The Wild Card round of this year’s NFL Playoffs is in the books, and overall it was an exciting weekend of football. Let’s take a look at each game and what the future holds for each team.
Titans vs Chiefs
What a disappointing loss for Andy Reid and The Kansas City Chiefs, as they blew an 18 point first half lead to lose to The Tennessee Titans. Andy Reid’s future as Chiefs head coach should be questioned, as his play calling once again left a lot to be desired. Reid has developed a reputation for abandoning the run, and the fact that RB Kareem Hunt only received 11 carries in the game is baffling. QB Alex Smith is certainly at the end of the line as the starting quarterback for the Chiefs. Expect Patrick Mahomes to take over under center next year. On the defensive side of the ball, the Chiefs have to get younger at some positions. CB Darrelle Revis did not have a good game and the Chiefs have to think very hard about bringing him back. CB Marcus Peters’ future should also be up for discussion. Peters is one of the most talented corners in the NFL, but next year, he must show some signs of maturity, otherwise Kansas City will have a big decision to make concerning whether to commit to Peters long term. The Titans will take on The New England Patriots this weekend, will surely rely on RB Derrick Henry to have another big game.
Falcons vs Rams
It was a great season for the Rams, who ended their long playoff drought. The Rams should be a strong playoff contender next year, as they have two of the elite players in the NFL in DT Aaron Donald and RB Todd Gurley. QB Jared Goff showed why he was the 1st overall pick in the 2016 draft, and as he continues to improve, the Rams could certainly make it to the Super Bowl next season. As for the Falcons, they are on a mission to erase last year’s Super Bowl collapse. They’re headed to Philly to face an Eagles team without MVP front runner QB Carson Wentz. The Falcons are gaining momentum at the right time, and as long as their running game and defense stays formidable, the Falcons could represent the NFC again in this year’s Super Bowl.
Bills vs Jaguars
This was the defensive battle that pretty much everyone expected. It’s tough to see Bills QB Tyrod Taylor end his stint with the team walking off of the field after getting injured, but he will not be back. Ironically, Jacksonville could be a potential suitor for Taylor in the offseason, as they continue to ride a great defense and hope that QB Blake Bortles doesn’t do anything to cost them a victory.
Panthers vs Saints
As the Saints march on in the playoffs, its interesting to look back and note how many people predicted that this season could be the last for QB Drew Brees and HC Sean Payton in New Orleans. Heading into frigid Minnesota this weekend, the Saints have to run the football much better than they did against the Panthers. For Carolina, it had to sting to watch WR Ted Ginn score that huge touchdown for the Saints, considering the fact that the Panthers let Ginn leave. QB Cam Newton needs one more playmaker and some of the young defensive backs need to take a step forward next year.