PFT’s conference championship picks

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It’s getting pretty good in the postseason.

My three-game gap has fallen to one, thanks to MDS going 4-0 in the divisional round by taking the four favorites in every game. (Chicken.) I foolishly trusted the Cowboys and Eagles, and now I need a New England win to clinch the playoff competition. Otherwise, it all comes down to the Super Bowl.

I fared better against the spread, going 2-1 to the 1-2 mark from MDS. This week, we disagree on both picks, when the points are applied.

Rams at Saints

MDS’s take: The Rams’ offensive line had an outstanding season, and last week’s win over the Cowboys may have been its best game yet. Andrew Whitworth, Rob Havenstein, Rodger Saffold, Austin Blythe and John Sullivan block so well that it really doesn’t matter which running back is behind them. There are going to be big holes for the Rams to run through. I expect the Rams to run the ball well against the Saints. At the same time, Drew Brees is one of the best quarterbacks in football at recognizing the pass rush and getting rid of the ball quickly and accurately, which neutralizes the strength of the Rams’ defense. I see this as a high-scoring game, with both offenses able to do what they want. This feels like a close game that could come down to a fourth-quarter field goal. If that’s how it plays out, I think home-field advantage is the difference.

MDS’s pick: Saints 34, Rams 31.

Florio’s take: The one-two punch of Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson could create problems for the home team’s front seven, especially with Sheldon Rankins out for the year. But the Saints earned home-field advantage, they’ve already beaten the Rams in the Superdome, and the noise that will be generated by a raucous New Orleans crowd creates a real benefit. Throw in the edge in playoff experience, a lingering sense of unfinished business from last year, and a lesson learned about starting slowly from last week and the Saints should be able to ride Drew Brees, Sean Payton, and company to a berth in the Super Bowl.

Florio’s pick: Saints 38, Rams 31.


Patriots at Chiefs

MDS’s take: This has the makings of a classic. A brutally cold night in Kansas City, with the legendary Tom Brady taking on perhaps the most talented quarterback ever to play the position, Patrick Mahomes. The stars are aligning for this to be an all-time great game. Or at least the sun, earth and moon are aligning, as the game will be played under a lunar eclipse. The Patriots’ defense is a lot better this year than it was last year, which is why I give them a chance: I think they’ll force a couple of turnovers, and maybe take an early lead. But I also think this is Mahomes’ year, and in the end no one is stopping him. The NFL’s brightest young star is heading for the Super Bowl.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 42, Patriots 35.

Florio’s take: The forecast has improved throughout the week, which is good news for the home team. The opponent continues to be the Patriots, which is bad news for the home team. The home team has Patrick Mahomes, which is the best news possible. But there isn’t enough around him, yet. Losses to the Patriots, Rams, Chargers, and Seahawks resulted not from Mahomes but from the lack of high-end talent around him. The Patriots, between talent and coaching and the resiliency of Tom Brady, can do to the Chiefs what won’t be easy to do: Score at least one more point in a single-elimination setting. Look for Patriots coach Bill Belichick to confound Mahomes, contain Tyreek Hill, control the clock, and ultimately prevail in the only stat that ever matters. Points scored vs. points allowed.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 30, Chiefs 27.

118 responses to “PFT’s conference championship picks

  1. WHO DAT!!

    Goff has no idea what kind of environment he’s about to face. He’s going to learn very quickly what the sound of championship football in New Orleans sounds like. He’ll never forget it either.

    Saints 30
    Rams 20

  2. I predict both #2 seeds advance. Saints barely got by a weakened Philly team. Mahomes is going to find out how the pressure ratchets up as this thing narrows down.

  3. By ‘barely got by’…wizard means Saints scored 20 unanswered points and held Philly to fewer than Chicago did. Got it.

  4. I picked a Saints/Steelers Super Bowl in the preseason. So I still want to be half right:

    Saints 37 – Rams 31

    Patriots only beat the Chiefs because Breeland Speaks forgot to play football for half a second.

    Chiefs 40 – Patriots 27

  5. been watching this for 20 years now, don’t matter if its mahomes, priest holmes, Sherlock holmes or guillaume

    patriots by 3

  6. A New England/ New Orleans Superbowl would have a lot of people going to the movies. Sean Payton and Tom Brady? Ugh. Go Big red and beat whoever wins the other one.

  7. No way the Saints win…that O-line is banged up and Peat’s hand isn’t gonna be healed up that much…Donald and the rest of the D line feast in this one boys and girls

  8. boisestatewhodat says:
    January 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm
    WHO DAT!!
    Goff has no idea what kind of environment he’s about to face. He’s going to learn very quickly what the sound of championship football in New Orleans sounds like. He’ll never forget it either.
    Saints 30
    Rams 20

    Rams may or may not win this game but I’m pretty sure they know the environment they will be facing considering they played at the Superdome TWO months ago. And Goff had 391 yards passing with 3 td’s and a 115 QB rating.I think he will be just fine!

  9. HAHA “perhaps the most talented quarterback ever to play the position, Patrick Mahomes”. Seriously? I’m supposed to take anything this person says seriously?

    Does he look amazing? Hell yeah. Is he fun to watch? yep. Has he got a rifle? You bet. Does he have the right skillset for the current game? Absolutely.

    Absurd notion that this 17-game starter is the “most talented EVER”. Good grief. Here are a few names off the top of my head…

    Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Drew Brees, John Elway, Brett Favre, Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Aaron Rodgers, Bart Starr, Sonny Jurgensen, Len Dawson, Ken Stabler, Dan Fouts, Otto Graham, Dan Marino, Roger Staubach..I’m missing so many.

  10. “Perhaps the most talented quarterback ever to play the position, Patrick Mahomes.”

    Can we cool it? One season as a starter. This will be the first offseason that defenses even have a full season of tape on him. Let’s see how they adjust and he adjusts. I mean, I think he is and will be great and all, but let’s keep our pants clean for now, ya know?

  11. skwackquackwoof says:
    January 17, 2019 at 12:55 pm
    I think I can say for the first time in my life that no matter the outcome this weekend, the Super Bowl will be an awesome match-up.
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    You must be very young – we’ve only really got to go back to Feb 2015 for the Pats-Hawks classic match-up with their contrasting styles and drama. 14-14 at the half, Hawks pushing ahead by 10 points in Q3 then Pats making a 14 point comeback in Q4, then Hawks about to trump that but for the last second interception.

  12. These “changing of the guard” moments often go unrecognized by the pundits until after-the-fact, as evidenced by their rationale and selection for the NFC Championship.

  13. The NFL wants Brady vs Brees but the better game will be Rams vs Chiefs. Rams will go to NO and run it down their throats. Brady’s luck runs out in KC.

  14. Predictions are lame and seldom does one make them without letting their hate or jealousy enter into the equation.
    Add that the big games hardly ever are as exciting or close as everyone predicts.
    If I was betting straight up, I’d take the Rams and the Chiefs.
    Both these games have the potential to go either way.
    If there’s potential for a lobsided game it’s in KC. Weather & inexperience has a potential to rear it’s head more so in that game. Weather obviously.
    As a Pats fan, it’s “once more unto the breach”.
    If the Pats make it to yet another Superbowl it just gives everyone someone to root against. It makes it easy for everyone to root for the NFC Representative. Except me of course.
    Go PATS!

  15. On paper Chiefs over Patriots. If I’m betting actual money? I would never ever bet against the Patriots. Ever. They could be 20 point underdogs and I would still take them to win outright. It’s just what they do. The Sun rises, the sky is blue, and the Patriots almost always win when it matters most

  16. I’ll tell you guys all why the Patriots are winning the super bowl and why the match-up could potentially be a Rams vs. Patriots Super Bowl LIII. Nick Saban won his 6th National Championship title at the age of 66. Belichick is 66-years-old right now and he’s seeking his 6th ring with the Patriots. The last time Clemson defeated Alabama in the National Championship game, the Patriots won the super bowl in Super Bowl LI against the Falcons in the 2016 season. Every decade in NFL history there has been at least one team to win at least 3 super bowls or 3 championships.

    Furthermore, Tom Brady saw a bear in the offseason and Jared Goff was a Golden Bear at University of California, Berkley. The Patriots scored 41 points against the Chargers and Brady is 41-years-old. The Chargers scored 28 points for Brady’s 28th post-season win. Rick Forzano, Belichick’s mentor who passed away, has an English Ordinal in sports gematria of 41. The letters “LA” equal 41 in sports gematria as well. Brady will win his sixth ring against the same team he won his first in his NFL career against.

    For another reason to expect a Rams vs. Patriots match-up in Super Bowl LIII, the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the world series. Sports leagues love their Boston vs. LA rivalries. A lot of people love comparing Bill Belichick to Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars, as well. Belichick is 66-years-old. If he gets his sixth ring with the Patriots, it will equal 666. Actually think about everything I just posted. The NFL is a business first, but a sports league second.

  17. I could understand making a point that the Chiefs are lacking on D…but not enough talent around Mahomes? Are you kidding? Is there a team with more? Maybe the Rams, though I’d probably still take KC’s… I mean, they took a hit when Hunt got released, but even still. I could only dream my team had those kind of offensive weapons at its disposal.

  18. thesmartest1 says:

    January 17, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    A New England/ New Orleans Superbowl would have a lot of people going to the movies. Sean Payton and Tom Brady? Ugh. Go Big red and beat whoever wins the other one.
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    Going to the movies? Lol, so much for your tag the smartest one. Brady vs Brees SB would be awesome to witness. Hate much?

  19. boisestatewhodat says:
    January 17, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    By ‘barely got by’…wizard means Saints scored 20 unanswered points and held Philly to fewer than Chicago did. Got it.

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    Say what you want, the Eagles had the ball at the 27 at the 2 minute warning. That’s a tight game.

  20. Being a Browns fan, for me the Super Bowl is always a reverse who do you hate worse rooting interest.

    I’d like to see a Rams Pats SB for a Pats dynasty started and ended against the Rams.

    Also,I can’t help saying I’ve always thought Brees was an overrated dink & dunker and with KC I’m envious not having drafted Mahomes so I want to see him crash.

  21. As others have pointed out the lack of high end talent around Mahomes comment doesn’t make much sense considering he has a couple of the best talents at their positions in the league to throw to and a very good OL. If you look at both rosters side by side, KC’s is better. The great equalizer is Belichick as he is in every game along with Brady. If it were in NE, I’d go with the Pats, but this Chiefs team has played better at home and they will win this game.

    The Saints beat the Rams earlier this season, but it came without Talib in the lineup and the Saints stunned the Rams early building a big lead before the Rams came back to tie it late only to watch Brees and the Saints score 10 unanswered late to put out the win. This time the Rams come in with a healthy Talib and a running game that is dominating. I think the Rams double Thomas and force Brees to look elsewhere in the passing game and that will be the difference. The Rams win a close one and move on to face the Chiefs in a rematch of what was one of the all time great Monday night games in history.

    KC vs LA in the SB.

  22. I’m not offering predictions since I have a horse in the race. I’m going to offer the single battle each team needs to win. This isn’t a year where the teams are clear cut who is the favorite anyone who is saying otherwise is full of it.

    Rams vs Saints
    Rams Need to get Brees upfront, hit him hard and frequently, he’ll get rattled. Pressure him into making bad throws.
    Saints need to contain the two headed monster of Gurley and Anderson. If they get over 150 yards on the ground combined Saints will lose.

    Patriots vs Chiefs
    Patriots: Get Pressure on Mahomes to force bad throws even then the kid will no look throw 25 yards down the field and hit Tyrek Hill and he’ll hit pay dirt.
    Chiefs: Pressure on Brady upfront, hit him hard and frequently, he’ll get rattled (it’s a trend). Challenge is he gets the ball out fast for an old timer. KC has the personnel to do it but their secondary is going to have a hefty load on them to do it.

    Full Disclosure I’m a Pats fan

  23. A New England/ New Orleans Superbowl would have a lot of people going to the movies. Sean Payton and Tom Brady? Ugh. Go Big red and beat whoever wins the other one.
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    This is perhaps the dumbest take I have ever heard. Everyone would be intrigued by a Brady/Brees SB. Likely one of the highest rated. Where do you people come up with these things?

  24. My concern would be with the Saints offense. They’ve show little explosive tendencies since they were stymied by the Cowboys. The past 5 weeks or so have been poor, by their usual standards. If the Rams can come up with 30 pts. I think they’re going back to the SB.

  25. Tom Brady taking on perhaps the most talented quarterback ever to play the position, Patrick Mahomes.

    Are you kidding me??? The kid has been in the league for a cup of tea an you’re calling him one of the most talented to play the position??? Sir you just lost all credibility…

  26. Wow the NFL owners really missed the mark they should have hired all the guys up here commenting. Christ even the experts only hit around 60% and my dog can do that

  27. Not to be rude, but I seem to recall Jaworski saying Kaep was the most talented QB ever and would redefine the record books. Can we at least give these young QB more than a year or two before we label them as anything? Mahomes has been and is incredible so far, but we don’t know how his story ends up. One year does not translate to anything.

  28. It’s an entertainment league, and I’m sure the NFL would like to hype a rematch of the Chiefs and Rams. In addition, they are working hard to capture the LA TV market, so having them in the Super Bowl would be a bonus. Another benefit is that there are a lot of Rams fans left in the mid-west that might make the trek to Atlanta to make up for any apathy in LA. The Chiefs did the NFL a big favor cutting Kareem Hunt and helping them avoid Ray Rice II, so the league may have made some promises. Throw in the need to appeal to young millenials with younger QB’s instead of old legends they can’t relate to as well.
    Don’t discount the effect of subjective and timely penalties for holding and pass interference etc. There may be some penalty aided/saddled drives for the Pat’s and Saints this weekend. The Pat’s in particular will have to put up a super human effort, particularly on defense. I have no doubt they will be constantly put in a hole and have to dig themselves out, and they don’t have a player to stretch the field like Josh Gordon. If so, good luck catching KC on the scoreboard. Holding penalties on the offense will take them out of their running game eliminating the time of possession advantage they seek. I hate to say it but I am thinking the fix is in for LA/KC. I don’t trust the NFL….

  29. I agree, mahomes is the best talent qb of all time, it’s not even close. Go ahead and compare mahomes first 17 games to any qb in nfl history. He destroys and embarrasses everyone . There’s no debate. Brady was a mediocre qb his first 5 years very dependent on his defense and vinatieri’s fg’s. Mahomes has no defense. It’s arguably the worst defense in the nfl. Mahomes carried the chiefs on his back and scored 50 tds and 5000 yards on his way to the afc championship game with the worst defense. Mahomes is the best qb in the NFL and mvp all in his first year as the starter, only started one game last year. It’s funny how there’s so many people hating on mahomes. LOL. and they name off a bunch of qbs that never came close to putting up the stats mahomes is putting up except brees, manning and brady. That’s it. But those guys are statues in the pocket, they’re limited in the pocket. Mahomes has all their skills and more. Go ahead and hate you delusional hateful bandwagon fanboys. Mahomes will win the superbowl this year. That should make you guys cry me a river. LoL.

  30. I don’t think the comment about Mahomes being PERHAPS the most talented QB ever is that far-fetched. No QB has ever put up the numbers he put up in his second year, and he can definitely makes plays that most QBs can’t. This doesn’t mean that his team will assuredly come out on top of teams QB’d by savvy veterans like Brady and Brees. That’s what makes these games (Mahomes/Brady and Goff/Brees) so intriguing, the talent and athleticism of youth vs. unequaled experience and accomplishments of their opponents.

  31. After what was essentially a two week break, the Saints came back and beat Philly. Yes, the game did come down to an INT at the end of the game, but that was after a BS roughing the passer call.

    Looking at the stats, the Saints dominated time of possession and even sustained an 11 minute drive in the 3rd QTR. Given that the Rams were missing a couple of players from the last meeting ( Cooks and Taliq ), this meeting should be tighter, but the Saints have emerged from their two week break and will be on point for this game. Goff hasn’t been nearly as dominant in the later stages of the season as he was in the 1st half, so if Anderson and Gurley can’t blow out the Saints line, it could be a long day for the Rams offense.

    Onto the AFC game, Mahommes appears to be the golden boy for the NFL, and with playing at home combined with the sketchy officiating of late, the Chiefs should move onto the SB…to play the Saints.

  32. fwippel says:

    January 17, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    No way NE wins.

    I would never ever say this about the Patriots. Not a fan of theirs but I never will say no way they win they always seem to find a way.

  33. “the most talented quarterback to every play the position” is extreme hyperbole for a kid who has played in only 17 games. not fair to Pat to make that statement.

  34. footballseasonrules says:
    January 17, 2019 at 1:17 pm
    I’ll tell you guys all why the Patriots are winning the super bowl and why the match-up could potentially be a Rams vs. Patriots Super Bowl LIII. Nick Saban won his 6th National Championship title at the age of 66. Belichick is 66-years-old right now and he’s seeking his 6th ring with the Patriots. The last time Clemson defeated Alabama in the National Championship game, the Patriots won the super bowl in Super Bowl LI against the Falcons in the 2016 season. Every decade in NFL history there has been at least one team to win at least 3 super bowls or 3 championships.

    Furthermore, Tom Brady saw a bear in the offseason and Jared Goff was a Golden Bear at University of California, Berkley. The Patriots scored 41 points against the Chargers and Brady is 41-years-old. The Chargers scored 28 points for Brady’s 28th post-season win. Rick Forzano, Belichick’s mentor who passed away, has an English Ordinal in sports gematria of 41. The letters “LA” equal 41 in sports gematria as well. Brady will win his sixth ring against the same team he won his first in his NFL career against.

    For another reason to expect a Rams vs. Patriots match-up in Super Bowl LIII, the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the world series. Sports leagues love their Boston vs. LA rivalries. A lot of people love comparing Bill Belichick to Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars, as well. Belichick is 66-years-old. If he gets his sixth ring with the Patriots, it will equal 666. Actually think about everything I just posted. The NFL is a business first, but a sports league second.
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    Bravo!

  35. Well it seems that I’m not the only one that is getting sick of the praise being heaped on Mahomes, good grief, yes he’s had a super season but please lets save the most talented to ever play the position for at least a few more years. Oh but he threw the football with his left hand! Big freakin deal the pass went 4 yards, most QB’s in the NFL are athletic enough to do the same thing, and a few of those that he tried and didn’t complete were very close to being turnovers. If he tries this in the big game it will come back to bite him in the you know what…

  36. I was already nervous about this game but the fact that Florio picked us means we’ll DEFINITELY lose. All I can do is hope that our gris gris is more powerful than Florio cursing us, by picking us.

  37. “taking on perhaps the most talented quarterback ever to play the position, Patrick Mahomes”… Whoa whoa whoa…. better pump the breaks a little on that hyperbole… Dude has’t even finished his first full year and you’re anointing him the most talented quarterback ever to play the game…. you funny

  38. It’s hard to get behind Jared Goff here. Goff is poor under pressure and one of these days a defensive coordinator is gonna have his guys jump routes at the hashmarks (Goff’s favorite target areas).

    The smart money in AFC/NFC Championships goes on the home teams. But it looks like the Patriots and Rams have the advantage defensively and in the running game on offense. And that wins championships. So give me both of the dogs here.

  39. I’m in favor of a Pats/Saints Super Bowl in no small part because Goodell would have to watch it from a bunker and then hand out the trophy via hologram.

  40. For those that are saying “no other quarterback in NFL history has ever put up the numbers Mahomes has” in his second year of being in the league, no other hall-of-fame quarterback has also ever started his career in the softest era of professional football. The passing records don’t mean anything anymore. When Brady led the league in touchdown passes in 2002, he had 28 touchdowns. That is barely average by today’s standards. In 2003, Favre led with 32 touchdowns. The game has changed significantly.

    When Ryan Tannehill is breaking season game passing records with a perfect 25 completions and a 158.3 passer-rating, Nick Foles is throwing 7 touchdown passes in a single game against the Raiders, and Matthew Stafford and Matt Schaub are passing for 520+ yards in single games, the records don’t mean anything anymore. When Brady and Peyton broke records in the early 2000s while getting slammed by defensive ends, it meant something special. It was even more meaningful for Montana and Marino.

  41. “A New England/ New Orleans Superbowl would have a lot of people going to the movies. Sean Payton and Tom Brady? Ugh. Go Big red and beat whoever wins the other one.”

    Just the Falcons fans. And if it rains, half of them will stay home. The other half will split a box of popcorn …

  42. That crazy Dolphins play cost the Pats home field in this game. In Foxboro, I’d bet the house on the Pats. In KC, feels like a stayaway. But I got Pats win 31-24.

  43. The weather forecast is perfect for New England. Expect a couple turnovers by KC. Pats will carve into that def with a solid game plan and their small ball ways.

  44. Let’s wait 10-15 years before we make Patrick Mahomes the most talented QB ever. Greg Cook (look it up) may have been most talented ever, but hurt in rookie season (I’ll rely on Bill Walsh’s opinion on that front).

  45. The Patriots are very vulnerable this year. Chiefs better take advantage of that. If the Patriots wins, they will be incontestable legend.

  46. As a Broncos fan it pains me to say this, go Chiefs.
    As long as Andy Reid doesn’t pull a Marty Shottenheimer and implodes the Chiefs should win this.

  47. Chiefs: 3rd-best home record over the last 5 years.

    Pats: #1 away record over the last 5 years.

    What will give?

  48. What Florio means by lack of high-end talent around him is on defense. Kansas City was the worst rush defense by DVOA this year, ranking 32nd against the run. Over the final five games of the regular season, the Chiefs gave up: 171, 194, 119, 210 and 127. The Chiefs also gave up the 3rd most receiving yards per game to running backs this year (56.4). James White, Burkhead and Elldelmen should keep the chains moving.

  49. You win the entire comments section, hands down, for this.
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    weepingjebus says:
    January 17, 2019 at 2:14 pm
    I’m in favor of a Pats/Saints Super Bowl in no small part because Goodell would have to watch it from a bunker and then hand out the trophy via hologram.

  50. outlaw53 says:
    January 17, 2019 at 1:57 pm
    After what was essentially a two week break, the Saints came back and beat Philly. Yes, the game did come down to an INT at the end of the game, but that was after a BS roughing the passer call.
    Looking at the stats, the Saints dominated time of possession and even sustained an 11 minute drive in the 3rd QTR. Given that the Rams were missing a couple of players from the last meeting ( Cooks and Taliq ), this meeting should be tighter, but the Saints have emerged from their two week break and will be on point for this game. Goff hasn’t been nearly as dominant in the later stages of the season as he was in the 1st half, so if Anderson and Gurley can’t blow out the Saints line, it could be a long day for the Rams offense.

    Ummm…. Cooks played and had 6 catches for 114 yards. And I don’t know how much tighter it can get from last time considering it was tied half way through the 4th.

  51. Bill’s defense will confound Mahommes. He’ll wonder why they are playing the game. He’ll get a lucky TD but will throw a couple of interceptions.

    So it’ll be Saints-Patriots in the SB. Rams will wish they stayed in LA. Beating Dallas was nothing.

  52. As a Saints fan, I think they may struggle in this one. If Donald lines up over Peat, he will eat him alive this time around if only because Peat’s broken hand is impacting his game. That was evident last week for sure. Can Armstead hold up as well at LT? Also, Talib didn’t play in their previous match-up and will likely be shadowing Thomas all game. He’s a smart, experienced corner who will likely do a much better job than Peters did on Thomas last time around. Finally, that Rams’ rushing attack looks brutal and the Saints lost their best interior DT, Rankins, last week and won’t play. These match ups will be much tougher for the Saints this time around.

    I think that, for the Saints to win, they have to do whatever they can to protect Brees and they have to use Kamara as much as possible. One of Brees’ best attributes is that he can distribute the ball to other guys if his best guy isn’t open. He sees the entire field and he is one of the most accurate QBs ever. The Eagles D said Kamara is as good any WR in the league, he’s that talented. But Brees will need time to get him the ball and the Rams don’t have anyone who can match up with him.

    I know a lot of people are picking the Saints and I sure hope they win, but, to me, the match ups favor the Rams this time around. They won’t be intimidated playing in the Dome and McVay is a super smart coach. Plus Wade will have looked over the tape of their last game against the Saints and how other teams have slowed them down, and he’ll have a better game plan.

    Payton is super smart, too, and I’m sure he’ll come up with some wrinkles, etc., but those injuries will be tough to overcome and I’ll be surprised if the Saints win. Honestly, I thought through mid-season that no one would stop the Rams from winning the SB and, although they looked vulnerable late in the season, they were at their peak last week. I’m not sure anyone will stop them in these last 2 games. I won’t like it and I hope I’m wrong, but that’s how I see.

  53. KC, Baltimore are the only teams that Pats struggle with the last few years, esp on the road in KC. The worst thing to happen to the Pats was the Charger blowout, fans and team are over confident now. Even Brady with his stupid comment at the end of the game. Remember years ago, “we’re only gonna get 17 points?” Haha, no, you got 14!

  54. I think some of you misunderstood what he says about Mahomes. He is probably the most talented, gifted or whatever- doesn’t say he’s the greatest. Right now that would without a doubt be Brady, we will have to wait 10 to 15 years to see if Mahomes will become the greatest. I hope when it’s all said and done Mahomes will be considered the greatest.

  55. Anyone comparing krapernick to mahomes knows absolutely nothing about football. One qb was a gimmick wildcat option rb/qb who terrible accuracy, terrible timing, cant read defenses and is a one read only qb then takes off running with a good pocket around him and wr’s wipe open not getting the ball because krapernick is a rb who’s best ability is to run, mahomes is a real pocket qb who picks you apart for 50 pass tds and 5000 pass yards.
    The comparison is a funny joke. It’s like comparing Steve young to tim tebow. One is a great qb with amazing talent carrying the team on his back and has no defense/worst defense in the nfl, the other “qb” is a gimmick wildcat option rb pretending to be a qb and had one of the best defenses in the nfl.

  56. pmars64

    First, with fans like you, Saints don’t need any enemies. Let me address each of your points. Payton is not going to leave Peat alone with that injured hand, period. Not even worth addressing. Talib IS NOT the shutdown corner he used to be, and Thomas has the most yards run per route in the league this year. Thomas will get open when he needs to. The Rams rushing attack is overinflated because of two bottom dweller rushing defense teams played in Week 16 and 17 and the over rushed Dallas game. We stopped Gurley in Week 9 and have not allowed a 100 yard rusher since 2016. We’ll be just fine.

    And for all of those saying we “barely” beat the Eagles? Perhaps you were not watching the game. We shut them out for 3 straight quarters and didn’t allow them to even get on our side of the field except twice. So put down the pipe.

    And those that think the Rams, since they played in the dome in pre-season and Week 9 are prepared for the noise?? You’ve obviously never attended a playoff game in the dome or had your TV turned down last week. It hit between 125-130 decibels which is NOT even close to the noise in regular season. And this Sunday…you won’t be able to hear yourself think. The Rams are not prepared for what they are about to encounter. McVay better get those plays in quick, if you’re the Saints, you’re going to have those fans yelling from 35 all the way down to 15 seconds before they turn the mics off.

    As a diehard Saints fan…I would NEVER pick a team to beat mine…NEVER.

    #WhoDat #GoSaints

  57. I think Bill is chomping at the bit to see what he can do to stymie KC’s ‘most awesome player in the world, evah’
    A little rivalry, a little competition makes this fun…. that is, if you call nail biting, knee-knocking, sweaty palpitation involuntary shaking “fun”
    but, yeah, I think this’ll be fun.

    Oh, and just to be sure I got this right, Brady sucks and has no chance against the impossibly gifted greatness that is P. Mahomes.

    See you Sunday.

  58. Hey kimbo71006
    I’ve lived and died with these guys since Bum was coach and I try to live in the real world where bad stuff does happen sometimes but I hope you’re right.

  59. Were the Rams and Chiefs to win, would the Rams be able to wear their blue and yellow home uniforms? Match that up with the Chiefs in their red pants as the road team, and it would be as colorful as the annual USC-UCLA game. It would be the best looking Super Bowl in memory, from a uniform perspective.

  60. I think everyone is missing the point of his “most talented” QB comment. He was saying that his combination of athleticism and skill, irrespective of experience, matches up to the athleticism and skill of any QB in their prime throughout history.

    You CAN make that argument, but I wouldn’t. The purpose of football is to move the ball down the field and score. Yes, Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes and Cam Newton can do things that Tom Brady can’t with their legs, but if they do not move the ball down the field more efficiently are they really more talented?

  61. Chargers beat the Chiefs. The Patriots trashed the Chargers. The Patriots just have to improve on what the Chargers did to the Chief and what they themselves did to the Chiefs. Those will be a start.

  62. All this talk about containing Tyreek Hill, because he has burned them. But Sammy Watkins…

    Chiefs, baby!

  63. Saying that Mahomes is the most talented QB ever is NOT saying he’s the best ever. While some consider Brady the greatest QB ever, would those same folks say he’s the most talented QB ever? Imo, from what we’ve seen thus far, I would say Mahomes is probably the most athletically gifted QB I’ve ever seen. But I’m NOT saying he’s the best or even one of the best I’ve ever seen. In various sports, VERY talented players never reached the full potential of that talent; usually too much ego (not being coachable), drugs or alcohol were the culprits. We’ll have to wait and see if Mahomes’ talent translates into records and championships.

  64. Every year the Patriots division has the three worst teams in the nfl. This year they were all like -140 in points for the whole season. It’s the worst division in the nfl. These are facts. You can go check them in the division standings. No division is the worse. Patriots get a free pass to the playoffs every year with that ridiculously weak division. All they have to do is win their peewee league division with the worst teams in the nfl and the worst qbs in the past 20 years. It’s truly embarrassing. Patriots fanboys are delusional to the facts and won’t admit the truth they get a free pass to the playoffs because the opponents in their division have been the worst throughout Bradys career. You can put any top ten team with a top ten qb and they’ll win that division every year without breaking a sweat. Brady is the most overrated qb of all time and his first four superbowls all have asterisks because they’ve been caught cheating many times. Both belicheat and brady have both been suspended for cheating. I’d be embarrassed to be a Patriots fan. I would’ve switched teams after their first cheating scandal. Only a delusional fanboy denies their cheating history that’s on record. The Patriots have one legit superbowl win. Brady has one legit superbowl. The rest are a disgrace and an embarrassment to the nfl and the Patriots. They should be stripped of their superbowls just like the Olympics does when someone gets caught cheating. But the nfl is pure entertainment like the wwf wrestling, that’s why titles don’t get stripped after they get caught. All they do is suspend the coach/qb and strip draft picks.

  65. How can you even be considered the most talented quarterback ever in this 2018 season when all four of your losses were against playoff teams: New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, and the Seattle Seahawks? Did you guys see those interceptions he threw against the Patriots and Rams? Kaepernick also had a good season back in 2013. Remember Trent Richardson’s good rookie season on the Browns in 2012 and what happened after that? Let’s give it more time.

  66. i see strange things in my crystal ball, i see new orleans winning 31 to 10 and then i also see kansas city winning 23 to 17 !!!! with brady getting hurt and leaving the game

  67. For the love of god and all that is mighty in this world… Can someone please figure out how to stop the patriots and their quick 3-5 yard passing game….. FFS its all slants and 5 yard curls all day… I scream at my tv whenever I see a team playing Zone against the Patriots… bump these receivers at the line and disrupt the timing so someone can get to Brady.

  68. After that classic MNF game back in week 11 with the Rams beating KC, I think just about everybody who watched it thought “Man…what a great Super Bowl these two would make!”.

    Ithink one of them will go…the Rams because Cooks and Woods won’t let a late 4th quarter pass bounce off their hands. But as a Bills fan, I’ve seen Tom Brady absolutely refuse to lose a game and when he gets that mentality, it’s a done deal.

    Rams: 36
    Saints: 34

    Patriots: 29
    Chiefs: 23

  69. jr325 says:
    January 17, 2019 at 4:42 pm
    For the love of god and all that is mighty in this world… Can someone please figure out how to stop the patriots and their quick 3-5 yard passing game….. FFS its all slants and 5 yard curls all day… I scream at my tv whenever I see a team playing Zone against the Patriots… bump these receivers at the line and disrupt the timing so someone can get to Brady.

    ———————-

    LOL!

    I think you’re missing the point.

    NE now has a pwoer run game and in a 2 back set, not using a “slot WR”< Brady is a better QB because teams can't guess run or pass out of the 2 back set, if we are talking about Michel/White or Burkhead/White.

    Get it?

    SD went light last week to defend against the RBs receiving and it didn't matter. And then, NE ran the ball down their throats.

    It's not as simple as it looks because NE is a physical, bruising offense up front now and BB has completely re-invented their balanced offense.

    NE demolished that Chiefs front in the first meeting and not much has changed for them. They still have dumb Ragland at MLB and Speaks and a weak Safety spot.

  70. Chiefs/Rams would be nice. Chiefs haven’t been in one for nearly 50 years, and the last time the Los Angeles Rams were in the Super Bowl, Warren Beatty was the QB.

  71. thefiesty1 says:
    January 17, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Bill’s defense will confound Mahommes. He’ll wonder why they are playing the game.
    ————–

    It didn’t confound him in week 6, and it won’t confound him now.

  72. The New England Patriots dynasty started with a Super Bowl victory over the Rams. Will it end with a super bowl loss to the Rams?

  73. RE LEE says:
    January 17, 2019 at 2:37 pm
    The Patriots are very vulnerable this year. Chiefs better take advantage of that. If the Patriots wins, they will be incontestable legend.

    That’s already in the rear view. This game is just one more chapter in the Greatest Football Story Ever Told. Win or lose. I’d enjoy another NE win but if KC is equal to the task then Bravo! I have no grudges and it’s only mildly irritating that some folks are quick to the gold jacket store while looking to be the prophet who foretells the new messiah. I wish him a great career and may he break TB12s records. For this weekend, I prefer it’s his last game but we can afford to be generous here.

  74. while I’d like to see the game tonight, I think the build up and opportunity to exchange ideas, observations, compare analyses…is a fun and vital component to what makes football interesting. Gives one a chance to build anticipation and appreciation for the game.
    contrast that with back to back playoff games in baseball or basketball or hockey… and the dramatic elements can’t be processed to the degree they are in football.

  75. I know many of you think Bill got his first ring in NE but the fact is he got two coaching the Giants D one against Denver the other against the bills
    You know LT, Harry Carson, Marshall Karl Banks
    So I guess this would be #8 for Bill

  76. Pats win the same way the Giants beat the Bills. Expect a whole lot of running from Sony and clock management. Without Hunt the Chiefs aren’t the same team.

    I want the Chiefs, but I don’t think it will happen.

  77. I remember a kid having the best year I ever saw a QB have. Made every throw threw 48 tds and over 5000 yards in his second year. Thought his offense was unstoppable and thought he’d be in the SB every year.

    Funny thing happened, Marino never made it back, never matched those numbers again, never had the defense to help him out.

    Sometimes it’s just a magic year.

  78. Saints have not allowed a 100 yard rusher in 25 straight games.

    Eagles jumped out quick, Saints were basically off for three weeks. After the first quarter, time of possession was about 33 minutes to 12 minutes.

    Yes, Rams played in the Super Dome earlier this year, the noise level will be WAY HIGHER on Sunday.

  79. boisestatewhodat says:
    January 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm
    WHO DAT!!

    Goff has no idea what kind of environment he’s about to face. He’s going to learn very quickly what the sound of championship football in New Orleans sounds like.

    Seeing as how they’ve only won ONCE in FIFTY YEARS, even the people of Louisiana have almost “no idea” as they aren’t all that familiar with what the “sound of championship football in New Orleans sounds like.”

  80. I’m a Pats fan and I’m just glad they won last weekend. They are the fourth best team still left and they have a punchers chance in KC. No shame in losing to a very good team on the road.

  81. kevpft says:
    January 17, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Chiefs: 3rd-best home record over the last 5 years.

    Pats: #1 away record over the last 5 years.

    What will give?

    A lot of those road wins for the Pats were vs. the garbage Bills, Jets and Dolphins, plus other garbage from the AFC.

  82. Florio, for once I am with you. I hope Belichick confounds Mahomes like he did earlier this year (4 TDs, 450 total yards). I hope they contain Hill like they did earlier (3 TDs receiving, including his annual 75 yd+ burner ‘gainst the Pats). Clock management? Let’s see how they play catch up….

  83. I think it’s time to give Brees a lifetime achievement award – so Narlins wins Sunday 34-26. Careful though, Saints only averaging a little under 20 their last four games. In Kansas City, the Chiefs will win a pinball machine game 38-31, although Brady will get a last chance to tie with only 39 seconds left and no timeouts from his own 15 yard line. He’ll get into KC’s territory, but the clock will run out.

  84. KC clearly the favorite and for good reason. And the Patriots are far more successful at home than on the road this year and historically in the playoffs. All numbers point to a KC win, but they’ll actually play the game anyway. Whatever happens, can we all agree that the team that wins the AFC title is the best team from the AFC? Go Patriots!

  85. Pats caught a huge break not having to deal with Hunt. It’s a colder evening game where the run game is more important. With Hunt….KC kills the Pats as they have in recent years, now it’s a pickem. Whoever gets the fluke play/call in their favor wins.

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