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#117 It’s Conference Championship Time

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Alright, only three games left in this 2020 NFL season and two of them are today. Here’s the schedule and the teams’ current implied points based on Vegas odds:


3:05PM ET: Buccaneers (25) @ Packers (28)

6:40PM ET: Bills (25.75) @ Chiefs (28.75)


And here’s everything on my radar as far as injury news...


Buccaneers-Packers. The Packers are pretty healthy, but Antonio Brown (knee) was ruled out earlier this week and will not play for the Bucs. Chris Godwin (quadriceps) and Mike Evans (knee) are both good to go and do not carry an injury designation. Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson will step up in Brown’s absence...If anyone is questioning Tom Brady’s motivation, he will cash in a half-million dollar incentive if they win today. 


Bills-Chiefs. Despite sustaining a scary hit in their Divisional Round game against the Browns, Patrick Mahomes (head/toe) has been cleared from the concussion protocol and will start today vs. the Bills. Still safe to say Mahomes isn’t fully healthy, though--a report on Sunday hinted that his mobility could still be compromised while he deals with a turf toe issue on his left foot. Stay healthy, Patrick...Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) is expected to play, while Le’Veon Bell (knee) will not. I’d still expect to see a lot of Darrel Williams tonight... Sammy Watkins (calf) is going to be a game-time decision. Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle seemed to benefit the most from his absence last week...For the Bills, we are still waiting to hear about Gabriel Davis’ availability. One bad indicator for his status is the team recently calling Kenny Stills up from the practice squad. 


Loose ends. The Lions and Matthew Stafford have mutually agreed to part ways this offseason and the team will begin exploring trade options in the coming weeks. Sounds like Stafford wanted out and the team was willing to grant him his wishes...Pretty crazy story here on how Stefon Diggs almost ended up in New England instead of Buffalo...Super Bowl week will be largely virtual this year. 


Enjoy the games today, everyone. 

 

- Peter Overzet

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