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Blogging The Boys

Predicting the Cowboys next OC: Four candidates emerge as favorites

Any guesses on who the Cowboys will hire for their offensive coordinator? The marriage between the Dallas Cowboys and Scott Linehan was officially terminated on Friday as he and the team had agreed to mutually part ways after five years together. Linehan joined the team in 2014 and helped the offense right out of the gate. The Cowboys offense finished top five in points scored and made it to the divisional round of the playoffs in his first year as OC. During his five years with the team, the Cowboys have made it to the divisional round three times and the offense had a top five finish in...

NFL Spin Zone

New England Patriots: Run Sony Michel relentlessly vs. Chiefs

Entering the AFC Championship Game, the New England Patriots have the experience advantage, but they need to rely heavily on rookie Sony Michel. As the New England Patriots trounced the Los Angeles Chargers in the Divisional Round of the 2019 NFL Playoffs, Bill Belichick used his running backs heavily. James White tied a postseason record […] New England Patriots: Run Sony Michel relentlessly vs. Chiefs - NFL Spin Zone - NFL Spin Zone - NFL news, rumors, analysis, opinions, stats, mock drafts, scores, and GIFs.

ClutchPoints

Rams news: C.J. Anderson says he’s the ‘freshest running back in the league’

Los Angeles Rams running back C.J. Anderson punctured a stout Dallas Cowboys run defense for 123 yards and a couple of touchdowns in the Rams’ 30-22 win in the Divisional Round of the playoffs last weekend. The funny thing is, about a month ago, Anderson was watching the NFL from his couch after being cut […] The post Rams news: C.J. Anderson says he’s the ‘freshest running back in the league’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Bleeding Green Nation

NFL Conference Championship Game Picks

Predicting the winners of this week’s NFL games. The Bleeding Green Nation writers picks are in for the Conference Championship round of the 2019 NFL Playoffs! Each week we’ll predict the winners of each and every NFL game. We’ll tally the results along the way and see who comes out on top at the end of the season. After the Divisional round, my overall record still ranks first. But it’s the collective BGN community with the best playoff record so far. Feel free to post your own predictions or discuss the writer predictions in the comments. You can also vote for who you think will...

NFL Spin Zone

Dallas Cowboys: 5 Steps to winning the next Super Bowl

The narrative is that the Dallas Cowboys can’t win the big game, but they’re closer than many think. These 5 steps could put them over the top next season. Another season for the Dallas Cowboys ends earlier than they hoped for as they were knocked out of the playoffs in the divisional round — a […] Dallas Cowboys: 5 Steps to winning the next Super Bowl - NFL Spin Zone - NFL Spin Zone - NFL news, rumors, analysis, opinions, stats, mock drafts, scores, and GIFs.

SportsDay

Dallas Cowboys player evaluations: Who is trending up, holding steady and sliding down

Now that another season has come and gone, enthralled and infuriated, it's time to look back.A Cowboys team that had no business making the playoffs after a 3-5 start made the required course corrections -- goodbye offensive line coach Paul Alexander, hello wide receiver Amari Cooper -- to finish strong. Dallas swept the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles, won the division and won a wild-card game before falling to the LA Rams.This should come as no surprise since the divisional round has been the ceiling for the franchise since it won the Super Bowl 23 years ago.What's required for the...

ClutchPoints

Chargers’ Joey Bosa says it’s ‘ridiculous’ how quick Patriots’ Tom Brady can get rid of the football

The New England Patriots made easy work of the Los Angeles Chargers in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs last week with superstar quarterback Tom Brady leading the team to another AFC Championship Game. Although Brady has arguably started to decline, Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa would beg to differ as he was blown […] The post Chargers’ Joey Bosa says it’s ‘ridiculous’ how quick Patriots’ Tom Brady can get rid of the football appeared first on ClutchPoints.

ClutchPoints

Second grader writes letter for Alshon Jeffery to cheer receiver up

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was despondent after his late dropped pass against the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round of the playoffs ended up in the arms of Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The drop preserved a 20-14 win for the Saints. Jeffery was comforted by both head coach Doug Pederson and quarterback […] The post Second grader writes letter for Alshon Jeffery to cheer receiver up appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Pats Pulpit

2 Patriots, 3 Chiefs among PFF’s standouts from the divisional playoffs

Both teams had standout performers at their positions on Sunday. The New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs both entered the playoffs off a bye week, both dominated their respective opponents in the divisional round, and both saw multiple of their players earn distinctions as “standouts” from Pro Football Focus. The advanced analytics website hands the honor out every week, and after last weekend’s slate of games named two members of the Patriots and three of the Chiefs. New England blew out the visiting Los Angeles Chargers 41-28 behind an outstanding first half performance in...

Pats Pulpit

Pats Pulpit Podcast Episode 137: Patriots dominate the Chargers in the playoffs

New England took care of business. Pretty easily, actually. The New England Patriots dominated the Los Angeles Chargers in the divisional round, much to the surprise of both Rich and Alec. And probably everyone else, if we’re being honest. Who expected the Patriots to run out to a 35-7 lead at halftime? Who could have predicted that the New England defense would do such a great job against the potent Chargers offense? Not us. But, again, who could have predicted that the Patriots offense would rely heavily of Julian Edelman and James White? Literally everyone. And if you didn’t think...

NFL Spin Zone

NFL Offseason 2019: Which Divisional Round loser is set up best for success?

Four more teams entered the NFL Offseason 2019, losing in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Between the Colts, Chargers, Cowboys, and Eagles, which team is set up best for success? In the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs, the top two seeds in each conference advanced. Though all favorites didn’t cover, there wasn’t much […] NFL Offseason 2019: Which Divisional Round loser is set up best for success? - NFL Spin Zone - NFL Spin Zone - NFL news, rumors, analysis, opinions, stats, mock drafts, scores, and GIFs.

Behind the Steel Curtain

Podcast: Did the Steelers missed playoffs accelerate the inevitable?

By missing the playoffs, did the Steelers save their fans from false hopes? Anthony Defeo and Bryan Anthony Davis discuss that and everything Steelers. The dysfunctional Pittsburgh Steelers failed to make the playoffs two weeks back and many pundits voiced that Mike Tomlin’s team could have made it to Atlanta had they just gotten in. After the AFC Divisional games over the weekend, that may have been wishful thinking. Join Bryan Davis and Anthony Defeo from BTSC for the extravaganza known as “Steelers Hangover”. The Steelers are done, but Tony and Bryan have plenty to discuss with...

Niner Nation

The Game Manager, Divisional round: Home sweet home

The “best football weekend of the year” did not live up to the hype. In fact, it was the worst best weekend I can remember. Upsets? Those are for Wild Card weekend. Once we got to the Divisional round, the cream rose to the top. In fact, the cream has been rising to the top in the NFL playoffs the last five years. Nine of the last ten number 1 seeds have made it to the Super Bowl. Will the @Saints and @Chiefs be able to do it? pic.twitter.com/Yw1TkX4yeO— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 10, 2019 The one conference champ who wasn’t a No. 1 seed? The 2016 Atlanta Falcons, a...

www.milehighreport.com

Would you rather see the Chiefs or Patriots win the AFC Title?

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming conference championship games. A Super Bowl berth is on the line this week. The Divisional Round of the 2019 NFL Playoffs was about as predictable as it could be with all four home teams advancing to their respective conference title games. Normally, at least one road team wins a game, but this year all four teams swept to victory for just the fourth time since NFL realignment in 2002. Being the top seeded team in either conference used to not mean much, but since 2013 it has meant everything in both conferences. Nine of the ten top...

Field Gulls

The myth of using the run game to get to third and manageable

Monday I looked at third and manageable and how often the Seattle Seahawks found themselves in reasonable third downs, as opposed to third and long. There has been significant backlash towards the run game since the Seahawks dropped the Wild Card playoff game to the Dallas Cowboys, giving Russell Wilson his first ever postseason losing streak, having lost in the Divisional Round of the 2016 NFC Playoffs. In the comments to that article the idea of run-run was presented yet again as able to generate third and manageable, as one reader posted the following comment. It’s simple When you...

Blogging The Boys

Re-evaluating the Amari Cooper trade now that the final value of the pick is known

The pick is in! Well, the value of that pick, that is. With the divisional round of the playoffs completed and the Dallas Cowboys eliminated, the actual value of the 2019 first-round draft pick the Oakland Raiders will receive is officially known. Oakland will get the 27th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. All year we have been scrutinizing the Amari Cooper trade and it’s still going to be a while before we know the true verdict, but we have a better sense of the value now. The trade started off heavily criticized because first-round picks are precious things, but then it started...

Arrowhead Addict

Chiefs snap counts: Sammy Watkins, Charvarius Ward earn big playing time

A look at the latest snap counts from the Chiefs’ game against the Colts reveals news about Sammy Watkins, Charvarius Ward, Kelvin Benjamin and more. After 25 years, the curse is over! The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the red hot Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs, breaking a postseason home […] Chiefs snap counts: Sammy Watkins, Charvarius Ward earn big playing time - Arrowhead Addict - Arrowhead Addict - Kansas City Chiefs - KC Chiefs News, Schedule, Roster and Rumors

Big Blue View

NFL Playoffs: Takeaways from the Divisional Round

What did we learn this weekend? The Divisional Round is usually one of the most exciting weekends of the NFL season, but what we got instead was three games that were never really in doubt and one close game to round out the weekend. Still, there are a few takeaways we can find from these games as we turn toward crowning a conference champion this weekend. The pass set up the run All of the winning teams this weekend did a great job running the ball, but not all of them ran the ball to win. There’s going to be a lot of looking at the final rushing numbers with some concluding the ground...

FOX Sports

Marcellus Wiley explains why the Cowboys' defense was the most disappointing in the Divisional Round

Marcellus Wiley breaks down why the Dallas Cowboys' defense had the most disappointing performance out of anybody during the Divisional Round in the NFL Playoffs

The Denver Post

6 things that could decide NFL’s conference title games, including Tom Brady’s road struggles

After a wild-card round that was truly wild, with three visiting teams advancing, the divisional round of the NFL playoffs offered no surprises.

Chicago Tribune

6 things that could decide the NFL's conference title games, including Tom Brady's road struggles

After a wild-card round that was truly wild, with three visiting teams advancing, the divisional round of the NFL playoffs offered no surprises. The top four seeds all advanced, setting up a pair of compelling title games. In the AFC championship, the Chiefs and Patriots will face off in a rematch...

Field Gulls

Enemy Reaction: 2019 NFL Divisional Round recap

The Seattle Seahawks’ season may be over, but that doesn’t mean Enemy Reaction is going away! We’re going to be recapping the rest of the 2019 NFL Playoffs, with game thread screenshots aplenty. All four home teams won, but only the New Orleans Saints had any serious difficulty with their opponent, so we’ll save the best for last. Usually I populate Enemy Reaction with the highlights of the games, but I have 23 screenshots and that just seems like a gateway to a browser crash, so as a minor tweak, I’ll just link to them in the headings. Besides, you’re really here for angry...

ClutchPoints

3 reasons the New England Patriots will beat the Kansas City Chiefs

The Patriots came into the Divisional Round of the playoffs ready to host yet another game in Foxborough. They were given no chance against the Chargers but came out with a purpose. Whether it was the travel, the weather or not being prepared, Los Angeles was not ready for what they ran into. The Patriots […] The post 3 reasons the New England Patriots will beat the Kansas City Chiefs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Turf Show Times

Rams-Cowboys divisional playoffs: Overreaction Monday

It would seem that all the Rams needed to stop the run was some good old fashioned disrespect. There was a lot of prognosticating last week before the Los Angeles Rams-Dallas Cowboys playoff game, per usual. The consensus was that the Achilles heel for the Rams was going to be their weak run defense. Whoops! ESPN’s Booger McFarland received the most dunks from Rams Twitter as he also called out the Rams’ offensive line. And he wasn’t out of left field. If you had to zero in on a weakness, the disappointing play of DT Ndamukong Suh isn’t a reach. Gotta love the @RamsNFL...

Silver And Black Pride

With worst case scenario for AFC Championship, which team do you most want to lose?

We know this one won’t be about which team you like the best but which you hate the least. We all knew going into this year’s playoffs who the last two teams Raiders fans wanted to see in the AFC Championship were. Unfortunately those two teams were the top seeds and played like it in the Divisional round. The Chiefs blew out the Colts 31-13 and the Patriots outclassed the Chargers 41-28 in a game that was not nearly that close. Now the two teams, both considerably hated by Raiders fans — the Chiefs for being a long bitter rival and the Patriots for the notorious Tuck Rule game, all...

ClutchPoints

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn says LA can grow from Patriots butt kicking

The Los Angeles Chargers lost to the New England Patriots by a score of 41-28 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs on Sunday afternoon, but the score actually made the game look closer than it actually was. By halftime, the Patriots led 35-7, and they then extended their lead to 38-3 in the third […] The post Chargers coach Anthony Lynn says LA can grow from Patriots butt kicking appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Bleeding Green Nation

7 final thoughts on the Eagles’ playoff loss to the Saints

What we learned. The Philadelphia Eagles were defeated by the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round of the 2019 NFL Playoffs on Sunday, 20 to 14. Here are some final thoughts on the final game of the season. 1 - There should be no head-hanging Make no mistake: the Eagles squandered a big opportunity on Sunday. After jumping out to a 14-0 lead, Philly had a real chance to be the first time to ever defeat Sean Payton and Drew Brees in a playoff game at the Superdome. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t meant to be. The offense ran dry. Injuries started to pile up at an abnormal rate....

Revenge of the Birds

2019 NFL Draft order: Arizona Cardinals have first pick, Oakland Raiders control the first round

The Arizona Cardinals may have the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but the Oakland Raiders will really be the team that defines and controls the first round. With three first round picks, which we know where they all fall at this point, the Raiders can call their shots. Here is what the draft order looks like after the divisional round of the playoffs. Updated 2019 NFL Draft order: 1. Arizona Cardinals 2. San Francisco 49ers 3. New York Jets 4. Oakland Raiders 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6. New York Giants 7. Jacksonville Jaguars 8. Detroit Lions 9. Buffalo Bills 10. Denver Broncos 11....

NESN Football Now: Patriots vs. Chargers Playoffs Preview

NESN Football Now presented by Mimecast with NESN.com's Courtney Cox previews the New England Patriots' showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC divisional playoffs. For more: http://www.nesn.com/patriots/

David Andrews Patriots vs. Chargers NFL Divisional Playoffs Thursday Press Conference

The New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC divisional round on Sunday. Tight end Rob Gronkowski addressed the media on Thursday. For more: http://www.nesn.com/patriots/

Rob Gronkowski Patriots vs. Chargers NFL Divisional Playoffs Thursday Press Conference

The New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC divisional round on Sunday. Tight end Rob Gronkowski addressed the media on Thursday. For more: http://www.nesn.com/patriots/