Playoffs NFL 2021 Analysis of the franchises in the divisional round
Chiefs, Browns, Bills y Ravens at the American Conference; Packers, Rams, Bucs y Saints in the National are the 8 teams that still have options to win the Super Bowl LV. What options does each have?
We analyze their cover letter to see how they could win the ring … or the biggest weakness that elimination could cost them.
The Chiefs can win the Super Bowl … because they have the best player in the league in Patrick Mahomes, who already proved last year that there is no sure advantage against him by rallying double-digit deficits in all three postseason games. That experience has been lived by almost everyone who is still in the team and this year, in the important games (Ravens, Bucs, Saints) they have lived up to it, showing themselves dominant and with a level that no other team has.
Its possible kryptonite: the inconsistency. That maximum level has not been shown for more than short periods, never a full game. And there are days when it seems they did not want to play, winning by 3 in Herbert’s debut against the Chargers, by 2 against Carolina, by 4 against Raiders, by 6 against Denver. by 5 against Miami, or 3 against Atlanta and there was a day that Las Vegas did not let them get up. His defense is much worse than last seasonSo there could be a day they don’t give Mahomes one last chance to win because he’s sitting there watching his defense be dominated.
The Browns can win the Super Bowl … you believe in miracles. Their path is very complicated, because they would have to beat the defending champion and then Ravens or Bills, teams better than them. Their offense, when they are close or winning, is very dangerous, which gives them a choice if things are within the script than expected.
Its possible kryptonite: bad defense and go back on the scoreboard. His perimeter is particularly flimsy, being the seventh worst despite playing the easiest offensive schedule in the entire league. That bad vs bad combination is almost impossible to have. And if they go down, they don’t have the passing game to come back.
The Bills can win the Super Bowl …if Josh Allen maintains the level of the last two months of the season. If there’s an offense as explosive as KC’s, it’s in Buffalo, and their defense has enough elite players to do just enough to win.
Its possible kryptonite: the lines. Racing is not his thing, be it running or stopping. This could lead, like the Chiefs, to beating them with their offense on the wing. And that bad offensive line is of greater concern because Josh Allen reverts to old habits of tampering when under pressure.
The Ravens can win the Super Bowl …if Lamar Jackson doesn’t have to come back. The QB is 1-7 when trailing at halftime in his career. If the situation is under control, their defense is talented and their offensive scheme is uncomfortable due to the weight and personnel they use, something that no team is used to.
Its possible kryptonite: having to pitch in obvious passing situations. Lamar is good at first down, when the defense has to respect the running threat from the QB and running backs, but when he’s third and long, they don’t have adequate passing play.
The Packers can win the Super Bowl …if your defense allows 25 points or less in games. They are undefeated in the last two years in this circumstance because Aaron Rodgers, except in very rare cases, will put points on the scoreboard.
Its possible kryptonite: your defensive. He was 17 in efficiency, but his numbers were made up by a close against bad teams and a movie snowfall against the Titans. Against solid and varied teams like the Colts and Tampa, they lost and suffered in the second halves because they can be dominated on the line. Wow, even teams like Jacksonville and Carolina could win at Lambeau.
The Rams can win the Super Bowl …because defenses win championships and the Rams have the best in the league, and if their offense complements, recovering the version at the start of the season and not the December version.
Its possible kryptonite: Jared Goff. The Rams aren’t cut out to come back, and their QB has a broken pitching thumb.
The Saints can win the Super Bowl …if they can find a way to cover the limitations of Drew Brees. The veteran QB has not passed deep for years, being a quick-throwing quarterback. That works if you don’t get into obvious passing situations, where you have to force and the arm no longer hits. The past two years in particular, the Vikings and Rams allowed those short passes and tackled fast to keep New Orleans at thirds and long, which the QB couldn’t cover. There is talent in the entire squad and it may be the year that fortune finally smiles on them.
Its possible kryptonite: defensively and asking too much of Brees. Technically the # 2 in efficiency, but the top attacks, except Tampa, hurt them: Raiders scored 34, Packers 37, Lions 29, Chargers 27, Panthers 24 the first game, Chiefs 32, Vikings 33 … score this team. And if they have to get into a game with many points, read many passes, Brees is no longer there for it. And beware that the road would pass through the tundra of Green Bay and there Brees could look even worse.
The Bucs can win the Super Bowl …because they have elite talent on both sides and Brady’s experience. The QB got into rhythm in the final stretch of the season and has weapons everywhere: Gronk, Brown, Evans, Brate, Godwin … On defense they are excellent against the race with Suh, Pierre-Paul, White and David. Few teams have so many stars.
Its possible kryptonite: the pressure on Brady and the perimeter. The veteran QB always avoided blows, but at 43 even more and when they arrive, he falls apart. And on the other side, nobody can run them, but almost all teams can pass them.