Before I talk about the Super Bowl, I wanted to say a few words about NFL writer and podcaster Chris Wesseling, who passed away Friday at the age of 46 following a long battle with cancer.
Chris was a brilliant football mind and a towering figure in both the fantasy community and NFL world at large.
I got to know Chris while working on an audio documentary about his life during his initial battle with cancer back in 2017. In talking with his co-workers at Around the NFL, his family, his friends, and his fans, it was stunningly clear how special of a human Chris was and how much he meant to so many people.
I’m having a hard time writing this morning, so I’ll paste a short piece from the intro of that story here:
Chris is brilliant, but humble; incredibly stubborn and yet open minded. He is the kind of guy who can feel just as much at home pouring his own beer at a beach side dive bar as he can calling Cam Newton a preening schmo on air in the NFL studios in Culver City, LA. Chris is loved by everyone, from former girlfriends to the people he's blocked on twitter. The impact that Chris has had on not only people close to him, but thousands more around the globe, is truly remarkable.
Today is an incredibly sad day, but reading through the outpouring of love for Chris on Twitter is providing some comfort. NFL.com compiled a bunch of them in a piece last night and Rich Eisen said some beautiful words about Chris on TV this morning.
Chris is survived by his wife Lakisha, a Digital Content Editor at NFL.com, and their son Linc, who now has a new guardian angel looking over him.
There’s a GoFundMe up now for anyone who would like to donate to Lakisha and Linc.
R.I.P. Chris Wesseling. You will be missed immensely.
It feels weird transitioning to Super Bowl talk after that, but Chris loved the game of football so in a way it feels right to dive into some football.
- The line has held steady most of the week with the Chiefs settling in as 3 point favorites with an O/U of 56 points.
- On the injury front, Sammy Watkins (calf) is officially listed as questionable but is expected to play. Demarcus Robinson, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week as a close contact, was activated on Friday and will play today. On the Bucs side, Cameron Brate (back) is expected to play despite missing Friday’s practice. Antonio Brown’s status looked shakier earlier in the week, but he will play after practicing in full on Thursday and Friday. Full inactives will be out 90 minutes before game time.
- Don’t worry about the weather in Tampa today. Meteorologist Kevin Roth says the rain will be “long gone by kickoff and winds will be just 5-10mph.”
- 43 year-old Tom Brady becomes the third QB to ever start a Super Bowl since turning the age of 40. The other two? 40 year-old Tom Brady and 41 year-old Tom Brady (h/t Field Yates).
* Rich Hribar has your full comprehensive breakdown of the Super Bowl in the final Worksheet of the season on Sharp Football.
* If you’re playing Showdown DFS on DraftKings today, I broke down some strategy for the single game contest on my YouTube channel earlier.
Enjoy the game.