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10 Greatest Moments of Don Shula's Football Life

By Aaron Tallent, 2 weeks 6 days ago
Pro football lost one of its greatest coaches with the passing of Don Shula. The NFL's all-time leader in wins and the architect of its only perfect season also epitomized class throughout his entire life.   Shula coached an unprecedented 33 consecutive seasons and only two of them were losing efforts. Along the way, he achieved greatness that few others have. Here are the 10 best...

This Day in Sports History: April 28

By Aaron Tallent, 3 weeks 6 days ago
The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.   With that in mind, April 28 is a day in which a European sports...

25 Greatest Tight Ends in NFL History

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 3 days ago
It could be argued that no position has changed more in the NFL's history than the tight end. Once primarily a sixth offensive lineman who would catch the occasional pass, tight ends have become key cogs on offense.   Some tight ends are so critical to a team's passing attack in the current NFL that entire packages are designed to fit their individual skill sets. The extra...

Ranking the 10 Professional Football Leagues to Compete with the NFL

By Aaron Tallent, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The newly launched XFL is about halfway through its inaugural season and seems to be off to a good start. While it is not directly competing with the NFL because it is playing in the offseason, creating a new football league in this day and age is always a gamble.   There have been a few leagues like the Arena Football League that totally re-did the rules of football. And the NFL backed...

5 Best NFL Players Who Chose to Retire Early

By Aaron Tallent, 4 months 1 week ago
Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly's decision to retire from the NFL at the age of 28 was surprising, but it is something we are seeing more of these days. Players leave the game early for a variety of reasons. Sadly, most, like Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck prior to the start of the 2019 season, are forced to do so because of injuries.   However, few choose to...

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns Prediction and Preview

By Scott Whittum, 5 months 1 week ago
The AFC North champion Baltimore Ravens look to solidify their playoff positioning, and exact a little payback, when they take on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. This will be a rematch from Week 4 when Cleveland inexplicably went into Baltimore and beat the Ravens 40-25.   Last Thursday, Lamar Jackson continued his MVP-caliber season by tying his season high with five touchdown passes in...

Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction and Preview

By Tom Bowles, 5 months 4 weeks ago
Under ordinary circumstances, the Cleveland Browns playing the Pittsburgh Steelers would be one of the marquee games on the NFL schedule this weekend. The AFC North rivals are fighting tooth-and-nail in a crowded playoff race for the conference’s final wild-card slot.   But in the final seconds of a 21-7 Browns win two weeks ago, the Myles Garrett helmet punch seen 'round the...

5 Nastiest On-Field Moments in NFL History

By Aaron Tallent, 6 months 1 week ago
Unless you live under a rock, you know that the Browns-Steelers game on "Thursday Night Football" ended in brutal fashion. Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett ripped off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph's helmet and swung it at him in the final seconds of a 21-7 win.   Myles Garrett doing the unthinkable and unimaginable. pic.twitter.com/Y0UXzrCskn — Adam...

Thursday Night Football: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns Prediction and Preview

By Clint Lamb, 6 months 2 weeks ago
AFC North rivals will kick off Week 11 of the NFL season when the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Cleveland Browns for "Thursday Night Football." This will be the first of two meetings between the teams over the next three weeks, as the Browns will pay a visit to the Steel City in Week 13.   Cleveland (3-6) snapped a four-game losing streak this past Sunday with a 19-16 win over...

Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos Prediction and Preview

By Matt Josephs, 6 months 3 weeks ago
The Cleveland Browns hope to get on track Sunday afternoon in Denver when they take on the Broncos. These two teams played last year in the Mile High City with Cleveland taking it, 17-16. It was a quarterback duel between Case Keenum, who is now with Washington, and Baker Mayfield, who threw two touchdown passes in the win. That victory snapped an 11-game losing streak for the Browns in the...