After apologizing for planting OU flag, Mayfield yells “Psyche!”

Following Oklahoma’s victory over Ohio State on Saturday night, OU quarterback Baker Mayfield was overcome with emotion. The senior quarterback ran back out onto Ohio Field, after the Sooner’s 31-16 victory, and planted a Sooners flag at midfield of “the Shoe”.

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On Monday, the quarterback apologized for his actions.

“I didn’t mean for it to be disrespectful to any Ohio State people at all, especially the team or the players, because they’re a great team and a great program,” Mayfield said. “It was an emotional game. I knew that it was going to have a lot of implications on the playoffs. … I got caught up in an emotional win. Yeah, it should’ve been something I did in the locker room. So I apologize for doing it in the middle of the field.”

As the reporters started to file out of the Oklahoma press room, Mayfield began to leave the podium, but then rushed back to the microphone, and yelled “Psyche! Ohio State can suck it! Boomer Sooner, son!”

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The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview: The AFC West

AFC West

The AFC West might be the toughest division in the NFL. Any of these teams could win the division, and contend in the postseason. And any of these teams could collapse, and finish 6-10. And most of these teams could also actually be made up from the spawn of Chargers QB Philip Rivers.

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1. Oakland Raiders

Predicted finish: 10-6

Last year, the Oakland Raiders returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2002, going 12-4 and giving the Raider faithful some hope for the future. QB Derek Carr is an MVP candidate, and DE Khalil Mack is one of the top defensive players in the league. Then again, this team lost to Brock Osweiler in the playoffs, and they are currently packing up for the move to Las Vegas. So the future may not exactly need shades.

2. Denver Broncos

Predicted finish: 9-7

Broncos VP John Elway knew he had to beef up his terrible offensive line, so he went out and took Utah OT Garett Bolles with his first draft pick. Elway has been fearless as a personnel man, selecting players like Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch, and Sylvester Williams with previous draft picks. Did we say “fearless”? Sorry, we meant “senseless”.

3. Kansas City Chiefs

Predicted finish: 9-7

The Chiefs won this division a year ago with a 12-4 record, but failed to advance in the postseason. That was nothing new for Kansas City fans, who have been waiting since 1969 to advance past the divisional round of the playoffs. Chiefs management decided they didn’t want to take any chances with another playoff loss this year, so they drafted QB Patrick Mahomes to split the locker room, and eliminate the possibility. Well played.

4. Los Angeles Chargers

Predicted finish: 7-9

The Chargers are a notoriously cheap franchise that balks at paying their players. They uprooted, and moved the franchise from San Diego after 54 seasons because the fans wouldn’t buy them a new stadium. They have fired quality coaches, and repeatedly screwed over their fans. Why is this such a snakebitten franchise without much in the way of true success? Karma is a crazy thing.   

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The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview: The NFC West

NFC West

This division resembles the AFC East, as there seems to be just one true contender to win it. The Seattle Seahawks are looking to contend for another Super Bowl, while the other teams in this group will struggle to just win more games than they lose. Of course, they also won’t choke a Super Bowl away in dramatic fashion either. So it’s all about perspective.

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1. Seattle Seahawks

Predicted finish: 12-4

The Seahawks needed some major help on their offensive line, as QB Russell Wilson was running for his life last season. Wilson was sacked 41 times, and had to battle various injuries all year, as a result. However, in the offseason Seattle signed some help on defense, and an overweight running back in Eddie Lacy. It is almost like the Seahawks front office hates Wilson as much as his own defense does.

2. Arizona Cardinals

Predicted finish: 9-7

There are a lot of things to like about this Cardinals team despite the fact that they took a step backward last season. RB David Johnson is one of the best backs in the league. Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown are a potent receiving duo. The defense should be active and aggressive, and the kicking game should improve. Oh wait…they still have Carson Palmer at QB, and no real backup? Yeah, nevermind.

3. Los Angeles Rams

Predicted finish: 6-10

The Rams finally had enough of being average, so they fired head coach Jeff Fisher, and set out to find a new identity. They hired 30-year-old Sean McVay to coach 22-year-old QB Jared Goff, without much in the way of an offensive line, or a solid wide receiving corps. Then, they hired 70-year-old Wade Phillips to coach an already respectable defense. Sound confusing? This is LA. It doesn’t have to make sense.

4. San Francisco 49ers

Predicted finish: 4-12

The Niners decided to clean house, hiring Kyle Shanahan to take over as head coach. They are hoping that Shanahan can bring his brand of high powered offense back to the Bay area, and return this franchise to prominence. Yes, the guy that couldn’t manufacture a first down in the second half of last year’s Super Bowl is going to somehow get Brian Hoyer to play at an elite level. Maybe this group should move to LA too.

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The 2017 Daly Dose NFL preview: The AFC South

AFC South

The AFC South is an odd mix of teams. While it may look at first glance, to be one of the weaker divisions in the NFL, there are some teams that are getting better here. The Texans have a very good defense. The Titans are young and talented. The Colts could be better if they have a healthy Andrew Luck. And the Jaguars would be vastly improved with a very unhealthy Blake Bortles.

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1. Tennessee Titans

Predicted finish: 10-6

The Titans looked poised to step up last season, and make a push into the playoffs. Unfortunately, they started off the season slow, and were unable to earn a postseason berth. Can this young, talented group get off to a better start in 2017? Can QB Marcus Mariota stay healthy? Can the pass defense improve? Can we ever take a head coach named Mike Mularkey seriously?

2. Houston Texans

Predicted finish: 9-7

The Texans are hoping that just getting rid of Brock Osweiler is enough to make them better. With this defense, featuring both JJ Watt, and Jadeveon Clowney there is reason to be optimistic. Unfortunately,  unless they can play offensive line or quarterback the Texans are still going to be barely above average.

3. Indianapolis Colts

Predicted finish: 6-10

Andrew Luck is trying to return from shoulder surgery, but with the lack of a supporting cast to surround him, he may be better off just stalling. Luck needs to take his time and make sure that he is fully healthy, and the Colts are in a better position to protect him. So, he may be waiting three to four years.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

Predicted: 3-13

QB Blake Bortles seems to be suffering from a case of the yips. His confidence is wavering, and even though he has been named the starter, you can see the doubt creeping into his play. It doesn’t help that he doesn’t have much help on the offensive line. Or that Vice President Tom Coughlin keeps yelling at him to stay off of his grass.

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Daly Dose #145 The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview

This week on the Dose, we are gearing up for football season!

First, we discuss the weekend of college football. Teams like AlabamaUCLA, and Colorado had some big wins, but was it all good news? We may have some bad news for those teams that could damper their spirits a little.

Then, Clint is joined by Larry to break down the NFL season that is nearly here!

Can top teams like the New England PatriotsPittsburgh SteelersDallas CowboysGreen Bay Packers, and Atlanta Falcons stay on top?

Will up and coming teams like the Tampa Bay BuccaneersTennessee Titans, and Oakland Raiders be able to take that next step?

And what in the world are the Denver Broncos doing cutting safety TJ Ward, and bringing back QB Brock Osweiler?

We break down each division, give our picks for Super Bowl 52, and Clint and Larry count down the Top 5 things that they love about the return of the NFL each year!

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The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview: The NFC South

NFC South

It’s easy to look look at the NFC South, and think of it as a bad division. It contains three teams that have been infamously bad in NFL history. Yet, this division has produced that Super Bowl representatives in the past two seasons. So what if those Super Bowls were abysmal failures? Stop bringing up old stuff.

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1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Predicted finish: 10-6

The Bucs went 9-7 last season, and could be better in 2017. They added wide receiver DeSean Jackson, drafted tight end OJ Howard, and tried to beef up their offensive line. The defense is improving, and if this team can make a few clutch field goals, they could contend for the playoffs. Oh wait…

2. Carolina Panthers

Predicted finish: 9-7

It has been an odd road since the Panthers appeared in Super Bowl 50. First, they went 6-10, and struggled to protect Cam Newton. Then they fired their general manager in an untimely fashion. Now Newton is coming off of a shoulder surgery, and Matt Kalil is protecting his blindside. What could go wrong? Besides everything.

3. Atlanta Falcons

Predicted finish: 9-7

There is a lot of talk about how the Falcons could suffer some extreme hangover, after giving up the biggest lead in Super Bowl history, and losing to the Patriots. Yet, when you look at the roster, this is a team that returns nearly everyone from a year ago. So this will be a mental challenge, more than a physical one.  Are you going to trust this team’s psyche? Me neither.

4. New Orleans Saints

Predicted finish: 8-8

Drew Brees is heading into the final year of his contract, as he signed a one-year extension last year. So expect big things from Brees, as he shows that he is still capable of playing at a very high level. In the offseason, New Orleans also went and signed running back Adrian Peterson. What can possibly stop the Saints from reaching the postseason now? Oh yeah…that awful defense again.

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The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview: The AFC North

AFC North

The AFC North is a collection of the haves and the have-nots. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won six Super Bowls. The Baltimore Ravens have won it twice. Then you have the Cincinnati Bengals, who have lost the big game two times, and the Cleveland Browns who have never even been to a Super Bowl. The good news is that you know what expect most every year in this division. The bad news is that if you’re the Cleveland Browns there is rarely any good news.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

Predicted finish: 11-5

The Steelers have one of the most dangerous offenses in the entire league. The defense is improving, and with Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and LeVeon Bell who can possibly stop the Steelers this season? Well, it’s probably going to be the New England Patriots, just like every other year.

2. Baltimore Ravens

Predicted finish: 9-7

This team has had more than its share of injuries, but they do have a good young talented defense. Could Baltimore sneak up on some people, and win some low scoring games like they did back in the early 2000’s? It’s possible, because this defense could be pretty good. And also because Joe Flacco is pretty bad.

3. Cincinnati Bengals

Predicted finish: 8-8

The Bengals have some weapons at the skill positions, but their offensive line has really had a hard time protecting QB Andy Dalton. Last season, Dalton was sacked 41 times, but somehow managed to start all 16 games. Then again, the Bengals went 6-9-1 under Dalton. So what is keeping him healthy really doing for them anyways?

4. Cleveland Browns

Predicted finish: 3-13

The Browns could slowly be getting better. Myles Garrett looks like a bona fide top pick, and QB DeShone Kizer could have a bright future. It will still be tough to win many games this season, but congrats to Cleveland. You are no longer a complete, and utter embarrassment! Baby steps, Browns. Baby steps.

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The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview: NFC North

NFC North

The black and blue division will once again be a physical battle for who comes out on top. Sure, this division isn’t as tough as it used to be, with the Monster of the Midway, and the Purple People Eaters, but they do still have Mike Glennon, and Sam Bradford throwing passes. That’s pretty tough to watch.

1. Green Bay Packers

Predicted finish: 10-6

The Packers have the greatest QB league in 33-year-old Aaron Rodgers, but they have struggled to surround him with much talent. In the offseason they signed tight ends Martellus Bennett, and Lance Kendricks, but unless they can play some defense, it could be another loss in the NFC Championship. At least in the offseason, the Pack was able to offload some dead weight, namely Eddie Lacy and Olivia Munn.

2. Minnesota Vikings

Predicted finish: 9-7

There was much concern in Minnesota last season when QB Teddy Bridgewater went down, and the Vikings were forced to go get Sam Bradford to replace him. Yet everyone seemed to be pleasantly surprised with Bradford’s play in 2016. The Vikings went 8-8, and their offense ranked 28th out of 32 teams. Which just goes to show you how little everyone really expected from Bradford. They thought that was actually good.

3. Detroit Lions

Predicted finish: 8-8

The Lions were a bit of a pleasant surprise last year, as they actually managed to make it to the postseason. A tougher schedule will make that outcome tougher to come by in 2017. Can the Lions finally break their streak of having not won a playoff game since 1991? Or of not winning a division title since 1993? In a word…”nope”.

4. Chicago Bears

Predicted finish: 5-11

First, the Bears spent $45 million dollars on free agent QB Mike Glennon. Then they moved up in the NFL Draft to grab QB Mitchell Trubisky. If one didn’t know better, you might get the impression that this franchise doesn’t seem to fully understand what it is that they are doing in the personnel department. Fortunately, we actually do know better.

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The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview: The AFC East

AFC East

The AFC East is a division that is chock full of talent, in a number of different positions.. Unfortunately for the rest of the division, it seems that the New England own literally all of it. The real question seems to be, could the other three teams combine to make one team, that could beat New England? And of course the answer is: no…no, they could not.

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1. New England Patriots

Predicted finish: 13-3

Everything seems to be coming up roses for the Patriots, who won their fifth Super Bowl last year in historic fashion. There is even talk that this team could be perfect in 2017, and finish the season without a loss. The loss of WR Julian Edelman could be big, and apparently, we are just going to ignore the fact that the Pats were down by 25 points to the Falcons, in the second half of the Super Bowl. Perhaps, we have all had some unreported concussions too?

2. Miami Dolphins

Predicted finish: 9-7

The Dolphins were so desperate for a QB when Ryan Tannehill got hurt, that they convinced Jay Cutler to come out of retirement. We are betting that Cutler actually won’t be that bad, as he has experience playing for head coach Adam Gase. It isn’t like the expectations are high. How hard is it to look better than Ryan freaking Tannehill?

3. Buffalo Bills

Predicted finish: 5-11

You might wonder how the Buffalo Bills have avoided qualifying for the playoffs for the past 17 seasons in a league full of parity. Yet, if you have watched the Bills lose talented players like Stephon Gilmore and Sammy Watkins, it all becomes perfectly clear. The Buffalo Bills are determined to suck. And they are succeeding in a big way.

4. New York Jets

Predicted finish: 1-15

We will be the first to admit that this prediction could be a little off, but it is hard to have much faith in anything the Jets do these days. They have cut a number of talented players from their roster, and are clearly looking to build their roster with future draft picks. So this prediction of one win might be wrong. It could be a little too optimistic.

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The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview: The NFC East

NFC East

The NFC East has a rich history of teams that have won titles. The Dallas Cowboys have won five titles. The New York Giants have won four. The Washington Redskins have won three Super Bowls. The Philadelphia Eagles are also in the NFC East.

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1. Dallas Cowboys

Predicted finish: 10-6

After multiple seasons of mediocrity, the Cowboys broke through with a 13-3 record, behind their rookie backfield tandem of QB Dak Prescott, and RB Ezekiel Elliott. The schedule is going to be significantly tougher in 2017, and the Cowboys lost some people on both sides of the ball, but they should still be in the thick of the division race.  Can Prescott avoid a sophomore slump? Can the defense prove that last season wasn’t a fluke? Can Elliott avoid getting arrested? Stay tuned!

2. New York Giants

Predicted finish: 9-7

The Giants are in desperation mode, trying to win one more title with quarterback Eli Manning. They have signed WR Brandon Marshall to pair with Odell Beckham Jr. Tight end Evan Engram was drafted out of Ole Miss with their top draft pick. The defense should remain a top-10 unit behind a nasty defensive line. Unfortunately the offensive line remains a weakness, and Eli Manning seems to be suffering from mid-life color blindness.

3. Philadelphia Eagles

Predicted finish: 8-8

The Eagles are doing some very good things, as they are doing their best to surround their young quarterback Carson Wentz with some help. They signed WRs Alshon Jeffrey, and Torrey Smith, and looked to get tougher on defense. They probably can’t contend for a playoff spot, but they are getting better, and at least they didn’t screw things up. And for the Eagles, that’s pretty darn good.

4. Washington Redskins

Predicted finish: 7-9

Washington seems to have taken the title of most dysfunctional NFL franchise, as they fired their general manager abruptly, and failed to get QB Kirk Cousins signed to a long-term deal. They did sign WR Terrell Pryor away from the Browns, and upon witnessing how this team operates, he stated that he felt like he was right back in Cleveland.

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