Mike Jones USA TODAY Published 5:07 PM EST Jan 14, 2019 And so they meet again. The NFL couldn’t have asked for a better Championship Sunday scenario, as its four premier teams are set for rematches in the NFC and AFC title games. The New Orleans Saints will host the Los Angeles Rams, and the Kansas City Chiefs will take on the visiting New England Patriots. The initial meetings proved quite compelling. In Week 6, the Patriots prevailed 43-40 to hand the Chiefs their first loss of the season. Meanwhile, the Saints’ 45-35 triumph in Week 9 ruined the Rams’ perfect record. The defeats should have provided valuable lessons that could help the Rams and Chiefs avoid repeat outcomes. Meanwhile, the regular-season victors have blueprints for success. Here’s a look at what we (and these teams) learned from their regular-season meetings: Rams vs. Saints How the first meeting went down: After trading touchdowns with the … [Read more...] about NFL playoffs: What first meetings taught us about AFC, NFC title games
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AP Updated 4:03 AM EST Dec 13, 2018 Nobody is questioning Jerry Jones anymore about trading a first-round pick for Amari Cooper. The Cowboys are 5-1 since the 24-year-old wide receiver was acquired from Oakland for a 2019 selection that will likely be in the 20s. They're one win from securing the NFC East title after Cooper dominated the Philadelphia Eagles last week, catching 10 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns in a 29-23 overtime victory. Cooper had 22 catches for 280 yards and one TD in six games for Oakland. He has 40 receptions for 642 yards and six TDs with Dallas (8-5). Dak Prescott had an 87.4 passer rating in seven games without Cooper, but it's 105.7 with him. Oddly, Derek Carr's rating was 94.5 with Cooper and 101.1 without him, but the Raiders are 3-10. Cooper hasn't only helped improve Dallas' passing attack but the run game, too. Ezekiel Elliott is averaging 107.2 yards rushing in the last six games, up from 88.4 before Cooper joined the team. Here's a look … [Read more...] about Amari Cooper’s impact on Cowboys immeasurable
Lorenzo Reyes USA TODAY Published 6:09 AM EST Dec 6, 2018 We’re down to the last quarter of the season, when NFL playoff races tighten up, individual player awards are won and lost and coaches could be on notice. In particular, there are two NFC matchups this week with massive playoff implications. Here are six questions for Week 14: Will the Packers offense be better without Mike McCarthy? In atypical move for the franchise, the Packers fired coach Mike McCarthy and have turned to offensive coordinator Joe Philbin to take over. Depth at receiver is still a problem for the offense, and running back Aaron Jones needs more touches. But against the Falcons, Philbin will have his first chance to call plays in a non-exhibition game since 1996, so a learning curve is to be expected. Look for him to rely heavily on Aaron Rodgers – one of the smartest quarterbacks in the NFL – and give his star the kind of plays he's most … [Read more...] about Dallas Cowboys’ key matchup vs. Eagles leads NFL Week 14 questions
Welcome back to the NFL Fun Power Rankings, where we value excitement and intrigue over wins and losses. This list is all about working out which NFL teams are worthy of your busy eyes, and which deserve to be rolled up in a carpet, set on fire, loaded into a big rocket and blasted off into the sun. There were quite a few movers and shakers in week 11 - a week which saw the Chiefs and Rams play out one of the greatest games in NFL history, Lamar Jackson make his first career start, and the Raiders win a football game. I know, anything really is possible. Here's how we stand heading into Thanksgiving, aka the day which officially marks the beginning of the 'business end' of the season. 32. New York Jets (down 1) Good news: For the first time in weeks the Jets weren't utterly abject on Sunday. Bad news: That's only because they were on a bye. All the early season optimism has faded from New Jersey, and if you watch their last few performances back it's hard to see how they've got to … [Read more...] about NFL Fun Power Rankings, week 11: Where do Rams and Chiefs stand after Monday night’s record-breaking showdown?
When Matt Nagy accepted the Bears’ coaching job, he knew of Tarik Cohen, but he didn’t know all about the 5-foot-6 running back, receiver and returner. The 2017 fourth-round draft pick out of North Carolina A&T did it all in Sunday’s third straight victory. He caught seven passes for a game-best 121 yards (17.3-yard average) including a 9-yard TD, he rushed 13 times for 53 yards (4.1-yard average) and he returned three punts for 14 yards, only a 4.7-yard average, but he’s still fifth in the NFL with a 12.8-yard average. “I knew about him, just from coming out of college, but I didn’t know everything about him,” Nagy said. “First of all, I didn’t know how great of a route runner he was, (and) I didn’t know how well he was going to be able to handle this playbook. “He’s really exceptional at being able to digest everything we give him, and he has such natural hands. He has big hands for a little guy, really … [Read more...] about Bears: Nagy makes good use of explosive Cohen all over field