Intro: Mike tells Lance to drop the false bravado, he's terrible at picking games. Mike 4/11 on playoff pick-'em and Lance is 3/11. Also, on our bracket challenge, Lance only got 3 slots total correct, with no possibility of getting any more. Mike has 7 slots correct, with the possibility of one more if New England wins the Super Bowl. And, to keep piling on, Mike absolutely destroyed Lance in playoff fantasy. Lance needs to admit that Mike leads in every major category and is the superior sports brain.
New England Patriots versus Jacksonville Jaguars:
Mike was wrong against spread, but was right straight up. Blake Bortles played really well for three quarters. Mike even commented to his son that Blake was having the game of his career. He'd never seen him so accurate. But, as is often the case in the NFL where elite teams separate themselves from wanna-bees at the QB slot. Having a QB who can make plays (and Mike is not talking about making throws, like completing a third down pass - Lance gets excited about that) is the difference in winning and losing. When Jacksonville needed Bortles to get them a touchdown, he couldn’t do it. Jacksonville with two field goals in the second half, and Patriots with two touchdowns in the second half. All the difference in the NFL world.
Patriots locked down on the rushing attack in the second half and made Blake beat them, which he couldn’t do.
Even with Gronk out, the injured Brady did what everyone except Lance and Scott expected.
New England Patriots with just as many sacks (3) as Sacksonville.
Jacksonville went soft: That was Jacksonville CB A.J. Bouye's complaint after the game: "We just started playing soft. We started calling more zone, and they just knew what we were going to run. We were running back-to-back the same calls."
Brady and Gronk now have two weeks to repair themselves, and Coach Belichick will have a special gameplan for the Eagles.
Scott’s Terrible Take:
Honorary honors should go to Lance for making fun of Scott calling this a passing league. Then, moments later, a passing heavy Patriots team roared back to beat a running heavy Jacksonville team. Then, later, a balanced attacking Minnesota team fell apart against a pass heavy Philadelphia team with the University of Arizona stud Nick Foles putting up 352 yards and 3 touchdowns against the second best pass defense in the league.
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles:
Nick Foles is the first quarterback in NFL history to have a passer rating over 100 (100+) in his first three postseason starts (min. 30 attempts).
Foles and Joe Montana are the only two quarterbacks in NFL history to have back-to-back games in the postseason completing 75 percent of their passes.
Fact: When the team needed a score, Nick Foles made the throw. The offensive coordinator stayed aggressive and kept the field spread. The offensive line protected their QB. Whereas, when Minnesota needed a play, Case Keenum couldn’t do it. Once the Vikings got outside their scripted plays, Keenum wasn’t effective. Vikings were 0/3 in the red zone.
The defense folded and Keenum was exposed. I’ve said it all year. Keenum was bloated by an easy schedule. When challenged on the road, the team just wasn’t as good (Pittsburgh, Carolina).
Lance and the other Rubes allowed yourselves to get built up on false hope. But, they’ve got a heck of a memory with the Minneapolis Miracle, and now it’s time to watch two effective offenses battle it out.
Mike said last week that the Minnesota Vikings vs Philadelphia Eagles game would come down to turniovers. Lance made fun of Mike's sabermetrics, but Mike said Philly would create them and Minnesota wouldn’t because that’s what the facts support. The result? Eagles with three turnovers and Vikings with zero. Yep.
Defense gave up 71% on 3rd down efficiency.
Philly average gain per passing play was 10.2 yards. This includes incompletions. Vikings? 5.4.
Next up, the Super Bowl.
Also next week, we bring in Dean Grillo, Hockey Agent with O2K Worldwide Management as a guest host. It's gonna be fun.