NFL announces schedule for Divisional Round next weekend

With the wild card round almost done, the NFL has announced tonight the schedule of sites, dates, and times for the Divisional Playoffs on January 16-17.

Saturday, January 16:

NFC:    4:35 PM (ET)  Los Angeles Rams (11-6) at Green Bay Packers (13-3) (FOX, FOX Deportes)

AFC:    8:15 PM (ET)  Baltimore Ravens or Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills (14-3) (NBC, Universo)

Sunday, January 17:

AFC:    3:05 PM (ET)  Cleveland Browns or Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs (14-2) (CBS, CBS All Access, ESPN Deportes)

NFC:    6:40 PM (ET)  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-5) at New Orleans Saints (13-4) (FOX, FOX Deportes)

Week 16 playoff scenarios in NFL

Two weeks left in the NFL, and at times with COVID-19 out there, many thought the NFL would not get to this point, but they have, and the playoffs are around the corner.

At this point, six out of the 14 playoff spots have been secured. In the AFC, Bills, Steelers, and Chiefs have clinched spots, while in the NFC, the Packers, Saints, and Seahawks have clinched spots. 

Who will join them?

See below the teams that can clinch playoff spots in Week 16:

AFC

CLINCHED:

Buffalo Bills – AFC East division title

Kansas City Chiefs – AFC West division title

Pittsburgh Steelers – playoff berth

CLEVELAND BROWNS (10-4) (at New York Jets (1-13), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)​

Cleveland clinches playoff berth with:

  1. CLE win + BAL loss or tie OR

  2. CLE win + MIA loss or tie OR

  3. CLE win + IND loss OR

  4. CLE tie + BAL loss OR

  5. CLE tie + MIA loss

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (10-4(at Pittsburgh (11-3), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Indianapolis clinches playoff berth with:

  1. IND win + BAL loss or tie OR

  2. IND win + MIA loss or tie OR

  3. IND tie + BAL loss OR

  4. IND tie + MIA loss

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (13-1) (vs. Atlanta (4-10), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Kansas City clinches the first-round bye with:

  1. KC win or tie OR

  2. PIT loss or tie OR

  3. BUF loss or tie OR

  4. KC clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over PIT or BUF AND clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over the other club

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-3) (vs. Indianapolis (10-4), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division title with:

  1. PIT win OR

  2. CLE loss OR

  3. PIT tie + CLE tie

TENNESSEE TITANS (10-4) (at Green Bay (11-3), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Tennessee clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. TEN win + IND loss​

Tennessee clinches playoff berth with:

  1. TEN win OR

  2. MIA loss OR

  3. BAL loss OR

  4. TEN tie + BAL tie

NFC

CLINCHED:

Green Bay Packers – NFC North division title

New Orleans Saints – playoff berth

Seattle Seahawks – playoff berth

ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-6) (vs. San Francisco (5-9), Saturday, 4:30 PM ET, Amazon)

Arizona clinches playoff berth with:

  1. ARI win + CHI loss or tie OR

  2. ARI tie + CHI loss

GREEN BAY PACKERS (11-3) (vs. Tennessee (10-4), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Green Bay clinches the first-round bye with:​

  1. GB win + SEA loss or tie OR

  2. GB tie + NO loss or tie + SEA loss or tie, as long as both NO and SEA don’t tie

LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-5) (at Seattle (10-4), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Los Angeles clinches playoff berth with:

  1. LAR win or tie OR

  2. CHI loss or tie OR

  3. ARI win or tie

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-4) (vs. Minnesota (6-8), Friday, 4:30 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon)

New Orleans clinches NFC South division title with:

  1. NO win OR

  2. TB loss OR

  3. NO tie + TB tie

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (10-4) (vs. Los Angeles Rams (9-5), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Seattle clinches NFC West division title with:

  1. SEA win

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (9-5) (at Detroit (5-9), Saturday, 1:00 PM ET, NFLN)​

Tampa Bay clinches playoff berth with:

  1. TB win or tie OR

  2. CHI loss or tie

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (6-8) (vs. Carolina (4-10), Sunday, 4:05 PM ET, CBS)

Washington clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. WAS win + NYG loss or tie OR

  2. WAS tie + NYG loss + PHI-DAL tie

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Cousins on Vikings’ defense: ‘Certainly they played well enough for us to win the football game’

Monday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers(12-3) was a very forgettable performance for the Minnesota Vikings(10-5). With an outside shot to win the NFC North, the Vikings played one of their worst games of the season, especially on offense.

The Packers sacked Kirk Cousins five times and had him under duress the entire contest. Cousins finished the game completing only 16 of 31 passes for 122 yards with a touchdown and an interception as Minnesota was defeated at home by Green Bay 23-10.  With the victory, the Packers clinch the NFC North.

While the offense struggled, the Vikings’ defense played fairly well. Minnesota forced three Packers’ turnovers, which led to Minnesota’s 10 points, and according to Cousins, Minnesota’s defense played well enough for the team to win. 

“I thought the Packers just did a good job taking things away and stopping us in a lot of different areas,” Cousins said after the game. “And just a few plays that we didn’t connect on that ended drives for us. And our defense played at a very high-level tonight. Certainly, they played well enough for us to win the football game. But we just weren’t able to put it all together.”

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs, who had three catches for 57 yards and a touchdown, felt the offense just could not get on track against Green Bay.

“It was definitely frustrating,” Diggs said. “We work all week on a game plan, and when things don’t go as planned, it is very frustrating. We tried to adjust to some things, but nothing was working.”

The Vikings’ offense was held to only seven first downs in this game, and without Pro Bowl running back Dalvn Cook and Alexander Mattison, had a hard time running the ball with Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah. Minnesota was held to 57 yards on the ground, which made this team one-dimensional on Monday night.

“I certainly don “t want to minimize Dalvin’s impact on our team because he’s a tremendous player and has had a great year,” Cousins said. “But we also have really good football players tonight at those positions. So, we certainly felt that we had the firepower. So, I guess it’s a small sample size right now, but obviously, the result was certainly pointing to not good enough.”

Cousins is now 0-9 when playing on Monday Night Football, but fortunately for the Vikings, who have secured a playoff spot(wild card/6th seed), no playoff games will be played on Monday night.  This was a tough loss for Minnesota. However, they have to regroup and get ready for the playoffs.

 

 

Texans, Cowboys, Vikings, can clinch playoff spots in Week 16

It’s crunch time in the NFL. With two games left, the Ravens, Chiefs, Bills, and Patriots have clinched playoff spots in the AFC, and in the NFC, the Saints, Packers, Seahawks, and 49ers are in the playoffs. There are four spots left to be filled(two in each conference) and a lot of meaningful football to be played.

Here are the playoff scenarios for Week 16 in the NFL:

AFC

CLINCHED:

Baltimore Ravens – AFC North division

Kansas City Chiefs – AFC West division

Buffalo Bills – playoff berth

New England Patriots – playoff berth

BALTIMORE RAVENS (12-2) (at Cleveland (6-8), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Baltimore clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. BAL win or tie OR

  2. KC loss or tie OR

  3. NE loss

Baltimore clinches homefield advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

  1. BAL win OR

  2. BAL tie + NE loss or tie OR

  3. KC loss or tie + NE loss

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (11-3) (vs. Buffalo (10-4), Saturday, 4:30 PM ET, NFL Network)

New England clinches AFC East division with:

  1. NE win or tie

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. NE win + KC loss or tie OR

  2. NE tie + KC loss

HOUSTON TEXANS (9-5) (at Tampa Bay (7-7), Saturday, 1:00 PM ET, NFL Network)

Houston clinches AFC South division with:

  1. HOU win OR

  2. HOU tie + TEN tie OR

  3. TEN loss

Houston clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. HOU tie + PIT tie OR

  2. PIT loss

NFC

CLINCHED:

New Orleans Saints – NFC South division

Green Bay Packers – playoff berth

San Francisco 49ers – playoff berth

Seattle Seahawks – playoff berth

GREEN BAY PACKERS (11-3) (at Minnesota (10-4), Monday, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN)

Green Bay clinches NFC North division with:

  1. GB win or tie

DALLAS COWBOYS (7-7) (at Philadelphia (7-7), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Dallas clinches NFC East division with:

  1. DAL win

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-4) (vs. Green Bay (11-3), Monday, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN)

Minnesota clinches a playoff berth with:​

  1. MIN win or tie OR

  2. LAR loss or tie

Packers-49ers flexed to Sunday Night Football

The NFL announced today scheduling changes for Week 12 on Sunday, November 24, and Week 16 on Saturday and Sunday, December 21-22.

WEEK 12 (November 24):

  • Green Bay at San Francisco moves from 4:25 PM ET on FOX to 8:20 PM ET on NBC.

  • Seattle at Philadelphia moves from 8:20 PM ET on NBC to 1:00 PM ET on FOX.

  • Carolina at New Orleans moves from 1:00 PM ET on FOX to 1:00 PM ET on CBS.

  • Miami at Cleveland moves from 1:00 PM ET on CBS to 1:00 PM ET on FOX.

WEEK 16 (December 21-22):

  • Houston at Tampa Bay has been scheduled for Saturday, December 21, at 1:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

  • Buffalo at New England has been scheduled for Saturday, December 21, at 4:30 PM ET on NFL Network.

  • Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco has been scheduled for Saturday, December 21, at 8:15 PM ET on NFL Network.

  • Detroit at Denver has been scheduled for Sunday, December 22, at 4:05 PM ET on CBS.

  • Oakland at the Los Angeles Chargers has been scheduled for Sunday, December 22, at 4:05 PM ET on CBS.

The following is the updated Week 12 schedule (all times ET):

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

8:20 PM

FOX/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons

1:00 PM

FOX

Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills

1:00 PM

CBS

New York Giants at Chicago Bears

1:00 PM

FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

1:00 PM

CBS

Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns

1:00 PM

FOX

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

1:00 PM

CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles

1:00 PM

FOX

Oakland Raiders at New York Jets

1:00 PM

CBS

Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins

1:00 PM

FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans

4:05 PM

CBS

Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots

4:25 PM

FOX

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers

8:20 PM

NBC

Monday, November 25, 2019

Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Rams (Mon)

8:15 PM

ESPN

The following is the updated Week 16 schedule (all times ET):

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Houston Texans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1:00 PM

NFLN

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots

4:30 PM

NFLN

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers

8:15 PM

NFLN

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons

1:00 PM

FOX

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns

1:00 PM

CBS

Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts

1:00 PM

FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins

1:00 PM

CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets

1:00 PM

CBS

New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans

1:00 PM

FOX

New York Giants at Washington Redskins

1:00 PM

FOX

Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos

4:05 PM

CBS

Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers

4:05 PM

CBS

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

4:25 PM

FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks

4:25 PM

FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears

8:20 PM

NBC

Monday, December 23, 2019

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (Mon)

8:15 PM

ESPN

Eagles-Packers second-most watched game for FOX’s Thursday Night Football

Last night’s Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light Platinum game featuring the Philadelphia Eagles’ 34-27 win over the Green Bay Packers was seen by an average audience of 18.6 million across all platforms, including FOX, NFL Network, FOX Deportes, NFL digital, FOX Sports digital, Amazon Prime Video, Twitch and Yahoo Sports.

The 18.6 million viewers for Eagles-Packers across all platforms is up +25% versus the 2018 11-game FOX Thursday Night Football average and up +23% versus last year’s Week 4 Thursday Night Football matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams.

Eagles-Packers is the second most-watched game since FOX began broadcasting Thursday Night Football in 2018, behind the New Orleans Saints-Dallas Cowboys matchup in Week 13 last season (22.2 million).

The Nielsen-measured audience was 17.7 million – up +23% versus the 2018 11-game FOX Thursday Night Football average (14.3 million) and up +22% versus the 2018 Week 4 Thursday Night Football game (14.5 million). Additionally, Eagles-Packers averaged a 10.5 HH rating – up +21% versus the 2018 11-game FOX Thursday Night Football average (8.7 HH rating) and up +18% versus last year’s Vikings-Rams matchup (8.9 HH rating).

Digital streaming across Amazon Prime Video, Twitch, NFL digital, FOX Sports digital and Yahoo Sports platforms produced an average minute audience of 1.4 million – the highest digital average minute audience for any regular season NFL game on record. Additionally, digital audience increased +91% versus the 2018 11-game FOX Thursday Night Football average (728K) and +70% versus last year’s Week 4 Thursday Night Football matchup (817K).

Amazon Prime Video and Twitch reached a total of 3.2 million combined viewers worldwide for the FOX NFL Thursday pregame show and the Eagles-Packers game. For the Eagles-Packers game alone, 2.9 million worldwide viewers initiated a stream on Prime Video or Twitch. The average worldwide audience watching the Thursday Night Football game for at least 30 seconds on Prime Video or Twitch was 877K.

Roger Goodell: ‘Bart Starr was one of the most genuine, sincere people I knew’

Hall of Famer and former Packers QB Bart Starr died today. He was 85. Starr, who struggled with his health over the years, suffered two strokes in 2014.

In 16 seasons, all with the Packers, Starr won five NFL championships and two Super Bowls.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had this to say about Starr:

“Bart Starr was one of the most genuine, sincere people I knew,” Goodell said in a statement. “He personified the values of our league as a football player, a family man, and a tireless philanthropist who cared deeply about helping at-risk kids. Above all, he was a wonderful human being who will be remembered for his kindness and compassion. On behalf of the entire NFL family and football fans all over the world, we send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Cherry, his family, and the Green Bay community. He will be sorely missed.”

 

Packers-Bears to kick off the 2019 NFL season; Patriots to raise banner on SNF

The NFL’s 100th Season will kick off with a classic rivalry as the Chicago Bears host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, September 5 at 8:20 PM ET on NBC. This will be the 199th meeting between the Bears and Packers, including regular-season and post-season games.

The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will raise their championship banner on NBC Sunday Night Football in Week 1 at 8:20 PM ET on Sunday, September 8. Their opponent will be announced when the full 2019 regular season schedule is released later this spring.

The announcement was made by Hans Schroeder, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NFL Media, at the League’s Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

Both the 2019 Kickoff game between the Bears and Packers and Sunday Night Football will be broadcast by NBC.

Rodgers on Packers and playoffs: ‘We’re going to need some help’

The Green Bay Packers are struggling right now. They have lost four of their last five games, including last night as they lost to the Vikings 24-17 to fall to 4-6-1. At this point, the Packers are going have to win out and get some help from others to make the playoffs.

After losing to the Vikings on Sunday night, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers discussed the team’s chances of making the playoffs in 2018.

Q: Do you think the playoffs are still realistic for you guys?

A: We’re going to need some help. We need to win these five [games], and then get some help.

Q: You said at one point that you were looking forward to finding that galvanizing
moment for this team. Are you worried that it might not come that it’s too late?

A: We are where we are right now, record-wise, and we are going to need some help from some teams and then we have got to take care of our own business. We are going to have to find a way to win a game on the road. We are 0-6 on the road. We just need to go back home, get some rest, beat Arizona, and then come back, beat Atlanta. Then we need to go to Chicago, a place we’ve won a number of times, beat them. Go to New York around Christmas, beat them, and then come home against Detroit, beat them. Get a little help.

Q: Does a 9-6-1 record get you into the playoffs?

A: I don’t know. But I can tell you that 8-7-1 won’t get in, I don’t think.

Q: What has this season been like compared to other seasons since the playoffs
seem to be more of a reach this year?

A: Yeah it seemed like that in ’16 as well. Nobody thought we could do it. Then we came together in Philly, got the job done. Came around and beat Houston, beat Seattle, went on the road and beat Chicago, came back home and beat Minnesota, went on the road and beat Detroit. We’ve done it before. We just have to find a way. The way our defense played tonight and with the injuries they had, to hold them to 24 points, we got to win this game. So, offensively, we got to be a lot better. We all got to play better, myself included. We started off the game nice. We had a couple good drives, we were rolling there, and we did our unfortunate typical lull and couldn’t get it going again.

Q: On the rest of the season…

A: We’ll see what we’re made of for the last five weeks. Are we going to stick together through these tough times or are we going to start splintering? I’d like to think that the leadership is in place that we can stick together through whatever happens. But these five weeks will show it.