The week of the NFL playoffs has passed, and the number of teams remaining on the Super Bowl roster has been reduced to eight. By the end of this weekend, we’ll narrow it down even more with just two teams in the AFC and two in the NFC vying for the right to represent their conferences on the biggest football scene.
As usual, we expect some pretty wild things to happen when these games actually kick off. So here we are again without bold predictions. Like last week, we have one for every match on the schedule.
Chiefs vs. Jaguars: Kelsey goes berserk
When the Chiefs and Jaguars played in Week 10, Travis Kelsey had a good game. He caught 6 of 7 passes thrown his way for a total of 81 yards and a touchdown. But, as we know, Kelsey is capable of much more than even this line of characteristics. And this season, the Jaguars have struggled hard to protect bottlenecks. According to Football Outsiders, Jacksonville was ranked 32nd (also known as last) in the NFL in the DVOA in dead end shots. The Jags had 81 receptions for 1,066 yards and seven points for position players, and we saw their linebackers, in particular, take advantage of the coverage throughout the year. Even against the Chargers last week, Gerald Everett and Donal Parham had 10 receptions for 133 yards and 13 goals together. Expect Kelce to have a big day on Saturday.
Eagles vs. Giants: Philadelphia slow down hype around Daniel Jones
Danny Dimes has shown a ton of improvement this season in almost every area. Nowhere was this more evident than in his game against the Vikings at Super Wild Card Weekend, which was arguably the best game of his career. Jones completed 24 of 35 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns, as well as rushing 78 more yards 17 times. In two games against the Minnesota this season, Brian Daball and Co. have allowed Jones to open up with one of the friendliest pass defenses in the NFL. The Eagles have no defense against a friendly pass. They have one of the best passing rushes in the league and an extremely sticky group of cover players. Jones was 18 of 27 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown the last time the two teams played, and although he added four carries for 26 yards and an extra count, he also took four sacks. The Giants offense is better now than it was then, but that Philadelphia defense is still far more difficult to deal with than the one they faced a week ago.
Bills vs. Bengals: Buffalo exposes Cinsi’s lack of depth ahead
The Bengals lose offensive linemen every week. Back in week 16, they lost right tackle Lael Collins for the season with an ACL tear. In Week 18, they lost defenseman Alex Kappa to an ankle injury. And last week at the Wild Card Game against the Ravens, they lost a left tackle to John Williams due to a knee problem. The Bengals will most likely start only two-fifths of their starting offensive line. They might get away with launching Hakim Adenidji, Jackson Karman or Max Sharping… but all of them? That’s too much to survive against the Buffalo defense – even with Joe Barrow at the helm. Greg Russo, Shaq Lawson, Ed Oliver, DaQuan Jones, AJ Epenese, Boogie Basham, Tim Settle, the Bills have too much talent ahead of them. And they can complete this group with Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds flowing towards the ball.
49ers vs. Cowboys: The Shanahan Show continues
Brock Purdy almost broke a sweat during the 49ers’ attack against the Seahawks last week. According to NFL.com’s Next Gen Stats, of his 30 passing attempts, only TWO were thrown into a narrow window. This is the Kyle Shanahan effect. The San Francisco offensive mastermind can plan player openings as well or better than any coach in the NFL, and along with Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, George Keetle, and Elijah Mitchell, he has one of the best corps of skill in the NFL. . what to work with. This is on the verge of being unfair. The Dallas defense shut out Tampa on Monday night, but they’re still running shorthanded in minor games and may have some lame Jaron Kears after he suffered a knee injury against the Bucks. Bet that San Francisco will find a way to take advantage of this group in the background.