What a great first weekend of the NFL playoffs! Every game but one was very close and there was one huge upset. So what have we learned from this weekend?
1. Andy Reid’s time is up in Kansas City
The Chiefs have no excuses for blowing a 21-3 lead at home. The Chiefs lost 22-21 to the Titans after looking like unstoppable in the first half. NFL leading rusher Kareem had 5 carries for the final 48 minutes of the game. How do you not run the ball with a lead? Andy Reid has the reputation of his teams having good records in the regular season and failing in the postseason and Saturday’s game just reinforced that.
2. Playoff experience matters
The game between the Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams featured a team with a great deal of playoff experience versus a team with almost no playoff experience. The team with lots of experience (Atlanta) ended up winning 26-13 in a game that was never close. The Rams had a great season and a bright future, but they proved that the the playoffs are different than the regular season.
3. The Jaguars’ defense must be really good
The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Buffalo Bills 10-3 in a game that set the game of football back 50 years. Black Bortles had 87 yards passing – for the whole game! The Bills don’t have the greatest offense, but the Jaguars defense has looked very good all year, especially their passing defense. They had 2 sacks and an interception today and gave the Jaguars’ offense the luxury of playing it safe.
4. The Saints might be unstoppable
I’m calling it right now – the New Orleans Saints are going to the Super Bowl. How can you beat them? They beat the Carolina Panthers 31-26 and proved they don’t have many weaknesses. If you stop the run (which would be very difficult because rookie running back Alvin Kamara is one the best in the league), Drew Brees will beat you in the passing game. The Saints defense is also good enough to keep any lead the offense gives them. Good luck, rest of the league!