Good morning, everybody.
Welcome to FBC NFL Live on a Sunday divisional round Sunday.
We have two games in the books.
We have two more to preview today.
I am in England and I am joined by Terrence Biggs as I am every Sunday.
And this time R f p c Packers managing editor.
He is the guy up there without a name.
The Packer shirt on he is Mr Kyle.
Fellas, how we doing today? Goodbye.
Yeah. I mean, it's divisional round Sunday.
I great feeling, especially for someone who's teams in the playoffs playing.
Okay. All right, all right, all right. Okay.
We're five seconds into the show, and you're already rubbing it in. Relax.
You know, I'm very positive about the packers today.
Don't make me change my mind this early, and I don't want I don't want to get kicked off, so I better behave.
And then all it takes is a click of a button.
And I have that power, but no.
Look, I'm in a great mood, because look, I'm I'll be completely honest and upfront.
I'm being a little bit petty today.
I'm being a little bit, you know.
You know, I'm gonna I'm gonna be a little snarky, so just deal with it.
The Ravens lost, and I couldn't be happier.
I am rooting for the Titans to, ah, take it all the way to the Super Bowl.
But like I said yesterday, I am picking the 40 Niners to win the Super Bowl all together, so I'm going to stick with that.
However I am, I am really just kind of jumping on this Titans bandwagon.
So, uh, you know, real quick before we get into these two games, which is gonna be the focus of this show today.
Um, I'd like to get you guys thoughts on what we saw last night from that game between Baltimore and Tennessee, because I honestly, if you listen to my prediction yesterday, it was literally the exact opposite of what happened.
You can replace the Raeburn with titans and every sentence I said and then I would have been right.
But basically, the Titans just dominated this game from start to finish.
Um, Baltimore got a little too cute.
They couldn't execute well on offense and the Titans.
You know they're coming in playing with this loose confidence that that isn't too much.
You know, there's there's a certain type of looseness that is bad for a team coming into a playoff game.
They were kind of talking about that with Baltimore coming into that game.
Tennessee's got that good.
We got nothing to lose. We're on a roll.
We're playing some of the best football of any team for the last half of the season.
Let's let's roll with it, so I'll start with you.
Terrance, what were you know, just your initial impressions of that game.
And just where you how shocked were you? I was shot.
The Titans defense is better than I gave it credit for.
I didn't think that they would be able to handle them.
Are Jack's on the boundary? What they did was they used the old Jim Johnson technique against the Falcons and Michael Vick, where they would clog up the middle and force him to go wide, stay outside.
So therefore they're all of the linebacker would flow, so the ball, instead of having him wanna go up the middle, they clog everything.
So he had to bounce it.
Everything was like this.
Nothing was this way.
So that played right into their hands.
What? Yes, he would.
He would get the corner, but he'd also be met by three times, which is smart.
And they forced him to do this, and they forced him to try to fit balls into scenes where and picks.
But it was just They played it smart.
They scheme defensively.
Dean Pees called brilliantly.
Yeah, Kyle and well, And just add to that, Terry, it's not, wasn't only in the run game, it really affected the passing game as well.
Suddenly, those lanes over the middle going to those tight ends, which is where Jackson's most comfortable throwing wasn't available.
So he was having to make a lot of throws the sidelines.
And while um, you know his sideline accuracy has certainly improved over even just this season.
It's so much better than it was last year, Um, but again, still kind of an area where he's not as comfortable struggles a bit more.
And but to be fair, I thought Jackson actually played pretty well considering, you know, he was making a lot of drops in that game, So his receivers kind of let him down.
He, uh he's, you know, a lot of ball placement was actually pretty good on his part, so I wouldn't put in this loss on Jack's unnecessarily.
I think more Just kudos to the Titans for incredible defensive execution.
Yeah, I mean, I think the last I heard or on the broadcast was they were up at, like, six or seven drops, which I mean, you're not gonna win a playoff game, let alone a regular season game dropping that many passes and and to your point, I agree with you, Kylie, I think, Lamar, it's gonna unfortunately kind of shoulder a lot of this blame because, you know, look, he's in my opinion, in a lot of other opinions gonna be the M v p of this league.
And you know, of course, that's gonna kind of you know, again fall on him because he's the quarterback and rightfully or ah, right or wrong.
I mean, it is what it is, but he really had a pretty pretty good game yet if you'd obviously a couple of bad passes and whatnot.
I mean, he didn't certainly didn't play his best, but he was the least of their issues.
What do you think? Bread and personally, I saw a team that was a big fish and a little con during the look during the regular season and then come from big boy playoff football.
They were met against a shark, and tendency was that shark would just completely obliterated it from the first of the fourth.
What I saw was too cute at times.
And one thing I know what you did there very early, which most teams do against vaults, this Baltimore office.
They adjust to the right, you know, they really are.
They were able to keep the option contained.
They're able to keep the mark obtain and they have excellent coverage defense that you didn't see much involvement of Mark Andrews.
Air was need, you know, marquees Brown had good place here and there, but not enough to even get a sparkle.
I think the ***y thing between Mountain shucked out early and yeah, and and that's the thing.
The Titans did exactly what they did when they beat the Patriots.
They I mean, what Ryan Tannehill through eight passes are or what was that? I mean, like the type of Ah, production out of the quarterback spot was just not, you know, non existent from a throwing.
But it wasn't, but it wasn't necessary.
They were just dominating the game on the ground and Derrick Henry three straight games of Ah on over 180 yards.
And the more I watched this team, the more they just look like a team that's just hitting their stride.
And I know you guys had some fun.
I'm not talking about you, Kyle, because you weren't here yesterday.
But there was a few you that we did the show with yesterday morning that had a little fun at my expense because taste, it's lost.
Well, let me just put it this way real quick that this await the Titans dominated this Ravens team.
For those Patriots fans out there, it should really put that loss into context and say, OK, it's not the end of the world.
I mean, this doesn't mean the end of anything, because, let's face it, this Titans team is just really good.
They're well coached.
They have some really well ah, very talented players on both sides of the ball and a quarterback that just is feeling it right now in the perfect quarterback for this team.
So, um, you know, congratulations to the Titans.
I'm definitely, uh I'm definitely rooting for them moving forward in the A f C.
I've said it to you guys.
I've seen the potential Patriots are a potential Packers chief Super Bowl as the insufferable because I think by far, in my opinion, the worst of their fan bases are the worst.
Kyle represents the best.
Let me just put it out there.
And Kyle represents the best of the Packers fan base, and there are a lot of those.
But I'm talking about that small segment that that it's the loudest and proudest of both the Packers and the Chiefs.
I think if they happen to meet the Super Bowl, uh, it's just it would be the insufferable to May.
So there's a potential that that will end today, and I'm kind of really rooting for that.
And, well, no, I'm for 1/2 of that.
At least I'm picking.
You know, we'll see what we get when we talk about the Packers.
But good day, folks.
So let's jump right into these games.
We have ah first off is Houston in Kansas City at 305 today.
And, um, you know, this is gonna be an interesting matchup on a lot of, uh, levels because I don't think that Houston's getting enough credit for what they did to Kansas City earlier in the season.
Now Kansas City is a better team, specifically on defense, and they were earlier in the season.
However, Houston, Buzz, play this team really well in an Arrowhead.
Hasn't been that impossible to overcome a road game for a lot of teams this season in particular.
So, um, first off, I'm gonna throw the question out to you guys.
What do the Texans have to do to limit this chief's offense? What's the key thing for them to do to keep the chief from from just scoring back to back to back and really put this game out of reach and whoever wants to go first, jump at it.
I mean, I think it's got you got to be aggressive and coverage is, you know, for, like, tiny kill specifically, you can't be afraid to go up and press him on the line.
Don't let him get free releases.
Don't let him you know, get a head start on you.
Because if if he if he does, with his speed, he's burning passbook, most TVs.
So I think that the river is covering.
It has to be aggressive and get right up in his face and tryout Physical because you're not gonna outrun him.
What are you, Biggs? I think that the are Belichick.
The attack works where you put you, put two players on Tyreek Hill and then you put your best cover on Ah, walking on the outside.
If you keep him doubled, he's probably not gonna be able to get free Constant against double.
And I just I don't think I think that the Texans have the single word secondary in the playoffs or even in football.
They have a bunch of former number one picks who have struggled in their first homes.
Kindly get guy that are.
I have all the physical talent in the world, but get torched.
It's a mental thing, I think, to help them out.
Simple fly, simple fly Your simplify your defense, make it a lot easier for them.
I like that simple fly fly.
Yeah, I like I like it.
We're gonna coined that here in FBC NFL.
Make your defense ah, lot easier for them to digest because the more complex you make it the heart it will be for them to stay stride for stride With Hill on Nicole Hardman and Kelsey Double Hill like you can possibly drop a linebacker throwing a safety to cover Kelsey.
But you can't leave Hill one on one.
He will abuse the secondary.
He will beat this.
He will affect his game.
We can't be using being a No, just you'll affect this game is probably not the most appropriate ****ogy when it comes to tell you killed that that's neither here nor there.
No look to your point.
I think that's key, but I think it starts in and J.
Watt, that pass rush we've seen You know how good Patrick Mahomes can be when he has the opportunity to move when he has that time, when he, when his receivers have the ability to get open and none of those things will happen if J.
Watt and crew start to get pressure on him early and that's closing in the gaps, you know, forcing him to the to the side that he doesn't want to go to.
And then that's when we see his, you know, relatively ah, in experience, especially in the playoffs, kind of take over.
And this isn't a knock on him.
This is just a He's a young quarterback who is still evolving as a player in learning how to deal with certain situations and look, not every court.
Look, if you get relentless pass rush on any quarterback, they're not gonna have a good game.
So this isn't it.
This isn't a knock on him.
It's just I'm very curious to see what the Texans bring in terms of what what kind of game plan they have from their defensive front.
How they're going to attack Patrick home.
Because this could be a case of if the Texans get off to a heart starts similar to what the Titans? D'oh! It could get a little bit out of hand for a team.
That's, you know? Yes, you know.
Are they gonna handle the two week period off? Better than the ah, better than the Ravens? I don't know.
So what? Your thoughts bring it.
I think you kind of stole my notes here.
Yeah, that's why I went for our safe feeling.
So I was like, I got to steal the thunder, you know, weigh all talk about like, you don't take incurring killed Sammy Watkins, Travis Kelsey out of the game, limiting down, you know, not allow them to get in the open field, make big plays.
They can't do anything.
If you stop Patrick homes and high stuff homes, you got provide pressure.
Like you said, when a quarterback is based in pressure, whether it's outside our interior most time and I could do very well, you know, I go down every quarterback, every team and say how to pressure them, like whether it's outside work inside.
So I think that even though Maya Holmes can be electrified, you can make those throws that are like, really, really are realistic.
Sometimes again, this is playoff football.
This is a bigger test.
You make 11 of those mistakes.
You can make it up for next week if you don't win.
So I think he just gotta provide that pressure and it starts on J.
Why which I did not want gonna get to the homeless couple times today.
Now, and I think what? We're sorry.
Go ahead. Good, good, I think.
Pounds, this is Ah, some injuries.
You know, Terry and I are both mentioned.
The secondary is super important.
But Jonathan Joseph, starting cornerback for the Texans, and Jill Ayla die.
They're starting strong safety are both questionable entering today.
Ah, limited practices for both of them.
So I think the expectation is that they will play, but there clearly not 100%.
So, you know, having those kind of injuries two keys parts in your secondary, that's just gonna make it even more difficult.
So get increases the importance of this pass rush.
Yeah, and And that that's the thing to even at full strength.
Like Terry said, it's like they're they're not a, you know, they're not like the patriotssecondary where it's like you can you can let them hang out on an island for a while and they'll still cover guys like Tyree killing and the likes.
You know the text, and you really have to get home.
And if you if you can't get home against Patrick Rome's, they're gonna shred this Texans defense apart.
We've seen it from other teams against the Texans.
But on the flip side, though, this is not, you know.
This is not the Texans of 56 years ago, where they had, ah, another car, kind of holding them back at times and other quarterbacks up.
You know, DeShaun Watson is as talented as they come, and when he's on copy his game, he's a hard player to stop in the likes of Patrick for home.
So same question.
But on the chief side, how do the Chiefs with the very, very much improved defense? And I wish I had the stat right front of me.
But over the last six weeks, they've been one of the best statistical defense is in the NFL, So it's.
It's a vast improvement from where they were a year ago.
However, how do they stop to Shawn Watson and DeAndre Hopkins and this crew of offensive weapons and whoever wants to roll with it, go for it? So personally, I think you know, I'm really back to the bumper.
Okay? You kind of pull the trigger out.
Me and I kind of angry, but I owe you a couple.
All right, listen, I could sit here and say, Get pressure, get the good coverage, whatever it is.
Task All you're acting too is just tackled the sharks lots, and it's not gonna go down.
You wanna watch our old promise tape? If you want to learn how to tackle everything.
So all you have to do is just, you know, obviously you gotta you gotta make the cover, just get the pressure.
But this Houston team watching them last week, they don't go down arm tackle.
They don't go down just by one guy.
They require your defense to get two or more guys to go down.
So I think that the Chiefs are gonna have it.
Really shouldn't be that complicated, but you would be been tried being a Bills fan.
How you can't see team tackle.
And that's something.
We're in a peewee level.
Just get, you know, pressure Watson elephants about it's God awful.
Big Buffalo got to stuff in times last week.
All right, so that the elephants of blind he's gonna have a rough day. Anything.
All I have to do is just finish and go to the motion scope to tackle.
You sound a little despondent Brandon very TV is not in my grade, E i e.
I mean, how bad is the Texas offensive line? Some might ask football out.
Ciders has, ah metric cup adjusted sack rate.
They've got a bunch of offensive line mentoring the run game, but their stress that sack great, really, you know, talks about you have there in pass protection.
The Texans are tied for 26th in the league.
They're tied with the Cardinals just ahead of the Panthers, head of the Dolphins and John and Jets in Washington.
And, strangely, the Titans are dead last in the league.
Um, still find that weird.
It's been something that's happened all year.
I think it's mostly because they don't drop back that much, so it may take one or two sacks in the game.
It really messes up their percentage.
But as you mentioned this, Texans offensive eyes pretty bad.
Tunsil has come in, and it seems like he helps but also takes a lot of penalties, and it's tough for him when he's really the best defensive lineman he's gonna have to.
He sometimes has to force the issue too much of a play and then end up with penalties.
So it's, you know, it's been a struggle on something.
They really need to address it.
Uh, you know, Buffalo was able to exploit that as you mentioned seven sacks last week.
I could kind of see the chief's doing something similar, that that defense under spectral this year, the changes they've made and the personnel if they brought in to make these changes, it's not like Rex Ryan go into the Bills.
And okay, we're going to a 43 even though we don't have the personnel to do it all, we're going to it before.
No, this was making the change.
We're bringing in the people that we need to make this change s so I think, you know, well done for the Chiefs to kind of change their defense on the fly.
I think we're really reaping the rewards now.
And that's the key thing to and it's like a much as I'd like to stay here and believe that is the same Chiefs defense of last season that would just, you know, give up yards at will.
It's it's really not.
However, this is still a tough matchup because I think on the flip side, the offense hasn't been quite as explosive.
I mean, they still are explosive, but they're more closer to the pact than they were back here where they were just kind of team offensively work so big.
So what are your thoughts? I think that but she's gonna find all army Tunsil.
He has 17 penalties.
Just 13 of those are false starts.
So if you show blitz to his side, he's in a flinch.
He didn't flinch every time make him flinch, he will flinch.
And then the moment always after he flint the play out that he flinches, he will sit in his stance a little longer than you should.
That means whoever is trying to run from that side will have a step and 1/2 before he will rise out of his set.
No takers on Tunsil and get home? No.
And then that. Sorry. Good.
No, I was just gonna say no.
That's a great point, because again, I mean, when you want a pinpoint and find the weaknesses on the Texans team, I mean, it begins and ends right there.
I mean, what if you same thing with Patrick poems.
If you can get to Sean Walker.
I mean, not all the time, because we saw last week he got hit by two players that currently couldn't wrap up and tackle.
And, ah, you know, led to the, UH, eventual game winning drive and all that stuff.
So, um, and he has the ability to escape this type of pressure, given his body type and how strong he is running and just physicality wise.
But you don't want to sit there and gamble whether you want.
You need to keep him clean, because if he's kept clean, DeAndre Hawkins and Will Fuller, who is playing as far as I'm a Zara's, I know I think will filler will be playing.
And he's been a very important piece to this offense than how efficient they are when they're really rolling.
So if they're playing ah, if the John Watson's kept clean in the pocket, he has the potential to really kind of find the weaknesses and the chief's defense that still exist.
They're just they're getting a lot better and I just I feel like this could potentially be a very bad matchup because the last time they met the Houston Texans.
Put up 31 points against this team, and I think they're certainly capable of potentially repeating that if they get off to a great start today.
So well, say and honor on a quick note past that lets the gaming showing that the Bills Taiwan Jones was the last player that Al Davis scouted.
He was one of allow Davis's last draft picks for the Oakland Raiders.
He said something to the effect of one of these days.
He will make a big play because he's really, really fast.
He played from the building last year.
In what better way to send the Bills back home? For those players, it's like whatever, it's alright. See, Brandon.
It's okay because three out of the four of us can relate to this disappointing not being able to watch our team's until September moment.
Fortunately, Kyle is still still in the hunt, at least for several more hours, and we'll see.
We'll see what happens around 9 30 or so, Eastern Standard Time and Ford still singing the same tune.
But yeah, so getting into it.
You know, these two teams obviously are driven by their quarterback, and you know their ability to just make things happen out of nowhere.
Um, outside of the quarterback, Who do you think? First on offense and then second on defense.
Eso We'll do offensive players first.
Who do you think is gonna have to be the quote unquote x factor? Who's gonna have to make the big places that DeAndre DeAndre Hopkins? Is it Will Fuller? Is it? Is it a running back? Who have you? So, uh, I'll put you on the spot, Terry.
Believe or not, uh, Gail Fells because so much attention that is placed on the on the wide receivers.
The middle is right there.
The middle is gonna be open.
He is not a pass receiving tight end except against Oakland for those who tried sounds.
But he's gonna find that soft spot in the military field.
And the Chiefs have a secondary who is, uh, like, they're not bad, but they're not good.
Just on the eye test.
And he's like, 6667 He's gonna find bee.
Chances are he'll have to be covered by Tyrone Matthew.
I was like 5 10 Throw the ball to him.
Find him a job, All right up to him and for the Chiefs on the other side.
Travis Kelsey, Like I see him possibly having a role where the takings every line back the targets have is Ah, downhill linebacker.
Kelsey is a spread.
The field seem Buster that doesn't fit. Doesn't match.
So chances are he will find his matches.
I think the two tight ends we'll have a great impact on this game.
Travis Kelsey is the first tight end in NFL history to have four straight 1000 yard receiving seasons.
So, um, he's gonna I I agree He's gonna have to have a huge impact.
Kyle, what do you think? Um, and as much as you know, we see this offensive catcher Bones.
I think one way that they can make life difficult for taxes is if they can run the ball effectively.
Uh, so I'm specifically looking at Damian Williams.
I think over the last couple weeks of the season, when they know where they were, you know, must win t get that first round by.
They were leaning heavily on Williams, so I expect a big workload for Williams in this game, both as a runner and maybe in the receiving game as well.
Certainly gonna get down to the goal line.
Expect himto get a lot of those touches.
So, yeah, I think Williams could definitely help them.
Uh, as you mentioned, it's not necessary the same, you know, almost seemingly a immediately explosive offense that could score from any moment place on the field.
But I wonder in the playoffs, if that might serve that she's better if they could methodically drive the ball downfield and take up more time and again.
Part of that a strong running game with Williams.
Well, I I think you I think that's a great point because we've seen at times where teams like, Yeah, they're almost too good for their own good.
And you know, you go down and you give a team like, you know, guess what.
There's still the defending Super Bowl champions for now, so you give a team like the page.
It's too much time.
Or or the Packers or or Peyton Manning of whatever team he was on.
Whenever you score too quickly, you're like Oh crap in Kansas city.
That was kind of their offense.
It was boom or bust and and sometimes it was.
It was much too There, you know, skill.
I mean, they just they were too good to not score that quickly.
But you know that that also means your defense is on the field quite a bit.
And for a defense that wasn't necessarily good last year, it really hurt them.
Defense is getting a little bit better.
The offense is, um, the offenses is ah, being more efficient or more consistently efficient? Um, sustaining drives longer drives that type of thing.
Ah, that it's a great combination for playoff football.
It's just, you know, you got to make sure that you put it all together at every game, because if you revert back to what you were last year, I don't think this chief's team is, um, very unlikely to win this week.
I wouldn't imagine that they would win a Super Bowl.
They go back to how they played last year.
So, Brandon, what about you, Kansas City? Believe it or not, I'm mostly Sammy walk ins.
I think that walk ins every year he's got some type of big big game.
You know, I I know he had it in the very first game of the regular season, but for some reason knowing how vulnerable this Houston second day is, the focus is on.
Come in the Travis County, your top five receiver, a top three tight end.
They've got these other weapons for a reason.
They know how to use The Chiefs know how to utilize all these guns around.
You know, I could say Michael Hartmann, I could say the market Robinson, but I think it's Sammy Watkins is due for a big game, and for some reason, I think you're going to see a walk.
Ins being more targeted Hill Not because not because Mom's trust walk ins more, but I think it's because you give me more open, especially here on one on one coverage walk ins.
His biggest downfall is you could touch him at breakfast.
He just super fragile.
But the problem is, is that he is so good.
That's one thing that we turned over the law, especially meeting with him.
Being a former Bills player, you get the injuries involved and how he always got injured.
How is worth paying for something one on one.
He is one of the best receiver is trying to cover, and it's very top.
It's hard to see based on his injury history.
No, I I like that.
Ah, I I'm glad you brought up Sami walking because he has been kind of a thorn in your side, you know, at times.
So when he's on the field, he he can have, like, a moment of monumental impact and, ah, you know, switching over to the defense.
I think I already mentioned my my X factor for for the Texans.
And that's got to be J. J. Watt.
We saw how big of an impact his fact had last week in there.
Come back down. 16.
Nothing to the bills. Sorry, Thio.
Remind you once again, Brandon, but I'm going to do that.
So, uh, and it also took my shots.
You can take your You had one job and one job, and that was that was don't blow the lead and they did it.
But come on him.
And it all really started with that J.
And you know, I remember at the time I I kind of laughed on social media because, you know, they were celebrating.
I'm like, you know, you relax, guys.
You down 16? Nothing.
Well, that completely flipped the switch on Ah flipped the script on this on this game.
And obviously, the Texans ended up forcing him out in overtime.
And I think he's going to be just a CZ is going to have to be just as impactful as as he was last week in this game because, you know, you get to Patrick home to limit that offense.
And on the flip side, you know, big she brought it up.
He is a ah diamond in a sea of, uh, Nichols.
You know, like in terms of cornerbacks in this defensive back line up.
Now, that might be a little bit hard for some of the rest of guys, but Tyrone Matthew is has certainly been a key contributor.
And how this Kansas City defense has has kind of changed over the course of the last 12.
To me, I think he's gonna have to have a big impact and in limiting either will, how they decide they want to play it.
If he's you know, Gonna have to help over the top or even Travis Kelsey.
I mean, he's gonna have to be a jack of all trades in this game, in my opinion, for him to really limit this Texans offense.
So, uh, Kyle, what do you think? So just to kind of go off what you were saying that Texans in the past rush of what? I mean, he's probably gonna command a lot of attention, which means someone like when Whitney merciless coming off the edge as a as a linebacker, you may be able to get, uh, you know, with less attention might be able to get after my home was more easily so.
I think you know, I know what the Packers and we'll get to that later when you have to really pass rushers to account for. It gets really difficult.
But if you know, if you only have what you can really focus everything on what makes it easier.
But merciless is not gonna allow that.
Probably so it forces the Chief Seo account for both players steaks.
I agree with the way I like.
I see the the whole concept of the game as far as the Texans defense.
It's It's an interesting mix because you have such a diverse front seven.
I just I don't know.
I just like they're gonna have to pretty much execute perfectly to win this game.
Like like they have.
They can't have any slip ups like we have mentioned earlier, like beaten before.
So so, so sorry about the Seahawks and we'll get to that.
But this is the kind of game, I guess.
It's kind of team where you can't mess.
You can't have a breakdown, you can't have a meltdown.
You have to play either to your capabilities or slightly above where you have to play it so conservatively and tight to the vest.
Because if you get all, if you get out there and you decide, you know what, We're just going through the house at them.
And if you don't get home, the game was over.
They're gonna make you pay well and and that that that's exactly it.
I mean, that's that's the problem with going up against the Chiefs offenses.
You you have to execute, you don't execute, they're gonna They can score like that, and that's when scoring quickly benefits you because you can in a blink of an eye, give up 14 to 21 points, and all of a sudden you're, you know, riding the bus back to the airport, trying to figure out what the hell just happened and how you got there.
So Ah, yeah, that's a great point.
Uh, Brandon for Houston, I think Ever go dipper out.
I'm gonna go with Justin Reed.
You know, the second your safety, I like I like his explosiveness, and I like his playing where he could make a big play in a big moment.
And I think you could see that like he can.
He keep is a ball hot safety.
That's what it is, what he is.
He kind of similar to look like a hydra Jordan for accurately so buffalo.
He plays excellent coverage.
You know, I'm not saying he's a lock down safety.
I'm not saying that, but what I am tryingto preaches that he's very underrated and he can make those big plays.
And he's a name that were not mentioned enough.
And that's where I kind of think he'll have a big impact.
Mahomes able to get out of pocket and make big throws And then when I go to Kansas City side, I instantly Christians, I think you've got a big You got a big body in there, shot.
He's a big man, and I think that he's gonna get Thio Watson about three times because you go back to that.
She's an offensive line curse.
Jones should be able to dominate at least 50% of matchups today.
So I think both are gonna have key factors.
Thing depends who makes the bigger place and like how it affects the I actually forgot to mention mine.
What? Mine was also Chris Jones.
So I definitely agree with you there, Red.
And, um, I think just a venture you're talking about.
Justin read it fits to what Terry was saying earlier about if you're gonna double them reeds probably gonna be that guy.
That's gonna be that double over over Hill and gonna have to make a lot of mental adjustments in game to figure out where he's gonna need to be. Exactly.
No, that that's great point.
Great point guys.
It's time to put your name to the record and give our pick.
So I will start because I've already made my pick for this game.
I've done it on.
FBC Radio Live spoke, Spoken about it, um, on several occasions, and I've tweeted it.
So it should come to no surprise if you know who I am, who I'm going to pick.
And my pick for this game is tthe e Houston Texans go into Kansas City and upset the Kansas City Chiefs by the score of 28 to 24 setting up an improbable, improbable A F C championship game between the Titans and the home team Houston Texans. That's right.
New England has spread its seed, and it is it is expanding and taking over the NFL playoff.
You guys, you got Houston and Titans with strong New England ties, fighting for the chance to go represent a F.
C ah in a game that the Patriots are generally part of.
So I got two detectives waiting, 28 to 24.
Who is next? I think I think the opposite.
I think you know, as Brandon just mentioned, I think, between um Chris Jones and also print Clark.
This pass rush to protect against the Texans offensive line is going to be too much for them.
I don't know that they're gonna be able to score that often.
Vegas has their implied total of 21 right now for the Texans.
I don't think they get to that.
Um, so I'm gonna say 32 17 Chiefs thinking explosive.
Second quarter will be too much for the Texans to handle a little mercy and used.
Yeah, that's that's that's rough again.
Part of this is my preseason pick to win the Super Bowl was the chief's.
Okay, so I I also within the framework of that mentality that I'm still convinced that's what's gonna happen.
I haven't seen anything that tells me otherwise.
It Well, if you want to go Ah, similar.
I also had the Patriots and the Eagles as my preseason pick and and I sided with them, likes regardless.
And now look at me.
So I'm scrambling to find a ah, another Super Bowl pick.
Ah, and representatives.
So, uh, Biggs, what about you? You are Brandon.
Whoever Biggs, It doesn't matter how someone got jumper quick.
I think that the Texan will have their chances to score, but I think that they're as we mentioned.
Atrocious secondary is going to cost them.
And I think that Holmes picks him apart. 33 24.
When I look at both quarterbacks, which one is more valuable to their team? I think it's Sean wants is more valuable.
But I think the homes is about a quarterback you take to. Shawn wants out of Houston.
That offense is not You take the homes out of Kansas City.
They do a little more like we saw, went home, went down with injuries right season.
So I think if you stop showing Lawson Texans, they're not gonna do anything.
And the Chiefs, we're gonna win this game 29 17.
All right, So Wow, so am I.
Ah, I'm Lone Wolf in it here, right.
You know, to steal something from NFL Network.
I'm the only one picking the Texans, and I assure you that it has a lot to do with my bias.
And that might shock you.
You probably thought I wasn't going to admit that, but, uh, so you said sorry. One more time.
Your final score was, uh, 29 17 Kansas City.
Okay, I'm putting it in the chat room for those Thio to discuss if they if they so choose.
So I got three people choosing the chief's one person myself, the smartest choosing the Texans and I will be looking forward to rubbing it all in your faces throughout the weekend whenever you know next week.
When we do these shows, of course, previewing the NFC championship game, which will be between the Texans and the Titan.
And again, once again to pat myself on the back prior to the season, I did pick that Texans to make it to the NFC championship game.
I just, uh, I had a different opponent, but whatever.
We're not gonna bring that up anymore.
So moving on moving on.
We got another game and this is this is this is Ah, this is near and dear to the two people at the top of the screens heart because one follows the team covers.
The team does a great job of doing both the other lives in enemy territory and s idea with Packers fans.
Ah, year in and year out.
So we have some great insight from both people here, but the biggest thing is the Packers will be hosting the Seattle Seahawks, a rematch of the 2014 NFC Championship Game with the chance and with right to go to sunny San Francisco to face the or according to Ben Volin, San Jose, uh, for right to go play the San Francisco 40 Niners for the further right to go to the Super Bowl so real quick right off the bat.
First impressions of this game, um, weather is going to be possibly a factor.
It has been snowing, according to our resident meteorologist, which just happens to be the person who is living in that area right now.
So, Biggs, Now we look at what's the weather like Precipitation.
It's that it's that, like Dan Snow that has a little bit of a layer of ice on top.
If you if you stand on it, it makes that rule crunchy noise.
It's that kind of snow, oddly satisfying that would fall in there, and today you have winds and you have snow.
It'll probably be about in the mid twenties, like the wind will be.
The one will play a factor late in the game, especially being so close toe the Fox River, the wind will brush out the Fox River.
I think that I just I mean, as somebody who lives in Wisconsin, but like you mentioned earlier, Kyle may be the exception to the rule about Packer fans.
There's a gentleman here, Adam.
It's part of me that was a pack to take the massive L.
It would make my week a whole lot funnier because yeah, I could imagine I won't have to hear the well.
How are the Raiders? I didn't in greater that terrible trap that you mentioned.
I said I just for the better part of since I lived in was kind of level 16 years.
Now I don't ever brag about my team.
I don't ever say that.
No, they're they're garbage.
That's how they are their Vegas bag.
Yes, it's like a commonly accepted, But Kyle is a member of the 30% group where 3% of Packer fans die hard like good people knows the game objective.
Most of us don't s every 70% of Packer fans the yellow mus**** eating, no mouth breathing.
Just get it all out just light before.
But now I'm curious as to what color your mus**** is brown.
Well, if you've said yellow mus****, I mean, is there a different colored mus**** that I'm not aware of it? Okay, you got brown, You got honey Dijon.
You got ****y mus****.
You know, there's variety, not your plane.
That's that's gross.
It's like the picture of the exact color of Terry sweatshirt.
And that's the color that we're talking about.
That subject percent Packer fans they might chew with their mouths open.
I don't know if it's true, but I would be surprised.
It's a 3% that you respect us a 7% that you look at like and you want to call CPS Fighter group going into this game, which quarterback do you think is playing better? I think it's Russell Wilson Rogers.
So for me, the key to this whole contest is the Packers and the ability to run the football.
Keep the ball away from Wilson, especially considering that the weather, although that you know, Rogers control in the snow.
Uh, you know, maybe it's not the same velocity pre 2017 but still enough.
Enough on that arm.
Thio, get through in the snow.
But I think running the football, controlling the clock, uh, keeping the ball out of Russell Wilson's hands is gonna be real key for the Packers.
I would counter that and say, I agree.
This is actually something we talked about on the full press Packers podcast cause I happen to be a guest on it.
I I said some very nice things about Aaron Rodgers, and if you don't believe me, go listen to it and you'll hear.
I would counter that and say Yes, I think overall this season, um, Russell Wilson has been the better quarterback.
But if you if you looked dive deep into the last 45 games or so, you could make an argument that Aaron Rodgers has played better.
Actually, you can make a pretty easy argument that he has played better because the Seahawks have kind of I don't want to say stumbled at the end, because they, you know, they played a really tough San Francisco team and it came down to the wire.
But Russell Wilson obviously cooled off greatly after his he was in the M V P race debate for much of the season, so a lot of that had to do with Lamar Jackson kind of running away with it.
But part of it had to do with Russell Wilson's play taking a little bit of a step back from the start of the season, so I would agree on a season.
On the whole, I think Russell Wilson is playing better, But I think there's an argument to be made that maybe Aaron Rodgers has actually been playing better then Russell Wilson over the last three or four weeks.
And really, that could be all that really matters in the long run.
So that's true, although I will say he didn't play very well against the Lions the last time.
So there's a lot of caveats is there's a lot of variables.
Yeah, but, um, Noah, let's kind of keep it in that, uh, ball parking and kind of really open it up talking about this game because, um, we talk about the offense and the quarterbacks.
Other marquee players in this game.
Obviously, they're the only two quarterbacks left that have won a Super Bowl as a starter.
Obviously, Jimmy G's got a pair of home, you know, thanks to Tom Brady in the New England.
Yeah, one more plugged in there for the Patriots.
But of course, you know Aaron Rodgers for Russell Wilson are the marquee players in this game, however, and this is some we keyed in on on pretty much a lot of these.
It seems like this game is once again going to come down to what the defensive line doesn't.
And you mentioned it before when we were talking about the a f c side of today the Smiths, the Smith brothers.
And I know obviously they're not brothers, but they have the same last name.
So guess what? That's that's good enough to make.
Well, there are brothers with inoculated.
Yeah. Yes, Exactly. Exactly.
Thank you. I couldn't say that you can.
And that's how it works.
So yes, brother.
Thank you. Thank you, my friend.
But but yes, the pair for Ah, Green Bay has has really dominated 12 sacks in the history of their franchise that, you know, since the sack was, uh um official stat, obviously I believe was 1980.
It was officially introduced.
So, um, this has been quite the change for the packers who have really lived and died by the offense in the past and really have been at the mercy of their defense.
Now I'm not sitting here saying, like, you know, that the 30% late are the 70% like big refers to him as no, they have not had the worst defense of all time.
For 15 years in a row, they've actually had some decent toe.
Okay, defense is at times, however, this version of the package defense, I think, has been better and more consistent than others.
And they have more game changers in the past.
They've had guys like Charles Woodson that could make big plays.
But again, when you get when you have the ability to get to the quarterback, that has a ripple effect across the entire defense.
And I think for the Packers, those two are gonna have to have the biggest impact in this game.
Not the quarterback, not the running back.
It's gonna have to be those two and really getting Thio uh, Russell Wilson in that offense and limiting what Marshawn Lynch can do because he's obviously always due for a big game game changing plays here and there.
So how do you guys agree? Disagree.
I agree completely.
I think you know those two, especially, but also Kenny Clarke.
I think I can add that trio of players.
And Clark is, ah, still not officially listed as active because he is questionable Going into this game, UH, didn't practice Wednesday.
Limited Thursday, Friday.
So again, it's back injury, but he's expected to go.
Um, certainly, I felt Kenny Clarke.
The last month has been he's been unreal.
And when the Packers best players, I think the Bears game was maybe his best game, he's ever played the Panthers game as well.
He was. He was quite dominant there.
But, yeah, that bears game.
He was everywhere.
They had no answer for him.
They couldn't contain him at all.
It was constant in the backfield, making plays and then the next weekend, the Vikings.
It was Smith's turn tow rack, up the sacks, tackles for loss.
So you know both of them are going at full force.
It's really tough, especially if Clark can draw in double teams really tough to double to the outside and give help tow.
Either the Smiths we're against either the Smiths Well, I think when you look at these phone called X factors.
I think it's gonna be for a Greek today.
I didn't meet anyone. Secondary.
This gun range from giant Alexander, Kevin King, Agent Deimos and Darnell Sa***e.
Like we get them like the snow you're gonna have to run the ball is going past you Still, the past It's also was one interesting Russell Wilson Not possible.
It's just very hard.
Almost heard of.
I think that would be I'm sick of these.
Patriot thinks you're saying, Look, you're setting your set.
Your say you're setting these things up on a tea for me.
Uh, you know, I'm known for my quick wit, so you better You better believe it.
I think when you look with the offense than Russell's as the sea Oxy, I still no bigger give the ball just much.
Pete Carroll's already sent out, said we're gonna get a punch in the ball.
Were to do this. Yeah, until it happens.
I don't believe in that.
I'm gonna go look of the original game plan is passed the ball.
McIntyre, lock in Jacob Hollister, and this is gonna come down to the green based secondary.
How all they can tape.
True, because Wilson can run the ball.
But Wilson that could be able to run to the in Green Bay.
There's snow on the ground are least now is effective anyways.
So I think you take out receivers.
Few of them. Russell Wilson.
Yeah, I think I think the biggest impact that the snow, as is obviously especially on the defensive players, is the ability to plan and run.
And on the flip side, when you have a guy like Russell Wilson who, um, it does rely on that quick, those quick decisions, quick cuts to get open and then use his athletic ability to gain yards I mean, I think that's even if even if it takes him 1/2 extra half second or second t really explode out of that cut because of the snow, that's gonna have a huge impact, because that's all it takes for guys to be able to catch up to him.
So, uh, what about you big? What do you think? I think that you mentioned the Smiths inventions.
Various myths between Blake.
Very few guys in the league can line up as ah, three tackle can line up from a two point position in the age gap.
Come line up on the edge.
Wherever he lines up.
It's gonna be a monster problem, like they need to account for him every time.
The ball is nothing somebody's account for him.
But as far as that, just like Brennan was saying, whoever covers decay Metcalf is gonna have if the weather holds and it doesn't get progressively worse, I'm gonna have to have a problem with him because of his size and ability to elevate in his strength.
But I see it with the linebackers, the inside linebacker, the Packers.
They will have some of the toughest jobs because there may not be the most coverage savvy guys, but they're gonna have to deal with a running game that well.
It's risky because you have one rookie and two guys who were on the couch for like a year.
So with that said, look for them, look for the package inside linebackers to play a profound role in his game.
Yeah, that's a really good point.
I mean, big Blake Martinez has been pretty incredible of the last couple of years.
He's a tackling machine, but when's it happening a lot of times, especially when they do.
They're when they're in their nickel formations.
He's kind of a loan back there behind the line, especially when they're bringing.
Everyone you know sometimes have 56 man fronts that they're running and, uh, doing that kind of leave them exposed.
He doesn't get in the right gap.
It could lead to big place.
And it's been part of the problem for the Packers.
Defense's here has been run defense.
So, um, well, I do agree, Brandon, that to me.
You know what? We need to be aggressive and throw the ball off Russell Wilson.
They can't do what they did last year against the Cowboys, where they just kept running the football.
And then when? When it was far too late.
They were down by a couple scores in the fourth, and they really started to open the playbook up.
Um, you see that as much against the Eagles, although the fact they only put up 17 against the Eagles.
Maybe a little concerning for the seahawksoffense.
Uh, compounding the problem with the pass rush of Packers is the injuries on the Seahawks offensive line.
Um, actually, health of both.
Offensive line was kind of ah question coming into this week.
Ah, but for the Seahawks right now, Mike Iupati, starting left guard.
He's doubtful he hasn't played in quite a bit, and they really don't expect him back at all this year.
Uh, you know, they haven't shut him down completely yet, but it seems unlikely Just gonna be able to play it all this This the rest of this display offs if they do get by this week.
Ah, you've also got Dwayne Brown starting left tackle, questionable and hey, has missed ya.
Think about about a month ago now.
Um, he's been out ever since, and they've had George fan.
George Fant was limited Friday with a groin injury but didn't practice the rest of week, so he's also questionable.
But suddenly you've got, you know, there was concerned with their center as well.
He practiced fully Friday, so he's gonna play.
But at one point there was concern that maybe before you, for your offensive lineman might not be playing in this game.
So, um, certainly if that offensive line with backup players out there could I could see them really struggling in and making life miserable for Wilson.
And yes, he has the ability to to perform and produced with subpar offensive lines.
But, uh, you know, against this defense that with this pass rush, it might not be the case.
I mean, if they didn't have a strong of, Ah, front seven and that's the Packers.
I mean, you might be able to live with Russell Wilson kind of going in the throwback machine and playing like, you know, he had to a couple of years ago when that offensive line was being paid about 20 bucks an hour, you know, across the board and you were left with the results of having a very underpaid under performing offensive line.
Um, hey, I just If that's the case, I don't see how they can win this game.
Because as good as Russell Wilson is, and as impactful sdk Metcalfe has become, especially last week, having 100 60 yards receiving, which is a rookie receiving record.
I just don't see how he can continue to escape the Smiths or Blake Martinez or, you know, and through that I mean it's gonna make their secondary better.
And I do think that, you know, Brandon was right that the secondary is going to have to, you know, cover these guys very well throughout this game.
But I think their impact is gonna be more more to do with what this front seven does for the Packers.
And if they can get home against Russell Wilson, I think it's gonna be a long day for the Seahawks who, like, you know, like Kyle said they only put up 17 points against very, very injured and very ah, not at its peak Philadelphia Eagles team.
And it kind of speaks to how this offense, at times over the last four or five weeks for the Seahawks has has kind of sputtered in moments.
And, you know, you certainly don't want that to happen.
If you're a Seahawks fan today, you're Kyle and you're a Packers fan.
You're hoping that's the case, and you can sit back and kick your feet up and enjoy a pretty stress free victory.
So, yeah, what's the fun in that? I wanna have that heart pounding at the end of the fourth quarter merely being question you say that now.
I may regret that later.
You know, I I guarantee having having lived through several of those moments and and honestly, I couldn't even count them all on one hand.
I would probably have to bring in my second hand to count all those heart pounding moments I've witnessed with the Patriots.
But, um, I think the 96 Super Bowl, you know what? Whatever.
You know what? The Patriots have been waiting for the **** rematch for years, and the Packers could never pulled up there into the bargain.
So you know what? I don't I don't want to hear about it.
Yeah, it's game, if only.
Yeah, well, if only Rogers and the offense put it more than, like four field goals at a game, maybe they wouldn't want a A.
You know, just just saying you say Now, where are you know you're right.
Erupt City. Nothing. A halftime.
In fact, the only scored 20 points in that game.
Kind of embarrassing.
See it, **** it! Come on.
See, this is why he's part of a 30% of the good the good Packers fan that that's enough.
Trigger some certain people on Twitter to the point of just no return.
Like you say something like that, they go off the rails.
But now we're having fun here.
Obviously, I'm ah, dealing with the with the just just the uncomfortableness of not being able to watch the team I follow this weekend Play football.
Um, which is it? Very, very new to me.
I got to talkto friend and more often, Thio.
How does he deal with the bills? Each and every year like this, He I'm sure he will give me some great advice.
He's very well, Terry as well.
It's quite simple.
You look in the mirror and you say I'm done for them.
And they got that demon saying their win the Super Bowl next year.
I like it that, you know, that was sort of like pre 2004 Red Sox mentality in Boston.
And unfortunately, I'm Or unfortunately, however you wanna look at it, I'm old enough to remember that it was awesome.
It was some very sad moments, and in Boston sports at the time, but obviously exchange.
But we've talked enough about the patriots, at least in this very brief portion of our discussion.
It's time for it.
It's time to to make our selections here because I went on a limb and said the Texans were going to win this game, our wind, a F C game and you guys didn't agree with me.
None of you did.
I think we're gonna have a little bit more mixed in this.
Ah, this round picks.
At least I don't think one person is going to go solo, so I'll start.
I got the Packers winning this game 17 to 14.
I think ultimately it is gonna come down to a pretty, uh, pretty physical game in the snow.
I think the defense's air both gonna be played pretty well.
I do think the Packers defense is gonna play better and I think down Rogers just going to make the plays at the end of the game, to win this game, to really kind of silence.
A lot of the knuckleheads out here who say that he can't win a base.
I certainly am not one of those all the time.
I do say it at times, but usually it's it's Maurin, a response to something else.
However, in this case I do think the Packers and the End and Rogers get their revenge against the Seahawks, and they will be heading to San Francisco to place to face the San Francisco 40 Niners, a team that skipped over Aaron Rodgers, his hometown team.
When they went, they had a chance to draft him.
So, um, truck that up to another mistake by the 40 Niners who also skipped over Tom Brady, another hometown kid? Uh, yes, yes, I brought him up one more time.
So I'll throw it to the only one here that actually roots for the Packers and covers them incredibly well.
Kyle, who are you picking in this game? You know, I was originally and if you listen to the full press fancy party, make our picks.
I had this game it a bit more higher scoring, but with all this snow, I'm kind of a bit hesitation here toe.
But you're too much of an elevated score.
I'm saying 2017 Packers.
Okay, I think, you know, maybe it comes down to a last minute field goal.
Mason Crosby has had some clutch moments this season, but also some clutch playoff moments, though, so he doesn't feel like the moments too big for him.
Uh, Jason Myers.
On the other hand, I guess, you know, kicking in these conditions, it would be very strange for him.
I know I am a yacht.
No, he's This is his first year with Seahawks.
I believe, if I remember correctly used to the Jags and Dolphins E, remember quickly.
He's going to Southern team, so he hasn't really got used to this type of environment.
So, yeah, I think it might come down to the last second field goal.
And I think I trust Crosby pretty well aboutyou.
Biggs enemy territory out there.
I see the Packers pulling it off, but I see it like 20 to 20.
See Mason Crosby, who lives that kick in this weather.
You make five field goals today.
I just I'd see it where just like Kyle said it'll be.
It'll be 2019 with about I'd say four minutes left.
Three minutes left, he kicks the game winner.
The defense holds packers.
Brandon, are you gonna be Are you gonna go out on a limb here and be the only one? You know, I really like Russell Wilson flat I at Russell Wilson could not win in the snow with the supporting cast.
I think Green basically just enough to pull it off.
They're gonna win 24 or 21.
So we got a clean Packer sweep, and I see what I did.
Their sweep among the four of us here.
Four of us pick the pastor's.
Um, you know, maybe maybe in my mind, and I will never admit this, but maybe it's a little reverse psychology, but no, look, I do think the Packers are a better team in and, um, I I will tell you right now if they do when I will not be picking them to beat the 40 Niners, that's a lot of that is have to do with the 40.
It'll make for an incredible NFC championship game.
So either one of you No, don't go, Go, go ahead.
I don't say this.
The only way that the Seahawks beat the Packers and I'm running a little low blow here said, is that fudge? Davion? Carlin doesn't do another legal hit.
I thought I thought you're gonna bring up his health, which would be a very legitimate concern because he has been dealing with the tour.
Ah, the abdominal injury.
And of course, you know, it's more of a pain tolerance thing.
So, um, he has to perform.
But you know, the one way real quick that I think the sea Ox could sneak out a few.
A win here is if Marshawn Lynch goes back in time a little bit here, man.
He turns into the game changing Marshawn Lynch that he was with the Seahawks before he left.
And, you know, it's certainly possible.
I'm not saying it's impossible.
All he has to do is pull this together for this one game, and he could really make a huge difference.
And in really swing momentum into the C Ock saber, although I just don't think that is going to happen.
So, to recap, the four of us have picked the Packers.
Those three Terrence, Kyle, Brandon.
They picked the Chiefs.
I was the only one who was smart enough to go out on a limb and picked the Houston Texans.
And I will be I will be dancing and doing my victory last all week.
When that happens, and if I am wrong, we will never, ever speak of it again.
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