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Looking Back at a Great Wildcard Weekend: The Officials Suck, Cousins is Legit, is Brees Overrated and More

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1) This was maybe the greatest wildcard weekend in NFL history

That was a great weekend of football as we had two overtime games and all four went down to the final minute. Will the divisional playoffs give us the same? My bet is yes as I do not see a dominant team in the NFL and every team has a flaw, which will make for a great four games next weekend also.

2) The officiating has been terrible and has impacted almost every game

Really this is getting to be like a broken record. You had an obvious push off in the endzone to decide the Saints-Vikings game and maybe the most egregious of all calls was Jadeveon Clowney driving his shoulder pad and helmet down into Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, which changed the entire game as Wentz left the game a few plays later and never returned. Hopefully officiating will not play a part in any more games, but we know that it will. Maybe it’s time to start getting rid of officials that make terrible calls, but then again, the powers that be in New York said that the no-call on the pass interference was the right call.

3) The Bills are a young and up and coming team, but…

The Bills did not just blow a 16-0 lead they seemed to lose composure in the second half. Quarterback Josh Allen looked lost and the play calling that started the game off so strong but went directly in the toilet when the game tightened up. It was like they started the game off playing to win and when they got the lead they decided to play not to lose. Either way, if the Bills can get Josh Allen more receivers it would go a long way in him improving. Allen improved a lot this season as he seemed to fix his turnovers in the second half of the season, but he needs more help.

4) DeShaun Watson is Superman, and J.J. Watt’s not to bad either

Watson is the real deal and I know that Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes get the majority of the publicity but Watson has the ability to drag his team across the finish line with him. Maybe Mahomes and Jackson can also but they haven’t done it yet. Watson did it in college and he is doing it in the NFL, and he is doing it with next to no running game. Add in an injured Will Fuller which limits his options when it comes to throwing the ball. Watt has returned from an apparent season-ending injury and somehow later in the game, when he should have been tired, he made a game-saving sack that changed the entire course of the game. These guys are both special players.

5) The Patriots dynasty is dead? Are you sure about that?

Maybe it is, maybe it’s not, but until Brady leaves, I am not going to believe it until I see it. On top of that, even if he leaves Bill Belichick is still in New England, and much like a vampire, the Patriots are not dead until you drive a stake through their heart. So, for now, I will reserve judgment.

6) Does Drew Brees belong in the GOAT discussion

Brees has been close for the last three years and come up just short. Is it his fault? I would say some responsibility falls on his shoulders if he is a great quarterback. This Saints defense was good enough, they have a big-time running game, a real good tight end, and the best wideout in the NFL. I know everybody loves Brees. He seems like a nice guy, but come on, at some point can’t we point the finger at him? He has lost his last two home playoff games and now owns just an 8-8 all-time playoff record. If we are not pointing at Brees maybe let’s point the finger at what is another seemingly untouchable person in Head Coach Sean Payton. Or maybe both of them are just overrated…

7) The Vikings are a serious threat

We all know how good Dalvin Cook is. Now don’t we all have to admit that Kirk Cousins is a pretty good quarterback. For that matter, the Vikings have two big-play wideouts and an excellent tight end, and I think whoever wins the game this weekend in San Fran will find themselves in the Super Bowl when it is all said and done.

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