NFL Divisional Round Previews

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Colts continue streak and head to face the Chiefs

 

Patrick Mahomes is the future of the NFL is ready to defend his home field at any cost. Mahomes is a MVP candidate and when you look over his stats he should win it. The Chiefs’ defense is the worst in the playoffs and the Colts and Andrew Luck are good on both sides of the ball. This should be a great battle between these two young quarterbacks and will hopefully be a instant classic.

 

Game Time: 4:35 PM 1/12

 

TV: NBC

 

Location: Arrow Head Stadium, Kansas City, MO

 

Line: – 5.5 KC

 

ESPN FPI: 74.9% KC

 

Series History: These two teams have been playing since the Colts were still in Baltimore. The last time they played the Chiefs won 30 – 14 in Indianapolis.

 

 

Offense:

 

Chiefs – 1st overall

 

Passing – 3rd overall: 310 YPG

8.8 yards per play

 

Rushing – 16th overall : 115.9 YPG

4.3 yards per play

 

Colts – 7th overall

 

Passing – 6th overall : 279 YPG

7.1 yards per play

 

Rushing – 20th overall : 104.4 YPG

4.2 yards per play

 

Defense:

 

Chiefs – 31st overall 

Pass yards against – 31st overall : 273 YPG

7.5 yards per play

Rush yards against – 27th overall : 132.1 YPG

5.0 yards per play

 

Colts – overall 11th

Pass yards against – overall 16th238 YPG

7.4 yards per play

Rush yards against – 8th overall : 101.6 YPG

3.9 yards per play

 

Leaders:

 

Texans

Passing: Patrick Mahomes – 5,097 Pass yards, 50 TDs, 12 INTs, 272 Rush yards, 2 Rush TDs, 82 QBR

Rushing: Patrick Mahomes – 5,097 Pass yards, 50 TDs, 12 INTs, 272 Rush yards, 2 Rush TDs, 82 QBR

Receiving: Tyreek Hill – 1,479 yards, 12 TDs, 489 YAC

Tackles: Anthony Hitchens – 135 TOT, 6.5 TFL, 1 FF

Sacks: Chris Jones – 15.5 sacks, 40 TOT, 21.5 TFL, 1 INT, 5 PD, 1 TD, 2 FF

Interceptions: Steven Nelson – 4 INTs, 15 PD, 2 TFL, 68 TOT

 

Colts

Passing: Andrew Luck – 4,593 yards, 39 TDs, 15 INT, 71.5 QBR

Rushing: Marlon Mack – 908 yards, 9 TDs, 1 FUM

Receiving: T.Y. Hilton – 1,270 yards, 6 TDs

Tackles:  Darius Leonard – 163 TOT, 7 sacks, 4 FF, 2 int

Sacks: Denico Autry – 9 sacks, 37 TOT, 14 TFL, 2 FF

Interceptions: Kenny Moore II – 3 ints, 11 PD, 1 FF, 1.5 sack, 77 TOT

Cowboys travel to the west coast to face the red hot Rams

 

L.A. Rams are the cool team of the NFL and is in one of the most talked about cities in the world. Dallas is still the most popular NFL team though and when these two teams take the field during prime time in L.A. it will be glorious and it will be everything that we love about the NFL.

 

Game Time: 8:15 PM 1/12

 

TV: FOX

 

Location: LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA

Line: – 7 LAR

 

ESPN FPI: 78.7% LAR

 

Series History: Cowboys VS Rams is what a lot of people heard in the playoffs back in the day but these days it is rare. The series in the playoffs are 4-4 and last game was in 1984 when Eric Dickerson ran for an NFL record 248 yards and 2 touchdowns.

 

 

Offense:

 

Dallas – 22nd overall 

Passing – 23rd overall: 221 YPG

7.4 yards per play

 

Rushing – 10th overall : 122.7 YPG

4.5 yards per play

 

L.A. Rams – 2nd overall

 

Passing – 5th overall : 282 YPG

8.3 yards per play

 

Rushing – 3rd overall : 139.4 YPG

4.9 yards per play

 

Defense:

 

Dallas – 7th overall 

Pass yards against – 13th overall : 235 YPG

7.4 yards per play

Rush yards against – overall 5th94.6 YPG

3.8 yards per play

 

Seattle – 16th overall

Pass yards against – overall 17th240 YPG

7.5 yards per play

Rush yards against – 13th overall : 113.2 YPG

4.9 yards per play

 

Leaders:

 

Dallas

Passing: Dak Prescott – 3,885 passing yards, 305 rushing yards, 22 pass TDs, 8 INTS, 6 rush TDs, 58.6 QBR

Rushing: Ezekiel Elliot – 1,434 yards, 6 TDs, 6 FUM

Receiving: Amari Cooper – 725 yards(1,005 total including with Raiders), 6 TDs, 2 FUM, 309 YAC

Tackles: (R) Leighton Vander Esch – 140 TOT, 3 TFL, 7 PD, 2 INT

Sacks: DeMarcus Lawrence – 10.5 sacks, 21 TFL, 2 FF, 1 INT, 1 PD

Interceptions: (R) Leighton Vander Esch – 2 INTs, 140 TOT, 3 TFL, 7 PD

 

L.A. Rams

Passing: 4,688 yards, 32 TDs, 12 INTs, 65.4 QBR

Rushing: Todd Gurley II – 1,251 rush yards, 17 rush TDs, 580 rec yards, 4 rec TDs

Receiving: Robert Woods – 1,219 yards, 6 TDs, 417 YAC

Tackles: Cory Littleton – 125 TOT, 4 sacks, 9 TFL, 3 INTs, 13 PD, 1 TD

Sacks: Aaron Donald – 20.5 sacks, 59 TOT, 30 TFL, 4 FF, 1 PD

Interceptions: John Johnson III – 4 INTs, 119 TOT, 3.5 TFL, 11 PD, 1 FF

The “Old man game” is here between Brady and Rivers

 

Tom Brady is 41 years old and Phillip Rivers is 37 years old and these two guys are ready to go to battle before their AARP hits. Brady already has 4 Super bowl rings and Rivers is still chasing his first. This is the best team the Chargers have had since they had LaDainian Tomlinson.

 

Game Time: 1:05 PM 1/13

 

TV: CBS

 

Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA

Line: – 4 NE

 

ESPN FPI: 65% NE

 

Series History: Even though both these teams are in the AFC they do not play against to each other much. The Patriots have won the last 4 straight meetings. Both QBs are veterans with Tom Brady being 41 and Philip Rivers 37. This should be good early 2000’s football fun.

 

 

Offense:

 

New England – 5thoverall 

Passing – 8th  overall: 266 YPG

7.7 yards per play

 

Rushing – 5th overall : 127.3 YPG

4.3 yards per play

 

L.A. Chargers – 11th overall

 

Passing – 10th overall : 256 YPG

8.4 yards per play

 

Rushing – 15th  overall : 117.1 YPG

4.7 yards per play

 

Defense:

 

New England – 21st overall 

Pass yards against – 22nd overall : 246 YPG

6.9 yards per play

Rush yards against – 11th overall : 112.7 YPG

4.9 yards per play

 

L.A. Chargers – 9th overall

Pass yards against – overall 9th228 YPG

7.1 yards per play

Rush yards against – 9th overall : 101.6 YPG

4.3 yards per play

 

Leaders:

 

New England

Passing: Tom Brady – 4,355 yards, 29 TDs, 11 INTs, 68.8 QBR

Rushing: Sony Michel – 931 yards, 6 TDs, 1 FUM

Receiving: Julian Edelman – 850 yards, 6 TDs, 334 YAC

Tackles: Kyle Van Noy – 92 TOT, 3.5 sacks, 8 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PD, 1 FF, 2 FR, 1 FTD

Sacks: Trey Flowers – 7.5 sacks, 12 TFL, 57 TOT, 2 PD, 3 FF

Interceptions: Duron Harmon – 4 INTs, 4 PD, 38 TOT, 1 FR

 

L.A. Chargers

Passing: Phillip Rivers – 4,308 yards, 32 TDs, 12 INTs, 71.2 QBR

Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 885 Rush yards, 10 Rush TDs, 490 Rec Yards, 4 Rec TDs

Receiving: Keenan Allen – 1,196 yards, 6 TD, 1 FUM, 382 YAC

Tackles: (R) Derwin James – 105 TOT, 3.5 sacks, 4.5 TFL, 13 PD, 3 INTs

Sacks: Melvin Ingram – 7 sacks, 11.5 TFL, 43 TOT, 3 PD, 1 INT, 1 FF

Interceptions: (R) Derwin James – 3 INTs, 13PD, 105 TOT, 3.5 sacks, 4.5 TFL

Nick Foles and Eagles take their momentum to the Dome to face the Saints

 

The legend of Nick Foles continues and the Philadelphia Eagles are going down to the “Big Easy” to try and defeat another legend Drew Brees. Brees as a starter has only lost one game in the Dome this year and that was week 1 against the Bucs. The Saints did lose in week 17 at home but Brees did not start and most starters sat to be ready for the playoffs.

 

Game Time: 4:40 PM 1/13

 

TV: FOX

 

Location: Mercedes

Line: – 8 NO

 

ESPN FPI: 80.9% NO

 

Series History: These teams played in week 11 when Carson Wentz was the starter for the Eagles. The Saints won 48-7 with Drew Brees throwing for 363 yards and 4 touchdowns.

 

 

Offense:

 

New Orleans – 8th overall 

Passing – 12th overall: 253 YPG

8.0 yards per play

 

Rushing – 6th overall : 126.6 YPG

4.3 yards per play

 

Philadelphia – 14th overall

 

Passing – 7th overall : 267 YPG

7.6 yards per play

 

Rushing – 28th  overall : 98.1 YPG

3.9 yards per play

 

Defense:

 

New Orleans – 14th overall 

Pass yards against – 29th overall : 269 YPG

8.1 yards per play

Rush yards against – overall 2nd80.2 YPG

3.6 yards per play

 

Philadelphia – 23rd overall

Pass yards against – overall 30th269 YPG

7.4 yards per play

Rush yards against – 7th overall : 96.9 YPG

4.7 yards per play

 

Leaders:

 

New Orleans

Passing: Drew Brees – 3,992 yards, 32 TDs, 5 INTs, 81.9 QBR

Rushing: Alvin Kamara – 883 Rush yards, 14 Rush TDs, 709 Rec yards, 4 Rec TDs

Receiving: Michael Thomas – 1,405 yards, 9 TDs, 2 FUM, 502 YAC

Tackles: Demario Davis – 110 TOT, 5 sacks, 12.5 TFL, 2 FF

Sacks: Cameron Jordon – 12 sacks, 19 TFL, 40 TOT

Interceptions: Marshon Lattimore – 2 INTs, 12 PD, 59 TOT, 4 FF

 

Philadelphia

Passing: Caron Wentz – 3,074 yards, 21 TDs, 7 INTs, 64.9 QBR

Rushing: (R) Josh Adams – 511 yards, 3 TDs, 1 FUM

Receiving: Zach Ertz – 1,163 yards, 8 TD, 1 FUM, 363 YAC

Tackles: Malcom Jenkins – 97 TOT, 1 sack, 5.5 TFL, 8 PD, 1 INT, 3 FF

Sacks: Fletcher Cox – 10.5 sacks, 14 TFL, 46 TOT, 1 FF, 1 PD

Interceptions: Rasul Douglas – 3 INTs, 4 PD, 6 TFL, 58 TOT