Underdogs are either 7-1 or 6-2 against the point spread in the 2018 NFL playoffs, depending on what spread bettors got in the Saints-Vikings game. The Patriots were the only favorite to cover handily. They routed the Titans in the AFC divisional round Saturday as a 14-point favorite.
New England, naturally, is a big favorite to beat upstart Jacksonville in the AFC championship game Jan. 21 in Foxborough, Mass. The early lines in Las Vegas on Sunday had the Pats favored by nine over the Jaguars, who upset the Steelers on Sunday in the divisional round. The over-under (total points) was set at 48.
Fournette ran for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns this season and caught 36 passes for 302 yards and a touchdown.
Trying to keep his pro dreams alive, Bryant continued to work out while employed as a personal trainer and helping a friend run the K&C Pawn Shop in Orange, Texas.
The strangest transaction Bryant completed there would even impress Rick Harrison.
One time a guy came in and pawned his gold teeth, Bryant told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in 2004. You don’t want to give him money for the weight of the teeth, so you go in the back and bust up the teeth.
I’m not sure how far they can deviate from McAdoo’s system if they’re sticking with Eli Manning, but they at least have flexibility now. And if they think the history of occasional meltdowns is an issue, a breakup with Beckham might not destroy the foundation of this offense.
Of course, they’re better with Beckham just like any of the 32 teams would be better with Beckham. You could argue that, at the moment, he’s the most desirable non-quarterback in football. Beckham is 25, four years younger than Antonio Brown and nearly four years younger than Julio Jones. He won’t get the biggest contract in the NFL because he doesn’t throw the football, but he should get the biggest ever given to a non-quarterback. It will be a monstrous investment. And, for a team that now seems hyper-sensitive when it comes to locker room chemistry, it might not be an investment they want to make. Unlike a year ago, they now have a choice.
It was the seventh time Whitworth has been to the postseason only to go home after the first game. Entering Saturday he was tied with five other players — Clark Harris, Jason Hanson, Brandon Tate, Pat Swilling, and Domata Peko — with an 0-6 record, but now he’s the only one to ever be 0-7.