Tom Brady is no stranger to challenges.
Five quick takes on the NFL conference title games:
1. The coaching matchup in the Patriots-Chiefs game favors Bill Belichick, who is 29-11 in the playoffs while Reid is 12-13. In their only previous playoff meeting in the Super Bowl after the 2004 season, the Eagles were down 10 points in the fourth quarter and didn’t go to the hurry up offense. They scored a touchdown but virtually ran out their own clock and lost by three. This time, though, Reid is favored at home.
Five quick takes looking back on the divisional round of the NFL playoffs:
1. Run the ball and stop the run. It seems so old fashioned in this passing era, but the four winners had a huge edge in rushing yardage. The Rams had a 273-50 margin, New England 155-19, the Chiefs 180-87 and the Saints 137-49.
The Jacksonville Jaguars apparently don’t believe in the saying that if somebody tells you who they are, believe them.
The Jaguars apparently don’t believe that Leonard Fournette is the player who had all sorts of problems in his first two years.
They are apparently convinced they can turn Fournette’s career around when their main focus instead should be finding a new running back to carry the offense while viewing anything they get from Fournette as a bonus.
Tom Coughlin and the team’s top brass had a meeting with Fournette at the end of the year, according to a report by the NFL Network’s Ian Rappoport, to apparently clear the air and move forward.
The Jaguars also appear ready to hire veteran assistant coach Terry Robiskie, who like Fournette is from Lousiana and played at LSU, as their running backs coach to try to connect with him. Still, Robiskie has spent most of his career as a wide receivers coach instead of a running backs coach. Connecting with Fournette will be no easy task.
Five quick takes looking ahead to the NFL divisional playoff round this weekend:
1. The New Orleans Saints have the clearest path to the Super Bowl title. They are an indoor team with home field advantage in the NFC and the Super Bowl will be played indoors in Atlanta. And they beat their first foe, Philadelphia, by a 48-7 margin. But the one thing they have to worry about is the Nick Foles factor. A backup with four playoff wins on his resume as an underdog the last two years, Foles seems to have playoff magic. The Saints want to make sure he doesn’t pull one more rabbit out of the hat.