Little more than a decade after losing a heartbreaker in Super Bowl XXXVIII, Carolina seemed to have it all: an all-world quarterback in Cam Newton and a host of Pro Bowl defenders including linebacker Luke Kuechly and cornerback Josh Norman. But Peyton Manning went the way of John Elway and won himself another Super Bowl with a 24-10 victory, costing the Panthers the perfect ending to their incredible season.
The Redskins lost two games by a combined two points all season, and scored a then-record 541 points to garner a 209-point differential that was best in the league. But the 12-4 Raiders stunned Washington in Super Bowl XVIII with a 38-9 rout.
None of the Green Bay or Chicago players appeared to be kneeling during the anthem, a form of protest in which more than 200 players engaged on Sunday, when every NFL game was marked by anthem demonstrations. Reports from Lambeau indicated that most of the 81,000-plus fans in attendance did not link arms, as some saluted and many stood with their hands over their hearts.
“While there’s no greater country, it’s not perfect. Inequalities still exist, and we have work to do in ALL forms of social justice. We can all do better …. We’re a team and we stand together — no matter how divisive some comments and issues can be, nothing should ever get in the way of that. Starting Sunday, we’ll be standing together.”
Randall Cobb, WR, Packers: After seeing a steady dip in his numbers the past couple of years, Cobb opened the season with 12 targets, hauling in nine receptions for 85 yards. He followed that up with six receptions (nine targets) for 60 yards a week later against the Falcons, but was forced to leave that game and subsequently missed Week 3 with a shoulder injury. In Week 4, he caught four balls (four targets) for 44 yards and a touchdown. In Sunday’s matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, Cobb could be an intriguing play.
His prospects go up considerably if teammate Adams (see above) cannot play. Should Adams be in the lineup, Cobb may still be worth a play. In most rankings this week, he’s sitting somewhere between 25 and 30.