Wild Card Weekend was definitely wild, but the Divisional Round was much more predictable. As is usually the case, the top seeds came out on top, and now the #1 and #2 seeds from each conference will face off in the Conference Championships.
The best teams in the NFL this year are set to clash in the Super Bowl, something NFL fans can only be happy about. Before diving into why I think the Patriots and Saints are going to be playing in the Super Bowl this year, let’s look back at how we got here. Read more
Wild Card Weekend lived up to the “wild” part for sure, with everything from injured kickers, both #6 seeds winning, and a double doink to end the playoff hopes of the Chicago Bears.
Before we dive into the Divisional Round games, let’s take a quick look back at what happened during the first weekend of the playoffs.
Week 15 in the NFL marked the start of the Saturday afternoon games. While this seems completely unnecessary, I definitely don’t hate having another day of NFL football on my TV. The week started off with a Thursday night game between the top two teams in the AFC West, who also happen to be two of the top teams in the entire NFL. All of the hype this year in the AFC has been about the Chiefs, but the Chargers have been right behind them all season long. The Chiefs took an early lead and controlled most of the game, until the last few minutes.
If you missed the game on Monday night between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, you missed one of the best games of the season. It’s becoming increasingly likely that this could end up being a Super Bowl matchup in just a few months, but the Saints might have some other plans. The Rams are one of the favourites to come out of the NFC, along with the Saints, and the Chiefs have one of the best offenses in the AFC. It was clear early in the season that the Week 11 game between these two teams would be the most entertaining game of the regular season, and it definitely lived up to the hype.
As Eli Manning’s career is winding down, he’s starting to look more and more like his older brother Peyton did by the end of his. The only issue is that Eli doesn’t have an absolutely stacked defense to carry him to one last Super Bowl win before he hangs up the cleats for good. Instead, Manning is caught in the middle of a team torn between trying to rebuild and trying to compete in the NFC East. The Giants are not a good team, but they’ve committed money to some elite players, most notably Odell Beckham, Jr. They also have a star rookie running back in Saquon Barkley who already looks deserving of Todd Gurley and Le’Veon Bell comparisons.
Despite those few bright spots, things in New York are getting worse by the week. Last week, Beckham decided to take the offense into his own hands and throw the ball himself.
More often than not, the primetime games (Thursday night, Sunday night, Monday night) don’t live up to the hype, especially TNF and those Color Rush jerseys. While some are better than others, it’s impossible to forget those horrendous Jaguars and Titans uniforms.
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Luckily, last Thursday’s matchup between the Rams and Vikings didn’t feature their Color Rush uniforms and instead actually provided football fans with an entertaining game between two of the most talented teams in the NFC. Both teams had been having very different seasons leading up to this point. The Rams were 3-0, surrendering just 36 points over those three games while also averaging 34 points scored per game. Meanwhile, despite the addition of Kirk Cousins to their already strong roster this offseason, the Vikings had stumbled through their first three games of the year, entering Thursday night with a 1-1-1 record. Read more
We’re just three weeks into the season and some big storylines are already starting to unfold. Rookie quarterbacks are already starting to make an impact on their teams. First, in Week 1 it was Sam Darnold winning his first career start. In Week 3, Baker Mayfield saw his first real taste of NFL action on Thursday night when he entered the game for the Browns. After Tyrod Taylor got off to a slow start, Hue Jackson decided to make the quarterback switch and it paid off big time. Mayfield finished the game with 201 yards on 17 of 23 attempts, and although he didn’t throw for a touchdown, he still (technically) found a way to get into the endzone.