The NFL playoffs have been a snooze so far. Can Sunday provide some drama?
The NFL playoffs have been filled with drama, pageantry and football being played at the highest level imaginable.
We’re six games into the postseason, and it has been a snooze-fest so far. Home teams have won all six games, meaning there has not been a single upset. The average margin of victory has been 18.3 points. Even the New England Patriots seemed largely disinterested Saturday night, stumbling and bumbling their way against the overmatched Houston Texans before finally prevailing, 34-16, to advance to next weekend’s AFC title game.
Houston had the league’s top-ranked defense during the regular season and the Texans’ pass rushers hit Brady often Saturday. But the defense simply had no help.
The Patriots will host the Chiefs or Steelers next Sunday in Foxborough, Mass., in the AFC championship game. At stake will be yet another Super Bowl appearance for Brady and Coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots probably will have to play far better than they played Saturday.
Maybe by then, something interesting will have happened during these playoffs.
The last rodeo is what I told them, Pagano said of his speech to players ahead of Sunday’s season finale against the Texans. A picture of a guy on a bucking bronco with the spurs on it. It’s our last ride together.
To be clear, Pagano was pointing to the team’s final shot at a win — not his job status — but the sense of finality is notable.
No team that I’ve ever been a part of has ever been the same. Regardless of the record, that’s just the National Football League. So this is our last rodeo together, Pagano said.
Earlier this month, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Pagano understands that his future is very much in doubt, even joking … that everyone is on a one-day contract.