We knew it was going to happen. Now Jimmy Graham is confirming that he will get the franchise tag. However, we don’t know what position he will be tagged as. He will make significantly less if he is tagged as a wide receiver, but his party is arguing that because he lines up in the slot so often that he can and should be viewed as a wide receiver (and thus receiving a bigger price tag).
If Graham is tagged as a wide receiver, it will not only affect the Saints financially (and their approach to how they line him up in 2014), but it will also affect the fantasy world.
Will they list him as a wide receiver only? Or maybe a tight end only? Or will he be eligible for both?
Here are my predictions for the second round of the playoffs.
Can the Saints figure out the Seahawks?
NEW ORLEANS (6) VS SEATTLE (1)
The Saints got embarrassed earlier this year when they went to Seattle to take on the Seahawks? Are the Saints equipped to take down Seattle this time around?
One thing that makes this matchup difficult for the Saints is the defense of the Seahawks. The secondary is still very strong and the passing attack from Drew Brees needs to be very precice to give the Saints any kind of chance.
One thing that they must do is execute the screen game to perfection. However, this game also may come to the hands of the Seahawks’ offense. Their rushing attack remains very strong and could be the difference in setting the tone early. The Saints have a strong defense but can it handle the dynamic play of Russell Wilson?
It’s time for the playoffs once again! Here are my quick predictions on today’s games.
A rematch of two former No. 1 picks
KANSAS CITY (5) VS INDIANAPOLIS (4)
This is going to be a fun matchup to watch because both teams are coming back after miserable seasons. Two years ago, the Colts suffered through a horrific season and came back as a playoff team under the guidance of a new quarterback. Last year, the Chiefs retooled after a disastrous season, got their new quarterback and a new coach to lead the way.
I am looking forward to see how Jamaal Charles will be used in this game. He is coming off a strong finish this year and could be the x-factor in this game. But on the Colts’ side on offense, I am really impressed at how their running game is starting to show some signs of life. I don’t expect them to have to run really well, but maybe just well enough to keep a strong balance.
This game might come down to field position. Both quarterbacks are smart generals and won’t try to take big risks to jeopardize the team. And I believe that might be the difference, allowing the defenses to set the tone for the game.
Aldon Smith may not have recorded a sack, but his interception and the defense held their own against the Patriots.
As I watched last night’s epic battle between the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots, I couldn’t help but realize that I was witnessing a fun football game. Not often do we get a chance to witness two very talented teams in a meaningful game like the one we had Sunday. Unfortunately, the top-billed matchups from earlier in the day did not meet the hype. This game though met all of the hype and a lot more.
After watching the game, I kept thinking about how much this game somehow seemed so familiar. In fact, it seemed like I had just watched the 49ers and Saints in the playoffs 11 months ago. I know the situation was different and the results were different, but it didn’t seem all that different to me.
Then again, maybe it’s the kind of feeling that I get when I see the 49ers play a game like this.
A few things have occurred over the past few days and I wanted to just say my thoughts on them.
This story broke my heart and it just brought up memories of Junior Seau’s death. We don’t know what caused it and if it had anything to do with brain damage. But it reminded me a lot of Kenny McKinley and how he was suffering through a hopeless feeling and killed himself after trying to rehab back onto the Broncos.
I want to put this out there that people who have never been on the verge of suicide should never judge people who do commit suicide. You’ll never understand what it takes to push someone over the ledge. And I don’t want to judge Murdock for his actions. There could have been a lot of factors to it.
But this death adds more to the black cloud over the NFL and its current state of players killing themselves. I hope this isn’t part of the concussion issue that’s going on. But at the same time, something wrong is happening and we need to stop it.
Last night, the San Francisco 49ers (and the New Orleans Saints) won the award for Best Game of the Year at the ESPYs. I covered that game and saw it live. It was one of the greatest games I have ever seen.
But it wasn’t the best game of the year.
As Mike Klis of the Denver Post points out, Game 6 of the World Series was a whole lot better — and I didn’t even watch the game (I was at a concert).
The fact that the Cardinals scored in the bottom of the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th to stay alive in that game was amazing. The Rangers had the win, but the Cardinals never gave up. That might have been the most exciting game in baseball history.
But then again, baseball is my favorite sport so there is some bias there.
Compared to the 49ers game, the Cardinals had drama and high stakes that was at a whole different level. But as Klis points out, football is king in this country.