What’s also interesting about the Cowboys and Patriots is they boast two of the top three run defenses in the NFL, with Dallas No. 1 and New England No. 3. Part of that may be teams having to throw to play catch-up against them, but it’s clear that stopping the run is a big point of emphasis for both. They want to make opposing offenses one-dimensional if possible, then turn loose their pass rushers and blitzes.
Along with Elliott and Blount, several other 1,000-yard rushers will play key roles for their teams this postseason, including Le’Veon Bell of Pittsburgh and Jay Ajayi of Miami, who will face off in Sunday’s AFC wild-card game. Call it advantage Steelers and Bell against the league’s No. 30 run defense.
Elsewhere, Lamar Miller will be asked to carry the load for a Texans offense that has major quarterback issues heading into their Saturday matchup against the Raiders and their No. 23-ranked rush defense.
Ezekiel Elliott isn’t out of the woods yet.
The NFL has requested more information from the Cowboys running back regarding the assault accusations made by his ex-girlfriend in July, ESPN reported Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers is sick. Rest, fluids, all that stuff. We’ll be OK. Jordy had it. Mason had it. I got it. We’ll deal with it.
Rodgers said Jordy Nelson had the illness past tense. But coach Mike McCarthy, hours before Rodgers spoke to media, told reporters the wide receiver was kept away from the facility Friday because the team was worried he might be contagious.
It’s apparently too late for that, and Rodgers’ use of the word had instead should be has.
This development adds to the fact that Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison all are game-time decisions with respective injuries. All three were listed as questionable Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys for Sunday’s NFC Cheap Braves Jerseys title game.