Lions coach Jim Caldwell never got a good enough explanation about the penalty flag that got picked up. Yep, the one that would have given Detroit a critical first down while still leading in the fourth quarter.
Despite the absence of any of the local teams, NFL Wild Card Weekend was at the top of the list for Boomer and Craig on Monday.
Arguably the Cincinnati Bengals’ best player, wide receiver A.J. Green is iffy for Sunday’s playoff game in Indianapolis against the Colts. He didn’t practice on Friday and hasn’t cleared the league’s concussion protocol after suffering the injury in Week 17 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Green can’t go, the pressure might double for the Bengals to win their first postseason contest since 1990.
You can make an argument for all four road teams to win in the first round. And isn’t that what we want?
The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t won an NFL playoff game since January 6, 1990. They beat the Houston Oilers—right there, that tells you it was a long time ago—by a 41-14 score in the wild-card round of the AFC playoffs. Since then, the Bengals have lost all five postseason contests they’ve played in. That needs to change this weekend.
The Green Bay Packers do not have many holes in their game as they enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the NFC. However, one is their blocking in the kicking game. They allowed more combined blocked field goals, extra point attempts and punts than they had in the previous five seasons combined.
The Green Bay Packers do not have to play this Sunday. That is a good thing as quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be able to get some extra rest before the Packers begin their run toward the Super Bowl. They will host one of three teams in the Divisional Round. Their opponent will be determined by the outcome of the Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys game.
The AFC West champion Denver Broncos led the NFL with nine players selected for the Pro Bowl on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Bengals (9-4-1) host the Broncos (11-3) on Monday night. Denver already owns a playoff spot, but trails New England for the AFC’s top slot.
“How about Governor Christie?” Vermeil told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Friday morning. “I was pissed, I’ll tell you that.”
Christie called into SportsRadio 94WIP in Philadelphia Tuesday to again defend his Dallas Cowboys fandom. He says he’s planning to travel to Dallas for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
So another week of football is in the books, and there is still so much to determine over the final two weeks of the season. Division titles, playoff berths, draft order!
Democrat Jim Kenney is either really passionate about his Eagles or simply a sore loser. Maybe it’s both.
In Cleveland, the debut of Johnny Football was a monumental flop. “It was tough,” Manziel said Sunday. “I’m not using the rookie excuse. It’s not me.”
We’ll find out once and for all how Johnny Football translates as an NFL quarterback, but I’ll tell you one thing: he can’t be any worse than Brian Hoyer!