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Jerry Gray, Tony Oden interview for Packers DB coach opening

Jerry Gray, Tony Oden interview for Packers DB coach opening

The Packers got to work on finding a new defensive backs coach on Monday. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Packers head coach Matt LaFleur interviewed Jerry Gray and Tony Oden for the vacancy. Jason Simmons held that job in […]

Four more Vikings head to the Pro Bowl

Four more Vikings head to the Pro Bowl

Pro Bowl snubs mean little because players who should have been named to the initial team quite often make it. Case in point: Kirk Cousins, who had the best season of his career, should have been a Pro Bowler from the get-go. He now is. Cousins […]

NFL divisional round viewership up 2 percent

NFL divisional round viewership up 2 percent

The NFL saw a slight uptick in TV viewership for the divisional round of the playoffs. The league says that average viewership for the four divisional round games was 33.2 million viewers, a 2 percent increase over the 32.6 million viewers that last year’s divisional round averaged. […]

Divisional round road teams have a puncher’s chance to win

Divisional round road teams have a puncher’s chance to win

In 1990, the NFL expanded the playoff field from 10 to 12 teams, resulting in four (not two) teams earning a bye. More often than not, the home team that has had a week off wins. But the road teams still have a chance […]

A Vikings win on Saturday raises the stakes on Sunday, considerably

A Vikings win on Saturday raises the stakes on Sunday, considerably

If, as expected, the 49ers beat the Vikings, San Francisco will host the winner of Sunday’s Seahawks-Packers game for a berth in Super Bowl LIV. If the Vikings somehow pull off the upset, Sunday’s game takes on much greater significance for the victors. […]

Report: If not “overwhelmed” by other candidates, Cowboys may have kept Jason Garrett

Report: If not “overwhelmed” by other candidates, Cowboys may have kept Jason Garrett

Sometimes, a spitball lands in reasonable proximity to the bull’s eye. On Tuesday, we suggested that the screwball timeline of the Dallas Cowboys’ hiring and firing practices could have been the result of a fairly simple strategy: “Maybe the explanation is […]

Clete Blakeman, Bill Vinovich, Walt Anderson, Shawn Hochuli head Divisional Round officiating crews

Clete Blakeman, Bill Vinovich, Walt Anderson, Shawn Hochuli head Divisional Round officiating crews

The NFL announced the four head referees that will lead the officiating crews for this weekend’s Divisional Round playoff matchups. Walt Anderson will have the Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers matchup in the Saturday afternoon window with Bill Vinovich leading […]

Seahawks-Eagles generates biggest TV audience since Super Bowl

Seahawks-Eagles generates biggest TV audience since Super Bowl

The game ultimately wasn’t as exciting as it could have been, given the early exit of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz with a concussion. Still, the wild-card game between Seattle and Philadelphia, broadcast by NBC, generated the largest audience of any TV show since Super Bowl LIII. […]

All four home teams favored in divisional round

All four home teams favored in divisional round

Three road teams won in the wild card round of the playoffs, but the home teams are the favorites in the divisional round. San Francisco is listed as a 6.5 or 7-point favorite over Minnesota at various sports books, Baltimore is a 9.5 or 10-point favorite […]

Only one team made the final eight in 2018 and 2019

Only one team made the final eight in 2018 and 2019

The NFL’s 12-team playoff field typically undergoes significant turnover. The final eight teams feature an almost complete overhaul from last year’s quarterfinalists. Seven of the eight teams that played in last year’s divisional round won’t be back: the Colts, Chargers, Patriots, Cowboys, Rams, […]