NFL playoffs: Picks, predictions for wild-card games
The NFL playoffs, which conclude Feb. 4 with Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, begin Saturday and Sunday with wild-card weekend.
And we have some fresh faces this year.
Fans are at the core of the football experience and it’s truly exciting and rewarding when they band together, regardless of the team they cheer for, to make a positive impact in the lives of others, Bortles said in a statement. I greatly appreciate the support displayed by Bengals fans and they should know their support will make a difference.
They crashed headlong into the offseason, instead, and now Smith goes from franchise quarterback to prime asset. Coach Andy Reid played his cards close to the vest when he spoke Sunday, the day after the 22-21 collapse against the Titans. He praised Mahomes, his potential and his swift learning curve, as well as what he gleaned from playing behind Smith, but added, I am not there with anything other than that. That is what is real right now.
The irony of the quarterback situation in Kansas City is that Smith wasn’t the reason the Chiefs disappeared offensively in the second half against Tennessee (lay that in the laps of Reid and play-caller Matt Nagy, who was hired Monday as the Chicago Bears new coach). The Chiefs are loaded at the skill positions with young talent, who emerged and dominated quickly.
The Patriots and Steelers enjoyed first-round byes in the AFC while the Eagles and Vikings were the top seeds in the NFC. The Eagles, playing without injured quarterback Carson Wentz, have had a week to try to fix the offense. Philadelphia did have the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense and may need a defensive score to keep pace with the Falcons, who have won four of their last five.
Bryant’s first son died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) at the age of three months, which came prior to a 2008 game against the Packers. To honor Matthew Tryson’s memory, Bryant decided to play. He made three field goals to help lift the Bucs to victory. Bryant was later voted by teammates as Tampa Bay’s 2008 Ed Block Courage Award winner.
The Bucs might not be cursed by the persistent kicking woes that linger to this day had they committed to Bryant. Instead, a new regime post-Jon Gruden cut Bryant during the 2009 preseason after he was sidelined for a month with a hamstring injury. Bryant wasn’t even re-signed after his replacement, Mike Nugent, was waived after a lousy four-game stretch.