Buffalo snapped its 17-year postseason drought with the help of the Ravens’ loss, the Titans are in for the first time since 2008, and the Falcons round out the NFC picture. Here’s a tick-tock of everything important that happened Sunday.
The Falcons’ epic collapse in Super Bowl LI. The rise of the Eagles and eventual loss of Carson Wentz. Here are the highs and lows that shaped the league over the past year.
Ben is the most talented guy I’ve ever been around, Heyward-Bey said. I’m not talking quarterback. I’m talking about talent. He can do a lot of different things. He believes in his ability and he’s going to show people on Sunday that he believes in himself.
The player who openly pondered retirement last spring, the one who quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner said in November will occasionally uncork a flutter ball while looking very much his age, heads to his 21st career playoff game at the height of his powers. Roethlisberger is averaging 298 yards passing since that forgettable three hours against the NFL’s top defense.
The brightest light for the 2017 Browns, though, is the guy they chose with the first overall pick. It wouldn’t have been easy to see unless you were a masochist who chose to watch the Browns on a weekly basis, but Myles Garrett is already a superstar. Garrett missed six games with various injuries, but he racked up seven sacks and 18 quarterback knockdowns in the 10 games he did play. Those are identical figures to what Brian Orakpo put together over a full 16-game campaign.
Project Garrett over a full season and you end up with 11 sacks and 29 knockdowns, the latter of which would have ranked third in the NFL. He’s also doing this on a Browns team that had no second pass-rusher after Emmanuel Ogbah went down and faced just 525 pass attempts as opponents with leads ran out the clock. Plenty of pass-rushers make their hay by picking up sacks when NBA Jerseys Wholesale they know the other team has to pass. The Browns haven’t been in that situation once during Jackson’s reign. Garrett is already a star, and he has the potential to be a top-three pass-rusher in the NFL if the Browns ever turn things around.
But the celebration of snapping a five-game losing streak was Wholesale NFL Jerseys short lived after it was revealed that the Rockets would be without their star guard for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.