“NFL-The Day After”
BENGALS-BILLS….Some start by Joe Burrow-creating mismatches in the snow with the slick footing and getting passes to his guys down the field and then the Bengals. physically taking over the game, and finishing with 413-yards and 30-touchdowns in a real pounding of the Bills… Did you ever think you’d see a stat, Bills trailing the Bengals in offense (159-6) after the opening quarter. The NFL axiom is ‘he who scores early in bad weather-wins’. The other surprise was how poorly the Bills seemed to struggle with footing in the slick snow while on defense. The Bengals had guys running open the first 3-possessions in building that 17-7 lead. This was in the Bills stadium, with a Buffalo team that has all this experience playing in snowy conditions. And Cincinnati did all this without 3-starting offensive lineman in the lineup. The weatherman seems to have gotten into the Buffalo pysche too.
49ers-DALLAS…..You this would be a defensive war of attrition and it was the difference. It was Dak Prescott against the pass rush and it was Brock Purday vs the Boys blitz. Dak threw 2-picks, Purdy none. Robby Gould kicked 4-field goals and Brett Maher booted two. The picks were the difference in the game…What a clinic the linebackers put on, from Micah Parsons to Fred Warner. Cee Dee Lamb had 10-catches for 117-yards, but no one else did anything. Purdy threw for (214) and George Kittle made two spectacular catches.. Who knows what owner Jerry Jones does next?
CHIEFS-JAGUARS….Andy Reid’s offense and Patrick Mahomes skills-what a combo. How great is Kansas City? Mahomes led KC on an 83-yard opening drive for a TD. Then he got hurt, his ankle rolled up on from behind in a QB sack, and 38-year old veteran Chad Henne then led them on a 98-yard scoring drive. Travis Kelce’s 14-catch day set records and KC got chunk runs from Isaiah Pachecho. And the unheralded defense had a fumble recovery and an interception on back to back possessions in the 4th quarter that stunted Jacksonville drives to get back into the game. KC is a complete team. For the Jags, a season of growth for QB-Trevor Lawrence and a young team that has now learned what it’s like to play in postseason games in January.
EAGLES-GIANTS…The Eagle has landed as a Super Bowl team, and the Giants season crashed and burned. It was a pretty lopsided game as Jalen Hurts threw 2TDs and his running backs combined for (268Y) in a dominant performance. And that Mean Green defense, 5-more sacks, another pick and a fumble. Philly now has 75-sacks this season. For the Giants, quite a turnaround season, to go from (4-13) to getting to mid-January and into the 2nd round of postseason. But NY finishes the year with 3-wins-6-losses and a tie, so it is obvious they don’t have enough players yet.
Onto the AFC-NFC title games in what obviously is a year of a changing of the guard at QB in the NFL.