The departure of the Packers confirms that the taste no longer makes a difference. Bill announces that he will return for a 24th season with New England. Provided that the property does not decide to change … The suicide of the Texans and Tomlin’s masterpiece
January 10 – Milan
A bad NFL regular season has finally ended, with a very low level of play. And in fact it ended up just like that, with mediocrity reigning supreme. Detroit already eliminated that sends home the Packers, a slew of very modest quarterbacks on the field for worthless games (but that happens every year), the Texans who manage to lose the first pick in the most absurd way. Luckily the playoffs start on Saturday. Let’s hope they give us something better.
But was there really anyone who feared the Packers once they entered the playoffs? Even if they made it, they remained a team that would scare no one. Aaron Rodgers seems to be very close to the end of the line and the match against the Lions also proved it. He may continue to play (he would have 100 million reasons to do so…) but he will no longer make a difference.
How to discard the best game of Mac Jones? Giving away two touchdowns on a kickoff return. Okay, there was something mystical in the air in Buffalo. It had been three years and three months since the Bills couldn’t score like that. Hamlin’s shirt number? You know, the three… Not making the playoffs with one of the best defenses in the league is a crime. Blame Belichick and the amateur staff he assembled. He has already announced that he will also coach next season. the 24th with the Pats, on the other hand -18 from Don Shula’s winning record, it was unthinkable he didn’t do it. Let’s see if the hunt for primacy will continue in Foxboro. In any case he will have to do a good cleanup among the assistants. And with Arizona having fired coach Kliff Kingsbury despite the extension made to sign him 10 months ago, the hypothesis that the former Cards head coach could come to New England as offensive coordinator takes shape. Whether Belichick likes it or not, this time Kraft could dictate it to him…
If you have to fire the head coach, don’t tell him before the last game. This is the only way to explain the self-destructive two-point conversion that allowed Houston to beat Indy and give Chicago the first overall pick for the first time since 1947! On Black Monday Lovie Smith was torpedoed. Maybe we needed a nice certificate of trust on the eve, everyone lies anyway…
We give him our coach of the year award. Pittsburgh was billed as one of the worst teams in the NFL. It has remained out of the playoffs only due to the detached ranking, it has avoided the first season under 50% since Tomlin has been at the helm, it has interesting young players and has laid the foundations to return to the top soon. Very good, not that it’s new. Just below we put Dan Campbell, who has turned the Lions like a sock. The difficult part will come next year, when they will no longer be a surprise and there will be different expectations for them.
The Jaguars were also good: they were 2-6, they closed by winning 7 of the last 9 including the playoff playoff with the Titans. Trevor Lawrence in the second half of the season was one of the best quarterbacks in the league. It’s not a given that they lose to the Chargers in the first game. Los Angeles chose to let the starters play despite knowing that by now the number five seed was in the pocket, and in doing so risks losing Mike Williams.
Brock Purdy’s trial period, let’s call it that, is over. We can officially say that he deserves all the good things said about him at the beginning. The playoffs are another beast, true, but until the denial, he should arrive, he has shown that he can take the Niners away. Who enter the playoffs with 10 straight wins and overtake the Eagles as favorites for the NFC, even as the number two seed.
The Super Bowl of the week
We will talk about the playoffs in detail during the presentation. Now let’s stay with the usual formula: Chiefs in the AFC even more now that they have the bye (by the way, sterile controversies about how the NFL has acted, the perfect formula didn’t exist, they were unique circumstances), Niners instead in the NFC with the Eagles who have found Jalen Hurts but have many injuries and seem a bit down. Ah, we close with a standing ovation for one of the greatest of all time who retires: JJ Watt. A number one on the pitch, but above all off it. There would be many like him.
January 10 – 08:20
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