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Author: Joshua Buckhalter

Conference Championship Sunday Popcorn-Worthy

NEW ORLEANS, LA – NOVEMBER 4: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints tries to avoid the rush of Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 4, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Rams 45-35. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Many consider the Conference Championship round the best week in the playoffs. After an all-chalk divisional round, only four teams remain alive for a chance to play in the Super Bowl. The top defensive teams are out while the top-four scoring offenses remain. Will home-field advantage be the deciding...

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NFL Divisional Round Up in 2018

HOUSTON, TX – JANUARY 05: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass as Anthony Castonzo #74 blocks Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans in the second half during the Wild Card Round at NRG Stadium on January 5, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) With the divisional roundup and all four matchups so different in nature, there should be no shortage of excitement. There are plenty of storylines, as usual, but it is as open a field as it has been in some time. No team left is close to infallible and...

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John Lynch: Hall of Fame Impact

SAN DIEGO – JANUARY 26: John Lynch #47 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates the victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Buccaneers won 48-21. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Quick, who threw the first pitch in Miami Marlins history? The surprising answer is former All-Pro safety and current San Francisco 49ers general manager, John Lynch. He was selected 66th overall in the 1992 MLB draft. Lynch accomplished the feat with the, then, Florida Marlins’ minor-league affiliate. Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh asked him to give...

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Already Champ, Bailey Deserves Hall of Fame Nod

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – FEBRUARY 02: Cornerback Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos reacts in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Roland Champ Bailey was selected seventh overall by the Washington Redskins in the 1999 NFL draft after a standout career at the University of Georgia. He spent much of the next fifteen years locking down his side of the field. After being named a 2019 finalist, a Hall of Fame nod should be the...

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Wild Card Weekend All About Rematches

HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 09: A view down the line of scrimmage in the second half of the game between the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) It is playoff time again. That means that everything gets ratcheted up a notch starting this wild card weekend. This year’s wild card round is all about rematches. All four games feature opponents with significant history adding to the already palpable energy. Narratives Aplenty Third time’s the charm Our first wild card rematch pits the Houston Texans...

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Chicago Bears Roll into the Playoffs

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 30: Nick Kwiatkoski #44 of the Chicago Bears celebrates with Mitchell Trubisky #10 after catching the ball for a two point conversion in the fourth quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) The 2018 Chicago Bears roll into the playoffs with a full head of steam after beating the Minnesota Vikings on the road. Next, they welcome the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to Soldier Field; fitting as they begin their own championship run. Will the Eagles...

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Dream Date: Intriguing Super Bowl LIII Matchups

NEW ORLEANS, LA – DECEMBER 23: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes against Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (90) on December 23, 2018 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Sure, it is week 17 in the NFL, and not every playoff participant has been determined. It is still fun to ponder what dream date Super Bowl LIII may hold. Two potential meetings, in particular, stand out as dream dates. That is, they pair the storylines and intrigue off the field with anticipation and drama on it....

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Chicago Bears Avoid Letdown, Still Alive for a First-Round Bye

SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 23: Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears hands the ball off to Jordan Howard #24 during their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) The Chicago Bears were fortunate to avoid a letdown against the San Francisco 49ers, meaning that a bye into the divisional round of the playoffs remains a possibility. They need the Los Angeles Rams to lose to the Niners in week 17 to make it happen though. How should the team approach this week’s tilt against the Minnesota Vikings?...

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NFL’s Top Teams Struggle Defensively

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 16: Running back Wendell Smallwood #28 of the Philadelphia Eagles makes a first down run in front of cornerback Marcus Peters #22 of the Los Angeles Rams in the third quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Four of the NFL’s top teams struggle defensively. They have survived the issues so far, but the competition level is about to increase exponentially. Kansas City BBQ The Kansas City Chiefs offense, led by second-year wunderkind Patrick Mahomes, lead the league in points per game...

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