The first day of the Divisional round featured a couple of well-decided match ups, let’s take a look.
Green Bay Packers vs Los Angeles Rams
We got a matchup that I viewed as a true David vs Goliath. The Rams came into this game beaten up and quite honestly truly hurt. Their star pro bowl WR Cooper Kupp was officially inactive, QB Jared Goff was also dealing with pins in his throwing thumb, and their All-Pro DT Aaron Donald was on a snap count and was truly not effective in this game. One coach said he was amazed Donald even played. This Rams defense was weakened without their best player at 100 percent. That’s a great example of what an MVP truly means.
Ram’s rookie RB Cam Akers (18 carries, 90 rushing yards, 1 TD) had himself another solid day on the big stage. Goff finished with 174 passing yards, 1 TD, 84.4 QBR, and a 105.9 passer rating. Goff wasn’t the issue as you have to give this young man credit for giving it his all. The Rams future looks a little low but with head coach Sean McVay that window will always remain open. The Rams were just too hurt to disguise it from a perennial elite Packers team.
These Packers are dangerous people. The balanced offense that head coach Matt LaFleur is bringing is commendable. The play-action is coming through like butter. RB Aaron Jones (14 carries, 99 rushing yards, 1 TD) is the glue for this offense I believe. WR Davante Adams (9 catches, 66 receiving yards, 1 TD) is establishing himself as a top 5 WR in the game today and you can screenshot this. We all know who the man is right now and that’s QB Aaron Rodgers who is reminding everyone how truly special he is at playing the most difficult position in all of team sports. Rodgers finished with 296 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 rush in TD, 92.1 QBR, and a 108.1 passer rating. Goat like numbers.
Final Score: Packers 32, Rams 18
Buffalo Bills vs Baltimore Ravens
The matchup that most people have as their “matchup of the week” didn’t live up to it. Baltimore Ravens defense kind of showed up, but the offense didn’t. QB Lamar Jackson forgot how to hit water from a boat as he finished with 162 passing yards, 1 INT (Pick 6), 55.6 QBR, and a 61.5 passer rating. Lamar needs to get back to basics or he needs a scheme that works for him and his style. He is now 1-3 in postseason games for his career. Head Coach John Harbaugh was outcoached, and even knowing Jackson left for all of the fourth due to a possible concussion, this Ravens offense looked sluggish for the majority of this game.
The Buffalo Bills are officially in the AFC Championship game and I know Buffalo is going crazy right now. My MVP has to go to the Bills defense. This defense held the reigning MVP to 196 yards, a turnover in the red zone, and a big fat goose egg in the TD Department. What more can you ask for? QB Josh Allen finished the day with 206 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 51.0 QBR, 86.1 passer rating. Not a great day but he did enough to get by a juggernaut and sometimes that’s all you need to accomplish in these type of games.
WR Stefon Diggs (8 catches, 106 receiving yards, 1 TD) is that guy who is the air for this offense. Allen’s elevation is largely due to Diggs. There is not a route that Diggs can’t do people. He is special and it’s shining through my 75-inch flat-screen TV. The Bills are the hottest team in football right now as I am writing this.
Final Score: Bills 17, Ravens 3