impossible to keep track of everything that happened, I went ahead and put together a roundup for you.
Romeo Crennel retires.After 50 years of coaching, Crennel has decided to call it quits. The 74-year-old — who turns 75 on June 18 — entered coaching in 1970 with Western Kentucky before landing his first NFL job in 1981 with the Giants. Over the course of his career, he served as the head coach for both the Browns (2005-08) and Chiefs (2012). He was also an interim coach for the Texans in 2020 when he became the oldest person in NFL history to be the head coach in an NFL game.
Aaron Rodgers expected to show up for mandatory minicamp: When the Packers kickoff mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, it appears Aaron Rodgers will be in attendance. According to NFL.com, Rodgers is already in Green Bay in anticipation of minicamp. Although Rodgers skipped the voluntary portion of the Packers’ offseason, it’s looking like he’ll be in pads for the mandatory portion.
Dalton Schultz to skip the rest of Cowboys OTAs. Apparently, Schultz is not happy about the way contract negotiations are currently going with the Cowboys. Since Schultz got hit with the franchise tag this year, he has until July 15 to work out a long-term deal, but if they don’t reach a deal, then Schultz will have to play on the one-year contract that comes with the tag. The tight end is so irate about the state of negotiations that he’s going to skip the rest of the team’s OTAs. This definitely isn’t a good thing for the Cowboys.
Brent Musburger out as radio voice of the Raiders. The venerable broadcaster has been the Raiders’ play-by-play guy on radio since they moved to Las Vegas, but that will be changing for 2022. Musburger announced on Twitter over the weekend that he won’t be returning for the upcoming season.
Former Oilers and Jets OL Bob Talamini dies at 83. During the heyday of the AFL, there weren’t many players who found more success than Talamini. As an offensive guard for the Oilers from 1960 to 1967, Talamini was a starter in three different AFL title games (1960-62) with the Oilers winning two of those. Talamini made the jump to the NFL in 1968, and although he only played one season, it was a successful one: He was the starting left guard for the Jets team that upset the Colts in Super Bowl III.
Current Records: Southampton 0-1-1; Leicester City 0-1-1
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What to Know
Southampton and Leicester City are meeting up for their first leg of the season at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday at King Power Stadium. Southampton will be seeking to avenge the 4-1 loss they suffered the last time these two teams played May 22.
This past Saturday, Southampton and Leeds United ended up with a point apiece after a 2-2 draw.
Meanwhile, Leicester came up short against Arsenal this past Saturday, falling 4-2.
After unsatisfying finishes in their previous games, both teams are out for the full three points in this fixture.
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The NFL preseason has reached the midway point with Week 2, which serves as the de facto “dress rehearsal” for starters to prepare for the beginning of the regular season — which is just three weeks away. For teams that don’t have joint practices this week, Week 2 of the preseason is critical.
There’s a spot for Doubs to earn snaps with the first team this year, and this touchdown catch from Jordan Love demonstrates why. Doubs came up with this impressive four-yard touchdown reception over Brian Allen to put the Packers up, 10-3, over the Saints in the second quarter. Love is starting to show trust in the fourth-round rookie.
Lutz missed all of 2021 with a core muscle injury, as the Saints missed his reliability in the kicking department. He certainly looked like his old self with this 59-yard field goal to close out the first quarter.
Just 13 of 23 on 50-plus yard field goals in his career, Lutz hitting this kick is very encouraging.
Doubs was one of the young wide receivers Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers criticized during the week, so he was in the spotlight with the second teamers participating in the majority of this one. A 17-yard catch on the opening drive on a Jordan Love throw makes a strong impression, even if Doubs failed to corral a third-down pass earlier.
No longer a quarterback for the Saints, Hill has shifted his focus to tight end for the 2022 season. The No. 2 tight end in New Orleans, Hill made an early impact by catching a 10-yard pass from Ian Book. Hill adds an extra dimension to the Saints offense in his new role, and can still play wide receiver and running back in short-yardage situations.
The Patriots averaged just 1.9 yards per play in the first quarter with just 21 yards of offense, but Nelson Agholor changed that with this 45-yard catch on an impressive throw from Mac Jones. Going against a second-team defense or not, this is what Patriots fans want to see from their new-look offense.
New England scored a touchdown — a two-yard run from Ty Montgomery — three plays later.