Effectively, that was enjoyable wasn’t it? Tremendous Wild Card Weekend was an entire lot like Wild Card Weekend … however SUPER! Every part is extra enjoyable once you throw “Tremendous” in entrance of it. See: Mario Bros., Nintendo, man, and bowl. Sorry, I can’t sustain this facade. This was all an try by the NFL to make more cash, so congrats I assume.
We actually, actually didn’t must see the Buccaneers blow out the Eagles or the Chiefs destroy the Steelers in a 3 hour broadcasting ode to Ben Roethlisberger — however we did, and it was simply essentially the most boring a part of the weekend.
Extra isn’t all the time extra. The 4 recreation weekend construction was already good. The 2 NFC, two AFC symmetry was there and it was pleasant. Now we’re pushing this entire factor into Monday, with an unbalanced three recreation Sunday. I perceive that raging in opposition to the machine is an unpractical enterprise, I simply hope the gamers see some profit within the subsequent CBA of being put in danger in an additional week of standard season and a further playoff recreation.
Now, let’s not make investments any extra time in why this weekend was dangerous and as an alternative have a look at the wonderful stuff that occurred.
Winner: Josh Allen
There have been plenty of huge winners at quarterback this week, however none greater than Josh Allen. Past the unimaginable stats it was way more concerning the assertion Allen made on Saturday than anything.
Don’t get me incorrect, usually I abhor this concept of a “assertion recreation.” It’s a kind of buzz-word sports activities phrases we cook dinner up for narrative’s sake, however don’t actually signify the fact of the athletes who’re taking part in the sport. They don’t care about “statements,” they function to win, transfer on, repeat.
Nonetheless, the optics of Payments vs. Patriots is very large. It’s huge within the common season, and mammoth within the playoffs — even contemplating the wild card. This can be a rivalry solid in a crucible, and the primary stoked with the frustration of a long time of the Payments being second. A yr in the past we have been speaking concerning the shift in energy within the division heading to Buffalo, and that turned again mid-2021 because it grew to become obvious New England was removed from lifeless.
For whereas it appeared that the Payments can be heading again to ready for his or her flip. The Patriots surged with Mac Jones midseason because the Payments floundered, then Buffalo surged again whereas New England regressed. That made the playoff assembly a toss up. The door was shut on all that actually shortly.
Buffalo didn’t simply beat the Patriots, they obliterated them — and it was on the again on Allen’s good recreation. Moments like this are why the Payments had a lot religion in extending him final offseason in an enormous contract. When you’ll be able to beat the Patriots at dwelling within the playoffs it’s the final word signal of issues altering.
Probably the most outstanding factor about Allen’s recreation is what number of completely different weapons he used by the air. He accomplished 21 passes to 9 completely different receivers, displaying a different passing assault that’s been missed a lot this yr.
The subsequent step in opposition to the Chiefs can be significantly tougher, however for now the Payments are table-diving kings.
Loser: This dildo
Dildo throwing is a Buffalo custom. I get that. However I really feel dangerous for the dildo. It wasn’t created to be thrown on a frozen subject, and mocked. It didn’t get solid out of top quality seam-free vulcanized rubber to be pointed at and mocked. It’s presupposed to be hidden, non-public, not ejected into the closest stadium trash can after the sport was over.
I really feel dangerous for it.
Winner: Patrick Mahomes
For those who throw 5 touchdowns and destroy a playoff crew you’re a winner. I don’t make the principles. That stated, I won’t forgive him for thus throughly dismantling the Steelers that we primarily had three hours of announcers bloviating about Ben Roethlisberger.
Loser: These unhappy Cowboys followers
There are such a lot of pictures of unhappy Cowboys followers we’ve got a surplus, however this one is basically leaping off the display screen to me.
Is that this the top to the playoffs or a wake for the cancellation of Jersey Shore? You Inform me.
Winner: The Chiefs’ unimaginable flex
This might be extraordinarily poor stadium planning, however I don’t care as a result of it’s hilarious.
Certain, the Chiefs might have simply pretended this by no means occurred. I don’t understand how many individuals would have observed there weren’t landing fireworks — however rubbing it on this this actually sells the second. Additionally that line about instantly complaints is simply pleasant. I’d like to know if anybody took the crew up on this.
Winner: Deebo Samuel and Jerick McKinnon
I’m placing this duo collectively as a result of they actually fall into related characters. Each are two of essentially the most thrilling multi-purpose weapons within the NFL, falling into the realm of hydrid weapons the fashionable NFL loves.
McKinnon is technically a operating again. Samuel is a large receiver on paper — each are a very powerful every-down threats on their respective groups. Attending to shine on a nationwide stage was great for each of them, and present the world the form of gamers that dominate the fashionable NFL.
Samuel: 10 carries, 72 yards, 1 TD — 3 receptions, 38 yards
McKinnon: 12 carries, 61 yards — 6 receptions, 81 yards, 1 TD
I like to see these guys thrive, and with each groups shifting on I’m excited to see what occurs subsequent.