It’s Playoff Time! And that means it’s My Time!
Sure, we’ll start with Dallas. Yes, the Cowboys have a talented roster. Yes, they’re 12-5. Yes, they’ll open the postseason against an 8-9 team. Yeah, they can win this game. But as I bang away on this blog at 5:13 a.m. Wednesday, there is not one rational, non-emotional reason to pick the Cowboys. Not one. You think there is? OK, like what, exactly?
There are some rational reasons to pick the Giants to upset the Vikings. Let me see if I actually wanna go there tomorrow. I’ll say this for now. Anyone who has watched Daniel Jones closely over the back half of the season has to be impressed with his growth.
All respect to the Seahawks, Pete Carroll and Geno Smith. Now enjoy your offseason. The ‘Niners are the NFC’s Rolling Ball of Butcher Knives. They are genuinely nasty. And genuinely cutting-edge.
The Dolphins don’t have much of a chance at Buffalo even if Tua can play. And they have zero chance if he can’t.
You want a fun game? Your best bet is Chargers at Jags. Herbert vs. Lawrence? I’m in. And hell yes, Jacksonville can win this game, especially if Chargers receiver Mike Williams can’t play.
Which brings us to the one-week turnaround rematch between the Bengals and Ravens. This is a dicey deal for Cincinnati. But the Bengals can only lose if they turn it over at least three times. Ravens coach John Harbaugh is wearing his poker face about the availability of Lamar Jackson. This is a messed-up situation that requires some hard decisions by everyone involved. Can he go? Even if he can, is it a good idea? Jackson hasn’t played in a month and a half. If he gets out there, his mobility will be limited. What good is a mobility-limited Lamar Jackson? That’s like Elton John with no piano.
Then there’s this. Remember that Jackson has to date turned down long-term contract offers in Baltimore. He has essentially “bet on himself.” Whether he plays—or doesn’t—against the Bengals, he may have just crapped out to the tune of a quarter of a billion dollars. Hell, that’s almost real money.