Nate Burleson: Lions Are Going to Start Winning Games

Nate Burleson is known as a big talker. The Lions receiver has predicted victories in successive years and was wrong on both accounts. Now the man with the mouth is boldly declaring that the lowly Detroit Lions are going to start winning games.

Speaking about the team’s desire to win during the preseason (they went 4-0), Burleson said “There’s certain omens that people have about it, but we want to create, I guess, a habit of winning, so I don’t care if it’s preseason or not – we’re going to start winning games around here.”

Burleson added that the team feels really good heading into the regular season. Pessimists will point out that the last time Detroit went 4-0 in the preseason they finished the year 0-16. Optimists like me have been predicting a breakout season for them. Matt Stafford is going to have a monster year and the offense will put up points. The defense, led by Ndamukong Suh, will make life difficult for opposing offenses.

Saying they will make the playoffs might be too bold, but an 8-8 finish or better is a reasonable prediction. I’ll go with 9-7.

Redskins Are Still Selling Donovan McNabb Merchandise (Pictures)

Oftentimes when a sports legend leaves one city for another it is hard to let that person go.  When a player has done so much for a franchise and decides to rock another team’s colors, it hurts.  It can even hurt so much that you refuse to change your game day operations after said player is gone.  Perhaps that explains why the Redskins are still selling Donovan McNabb merchandise at FedEx Field.  Check out these pictures that Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post took while at the Redskins game on Thursday:

Who can blame the Skins?  McNabb was a legend in Washington.  He took a franchise in peril and turned it into a powerhouse.  He may not have not have wanted to return to the team as a backup for Mike Shanahan, but that does not mean the legend of Donovan McNabb in the nation’s capital will not live on.

Oh, and the same goes for the player sometimes too.  Obviously McNabb has had a very difficult time letting the Redskins go. Check out his updated website.

Bo Jackson Thinks Cam Newton Is Best Quarterback to Ever Walk the Planet

Bo Jackson is an Auburn alumnus. He was on the sidelines celebrating the team’s national championship. Cam Newton was the star player on that team. It’s safe to say that Bo developed quite the hard-on for Cammy over the past year.

Describing Cam’s talents on The Jim Rome Show Thursday, Bo got a tad bit carried away.

“He has the arm strength and power of Dan Marino and John Elway combined,” Bo began. “He is quicker than Michael Vick, faster than Michael Vick. And he will run over you with the power of a Jerome Bettis, Bo Jackson, Earl Campbell. That is the type of guy that he is. There isn’t another quarterback in the NFL that has all of those tangibles.”

With that combination of ability, I’m truly wondering how Cam hasn’t managed to end the fighting in Libya, cure world hunger, and fix the U.S. budget. What can’t Zeus of the gridiron do?

In case you think that’s all a joke, listen to the clip below as passed along by Los That Sports Blog:

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Michael Vick: ‘You Can’t Design a Defense to Stop Me’

There is no way to be a successful quarterback in the NFL without one specific intangible: confidence.  Those who are afraid to have the ball in their hands with 1:30 left in a tie game will never find themselves at the top of the position.  Uncertainty is not an option — there isn’t enough time.  If you doubt yourself at the NFL level, the ball ends up in the hands of an opposing player and you cost your team seven points in the amount of time it takes to put your socks on in the morning.

Fortunately for the Eagles, Michael Vick is at no shortage of confidence.  After inking a monstrous contract and getting his life back on track, Vick can now fully set his sights on bringing a Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia.  When Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports asked No. 7 about the Eagles offense of the future, Vick painted a picture of an unstoppable force.

“I’ve been hearing that for years,” Vick said when asked about teams designing their defensive playbook around stopping him. “You can’t design a defense to stop me, especially not on this team. We have so many weapons, and some teams have tried to make that their primary focus. That’s when we run up the score.”

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Mike Williams Guarantees Bucs Will Make Playoffs, But He’ll be Wrong

Tis the season for guarantees, apparently. Ron Artest guaranteed the Lakers would win the NBA title this week. Now it’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers second year receiver Mike Williams doing the deed.

“We’re a young team, but we’re guaranteeing the playoffs,” Williams told The Miami Herald via Pro Football Talk.

Williams’ guarantee should come as no surprise. The Bucs have described themselves as a “youngry” team throughout training camp. They’re optimistic about the season after last year’s turnaround (they went from 3-13 to 10-6). But as far as the playoffs go, they still have several obstacles.

While Tampa Bay is a solid team, they’re not spectacular. They also have immense competition in their division from the Saints and Falcons, both of whom finished with more wins en route to playoff berths. There is little reason to believe either team will falter this season. Additionally, there are three teams in the NFC East and NFC North that should also contend for the playoffs. I’m not sure Tampa Bay is better than those six teams.

Also working against Williams’ prediction is that the last wide receiver to guarantee a playoff berth was Brandon Marshall. The Dolphins went 3-6 after his statement and missed the playoffs. The Bucs are a solid team, but I’m thinking an 8-8 or 9-7 finish without a playoff appearance is more likely to happen than anything else. How many more games will Josh Freeman be able to pull out in the fourth quarter? I just think a few less footballs will fall their way this time.

Dez Bryant Says He’s Fixed His Surroundings, Now on Straight and Narrow

The only news about Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant lately has been positive. Dez is said to be dominating during the team’s training camp and many of his teammates are expecting a breakout season. But until recently, Dez had been more known for his problems away from football rather than his play on the field.

As recently as July, we passed along a report saying Bryant had skipped out on an autograph session. Before that, he supposedly had trouble at a shopping mall for wearing his pants too low. He’s reportedly owed jewelers money, and who can forget the pads carrying incident with Roy Williams last year?

That’s a nice summary of all the issues Dez has faced. Now, Bryant says he’s a changed man.

“I think it was my surroundings [that led to problems],” Bryant told the Cowboys website. “I feel like I fixed that, and I’m headed on the straight and narrow path. I don’t need to get into details. Everything is done, I like how it’s going and my life is on straight.”

Aside from cracking up over envisioning Dez saying he’s headed “on the straight and narrow,” I’m not sure I can buy all this. It’s one thing to say everything is fixed, but the best way to prove the change is by avoiding trouble.

Tedy Bruschi: Arian Foster Tweeting Picture of MRI ‘Incredibly Stupid’

Arian Foster’s hamstring injury has taken on a life of its own for a variety of reasons. For one, he is the top overall pick in most fantasy drafts after his monstrous season last year. Also, Foster seems to enjoy talking about the injury more than the media does.  Earlier this week, Foster lambasted fans for only worrying about his injury because of their fantasy football teams.  On Wednesday, he tweeted a picture of his injured hamstring for the entire world to see.

Imagine what Bill Belichick would do to one of his players if they tweeted a picture of an MRI?  He probably wouldn’t say much, but that player would not be on the Patriots roster more than an hour after the tweet went out.  That is the Patriot way, and apparently the Patriot way is a concept Tedy Bruschi believes everyone should adhere to.

“This was just incredibly stupid, if you ask me,” Bruschi told Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio Thursday morning. “I mean, you’re twittin’ [sic] MRI picture, X-rays, you’re giving other teams intimate knowledge of your playing ability. Incredibly dumb.

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