(NFL) Playoff Matchups
Chargers-Patriots…Philip Rivers-vs-Tom Brady…Rivers (0-7) against Brady in career….Brady is (8-2) against Chargers in career….Chargers are (8-1) on road this year…New England is (8-0) in Foxboro this year….Patriots just (3-5) on road…Patriots played in weak AFC-East…went (6-4) vs rest of schedule….Weather 28-degrees and cloudy at kickoff dropping to 18-degrees by late afternoon with wind.
..Rivers is (0-7)…(10TD-10 Int-16 QB sacks) in those 7-losses…Rivers is (0-2) in playoff games at Foxboro..(0TD-3 Int)..Rivers is (5-5) in career in playoffs..Brady is (8-2) vs Chargers in career (19TD-11Int)..Brady is (27-10) in career in playoffs..Brady is (207-60) in career games..Brady is (134-21) in home games in Foxboro..Brady is (19-3) in playoff games in Foxboro
..Patriots (34-20) in NFL playoff games..Bill Belicheck is (28-11) in playoff games..Belicheck (289-134) career record..Belicheck (143-31) in home games in Foxboro..Belicheck (19-3) in home playoff games in Foxboro..Belicheck is (12-2) in Divisional round games
..Rivers (4308P-34TD-12 Int-33 QB-Sacks) 105R..Melvin Gordon-Austin Ekeler (1,339R)..(89R-894Rec)..Keenan Allen (97R-12YPC)..Mike Williams-Tyrell Williams (15YPC)..Travis Benjamin (15YPC)..Antonio Gates (11YPC)..K-Michael Badgley (32-34FG)..kicked 5FGs last weekend..KR-Desmond King (23KR)…(13PR)..had 33-72 Y returns last week..Chargers Red Zone defense…5th best in NFL
..Brady (4355P-29TD-11 Int-21 QB-Sacks) 97R..RBs-Sonny Michel-James White (1,356R-4.5YPC)..RB-James White (87R-8.7YPC)..RBs (121 Receptions)..WR-Julian Edelman (74R-11YPC)..WR-Chris Hogan (15YPC)..TE-Rob Gronkowski (14YPC)..WR-Cordarelle Patterson (11YPC)..WR-Phil Dorsett (9YPC)..FG-Steven Gostkowski (27-30) this year..WR-Josh Gordon-suspended..was averaging (14.5YPC)
..Chargers Offense (372YPG)…Defense (333YPG)..Chargers Defense 45 QB-sacks…22-takeaways including playoffs..Patriots Offense (393YPG)…Defense (359YPG)P..Patriots Defense (30 QB-sacks…28-takeaways this year)
..Patriots (22-4) in postseason in Foxboro..Patriots (133-24) all time Gillette Stadium..Patriots (24-15-2) all time vs Chargers..Chargers (1-11) all time in Foxboro
Chiefs-Colts…Kansas City coming off bye week…Chiefs have lost 6-straight ‘home playoff games’ in a row…not won postseason game at Arrowhead Stadium since 1993…Colts won 10-of-11 games..Weather calling for snow-cold at Arrowhead this weekend.
..Chiefs #1-NFL Offense (425YPG)..#3-Passing (309YPG)..Chiefs WRs (13YPC)..Chiefs #31-NFL Defense (405YPG)…despite 52-QB sacks-27-Tover..Chiefs #31-Pass Defense (273YPG)..Opp QBs-64%-comp rate
..QB-Patrick Mahomes (5,097P-50TD-12Int-66%)..TE-Travis Kelce (103R-13YPC)..WR-Tyreek Hill (87R-17YPC)..WR-Sammy Watkins (40R-13YPC)..WR-Kelvin Benjamin (15YPC)..RB-Damien Williams (5.1YPC)..Spencer Ware (4.6YPC)
..Colts #6-NFL Offense (386YPG)…#7-Passing (278YPG)..Colts 48% on 3rd down conversion rate..Colts defense #1-scoring defense since week 7..QB-Andrew Luck (4,593-39TD-15 Int)..now has 41TDs year..WR-TY Hilton (16.7YPC)..TE-Eric Ebron (11YPC)..RB-Marlon Mack (975R) ..Colts Defense allows opposing QB-70% completion rate
Rams-Dallas…LA is (7-1) home…Dallas has won 8-of-10 since Amari Cooper trade…Cowboys just (3-5) on road this year…Rams tailed off end of season going (3-2)
..Rams #2-NFL-offense (421YPG)…#3-rushing (139YPG)..Rams offense just 19-turnovers in 16games..Rams run defense giving up league hi (5.1YPC)..QB-Jared Goff (4,688P-32TD-12Inr-64% completion-101QBR) ..RB-Todd Gurley (1,2251R-4.9Y_PC-17TD)..(59Rec-580Y-9YPC)..WR-Robert Woods (86R-14YPC)..WR-Branden Cooks (80R-15YPC)..RB-CJ Anderson (299R-7.0YPC) in 2-games since signing in LA
..Dallas defense #7-defense (329YPG)..#5-run defense (94YPG)….Dallas defense 39-QB sacks..30-takeaways..QB-Dak Prescott (3885P-22TD-67%)..has taken (56QB-sacks)..WR-Amari Cooper (53R-13YPC)..WR-Michael Gallup (15YPC)..RB-Ezekiel Elliott (1434R)…(77Rec)…(381) touches this year
Saints-Eagles..New Orleans bombed Philadelphia (48-7) early in the season…Saints went (6-2) in Superdome…Eagles finished (4-4) on road..Philadelphia won 5-of-last 6-games at end of season.
..Saints #8-NFL offense (379YPG)..44%-on 3rd downs..Saints scored 58TDs the syear..QB-Drew Brees (3992-32TD-5Int-74%-115 QB rating..WR-MichaelThomas (125R-11YPC)..RB-Alvin Kamara (853R-4.6YPC-709Rec-8YPC)..RB-Marc Ingram (815APY)..Saints defense 49-QB sacks-29 takeaways..Saints defense held teams 20-points or less 9X this year
..QB-Nick Foles (7TD-96QRating) since taking over as starter..TE-Zach Ertz (116R-10YPC)..WR-Golden Tate (30R-9YPC)..WR-Alshon Jeffrey (65R-13YPC)..RB-Nelson Agholopr (11YPC)..Eagles defense 44-QB Sacks-17-takeaways…Fletcher Cox-Michael Bennett-combined 19-sacks…Eagles last 3-wins against team in playoffs
Chargers..Sign FA-K-Nick Rose-ex Redskins-to handle kickoffs…Michael Badgley has only 9-touchbacks in 54-kickoffs this year.
Chargers..RB-Melvin Gordon limited in workouts for 2nd day in row with knee-ankle issues.
Arizona..Interview Steve Sarkisian-ex-Falcons..Ben McAdoo-ex Giants..Todd Monken-ex Tampa Bay…Carl Pagano-ex Colts…Vance Jospeh-ex Broncos for Cardinals Coordinator jobs.
Carolina..Interview Carl Pagano-ex Colts for DB coaching job.
Browns..Interview Chuck Pagano-Vance Joseph for Def Coord-job.
Lions..Interview Nathan Hackett-ex Jaguars..Steve Sarkisian-ex-Falcons for Off Coord job.
Packers..Fire Ron Zook-special teams coach
Minnesota..Interview Joe Philbin-ex Packers for OL coaching job
NY Jets..Interview Gregg Williams-ex Browns-Dowell Loggins-for Coordinators jobs.
Seattle..Fires strength coach Chris Carlisle.
Atlanta…AAF franchise loses Off Coord-Michael Vick-quits…a day after head coach Brad Childress stepped aside..1-month before season starts.
Tampa Bay…Head coach Bruce Arians..”I am not about rebuilding…..We will win with Jameis Winston and we will not make mistakes with the ball”
Steelers..Owner Art Rooney…”It is hard to envision WR-Antonio Brown being with us next year”
Jaguars..President Tom Coughlin holds ‘clear the air meeting’ with RB-Leonard Fournette after end of season personality clashes.
Denver…President John Elway….”Coach Vic Fangio believes in building from the ground up-we will run the ball”
Green Bay…President Mark Murphy….”Complacency had set in at Lambeau Field-needed a new voice”.
Raiders..Team President Mark Bargain meets with Tucson lawyer Ali Farhang about playing home games in 56,000-seat University of Arizona Stadium next year…UA grants permission to negotiate a lease.
Michigan..Hires Josh Gattis-Off Coord-AlabamaGeorgia Tech..Hires Brent Kay-OL coach-AlabamaMaryland..Mike Locksley arrives to be head coach-ex AlabamaWest Virginia..Hire Vic Koenning as Def Coord-ex Wyoming head coachWest Virginia..Fires Tony Gibson as Def CoordTroy State..Hires Chip Lindsey as head coach-ex Off Coord-Kansas
Oregon…Former player files 11.5M-lawsuit against school, head coach Willie Taggart and strength coach for internal organ damage suffered in off season training workout that sent 3-players to hospital two years ago.
Ohio State..Qb-Tate Martell announces he is transferring after Georgia QB-Justin Fields transferred in.Oregon State..NCAA grants QB-Josh Luton 6th year of eligibility due to injuries
Padres-Miami….Trade talks for C-JT Realmuto resume…Miami asking for C-Austin Hedges..P-Logan Allen and P-Michael Baez.
Padres…Elevate Edwin Rodriguez to manage at AAA-El Paso next year-replaces Rod Barajas joining Padres staff….Hire Tony Tarasco to manage at Lake Elsinore where Rodriguez was.
Padres..Fan Fest at Petco Park on Saturday (10am-3pm)
Brewers..Sign FA-C-Yasmani Grandal-ex Dodgers (1Y-18M)Mets..Sign FA-2B-Jed Lowrie-ex A’s (2Y-20M)..(23HR-99RBI)Washington..Sign FA-2B-Brian Dozier-ex DodgersMets..Sign FA-P-Luis Avilan-ex PhilliesMariners..Sign FA-SS-Tim Beckham-ex OriolesMariners..Sign FA-P-Cory Gearrin-ex Rangers
Giants..Open talks with FA-2B-DJ LeMahieu-ex RockiesWhite Sox..DFA-OF-Charley Tillson
Yankees..Longtime hitting coach Rick Down passes away (68Y)…was also hitting coach for Red Sox-Orioles-Mets and successful AAA-manager
Aztecs-at-Air Force…Saturday Mountain West game.USD-Pepperdine…Saturday WCC game
Clippers-L-Denver (121-100)…Nikloa Jokic (18P014R-10A)…Nuggets 6-double figures..Denver shoots 50%……..LA (24-17)
Lakers-at-Utah…Friday night action…Lakers (23-19)Lakers..Doctors rule LeBron James out 3-more games with slow healing groin issue
Cleveland..F-Larry Nance out (3W) with sprained knee.
Minnesota…asks permission to talk to Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger about vacant Timberwolves head coaching job….Joerger has had problems with Kings front office over player rotation in games.
Kings-Ottawa…Senators led (2-1) in 3rd period on Bobby Ryan goal at Press-time..
Ducks-Pittsburgh…Friday night matchup..Penguins (24-13) have won 11-of-13 games in red hot streak….Anahiem winless in last 9-games-worst streak in franchise history.
Kings-Penguins…Play Saturday night
Gulls-at-Milwaukee…AHL action…Gulls won 7-in row…and 5-straight on road…Gulls now (10-0-2) in last 12-games
Columbus…Blue Jackets bench G-Sergei Bobrovsky in dispute with coach John Tortotella over conditioning.
Colorado…Blowup on bench between star Nathan McKinnon-cokach Jared Bednar over team’s defensive breakdowns….Avalanche won just 1-of-last 9-games after fast start to season.
Minnesota..C-Eric Fear out with concussion-could be out 2-weeks.
English Premier League…Top games
..Liverpool (17-1-3)-vs-Brighton..Tottenham (16-5)-vs-Manchester United-won 5-in row..Manchester City (16-3-2)-vs-Wolverhampton..Chelsea (13-3-5)-vs-Newcastle United..Arsenal (12-4-5)-vs-West Ham
Tennis….Andy Murray says he is retiring after Wimbledon-at age 31-chronic hip problems.