Last season, the Minnesota Vikings lost the NFC Championship Game, falling a win shy of becoming the first team to play a Super Bowl on its home field.
Now the Falcons have that opportunity, with Super Bowl LIII set to be staged in Atlanta’s sparkling Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Bengals made the postseason for five consecutive years from 2011 to 2015, and there is a sense of urgency from ownership on down to not just get back to the playoffs but break the longest winless playoff drought in the NFL.
The team believes Andy Dalton can return to the MVP-caliber form he showed in 2015. Since that season, which was cut short because of a broken thumb, the 30-year-old has seen a regression in passer rating, yards per attempt, completion percentage and touchdown and interception percentages.
Demand for Barkley’s jersey started immediately after his name was called in the NFL Draft and hasn’t slowed down: More Barkley jerseys sold on draft night than any other player since Fanatics began tracking the information for the NFL’s official online shop, per an ESPN report.
In New York, you walk around and people know you, Barkley said recently. It is not like, ‘Wow they know me, I have fame,’ but it is like people notice you and what you are doing.
I have not played a down of football yet so I am just handling myself. That is credit to my mother and father and my family and how they raised me. Hopefully I could continue to do the right things.
Barkley is wearing No. 26 with the Giants, just as he did at Penn State.
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