Jared Goff launches upstart Rams to blowout win over Giants

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For the second straight week, road teams have won five games. With Monday Night Football yet to kick off, we still have a chance to do better than last week’s 5-8 mark. Hope remains, and it’ll be renewed next week. They say it springs eternal. We won’t go that far.

Know where there’s tons of hope? Los Angeles. Yes, even after the Dodgers came as close as possible to winning the World Series without actually taking home the hardware, folks are fired up in SoCal. They believe in the power of the horns, and the #MobSquad and all that good stuff.

The hope and belief is so strong, it’s even seeped into this space. Yep, that’s right — WELCOME TO THE GOFF SHOW.

Here are your greatest on the road from Week 9. I know, I can’t believe it’s almost Week 10, either. Continue reading

Deshaun Watson slings Texans to near-win in thrilling game

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Another subpar week from road teams can’t discourage us. We still found some stars, even in the 5-8 week the squads away from home put together. Plus, we’ve definitely seen worse weeks from them.

It can’t be easy to be a road warrior. You sleep in unfamiliar beds, hotel sheets tend to be a little too stiff (at least for my liking) and never overlook the effect of long flights on your body. I fly coach, and those guys fly chartered, but a flight is still a flight. Continue reading

Jaguars’ defense sacks Jacoby Brissett 10 times in win

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We’ve had some pretty strong weeks from road teams in recent weeks. Week 7 was not that.

Squads away from home went 5-8 in the first 13 games of the week, which includes the neutral-site game at Twickenham Stadium, which went to the designated home team of the Los Angeles Rams. But don’t fret! The winners of the week had some true stars, including a unit that is living up to its self-provided hashtag.

Let’s not waste any more time trying to lure you into reading. Here are your greatest on the road of Week 7. Continue reading

Le’Veon Bell paces Steelers’ march to win over Chiefs

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There’s a reason they call it home-field advantage.

A week after visiting squads went 10-4, road squads dropped off a bit, going 7-5 in the first 12 games of Week 6. It’s not the best, but is still better than most weeks, and has given us some more standouts to choose from.

Are the Eagles for real? Is disaster looming for Pittsburgh? Will the football gods finally smile upon the Chargers? (Spoiler: They did.)

Here are your greatest players on the road from Week 6. Continue reading

Jaguars intercept Steelers’ chances of victory in win

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Let the record show that in Week 5 of 2017, we reached peak road team performance.

Visiting squads went 9-4 in the first 13 games of the week, with Monday night‘s Vikings-Bears matchup yet to be decided. The Chargers finally won their first game of the season, the Jets moved to a surprising, if not shocking 3-2 mark after five weeks, and the Patriots and Seahawks both held off late comeback attempts to escape with victories. None were as emphatic as the one along the banks of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers, though.

Jacksonville sent Steeler Nation home stunned. How did they do it? Scroll down to find out! Continue reading

The boot and the back lead Rams to win over Cowboys

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What a bounce-back week for the road squads!

A week after the teams in unfriendly confines struggled to a 5-11 mark, visiting clubs have gone 8-7 through the first 15 games of Week 4. One team — the New Orleans Saints — even pitched a shutout.

Our winners include a rare appearance from a guy who isn’t lining up on offense or defense. Yes, you guessed it: We’re going with a kicker this week.

Onward and through the uprights! Continue reading

Todd Gurley runs Rams to road victory over 49ers

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If you’re near a scoreboard for Week 3 anytime soon, avert your eyes.

Road teams went 4-11 in Week 3, and they could have easily gone 3-12 had Golden Tate‘s knee landed on the Ford Field turf a split second later. We still had some stars, though, including a product of a Thursday night shootout in Santa Clara. Yep, we’re reaching back to the beginning of Week 3! Here are your greatest players who did their jobs as members of visiting teams. Continue reading

Tom Brady’s quick strikes power Patriots to road win

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As you can see from the headline, Week 2 brings us a rather familiar face. Don’t click away, though. This week’s Brady performance is worth your time. Plus, we have two other very worthy nominees, including a new face of the Titans‘ backfield. Another reason for you to hang around: Road redemption for a kicker! Yep, that’s right — it only took two weeks for us to give a nod to a good boot.

Week 2 felt like a rough one for the road squads, but after tallying the records, a 6-9 finish isn’t so bad. One of those wins for the squads away from home was Arizona’s uninspiring victory, but another — Washington’s comeback dub over the Rams — was quite thrilling. Plus, the Dolphins moved to 1-0 in the Jay Cutler era. Perhaps they stayed at a Southern California Courtyard by Marriott. Continue reading

Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt sinks Patriots in NFL debut

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Praise the heavens and all things pigskin, because football is back.

The return of the NFL regular season sent all but two of the league’s 32 clubs to the field for action in Week 1. That means 15 teams started their seasons away from home.

It sounds daunting, sure, but beginning the campaign on the road also has its sneaky positives. As the road team, you get a chance to ruin someone’s home opener, their welcome back in front of their faithful. You get to play spoiler, and leave with the last laugh, a sweet way to begin your own campaign. Continue reading

James White is catalyst to Patriots’ comeback win

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The Super Bowl, a contest annually played at a neutral site, rotates the visiting and home squads by conference on a yearly basis. For Super Bowl LI, the Falcons were the designated home team. The Falcons also held a 28-3 lead with less than four minutes left to play in the third quarter.

Road greatness: activated.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots scored 31 unanswered points (insert the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead joke here) to stun the football world, make history and win Super Bowl LI, the franchise’s fifth Lombardi Trophy. Because Brady is Brady and the narrative must hold strong — oh, and because he set a Super Bowl passing yardage record, and engineered a 92-yard drive to tie the game — we couldn’t possibly expect anyone but the greatest quarterback of all time (it’s not an argument anyone, folks) to win Super Bowl LI Most Valuable Player.

But what about James White? Continue reading