An AFC Instant Classic Is Born

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An AFC Immediate Classic Is Born

There’s not excessive I can include about Sunday night’s immediate classic in between the Buffalo Expenses and Kansas City Chiefs that hasn’t currently been stated. A video game that encapsulates the very best of what football needs to provide us as fans. The Chiefs needed OT to beat the Expenses 42-36, punching their ticket to the AFC National championship. I discussed it recently, however it bears duplicating – it’s a reward to get to see both these groups play each other and I hope that this is just the most current installation in a yearly component for us.

Expenses pass receiver Gabriel Davis kipped down a transcendent efficiency on Sunday night. He published an 8–201-4 getting line on 10 targets and it’s rather most likely that he’s going to begin next season as the group’s WR2. WR Emmanuel Sanders is no longer under agreement and the group might choose to consume his cap hit ($1.375 million) rather of bringing him back, opening extra chance for Davis. Furthermore, the group ought to aim to decrease Cole Beasley’s function next season. Beasley has actually succeeded when hired however has actually underperformed in current weeks. His current 6-60-0 getting line on 8 targets was a functional proving, however I do predict a minor shift in their offending approach. Stefon Diggs’ late-season collapse continues. The star wideout published an abysmal 3-7-0 getting line on 6 targets and just made his existence felt when it came time to stop a streaker on the field. Offered Davis’ historic efficiency, it didn’t matter that the Expenses stopped working to get much out of Diggs, Dawson Knox (2-9-0 on 4 targets), or any of their auxiliary receivers. Getting sent out house in overtime stings and I’m positive that the NFL will ultimately alter the guidelines, however let’s see. Sadly, the Expenses lost, however I’m currently thrilled for next week’s Chiefs/Bengals face-off.

Green Bay Frozen Out Of Playoffs

In the artic tundra that was Lambeau Field, the San Francisco 49ers beat out the Green Bay Packers 13-10. Niners kicker Robbie Gould booted the game-winning 45-yard field goal as time expired, thereby ending the Packers’ hopes of making it out of the divisional round. I should note that Deebo Samuel’s late-game heroics ostensibly won the game for San Francisco. Noticeably hobbled with an injury, Samuel converted a massive third-and-seven with 1:03 left to play, which set up Gould’s field goal. Tip of the cap here to Samuel who has shown his true dual-threat potential all season and is one of the game’s best hybrid players.

That might have been the last time we’d see Aaron Rodgers don the green and gold. Rodgers completed 20 of his 29 pass attempts for 225 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions. Rodgers consistently peppered Davante Adams (9-90-0 on 11 targets) and Aaron Jones (9-129-0 on 10 targets) with targets, choosing to lean on his most trusted playmakers in a high leverage situation. It should come as no surprise that any of Allen Lazard, Marcedes Lewis, Randall Cobb, Josiah Deguara, or “Dominque Dafney” failed to produce when asked upon.

The Packers’ Achilles heel has always been their lack of true playmakers on offense. The team hasn’t drafted a receiver in the first two rounds since Davante Adams, back in 2014. The team has passed on a bevy of playmakers in the NFL Draft, which is baffling considering that Rodgers is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league. In my opinion, the Packers front office should have spent some of their early draft capital to bolster their receiving corps to better maximize their offensive strength. At the very least it would have added another dimension to the team’s aerial attack. Now with Rodgers possibly looking to leave in free agency, the Packers will have to deal with no transition plan at quarterback. The team may have spent a first-round pick on Jordan Love, however he hasn’t shown much in his short NFL career to merit that selection. I strongly doubt that Love will be able to play at the level Packers fans have come to expect from their quarterbacks, but, luckily, he might have Adams to throw to.

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Titans Need To Address The Wide Receiver Playing Quarterback

The Cincinnati Bengals are heading to the AFC Championship game after defeating the Tennessee Titans 19-16. Joe Burrow completed 28 of his 37 pass attempts for 348 yards and one interception. Both Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins stepped up on offense. Chase posted a 5-109-0 receiving line on six targets, whereas Higgins posted 7-96-0 on nine targets. CJ Uzomah (7-71-0 on eight targets) has emerged as a very strong receiving option for Burrow throughout the playoffs, but I wonder if the Chiefs find a way to slow him down next week. Joe Mixon’s all-terrain skillset was on full display in this game. He posted 109 yards from scrimmage on 20 touches and scored a touchdown. I should expect that he keeps it going against the Chiefs next week.

The Titans on the other hand never really looked to be in control of this game. Derrick Henry posted a 20-62-1 rushing line after returning from injury but looked far from his usual self. D’Onta Foreman looked more explosive, posting 66 rushing yards on four carries. Ultimately, the Titans couldn’t rely on their usual style of play to defeat the Bengals. Ryan Tannehill flopped in this appearance, completing 15 of his 24 pass attempts for 220 yards, one score, and three interceptions. Tannehill was picked off on the Titans’ first play of the game, setting the tone for his performance for the rest of the game. Tannehill also threw a pick on first-and-goal in the third quarter and threw a game-sealing interception late in the fourth quarter. The Bengals scored a basket following Tannehill’s final turnover, resulting in the 19-16 upset.

AJ Brown posted a ridiculous 5-142-1 receiving line on nine targets and Julio Jones chipped in with a 6-62-0 receiving line as well. Unfortunately, the lack of play volume curbed how much damage either receiver could inflict on the Bengals’ suspect secondary. Ultimately, the team may need to change its offensive philosophy to one that looks to maximize Brown’s talent. The Titans might be in the quarterback market, despite their recent run of success with Tannehill at the helm. They’re a group that I’ll be following closely as we head into the offseason.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long included to this report.