What are the odds that Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos’ record-setting offense take possession of the football first in the Super Bowl if they win the opening coin toss? If recent history is a guide, not good.
Tom Coughlin will return as coach of the New York Giants and Leslie Frazier passed his audition with the Minnesota Vikings. The fate of some of their National Football League colleagues isn’t so secure.
Thanks to quarterback Tom Brady, the New England Patriots are 3-point favorites this week in Pittsburgh, where the National Football League’s top-ranked passing offense tangles with the No. 1 pass defense.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin was fined $100,000 for interfering with kick returner Jacoby Jones in a Nov. 28 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, a violation that may also lead to draft-pick punishments for the Steelers.
The National Football League suspended Super Bowl-winning coach Sean Payton for one year, taking unprecedented action after finding the New Orleans Saints ran a bounty program that paid players for injuring opponents.