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NFL Weekend with John Brockway with Playoff Picks

NFL Weekend with John Brockway with Playoff Picks

NFL WILD CARD ROUND GAME PICKS

Last week: 10-6
Regular Season Record: 160-96

CHIEFS AT TEXANS: THIS GAME SHOULD BE A TOUGH DEFENSIVE BATTLE RESULTING IN A LOW-SCORING GAME WHERE MISTAKES WILL MEAN EVEN MORE AND TAKING CARE OF THE BALL WILL BE EVEN MORE PRESCIOUS.

FIVE QUESTIONS:

1. CAN THE TEXANS FORCE ALEX SMITH TO THROW UNCHARACTERISTIC INTERCEPTIONS IN THE RED ZONE?

2. CAN THE CHIEFS SECONDARY CONTINUE TO MAKE PLAYS ON THE BALL AND SLOW DOWN WR DEANDRE HOPKINS?

3. WILL THE TEXANS HAVE SOMEONE ELSE BESIDES J.J. WATT GET PRESSURE ON THE QB?

4. WHICH TEAM’S RUNNING BACK TANDEM WILL MAKE THE BIG PLAY?

5. HOW CLOSE TO 100% IS CHIEFS LB JUSTIN HOUSTON AFTER MISSING A MONTH?

MATCHUP TO WATCH: TEXANS D-LINE VS CHIEFS O-LINE
PICK: CHIEFS 21-19

STEELERS AT BENGALS: A DIVISION RIVALRY THAT GETS PLAYED FOR A THIRD TIME THIS SEASON AFTER THE FIRST TWO RESULTED IN THE ROAD TEAM WINNING. BOTH TEAMS HAVE SOME BAD BLOOD TOWARDS EACH OTHER AFTER QUESTIONABLY CA– USED INJURIES TO KEY PLAYERS.

FIVE QUESTIONS:

1. CAN THE STEELERS RUN THE BALL WITHOUT DEANGELO WILLIAMS?

2. CAN A.J. MCCARRON MAKE MORE BIG PLAYS THAN NEGATIVE PLAYS?

3. CAN THE STEELERS O-LINE BUY BEN ROETHLISBERGER ENOUGH TIME TO GET THE BALL DOWN THE FIELD?
4. CAN BENGALS TE TYLER EIFERT BE STOPPED IN THE RED ZONE?

5. WILL BENGALS RB JEREMY HILL RETURN TO LAST YEAR’S LATE-SEASON FORM?

MATCHUP TO WATCH: STEELERS SECONDARY VS BENGALS RECEIVERS
PICK: STEELERS 27-24

SEAHAWKS AT VIKINGS: A REMATCH OF A MEETING EARLIER THIS SEASON WHERE SEATTLE WON 38-7. MINNESOTA WAS MISSING KEY DEFENSIVE PLAYERS IN THAT GAME WHO SHOULD ALL PLAY IN THIS ONE WHILE SEATTLE IS STILL MISSING STAR RB MARSHAWN LYNCH.

FIVE QUESTIONS:

1. WHO WILL STEP UP AND CARRY THE SEAHAWKS RUNNING GAME?

2. HOW EFFECTIVE WILL VIKINGS RB ADRIAN PETERSON BE WITH HIS RECENT BACK ISSUES?

3. CAN VIKINGS QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER DO ANYTHING AGAINST THE LEGION OF BOOM TO TAKE PRESSURE OF HIS O-LINE?

4. CAN THE VIKINGS LB’S KEEP RUSSELL WILSON DANCING IN THE POCKET AND LIMIT HIS RUNNING GAINS?

5. HOW WILL THE EXPECTED TEMPERATURES NEAR BELOW ZERO PLAY A ROLE IN THE GAME?

MATCHUP TO WATCH: VIKINGS LB’S VS RUSSELL WILSON
PICK: SEAHAWKS 23-17

PACKERS AT REDSKINS: AARON RODGERS AND THE GREEN BAY OFFENSE HAVEN’T BEEN IN SYNC ALL SEASON AND NOW MUST FACE RED-HOT QB KIRK COUSINS AND THE REDSKINS ON THEIR HOME TURF WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN SO GOOD MOST OF THIS SEASON.

FIVE QUESTIONS:

1. WILL THE RANDALL COBB AND EDDIE LACY OF PREVIOUS SEASONS FINALLY SHOW UP FOR THE PACKERS?

2. CAN REDSKINS QB KIRK COUSINS SUSTAIN HIS UNBELIEVABLE PLAY AT HOME AND AVOID COSTLY TURNOVERS?

3. CAN THE PACKERS LB’S STOP EMERGING REDSKINS TE JORDAN REED?

4. WILL THE PACKERS O-LINE GIVE AARON RODGERS ENOUGH TIME TO DO ANYTHING?

5. WHICH TEAM WILL CONVERT TOUCHDOWNS IN THE RED ZONE INSTEAD OF FIELD GOALS?

MATCHUP TO WATCH: REDSKINS PASS RUSH VS PACKERS PASS BLOCKING
PICK: REDSKINS 27-24

INJURY REPORT

• TEXANS LT DUANE BROWN OUT FOR SEASON WITH TORN RIGHT QUAD
• VIKINGS TE RHETT ELLISON OUT FOR SEASON WITH TORN PATELLAR TENDON IN KNEE
• CHIEFS STARTING C MITCH MORSE (CONCUSSION) OUT FOR WILD CARD GAME
• TEXANS WR NATE WASHINGTON (HIP) QUESTIONABLE FOR WILD CARD ROUND
• PATRIOTS QB TOM BRADY EXPECTED TO PLAY WITH HIGH-ANKLE SPRAIN AND BRUISED RIBS
• REDSKINS DB KYSHOEN JARRETT (NECK) OUT FOR SEASON
• BENGALS LB EMMANUEL LAMUR OUT FOR SEASON WITH LEFT KNEE INJURY
• CARDINALS DE COREY REDDING QUESTIONABLE FOR TEAM’S FIRST PLAYOFF GAME WITH HIGH-ANKLE SPRAIN
• PANTHERS CB CHARLES TILLMAN OUT FOR SEASON WITH TORN ACL
• STEELERS RB DEANGELO WILLIAMS (ANKLE) OUT FOR WILD CARD ROUND
• CHIEFS LB DEE FORD (CONCUSSION) QUESTIONABLE FOR WILD CARD ROUND

POSSIBLE WILD CARD RETURNS

• TEXANS WR CECIL SHORTS (HAMSTRING)
• TEXANS OLB JADEVEON CLOWNEY (FOOT)
• CHIEFS LB JUSTIN HOUSTON (KNEE)
• REDSKINS C KORY LICHTENSTEIGER (NECK)
• VIKINGS NT LINVAL JOSEPH (FOOT)

IN THE NEWS

• GIANTS HEAD COACH TOM COUGHLIN RESIGNS FROM HIS POSITION AFTER 12 SEASONS
• BUCS FIRE HEAD COACH LOVIE SMITH AFTER TWO SEASONS; TEAM ALSO FIRES DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR LESLIE FRAZIER
• BROWNS FIRE HEAD COACH MIKE PETTINE AND GM RAY FARMER AFTER TWO SEASONS; TEAM NAMES GENERAL COUNSEL SASHI BROWN AS VICE PRESIDENT OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS TO FILL FARMER’S ROLE
• 49ERS FIRE HEAD COACH JIM TOMSULA AFTER ONE SEASON
• COLTS SIGN HEAD COACH CHUCK PAGANO TO FOUR-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION AND GM RYAN GRIGSON TO THREE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION
• CHARGERS SIGN HEAD COACH MIKE MCCOY TO ONE-YEAR EXTENSION THROUGH 2017 SEASON
• DOLPHINS FIRE GM DENNIS HICKEY, NAME DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE SCOUTING CHRIS GRIER TO POSITION
• JAGUARS FIRE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR BOB BABICH AFTER THREE SEASONS
• COLTS FIRE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR GREG MANUSKY AFTER FOUR SEASONS; TEAM NAMES RAVENS LB’S COACH TED MONACHINO TO THE POSITION
• TITANS DECIDE NOT TO RENEW CONTRACT OF GM RUSTON WEBSTER
• CHARGERS FIRE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR FRANK REICH
• BROWNS NAME FORMER NEW YORK METS VP OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND SCOUTING PAUL DEPODESTA AS CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER
• BRONCOS OFFICIALLY NAME PEYTON MANNING STARTING QB FOR THE POSTSEASON
• BILLS OWNER TERRY PEGULA REPORTEDLY TELLS COACH REX RYAN AND GM DOUG WHALEY THEY WILL BE FIRED IF THEY DON’T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS NEXT SEASON
• RAMS, CHARGERS, AND RAIDERS ALL OFFICIALLY FILE FOR RELOCATION TO LOS ANGELES
• BROWNS QB JOHNNY MANZIEL REPORTEDLY SHOWED UP TO TEAM FACILITIES “DISHEVELED AND INEBRIATED” LAST WEEK, SKIPPED A MANDATORY SUNDAY MEDICAL CHECK AND TRIED TO HIDE HIS PRESENCE IN LAS VEGAS OVER THE WEEKEND
• LIONS WR CALVIN JOHNSON SAYS HE IS GIVING SERIOUS CONSIDERATION TO RETIREMENT
• SAINTS COACH SEAN PAYTON WILL RETURN TO TEAM NEXT SEASON
• REDSKINS SIGN FORMER SEAHAWKS AND RAVENS CB CARY WILLIAMS FOR REMAINDER OF SEASON

John Brockway can be heard talking NFL on the Spadora on Sports Radio Program. His blog can be found at SpadoraOnSports.com

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