FSU in the National Football League: 2017 schedule for Divisional Playoff Weekend

Jose Verdugo
Enero 13, 2018

In a typical year, that work is already underway at the host site for the Super Bowl, but the National Football League is forced to work around the Vikings as the team prepares to host a divisional round playoff game this weekend, and possibly prepares for a home game in the NFC Championship Game the following weekend.

This might be the best game of the weekend and is also a rematch of sorts from a regular-season game. "Keep heading to the Super Bowl so we can win that".

Their reward is a trip to Philadelphia.

Given the way Philadelphia has played on offense in recent weeks (13 points in two games), its defense's margin for error may be small. The Rams may have been the more talented team, but this talent just did not look ready for the stage, while the Falcons were.

Last week, the Titans showed great heart in their 22-21 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead.

Last week I wrote that if the Titans were to have any chance of beating Kansas City, running back Derrick Henry had to have a big game, and he did!

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The Steelers defense will likely key on Jaguars back Leonard Fournette after he ran for 181 yards in the regular-season matchup.

- Philadelphia have totalled under 220 yards of offense in their last two home games, the first time they have done so since September 12-19, 1999. They've got to still be hurting from February's loss in the Super Bowl when they saw a 28-3 third-quarter lead evaporate at the hands of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. After all, this is a trio which has delivered unrivalled success over the past 18 years. As noted by The Star Tribune, teams competing in the Super Bowl get roughly 17.5 percent of the ticket revenue to the game, with the league getting 25.2 percent and 34.8 percent being shared between the rest of the NFL franchises not playing or hosting the game.

"I was disappointed about the way the first game went and the way it turned out". Jacksonville, who beat the Buffalo Bills 10-3 to set up a meeting with the Steelers, enjoy a surprising 13-11 all-time record over Pittsburgh, including a 30-9 victory in October. In addition, running back Le'veon Bell started playing his best football toward the end of the season, so the Steelers offense should be firing on all cylinders.

That being said, only one team has ever beaten Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh twice in the same season - the 2007 Jaguars. Defense wins championships, and the Jaguars may just be able to pull off the upset of the weekend. This team plays with a unique swagger that reminds me of a young Seattle Seahawks team, and against the Carolina Panthers they showed why their offense is so risky.

Even though Minnesota's U.S. Bank Stadium is a newer stadium and a state-of-the-art venue, it still needs some temporary work done to accommodate hosting the Super Bowl, as every stadium hosting the big game typically does. The Saints are coming off a 31-26 win over the Panthers at home, in which quarterback Drew Brees threw for a phenomenal 376 yards and notched two touchdowns.

In short, this game boils down to one question: Can the Saints, with all their offensive weapons, find a way to cut through the best defense in football?

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