No more Thursday Night Football (at least for a few months). No more 12 games crammed into a single time slot on Sunday afternoon. It’s January in the NFL. Games matter now, and we get the pleasure of focusing on one at a time. The playoffs are here.
The arrival of the postseason compels us to offer some predictions. Our panelists are picking the games every week, which you can find here. This space is reserved for bolder predictions 锟斤拷 the kind of things that will tell us what to watch for in the weeks ahead.
To get the best predictions possible, we turned to the experts at SB Nation’s team sites. You can find all of those predictions here. These are a few of the big ones I pulled together to spotlight, because these are the kind of prognostications that in one way or another will go a long way toward explaining how the playoffs unfold this year.
We’ve talked about the pressure problems and the run defense problems. We’ve talked about the No. 2 cornerback and what’s been lost with Eric Berry’s injury and Derrick Johnson’s decline.
Here’s the thing though: The Chiefs defense is actually good right now. Here’s how many points they’ve allowed in recent games (not counting the backup-fest in Denver): 13, 13, 15, 38, 16 and 12.
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The New England Patriots’ star quarterback immediately thought the worst.
I thought, ‘Of all the plays, my season can’t end on a handoff in practice. I didn’t come this far to end on a handoff,’ Brady said Sunday night after delivering a vintage comeback to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC Championship Game.
Brady rallied from the injury and an 11-point deficit, adding another chapter in his storybook career. He played so well that he felt uncomfortable admitting the injury hindered him during the game.
Brady used a Tiger Woods analogy, saying he didn’t want to overdramatize the impact of the injury because it would’ve been like a young Woods saying he played his C game and still won the tournament.
After practicing Friday with a red glove on his throwing hand, Brady shed the glove for the Womens Ryan Ellis Jersey game and simply protected his right thumb with black tape.
Donald Penn Womens Jersey Facing the league’s top defense, Brady completed 26 of 38 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns — both scoring passes to Danny Amendola in the fourth quarter. It was the 54th comeback win of his career.