*First, I want to start out by saying I am a football fan, not a genius. This is all from a fan’s perspective with a little bit of research.
The 2019-2020 NFL season has been exciting to say the least this year. With the new age NFL making records easily breakable this year, it makes football that much more exciting to watch. We have had the pleasure to see Drew Brees and Tom Brady both break Peyton Manning’s career touchdown record of 539 and both players have yet to announce any sort of retirement in the near future.
Lamar Jackson has once again and most likely for good, shut up any doubters about his future as an NFL signal caller and most importantly a passer. We witnessed history with Christian McCaffrey becoming the third player in NFL history to record a 1,000 yard rushing and receiving yards joining Marshall Faulk and beast himself Roger Timothy Craig. We unfortunately saw the Dallas Cowboys come in with a great roster on paper only to see them completely blow it. Another case that is almost identical to the Cowboys situation is the Cleveland Browns. With each year passing by for the Browns it seems they will be almost destined to have the curse tag set upon them ala the Chicago Cubs.
Not all things were positive as we also got to witness some folks lose their jobs. The one year experiment of Freddie Kitchens sure didn’t work out. As the year wore on the more he was exposed to not knowing what the hell he was doing. Long time Dallas Cowboys coach, Jason Garrett, finally was let go during an unnecessarily long process that saw the Cowboys hire long time Green Bay Packers coach, Mike McCarthy. The most surprising hire so far would be the Giants showing the world how bold they are by signing first time head coach and former LSU WR’s coach/passing game coordinator, Joe Brady, who coaches Nick Saban and Bill Belichick have spoken highly of.
Fast forward to the 2019-2020 playoffs and we have seen some major upsets. First, with the Tennessee Titans who removed long time starter, Marcus Mariota, from the relm and letting former “bust” Ryan Tannehill take over and likely earning himself a new hefty contract. Tannehill has only gone 7-3 during the regular season as well as knocking off two of the best teams in the league in the New England Patriots and the Super Bowl favorites the Baltimore Ravens. The Minnesota Vikings, led by quarterback and prime-time great (0-9 on Monday Night Football) Kirk Cousins, knocked off the NFC favorites the New Orleans Saints, to only go down with a wimper to the San Francisco 49ers the next week. The Chiefs took down the Texans in a classic shoot out last weekend as the Packers downed the Seacocks 28-23 as well.
That finally brings us to the conference championships this weekend and the games are as follows:
-Sunday, Jan. 19: No. 6 Tennessee Titans at No. 2 Kansas City Chiefs, 3:05 p.m., which is played on CBS.
-Sunday, Jan. 19: No. 2 Green Bay Packers at No. 1 San Francisco 49ers, 6:40 p.m., which will be played on FOX.
The Chiefs will obviously be the huge favorites in this matchup as well as getting home field advantage. What the Titans have displayed so far is their ability to get ahead and stay ahead with the human monster, Derrick Henry, taking the ball and showing off what made him a second round pick and an Alabama stud running back. The Titans defense is underrated and has showed to be able to contain the best offenses in football as this will be their first appearance in the AFC Championship game since 2002.
The NFC matchup between the Packers and 49ers is shaping up to be a grinder game. The San Francisco 49ers had the lowest passing yards per game this season with only 169.2 per game only to be compared to their second in the league running game that ranked second in the league with 144.1 YPG. The 49ers were also second in the league in least amount of yards given up per game only behind the Patriots with 281.8 yards given up per game. This game seems to rely on the Packers ability to stop the 49ers potent rushing game as the Packers ranked 18th in the league in yards given up in the league with a hefty total of 352.6. The Packers have won ugly all year but with a record of 13-3 before the playoffs started, they are no slouch. With Aaron Rodgers still playing at an MVP like level, a healthy Davante Adams, and Aaron Jones finally grabbing the reigns of the lead running back role and leading the league in rushing TD’s with 16 while also going over 1,000 rushing yards.
Thank you for reading if you actually made It all the way to the end and this weekend should be something to look forward to as the winner will move on to the Super Bowl played on February 2nd. I will try and come out with another blog on betting odds and picks either Saturday or Sunday. Have a great rest of your week, almost to Friday!