The nfl divisional spherical concluded Sunday after two days of extremely anticipated matchups, and 4 groups are one step nearer to advancing to Tremendous Bowl LVIII in Arizona (Sunday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 pm ET on FOX and the FOX Sports activities App).
The AFC’s top-seeded Kansas Metropolis Chiefs outlasted the fourth-seeded Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20, whereas the third seed cincinnati bengals took down the second-seed buffalo payments by double digits, 27-10.
Elsewhere, the NFC’s top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles dominated the sixth-seeded the big apple giants 38-7, and the second-seed san francisco 49ers defeated the fifth-seed dallas cowboys19-12.
On Monday’s “The Herd,” Colin Cowherd handed out grades for every staff’s efficiency this previous weekend.
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Colin Cowherd arms out divisional spherical grades for every staff
Keystat: A hobbled Patrick Mahomes performed all the second half after injuring his ankle and completed 22-for-30 for 195 passing yards and two touchdowns, together with a rating halfway by way of the fourth quarter that proved to be the distinction.
Cowherd’s ideas: “Off a bye, they seemed excellent early. They seemed ready. In addition they went heavy into Travis Kelce, in order that they clearly noticed one thing on movie. … Mahomes [is] 5-0 within the divisional spherical. … They caught the Jags a little bit off guard. … I believe they obtained a reasonably constant pass-rush.”
Keystat: The Jaguars clawed again inside three factors early within the fourth quarter, however any likelihood at a comeback was squashed by two consecutive turnovers. Jamal Agnew fumbled close to the aim line, adopted by a Trevor Lawrence choose.
Cowherd’s ideas: “I nonetheless assume they’re in a rebuild. I believe their offensive line wants assist. They received a playoff recreation after having a awful document the final two years. … Relative to their roster, I assumed it was a reasonably darn good effort. “
Keystat: Regardless of coping with a gentle stream of snow flurries in frigid circumstances, third-year quarterback Joe Burrow carved up the Buffalo protection, finishing 23 of 36 passes for 242 passing yards and two touchdowns. What’s extra, Burrow focused eight completely different receivers to enhance a dominant speeding assault (34 rushes for 172 yards and one rating).
Cowherd’s ideas: “I assumed it was the most effective recreation plan of the weekend. I assumed it was all the things. Exact passing — all three landing drives had been over 70 yards. [They] outrushed Buffalo 172-63. Burrow [was] sacked solely as soon as. I imply, it was actually a masterclass in teaching, and it was the way in which they did it. To have that type of speeding efficiency with three backup offensive lineman — that was a extremely spectacular [performance].”
Keystat: Josh Allen was 25-for-42 for 265 yards, no touchdowns and one interception, which did not come till the 59th minute. Nevertheless, at that time, the Payments’ destiny was already sealed.
Cowherd’s ideas: “First collection—three-and-out. [They] by no means adjusted. Josh Allen led the NFL in picks and giveaways this season, together with the playoffs. This is one other quantity that is a little bit scary in case you’re a Payments fan: Josh Allen had probably the most video games — eight — with a completion share underneath 60% this season, together with the playoffs. … There are guys doing 68%. … The regression for Josh Allen, that is on his teaching employees from him.”
Keystat: The Eagles rushed for 268 yards on 44 carries, with 202 yards coming from the dynamic working again duo of Kenneth Gainwell and Miles Sanders. What’s extra, Philly’s dominant offensive line— jordan mailata, Landon Dickerson, jason kelce, Isaac Seumalo and lane johnson — knocked across the Giants’ frontline from begin to end.
Cowherd’s ideas: “They’d a plan, and so they executed it completely. They’ve 270 speeding yards. 4 completely different gamers had a sack. … It was very apparent very early what they deliberate to do, and so they executed it.”
Keystat: Daniel Jones threw for simply 135 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. The Giants had fewer complete yards on offense (253) than the Eagles had simply on the bottom (268 speeding yards).
Cowherd’s ideas: “I assumed they give up. Daniel Jones is 1-10 in his profession within the primetime — extra interceptions than touchdowns. That is who he’s. If he was in the marketplace, he [would] haven’t any takers. So congrats Giants [on] having what no person else needs. Additionally, towards playoff groups, Daniel Jones is 7-19, and the few wins have principally been slim.”
Keystat: rookie quarterback brock purdy went 19-for-29 for 214 yards. The Niners had 327 yards of complete offense in comparison with the Cowboys’ 282 and Purdy had no turnovers, in comparison with Dak Prescott’s two.
Cowherd’s ideas: “They’re 10-1 at residence. [The] chiefs [were] the final staff to beat them. I did not assume towards Seattle early [that] they had been nice—little tentative. I’ll say, in each video games, wonderful halftime changes, however I assumed in each video games it was a little bit rocky early.
Keystat: Prescott related on 23 of 37 passes for 206 passing yards with one rating and two interceptions, which resulted in six factors for the Niners.
Cowherd’s ideas: “I did not assume they had been horrible. I assumed Dak struggled. I assumed they performed an excellent first half. Dak had 17 picks this yr — he led the NFL. I assumed it was a Dak difficulty. … Everyone seems to be gonna level to the final play the place [Ezekiel Elliott] will get trucked. That is a flag soccer play. … The underside line is — for a lot of the recreation — they’d no Tony Pollard, a subject aim kicker they did not belief, Dak was struggling, and so they made it a really aggressive recreation.”
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