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Blog Brav's Neutral Zone Distraction Blog - NFL stuff

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  1. BraviaryScout

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    Since I'll be working all weekend, I thought I'd knock out both NFC Divisional Round games now.

    Atlanta Falcons vs Philadelphia Eagles (4: 35 PM EST)
    January 13, 2018

    Preview:


    We head to the Linc in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the first game of the playoff Divisional Round. The Atlanta Falcons will be taking on the number one seed in the NFC Philadelphia Eagles. The Falcons are seeking redemption after the embarrassment last season in the Super Bowl while the Eagles continue to strive on after their hard-earned playoff bye. Conditionally, the winner of this game will play the winner of New Orleans vs Minnesota in the NFC Title game next week.

    The Eagles have one of the most sensational seasons in a long time of struggles thanks to the breakout of second overall pick in last year's draft Carson Wentz. Unfortunately for them, Wentz had torn his ACL, eliminating any chance of him playing in this year's postseason.
    Can Atlanta knock Philadelphia down? Or will the Eagles continue to fly high even without their star quarterback? Let's take a look at the Keys to Victory and Final Score for more.

    Keys to Victory and Final Score:

    Atlanta still has many pieces of its high octane offense in place. Quarterback Matt Ryan has been brilliant under center as always with a supporting cast of talented wide receivers. Within that group is Julio Jones, possibly the second best at his position today besides Pittsburgh Steeler Antonio Brown. Even with that title; Jones has been rather quiet during the season in terms of touchdowns, netting only 3 in the regular season. However the many threats of Atlanta will have to stay on their toes against a very strong Eagles defense that can guard the pass and run very efficiently.


    Quarterback Carson Wentz for Philadelphia is no longer able to play this season due to injury, so the duty falls to backup Nick Foles. Foles was previously drafted by the Eagles upon entry into the NFL before being traded to the St. Louis Rams, spending one year with them and one year with the Kansas City Chiefs before returning to the city of Brotherly Love. Foles posted his best numbers back in 2013, where he filled in for Michael Vick on multiple occasions, earning a perfect passer rating and a league best touchdown/interception ratio of 27/2. While not exactly Wentz's caliber this season, Foles is capable to lead their offense to victory. The Falcons defense is no slouch either, although some teams have been able to move the ball against them.
    Defense will be the key to this game. If one falters, it's all over for that team.

    Final Score - Falcons 27 - Eagles 19

    Preview #2
    New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings (4:40 PM EST)
    January 14, 2018

    Preview:

    The site of Super Bowl LII in US Bank Stadium in the heart of Minneapolis is where our second NFC Divisional game will be played. The Minnesota Vikings will host the New Orleans Saints deciding who will be contending in the NFC Championship game against the winner of Atlanta and Philadelphia. Minnesota is attempting to become the first team in NFL history to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium. Neither team have been to the playoffs recently and with new looks can have anything possible.
    Can Minnesota stop New Orleans? The Keys to Victory and Final Score will tell us.

    Keys to Victory and Final Score:

    Minnesota's strength lies in their defense. While quarterback Case Keenum has shown an unexpected amount of resilience as a backup to the injured Sam Bradford, Minnesota's defensive line and secondary have been the league's most feared. They will be heavily tested in that part when Saints quarterback Drew Brees comes to town. Brees' supporting cast of the dual threat running backs of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have given defenses headaches while the secondary will have their hands full. They'll be up to the challenge as Vikings defensive backs Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith have been named All-Pro this season. Look for a Rhodes vs Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas matchup to be intense.

    Minnesota's offense under Case Keenum has been fairly solid. Keenum will have to watch out for their new cornerback in Marshon Lattimore as he's been able to get the better of offenses in time. Turnovers can prove costly for either side and the teams will be scrapping for every possible inch of ground they can earn.
    Look for this to be a closely matched high scoring game in a cold setting contrasted by hot tempers and tension.

    Final Score: Saints 31 - Vikings 30

     
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    Going to knock out my pair as well.

    Tennesee Titans @ New England Patriots (8:15 PM EST)

    Preview:

    Tomorrow night, we head over to the notoriously overwhelming Gilette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts for our first AFC Divisional Round matchup, as Marcus Mariota and the underdog Tennesee Titans (9 - 7) take on Tom Brady and the heavily favored New England Patriots (13 - 3). the Titans will attempt to reach the AFC Championship since 1999, en route to Super Bowl XXXiV, while the Patriots will attempt to continue their string of dominance in this decade, looking to head to their 3rd Super Bowl in 4 years. Can the Titans pull off the playoffs biggest upset, or will the Patriots be simply too much for their opponents as is usually the case? Only the Keys to Victory and Final Score will tell.

    Keys to Victory & Final Score:

    The Titans modest defense will have trouble with New Englands top ranked offense (458 Points - 28.6 PPG). As such, Marcus Mariota will have to have a huge day through the air and possibly on the ground if the Titans want to have a chance to keep up with the Patriots. Eric Decker has played vs. New England several times, so expect him to have a rather big day. Mariota will have to use his legs to pick up the rushing yards as DeMarco Murray will likely not play in this contest. On the other side, expect Tom Brady (4577 Yards - 35 TDs - 102.8 QBR) to do Tom Brady things, which means tossing the ball to his favorite targets, WR's Brandin Cooks & Julian Edelman and TE Rob Gronkowski. Their defense can by no means relax vs this Tennesee team, cause it'll be a long day otherwise. When the clock hits all zeros at the end of this contest, expect the Titans to be upset victors.

    Final Score: Titans 28 - Patriots 20

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    Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers (1:05 EST)

    Preview:

    Sunday afternoon, we head over to Heinz Field in the Steel City of Pittsburgh as the defensively oriented Jacksonville Jaguars (10 - 6) take on Big Ben and the offensively minded Pittsburgh Steelers (13 - 3). The Jaguars prevailed in a defensive struggle in their Wild Card matchup against the Buffalo Bills, pulling out a 10 - 3 victory. This time around however, it most likely won't be the same. Pittsburgh meanwhile will be eyeing a return to the AFC Championship game for the second time in as many years. Will the Jaguars defense pull through for an upset, or will Pittsburgh's ovvense be too much for the Jags to handle? The Keys to Victory and Final Score will tell all.

    Keys to Victory & Final Score:

    The Jaguars defense, while very talented, may have some problems with the Steelers 3rd ranked offense (406 Points - 25.4 PPG - 377.9 YPG). Expect the matchup between CB Jalen Ramsey and WR Antonio Brown to be very intense. Ramsey, as we've seen before can get under the skin of some of the NFL's best receivers, and he will certainly do the same to Brown in order to make him have a rather quiet game. On the other side, expect QB Ben Rothlisberger (4251 Yards - 28 TDs - 93.4 QBR) to be looking in the direction of WR Antonio Brown (101 Receptions - 1533 Yards - 9 TDs) all game long. This combination could be potentially deadly to the Jaguars defense if their secondary isn't prepared. Other targets for Big Ben include Martavis Bryant and Darrius Heyward-Bey, both of which could pul off big games as well. When the clock shows all zeros at the end of this contest, expect Pittsburgh to walk away winners.

    Final Score: Steelers 30 - Jaguars 23
     
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    Since no Carolina, gonna root for the next-door neighboor.

    TITANS, GO!!!
     
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    RIP Titans. Had a great playoff run tho
     
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    Naturally. *sighs*

    Well, at least there's the Winter Olympics.
     
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    And then there were four...It's time for the conference championships this weekend! The winner of both games will be the participants in Super Bowl LII!

    Here's the NFC Championship preview!

    Minnesota Vikings vs Philadelphia Eagles (6:40 PM EST)
    January 21, 2018

    The Preview:


    The site for the NFC Championship game is in the Lincoln Financial Field in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. The top-seeded Eagles are seeking their return to the Super Bowl since their loss back in 2004. Philadelphia's stellar win against Atlanta has proven that they can deal with strong offenses and stay in the game even with star quarterback Carson Wentz unable to play from injury. They'll be facing a difficult challenge in Minnesota Vikings with their high tempo offense.

    Minnesota is coming off a wild thriller against the New Orleans Saints ending in an insane hail mary catch. They'll attempt to continue their drive to the Super Bowl. If they win this game; the Vikings will be the first team in NFL History to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. Regardless of whomever wins here, the AFC contenders for the championship title New England and Jacksonville are no pushovers.

    Can Philadelphia continue to fight onwards? Or will Minnesota's dream season continue? The Keys to Victory and Final Score shall tell us.

    Keys to Victory & Final Score:

    Despite having a home field advantage, Philadelphia will be fighting more of an uphill battle. Minnesota's defense has punished many talented quarterbacks thus far and their secondary of All Pro safety Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes will hunger for takeaways. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will have to rely on his own instincts in order to move the ball. He'll be aided by wide receivers Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and tight end Zach Ertz. Their running game may have a difficult time despite the tandem of LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi. Look for Philadelphia to start airing it out in passing if they find the rushing doesn't produce consistent numbers. Minnesota has a chance to sense their desperation in passing and can pressure the quarterback accordingly in order to create mismatches and pressure.

    Vikings quarterback Case Keenum is having a career season and will seek to capitalize that in the hostile Philly crowd. Similar to the Vikings, the Eagles defense is no slouch either and they'll be putting a hundred and ten percent into making life miserable for Keenum and crew. The Vikings have their own corps of elite playmakers on offense and will seek to exploit the Eagles' secondary on big plays. Wide receivers Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and tight end Kyle Rudolph can expect tight coverage.

    Overall, expect it to be a defensive heavy game and things can heat up extremely quickly if turnovers are involved. Expect this game to be close, but with chants of SKOL at the end as the Vikings return to the Super Bowl.

    Final Score: Vikings 22 - Eagles 17
     
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    We're down to the Final Four. Here's your AFC Championship game preview.

    Jacksonville Jaguars @ New England Patriots (3:05 PM EST)

    Preview:

    In a matchup of one of the NFL's best defenses against one of the NFL's best offenses, the stacked defense of the Jacksonville Jaguars (10 - 6) will attempt to take down the high-flying offense of the New England Patriots. The Jaguars will make a try to become the 11th wild card team and first since the 2010 Green Bay Packers and the first in the AFC since the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers to reach the Super Bowl. New England is looking for its 3rd appearance in the big game in 4 years. Who's going to come out on top? Only the Keys to Victory and Final Score can tell us.

    Keys to Victory & Final Score:

    Jacksonville's biggest enemy in this game will be prennial MVP candidate Tom Brady. Look for DL Malik Jackson and OLB Paul Posluszny to generate some immense pressure on Brady, racking up some sacks and forcing some bad throws in the process. CB Jalen Ramsey, among others, can take complete advantage of the pressure the Jaguars create, intercepting bad throws and potentially getting Jacksonville into great field position off of them. For the Patriots, it's exactly the opposite, their biggest enemy being Jacksonville's stellar defense. While Brady can certainly make things happen with his stellar pocket presence, expect RB Dion Lewis to generate the offense in this game. A solid running game for New England will break the passing game wide open. When this contest is all set and done, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be our AFC representative for Super Bowl LII.

    Final Score: Jaguars 30 - Patriots 28
     
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    I got the Eagles winning! Let's go!
     
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