The High Holy Days of the NFL

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The High Holy Days of the NFL

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Week 2 of the NFL playoffs is what I've always referred to as the High Holy Days of Football. Two great games on Saturday and Sunday. The NFC games were like, you know, normal. The Niners D-line was fully healthy and controlled the Vikings. Russel Wilson did his level best to show why he deserves to be in the running for MVP, but the lack of a running attack, despite the efforts of Marshawn Lynch, killed the Hawks. The Pack had enough to win at home.

The AFC games were both jaw-dropping for different reasons: #1 seed (14-2) plays a #6 seed (9-7) at home, 2 weeks rest, and the #6 seed Titans flat out beat the #1 seed Ravens. Personally, I was shocked. Lamar Jackson is like Patrick Mahomes crossed with a great juking running back. I thought you could see the tenor of the game when Jackson threw his first interception and got penalized for the horse-collar tackle. Baltimore looked disjointed and out of sync. Ryan Tannehill was not only a competent game manager, but also ran for a touchdown on an option play à la Lamar Jackson. But Derrick Henry has been a machine for the Titans. In his last 3 games against the Texans, Patriots and Ravens, Henry has run for 211, 182 and 195 yards. He is the best running back in the NFL.

In the AFC championship, Tennessee will face a passing attack that, if anything, is more daunting than the Titan's running game.

The Texans and Chiefs played a first half that was literally like no game in the history of the NFL. The Texans stormed out to a 24-0 lead at a stunned Arrowhead Stadium. In the second quarter the Chiefs awoke from their nap, and by the half Patrick Mahomes had thrown 4 touchdown passes, and the Chiefs were up 28-24. The Chiefs were aided and abetted by the Texans' boneheaded attempted fake punt, which failed, giving the KC great field position at a time when the Texans had little to gain and a lot to lose.

No team has ever trailed by 24 and come back to lead at the half in the history of the National Football League.

The second half was basically more of the same for Kansas City, who ended up winning by 20 (51-31). The AFC championship will be a classic match-up of arguably the best running attack against the best passing attack.

I'm trying to find a reason to like the Packers over the Niners, but it's hard for me to see one. Aaron Rogers is the biggest Packer weapon, but he spent a lot time on his back in their first meeting (won by the 49ers 37-8) and the Niner D-line is, if anything, stronger. Scramblers like Lamar Jackson or Russel Wilson are the greatest threats to a defense like the 49ers.

So I like the 49ers. Kansas City and Tennessee...much closer. I give then nod to Patrick Mahomes at home, but if the weather is windy or there is snow on the ground, it starts to favor Tennessee and Henry's running game. Could be a helluva game.

Last thought: Feels like the passing of the guard. Drew Brees and Tom Brady handing off to Jackson, Mahomes, DeShaun Watson...

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MeDotOrg wrote:Predictions for the Championship games?

Titans vs Packers
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Niners v. Chiefs seems like the most exciting Superbowl option of the potential matchups. Chiefs with the W.
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I like the Niners over the Titans.

I'm surprised the Chiefs won yesterday; they are notorious playoff chokers, and since they won yesterday, they've matched their record and are due to lose next week.

The Packers were actually lucky to maintain the lead yesterday against an incredibly depleted Seattle team. They're going to have to play much better next week against the Niners, and given they're on the road, I don't see them with a hope in hell. The Niners were by far the strongest team in the Divisional round. It's hard to imagine how anyone is going to beat that defense.

I think the Titans will make the first half of the Southern Baptist interesting, but it'll be all Niners in the second half.
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I think that it will be the Chiefs and the Niners in the coming Superbowl.
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Brackite wrote:I think that it will be the Chiefs and the Niners in the coming Superbowl.

This is what I'd like to see. I've just had my hopes dashed by way too many KC Chiefs teams over the years to believe they'll even make the Super Bowl. I won't believe in them until they win a Super Bowl.

Their problem is consistency. They have all the talent in the world, but they are very susceptible to having a letdown on any given Sunday, for some unspecified reason. It's in the Chief DNA. I can't think of another team who has historically underachieved in the playoffs like they have.

Yesterday they played well, once the game started in the second quarter... but there was that first quarter, too. That's also the Chiefs.

Which kind of Chiefs will dominate next week?

ETA: I also have to add that I think the Titans are a very hot team right now, playing much better than the Texans, and that doesn't bode well for a team who can easily be psyched out like KC.
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Meanwhile, the college championship is pretty exciting.

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Lemmie wrote:Meanwhile, the college championship is pretty exciting.

It was great. LSU dethrones Clemson!
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My son (11) won $20 betting on LSU against his buddy. He's excited.
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That was some game. Wow.

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Lemmie wrote:That was some game. Wow.


Are you a chick who watches football? If so that's pretty awesome.
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ajax18 wrote:
Lemmie wrote:That was some game. Wow.

Are you a chick who watches football? If so that's pretty awesome.

Yeah, chicks love being called chicks.
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Chiefs are in. It's been a long time coming for KC fans (50 years to be exact), but it's well deserved.
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Mahomes throws like a mlb player. His dad taught him well. When he throws on the run he reminds me of Jeter! I’m glad they are in, he deserves it.

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I don't watch much baseball so that's interesting, Lemmie. He certainly is a generational talent. I guess the Madden curse is also no longer a thing. :)
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So happy for KC, the team, and their long-suffering fans. 50 years!

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Brackite wrote:I think that it will be the Chiefs and the Niners in the coming Superbowl.

Looks like you got it. Don't think Green Bay will pull off a second-half miracle.
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It's the Superbowl match up I wanted. It should be a good one, too. I'm still backing KC for the win but either team is deserving so I don't have a strong favorite. In a way, a Niner win would at least water down the Patriots and Steelers claims to being alone at the top. The 50 year drought for KC is a reason to cheer for their win. Nice to not have the bloody Pat's in at least.
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I'm a San Franciscan, but my head favors KC by a bit. I think San Francisco could win, but Patrick Mahomes is a wunderkind.

I might give the coaching advantage to the Niners. Reid is great, but I keep thinking Kyle Shanahan might have something stockpiled for the Superbowl. I think Garappalo, who has a $137 million dollar contract, is capable of more than the eight passes he threw today, but with Mostert running for 220 yards and 4 TDs, why show your hand? I think their offense should and will be capable of scoring more quickly against KC.

Anyway, a great passing attack against a great defensive line. Could be a very entertaining game.

Opening line has the Chiefs by 1½.
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Holy crap KC! Was not sure I'd live to see the day they would make the Super Bowl. So happy for them.

Still, I think the Niners are a lock. I'll take awesome defense over awesome offense any day.

Should be a great game.
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