PLAYOFFS!!! I’m a bit shocked the NFL made it through the whole season without missing a game, but they did and we’re here now. Outside of that, not a lot of news as the teams prep for the playoffs. Coaching/Covid problems for the Browns, Aaron Rodgers cementing his case for the MVP, and the finals named for the HoF is about it. So let’s get straight to the games:
Saturday, Jan. 9
Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills (-6.5, 51)
Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks (-4, 42.5)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Football Team (+8, 45)
Sunday, Jan. 10
Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans (+3, 55)
Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints (-10, 47)
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns (+6, 47.5)
All these games are watchable (but it helps is you’re hate watching too). The Colts defense v. the Bills offense is one I’m very, intrigued about, but I’m a bit surprised how much the Rams are under-rated against Seattle with a questionable defense. Granted a ton comes down to Goff’s availability, but I think that game will be closer. And who doesn’t want to see Daniel Snyder’s team lose hugely against the Bucs. Instead of All 22, I just want one camera showing the pain on Snyder’s face every play; although that may cause me to throw stuff at my TV.
Sunday has the Ravens as a road favorite against the Titans. The Titans defense isn’t very good, and I expect the very hot Ravens to win easily. Same with the Saints. The Bears are getting 10 points, and Mitchy T. comes out and says he wants to Bears to “open it up” against the Saints. Considering he only looks like an average NFL starter when running a very efficient, limited offense, that’s asking a lot. That will be a fun game to watch.
The Steelers Browns game should be fascinating, but has the distinct possibility of turning into a shitshow as the Browns struggle to deal with Covid. But those teams hate each other so much (as do their fans) that it could be a car-wreck where you just have to see how bad it is.
And one more thing:
Just in case you’re not totally burned out by fantasy football or pick ‘ems or survival picks or of NFL football, I created a group, entitled SDMB (I know, I’m super-original), for NFL.com’s playoff challenge.
The gist of it is you pick players you think will score the most fantasy points, and if their team is eliminated, you pick new players. But if their team wins, you get bonus points (2x, 3x, 4x) for as far as they go through the playoffs. So it’s an interesting mix of fantasy and pick ‘em games.
The group website is here: https://playoffchallenge.fantasy.nfl.com/group/437388
The group name is SDMB.
The password is: cecil.
Join in if you like. Soon football will be done, and you know you’ll miss it.
Enjoy the games. PLAYOFFS ARE HERE!!!