NFL Playoffs Power Rankings: Top seeds get their first tests

After a wild-card round that saw the division champions from both the AFC and NFC West lose, the top two seeds in each conference enter the fray this week.

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The AFC playoffs may not be bad enough to allow Miami to sneak in, but this was an incredibly fun performance by Adam Gase’s team across the board. They have thrilling players at some of the league’s most watchable positions—wide receiver, pass rusher, cornerback—and almost nothing to show for it. That changed with an energized performance from Jay Cutler, who tossed three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 112.1 passer rating. When he isn’t pressured and playing free, Cutler can command a game like few quarterbacks of his time. Watching him on the sideline smiling and fist-bumping a few teammates showed him at his casual best. It makes us wonder what a soon-to-be 35-year-old gunslinger is planning to do next year.

There are eight new teams in this year’s playoff field — Eagles, Vikings, Rams, Saints and Panthers in the NFC, and Jaguars, Titans and Bills in the AFC. That’s tied for the most in a season (2003) since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990. Since 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

Although Newton and Atlanta QB Matt Ryan have learned what it was like to play in a Super Bowl, Brees is the only QB in the field adorned with a Super Bowl ring, and with a Super Bowl MVP performance to his name.

The fourth-seeded Saints, unlike the No. 6-seed Falcons against the No. 1-seed Eagles on Saturday, are not favored as they travel to the No. 2-seed Vikings next Sunday. That’s partly because Minnesota will be hosting a New Orleans team it beat 29-19 in Week 1.

But that was when the Saints were trying to force former Vikings star Adrian Peterson into their rushing offense. It was also when Sam Bradford, not Case Keenum, was at QB for Minnesota vs. Brees, and when rookie Dalvin Cook was healthy and leading the backfield.patriots_093_d3ab648e5c36960a-180x180

NFL playoffs 2018: Conference championship odds, point spreads

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.

Ravens’ rookie Marlon Humphrey snuck onto Alabama sideline for CFP Championship

While some purchased tickets to the College Football Playoff championship game, or received them as gifts in videos which went viral, former Alabama cornerback, Marlon Humphrey, finessed his way onto the Alabama sideline.

It won’t go in the box score, but we can probably go ahead and credit him with his first career rushing touchdown on this one. He earned it.

Rich Hansen likes to tell the story of when the Marauders won the state championship Minkah’s senior year. Hansen called the next morning to congratulate his star. Minkah couldn’t talk. He was in the middle of a workout.

But then I thought, I don’t hate Smith starting for one week Sunday in the Black Hole in Oakland. Webb has been practicing solely as the scout team quarterback this year, mimicking what the opposing quarterback will do against the Giants defense. Presumably, either this week or next, Webb will start practicing with the Giants’ first and second offense.

I’m sure Bill knows this is his last chance to be the Giants coach, the source said Friday. Bill sees an opening an opening to get to the Giants.

Since Belichick is still under contract, Kraft may demand draft picks in return for letting him go. The New York Daily News notes Giants co-owner John Mara has a close relationship with Kraft, so a deal that doesn’t include the Giants’ 2018 first-round pick – with which they’ll likely select a quarterback – should be feasible.

The Daily News’ source also believes Belichick and new Giants GM Dave Gettleman would be compatible from football/personality perspective.

Case Keenum stepped in for Bradford and has had an MVP-type season. Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is turning into a star with 91 catches for 1,276 yards and running back Latavius Murray started to come on over the last month of the regular season.

The Vikings don’t quite have the offensive weapons the Saints do in quarterback Drew Brees, receiver Michael Thomas and running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, but Minnesota does have the NFL’s best defense and that might be the difference on Sunday.

Saints DT Tony McDaniel was told his wife was in labor mid-game, but it turned out to be the stomach flu

Erin Andrews delivered arguably the best sideline report that we’ve ever gotten during an NFL postseason game.

As opposed to the typical things that you might hear on what a coach wants to do in one of the three phases of the game, we learned that Tony McDaniel’s wife went into labor. Sean Payton specifically wanted to know what Andrews thought on whether or not to tell him:

Kamara’s life is structured. He sticks to the same regimen every weekend. “There’s no exceptions,” he says, noting that he is a bit OCD as he gets up to sweep a speck of dust that he spotted in his immaculately clean kitchen and then rearrange the slightly askew pillows on his couch. “The angles and s— is very particular in here,” he says.

His routine is long and exacting. The highlights: He has two chocolate chip cookies on Saturday night, but throws away the last bite of the first one. He sleeps on the bed furthest from the door in his hotel room and places his shoes on the very bottom of the other bed, so he can’t see them when he lies down. He balls up his schedule before he leaves his hotel room on Sunday morning and shoots it into the trashcan. Then he takes a cup, not a bowl, and places two spoonfuls of oatmeal and a touch of brown sugar into it and eats it all; then he pours a glass of water and drinks only some.

All of that has allowed Kamara to remain himself in the midst of sudden fame. He knows who he is and is comfortable being that person, refusing to conform to someone else’s vision of what a star football player should be. He is an eccentric, a bit odd and unconventional, and he hasn’t changed, even when everything else around him has.

An offensive pass interference penalty by Kelvin Benjamin on first down set the Bills back to the 11-yard line.

Taylor then threw incomplete passes on second and third down, lining up Steven Hauschka for a 31-yard field goal, which he made to put the first points of the game on the board:

The drive — which took 8:06 of game time — was the longest allowed by the Jaguars in terms of time all season. It went for 18 plays and 71 yards — and the Jaguars were still able to hold them to a field goal after appearing to shoot themselves in the foot.

Even as he learned, Burns found himself lonely. His mother had died of a heart attack six months earlier; his father was in prison on a 25-year cocaine-trafficking conviction. Artie vowed to take care of his two teenage brothers, 16-year-old Thomas and 13-year-old Jordan, but he had to leave them with relatives back in the Liberty City section of Miami, settling for FaceTime check-ins every night.

Darnold will be a polarizing prospect in the upcoming draft. At 6’4 and 220 pounds, he has ideal size for an NFL quarterback and is a great improviser, making impressive throws on the scramble. But his sample size is relatively small, and he’s prone to back-breaking mistakes in crucial situations. Still, he’ll likely test well at the NFL Combine and figures to be one of the first quarterbacks off the board when all is said and done.giants_133

Tom Bissett knows the history. He experienced most of it.

As a kid he cheered for the Seattle Totems, former members of the defunct pro Western Hockey League. Once, when Houston was in town, a youth coach got his team into the visiting locker room. “I remember backing up, stepping on somebody’s foot and I got kicked right in the fanny,” Bissett says. “I turned around and Gordie Howe was smiling at me. But I did get his autograph.”

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The Falcons advanced to the NFC Championship Game against the San 49ers and even jumped out to a 17 lead, only to fall 28.Only one year of starting experience.But what’s most important for Milliner is that he’s healthy and able to do much of anything.instead of 6, who cares?

For five seasons, Ohtani called Sapporo home, playing for the Nippon Ham Fighters. He intends to be a starting pitcher and everyday hitter with the Angels.

The Angels plan to use Ohtani as a hitter and a pitcher, and the 23-year-old player said Monday he is confident he can succeed in both in a more challenging environment.

Since joining the Angels this month, it was revealed that Ohtani injured the elbow of his pitching arm at the end of this past season. A leaked medical report sent to all MLB clubs showed a Grade 1 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament and he received a platelet-rich-plasma injection in October.

But the injury is not considered serious and Japanese media reports last week showed Ohtani taking batting practice and throwing long toss.

The Angels have said they are not concerned and expect Ohtani to be ready for spring training.

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I may do that soon, but I haven’t yet. And I’m not going to discuss my preferred candidates.

Asked if he had changed his stance stated on Dec. 9 that he had no endorsement or preferred candidate, Gulati said: “I haven’t endorsed anybody.

“In this case at this particular dinner,” Gulati continued, “I was the invited guest. Kathy has asked me a couple times to introduce her to the New York association folks. When I got invited to the dinner, I told them we might have a surprise guest. Kathy came to part of the dinner, and actually Don stopped by as well. I’d mentioned to him if he wanted to come by for a drink [he should], and he’s done that in the past at some of these dinners as well. So I may choose to endorse someone in the near future, but I haven’t yet.”

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16. Of course, you find a lot of players with great stories here, one of whom is Jaylen Morris, a product of Division II Molloy College (nope, you didn’t know it was on Long Island). He’s been productive for the Erie BayHawks this season and had a good showing on Wednesday, finishing with 15 points and six rebounds and as a plus-9 in a six-point loss. He’s skinny but quick off the floor, a solid rebounder and tough competitor. He’s a deep, deep sleeper. And hey, the Hawks do have an open two-way spot…

18. The G-League itself is an extremely useful context for scouting, particularly when immersed in daily nine-hour slates of games. Watching these games and then visualizing college players in this context—particularly from an athletic standpoint—can really be enlightening.

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Osinuga: “Yeah, but, I don’t think he meant to lead with his head.”

As Osingua and his friends, Adolphus Calle and Kam Stubbs, pick at tailgate fare on a paper plate covered by aluminum foil in the trunk of their car, they circle the debate around football’s battle on the player safety front.

“I mean, everyone is more conscious of what happens to the body and I think people are trying to be more aware of the damage that can be done to the head. But it’s football, man, you know what you’re into,” Stubbs says. “You want to [put it all out there] because you come to win. Unfortunately, they’re not out there just playing to play. They’re playing to win and that passion sometimes, that raw emotion gets mixed and it becomes that gladiator sport.”

Calle: “My argument is rugby. Rugby is almost a similar game with no pads and no helmets. They know how to tackle, basically just like Juju [Smith-Schuster on the Vontaze Burfict hit]. But these guys, when they get their helmets on, they just go straight for the kill.”

Stubbs: “I think he did . . . I played sports and in the moment . . . when my team is down, I’m trying to make that play. Brother, I don’t give a f— what the rules are. I’m trying to get my team to rally around me. I’m gonna smash the s—- out of you. I’m going to try and hurt you.”

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The only question that remains for the Browns: Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold or Josh Allen?

Kizer has the arm and athleticism to become something special at some point down the line, but Jackson hasn’t showed the required patience to actually develop him. Jackson’s lack of faith in Kizer has been disturbing to the point of forcing him into regression.

Regardless if Jackson remains the coach, the Browns should have plenty of evidence to know they need a more polished, pro-style prospect. They’ve proved incapable of finding the next Dak Prescott or Russell Wilson, whether it’s been Kizer or Cody Kessler on Day 2 or Johnny Manziel late in Day 1. So the next QB must come high in Round 1, a la Wentz, Trubisky or Jared Goff.

Rosen said he’d rather stay one more season at UCLA than be drafted by the Browns. Darnold, after a shaky season at USC, doesn’t inspire much confidence as a top option. Allen capped his career at Wyoming already with a perfect audition for scouts in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Allen looks most like what they would have gotten in Wentz: a big, strong, mobile gunslinger who was unheralded out west vs. Pac-12 brethren — a la Wentz vs. Goff. Allen is used to playing in some tricky weather and is mentally and physically tough. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that he’s already used to wearing brown.

After spending nearly the entire 2016 on the Injured Reserve, Heeney have some work to do next order to win back the hearts of Raider Nation, especially if the Patriots win the Super Bowl.became the pitcher he was supposed to be, said Hernandez.I have to admit that I had never heard of Sheen before today.I enjoy it when he’s bottom of the list.It was an up-and-down ride with him initially ?but he’s really been a pleasant surprise, Christensen said.

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A mix of younger players and veterans is working quite nicely for the streaking Minnesota Timberwolves.

Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and Minnesota started fast and held off the struggling Los Angeles Lakers 114-96 on Monday night.

Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his 30th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota win for the seventh time in eight games and 10th in 13.

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We thought it was a pretty good play, Thielen said.

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I felt like I came out really well.Out of all the playoff bound teams, there aren’t many that need help at the center position enough to be interested Sanders.That should make you proud to be a Colts fan and very happy about the atmosphere of the locker room, with these guys leading it.The had seven plays of at least 18 yards, averaging 17 yards per catch.What we end up with the NFL is a room full of 65 of the most athletic, driven, and-let’s face it-reckless men the country.Detroit Board of Education -, the 1977 decision that authorized agency-fee arrangements for public-employee unions.Simply put, Green Bay needs to improve its pass defense, and the way to start moving that direction is to replace Jennings with Richardson at safety.Rondon has since become one of the best relievers the National League, despite losing his closing role to Aroldis Chapman during the Cubs World Series run last .And if that is going to be the case, Dotson doesn’t want the final impression of his group to be the Green Bay game, which was perhaps the team’s least successful effort up front.

Leonard, widely viewed as one of the NBA’s best all-around players, missed the first 27 games with a quadriceps injury. The Spurs nonetheless survived his absence, in part because of the strong play of veteran forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who poured in 29 points Tuesday and leads the team with averages of 22 points and 8.4 rebounds a game.

Tuesday’s victory, San Antonio’s fourth in five games and seventh in nine, was also the 1,176th in the career of coach Gregg Popovich, giving him sole possession of fifth place on the NBA’s all-time list. Popovich, whose .694 winning percentage is fourth-best among coaches with at least 250 games, broke a tie with George Karl.

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The 6-1, 305-pound Casey became a pescetarian this year and cut all meat out of his diet.

“Auburn is a great team,” Frost said. “I’m not taking anything away from them. I give them a ton of credit. But these guys deserve everything they get, and they deserve more credit from the committee than what they got.”

UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton, who combined for more than 350 yards and three touchdowns against Auburn, said, “You can go ahead and cancel the playoffs; I’m not changing my mind.”

Casey said the change invigorated him during a season in which he spearheaded Tennessee’s fourth-ranked run defense (88.8 yards a game) and logged six sacks, which ranks among the league leaders for interior defensive linemen playing in base 3-4 schemes.

There are eight new teams in this year’s playoff field — Eagles, Vikings, Rams, Saints and Panthers in the NFC, and Jaguars, Titans and Bills in the AFC. That’s tied for the most in a season (2003) since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990. Since 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

The Eagles and Jaguars both completed “worst-to-first” turnarounds this season in their respective divisions. Five of the eight division winners (Eagles, Vikings, Rams, Saints and Jaguars) finished in either third or fourth place in their divisions last year.

Devin McCourty was a 2010 draft pick of the Patriots, but remembered those 2009 reports and realized Belichick will never give someone a pass for being late.

“I knew not to come late,” McCourty said Wednesday. “I found a couple nice places that are about 15 or 20 minutes away my rookie year and I was like ‘Nah, I’ll do the three minutes away.’ I think guys know that. You see it. You see that around the league when you’re in college. Your season is usually over by now except for a couple teams so you’re following that. Everyone follows the NFL when you play in college so guys know. You know here is the one place where no matter what time of the year it is, if it’s not going well you’ll get fired. Like I always say, the goal every day is not to get fired. So guys know that.