What Super Bowl hangover?
The 2014 NFL season opened last night in Seattle, and the Seahawks utterly dismantled the Green Bay Packers, 36-16. Seattle was dominant on both sides of the ball, which should put a scare into every other team the Seahawks are scheduled to play this year. If Seattle could trounce one of the best offensive squads in the league, the team might be unstoppable.
SI's Doug Farrar weighs in with three thoughts on last night's game.
It’s that time of year again. School is starting and the leaves are beginning to change. But the big story? The NFL is back! After four intriguing weeks of preseason games and training camps, it’s time for the real thing. Whether you’re sitting down this Sunday to watch the Packers battle the Seahawks or the Colts take on the Broncos, make sure to check out SIKids.com to see our latest Power Rankings.
It’s going to be a long season, and we’re glad it’s finally here!
When not helping Minnesota Vikings rookies adjust to the NFL, star running back Adrian Peterson is working with kids so they can deal with their serious food allergies.
Recently, Peterson partnered with the public health awareness campaign Ready2Go to get kids with life-threatening allergies to share their plans for dealing with anaphylaxis (a very serious allergic reaction). Kids submitted videos where they talked about their action plans, and AP helped choose — ahem, draft — three winners.
The Seattle Seahawks took another Super Bowl victory lap today, spending the afternoon at the White House and getting honored by President Barack Obama. He praised cornerback Richard Sherman, Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith, coach Pete Carroll, and quarterback Russell Wilson for their contributions to the Seahawks' success and applauded the team for winning its first NFL championship despite so many people saying it would never happen.
"Let me just say as a guy who was elected President named Barack Obama, I root for the underdogs," he said. "And so seeing folks overcome the odds excites me. But it also excites me when you see the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. And that’s what team is all about. And this is a team."
Day one of the 2014 NFL Draft produced tons of hype and drama. With big names like Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel learning which teams they would play for, football fans across the country started predicting how their favorite teams would improve with their newest players.
But the process of getting better was far from finished Thursday night. There were still hundreds of picks left, with some big names remaining on the board.
After months of speculation, the NFL Draft finally kicked off on Thursday night. This year’s draft was held later than usual and, it seemed as if everyone’s mock drafts changed several times. But when the first pick was called, there wasn’t much surprise: South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney went first overall to the Texans. In a somewhat surprising fall, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel — the most talked-about prospect in this year’s draft — went No. 22 to Cleveland.
Many of the first-round draft choices are considered elite players, which means we should see them on NFL fields a lot during their rookie years.
Here’s a look at the draft’s opening day: