How was your week

Posted: January 11, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, NFL picks, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Today starts the divisional round of the NFL playoffs and just like last weekend there will be two games on Saturday and then two games on Sunday. Let’s see who plays when and where.

The Minnesota Vikings are at the San Francisco 49ers and it has a scheduled kickoff time of 3:35 p.m.

Minnesota is coming off of an upset of the New Orleans Saints in the wild card round while the 49ers are the #1 seed in the NFC and have been able to try and get healthy with their week off. This game has a chance to be a big of a slugfest as it seems as tough both teams will try to establish their running game. The biggest issue for the Vikings maybe be the health of their wide receivers. Stephon Diggs missed some practices during the week and Adam Thielen had stiches in his ankle. Both are expected to play today. Now San Francisco may be on the opposite end of the injury situation. The 49ers are expecting linebacker Kwon Alexander and defensive end Dee Ford returning. Of course will look to see how Jimmy Garappolo he does in his first playoffs start.

This should be a good game to start off the divisional round and will have to see if the close run of playoff games continues.

The second Saturday game also has the #1 seed playing as the AFC’s #1 seed the Baltimore Ravens host the Tennessee Titans. This game has a scheduled kickoff time of 7:15 p.m.

There where a lot of people on the Tennessee bandwagon last week as they went into Foxboro and beat the New England Patriots. It doesn’t seem as though as many people believe the Titans will be able to pull off the upset this week against the Ravens, but they do have the NFL’s leading rusher Derrick Henry to try to pull it off. Mark Ingram is dealing with a calf injury that has limited him in practice, but he is expected to play. If Ingram is limited in what he can do look for Gus Edwards to pick up his carries. Of course the Ravens are going to go as Lamar Jackson goes. Jackson has looked like a completely different player than the quarterback that started for Baltimore in the playoffs last season, but it may take him a series or two to settle into the flow of the game.

Now I haven’t heard anyone go out on a limb and take Tennessee to win this game and I can’t say I’m surprised by that. Do you think the Titans have a chance tonight?

We move into the Sunday games with the Houston Texans at the Kansas City Chiefs. This game has a scheduled 2:05 p.m. kickoff time.

Back in Week 6 of the regular season the Texans went into Arrowhead and beat the Chiefs 31-24. It’s difficult to judge how much weight to give that won, but it should give the Texans some type of confidence coning into this game. What should also help Houston’s confidence is the return of wide receiver Will Fuller. All signs are pointing to Fuller playing in this game, but it’s going to be a game time decision. What could also have a big affect on this game is the health of Travis Kelce. A sore knee has kept Kelce out of practice this week and while it appears that he will play you have to wonder how much of an affect this injury will have on his performance. Kelce was the Chiefs leader in receptions with 97 and yards with 1229.

This is another game where I haven’t seen anyone say the Texans can repeat what they did in Week 6. Do you give Houston a chance to upset Kansas City?

The divisional round of the playoffs wraps up with the Green Bay Packers hosting the Seattle Seahawks. This game is schedule to kickoff at 5:40 p.m.

Will have to see if the weather has any thing to do with how this game goes. There’s a big storm system that has a chance of dropping a foot of snow in and around Lambeau Field. The Packers have actually asked for volunteers to come out and help shovel the snow at Lambeau Field. We won’t know if weather will play a part in this game until game time, but it could be something that the teams will have to deal with. Both quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers have a similar skill set; so I don’t think the weather will have any affect on how they play. The key to this game may be if and how effectively Seattle can run the football. While the Packers will have to keep a clean pocket for Rodgers to work out of.

This is another game that looks like it might be close. Can Seattle pull off a playoff upset? Or will the Packers hold serve on their home field?

Yesterday on the Sports Time Radio podcast Schaumburg Stu made his picks for these games. Now Stu went 2-2 in the wild card round and here’s what he has for this weekend. Stu likes San Francisco to beat Minnesota on Saturday. In the other Saturday game Stu has Baltimore beating Tennessee. Kicking off Sunday Stu likes the Kansas City to beat Houston. In the final game of the divisional round Stu is taking Green Bay to beat Seattle.

In case you didn’t notice Stu selected all the home teams to win this weekend and he also took all of the favorites to win. Do you agree with Stu? Or do you have one of the road underdogs finding a way to pull off an upset?

There was a lot of talk about the hit Jadeveon Clowney put on Carson Wentz that eventually knocked Wentz out of last weeks games. Clowney came down on Wentz’s upper back and then made helmet to helmet contact as they where going to the ground. There was no penalty on the play as Wentz was ruled a runner and wasn’t giving himself up by the referees. After seeing it in slow motion there where quite a few people who thought it was a dirt hit, but apparently the NFL didn’t see it that way as Clowney was not fined for the hit.

“It was a bang-bang play,” Clowney said. “I don’t intend to hurt anybody in this league, let me just put that out there. I’ve been down the injury road; it’s not fun. My intention was not to hurt him. I was just playing fast.”

Do you think the referees for Sunday’s game will watch Clowney more closely than normal?

I mentioned the Sports Time Radio podcast a little earlier, but in case you don’t know you can listen to the podcast live on BlogTalkRadio.com, but if you miss the podcast you can just head on over to TuneIn.com and you can listen any time you want.

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Comments
  1. The one prediction I made that might be off was Seattle- Green Bay. But right now, the dominant team in the NFL appears to be the Ravens.

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