The NFC championship matchup, Vikings at Eagles on Jan. 21, is much closer in Vegas’ eyes, and once again, the conference’s top seed is an underdog. Philadelphia is getting 3 1/2 points from Minnesota after beating Atlanta outright as a 2 1/2-point ‘dog Saturday. The Vikings advanced to next weekend’s title game with a miracle 29-24 win over the Saints on Sunday. Minnesota was favored by between 3.5 and 5.5 points leading up to the game.
Even though the weather in Philadelphia is expected to be excellent for the game (partly cloudy, high of 53 degrees, temps in the 40s during the game), the over-under is low Billy Winn Jersey at 38. The Falcons and Eagles combined for 25 points in their game, while the Saints and Vikings combined for 53 in Minnesota’s domed stadium.
The NFL has to show it’s serious about policing hits that result in concussions, particularly those that can be avoided. This is the perfect example of a hit that had nothing to do with football, and it could potentially plague White in the future. If the NFL lets this hit be adjudicated simply by a fine to a player making $6.75 million this season, what’s the lesson?
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A suspension hurts Gronkowski, and hurts the Patriots. To deter Gronkowski from ever doing it again, regardless of his frustration over officiating (he said that’s what made him boil over on Sunday in Buffalo), the league has to come down hard 鈥?and show Gronkowski that a simple apology isn’t enough, and show the rest of the NFL that there will be no tolerance for bush-league fouls like this.
We still managed to have the NFL’s best record at 15-1 before we were beaten in a heartbreaking, overtime NFC title game, and that loss had nothing to do with off-field happenings. We lost to a good Falcons team that day and had plenty of chances to put the game away.
Story of the Week, by John Woodrow Cox of the Washington Post, The wounds they carry, about six Las Vegas-area high school students who went to the Route 91 Harvest music festival 鈥?and the scars they carry with them from the mass shooting two months ago. Cox follows the students to their Homecoming weekend, and the effects of the shooting. Harrowing.
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