Happy Friday to yinz and welcome to the second NFL playoff weekend of the 2019 season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t make any moves related to their coaching staff this past week. Will they before next weekend? We’ll see, but with the start of the college all-star games right around the corner, odds are good they will want any and all changes to be done soon.
Steelers team president Art Rooney II will likely hold his end-of-the-season media session within the next week or two. We should learn a thing or two from that when it happens.
The Senior Bowl is almost here and this year we’ll have both Alex Kozora and Daniel Valente down in Mobile, AL covering the week for the site. As you’ve probably a already noticed by now, we have started our annual draft profiles of players on the site.
It’s been a crazy week for me so far and especially the last 24 hours. We bought another newer vehicle Thursday night and just sold the one we are replicating Friday afternoon. That has created a lot of running around on my part, but it’s all good.
As usual, I have five questions for yinz to answer during this quiet Friday night and I look forward to reading all responses.
Have a safe and happy weekend and enjoy all the games. Thank you for visiting the site as well.
Peace and love, peace and love!
1 – Will the AFC or NFC quarterbacks have the most combined passing yards in the four Divisional Round playoff games this weekend?
2 – Over/under 1.5 defensive touchdowns scored in the four Divisional Round playoff games this weekend?
3 – Name the winners of the four NFL Divisional Round games that will take place this weekend. (Must get all four correct to receive credit)
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers
Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers
4 – Over/under 83.5 rushing yards for Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson versus the Titans?
5 – Last weekend a total of 146-points was scored in the four Wildcard games. Will the total points scored in the four Divisional Round games this weekend be greater than or less than 146?
Question 1: It’s Friday and so far, the Steelers have made no coaching changes. 83.7% of Steelers Depot respondents predicted that the Steelers would not make any changes by today. Last year, Mike Tomlin announced that the Steelers weren’t renewing Joey Porter’s contract on January 4th. The Steelers made other changes including Shaun Sarrett promoted to replace Munchak, Eddie Faulkner hired to replace James Saxon, and Teryl Austin added as “Senior Defensive Assistant/Secondary” coach. Adrian Klemm filled the offensive line assistant vacancy created by Sarrett’s promotion. Sadly, Ray Sherman came on board as an emergency hire when Darryl Drake passed away. So, there may be more changes, just later than last year.
Question 2: Oddsmakers still favor LSU over Clemson. The spread has dropped to 5.5 points. Regardless, 81.4% of respondents believe that LSU will cover a 6.5-point spread. We’ll find out Monday night.
Question 3: Twelve teams had a possibility of winning this year’s Super Bowl going into the Wildcard weekend. Steelers Depot respondents gave at least one vote to eight different teams winning the Super Bowl. Respondents favored the Baltimore Ravens with 34.0% the vote. The Kansas City Chiefs were next at 22.7%. The top seeded NFC San Francisco 49ers garnered only 13.7% of the vote. The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings gained just one vote apiece. The Tennessee Titans got two. The New Orleans Saints (13.7%) and New England Patriots (6.8%) are out. So, 79.5% of respondents still have a shot at picking up a point for this question. Might prove important if it’s a close race.
Question 4: 81.4% of respondents picked the Seattle Seahawks to beat the Philadelphia Eagles. A very narrow majority of 51.2% picked the Houston Texans over the Buffalo Bills. Just 37.2% got a point for picking the Titans over the Patriots. The big upset was the Saints-Vikings game. A-ROC was the only respondent to pick the Vikings. That result cost anyone from a chance of winning the 5-point weekly bonus points. No one swept the picks.
Question 5: The first three wildcard games totaled 120 points scored. So, the Seahawks and Eagles just needed to score 24 points to match the 144 points scored in last year’s four wildcard games. The Eagles kicked a 38-yard field goal with 2:53 left in the game to exceed last year’s total by just two points. 62.8% of respondents picked up a point by saying more points would be scored in this year’s wildcard games and picked up a point.
No one hit the five-point weekly bonus, but 21 respondents just missed the cut by one question (just questions one, four and five counted toward the bonus).
Here are the consensus responses of Steelers Depot respondents compared to the correct answers:
|Questions||Steelers Change Coaches?||LSU covers 6.5 over Clemson||Super Bowl Winner||Wildcard Winners||144 Points Scored in WC Games|
21 folks scored three points last week. The $50 take all contest is wide open. Keep answering. I’ll post the first postseason leaderboard next week.