But we do know the Titans ended the season losing three of their final four games, winning only to the Jags at home to make their way into the playoffs.
The Titans limp into Arrowhead without workhorse RB DeMarco Murray and, based on his play this year, a diminished Marcus Mariota. These players, regardless of price tag, project to give you the most production per dollar this week. “Sometimes you’ve got to overcome coaching”. I don’t think they will be able to contain a well-rested Todd Gurley though as he should receive a bevy of touches and for him, when the volume is there, he nearly always makes big plays. The third-year quarterback struggled, throwing more interceptions (15) than touchdown passes (13) while registering a career-low 79.3 passer rating.
It’s hard enough to just beat a team three times in a season, but how about doing it by more than a touchdown?
The Rams are NFL’s top-scoring team at 29.9 points per game, and host the Falcons, last year’s top-scoring team. But the Rams’ defensive line is much better at passing-rushing than run-defense.
How the Saints made it: They took pressure off QB Drew Brees with the NFL’s 10th-ranked scoring defense.
Here are the rest of the odds for the Wild Card round in the National Football League playoffs.
This game is a toss-up.
Just as teams step their game up once the postseason starts, I will as well. How will the Bills 29th-ranked rush defense deal with the Jaguars’ outstanding rushing attack, featuring a pair of bell cows in Leonard Fournette and Chris Ivory, who can beat you with both power and speed? They went 9-2 this year when limiting opponents to 100 or fewer rushing yards and lost all five matchups in which they couldn’t. “We did”, Mularkey said. I’m just sick of this division I guess, because everything stated above should make the NFC South the most fun in the NFL. My teammates have been asking me the same questions.
Mario’s DFS Take: I am fully on-board with the Rams suddenly finding themselves swimming in deep water without hope for a rescue, but it is a little trickier to pinpoint how they drown. I know, I’m as a stunned as you are, but as of January of 2018, I am the wrong friend. And it kind of hurt us. Unfortunately, while Allen and the Chargers were an emerging team with loads of talent, they fell short of the playoffs. Although we’re wary of recency bias, 28 carries against a stout Jacksonville run defense in a must-win game is definitely indicative of what we can expect going into another weekend without Murray.
Of the nine remaining other teams, only two – the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons – have quarterbacks who have even played in a Super Bowl. The Jaguars have the better defense/running game combo, are at home, and should win this game.
The last time these two teams played in the regular season, the Titans won on a last-second field goal at Arrowhead back in 2016.
This game really depends on whether running back LeSean McCoy plays. Who was the other team? Their defense has tightened up as of late although they did get a steady diet of weak offenses down the stretch. The only two teams to lose the Super Bowl and then win it the next year are the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins, back in the early 1970s. “It was an awesome memory, it was a great win for our team, and at the time it kept up in the playoff hunt”. Carolina gave up 327 points; New Orleans gave up 326.