NFL Divisional Round: Line Climbs Slightly for Jags vs. Steelers 1/10/18


Highlighted by the Tennessee Titans' comeback and the Cam Newton concussion controversy, last weekend's Wild Card Round games were very entertaining, and this next round should deliver as well. They were down 21-3 at halftime, but never gave up and went on to score 19 unanswered points. Mariota, while good enough to defeat the Chiefs, won't be able to get by the Patriots' pass defense. I don't see anyway that the Patriots don't win this game. Tennessee (10-7), who have not won in New England since 1993, advanced to Saturday's game with a 22-21 wildcard victory over the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs. An angry Brady is generally a good Brady and the Titans may feel his wrath on Saturday. My favorite Keenum myth is how the Texans cut him and if they'd just kept him, they'd have their franchise QB, which ignores (a) the two seasons he played in between the Texans cutting him and 2017, and (b) the Texans re fine at QB, thank you.

I am picking two teams who had first round byes to lose during the divisional round. The defense remained strong, however, as they have all season, and held the Bills to just 133 passing yards. Not only are Freeman's cuts less effective away from the Mercedes Benz Stadium field turf, but he also has to deal with an Eagles defense that allowed the second-fewest schedule-adjusted fantasy points to running backs. Antonio Brown is still banged up and the Jaguars are getting a ton of points in our teaser. In addition, running back Le'veon Bell started playing his best football toward the end of the season, so the Steelers offense should be firing on all cylinders. Could this be a case of defense winning championships or are the seasoned Steelers too much for the young Jaguars? And that was with Steelers' inside linebacker Ryan Shazier in the lineup. I keep hearing that the Eagles will shutdown the run and make them one dimensional.

Last Saturday, the Falcons marched their way to a somewhat surprising 26-13 victory on the road over the Los Angeles Rams. Don't sleep on Matt Ryan and his bunch.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book, the Eagles are 3-point home underdogs to beat the Falcons. The Eagles, on the other hand, are on a steep decline.

New England will be rested and probably annoyed by the widely disputed report of turmoil within the organisation.

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Jason: The Falcons caught a huge break, as the No. 1 seed in the NFC is playing without quarterback Carson Wentz, who was in the middle of a Pro Bowl caliber season. Foles is a solid backup, but so far he has had trouble integrating himself into the offense that was so successful with Wentz. I don't buy that and even if it were true Julio Jones anyone???

"I think Atlanta wins here".

NFC North victor Minnesota Vikings (13-3) face NFC South champion New Orleans Saints (12-5).

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How does this group rank from No. 8 to No. 1? The Jaguars defense is bound to make some game changing plays, but it will not be enough. Quarterback Case Keenum has shocked the nation, coming off the bench to spark a prolific offense.