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And it will be time for these two teams to settle it
between the white lines.
Elway, Elway, he is going to fire to the end zone.
He's looking downfield.
The one-man wrecking crew.
How did he do that?
For the win.
Hello and welcome to a new season of NFL, back once again.
Joining me, NFL safety Jason Bell and two-time Super Bowl
winner Osi Umenyiora.
And hopefully these guys are as excited about the new season
as Tampa Bay's Gerald McCoy was, when he returned to pre-season
training sporting a kimono.
He'd been on holiday to Japan and wanted everybody to know.
And actually, as we will see a little bit later, players do
return in a variety of odd ways to pre-season.
I mean, now, with social media, everybody wants to put out
who they are and their personality, but these guys are
Though it's funny, and I enjoy it.
Why aren't you in a kimono?
No, no, no, I don't do that.
I did once come dressed up as a sumo wrestler.
That was cool.
There's no pictures, but that was cool.
My mission this season is to find those pictures.
Before we actually get into this season, we're
going to cast our minds back to February and what was possibly
the greatest Super Bowl ever.
Welcome to NRG Stadium and to Super Bowl LI
between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons.
New England tonight is trying to become a five-time
Super Bowl winner.
The boot, the flashbulbs go off, Super Bowl LI is under way.
Devonta starts out.
Wide left, into the end zone.
He took a big leap, and Atlanta has grabbed the lead in Super Bowl LI.
Chased by Macmillan, close to the far side.
Jones makes the catch.
Diving catch, touchdown, Atlanta.
These Falcons have been well prepared for this
game to say the least.
He throws down the middle.
The pass is picked off.
It's coming back to the right.
Could you play any worse right now?
And the second New England turnover is cashed in right away.
Half this quarter has almost already gone so at some point
the sense of urgency has got to be increased here.
The Falcons lead 28-3.
Fires left, catch made by White.
Turns to the inside.
Dives across the goal line.
And maybe, just maybe, there's the one you need.
Into the upright.
You've got to be kidding me.
Now it's time for somebody on the defensive side
to get to Matt Ryan.
The Patriots will try to stage the greatest comeback
in Super Bowl history.
Are you kidding me?
The sack just can't happen.
That cannot happen.
Takes the step, backs up, looks left, throws it.
They will go for two.
5.56 to go here in the fourth.
He's in for two.
Now we've got a ball game, folks.
They've drawn within two in Super Bowl LI.
Everybody that's supported you, everybody behind you today...
Reaches across the goal line.
It's a tied game in Super Bowl LI.
I can't believe it!
The first ever overtime game in Super Bowl history.
Let's go score and win this thing, baby.
For your mom.
For your mom, bro.
Takes the step.
Tossed wide for James White.
Cuts it upfield.
Driving forward, diving to the goal-line.
The title for the Patriots.
I can't believe it!
They have completed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.
I've seen it all.
I have seen it all.
He will be handed a Lombardi Trophy for the fifth time.
You wanted one more, New England, and you got it.
I've got goose bumps watching that, and the first thing that comes
to mind is that there isn't a better sport when it comes
to how it is covered, both cinematically, and the sound.
Because people are miked up in this game.
It gives you such an insight into it.
Truly amazing, and the NFL does an outstanding job of allowing
people to experience everything that goes on with those
players on the field.
People still talk to me about that game, seven months on,
which isn't surprising, really.
I feel like we witnessed the greatest Super Bowl ever.
We were there, we saw it, we felt it, the emotions were happening.
It was a good one.
It was ever, man.
Are there two others that were greater for you?
I can think of two other Super Bowls that were a little bit
better than that one.
That was good.
It was a good one.
The greatest comeback.
The greatest comeback.
I don't want this whole season to be about Brady
and your animosity towards Brady, but you did end our coverage
that night by saying he is the greatest of all time.
Well, I have to apologise for that because I was a little
emotional at the time, after seeing him defeat
the Atlanta Falcons.
But no, he's not the greatest of all time, man.
That was the greatest comeback we've seen.
That might have been the greatest performance we've
seen in the Super Bowl, but the greatest of all time,
I'm still not sold.
So you've changed your mind?
I changed my mind.
What you will find, ladies and gentlemen,
boys and girls watching, is that over the course
of this season, they both change their minds an awful lot,
particularly when it comes to predictions
and who they are fancying, and all of that kind of stuff.
The crucial point in that Super Bowl was the Edelmann catch,
and the great thing about that, going back to coverage
and the access we get, was that this was miked up,
so you could actually hear this, shortly after he took the catch.
I caught it.
I caught it.
I caught it.
Crazy, I swear to God.
No way, look at that.
It was an amazing catch, and amazing footage as well.
The thing is, he is Brady's go-to guy for the Patriots,
so throwing it on to this season, he's going to be out
for the season, isn't he?
Devastating injury, because just like you said,
that's his go-to guy.
And you hear them talk about each other.
They understand each other as friends and on the field,
and that's important.
They see the game the same way.
Tom Brady needs him.
This is the preseason game in which he did
his cruciate, isn't it?
So how much does that weaken New England, because actually,
if you look at the stuff that they did, since winning
the Super Bowl, they have strengthened in many ways.
Yes, it doesn't weaken them, not one bit.
And here's why I say that.
Who was Tom Brady's go to guy last year?
He didn't play.
They ended up winning the Super Bowl without him.
This New England Patriots team is a well oiled machine.
It doesn't matter who they have out there at receiver.
They've brought in Brandin Cooks they brought in to Dwayne Allen,
two outstanding receiving options for this guy.
Gronkowski's coming back.
They are going to be able to move on without Julian Edelmann.
Do you find it remarkable that they are stronger already
than they were last season, given how well they
worked last season?
And if so, let's get the question out the way
on the preview show, can they go 19-0, the whole
I don't think they can go undefeated.
It's just so hard, week to week, to get up for every game.
Things happen, you don't know.
But as long as Tom Brady is taking that snap,
they've got the chance to be great.
And you'd say they are stronger than last year?
Well, we hope you were with us all of last season but we also hope
to bring in new viewers and fans of the game, so if this
is the first time you have dipped your toe into the NFL,
here's a little explainer to get you up to speed.
The 32 teams in the NFL are split equally between two conferences,
the AFC and the NFC.
Each conference is made up of four divisions that contain four teams.
Each team will play 16 games in the regular season.
They'll play their divisional rivals home and away every year,
with their remaining ten games spread out across both conferences,
based on a predetermined rotation.
The aim in the regular season is to top your division by having
the best win-to-loss record.
As an example, here is how last season panned out.
By winning your division, you automatically reach the play-offs.
But there is also a back door.
If your win-loss record is good enough, you can sneak into one
of the four wild card spots.
Once in the play-offs, the 12 teams who have qualified
battle over who will be crowned conference champions.
Then, on February the 4th in Minnesota, the NFC champions meet
the AFC champions and they fight for the big one, the Super Bowl.
I'd like to talk about Houston first of all with you both
and what they are going through at the moment as a city.
It's a city that you know very well.
You lived there, you played for the Texans.
It's such a sad situation and I actually was playing there
when they had a hurricane before.
I've been through the same situation.
It was our bye week during the season, so we were able
to get out of town, but I have team-mates that just
had terrible stories about trying to get out of town,
being in traffic.
Did you feel a need, then, to step up as a group
of players for the area, because there is no doubt
that is what JJ Watt has gone over the past few days,
as the face of the franchise?
When we got back into town and saw what had happened,
we definitely, the community, the players, the organisation,
Bob McNair is a great owner, got behind it and we did as much
as we could for the community.
This might be a difficult question to answer, really,
but if you go back to when Katrina hit New Orleans, New Orleans,
the couple of seasons before Katrina went eight and eight.
The season of Katrina, which damaged their stadium,
they went three and 13.
Do you think it could damage Houston?
I know it pales into insignificance, but do you think it could damage
their season on the field?
Well, I would hope not, but from all indications and things
I've seen in the past, it definitely has
an effect on teams.
Like you said with New Orleans and hurricane Katrina, we actually
played against New Orleans that year, and they had to come,
instead of playing in New Orleans, they had to come and play against us
in New York, which was their home game.
They were just a terrible team, and you could tell that the focus
wasn't there, their mind was elsewhere, and rightfully so,
because who really wants to be playing football in a situation
where it's your whole town is decimated like that?
So it might have an effect on their season but I hope it doesn't.
Let's look at some of the other teams in the AFC.
The Raiders were so close last year until they lost
Derek Carr with a broken leg.
He is back and he's fit, so what do you assess of their chances?
Well, offensively, they are dangerous.
With Marshawn Lynch now a closer, with that high-powered
offence, they are amazing.
I mean, I feel like what they did last year was just so significant,
I don't know if they can do that again.
And especially, I think nobody's talking about their weakness,
which is their secondary.
Well, I like the Oakland Raiders but I just don't think,
like he said, they're going to be able to continue the success
that they had last season.
I think even though they brought in Marshawn Lynch,
they have Derek Carr, the reigning defensive
MVP in Kahlil Mack, an outstanding football player,
but when I watched their games last year it just seemed to me
something was missing.
I can't put my finger on it right now but something seemed to be
missing from that team and I don't think they are going
to be able to dethrone the New England Patriots.
All right, the best team in the AFC?
New England Patriots.
Best team in the AFC?
OK, the dark horses in the AFC, somebody that might surprise us,
bearing in mind I will hold you to this all season?
The Miami Dolphins.
And this is why I say that.
Jay Cutler is an outstanding quarterback, under Adam Gates.
He had his best season ever under Adam Gates,
who is the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
They have everything.
Outstanding receivers, a good defence, tough
physical running back.
This is a good football team and this is my dark horse team.
OK, we might come back to the Dolphins later.
And I will tell you why.
You are not going to outscore the New England Patriots.
Who gave them the roughest time in the play-offs?
They can stop them.
If they get a little bit of offensive engine going,
they can pull that off.
Who is their quarterback, though, Tom Savage?
They just need to keep it close, and DeShawn Watson
will be on the field.
For the first time this season, you to start to argue
and the editor in my ear says, "Wrap it up".
That's how it will be for the next few months.
This season, I am told we are breaking new boundaries
because in addition to our UK audience, we now have viewers tuning
in around the world, apparently.
One of those nations taking in the show is Nigeria.
So this next section is dedicated to the watching Umenyiora family,
who no doubt have often wondered what Osi means when he says
he's on the telly.
Welcome to NFL this week.
Joining me once again, former NFL quarterback Jason Bell,
and two-time Super Bowl winner Osi Umenyiora.
That was a great save.
A touchdown for the Patriots.
Give them the X, they need that.
Keep throwing it up.
Give me that X.
Running like me when I was a kid in Africa.
Have you ever been chased by a rhinoceros, man?
We're going to have to send you to acting school.
I'm the greatest the world has ever seen.
This guy's humble.
They closed that space down quicker than I close down my computer
when my wife walks in the room.
Show me what you got.
Squeeze it in tight.
I would hit him there.
Talking bad about you when you're not around.
Are you serious?
I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me.
There it is, that's it.
Well, as we already saw with the kimono, preseason
for an NFL player throws up the bizarre and the
Let's take a look around the leagues at what's been happening.
Let's start with Antonio Brown and how he arrived for preseason
at the Steelers in a vintage Rolls-Royce.
You can't give everybody money.
You can't give everybody money because this is the kind
of thing that happens.
He looks so calm and relaxed.
Look at him.
I mean, would you like team-mates doing this?
Yeah, for me it was always good because I would like to be that guy.
I was trying not to get cut every year!
I definitely wasn't doing anything like that, but to watch
guys like Osi come in, it is cool.
They seem relaxed.
Don't give him ideas on how to arrive for each show from now on!
Odell Beckham Jr is a favourite of the show, obviously, for his skills.
In preseason practice already, Osi, he has
demonstrated what he does best.
This guy just isn't a human being.
Who makes catches like this routinely?
He does this in the game, in practice.
I mean, this is ridiculous.
The good thing about this, it does show how much
he does practice it.
It isn't just like that.
I mean, nobody really...
They look at the catch, but watch him jump.
He's jumping off of footwork that triple jumpers do.
Speaking of serious preseason practice, this is unbelievable.
This will make you wince.
James Harrison of the Steelers, they are playing beach volleyball
with a medicine ball.
That's my boy Rob Golden, that's the safety, number 21.
Could you do that?
This right here is intimidation.
He's doing this for guys to watch and think when they are playing
against him, that he will just muscle them to death.
This is just my regular work-out!
In case you don't know.
The greatest worker-outer there's ever been.
I thought you might say that.
Let's take a look at the London games coming, because we will get
four NFL games in the capital of England this year.
And there they are...
Let's start with the Miami game, shall we, against
the New Orleans Saints.
You have already tipped them, Osi, as a dark horse.
Do you think Cutler is a better option than
Tannehill, who's injured?
I think so, but only because of Adam Gase,
and the fact we know he had his best season under Adam Gase in 2015.
I think continuing that same offense, he's
comfortable down there.
He has even better receiving options than he had in Chicago.
I think they will be a really good team.
There will be a lot of hype around that game in London
because Jay Ajayi will be back for the Dolphins,
back in his hometown.
Absolutely, and he's one of the hardest running running
backs in the league.
He breaks more tackles than anybody.
It's going to be interesting to see him play.
Do you think there will be a lot of pressure on him this season
in general because of what he did last season, to now repeat it?
Definitely, and a quarterback's best friend is the running game,
so he has to continue.
Every time I think about Jay Ajayi, do you know what I think?
Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman.
I don't know why, it just caught in my mind,
because he's English, he's an Englishman.
Do you think that when you see me?
For some reason it doesn't quite...
Doesn't work the same way... No correlation, not really.
Let's talk about Minnesota against Cleveland and I want
to focus on Cleveland here.
This is at Twickenham on the 29th of October.
Last season you two took the mick out of Cleveland mercilessly.
Just us two, right?
Just you two.
Only us two!
I stood up for them all the time.
But do you think they might be a different proposition this season,
and if so, why do you think that?
I definitely do.
I think they did the right thing by working on and improving
that offensive line.
When you improve the offensive line, you give whoever is playing
quarterback the ability to be successful.
I think they did that and addressed that this offseason.
That's what they did in the offseason, and then they debated
for a while who their quarterback was going to be.
Brock Osweiler is there, of course.
They have gone with DeShone Kizer, who they drafted.
He will be their quarterback.
You don't want to expect too much from a rookie, do you?
You don't, but it's the right move.
This is a young football team.
They can't get any worse than they did last season.
They could get one game worse!
They were one and...
Now you are trying to get me to take the mick out of them.
They were 1-15.
This is a team that's going to grow.
They will have some growing pains with the younger quarterback.
They have a good head coach in Jackson, so this is a team that
you really need to be on the lookout for.
And they had the number one draft pick, and they picked
with that Myles Garrett, so both of you give me
an appreciation of what he's going to bring.
What everybody can look out for when he plays
for the Cleveland Browns.
When you talk about a guy like this, you want your defensive ends to be
the cornerstone of your team.
This is an outstanding physical specimen.
Huge, speed, athleticism, he has it all, and he can rush the passer.
You want a guy in your team for ten or 15 years,
this is going to be the guy.
Yeah, it's hard to find guys like that, you know.
Osi was one of those rare breeds.
Because of that you can put pressure and win games with guys like that.
But it's great, you normally expect a quarterback to go
number one in the draft.
It's quite nice to see somebody different going number one
in the draft and seeing how big a superstar they could be.
Somebody different for people to look out for.
Yeah, but he's that important.
Besides the quarterback, it's the guy who stops them.
You want to get a guy like that.
And you don't want to waste that first-round pick on somebody
who doesn't have super talent.
OK, the first go on the touch screen to do all the analysis
is Jason this season.
The first pick?!
The first pick, Jason, make your way over, if you could.
Can I get cut?
Go and practice.
As Jason heads off to the touch screen, I'm going to tell
you about a new feature we are going to do over
the course of the campaign.
We are going to look at positions in the NFL,
pick out the big names and tell you why they are the
best in the field.
But we will also give you a player to look out for this season.
Jason is over there and he's going to start us off with quarterbacks.
We all agree that Osi's favourite quarterback,
Tom Brady, is the greatest.
But let me talk about another three guys that I like,
and I like specific things they do well.
Let's start with my man, Drew Brees.
What Drew Brees does well is he's a quick decision maker.
He has the highest percentage of passes thrown quickly in the league.
That's effective for a guy who needs to keep his offense operating
quickly and efficiently.
As you see now, he's making quick decisions down
here on the goal-line.
This is where you have to get the ball out quick, and he does that
better than anybody.
Tight spaces, tight windows, you have to make quick decisions.
That's true veteran quarterback play and it takes years
to get that skill down.
Drew Brees is one of the best at it.
Let's go to my man, Russell "Loose Legs" Wilson.
Now, what Russell Wilson does better than anybody is he operates
in what I call orchestrated chaos.
His O-line is not the best, and he's never had the greatest O-line.
So what he has to do is create plays using his legs.
I want you to watch his feet here.
As you see, as soon as he gets the snap, he has pressure on him.
He has to move around.
He has to make time for his guys to get open down the field.
That's a 3rd 11 play, that's huge.
He has to give his team time to get open and operate,
and with a tight end like Jimmy Graham, that's
what you need to do.
Once again, look at him operate, look at his footwork.
And he gets the ball out.
He created that whole play using his legs.
Once again, that's why footwork is so important for a quarterback.
You have to know who you have around you and he knows he has
to move because his O-line isn't the greatest.
Osi loves guys like that.
Now, my main man, Aaron "Mark Chapman" Rodgers.
LAUGHTER IN BACKGROUND.
As you see, this is a serious point in the game.
31-31 in the playoffs.
Fourth quarter, 12 seconds, 3rd 20.
This is where accuracy comes into play.
And Aaron Rodgers is the best in the league when it comes to that.
Comes out, gets the snap, he's got pressure on him immediately.
He rolls out.
Look at this, he throws across his body, down the sideline.
I mean, this view is OK, but let's watch this next one.
Watch where he places this ball.
I mean, I've never seen anything like this.
Look at the guy at 31, he's like, I can't believe he pulled that off.
Because nobody can usually squeeze these in these windows like this.
And that's what Aaron Rodgers does better than anybody.
He squeezes in those tight spaces.
And this other clip will show you even more.
Down by the goal-line, this is where it's most important,
because you don't have a lot of space in the red
zone, in the end zone.
The throwing lanes are tighter.
You see him creating with his feet and throwing and getting a tight
lane without any space.
You have to be so accurate to throw touchdowns down in the red zone,
in the end zone, and that's what he does well.
That's why most teams try to run.
They prefer to run in because it's so hard to get the ball
in those tight spaces.
Now, we always got to talk about the future, right?
We've talked about the now.
Hey, there's a bunch of young guys right now that I like,
but this guy, Jameis Winston, he's my favourite.
And I'll tell you why.
He's a born leader.
If you watch hard and see him talk, the guys got it.
But as you see, he's got the arm, he's got the nobility,
and he can make plays.
This is a very good highlight of all those things.
He's got pressure, he's moving around.
He's keeping his eyes downfield.
That's the main thing.
You've got to keep your eyes downfield of who you're throwing to.
You can't panic back there.
And look at this arm.
This is amazing.
With all that pressure, he's got weapons around him.
And for a young quarterback to develop, they have to have good
offensive weapons around them.
Good receivers, good tight ends, good offensive line,
good running game.
And Tampa Bay has that.
He needs to continue to develop.
It takes about four or five years for these guys,
but he's on the right path.
Jameis Winston for the future.
Those are my picks.
I like quarterbacks.
He does like quarterbacks.
As he comes back over, let me ask you, Osi,
what type you would fear most when you were playing,
of the ones Jason highlighted?
No question it would be Aaron Rodgers.
You can prepare for a mobile quarterback.
You can also prepare for a standard pocket passing quarterback.
But nobody can prepare you for a guy who can do both.
Now, Aaron Rodgers in the pocket isn't looking
to run most of the time.
He's scrambling in the pocket with his eyes downfield looking
to throw the football and buy himself five, six, seven seconds,
which no DB can cover for.
He's a nightmare to play against.
Interesting thing, on your list there of what you are looking
for in a quarterback, you didn't have Matt Stafford
on there, who this week has become the highest-paid quarterback
in the NFL.
Yeah, and taking nothing away from him.
And for him it was just timing.
His contract was up.
He was the top guy out there.
He gets the top dollar.
The other thing that shows, just very quickly, is particularly
with Rodgers and Brees and the experience of Brady as well,
so when we are looking at young quarterbacks over the course
of the season, you can't expect too much, too soon.
Is that fair?
The quarterback position is the hardest position
to play in sports.
Not just football...
Is that what you have to learn?
It takes a couple of years for them to truly develop.
You only see guys like Dak Prescott come in once a generation.
Let me ask you, one of the stories in the NFL at the moment,
and that's Dallas, who were very good last season.
They are known as America's team.
They don't have Ezekiel Elliott for the first six games.
He has been banned by the NFL for domestic violence.
The interesting thing about this story is that the NFL have looked
at it with their conduct policy.
Elliott himself hasn't actually been charged with anything by the police,
but the NFL have taken a strong lead on this and said, this affects
the image of our game and this is what we are doing.
They are going to err on the side of caution every time.
They are going to bring the hammer down.
They will use a sledgehammer to knock that down.
Because there is no place for that in our game.
You don't need to be behaving like that.
You don't need to be doing things or conducting yourself like that.
Playing in the NFL is a privilege.
If you go against that, this is exactly what happens,
and I think they are correct.
I think in his case, they've got to do something to take
away something he loves.
Because he keeps getting in trouble, right?
This guy could be a star for a lot of years.
You've got to give him the opportunity to improve on himself.
It's a bit like the Houston conversation, it's tricky to then
bring it back to football, but that's the nature of this show.
How will it impact on the Cowboys at the start
of the season, not having him?
Zero impact whatsoever.
And here is why I say that.
Everybody thinks the Dallas Cowboys stars are Dak Prescott,
Ezekiel Elliott or Dez Bryant, but they are not the stars.
The stars of that team are the offensive line.
These are the guys who have been dominating that position
for the last five years.
You had a guy by the name of Darren McFadden rush for 1000
yards behind that offensive line, and he had done nothing
in his entire NFL career.
I'll put it to you like this, J Bell, Mark Chapman could rush
for 1000 yards behind that offensive line, man!
I'm telling you.
You've just got early-season enthusiasm.
No, no, he's an outstanding guy and it's an outstanding offensive
line and they will continue to go through.
I instinctively breathed in when you said that,
to make myself more of an athlete.
Your NFC favourites are...
NFC favourite is Atlanta.
You think they will be able to come back from
the disappointment of the Super Bowl?
That's why I was a little hesitant.
It's going to be hard, but they have the talent.
Green Bay, and your NFC dark horses?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
They have everything.
On the defensive side they have everything,
great pass rushers, great secondary.
Offensive, great quarterback, great receivers and a good offensive line.
I think these are what people are sleeping on right now.
Your NFC dark horses?
I would have to go for the New York Giants.
Is that just because a rule of this show is that the Giants have to be
mentioned at least once because you both played for them?
Defense wins championships.
And Eli gets hot, and when he gets hot, things can happen.
All right, we've made a note of all those predictions
and we will come back to them over the course of this season.
Just before we go, we are back on Saturday, September 9th
in the early hours of the morning with highlights of the opening
game on Thursday as the Kansas City Chiefs -
who, if you watch last year, you will remember Osi
is a huge fan of them - and they visit the
New England Patriots.
And we preview the opening round of the regular season.
That'll be from 12:15am.
A further reminder, every Tuesday we will have extended
highlights and all the fallout from the weekend's action
on NFL This Week, and that will start on Tuesday,
Thank you to you for watching.
We hope you will be with us through the whole season.
Thank you to you two as well.
We will see you next week.
That's the new one, the Milly Rock.
Is that the new dab!
On the front line of Britain's fight to control immigration,
a secret world of drugs, violence and abuse...
Oi! Get off him.
..where some foreign nationals are locked up
The NFL Show returns with a preview special ahead of the new season. Mark Chapman, Jason Bell and Super Bowl winner Osi Umenyiora have the pre-season headlines and take an in depth look at the season ahead. Jason tells us who the best quarterbacks are in the league and why, whilst the guys also go through the bizarre and outright brilliant from the NFL pre-season.