UFC: Can Dana White convince Khabib to fight one more time?

Dana White will finally get his chance to meet with the UFC‘s lightweight champion this week. White will meet with Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0) this week on Fight Island where the two will talk about Khabib’s future.

We last saw Khabib back at UFC 254 when he demolished Justin Gaethje to retain his lightweight title. Following the fight, Khabib collapsed in the octagon and sobbed reflecting on the challenging year he’s had.

Nurmagomedov lost his father earlier in the year who was his lead trainer and his best friend. Khabib announced after the fight was over that he wouldn’t be fighting anymore without his father.

The UFC lightweight champion said he promised his mother that he would retire. With that, Khabib Nurmagomedov laid down his gloves and said he was walking away at a perfect 29-0.

However, Dana White isn’t ready to see Khabib walk away. White knows that Khabib’s father always wanted him to go out at 30-0. With that, the UFC President wants Khabib to fight one more time before hanging it up.

White had an interview yesterday with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto where he talked about it. He said, “I have no idea (how the meeting will go), but I think he should fight again. I’m going to press him as hard as I can for one more.”

Will the UFC lightweight champion return?

In my opinion, it’s going to be very tough for White to convince Khabib to return. Nurmagomedov has been very vocal that he doesn’t have any desire to fight Conor McGregor (22-4) or Dustin Poirier (26-6, 1 NC) for the second time.

Those two men headline UFC 257 and the winner is being looked at as the number one contender. White said in the interview that the biggest possible fight they could do is the Khabib – McGregor rematch should Conor win.

However, getting the lightweight champion to back out of retirement and accept that fight won’t be easy. I’ll say this, if anyone can convince someone of this, it would be Dana White.

In all my years following the sport, I’ve really only seen White come up short once when he’s this determined. That was of course the Fedor Emelianenko deal which of course was really dead in the water before it started.

This week will tell us a lot and I’m in the same camp White is in. I would love for the UFC to be able to put on the rematch between McGregor and Khabib should Conor win. I’m very curious to see the reports out of Fight Island this week.

New York Jets: Breaking down 3 confirmed head coaching candidates (part 2)

In the first part of the New York Jets’ confirmed coaching target breakdowns, I highlighted some of the top offensive coordinators reportedly being targeted for the job. This time, here are the three rumored defensive coordinator candidates and what they bring to the table.

Matt Eberflus, Indianapolis Colts Defensive Coordinator

Matt Eberflus is a rising coaching candidate in the league, and for good reason. The well-traveled coach began his coaching career as a student assistant at Toledo in 1992, he then spent eight years coaching at Toledo, holding the positions of graduate assistant, recruiting coordinator, outside linebackers coach, and defensive backs coach. Due to his success at Toledo, Eberflus was named defensive coordinator of Missouri in 2001, where he coached until 2008. He then signed on for two seasons as the linebackers coach of the Browns before he entered into the most crucial years in his coaching development. From 2011 to 2015, Eberflus coached under Rod Marinelli, super bowl champion coach. Marinelli taught Eberflus the Tampa 2 style defense, which has proved to be his staying power since then. Marinelli mentored Eberflus and developed him into a disciple, which led to him ultimately landing his current gig.

Eberflus was initially brought on to the Colts staff by the short-lived coach, Josh McDaniels. When he decided to return to New England and Frank Reich was hired, the team looked to Marinelli for his advisement on someone who could instill the Tampa 2 defense in Indy, and he let them know that guy was already on the staff. So, Eberflus kept his job, and in the time since, he has become an esteemed coach. The Indy defense has become a top one in all of football, but the way Eberflus has gotten the most out of his players is the true shining piece of his resume. Darius Leonard was not supposed to be a star in this league, he was out for most of his rookie camp, and he was a little known second-rounder. Now, Leonard is one of the best linebackers in football. The team also acquired Deforest Buckner this offseason, and he has had a monster season in the defense.

Eberflus’ only indictment is that he may not be that CEO type coach rumored to be the target. Eberflus does not have experience as a head coach, and just like most coordinators, there is no hardcore proof he could have success. Still, Eberflus is well connected in the league and could likely build a good staff and be a good leader. Eberflus is a true wildcard candidate; depending on his staff, he could be a solid hire.

Brandon Staley, Los Angeles Rams Defensive Coordinator

A year ago, Brandon Staley was a rather unknown coach, now, he has a shot to be a head coach rather quickly. Staley has bounced around the college ranks, starting in 2006 at Northern Illinois. From there, Staley went to various schools including, St. Thomas, Hutchinson Community, and Tennessee. Then, Staley got his shot as a D3 defensive coordinator at John Carrol University. From there, he went to James Madison and back to John Carrol. Then, he drew the eye of Vic Fangio and had been on his staff in both Chicago and Denver before getting his shot as a defensive coordinator this season in Los Angeles.

Brandon Staley succeeded esteemed defensive coordinator Wade Phillips after his retirement last season. He inherited a defense with two of the best players in the NFL, Jalen Ramsey, and Aaron Donald. Donald brings a ferocious ability to get into the backfield unmatched by anyone in the league. Ramsey is one of the best lockdown corners in the game and didn’t have a single game this season where he allowed more than 20 yards. Despite that, the talent they had was present in both Phillip’s time and Staley’s. So, in analyzing their defensive jump from the middle of the league to first, that makes what Staley was able to do all the more impressive.

Staley has earned quite a reputation quickly. He has drawn comparisons to the man that hired him, Sean McVay, and been labeled as the defensive carbon copy. Staley would be the younger, more flashier hire than Eberflus, but both are unproven. Staley has not been in the league long, meaning his staff hires could leave something to be desired. Staley is a bold choice, but the Jets have gone the successful defensive coordinator route once in the past 8 years, and it didn’t bode well, will they make the same choice again?

Robert Saleh, San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator

Robert Saleh is a football guy. The former college tight end began his coaching career in 2002 with Michigan State. He then coached at Central Michigan and Georgia before going to the pros. Then, in 2005, Saleh was hired as an intern with the Texans, and he climbed through the ranks to the position of assistant linebackers coach before heading to Seattle. In Seattle, Saleh got to learn under Pete Carroll and coach on a Super Bowl championship-winning staff. Saleh coached there until receiving a shot to coach the linebackers in Jacksonville, where they had a large amount of success in his time there. His success across the board drew enough attention from Kyle Shanahan to earn him the defensive coordinator job in 2017. Since then, Saleh has become a household name.

Last season, the San Francisco 49ers went to the Super Bowl behind one of the most talented defensive lines I have seen in the past decade. Their defense was ranked in the top tier of the league overall, and although they were unable to pull off a win in the big game, they still showed major growth in 2019. This set them up as one of the most heavily feared defenses heading into this season, but when Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, Richard Sherman, Javon Kinlaw, and Kwon Alexander are among the big names who missed multiple games, if not the entire season. The team was banged up but still managed to finish as a top defenses again, taking only a small step back.

Robert Saleh is that CEO type of coach Joe Douglas should target. Saleh is the middle ground of Staley and Eberflus. He has the connections of Eberflus and the youth of Staley. Saleh brings juice and energy to the defense. One rumored connection is with Mike McDaniel, a rising offensive mind in San Francisco, who some believe could follow him as an OC wherever he choses to go. He is so intense that he runs the stadium stairs in order to get mentally prepared before games. Saleh is a fantastic coach and near the top of my board for prospective coaches. Saleh is a hot commodity, though, and there is a hometown connection with the Lions that could prove to be too much for the Jets to overcome.

New York Giants: 3 reasons we should have faith in Daniel Jones

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

When the New York Giants drafted Daniel Jones in 2019, many were perplexed by general manager Dave Gettleman’s decision. Jones was an optimistic pick with the sixth overall selection, and many older fans had seen enough from Duke quarterbacks, with Dave Brown.

However, at first glance, Jones has the physical traits to be a fantastic quarterback in the NFL. At 6-foot-5 and 221 pounds, he’s barely 23 years old, indicating youth and tangible talent to work with. The issue, the Giants haven’t given him much in terms of support and quality offenses the past two seasons.

Under head coach Pat Shurmur, Jones seemed to have the arm talent to get it done in the NFL, throwing 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions over 13 games. In fact, DJ enjoyed three contests in his rookie season with 4+ touchdown games. If that isn’t an indication of potential, I don’t know what is. His primary weakness was his fumbling issues and turnover problems.

Plenty of quarterbacks entering the NFL have turnover quandaries, and it takes time to iron them out over the course of a career. Jones is simply falling ill to familiar issues, but he cut down his turnover problems tremendously over the final five games of the season. Aside from one anomaly against the Arizona Cardinals where the offensive line was torched (3 fumbles), he allowed just one fumble and one interception over the final five games.

There’s plenty of reasons to be hopeful with DJ, and I want to remain positive when detailing his development so far.

Three reasons the New York Giants should have faith in Daniel Jones:

1.) Daniel Jones has the physcial qualities to be a great quarterback

As stated before, Jones has the physical abilities to be a great quarterback in the NFL. He has solid arm strength and the ability to run at a high-level. In fact, Jones’ 80-yard run against the Philadelphia Eagles in week seven was faster than any Lamar Jackson run during the 2020 season. With that kind of speed, DJ not only represents a threat from the pocket but as a mobile quarterback that can confuse defenses and keep them on their toes.

Some might argue that Jones has an inferior arm, and while he does have some trouble reaching the boundary on occasion, he was one of the most accurate deep-ball passers in the NFL this past season. Unfortunately, coordinator Jason Garrett didn’t push the ball downfield enough and allowed Jones to get creative and take shots. Garrett’s playcalling kept Jones beneath 10% regarding balls thrown 20+ yards downfield. That is simply malpractice for a quarterback that has great deep-ball accuracy.

2.) Jones is a fantastic deep-ball thrower

I want to dive a little bit deeper into Jones’ deep ball abilities. According to PFF, Jones had a 96.7 grade when throwing deep to the outside right, completing nine balls for 322 yards and one score. When targeting the middle of the field beyond 20 yards, he recorded 196 yards and four touchdowns. His left side was his weakest point, and that is for most categories, earning a 73.9 overall grade, completing four passes for 134 yards and one score. When throwing 20+ yards downfield, Jones didn’t throw a single interception the entire season, which is why Jason Garrett’s playcalling was so inefficient.

If the Giants elect to move on from Garrett or the Los Angeles Chargers hire him, the Giants should find a coordinator who runs more verticals and pushes the ball downfield, and I will bet we will see a more efficient Jones because of it.

3.) Has had two terrible supporting casts in the first two years

Let’s not forget that Jones has had very little to work with on offense. In his rookie season, Saquon Barkley was injured for the majority of the year, and the offensive line was one of the worst in the NFL. He had poor pass blocking and very lackluster run blocking. Jones was forced to sling the ball more frequently, with defenses sitting back in coverage with an inability to assert their dominance on the ground. If it couldn’t get any worse, his receivers were also inadequate as well. A combo of Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Darius Slayton simply doesn’t scream quality.

This season, Barkley was injured early on unless the entire year with a torn ACL, so the Giants’ star player on offense simply didn’t have any impact. The receivers lacked separation tremendously, and the pass blocking was once again inconsistent. DJ was forced to run the ball more frequently than he would’ve helped, and it resulted in injury. If the OL can take a step forward in pass blocking and Saquon returns fully healthy, the Giants should be in far better shape. I also expect them to allocate resources toward improving the wide receiver position, so next season we should see a much-improved DJ, given all of the impending moves and expectations pan out.

The New York Knicks’ biggest issue over two-game losing streak

New York Knicks, RJ Barrett

The New York Knicks are lucky to be 5-5 on the season after two consecutive disappointing losses. Against the Oklahoma Thunder, they scored a measly 89 points, replicating that same score against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday evening.

The Knicks have had their fair share of struggles this season, especially regarding injuries and a short preseason without much time to gel. Players like Austin Rivers and Nerlens Noel have struggled to find their place, simply playing basketball and not adapting to Tom Thibodeau’s style and scheme. That has caused some roadblocks, but overall, the Knicks have played above expectations, thanks to stellar performances by Julius Randle to start the season.

However, two consecutive losses have brought the Knicks back to reality. The Nuggets were simply the stronger team, despite having the same record as New York through 10 games. While Randle scored 29 points, he had a -21 +/-, struggling on defense.

“We’re not playing well,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said, “and we have to fix it.”

“We didn’t play well overall,” Thibodeau said. “Some nights you’re going to shoot it better than others. When you don’t defend and you don’t shoot well there’s virtually no chance to win. So we have to count on our intensity, our defense. There’s nothing we’re doing well right now but that doesn’t mean we can’t change it.”

Thibodeau has always relied on defense to compensate for a lack of shooting. The Knicks don’t have premium quality shooters from beyond the arc, which continues to show up in their losses. Denver connected on 42.9% of their deep balls, which is far above average. The Knicks landed at 28.6%, well below average.

“We have to get our confidence and swagger back,’’ Randle said. “We have to get our fight and energy up to give us a chance to win.’’

The Knicks’ primary issue, though, has been their astronomical turnover numbers. Against Denver, they turned the ball over 16 times, while their opponents recorded just 12. There were too many occasions where the Knicks found themselves jumping in the air and looking for teammates to throw to. That simply isn’t going to work in the NBA, as the second you leave your feet, you have to have intention with the ball.

While Julius Randle has been their star player through 10 games, he also leads the team in turnovers with 4.6 per game, more than double the next player. Both Alec Burks and Elfrid Payton average 2.3, which isn’t anything excessive. Randle has been their biggest liability in the category, as they average 14.8 turnovers per contest.

That is a statistic that needs to correct itself, and I believe with time and chemistry building, it will gradually decrease. However, momentum is so important in basketball that consecutive turnovers or being a liability in that category can be the difference between winning and losing.

New York Mets: Chili Davis To Return As Hitting Coach In Person For 2021

New York Mets, Chili Davis

New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis spent the entire 2020 season on the opposite side country while working remotely. In 2021, Davis plans to return to his post in person and build on their offensive success from last season.

Davis worked remotely during 2020 due to his preexisting condition and wanted to remain safe from COVID-19. He plans to be with the team at the beginning of spring training, whenever it starts. Davis says he hopes to get the vaccine when it becomes available to him so he can be more at ease.

Statistically, the Mets offense was great in 2020 without Davis. They led all of baseball with a .272 batting average and finished in the top five for most offensive categories. The offense struggled with the clutch stats. They batted .245 w/RISP and struggled mightily in the first half of the season. Those numbers resulted in the Mets finishing in the middle of the pack in runs scored.

Davis will return to a very gifted group of hitters, headlined by the newly acquired Francisco Lindor. He joins James McCann, Jeff McNeil, and Brandon Nimmo, to name a few. Pete Alonso and J.D. Davis were two pupils who benefitted from Davis in 2019 but missed his teachings during 2020. The players love Chili and will thrive with having him back in-person this season.

MLB News: Yankees ink familiar bullpen arm to contract

New York Yankees, Tyler Lyons

The New York Yankees continue to take their off-season slowly, inking minor-league contracts rather than getting aggressive on big free agent signings or diving into the trade pool.

Teams around the league have taken a more aggressive approach, as the New York Mets completed a massive trade with the Cleveland Indians to acquire Francisco Lindor and starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco. The San Diego Padres have made similarly impressive moves, acquiring Yu Darvish and Blake Snell.

The Yankees are taking a vastly different approach as they continue to wait on DJ LeMahieu this off-season. Waiting benefits the players, as they can wait for COVID-19 to hopefully taper off, as ensuring a full 2021 campaign will only earn them more money.

However, general manager Brian Cashman could also walk away with a better deal if other teams don’t offer more luxurious deals to DJ. Reports have indicated that the Toronto Blue Jays, Mets, and Los Angeles Dodgers have all inquired about his services, but it seems as if the Yankees have the advantage here, and as long as they don’t bow out of the bidding war, they will retain him on a multi-year contract.

The New York Yankees did sign a familiar bullpen arm to a minor-league deal over the weekend:

Cashman signed Tyler Lyons to a minor league contract, their latest edition. The Yankees have signed 11 players to minor-league deals this off-season, indicating that they are looking to fill depth and not acquire starting level talent.

Lyons is 32 years old and has spent the last two seasons with the Yankees’ organization. This past year, he pitched in just 1.2 innings, allowing three hits and four earned runs. The sample size is so small it’s not even worth considering, but he’s been quite inconsistent the past few seasons. With the Cardinals back in 2017, he pitched in 54 innings, earning a 2.83 ERA with 11.33 strikeouts per nine.

It is clear that Lyons has the arm to be a decent depth piece, but I wouldn’t bank on him as a consistent option during the 2021 season. The Yankees bullpen is normally one of their better units, but losing Tommy Kahnle to injury last year severely limited them. In addition, Adam Ottavino has been inconsistent, which has presented a major issue. Hopefully, he can bounce back and provide that spark as a middle-reliever.

New York Yankees Weekend News Roundup: All the news/rumors in one place

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

Yankees in danger of losing DJ LeMahieu

The New York Yankees have dragged their feet in signing DJ LeMahieu, their best player in the past two years. It’s now the middle of January in a very slow, to say the least, offseason for the Yankees where they have done little to enhance the team, and that includes bringing back DJ in pinstripes.

News around the Net and industry sources say that DJ is getting tired of waiting for the Yankees to meet his demands. Sources say that he made it known that he wants to stay in New York after originally talking with other teams. But with the stalemate, he is now re-engaging teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Mets, and the Toronto Blue Jays. With each passing day, the Yankees are coming closer to losing LeMahieu to one of those teams willing to meet his prime priority of future security.

Yankees bring back another familiar arm.

The Yankees seem intent on stocking their minor league system with pitchers that have pitched for the Yankees before. First Nestor Cortes Jr., then Adam Warren, and now they have signed to a minor league contract, Tyler Lyons. Lyons. This is a head-scratcher. Lyons pitched in one game for the Yankees during 2020. On September 23rd, he pitched 1.2 innings giving up four earned runs for an ERA of 21.60, in a 14-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

During the second half of the 2019 season, Lyons pitched 8.2 innings in 11 games with a 0-1 record and an ERA of 4.15. Of the three notable arms the Yankees could use in the bullpen, Lyons has been the least successful. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees still need a quality arm to replace Tommy Kahnle, who has gone with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The New York Yankees still need bullpen help.

The Yankees lost Tommy Kahnle last season when he required Tommy John surgery. The Yankees chose to assign him to the minor leagues, and Kahnle refused the move and chose free agency instead and was near immediately signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Behind closer Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton, Kahnle was likely their third-best arm in the bullpen. That is a glaring hole in the bullpen, considering that Adam Ottavino has had two subpar seasons in a row.

The Yankees once had the best bullpen in the sport, but with these deficiencies, the bullpen is now in dire need of at least one premium upgrade. So far, all they have done is sign previous Yankees that have not done all that well at the Stadium. The Yankees need an arm with the quality of Liam Hendriks, Yates, or Hand. A previous target Ryan Stanek has gone to the Houston Astros. Because of cost, the Yankees will not likely sign Hendriks, but Brad Hand is a quality arm at a more economical price. Hand had a 2.05 ERA in 2020 with a strikeout rate approaching 12 per nine innings.

Padres/Mets still the teams to watch in 2021

While the New York Yankees have done nearly nothing to improve the team in 2021, the San Diego Padres have been the big movers and shakers along with New York Mets. The Padres made a big trade when they got Black Snell from The Tampa Bay Rays. They then negotiated a trade for another ace, Yu Darvish from the Cubs. But they weren’t done; they are now close to re-signing Fernando Tatis Jr. to a massive $300 million contract for the next 11 years.

Meanwhile, on the other side of New York in Queens, the New York Mets shook up the New York sports scene when they traded for the best shortstop in baseball in Franciso Lindor. Suppose that wasn’t one of the most notable trades of the offseason they also got Carlos Carrasco in the deal. Carrasco is a quality number two type pitcher that the Yankees certainly could have used. New Mets owner Steve Cohen has made it known that he wants to make the Mets the premier baseball team in New York City.

New York Yankees lose more chances to upgrade starting pitching

With each passing day, the Yankees need to upgrade their starting rotation remains the same. Earlier, they lost their best chance to upgrade the rotation with a one-year signing of Charlie Morton. Morton was available, but the Atlanta Braves scooped him up for just $15 million. The Yankees have also talked about re-signing Mashiro Tanaka, but his agent has been advised that they will not negotiate until they know if they can sign DJ LeMahieu.

Trevor Bauer is the best starting pitcher still available in free agency, but the Yankees are likely not in the picture to sign him as they want to stay under the luxury tas threshold. Mike Minor has already signed with the Kansas City Royals. That leaves Jake Odorizzi and Tanaka as the next best two arms the Yankees could use. Odorizzi had a great 2019 but an injury-riddled 2020. He made $17 million last year, but with his poor 2020, he will likely sign a contract of less value. The same is true of Tanaka; he made $23 million. The Yankees are not likely to offer him more than half of that and only for a year or two.

 

 

 

The New York Rangers need Filip Chytil to be more than just a caddy for Alexis Lafreniere

New York Rangers, Brett Howden, Filip Chytil

Many are anxiously awaiting for the New York Rangers debut of first overall pick Alexis Lafreniere. However, an important part of the Lafreniere’s and the team’s success will in part, rely on the improved play of linemate Filip Chytil. The 23-year-old Czech native will need to be more than a guy who gets the puck to Lafreniere and then just gets out of his way.

After beginning the 2019-20 season in the AHL, the young forward was recalled and tallied 23 points in 60 NHL games. He struggled on a line with the up-and-down Kaapo Kakko and Brett Howden. The basic thought was that this combination was not a good mix to create a productive line.

Chytil did show some of his true skills early last year when he filled in for an injured Mika Zibanejad. While centering a line with Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich on his wings, he helped the trio snag a stellar 63.4% expected goals for percentage across 110 minutes of five-on-five ice time.

Even though Chytil will be expected to be on the third line with Lafreniere and Julien Gauthier, he may not last long if he does not play well. Waiting in the wings to take a shot of playing on this line is Brett Howden or even the highly touted prospect.

This year, things can and need to be different. One of the things that Chytil did well last year that can help his teammates was that of his nine assists, six were primaries, showing his involvement in creating plays. He also showed flashes of superb puck handling, by making moves on defensemen look easy. He was at his strongest when he had the puck on his stick and was equally proficient in driving to the net with the puck, utilizing his size, strength, and speed. The more ice Chytil receives, the more confident he looks and it earned him more ice time last season. All of these are needed this year to make this third line click.

 

Buffalo Bills to welcome in Baltimore for AFC Divisional battle

An offensive showcase is expected in Orchard Park next weekend, as the Buffalo Bills battle Baltimore for an AFC title game ticket.

The last time Bills Stadium hosted an AFC Divisional playoff game, the Baltimore Ravens didn’t even exist.

That streak will finally end on Saturday night, as the Ravens will descend upon Western New York to battle the Bills in the second round of the NFL’s 2021 postseason tournament. The Bills have earned the prime time slot, as the game will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET and be broadcast nationally on NBC.

Buffalo (14-3) earned the AFC’s second overall seed but missed out on the lone bye under the new playoff format. The Bills nonetheless took care of business in this weekend’s Wild Card proceedings, topping Indianapolis 27-24 in their first home playoff game since December 1996. Meanwhile, No. 5 Baltimore (12-5) earned entry into the Divisional round with a 20-13 win over Tennessee.

This will be the first postseason meetings between the Bills and Ravens but Baltimore leads the all-time series 6-3, having won the last three matchups. The most recent meeting came in December 2019 in Orchard Park, with the Bills falling 24-17. Lamar Jackson threw three touchdown passes for Baltimore while Josh Allen threw one to Cole Beasley. Buffalo’s last win in the matchup came in September 2013, when they won 23-20 at home

There’s potential for offensive fireworks when the Ravens come to town next weekend. The Ravens aren’t as explosive as they were during their AFC standings-topping campaign last season, but they rediscovered some of their lost prowess on Sunday in Nashville. Baltimore earned 401 yards in their upset victory, with Jackson putting up 315 total yards en route to his first career postseason victory. The Ravens led the league with 191.9 rushing yards per game during the regular season, paced by 1,005 from Jackson. J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards also eclipsed 700 yards and united for 15 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Buffalo, energized by the emergence of Josh Allen and the arrival of Stefon Diggs, was second in the league in total offense at just over 396 yards per game, behind only Kansas City.

Elsewhere on the AFC playoff bracket, the top-seeded Chiefs will take on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon (3:05 p.m. ET, CBS). On the NFC side, No. 1 Green Bay will take on the sixth-ranked Los Angeles Rams in Saturday’s late afternoon window (4:35 p.m. ET, Fox) while a divisional battle between No. 2 New Orleans and No. 5 Tampa Bay rounds things off at night (6:40 p.m. ET, Fox).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags