NFL Hot Takes: Wildcard Weekend

Detroit Lions:  The Lions got the short end of the stick in what the officiating committee called “the worst officiated game of the weekend” but make no mistake – missed calls didn’t lose Detroit this game – an inability to stop the running game did.

Green Bay Packers: The Packers looked inept on offense for most of the first half, but nothing builds momentum quite like a halftime Hail Mary. Even Rodgers said that the team expects to convert on every 60+ yard throw now.

Houston Texans:  Houston’s attempt to replicate what got the Denver Broncos a Super Bowl seems to be off to a great start. The defense looked stout, albeit against a severely hamstrung Oakland team. The real test will be winning on the road where they went 2-6 during the regular season.

Miami Dolphins: Miami’s defense looked porous in the first half, allowing Pittsburgh to jump out to a huge lead – and Matt Moore playing from behind isn’t exactly giving you the best chance of winning.

New York Giants: Players pictured on “The Boat”: 43.9 passer rating when targeted by Eli Manning. Players not pictured: 105.8 passer rating when targeted. I may be blowing this out of proportion, but it doesn’t seem to be a coincidence.

Oakland Raiders:  Nobody expected Connor Cook to shine against the #1 defense in the NFL, but here’s an interesting note… He was able to lead the Raiders offense to the most points of any of the four teams that lost on Wildcard Weekend.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Sunday marked the first time in their careers that Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell scored two touchdowns apiece in the same game. The health of Roethlisberger is a concern, however, as he was injured on the last drive before taking a knee.

Seattle Seahawks: For all the worry and concern about how this defense would perform without Earl Thomas, they surely stepped up and tamed a fairly potent Lions offense. Next up is an even bigger test – the #1 offense in the league, fully rested & healthy.

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Aaron is an avid sports fan who passionately follows the NFL, NBA and MLB, in addition to NCAA Sports. He is an Arizona State University grad who loves the Dodgers and the Patriots.