The Titans made the playoffs this season, but coach Mike Mularkey’s job is reportedly in danger.
The Titans are preparing for their AFC Wild Card Game on Saturday against the Chiefs, but according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Mularkey could be fired if the team does not win.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be out to prove that 30-9 loss to the Jaguars in Week 5 was a fluke. Roethlisberger was intercepted five times in that game and the Steelers will look to establish running back Le’Veon Bell early.
The Steelers defense will key on Jaguars back Leonard Fournette after he ran for 181 yards in the regular-season matchup. If the Steelers can contain Fournette, it’s unlikely struggling Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles will be able to outduel Roethlisberger, who will have All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown back from injury.
NFL TV talent is paid for the gift of talking skills. But the best of the best were left almost speechless by Sunday’s Minnesota Miracle in which the Vikings pulled off a 29-24, come-from-behind victory over the Saints in the Divisional playoffs.
Once they recovered their wits, sports TV announcers and analysts said Stefon Diggs’ 61-yard catch and run touchdown off a pass by Case Keenum will go down as one of the greatest plays in NFL history, along with stunners such as Terry Bradshaw’s Immaculate Reception to Franco Harris in 1972 and Roger Staubach’s original Hail Mary to Drew Pearson to beat the Vikings in 1975.
Atlanta, with no chance to play a home playoff game this time, began with a tough test in the wild-card round, traveling cross-country to Los Angeles to take on the Rams, winning 26-13. But from the Falcons at 10-6 to the Eagles and Vikings at 13-3, little separates the six teams in the strong NFC playoff field.
Looking at the Falcons’ profile as a No. 6 seed with long, 12-1 odds (per Bovada) to win the conference again, there a lot of things to like.
The Falcons, in beating four other 2016 playoff teams (Packers, Lions, Cowboys, Seahawks), ensured their return even with one less victory. They also split against the new NFC South-champion Saints and runner-up Panthers. That built up a 9-3 conference record, third best and only one game off the Eagles and Vikings.
The Falcons had a little more momentum last season, winning the final four games and 5 of 7 after a Week 11 bye. This year, they still finished 3-1 to take 6 of 8. They have been in a lot of one-possession games, winning 6 of 10.
Should the Vikings get there, ticket prices could skyrocket by as much as four, five or six times their printed price. Or more, according to the report.
Let’s just say that if the Vikings win, there will be a lot of bass fishing boats for sale next week in Minnesota, joked one broker.