Looking toward conference title games

by Gary Shelton on January 19, 2018 · 1 comment

in general, NFL

Tuesday, 4 a.m.

Ranking the Quarterbacks

Quarterback              Yards               Tds                   Rating

1. Tom Brady                4,577                32                     102.8

2. Case Keenum           3,547                22                       98.3

3. Blake Bortles           3,687                 21                       84.7

4. Nick Foles                  537                   5                         79.5

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Ranking the defenses

2. New England               267

3. Philadelphia                281

6. Minnesota                   348

10. Jacksonville              404

Points scored

2. New England.             458.           28.6

3. Philadelphia               457            28.6

5, Jacksonville               417             26.1

10. Minnesota                 382           23.9

Points Allowed

1. Minnesota                  252               15.6

2. Jacksonville               268              16.8

4. Philadelphia              295               18.4

5. New England            296                18.5


2. Jacksonville         56

7. New England       42

15. Philadelphia       38

17. Minnesota          37


1. John Lennon

2. Paul McCartney

3. George Harrison

4. Ringo Starr

Running backs

8. Leonard Fournette       1,040

14. Dion Lewis                      896

19. Latavius Murray.           842

27. LeGarrette Blount         766

Best-ever Patriots

1. Tom Brady

2. Rob Gronkowski

3. John Hannah

4. Andre Tippett

4 Other Patriots

1. George Washington

2. Patrick Henry

3. Nathan Hale

4. Thomas Paine

Top Tacklers

15, Minnesota.     Eric Kendricks.       113

21. Jacksonville.  Telvin Smith           102

25. New England. Devin McCourtney. 97

49. Philadelphia     Nigel Bradham         82

Top Receivers

8.  Adam Thielen    Minnesota           91     1,276

19. Zack Ertz            Philadelphia       74         824

24. Rob Gronkowski New England   69      1004

51. Marquise Lee    Jacksonville         56        702

Best-ever Minnesota Vikings

1. Fran Tarkenton

2. Alan Page

3. Adrian Peterson

4. Randy Moss

Ranking the Other Vikings

1. Eric the Red

2. Egil Skallagrimsson

3. Ivar the Boneless

4. Erik the Viking (Monty Python)

4 Great Plays in Championship Games

1. The Catch (1981): Dwight Clark went up to catch a ball that Joe Montana was trying to throw away.

2. The Drive (1987): John Elway drove his team the length of the field to beat Cleveland, including a third-and-18 play when he hit Mark Jackson for 20.

3. The Sneak (1967): Bart Starr wedged in front the one behind Jerry Kramer and Ken Bowman to win the Ice Bowl.

4 The Fumble (1988): Denver beat Cleveland when Ernest Byner lost the ball going into the end zone.

Best-Ever Philadelphia Eagles

1. Reggie White

2. Chuck Bednarik

3. Steve van Buren

4. Donovan McNabb

Ranking the Other Eagles

1. Don Henley

2. Glenn Frey

3. Joe Walsh

4. Randy Meisner

Top Matchups in the AFC Title Game

1. Rob Gronkowski vs. Jalen Ramsey: The Jags say they'll move defenders around, but expect Ramsey to see the Gronk a lot. He's the best defender the Jags have.

2. Nate Solder vs. Calais Campbell: Campbell has had a huge year for the Jags. Solder will probably get help against him, but he'll have to do a lot of work on his own,

3. Leonard Fournette vs. Kyle Van Noy: Much of the Jags' game plan will be to run the ball and keep it out of Blake Bortles hands. But the Patriots have been solid against the run this season.

4. Tom Brady vs. A.J. Bouye: Ramsey, deservedly, gets most of the attention in the secondary of the Jags. But Bouye is a good player, too. If the Jags can slow down Brady, they have a shot.

4 Key Matchups in the NFC title game

1. Case Keenum vs. Malcolm Jenkins: Keenum has had as good a season as any third-teamer has ever had. He's been solid in the games in which he hasn't been spectacular.

2. Nick Foles vs. Xavier Rhodes: Foles isn't Carson Wentz, but he's kept the Eagles alive. If he has to throw it, he's capable.

3. Stephon Diggs vs. Ronald Darby: Diggs proved on the game's final play last week just how dangerous he is.

4. Everson Griffen vs. Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Griffin is one of the league's premier pass rushers.

4 Best-ever Jaguars

1.  Tony Boselli

2. Jimmy Smith

3. Fred Taylor

4. Maurice Jones-Drew

Drafted Just Before Tom Brady

Pick 165: Minnesota.        Troy Walters, WR

Pick 187. Patriots              Antwan Harris,  CB

Pick 192  Philadelphia     John Romero,  C

Pick 195.  Jacksonville.   Emmanuel Smith , WR





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