Burrow, Chase, Higgins have made this team very good and fun.

NFL teams shouldn’t be consistently bad over multiple decades. The league is not college football, where financial, geographic, and branding disparities can keep a program up or down for generations regardless of its leadership. Nor is it baseball or soccer, where the richest teams can spend their way to a decent chance to win a title. The NFL has had a salary cap since 1994, and the worst team in the league has gotten the first overall draft pick for a lot longer than that. To miss the playoffs more than five or so years in a row takes genuine ineptitude, and to have so many down periods repeatedly over many years is even harder.

Enter the Cincinnati Bengals, who have had five different playoff droughts of five-plus years in their 54 seasons as an NFL or AFL franchise. The Bengals have played in the postseason 14 times and

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The good (Aaron Rodgers), the bad (Matt Nagy), and other telling moments from Week 3 in the NFL

Aaron Rodgers celebrates a touchdown against the 49ers.

Aaron Rodgers. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Week 3 of the NFL season was filled with action.

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was the big winner of the weekend, setting an NFL record with a game-winning 66-yard field goal to beat the Detroit Lions and further his case as the greatest kicker of all time.

Meanwhile, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy was a big loser. Take a look below at all the winners and losers from Week 3 of the NFL season.

WINNER: Justin Tucker

Justin Tucker celebrates after breaking NFL record with a 66-yard field goal to defeat the Detroit Lions.

Justin Tucker. Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Justin Tucker is the greatest kicker alive. Against the Lions, he drilled a record-setting 66-yard field goal as time expired to send the Ravens home winners.

Tucker had been teasing his potential for a record-setting kick for years, and when his moment finally came, he was ready.

LOSER: Matt Prater

While one kicker booted their way to glory

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2021 Hall of Fame Game: The good, the not so good and the ugly during Steelers’ 16-3 win over Cowboys

CANTON, Ohio — Many questions hovered over the 2021 Steelers as they took the field for Thursday night’s Hall of Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys. While winning is always a priority, Pittsburgh’s 16-3 win was of minimal significance. The Steelers came into the night looking to answer some of those pressing questions. 

The Steelers managed to find some answers in front of thousands of their fans inside Tom Benson Stadium as well as a national TV audience. Those watching saw several positive debuts from players the Steelers acquired the summer. They also saw the emergence of a particular defender who is looking to hold off a three-time Pro Bowler. To the chagrin of their fans, the Steelers also showed some of the flaws that plagued them during the final six games of 2020. 

With their first preseason game in the books, let’s take a look at what was

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The Monday After: The Big Ten needs to put Ohio State in its conference title game for its own good

Ohio State is a playoff team. It has been the entire season, even if an entire season in the Big Ten hasn’t felt like an entire season. While many people needed to see Ohio State smother Michigan State without several key starters and coaches to be convinced, I’ve felt this way for a while.

I don’t need to see Ohio State play a minimum of five games before I can decide if it’s better than other College Football Playoff contenders.

I’ve also been convinced that while plenty have debated about how many games the Buckeyes need to play this season to be selected for the playoff, that it’s never been a legitimate problem. As long as Ohio State didn’t have its season shut down by COVID-19, I’ve felt it will be one of the four teams chosen so long as it doesn’t lose one of the games it does play.

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