The Indianapolis Colts have not won the AFC South since 2014, but tight end Eric Ebron thinks that will all change this season.
On Wednesday, Ebron declared that the Colts would win the division.
“I respect the Jaguars don’t get me wrong, but we are not losing the AFC South this year, I’m sorry,” he said, per ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
The Houston Texans ran the division last season with an 11-5 record, but the Colts were right on their heels at 10-6 and went on to defeat the Texans in the AFC Wild Card game. The Jaguars, meanwhile, went 5-11 after winning the division in 2017 but are expected to bounce back after signing ex-Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and drafting SEC Defensive Player of the Year Josh Allen.
Indy made some additions of their own this offseason however, namely, Spencer Ware and Devin Funchess on offense as well as Justin Houston on defense. As for Ebron, who is coming off a monster 13-touchdown campaign, he is one of several other players who should give the team confidence.
The Michigan Wolverines are feeling confident ahead of their huge matchup against the Ohio State Buckeyes. So confident, in fact, that when given the opportunity to make some pretty bold statements, at least one of their players is going ahead with it.
Michigan running back Karan Higdon was asked during Monday’s press conference if he would make like current coach and former quarterback Jim Harbaugh and guarantee a victory over the Buckeyes on Saturday. Higdon’s response was a yes.
The connection to Harbaugh is from the 1986 edition of the game, when he guaranteed a victory in Columbus. Harbaugh was proven right then, as he quarterbacked the Wolverines to a 26-24 victory.
The stakes are high, guarantee or not, as the winner of the game will head to the Big Ten title game with a potential playoff bid on the line. The loser can forget about making that playoff. Ohio State is looking vulnerable, and maybe that’s going through Higdon’s mind — though to be fair to him, he was prompted to do it.
Yasiel Puig is calling his shot ahead of the National League Championship Series.
After his Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to their third straight NLCS with a 6-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday, the star outfielder delivered a bold prediction about the team’s upcoming series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Puig was being interviewed by MLB Network amid a celebration in the locker room when he stated that the Dodgers would not only beat the Brewers but do so in four games to boot. He then went on to declare that the Dodgers would also win the World Series. Take a look:
While there may have been an inebriation factor in play here, it’s still a pretty hot take from the former All-Star Puig. The Brewers just swept their NLDS series against the Colorado Rockies and have not lost a game since Sept. 22, adding up to a total of 11 consecutive victories.
But as for the reason why Puig feels so confident in his team’s chances this postseason, we probably have a good idea.
Louisville coach Bobby Petrino is raising expectations ahead of his team’s season-opening tilt against Alabama.
At a Louisville luncheon ahead of the Sept. 1 game against the Crimson Tide, Petrino promised that the Cardinals were going to take out Alabama in the season opener if everyone believes the same way he believes.
It’s quite the lofty proclamation given what the Crimson Tide are expected to be. Petrino may just be trying to rile up his fanbase and get everyone thinking positively, which is what a head coach should be doing. But while stranger things have happened, it’s safe to say Alabama will be favored in this one. They’re unlikely to be impacted by outside forces, either.
Jalen Ramsey is officially going Broadway Joe Namath.
Several hours after a thrilling 45-42 divisional round win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback arrived back in front of his home fans at EverBank Field and made a bold declaration. Ramsey predicted that the Jags would not only make the Super Bowl but win it as well. Here is the video, per Sports Illustrated (but beware of the vulgar language):
Of course, the Jaguars will have to go through the heavily-favored (and defending champion) New England Patriots in Foxboro next week. Assuming they pulled off that upset, they would go on to face either the Minnesota Vikings or the Philadelphia Eagles, both powerhouses in their own right.
Ramsey and the Jags have reason to feel confident though — they boast a truly elite defensive unit, and their offense looked to have finally caught up on Sunday as well. The last time Jacksonville talked smack worked out pretty well for them too, so perhaps you can excuse the 23-year-old’s chutzpah here.
Having raced out to a staggering 71-31 record on the year, the Los Angeles Dodgers have co-owner Magic Johnson brimming with confidence.
Speaking at ace lefty Clayton Kershaw’s annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose event on Thursday night, Johnson guaranteed a World Series victory for the Dodgers.
“The Dodgers are going to win the World Series. This is our year,” said Johnson, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
“Get healthy. Lead us,” Johnson continued, addressing Kershaw. “That’s the only ring I don’t have, and I need that ring.”
Johnson, who himself brought five titles to Los Angeles leading the Lakers in the 1980s, has been successful in his clairvoyance recently. But though the Dodgers are clearly baseball’s best team right now, there’s a lot of flukiness and random luck that come into play during the MLB postseason, so hopefully the Basketball Hall of Famer won’t have to change his name to Magic Jinxson.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are facing elimination in their NHL Playoff first-round series against the Washington Capitals, but coach Mike Babcock is convinced his squad isn’t done just yet.
The Maple Leafs lost to the Washington Capitals 2-1 in overtime at the Verizon Center Friday, which sends them back to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre for a do-or-die Game 6 on Sunday. Babcock made clear that he’s expecting a return to D.C. for Game 7, though.
This sounds an awful lot like a guaranteed victory, which, as you can see, sometimes works out better than other times. The players probably appreciate the belief, though.
Ronda Rousey is officially making her UFC return at UFC 207 in December to fight Amanda Nunes, and the bantamweight champion doesn’t seem the least bit concerned about Rousey’s reputation.
“I 100 percent am gonna beat Ronda Rousey,” Nunes told TMZ this week. “I’m 200 percent (going to beat Ronda Rousey).”
Nunes went out of her way to compliment Rousey, noting that her upcoming opponent is the most “dominant” fighter in the sport and deserves a title shot despite critics saying Rousey should have to work her way back up to it. However, Nunes says she has trained for Rousey and knows exactly how to beat her.
“I know how we’re gonna beat Ronda Rousey,” Nunes said. “I’ve been training for Ronda Rousey since my first fight in UFC. I come from the same background as Ronda Rousey. I’ve been training Judo my whole career. I understand everything Rousey’s gonna bring that day.
“This is gonna be hard for Ronda because everybody expects her to win. She can’t. She knows that.”
If Rousey does lose, that will probably be the last we see of her in the UFC. We know how much her undefeated streak meant to her, so it will be interesting to see if she can still fight with the same edge she used to. If not — well, we all saw what Nunes did to Miesha Tate over the summer.
Florida Gators CB Quincy Wilson guaranteed victory over Tennessee by using a funny quote.
The junior defensive back spoke with reporters and rhetorically asked, “you ever seen a duck pull a truck?” Then he answered that “a duck don’t pull a truck.”
All of that was Wilson’s way of saying that the Vols, who were the ducks in this analogy, wouldn’t be able to beat the Gators.
“Nobody has ever seen a duck pull a truck,” Wilson said. “The Florida Gators are going to win. Simple as that.”
Florida has beaten Tennessee 11 years in a row, but the Vols are 3-0 this season and higher ranked than the Gators. That means they should have a better chance of winning the game than they have in previous years.
Here is a video of Wilson’s comments:
Todd Gurley is feeling very confident about the Los Angeles Rams’ chances of taking out the Seattle Seahawks.
After Thursday’s practice, Gurley rather boldly proclaimed that the Rams were definitely going to beat the Seahawks when the two teams square off Sunday.
“We’re going to get a win this week, for sure,” Gurley said, via Tevin Broner of Turf Show Times.
It’s worth noting that the Rams have an oddly solid record against Seattle. Last season, the Rams pulled off the season sweep against their division rivals.
Of course, this is an entirely different team and an entirely different scenario. Their season-opening performance was so awful that a franchise legend dubbed it “an embarrassment.” The team, and Gurley himself, will have to go up a level if they’re serious about backing up his bold prediction.