Jim Hurley Dominates the Divisional Playoffs
Jim Hurley Dominates the Divisional Playoffs!
Last weekend I swept all four Wild Card games
Yesterday I went 3-0 in the Divisional Playoffs with the Eagles, Falcons/Eagles UNDER, and Titans /Patriots OVER!
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Here's a look at Sunday's games
JACKSONVILLE (11-6) at PITTSBURGH (13-3) – 1:05 p.m. ET, CBS
There’s more than just a little drama surrounding this AFC Divisional Playoff clash from Heinz Field – for starters, there’s Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger looking to avenge his five-INT outing back in Week 5 when Jacksonville lambasted TD favorite Pittsburgh 30-9 plus now here’s “Big Ben” stating he’s glad to get another shot at the Jags. Okay.
Then you flip the script and look at J’ville QB Blake Bortles who last weekend famously rushed for more yards (88) than he threw for (87) versus the Bills – Bortles was high-and-wide with a slew of his passing attempts and was widely mocked on both social media and among mass media folks.
Suffice to say, the Jags should not expect to survive-and-advance this playoff round with a similar showing (but note Bortles threw for only 95 yards and had a sickly QB Rating of 48.2 the last time these clubs collided) and so maybe it’ll take another couple of “pick sixes” for the Jags to steal this road duel.
The Steelers say all-world WR Antonio Brown (101 receptions for 1,533 yards with 9 TDs) is a “go” here after injuring his calf late in the year – if Brown somehow duplicates his 10-catch/157-yard game against Jacksonville from back on Oct. 8th, then it’s Pittsburgh that figures to be charging forward in this post-season.
NEW ORLEANS (12-5) at MINNESOTA (13-3) – 4:40 p.m. ET, Fox
Gotta go all the way back to the 2009 season to find the last time the Minnesota Vikings won a playoff game – and that just so happens to be the last time the Vikes made it all the way to the NFC Championship Game where they were beaten 31-28 in a very controversial overtime affair in New Orleans.
Think BountyGate. Now, Minnesota’s got the home field for this NFC Divisional Playoff clash – and the Vikes have been “taking the money” too as this Las Vegas price has gone up from – 3.5 points to – 5 points in most locales.
The big question here is will Minnesota’s uber-stingy defense (a unit that held 11 foes to 17 points or less this year) have the answers for a well-balanced/well-oiled New Orleans offense starring QB Drew Brees (see 376 yards passing and two TDs last week versus the Panthers) and a one-two backfield punch of RBs Mark Ingram II and Alvin Kamara (held to a combined 45 yards rushing last Sunday).
The Vikes’ defense ranks first overall (3rd against the rush and 2nd against the pass) but there is some concern with sackmeister Everson Griffen (foot) who was limited in late-week practice. If Minnesota has to blitz more should Griffen (13 sacks on the year) not be 100 percent here, then we’ll see if Viking DBs can cover the likes of speedy WR Ted Ginn in the vertical passing game that Brees loves so much.
One key to watch for with Minnesota’s offense: Will born-again QB Case Keenum (3,547 yards passing with 22 TDs and 7 INTs) be able to spread the wealth to WRs Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and TE Kyle Rudolph (20 TDs among ‘em) and thus keep this much-improved New Orleans secondary on its collective heels?