I don’t know how even Magic Mahomes can pull this off. A high ankle sprain is a big deal. Usually six weeks, sometimes more. And he says he’s going to play Sunday? He will have zero mobility, and mobility is a huge part of his game. Wait ‘til you see how Bengals DC Lou Anarumo heats up Mahomes. It’s going to be up to Andy to adjust. Nobody does it better.
Knowing Mahomes can’t run, that could free Anarumo to play more man-to-man coverage than he normally would. Remember that Anarumo frustrated Mahomes in the second half of last year’s AFC Championship Game by rushing three and dropping eight into multiple zone coverages. The Bengal defense may end up being the best unit on the field Sunday.
Where would you rank Burrow among NFL starting quarterbacks? I’d put him second only to a healthy Mahomes, and Mahomes ain’t healthy. It’s going to be very hard to keep Cincinnati out of SB 57.
Watch Burrow at the line of scrimmage, pre-snap. His ability to process information is freaky.
Top to bottom, the Eagles and ‘Niners have the two best—and most physical—rosters in the NFL. That is going to be a blood-bath in Philly. Take the “under.” Both teams are pretty healthy going in. That will not be the case Monday morning, but the winner will have two weeks to recover.
So now what happens with the Bills? There will be some major wound-licking going on this offseason. This will be a dicey situation for Sean McDermott. But it often appears that nothing is too dicey for Sean McDermott.