Let’s call it Wednesday!

Posted: January 18, 2023 by Sports Time Radio in sports

I got off to a bad start with my NFL playoff predictions, but I managed to bounce back and finished the super wild card weekend 6-6. So, I’m dead even heading into this weekend. This week we have two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday and just like last week I’ll make my predictions for the Saturday games today, but I’ll wait until the Sunday blog to make my picks for those two games.

Saturday kicks off with the AFC #1 seed Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Jacksonville Jaquars. Arrowhead stadium is a tough place to play, and a young Jacksonville team might run into some issues against a veteran Kansas City team there. I believe that the Chiefs will win this game outright and I’m going to go ahead and lay the 8 1/2 points that the Chiefs are currently favored by. This has a chance to be a very good game to watch, but I believe that in the end Kansas City will pull away and win.

The second game on Saturday has the NFC”s #1 the Philadelphia Eagles hosting a team they’re very familiar with the New York Giants. Philadelphia won both of the regular season match ups against the Giants including the final week of the regular season when Jalen Hurts returned. There will be some questions about how healthy Hurts is for this game, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be playing. I have the Eagles winning this game, but I’m going to take the Giants and the 7 1/2 points as I think this will be a close game.

On Sunday night the Cincinnati Bengals got by the Baltimore Ravens on one of the odder plays that I think anyone had seen. Baltimore’s quarterback was trying to stretch the football out to break the plain of the goal line. While Todd Hundley was trying to get the ball across that line it was knocked out of his hands and Bengals defensive lineman Sam Hubbard grabbed it and took it 98 yards for the game winning touchdown.

While that was truly and exciting play, but things could’ve just as easily went the other way, and it might’ve been the Ravens moving on to the divisional playoff round and there are a few people out there who think that Baltimore would’ve advanced had Lamar Jackson decided to play.

Jackson last played in Week 13, but it looked as though he was going to be able to recover in time to play in the playoff game against the Bengals. Jackson ended up sending out a tweet explaining that his injury was worse than expected and he would be missing the Ravens playoff game against Cincinnati. Jackson injured his PCL, and it was originally called a Grade 2 sprain, but in his tweet, Jackson said it was actually a Grade 3 sprain and that would keep him out of the game.

There are actually people who have question the extent of Jackson’s injury. Now Jackson is in the last year of his contract with the Ravens and acts as his own agent. Baltimore made Jackson a very good offer right before the season started as Jackson mentioned that he wouldn’t negotiate during the season. It seemed as though there was a good chance that Jackson would sign the deal that included $133 million dollars in guaranteed money.

Right before Baltimore and Jackson agreed to any kind of deal the Cleveland Browns announced that they had signed their quarterback Deshaun Watson to a five-year deal worth $230 million dollars with all of the money guaranteed.

While the total money in the Ravens contract offer to Jackson would’ve been very close in total dollar amount to what Watson got from Cleveland the guaranteed money wasn’t in the same ballpark. The guaranteed money gap ended any type of negotiations between Jackson and the Ravens as the regular season was getting ready to start.

You can’t really blame Jackson for wanting the same amount of guaranteed money as someone like Watson. Jackson has won a league MVP and is looked at as one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. Watson on the other hand is 1-2 in three playoff games and missed 11 games last season while suspended under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

The question that came up about Jackson was did he sit out the playoff game as a punishment of sorts to the Ravens for not giving him a new contract.

You would have to think that if Jackson and the Ravens can’t agree on a new deal that they’ll use their franchise tag on him, but there’s also talk that Baltimore may be interested in trading Jackson if the right deal came about. If Baltimore is serious about trading Jackson by applying a tag to him would allow them time to find a trade partner.

If Baltimore does decide to move on from Jackson it would be interesting to see which way, they went at the quarterback position. Could Hundley thrive knowing that he was the #1 guy from the start? Would they bring in one of the veteran quarterbacks that will probably be available this offseason? Or would they try to move up in the draft and find Jackson’s replacement that way.

Let me know what move you think the Ravens would make if they decided to move on from Jackson. I’d also like to know your picks for the Saturday playoff games.

Remember to look me up on Twitter, I’m @Burketime.

  1. I’ll have to go with the “chalk” for all the weekend games and predict victory for the home teams. If there is an upset, I’d opt for the Giants to beat the Eagles in a squeaker. I don’t think that KC will have much of a problem winning their game but Buffalo will have their hands full against Cincinnati. Dallas looked good in their last game but I don’t they’ll win on the road against San Francisco.


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