There isn’t much you can do about it in the current circumstances … but one of the (few!) unfortunate aspects of the NFL postseason is the potential endangerment of teams playing in domes that are now frozen. </ This is the case here as the Colts are forced to play outside their home territory, which is in keeping with Buffalo's legitimate claim to home advantage. It'll be most interesting to see the likes of Colts QB Philip Rivers – all too happy for the longest time to play his home games in Southern California to represent the Chargers before moving his gear to Indianapolis to have the Colts colors in theirs Bear dome. Rivers is fortunate that Saturday's midday high in Orchard Park is set to hover above freezing, with wind in the modest single digits.
We wouldn’t be surprised if the stamping bills landed on the long end of the scoreboard given the conditions – and while we’re a little cynical about the top of Rivers in the cool box, the spot is generous. There is no question that we want to keep this game « low » in terms of total scores instead of getting too dizzy about a page in the market, given our concerns that Buffalo may peak too soon.
This is awkward for the obvious reason: At this writing, it is far from clear whether Rams QB Jared Goff will be available for the ministry. Against the lesser competition over the last six weeks of the regular season, the Seahawks allowed 17, 17, 3, 15, 9 and 23 points so you know they are capable of getting the most out of chess games. Deputy QB John Wolford (of Wake Forest) was up for the Rams against Arizona in week 17 with a 22-for-38 day – though three field goals, a safety, and an 84-yard interception return spanned Los Angeles scored.
Despite all of this, it’s not inconceivable that the Rams could get top recipient Cooper Kupp back for this competition, which in theory would help any likely quarterback in a significant way. The Rams will also quickly take revenge on this enemy, who lost a 20-9 exchange of blows to the Seahawks two weeks ago.
It’s not easy for us to see that one of these sides has a significant daylight advantage over the opens up to others, apart from critical injuries, which affect key positions, as each side tries to provoke the other into a significant mistake. Look at the rams, better defensively, to be less likely to slip.
Matchups are important. Casual fans couldn’t get enough of the Bucs when they opened with less than a touchdown. Tom Brady and Tampa Bay scored the catnip with their clear scoring chances. But wait! Washington is here in large part for the brutal strength of its passport rush, spurred on by relentless activists: top class names like Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat and Daron Payne – with monstrous rookie Chase Young to top it off.
The tone of office in this competition will be critical. Chances are, without joining the Bucs offensive line, Brady will be tired of studying the looters in Washington for more than three hours. As good as Brady is, this is a difficult challenge, and we will be the first to congratulate them if they manage to comfortably break free of the home boys.
In such matchups, we usually tend to go along with swinging the generous lead in the hopes that Alex Smith can participate in a decent percentage of Washington’s offensive snapshots. Take Washington and what we believe is the superior team of coaches, as well as the generous space, and hope that the nation’s representatives control the pace to maintain a relatively calm pace.
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