NFL Week 7: Picks and preview

Posted 2 days ago | By Chris Mueller

Week 7 of the NFL season marks the debut of Le’Veon Bell in Kansas City, and brings the league one week closer to Antonio Brown’s reinstatement, an event that already has potential suitors lining up. The Cardinals, fresh off a drubbing of the Cowboys, get a chance to show that they’re for real in the NFC West when they take on unbeaten Seattle, while the Patriots try to even their record at 3-3 and build momentum after an uneven start that has them looking up at the majority of the AFC. Tom Brady gets a Monday night showdown with Jon Gruden, while the Steelers and Titans meet in a battle of unbeatens, with the victor gaining the inside track to the AFC’s number one seed. All members of the NFC East are also playing games this week, too, but wouldn’t it just be best if we tried to avoid that fact altogether?

(BYE: Indianapolis, Miami, Minnesota, Baltimore)

Point spreads are from BetOnline.ag, and are current as of 11 a.m. ET Thursday.

NOTE: Pick with spread is in bold. 

Last Week: 6-8    Season: 46-44-11 of 14

NY GIANTS (1-5) AT PHILADELPHIA (1-4-1) (Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET)

NY GIANTS (1-5) AT PHILADELPHIA (1-4-1) (Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET)
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TV: NFL NETWORK        Line: Philadelphia -4.5


What you need to know:  There isn’t much to say about the Giants, who got their first win of the season last week against Washington. The offense is still anemic, but if you’re a glass-half-full type, it is worth noting that the defense is playing well of late, particularly against the run; three of the Giants’ last four opponents have failed to crack 100 yards on the ground. The Eagles gave a good accounting of themselves against Baltimore, very nearly pulling off a stunning comeback after falling behind 17-0, but they didn’t, and now find themselves at 1-4-1 on the year. Incredibly enough, that’s good for second in the NFC East, and well within striking distance of the Cowboys. Now that Dak Prescott is out, the Eagles ought to win the division, but for that to happen, Carson Wentz has to re-establish himself as one of the league’s better quarterbacks.

On the spot: Giants TE Evan Engram . Engram has caught just 57 percent of his targets this year, and has yet to catch a touchdown. That’s not good enough for someone thought to be one of Daniel Jones‘ most dynamic targets.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz: Wentz wasn’t great against the Ravens, but overall he played by far his cleanest game of the year. For the Eagles to turn their season around, Wentz has to find a way to bring his “A” game every week.

The pick: Eagles 27, Giants 16

DETROIT (2-3) AT ATLANTA (1-5) (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)

DETROIT (2-3) AT ATLANTA (1-5) (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
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TV: FOX        Line: Atlanta -1


What you need to know:  The Lions are lingering around the edges of the NFC playoff picture, and a win in this game would put them in good position to challenge for a wild card spot, with over half the season remaining. Detroit’s problem, in a word, is consistency. The Lions look great to start games, but can’t finish; even individual players have it happen. D’Andre Swift, who went over 100 yards last week, dropped a sure touchdown pass that cost Detroit a win in Week 1. Matt Patricia needs to find a way to bring out the best in his team week after week, or else it will be a typical lost season for the Lions. Atlanta might not be quite as bad as their record suggests, but they are still massively deficient on the defensive side. The Falcons are particularly bad against the pass, which means that this game could also feature a Matthew Stafford breakout. Atlanta already doesn’t have much to play for this season, barring a sudden dramatic turnaround at the top of the NFC South, 

On the spot:  Lions RB D’Andre Swift. Swift reached 100 yards last week in minimal action, but Atlanta is strong against the run. Swift is starting to siphon carries away from Adrian Peterson, and if he plays well again, could start to put a tight grip on the starting running back gig.

Falcons RB Todd GurleyGurley has looked solid, if unspectacular, this season. He’s coming off his worst game of the year, however, and if the Falcons are going to make some sort of midseason push to respectability, he needs to be at the forefront.

The pick: Lions 34, Falcons 31

CLEVELAND (4-2) AT CINCINNATI (1-4-1) (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)

CLEVELAND (4-2) AT CINCINNATI (1-4-1) (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
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TV: CBS        Line: Cleveland -3.5


What you need to know:  Baker Mayfield hasn’t been good, despite Cleveland’s 4-2 record. He was wretched against the Steelers, staring down Austin Hooper on what turned into a Minkah Fitzpatrick pick-six, and never looking comfortable in the pocket. At some point, and probably soon, Mayfield has to start playing better or Cleveland is going to have to confront the fact that their search for a franchise quarterback is ongoing. If Mayfield’s play is worse than his team’s record, there is an argument to be made that Joe Burrow is performing better than Cincy’s 1-4-1 mark indicates. Burrow’s numbers aren’t great, and he hasn’t thrown a touchdown in his last two games, but he’s hanging tough despite taking plenty of hits, and still completing his fair share of passes down the field. Cincinnati isn’t a good team, but the early returns on Burrow are more encouraging than not. 

On the spot: Browns QB Baker Mayfield. Mayfield’s game against the Steelers was Pro Football Focus’ third-lowest-graded performance by a quarterback this season. He has been totally ineffective in traditional drop-back settings, and if he doesn’t turn things around fast, will deserve to be benched.

Bengals FS Jessie Bates IIIBates has an interception and is allowing just a 30.8 passer rating when targeted this year. If Cincy is going to spring an upset, they could use a splash play or two against a quarterback prone to giveaways.

The pick: Browns 31, Bengals 23

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RB Le’Veon Bell signing with Kansas City Chiefs

By Zac Wassink | Last updated 10/15/20

Veteran running back Le’Veon Bell didn’t remain available for long. 

Two days after the winless New York Jets announced that they were parting ways with the three-time Pro Bowler, Bell told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler (h/t Adam Teicher) that he’s signing with the 4-1 Kansas City Chiefs. 

The defending Super Bowl champions fell to the Las Vegas Raiders last Sunday for their first loss of the year. Kansas City is averaging 119.4 rushing yards per contest.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter added Bell’s contract is a one-year deal. 

Bell, 28, averaged a career-worst 3.2 yards per carry in 15 games with the Jets last year after he sat out the 2018 season following a contract dispute with the Steelers. He now joins a backfield that features rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire as its top ball-carrier. Edwards-Helaire rushed for 138 yards and a score in a season-opening win over the Houston Texans but hasn’t hit the 100-yard mark or found the end zone since. 

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Watch: Texans’ David Johnson scores first TD of the NFL season

Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Vincent Frank | Last updated 9/10/20

The action was pretty lit during the early stages of the NFL season opener between the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans.

After an interesting pregame scene at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, the Chiefs seemed like they had scored in their first possession. That’s when the call on the field was overturned on a would-be Patrick Mahomes touchdown pass. After a sack, the Chiefs were forced to punt.

Then, in their second possession of the season, the Texans drove down the field 80 yards on nine plays. It was capped off by a 19-yard touchdown run from new Texans running back David Johnson.

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Patrick Mahomes sets his sights on catching Tom Brady in Super Bowl victories

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes knows where he’ll be for quite a while after signing a 10-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. He also has a rough idea of how many Super Bowl rings he wants to win.

In a “SportsCenter” interview on Friday, Mahomes told ESPN’s Nicole Briscoe that Tom Brady’s six Super Bowl victories makes for a nice target to pursue.

“I don’t know if there’s a number,” Mahomes said. “I mean obviously you try to chase greatness, and Tom’s got six, so I’m going to try to do whatever I can to at least get to that number.

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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Grey Papke | Last updated 7/11/20

Patrick Mahomes open to taking hometown discount with Chiefs?

Patrick Mahomes is eligible for a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason, and the assumption is that he will become the highest-paid player in NFL history. While that will likely happen, it does not sound like he wants to put the Chiefs in salary cap prison.

Matt Verderame of Fansided spoke with Mahomes’ agent, Leigh Steinberg, about the Super Bowl MVP’s contract situation. Steinberg mentioned that he wants to get Mahomes the contract he deserves while allowing the Chiefs to field a competitive roster around the quarterback. As Steinberg put it, “Quarterback greatness is judged by Super Bowls.”

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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports By Steve DelVecchio | Last updated 2/27/20

5 biggest reasons the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl 54

The Kansas City Chiefs cemented their status as comeback kids by rallying from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV. The game was marked by Patrick Mahomes’ fourth quarter dramatics and a very impressive performance by the Chiefs’ defense.

Here are the five biggest reasons the Chiefs were able to take the title.

1. Comeback experience

It would be very easy for a team to tighten up and fall short down 10 points with less than 10 minutes to go in the Super Bowl. It was advantageous for the Chiefs, however, to have been in this situation in both their previous playoff games. Having fallen behind 24-0 to Houston, and 17-7 to Tennessee, the Chiefs didn’t panic and knew that their quick-strike offense could get them back in front on short notice. They may not have had to come from behind in the fourth quarter yet, but those games prepared them for Sunday.

2. Patrick Mahomes arrives at the right time

At the end of the game, Mahomes made the throws that his 49ers counterpart Jimmy Garoppolo did not. The Chiefs quarterback struggled for much of the game, missing receivers and being pressured by San Francisco’s front four. That changed in the fourth quarter when the Chiefs went to a more up-tempo offense. He made several key throws, and his pass to Sammy Watkins to set up Kansas City’s go-ahead touchdown was clutch. He also made a few key runs to get first downs his team needed. This was far from Mahomes’ best performance, but he showed he has what it takes to step up when his team needed it most.

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Grey Papke | Last updated 2/2/20

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5 reasons 49ers will win Super Bowl LIV

Here are five reasons the 49ers (15-3) will beat the Chiefs (14-4) in Super Bowl LIV (FOX, 6:30 ET).

1. Sherman can shut down Hill’s deep game

In the regular season, Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill averaged 31.4 receiving yards per game on passes 20-plus yards downfield, third among wide receivers. San Francisco’s defense is tailor-made to stop a player like him. The 49ers allowed a league-low 34 passing plays of 20-plus yards in the regular season. That is a testament to their Cover-3 defense and the elite level at which cornerback Richard Sherman executes his role in the scheme. Sherman allowed 0.44 yards per cover snap in the regular season, best among cornerbacks. His positioning on the left side of the defense is the perfect counter to Kansas City, which led the NFL in frequency of 20-plus yard passing plays to the deep right (one every 25 pass attempts).


Why Chiefs will win Super Bowl


2. Favorable matchups for Kittle, RBs
The Chiefs are highly vulnerable to running backs and tight ends. Kansas City allowed the most receiving yards per game to running backs (59.4) and the fifth-most yards per game to tight ends (60.1) in the regular season. Linebacker Damien Wilson ranked 81st of 87 qualifiers at the position (1.47 yards allowed per cover snap). Coming into the Super Bowl, the Chiefs have allowed a tight end to score a touchdown in three consecutive games. This bodes well for a 49ers offense that has the tight end ranked first at his position in yards per route run (George Kittle, 3.1) and the back ranked fourth (Kyle Juszczyk, 2.04).

3. They can shut down tight end Travis Kelce

San Francisco allowed 34.5 receiving yards per game to tight ends during the regular season, best in the NFL. Safeties and linebackers have chipped in excellent coverage to limit the opposition’s safety valves over the middle. Safety Jaquiski Tartt ranked 10th of 65 qualified safeties in yards allowed per cover snap (0.27) during the regular season. Linebackers Dre Greenlaw (0.89) and Fred Warner (1.04) ranked 14th and 22nd, respectively, among 50 qualified linebackers.

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By Michael Nania  |  Last updated 1/30/20

10 Bold Moves That Put 49ers, Chiefs On Road To Super Bowl

The Chiefs-49ers Super Bowl LIV matchup came to be because of several seminal decisions by each conference champion. Kansas City’s ascension came after years on the precipice, and the 49ers completed one of the more remarkable rebuilds in NFL history.

Going into this era-defining matchup, here are five bold moves that shaped each franchise:

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan hoists the George Halas Trophy after defeating the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (15-3)

1. Forming an unusual partnership

In 2017, San Francisco became the first team in nearly 40 years to have back-to-back one-and-done head coaches (Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly). Then the team hired Kyle Shanahan as head coach and shocked the football world by pairing him with stealth GM candidate John Lynch, a Fox TV analyst without personnel experience. Each received a six-year contract. The 49ers went 10-22 from 2017-18 but only started QB Jimmy Garoppolo in eight of those games. (He missed 13 games last season because of a knee injury.) After the lengthy grace period, Shanahan and Lynch have the franchise in its seventh Super Bowl. The 49ers are the first team since the merger to follow four straight double-digit-loss seasons with a Super Bowl berth.

2. Adding foundational piece

The leadup to the 49ers’ Garoppolo acquisition remains a mystery. A trade candidate for much of 2017, the Patriots’ contract-year quarterback may or may not have beenjettisoned against Bill Belichick’s will. Despite the Browns reportedly willing to offer an early-first-round pick for the passer, Belichick instead contacted Shanahan in October 2017 and agreed to take a second-rounder for Tom Brady’s seldom-seen backup. Shanahan was planning a 2018 Kirk Cousins pursuit, as the parties worked together in Washington. Garoppolo’s 5-0 record in 2017 as San Francisco’s starter convinced the 49ers to give him a then-NFL-high $27.5 million-per-year deal – albeit a front-loaded, team-friendly pact. Buoyed by a strong run game and resurgent defense, Garoppolo went 15-3 this season and posted a 102.0 passer rating, well above the league average. 

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Originally posted on Yardbarker | By Sam Robinson  |  Last updated 1/19/20

AFC, NFC Title Game Intriguing Matchups, QB Intel Reports, Winners

No. 6 Tennessee (11-7) at No. 2 Kansas City (13-4), Sun., 3:05 p.m. ET (CBS) 

Most intriguing matchup: In a John Riggins– or John Wick-level zone going into the Titans’ first AFC championship game in 17 years, Derrick Henry encounters a Chiefs team yet to stop him. For all their improvements, the Chiefs’ defense is not on the level of the Titans’ playoff opponents, the Patriots or Ravens. After finishing last in run-defense DVOA in 2017 and ’18, the Chiefs ranked 29th this season. Henry has delivered ruthless consistency against the Chiefs, gaining 191 scrimmage yards on 25 touches in each of his past two opportunities –- in November 2019 and in the Titans’ 2017 wild-card-round upset win. Henry scored twice in a 2016 upset win in Kansas City and has five touchdowns against the Chiefs. Tennessee’s Taylor Lewan- and Rodger Saffold-led offensive line has helped Henry to four of the NFL’s top six rushing performances this season. The Titans’ only victory path is not a secret.

QB intelligence report: Becoming the ninth player to throw five touchdown passes in a playoff game, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes now has eight TD tosses, 894 yards and no interceptions in three postseason contests. Only Mahomes and the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger have quarterbacked teams to AFC championship games in their first two seasons as starters. Mahomes piloted an NFL-playoff-record seven straight touchdown drives Sunday, with the Texans becoming the first team since 1940 to lose a playoff game in which it held a 17-plus-point first-quarter lead. Kansas City’s comeback-turned-blowout showed the margin for error Mahomes creates. This is the optimal modern quarterback. Tennessee QB Ryan Tannehill, whose yards per passing attempt (9.6) total was the fourth most since 1960, faces the NFL’s eighth-ranked pass defense. It slammed the door on a Houston rally. Tannehill, however, did orchestrate a four-play, 61-yard, game-winning drive to beat the Chiefs in November and just navigated two superior defenses to reach this round.

New blueprints coming soon: These franchises’ respective roster constructions raise the stakes. The Chiefs are 2-for-2 in AFC championship game appearances behind Mahomes, but he’s now extension-eligible and will command a market-reshaping contract this offseason. The Chiefs also will have Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones on either a franchise tag or near-Aaron Donald-level extension next season. The forthcoming calculus change will require new Chiefs road maps to championship-caliber rosters. The Titans are ready to pay up to see if Tannehill’s late bloom is legitimate. They also have one of the more unusual extensions to negotiate with Henry -– an old-school back whose skill set differs from the position’s top wage earners –- and also have right tackle Jack Conklin as an impending free agent. These costs amplify the importance of maximizing opportunity when the math is easier.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (left) and tight end Travis Kelce  Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

And the winner is… Kansas City

The Chiefs are 0-3 against the Titans during Henry’s career, and this is the most consistent version of the bludgeoning back. Kansas City is 2-7 in home playoff games since 1995, and  Andy Reid teams are not known for big-stage reliability. But the Mahomes advantage will be too much. The Chiefs’ Legion of Zoom receiving corps, coupled with potential Hall of Fame tight end Travis Kelcerepresents a significantly more difficult matchup for the Titans’ No. 20-ranked DVOA pass defense than the Patriots or Ravens did. More victory avenues exist for the favorite, Henry’s brutal brilliance notwithstanding. The Chiefs will survive another Henry onslaught and book their first Super Bowl berth in 50 years.

In Week 12, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers fumbles as he is sacked by 49ers middle linebacker Fred Warner (54). Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 Green Bay (14-3) at No. 1 San Francisco (14-3), Sun., 6:40 p.m. ET (FOX) 

Most intriguing matchup: San Francisco’s defensive line hounded Aaron Rodgers in Week 12, sacking him five times and holding him to a career-worst 3.15 yards per attempt. Rookie Nick Bosa (1 sack) and the once-underwhelming Arik Armstead  (2 sacks) ignited the 49ers’ 37-8 rout. Dee Ford (7.5 sacks in an injury-prone season) did not play that night; he will Sunday. Green Bay’s offensive line rated 10th in pass protection, per Football Outsiders, and has veteran tackles in David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga. The latter missed most of the Packers’ loss to the 49ers, and Armstead and Bosa dominated backup Alex Light. Even with Bulaga, who will presumably be back from an illness that sidelined him against the Seahawks, the Packers are up against a special defense -– one that will have high-priced linebacker Kwon Alexander back as well.

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By Sam Robinson  |  Last updated 1/12/20

Top Takeaways from Sunday’s Week 17 NFL action

What a crazy end to the NFL regular season on Sunday. It started with the New England Patriots shockingly losing to the Miami Dolphins to give away a first-round bye.

The Philadelphia Eagles earned the NFC East title with a win over the New York Giants later in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, the  San Francisco 49ers  put up one heck of a performance in a dramatic win over the Seahawks in Seattle to earn the NFC West title and home-field advantage in the playoffs.

These are among the top takeaways from Sunday’s Week 17 NFL action.

49ers win game of the decade 

We knew Sunday night’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks was among the biggest of the season. San Francisco would earn the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win. Seattle would claim the NFC West and host Minnesota during the wild-card round.

The game itself was absolutely amazing with Russell Wilson leading Seattle to multiple second-half scoring drives. But in the end, a goal-line stand from the 49ers’ defense ultimately gave Kyle Shanahan and Co. the win.

This has to be considered the game of the decade in what was the final regular-season matchup of the 2010s. And it’s going to have wide-ranging ramifications in the playoffs. Just craziness.

Titans take care of business, will face the Patriots

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It was a simple scenario for Tennessee on Sunday. If the Titans were able to come out on top against a Houston Texans squad that was resting its starters, they would earn the No. 6 seed. Earlier in the day, New England’s loss to Miami guaranteed that any potential wild-card game for the Titans would be against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Riding the brilliant performances of Ryan Tannehill, A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry, Tennessee came out on top by the score of 35-14. It finished the regular season having won seven of Tannehill’s 10 starts and has to be seen as an upset waiting to happen against the defending champs next weekend.

That’s it for Oakland Raiders football

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Jon Gruden and the Raiders needed a whole lot to happen in order to sneak into the playoffs. That included them coming out on top over the Denver Broncos on Sunday. It also included a ton of other scenarios, including the Titans losing and Colts winning.

When it became apparent that neither scenario would play out, the end of Oakland Raiders football as we know it was in the cards. The Raiders lost to Denver by the score of 16-15 to finish their final season in Northern California at 7-9. It’s now on to Las Vegas for Gruden and the Raiders.

Jason Garrett’s tenure seemingly comes to an end

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The Dallas Cowboys needed to take out Washington with the Giants winning against Philadelphia in Jersey Sunday afternoon to earn the NFC East title. Dallas did its job with an 47-16 blowout of the Skins. Unfortunately, Dallas saw Philadelphia take out the Giants at about the same time.

The end result is an 8-8 record and Dallas shockingly missing out on the playoffs. This should pretty much spell the end of Garrett’s tenure in Dallas. His contract has now officially expired with the Cowboys already being linked to multiple big-name candidates to replace Garrett.

Chiefs are hitting their stride

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Winners of five consecutive heading into Sunday’s season finale against the last-place Los Angeles Chargers, the Chiefs started out slowly at Arrowhead. That’s until Patrick Mahomes went full Patrick Mahomes and Damien Williams brought the house down with this touchdown run.

When all was said and done, Kansas City came out on top by the score of 31-21 for its sixth consecutive win heading into the playoffs. This win, coupled with New England’s shocking loss to the Dolphins, has the Chiefs as the No. 2 seed in the AFC and enjoying a first-round bye. Watch out Ravens, another team is aiming for you.

No fight in these Panthers

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The decision to fire head coach Ron Rivera after 12 games and nearly a decade in that role has backfired on the Panthers in a big way. They headed into Sunday’s meaningless game against the Saints losers of seven consecutive games. Most of those losses displayed a declawed Panthers squad that showed no fight.

That was once again the case at home against New Orleans. Carolina fell by the score of 42-10, embarrassing itself in the process. Regardless of what the future might hold at quarterback and head coach in Carolina, the ending of this season was an unmitigated disaster for the Panthers. Sunday’s blowout loss added another layer to this.

Patriots stumble into the playoffs

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Shocking. That has to be the best way to describe New England’s home loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. A win at Gillette Stadium would have given New England a first-round bye for the ninth consecutive season.

Instead, Tom Brady and Co. put up a dud of a performance in a 27-24 loss to the Dolphins (5-11). By virtue of this defeat and the Chiefs’ win in Kansas City, New England will be playing wild-card weekend for the first time since all the way back in 2010. It has to be a sickening feeling for Bill Belichick and his team. Just brutal.

Packers survive Lions

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There’s no world in which Green Bay’s 23-20 win over the last-place Detroit Lions on Sunday can be seen as a good thing. By virtue of the victory, Aaron Rodgers and Co. earned a first-round bye.

Even then, a game-ending field goal from Mason Crosby to clinch Green Bay’s 13th win of the season was not great. Sure the Pack will host a divisional round game against one of four teams playing on wild-card weekend. In no way should the team feel good heading into the playoffs. If you can’t dominate an injury-plagued last-place team, there’s little hope for postseason success. That’s the harsh reality of the situation.

That’s it for Freddie Kitchens

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Reports indicated earlier on Sunday that the Browns were vetting potential replacements for first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens. Cleveland entered Week 17 with a 6-9 record and taking on a one-win Bengals team.

What we saw transpire in Cincinnati put an end to Kitchens’ short tenure with the Browns. Cleveland fell in embarrassing fashion by the score of 33-23. It was yet another mistake-prone performance from the squad, and it led to Kitchens getting his walking papers on the eve of Black Monday. Back to the drawing board for the long-downtrodden Browns.

Eagles overcome injuries, win NFC East

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The Philadelphia Eagles entered Sunday’s game against the Giants with an opportunity to win the NFC East. It did not start out swimmingly with star offensive players Brandon Brooks and Miles Sanders joining a plethora of other Eagles players on the sideline due to injury.

Despite that, Doug Pederson and Co. were able to will their way to a hard-fought win and the division title with a 34-17 victory. It really is a testament to the job Pederson has done this season. And regardless if the season ends at home next weekend against the Seahawks, it will be seen as a success in Philly.

NFL Playoff field set 

The 49ers, Packers, Ravens and Chiefs will be watching next weekend to see who they take on in the divisional round. Meanwhile, eight teams will take the field for what promises to be a fun weekend of postseason action.

In the AFC, the Tennessee Titans will travel to New England to take on the defending champion Patriots. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills will be taking on the Texans in Houston.

The NFC is even crazier with the Minnesota Vikings heading to New Orleans to take on the Saints and the Seahawks traveling to Philadelphia to play the Eagles. Get your popcorn ready, this should be a blast.

By: Originally posted on Sportsnaut  |  By Vincent Frank  |  Last updated 12/30/19

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