2018 Divisional Discussion Thread
Here's the open thread for discussing all of this weekend's divisional-round action. On Saturday, we've got Atlanta at Philadelphia followed by Tennessee at New England. On Sunday, we start with Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, then New Orleans at Minnesota.
389 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2018, 11:07am
#285 by Bright Blue Shorts // Jan 14, 2018 - 5:51pm
Who are the current holders of that title?
I guess it's Dilfer-Collins from XXV followed by Flacco-Kaepernick followed by Plunkett-Jaworski.
After that, I there's pretty much a HoF QB on at least one of the offenses.
#293 by Mountain Time … // Jan 14, 2018 - 6:11pm
Kaepernick was in the top 3 QBs for DVOA that year, and Flacco was 17th. One elite QB, one just slightly below average. No one's calling them HoFers, but it was hardly a weak matchup. Kaep had the best DVOA of anyone not named Brady or Manning
#276 by Athelas // Jan 14, 2018 - 5:20pm
This was a funny way of describing Tomlin, et al:
Scott Lemieux @LemieuxLGM
Tomlin is a top 5 NFL coach for sure, but...that game looked like the Steelers coaching staff went to a breakfast with bottomless Bloody Marys at 6AM and were determined to get their money's worth.
1:44 PM - 14 Jan 2018
#297 by Cythammer // Jan 14, 2018 - 6:27pm
Yeah, he was great on the first drive and in the fourth quarter, but everyone is forgetting what happened in between. Also I think most NFL commenters can't comprehend the idea of a team scoring 45 without their QB playing incredibly, so Bortles just automatically gets tons of credit for that big point total.
#305 by Hextall_27 // Jan 14, 2018 - 6:48pm
The big thing he did is that he DID NOT give Pittsburgh an 18 yard TD drive with a pick.
That was the difference. He had a few nice runs and he made a few really big throws early and late.
Peyton Manning was not great in his last Super Bowl but he made less mistakes than The LVP of Super Bowl L.
#333 by RickD // Jan 14, 2018 - 8:04pm
OK, "by far" was too strong. I was thinking of the AFC games. Pats game wasn't close and I have no idea what happened in Pittsburgh, but that wasn't good football. The Eagles/Falcons game was close but for some reason it didn't inspire me. To be at the same level as this one, they needed the Falcons to score a TD with a minute left, and then the Eagles would have had a minute to get the lead back...
The ending today was written better. :)
#353 by Aaron Brooks G… // Jan 14, 2018 - 8:18pm
Watch the replay. He was early. If he hit him, it was DPI, which I'm sure is what he was thinking.
In retrospect, yeah, he'd be better just decking him. But how heads-up was it of Diggs to see no one downfield and stay inbounds?
#358 by Mountain Time … // Jan 14, 2018 - 8:26pm
Remember, as of a few years ago, around 2/3 of NFL players are high on opiate pain pills every game. That's a double edged sword, it can help enhance performance, and it can take performance away.
Do I have any evidence to point to suggesting that's a factor? Not really, but any time I see a professional athlete whiff like that, I do wonder.
#355 by Anger...rising // Jan 14, 2018 - 8:22pm
Okay, so Williams clearly realized he was going to hit Diggs too early and ducked out of the way to avoid the spot foul and field goal try. Probably should've just blown him up and hoped for the Mike Pereira "interference isn't interference if you wait until the ball is almost to the receiver" interpretation from before the punt block.
#383 by RickD // Jan 15, 2018 - 12:29am
Pats are #1 in weighted DVOA. Have same record and better point differential than Vikings.
Not seeing the basis for "better team all season".
Pats are favored by 9 over Jax. If they make the Super Bowl they'll surely be favored by Vegas.
#378 by Will Allen // Jan 14, 2018 - 11:49pm
Well, it was just a bit more than 42 years ago that I was about 100 yards away from Drew Pearson making a great hidden push off on Nate Wright, as Krause was just a split second late in giving help, after Vikings dt Doug Sutherland, executing a great bull rush, was flat out tackled by the Cowboys guard. I was a kid, and didn't anticipate all the brutal playoff losses to come, so I thought that as bad as it could be. HA!
Yeah, this one makes up for '75, especially since that one was a divisional game as well. Still have some miles to go, but that was fun to watch.
#379 by Steve B // Jan 14, 2018 - 11:51pm
Looking ahead -
AFCCG: zzzzzzz. I'll bet there's CBS execs on suicide watch right now. How many people outside of NE and N. Fla are going to watch this one? Anyway, NE cruises past Jax and their overrated defense to another SB.
NFCCG: Nick Foles vs. Case Keenum. Just like everyone predicted, right? Defense should be the bigger story. I'll say Minny by a FG.