2022 NFL Draft order: Bills, Titans, Bucs, Packers get their spots

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Four more teams were eliminated from the playoffs over the weekend and that means four more spots in the 2022 NFL Draft order have been set.

The Bills will pick 25th after falling to the Chiefs in overtime on Sunday night and the Titans will be right behind them as a result of their loss to the Bengals. The Buccaneers are slated to pick 27th and the Packers will pick 28th after another home playoff loss.

Next Sunday’s games will determine who goes to the Super Bowl and the Lions could also learn where their second first round pick will land. They’ll be getting the Rams’ selection as part of the compensation for quarterback Matthew Stafford, but the Rams’ continued success means they won’t join the Jets and Giants in doubling up on early picks.

Here’s how the entire first round draft order shapes up heading into the conference title games:

1. Jaguars (3-14)

2. Lions (3-13-1)

3. Texans (4-13)

4. Jets (4-13)

5. Giants (4-13)

6. Panthers (5-12)

7. Giants (via 6-11 Bears)

8. Falcons (7-10)

9. Broncos (7-10)

10. Jets (via 7-10 Seahawks)

11. Washington Football Team (7-10)

12. Vikings (8-9)

13. Browns (8-9)

14. Ravens (8-9)

15. Eagles (via 9-8 Dolphins)

16. Eagles (via 9-8 Colts)

17. Chargers (9-8)

18. Saints (9-8)

19, Eagles (9-8, Wild Card loser)

20. Steelers (9-7-1, Wild Card loser)

21. Patriots (10-7, Wild Card loser)

22. Raiders (10-7, Wild Card loser)

23. Cardinals (11-6, Wild Card loser)

24. Cowboys (12-5, Wild Card loser)

25. Bills (11-6, Divisional round loser)

26. Titans (12-5, Divisional round loser)

27. Buccaneers (13-4, Divisional round loser)

28. Packers (13-4, Divisional round loser)

Packers and Buccaneers should both regret not landing OBJ

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The Rams have advanced to the NFC Championship for many reasons. One of those reasons is receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.

With Robert Woods suffering a torn ACL the same day Beckham signed, OBJ has become the top complement to Cooper Kupp in the Rams’ passing game. On Sunday against the Buccaneers, Beckham had six catches for 69 yards. Against the Cardinals, Beckham had four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.

The Buccaneers didn’t want him. Coach Bruce Arians made that clear when Beckham became available in November, with a typically flippant, swizzle-stick remark.

“We’ve already got AB, we don’t need OBJ,” Arians said in November. “Too many letters.”

On Sunday, the Bucs had not enough production from receivers not named Mike Evans. Sure, Chris Godwin was healthy when OBJ became available. Also, Antonio Brown had not yet been accused of using a fake vaccination card.

Still, finding a way to lure OBJ to TB would have kept Beckham from joining a competitor and thriving. The Rams, when they went all in to get Beckham, didn’t need Beckham. But they got him, and they kept him from the Buccaneers. Or, perhaps more importantly, from the Packers.

Look at the stats from Saturday night. The Packers took a 7-0 lead and couldn’t deliver the death blow of a two-score margin. Beyond the nine catches for 90 yards generated by Davante Adams, the team’s other receivers and all tight ends combined for a cumulative one catch for six yards.

How much better would the Packers have been offensively if they’d done more than give Beckham an offer they knew he wouldn’t accept? What if the Packers had gone all in to get Beckham?

Who knows what would have been. But here’s what is. The Bucs are done. The Packers are done. And the Rams are very well positioned to get to the Super Bowl.

Chargers, Rams see big increases in local TV ratings in Los Angeles market

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The NFL spent two decades trying to find the right plan for moving back into Los Angeles in large part because of how lucrative the TV revenue from America’s second-largest market can be. So the league has to be pleased with the results from 2021.

According to Sports Business Journal, the Chargers’ local TV ratings in Los Angeles rose by 25 percent in 2021 compared to 2020, the biggest increase of any team in the league. The Rams’ local rating increased by 14 percent from 2020.

The Chargers and Rams get lower local TV ratings than most NFL teams, but because the Los Angeles market is so big, the NFL can accept that. For instance, the Rams’ local rating of 10.5 is about half the 20.9 local rating that the Cardinals drew in Phoenix. But because the Los Angeles market has 5.7 million television households and the Phoenix market has 2.2 million television households, more people watch the Rams in Los Angeles than watch the Cardinals in Phoenix. (The TV rating represents the percentage of TV households in an area that are watching.)

The market that had the highest local rating was Buffalo, where Bills games drew an average rating of 47.16. Kansas City was second at 45.28.

Mike Vrabel: Derrick Henry is fully healed, don’t think injury due to overuse

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Titans running back Derrick Henry missed the final nine games of the regular season with a foot injury before returning to action in Saturday’s divisional round game against the Bengals.

Henry ran 20 times for 62 yards and a touchdown, but the play that stuck out was a fourth down run that went for a two-yard loss with just over seven minutes left in the game. It’s a play that Henry said he’ll be replaying in his mind until the Titans are back on the field again.

On Monday, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said at a press conference he isn’t worried about Henry finding top form once he is back on the field.

“I think he’s fully healed. I know he’s fully healed. I’m sure he’ll have a great offseason and we’ll try to use him to help us to win football games” Vrabel said.

Henry ran 219 times in the first eight weeks of the season, which put him on pace for a career high after carrying the ball 681 times over the previous two seasons. Vrabel said on Monday that he “didn’t get that sense from any doctor” that wear and tear from that workload was a cause of the injury, which suggests the Titans will continue to feature Henry as the centerpiece of their offense once they get back to work.

Mike Vrabel: Ryan Tannehill has “elite toughness” and many qualities you look for in a QB

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Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill finished his 2021 postseason campaign with an ugly stat line, completing 15-of-24 passes for 220 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions on Saturday.

That performance has caused some to question Tannehill and his future with Tennessee. But head coach Mike Vrabel didn’t sound like someone who’s given up on his QB1 in his season-ending press conference on Monday.

Via Ben Arthur of the Tennessean, Vrabel said Tannehill has “elite toughness” before describing the quarterback’s other positive qualities.

“We have to be great around him, but he’s shown signs of accuracy, of decision-making, to the ability to extend plays and to scramble, and leadership,” Vrabel said, via Turron Davenport of ESPN. “Those are all things that you look for in a quarterback, and Ryan showed us that. Unfortunately, we turned the ball over on Saturday.”

In his second full season as the Titans’ starting quarterback, Tannehill completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,734 yards with 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions — doubling his picks total from 2020.

The Titans have a should foundation with their offense that’s built around running back Derrick Henry. But they’ll need Tannehill to play at a higher level the next time the club reaches the postseason.

Rob Gronkowski not sure he’ll keep playing, could keep going if Tom Brady retires

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Tom Brady isn’t the only Buccaneers player who will take some time before deciding on whether to keep playing football in 2022.

Rob Gronkowski will also be pondering his football future. The tight end said on Monday that he plans to take four or five weeks as a “down period” before making a call on whether to keep going.

Gronkowski said that continuing to play while Brady retires is not off the table.

“I could see a scenario like that — never say never,” Gronkowski said, via WDAE. “I’m just going to do what’s best for myself in the football world and we’ll see how I feel in a couple weeks.”

Gronkowski is not signed beyond this season. He had 55 catches for 802 yards and six touchdowns in 12 regular season games and nine catches for 116 yards and a touchdown in the playoffs.

Brian Daboll set for second interview with Giants on Tuesday

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After falling in Sunday’s thriller against the Chiefs, Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is now free to interview unencumbered with teams for a head coaching position.

The Giants didn’t waste any time putting in a request for the OC, as according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, Daboll is set to interview for a second time with the Giants on Monday.

Daboll is the first known finalist for the Giants job. The New York’s new General Manager, Joe Schoen, just came from Buffalo where he served as assistant G.M.

Pelissero also Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is also set to meet with the Giants on Monday. And per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and New York’s defensive coordinator Patrick Graham are expected to interview later in the week.

But Daboll interviewing for the job so soon after Buffalo’s elimination from the postseason could be a sign that there is significant interest in making him New York’s next head coach.

UPDATE 12:15 p.m. ET: According to multiple reporters, the Giants have clarified Daboll’s interview will take place on Tuesday and not on Monday.

Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce decided in the moment how to set up the game-tying field goal

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When Patrick Mahomes hit Travis Kelce for a 25-yard gain with three seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to set up the Chiefs’ game-tying field goal on Sunday night, it looked like the kind of well-executed offensive play that comes from years of practice. Instead, it was something Mahomes and Kelce decided on the fly.

Just before that play, the Chiefs called a timeout and then the Bills called another timeout, and during that time, Kelce said he told Mahomes that he knew where there would be an opening in the defense and he’d run there, rather than running the specific route for the play that was called.

“I told him, ‘I’m probably not going to run the route that’s called, I’m just going to run to the open area,'” Kelce said after the game. “And probably midway through his cadence he was screaming at me at the line of scrimmage, ‘Do it! Do it!’ And I was just like, ‘OK, here we go, boys.'”

Mahomes confirmed that they didn’t do it the way the playbook drew it up, and instead adjusted in the moment.

“The play to Travis, he wasn’t necessarily supposed to do that, but after the timeout we got a look at what the defense was doing, and he said it to me, ‘If they do it again, I’m going to take it up the middle between both the guys guarding me,'” Mahomes said. “He went up the field, I gave him the ball, and he got into field goal range.”

Mahomes and Kelce work well enough together that even if they’re drawing up a play in the dirt, the play is probably going to work.

Panthers interviewing Chris Tabor for ST coordinator

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The Panthers found their new offensive coordinator in Ben McAdoo and they will continue their search for a new special teams coordinator on Monday.

Joseph Person of TheAthletic.com reports that the team will be interviewing Bears special teams coach Chris Tabor. It’s the second meeting between the team and Tabor, but the first one that’s taken place in person.

Tabor has been with the Bears since 2018, but Matt Nagy’s firing made it a good time to start looking for employment elsewhere. Tabor also worked as a coordinator for the Browns before going to Chicago.

Person also reports that the Panthers offered the job to Giants special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey, but the two sides could not agree on a conract.

Raiders set to interview Jerod Mayo Tuesday

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Patriots inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo interviewed with the Broncos for their head coaching vacancy, but he is reportedly out of the running in Denver after they cut their list of candidates down to three.

Mayo could still wind up in the AFC West, however. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Mayo will be in Las Vegas to interview with the Raiders on Tuesday.

The Raiders installed interim head coach Rich Bisaccia after Jon Gruden’s resignation early in the season. They were able to advance to the playoffs, but were eliminated with a loss to the Bengals in the Wild Card round.

Bisaccia has met with Raiders owner Mark Davis about taking the job on a permanent basis and word over the weekend was that they also want to speak with 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans.

Officials miss blatant taunting by Tyreek Hill

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The taunting rule stinks. And it needs to go. Until it does, it needs to be enforced fairly and consistently.

On Sunday night in Kansas City, after the Bills took at 29-26 lead with 1:54 to play, the Chiefs responded. Five plays later, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes connected with receiver Tyreek Hill on a 64-yard catch-and-run. While running to the end zone, Hill threw up his trademark peace sign in the direction of an opponent who was chasing him to the end zone.

No flag was thrown for the obvious taunt. It should have been. The gesture is textbook taunting.

It’s a simple concept. Enforce the rule consistently, or get rid of it.

Although the Bills scored a touchdown on the next drive after the Chiefs kicked the ball into the end zone, the Chiefs should have been kicking off from their own 20. If Buffalo hadn’t answered with a touchdown, the failure to flag Hill would have been a major talking point.

It still shouldn’t be ignored. Until the rule goes away (and it should), the NFL must enforce it consistently and even-handedly.

NFL playoff schedule 2022: Bracket, dates, times, TV channel, scores for AFC, NFC Divisional round games

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The 2021 NFL regular season has come to an end and the 2022 postseason is underway. Four teams remain in the Divisional round entering today. Teams left in the NFL playoffs include: Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers.

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Get the full NFL playoff schedule for 2022 below including TV channels, kickoff times, how to watch information and more. Plus, check back for final scores, results and analysis for every AFC and NFC playoff game.

2022 NFL Playoff Bracket

2022 NFL Playoff Schedule

Divisional Round

Sunday, January 23

(4) Los Angeles Rams at (2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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(3) Buffalo Bills at (2) Kansas City Chiefs

Championship Round

AFC Championship Game: (4) Cincinnati Bengals at (2) Kansas City Chiefs

  • Date: Sunday, January 30, 2022
  • Time: 3:05 p.m. ET
  • Where: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO
  • TV Channel: CBS

NFC Championship Game: (6) San Francisco 49ers at (4) Los Angeles Rams

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Super Bowl LV

AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion

2022 NFL Playoff Scores and Results

Divisional Round

Saturday, January 22

(4) Cincinnati Bengals at (1) Tennessee Titans

(6) San Francisco 49ers at (1) Green Bay Packers

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Super Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, January 15

(5) Las Vegas Raiders at (4) Cincinnati Bengals

(6) New England Patriots at (3) Buffalo Bills

Sunday, January 16

(7) Philadelphia Eagles at (2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(6) San Francisco 49ers at (3) Dallas Cowboys

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(7) Pittsburgh Steelers at (2) Kansas City Chiefs

Monday, January 17

(5) Arizona Cardinals at (4) Los Angeles Rams

Check back after each game for final scores and follow ProFootballTalk for more on the 2022 NFL Playoffs as well as game previews, recaps, news, rumors and more.

Bruce Arians: Tom Brady can take all the time he needs

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Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said last week that he’d be “shocked” if quarterback Tom Brady doesn’t play again next season, but Brady didn’t guarantee anything after Sunday’s 30-27 loss to the Rams.

Brady said that he hasn’t put a lot of thought into his plans for 2022 and that he’ll “take it day by day and see where we’re at” once he has turned his focus to that question. At a Monday press conference, Arians said that the team won’t be pushing Brady for a decision.

Arians said, via Greg Auman of TheAthletic.com, that Brady should take “all the time he needs” before any final decision about his plans for a 23rd NFL season. Arians also said that the team will be “doing our homework” about quarterback options while Brady ponders his future.

Blaine Gabbert and 2021 second-round pick Kyle Trask are the other in-house options. Pivoting to either of them would lead to a very different set of offseason decisions in Tampa than ones they’d make with Brady still in the picture.

Look for “spot and choose” overtime to be proposed again

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An idea first proposed by our own MDS nearly two decades ago could end up back on the NFL’s front burner.

It’s “spot and choose” overtime. Last year, the Ravens proposed a pair to possibilities based on the simple notion that, to start the extra session, one team chooses where the first drive of overtime will begin and the other team chooses whether to play offense or defense.

For example, one team picks (say) the -10 yard line. The other team would then have to choose between starting overtime in that spot on offense, or on defense.

The Ravens offered up two alternatives, based on the spot-and-choose option. One, the overtime session would proceed on a sudden-death basis, for up to 10 minutes. Two, the two teams would play another seven minutes and 30 seconds, with the team leading at the end of the extra period becoming the winner.

Spot and choose didn’t generate much support in 2021. In the aftermath of the most glaring and unsatisfying example of the current overtime rule gone bad, with the Chiefs beating the Bills on a first-drive touchdown, perhaps the league will decide to give it a closer look. (NFL Media is already pushing the predictable “league will consider” it line; the league always considers every remotely controversial rule in the offseason.)

If the league doesn’t wake up and devise a different overtime system now, it never will. One of the greatest games in league history ended with the thud of inequity resulting from the Bills not getting a chance to match Kansas City’s first-drive touchdown.

Then again, even if the Bills had chosen the one-yard line as the starting point for the next drive, it’s hard to imagine the Chiefs not driving 99 yards. Or, alternatively, the Bills.

Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen both broke Bart Starr’s 54-year-old playoff passer rating record

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Since 1967, Hall of Fame Packers quarterback Bart Starr has owned the NFL’s all-time record for career passer rating in the postseason. Starr’s record stood for 54 years, a stunning achievement given how much the NFL has changed, with new rules and new strategies resulting in passing statistics that dwarfed the numbers of Starr’s era.

But Starr doesn’t have the record anymore.

After Sunday night’s NFL playoff classic, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Bills quarterback Josh Allen both have a higher career postseason passer rating than Starr.

Mahomes is now first in NFL history with a 107.2 passer rating in the postseason. In Mahomes’ 10 career postseason games he has completed 254 of 384 passes for 3,106 yards, a 66.1 percent completion rate and 8.1 yards per attempt. Mahomes has 25 touchdowns and five interceptions in the playoffs.

Allen is now second in NFL history with a 106.6 passer rating in the postseason. In Allen’s six career postseason games, he has completed 149 of 228 passes for 1,718 yards, a 65.4 percent completion rate and 7.5 yards per attempt. Allen has 14 touchdowns and one interception in the playoffs.

Starr has dropped to third in NFL history with a 104.8 career postseason passer rating. In his 10 career postseason games he completed 130 of 213 passes for 1,753 yards, a 61 percent completion rate and 8.2 yards per attempt. Starr threw seven touchdowns and three interceptions in the playoffs.

What Starr did in the postseason was legendary. It took something special for Mahomes and Allen to surpass him.