NFL-Sunday Showdowns-Big Name QBs on Big Stage”
So many storylines to talk about going towards Sunday’s showdown games in the NFL, the AFC-and-NFC championship games.
The matchups of great quarterbacks….Drew Brees-vs-Jared Goff or Tom Brady-vs-Patrick Mahomes.
Or maybe the brilliance of the coaches, Bill Belicheck’s history, Sean Payton fire, Sean McVay’s elevation to greatness, or the creative genius of Andy Reid.
Or maybe home field advantage is part of this, 15-to-19 degree winter weather at Arrowhead Stadium, and hostile environment of all those ‘Who Dat’ Saints fans at the Superdome.
There are no surprise teams playing Sunday, no ‘Cindarellas’, no ‘wanna-bees’just teams that won their division and bombed their way into this post season. The collective record of these Final 4-teams…(53-16) with quarterbacks that rewrote the record book Sunday-to-Sunday.
The Saints-Rams game matches the future Hall of Famer-Brees, vs the rising in the ranks youngster in Jared Goff. Both flanked with tremendous skill people, Brees throwing to 125-catch wideout Michael Thomas, and running and dumping passes to his backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.
The Rams with the dynamics of Todd Gurley, the heavy duty toughness of CJ Anderson at running back, and the big play abilities on receivers Robert Woods-Branden Cooks.
The Saints have a strong defensive front. The Rams defense has not been the quality you would expect for the paychecks they are getting.
Brees will throw the ball down the field and make the Rams run sideline to sideline in coverage. Watch to see if New Orleans can bracket Todd Gurley and make Goff live or die off his passing game, in the bedlam at the Dome.
So many questions about the game at Arrowhead Stadium. A Patriots team that has not played well on the road this year, and in fact, has not played well in the playoffs on the road in hostile stadium in recent seasons.. Welcome to brutal cold weather football too.
Belicheck’s defense will try to confuse Mahomes with formations, and will blitz him, like they did Philip Rivers last Sunday. Rivers was (5-17) throwing the ball in one stretch a week ago as the Pats built a (41-14) lead.
If this were not frigid weather, it would be interesting to see how the Pats would hold up against the KC firepower. But wind, cold and footing play into this, as well as the smartest man in football, Belicheck and his defensive schemes. As I like to say about Mahomes and his presnap reads…’do you believe what you see’
The Chiefs may have Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and others to throw to, but they don’t have the experience that Tom Brady has.
And Brady will be going after the 31st ranked defense in the league, and you ask how, and who, KC has to defend the likes of Gronkowski, Edelman, Hogan, Patterson, Sonny Michel and James White.
Now if there’s wind on top of the bitter cold, maybe it becomes more of a defensive game..
Who’s going to win. I’ll take Brees and all this history. Despite Brady’s (28-10) post season record, because this is Arrowhead, and it’s Reid’s video game offense, even with the kid Mahomes at quarterback, I’ll be picking the Chiefs.
Going to be loud, going to be cold, going to be fun come Sunday.
The Final 4-got the best 4-in the postseason.,