The NFL playoffs effectively begin Sunday night when the Raiders host the Chargers. The winner clinches an AFC Wild Card. The loser’s season is over. That’s pretty much the definition of a playoff game, isn’t it?
Who’s gonna advance? I can’t tell you, because of the Squirrel Factor. The Chargers and Raiders are the two most rodentiary teams in the NFL. I could see either blowing the other out. I could also envision a last play walk-off.
I’ll bill it as the Forrest Gump Box of Chocolates Game. We don’t know what we’re gonna get. Make sure it’s actually chocolate before you bite into it.
It’s a quarterback-driven league. And the two QBs involved here are intriguing. Justin Herbert has breathtaking talent. Derrick Carr has proved to be a mensch. That’s a good, good human and an obvious leader of men.
I still think the 49ers could wreck the room if they get in. Niners need to beat the Rams. Niners always beat the Rams…
Hey, Cowboy fans. You don’t really want the Rams in the Wild Card Round. Much better off with a rematch against the Cardinals.
Major shoulder surgery for Baker, who will not play Sunday against the Bengals. I actually think the Browns may be better off with Case Keenum, anyway, given Mayfield’s condition.
AFC Alert. Derrick Henry is back at practice. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
NFL Coach of the Year? The obvious choice is Matt LaFleur. You could sure as heck make a case for The Hoodie. But I’m going with Mike Vrabel. The Titans have been through hell this year. You know what you do when you’re going through hell? You keep going. That’s leadership. And that team is…hard.
I think college football’s version of the Titans may be Kansas State. The Wildcats closed out bowl season last night by pasting LSU. If you’ve ever paid attention to the KSU program, you know that there is just this goodness that radiates off of it. Wildcats play hard. They play together. They have fun. And they may be the best example of the “win thjs snap” philosophy I’ve ever seen. K-State just never cares about the last play, whether it was good or bad. It’s all about the next one. Always. There is a life lesson there.
My “next one” is tomorrow. See you then!