First year head coach Sean McVay erred on the side of caution in Week 17, resting all of his key starters in a 34-13 home loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The underwhelming game had no effect on Los Angeles’ status as the conference’s No. 3 seed as the Rams ended the regular season with an 11-5 SU and 9-7 ATS record. Los Angeles is just 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home.
This will be Los Angeles’ first postseason game since 2005. The Rams are 1-3 SU and ATS over their last four playoff games per the OddsShark NFL Database.
It was a far less dominant regular-season campaign for the Falcons and their offense in 2017 than it was in 2016, but the defending NFC champions did enough to advance into the postseason with a 10-6 SU and 7-9 ATS record.
But in the wake of rising discontent among owners over the anthem issue and what sitting and kneeling players are doing to the league’s bottom line with fans and advertisers, the dissatisfaction of strong owners like the Cowboys’ Jerry Jones cannot be discounted. It’s unclear whether the discord between the league office and some owners could lead to the dissolution of the Goodell pact, though it seems unlikely. But the fact that the past five or six weeks have gone by without a resolution of the contract makes it rise in significance as a story.
That drive ended up winning the game and sending the Jaguars on to the Divisional Round. All of that thrusting is justified.
Bortles ran out of bounds and directly into a cameraman on the sideline in the third quarter. The cameraman looked like he had never been so frightened of anything in his life.
The collision didn’t look that bad, but the cameraman has quite a story to tell.
Blake Bortles, quarterback, Jacksonville. This is simply a different guy from the 2016 Bortles, and the first-half-of-2017 Bortles. He’s accurate (21 of 29 versus Houston, 72.4 percent), he’s become a good downfield passer, and he doesn’t make the dumb throw nearly as much as he once did. Bortles in three games this month: 71.4 completion percentage, 903 yards, seen touchdowns, zero interceptions … Bortles’ game-to-game passer ratings this month: 119.8, 123.7, 143.8. He’s turning into a reason why the Jaguars dominating, not a player the team wins in spite of.