Well, well, well. It’s conference championship round of the playoffs and, thankfully, the Packers are back in it. Newswise, Phillip Rivers retired (is he HoF worthy? Discuss). The combine will be “altered” thanks to Covid. More coaching hires, including a 6 year contract for Dan Campbell to coach the Lions. Deshaun Watson is still pushing hard for a trade (boy the Texans have just shot themselves in the foot over and over and over). We’ll have the first woman officiating a Super Bowl this year. Idiotic person attempts to grab spotlight (also called “doing a Bayless”) by saying something incredibly stupid ( that the Chiefs/Bills game should be delayed until Mahomes can play). And, most importantly, Patrick Mahomes is still in concussion protocol.
Speaking of Mahomes and actual games, here they are:
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Sunday, January 24, 2020, 2:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Green Bay Packers (-3, 51)
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Buffalo Bills v. Kansas City Chiefs (-3, 54)
Both games are must watch. As far as the NFC game is concerned, the Packers, at home, in January, with a healthy Aaron Rodgers is a tough matchup for anyone. But this game will come down to the Packers defense and its ability to contain the multitude of weapons the Bucs have. If Brady doesn’t play better than he did against the Saints, it could be an easy win, but if he has a bit of magic left, I expect a tighter game. I also want to point out that Jaire Alexander, a Packer CB, has had an amazing year and has established himself as one of the best corners in the NFL. It will be a fun matchup between him and Mike Evans/Chris Godwin. I expect, hope, and pray for a Packer win.
So much of the other game comes down to Mahomes’ injury. If he starts (and it is looking like he will), I expect a Chiefs win. If not, it becomes much more troublesome. Who here has “Chad Henne leads a team to the Super Bowl” on their 2020 Bingo Card? The Chiefs defense isn’t great, so I don’t expect Josh Allen to have as bad a game as he did against the Raverns, but the first time these teams met, the Chiefs held Allen to his worst game of the year, with a 52% completion percentage and a 73.4 passer rating. If they can do that again, the Chiefs could win with Henne even. Personally, I think Allen will fold and the Chiefs roll if Mahomes play. But that’s a big “if”.
Should be an interesting weekend of football. Go Pack Go.