The Divisional spherical of the NFL playoffs is right here, and our Buffalo Payments are set to host the Baltimore Ravens in Orchard Park. 4 Downs is right here to get you prepared for kickoff, within the marquee matchup this weekend.
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A matchup meant for prime time
Say what you need concerning the slate of playoff video games going down this weekend, however the matchup between the Payments and the Ravens is probably the most thrilling of the bunch. The point of interest for Saturday’s recreation is about squarely on the quarterbacks—with Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson taking heart stage for his or her respective groups. The younger quarterbacks took turns this week sharing compliments about each other—an indication of real respect that they share. Each Allen and Jackson are 24-years previous, and this might change into one of the entertaining rivalries within the NFL for years to come back.
Brian Daboll remains to be in the marketplace—for now
Whereas the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons have crammed their head-coaching vacancies, Brian Daboll nonetheless stays in the marketplace. Followers hoping that Daboll stays in Buffalo will nonetheless must sweat it out, because the offensive coordinator stays a candidate for a number of openings. My guess stays that Daboll would be the subsequent head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, however time will inform if he finally ends up leaving the Payments.
Pod of the Week
My favourite pay attention this week comes from Bruce Nolan, in Thursday’s edition of The Bruce Unique. Whereas there was loads to debate concerning the Payments and the playoffs, Bruce does a unbelievable job evaluating the play of Ed Oliver to that of Dion Dawkins (circa 2018). Regardless of a little bit of a sophomore hunch, Dawkins has rebounded properly because of an improve alongside the offensive line. The identical consideration needs to be given to Oliver in gentle of Star Lotulelei’s choose out this season. You may give the episode a pay attention here.
Prediction: Payments 35, Ravens 28
As talked about earlier, I count on this recreation to be a matchup of two heavyweight contenders within the AFC. Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs cleared the path, with Devin Singletary enjoying a giant function within the passing recreation. Go Payments!