Overreacting, NFL Division Round Reality Check: Will Cowboys Move From Dak Prescott? Bengals Save NFL?

Overreacting, NFL Division Round Reality Check: Will Cowboys Move From Dak Prescott? Bengals Save NFL?

An exciting weekend of divisional playoff football has come to an end. philadelphia eagles Against San Francisco 49ers with the Kansas City Chiefs to host the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFC Championship Game and the AFC Championship Game.

The NFL has two of the best teams in the NFC all season for Super Bowl rights and a rematch of last year’s AFC title game with two of the conference’s best quarterbacks as nightcaps. Sunday will be the NFL at its best.

Before getting ahead of the matchups, the Divisional Round provided a number of overreactions that need to be addressed this week. Which are the overreactions and which are the reality checks?

of bengals Saved Conference Championship Weekend

Overreaction or reality: real

Let’s be honest. The NFL was salivating at the prospect of a Neutral Site Championship Game between the two teams. kansas city chiefs When buffalo bills50,000 tickets sold at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium packed with Chiefs and Bills fans could set the stage for a future Neutral Site Conference Championship game should the Bills beat the Bengals. I have.

Thanks to Cincinnati’s defeat of Buffalo at Orchard Park, the NFL never got the beta test it wanted. If the NFL entered a conference championship game on a neutral site, the league wouldn’t have visual evidence of the actual game to make it happen.

Thank you Bengals for making it happen. The world will never know what the neutral site championship game will look like.

Overreaction or reality: overreaction

Prescott was in poor shape in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers, completing 23-of-37 passes for 206 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions (63.6 rating). This is just one of Prescott’s poor divisional round performances, which has yet to lead the Cowboys to a conference championship game.

This performance isn’t just Prescott’s, as the Cowboys only had 76 rushing yards and 3.5 yards per carry. After Dallas lost Tony Pollard to a sprained ankle, the offense scored just 6 points on 6 second-half possessions and gained 146 yards (4.4 yards per play) on 33 plays.

Prescott didn’t do too well in the second half either, going 11-of-21 for 125 yards without a touchdown or an interception (rating 70.5). Not what Dallas is paying him $40 million a year for, he did nothing to help the Cowboys win the playoffs.

In the end, the Cowboys would stick to Prescott’s contract. Owner/general manager Jerry Jones will play around with a salary-inflated roster and find a new coach to get the most out of Prescott, so Prescott will give them the best chance to win (However, Jones says McCarthy’s job is safe).

Anyway, the end result might be the same.

Brock Purdy struggles with Eagles pass rush

Overreaction or reality: real

Purdy didn’t do well when facing the pressure in Sunday’s win, posting a 39.6 passer rating and going 3-of-11 for 24 yards. When Purdy took the blitz, he went 3-of-6 for his 38 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions, and finished with his rating of 70.1 passers.

The Cowboys were able to put Purdy under pressure the entire game despite having only two sacks and four quarterback hits. That was enough to rattle Purdy and pull him off the field, limiting the 49ers’ offense to just 19 points (averaging 34.8 points per game in their last six games with Purdy).

Purdy deserves a lot of credit for not making the serious mistakes that Prescott made. He will face an Eagles pass rush next week that has 75 sacks this season (postseason included). If Purdy continues to play turnover-free football, his numbers against pressure become less important.

Regardless, the Eagles’ pass rush will be the best pass rush Purdy has faced this year — and he faced a good one on Sunday.

Joe Burrow is the best quarterback in the AFC

Overreaction or reality: overreaction

This could easily become a reality, especially as Barrow continues to demonstrate mastery over Chiefs and Beerus. Burrow led the Bengals to the snow Buffaloes and dominated the Bills, and for 242 yards he completed 23 of 36 passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions (rating 101.9). Burrow has more playoff wins (five) than any other quarterback in the NFL in the past two years, and his season in the league is still his third.

So why isn’t Barrow the best quarterback? I have never. Burrow defeated Josh Allen in the playoffs with Mahomes. He has never lost an AFC playoff game.

Mahomes won his second league MVP, won a Super Bowl title, and led Kansas City to a conference championship game at home for the fifth straight season. He won his two MVPs and becomes the first quarterback to win a Super Bowl title before turning 30.

If Burrow beats Mahomes next week, he’ll be crowned the AFC’s best quarterback for a long time. Regardless, he’s already on his way to legendary status.

Losing Von Miller was a fatal blow to Bills’ season

Overreaction or reality: real

The Bills brought in Miller at a key moment in the postseason to put significant pressure on Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow so they could send Buffalo to the Super Bowl. (a torn ACL) and the Bills’ pass rush suffered.

The Buffaloes have a hard time getting to quarterbacks along the way, and Sunday’s divisional round loss to Cincinnati showed that. That’s not good considering he started with two backup tackles and a backup right guard (3/5 of the offensive line was reserve).

Burrow had a relatively easy day with few hits in the game (just three). The Bills didn’t even get to Barrow for most of the afternoon, and he was able to direct the game and make some big plays. To make matters worse, the Bills had their defense dominated by a makeshift line as Cincinnati rushed for his 172 yards and averaged 5.1 yards per carry.

This Bills team has a lot to worry about, but this group needed Miller to give him a deep post-season run. The pass rush was virtually non-existent as Miller was lost that year.

Lane Johnson is the real key to the Eagles’ Super Bowl hopes

Overreaction or reality: real

That’s no small feat for Jalen Hurts, a top-five quarterback in the league with a 15-1 record in his last 16 games. His shoulder pain was “enough,” so it didn’t matter that the Eagles entered the first game of the playoffs as the No. 1 seed. The Eagles are an excellent team with healthy hearts.

Johnson is key to the Eagles winning the Super Bowl. Johnson, who chose not to have surgery and played the postseason with a torn adductor muscle in his groin, faced his snap as he rushed 26 passes in Saturday’s game. giantsJohnson disallowed pressure, sacks, quarterback hits, and a 0.0% pressure percentage. Kavon Thibodeau didn’t have a single pressure to face Johnson.

When Johnson isn’t playing, the right side of the Eagles’ offensive line is exposed. Jack Driscoll has a solid job, but he’s not a future Hall of Fame right tackle. It is shown.

The Eagles can win games without Johnson, but they need him on the field to win the Super Bowl. When both Johnson and Hurts are on the field, they are dominant.

The Giants’ offensive line is something that needs to be rebuilt on the roster

Overreaction or reality: real

While Daniel Jones didn’t do well in Saturday’s loss to the Eagles (15 of 27 yards for 135 yards, no touchdowns, interceptions with a 53.8 rating), the Giants’ quarterback was pretty let down by his offensive line. . The Eagles had 26 pressures and 5 sacks against the Giants in the division round victory, with 5 rushes allowed by Evan Neal (who had an 8.6% pressure rate).

John Feliciano also allowed a pressure percentage of 8.6% and Nick Gates was 7.7%, a less than ideal score for a defensive line that had 70 sacks in the regular season. With Jones already having little time to play in a limited offense, the offensive line forced Jones to make mistakes by staying out of his spot all night.

The offensive line needs to develop Neil and rebuild internally if the Giants want to make it to the Super Bowl.

Chiefs can win AFC as long as Patrick Mahomes is on the field

Overreaction or reality: overreaction

This all depends on Mahomes and how serious his ankle injury is. Mahomes was given eight days to rest his sprained ankle, but he decided to extend the play. Without the improvisational ability to get the ball to the receiver, there are concerns about what Mahomes will become.

Next, the Chiefs lost all three games in the last two years against Joe Burrow’s Bengals, who have never won under Mahomes. Mahomes has played well with the Bengals in these matchups, but it remains questionable how healthy he will be this week.

As long as Mahomes is on the field and Andy Reid is head coach, the Chiefs will always have a Super Bowl chance. Can Mahomes put in yet another valiant performance and add to his legacy? It’s hard to doubt Mahomes given his background, but the AFC Championship Game brought a lot of drama in the days leading up to the showdown. would have

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