Rube Sports Radio #24
NFL playoffs reached a climax with an exciting divisional championship round.
Intro – unbelievable Minnesota Vikings finish. The reaction was equally as entertaining. The Rubes discussed how it all went down with the New Orleans Saints versus Minnesota Vikings finish.
Rube Mike discussed how he lost a friend because he made fun of his friend’s vague Facebook status update ways. Lance disclosed that he recently repaired a friendship with his fantasy football commissioner.
Review of NFL games:
New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings:
Things Minnesota Vikings should be happy with – put the curse to bed, Case Keenum gets a playoff win.
Things Minnesota Vikings should be concerned about – giving up 17 points in the fourth quarter, the play of Case Keenum (throwing off back foot, lofting passes, was getting hit from a less-than-stellar pass rushing front), inability to run against an average rush defense.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers – crazy game, with the Jags giving up a crap-ton of yards and points.
Things Jacksonville Jaguars should be happy with – Blake Bortles is now a seasoned playoff vet with two wins under his belt, did not have to rely on Blake Bortles to win the game as defense scored and rushing attack was clicking.
Things Jacksonville Jaguars should be concerned about – they gave up a boatload of passing yards (469 yards), they only had 2 sacks, defense couldn’t put the Pittsburgh Steelers away.
Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots – just as Mike said last week, that if the Titans weren’t competitive against the Patriots then Mike Mularkey would be fired. Mularkey was essentially fired. Lance found a way to argue that he wasn’t.
Things New England Patriots should be happy with – offensively, the team is clicking and playing at a high level, Jacksonville Jaguars took out a major threat to New England Patriots and its defense by eliminating the Pittsburgh Steelers, pass defense had a lot of pressure put on Marcus Mariota.
Things New England Patriots should be concerned about – susceptible to the run in the regular season but shut down Derrick Henry last week, though not many rushing attempts. Still a concern. If Leonard Fournette is healthy, New England Patriots will have to get creative. 64% third down efficiency at home against a bad team. Mike would have expected to see this closer to 80%. Also, the Patriots gave up 2/3 fourth down conversions.
Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles –
Things Philadelphia Eagles should be happy with – they get an extra day of rest more than the Minnesota Vikings, Nick Foles didn’t give the game away with bad decision making, defense was legit against a prolific balanced Atlanta attack. Next week’s game is at home.
Things Philadelphia Eagles should be concerned about – Nick Foles didn’t make a play to win the game. It feels more like they barely hung on, and if the game had another quarter then Philadelphia Eagles would have easily lost. Not much offensive production against what was a slightly better than average defense during the regular season.
Scotty’s Terrible Take – Scott officially jumped the shark this past weekend, as he refused to admit that Teddy Bridgewater was not on the active playoff roster. It went so far that Scott cheered against the Minnesota Vikings just so he could try to spin that his Teddy Bridgewater take is correct. Sad.
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Upcoming NFL playoff games:
Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots:
Mike: New England Patriots favored by 9 points at home. Some might argue that this isn’t enough. Jacksonville surprised many by beating the Steelers last weekend, but they aren’t going to surprise Belichick who has seen it all. Bill Belichick takes away your strength. Expect to see a lot of exotic pressure on Bortles that will make him check out of rushing plays and keep the ball in his hands. For Jacksonville, I expect they will try to counter Belichick’s brilliance by smashing Fournette at them. If he’s not healthy or the rush isn’t effective, Blake Bortles will melt down. And I expect that will happen. This is the big time, and Jacksonville just isn’t ready. The Jaguars fans will be happy with the season and New England will continue the Brady legacy with another Super Bowl appearance. Take the Patriots and give up the points.
Lance: Take Jacksonville and the points, and he also calls for a Jacksonville win straight up.
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles:
Lance’s emotional breakdown: Low scoring game. Lance admits his purple goggles are on. He takes Minnesota to win straight up and to cover the points. Mike pointed out that the over/under for the game is 38.5. Lance took the under and Mike took the over.
Mike’s detailed breakdown: Mike declared that he’s all in for emotionally pulling for the Vikings. He is #SKOL. Logically, though - Minnesota Vikings favored by 3 points on the road. The Eagles players didn’t like being underdogs last weekend against Atlanta, who were favored by a greater margin by Vegas. Some players were seen wearing some disturbing animal masks after the game, I thought I was watching a Stanley Kubrick film, like some Clockwork Orange stuff going on. Really bizarre stuff, but I get it. I’m pretty sure they aren’t happy about being underdogs again this week. That doesn’t bode well for Minnesota. Also not good for Minnesota, the Philadelphia Eagles have a statistically similar pass rush as New Orleans Saints, but Philadelphia has a much better rushing defense than the Saints, which leaves even more on Case Keenum’s shoulder. Philadelphia Eagles will make Case Keenum beat them by air. The key for Minnesota is for Keenum to get rid of the ball quickly. Fast decisions and neutralize the Philly front, much like Eli Manning proved was Philadelphia’s achilles heel back in September. If Case hangs on to the ball, expect to see a quick quarterback change to the fast throwing Sam Bradford. With the better decision making and quicker release, Minnesota Vikings win this game if Bradford plays more than one quarter. Otherwise, Philadelphia goes to the Super Bowl in what will be one of the more unexpected outcomes since they lost their franchise quarterback. Take Philadelphia and the points.
On average, the Eagles produce 1.94 turnovers per game whereas the Vikings are at 1.18/game. This might be the telling factor in the game, where Philadelphia has had 6 defensive scores this season to 1 by Minnesota. According to Mike, this will be the deciding factor in this game, and the game will go in Philadelphia’s favor as a result.