JuJu Smith-Schuster had a quiet first half against the Jaguars, but he made a smart play early in the third quarter that could have an impact later in the game.
Blocking Jalen Ramsey on a Le’Veon Bell touch, Smith-Schuster pushed Ramsey into Bell when he was out of bounds, leading to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for Ramsey:
A few of those players have one thing in common: The Cincinnati Bengals.
Whitworth, 36, spent the first 11 seasons of his NFL career with the team and that meant six trips to the playoffs without a win. That’s the same way Harris and Peko got their six losses, and the way Tate got five of his six.
The offensive tackle got another crack at it when he joined the Rams in the offseason on a three-year, $33.75 million deal and Los Angeles went 11-5 to win the NFC West. But still no luck.
What once may have seemed like a high-scoring playoff affair will likely shift into an ugly, low-scoring game with the elements playing a factor, unlike in L.A. At this point, the Falcons should be totally fine trading a shootout for a drag-out fight.
There’s no doubt the Falcons battled an identity crisis like most teams that lose in the Super Bowl the true source of the so-called hangover. The fact that they’ve fought to replicate their 2016 success while pivoting 180 degrees from offense to defense prove they are a complete contender.
Now that they’ve stunned the Rams, it would surprise no one if they fly higher than the Eagles, too.
Fournette and the Jaguars face the Patriots on Sunday in the AFC championship in Foxborough, Mass.
Last week, in the Jags’ 45-42 AFC divisional playoff victory Sunday in Pittsburgh, he rushed for 166 yards and three TDs on 46 carries, despite sustaining an ankle injury that sidelined him briefly in the second quarter.
The Patriots have won six straight games against Tennessee, their longest winning streak against the franchise in team history. This includes a 17-14 home win in the Divisional Round of the playoffs Jan. 10, 2004.
New England is 9-1 at home in the playoffs since the 2011 season. No other team has more than five home wins in the postseason in that time.
The Titans are 5-6 in their last 11 road games (inc. playoffs), turning the ball over at least once in all 11 games, their longest streak since doing so in 18 straight games from Nov. 8, 1998-Oct. 22, 2000.