NFL playoff recap, battle of the Bays, new Lions GM and more

Fat Guy Corner



A quick recap of NFL Playoff action is where we will start this week.

The AFC Conference is down to Buffalo and Kansas City. The Buffalo Bills disposed of the Baltimore Ravens 17-3 in an extremely low scoring affair. I will continue to state that, until Lamar Jackson can pass better, the Ravens will struggle in the playoffs. Change my mind Lamar, prove me wrong.

The Kansas City Chiefs escaped with a victory over the up and coming Cleveland Browns 22-17. The Browns had their chances to win, but a goal line fumble right at the end of the first half was costly. The injury to Patrick Mahomes is now a major concern for Kansas City. I believe he will play against Buffalo this weekend. The Bills travel to Kansas City for a 6:40 p.m. kickoff Sunday night. Who wins, you ask? My prediction: Buffalo Jills No More 23 and No Super Bowl Repeat 21.

The NFC Conference is down to Green Bay and Tampa Bay — a true battle of the Bays. I will say, one is a warm Bay, the other a cold Bay!

The Packers easily took care of the Rams 32-18 last Saturday afternoon. The Packers were in control of this football game from start to finish. The play of Aaron Rodgers is MVP caliber. The GOAT Tom Brady and crew defeated Drew Brees and the Saints 30-20. Drew Brees tossed three critical interceptions. The Saints Jared Cook’s fumble with Saints up 20-13 and driving changed the entire game. The Bucs took advantage of the miscue and scored a touchdown. If this was Drew’s last football game, it is a bitter ending. However, most players do not get to write the final script.

I ask, can the GOAT go to Green Bay and defeat the Green Bay Packers? He can, but it won’t be easy. The Tampa defense will be tested by the Packers high flying offense and No. 12 Aaron Rodgers. The fat guy crystal clear cheeseball says : Easy Cheesy 27 and No Super Bowl GOAT 24.

Oh, and I correctly went 4-0 last weekend with my playoff predictions. I just broke my fat arm patting my back!

The Jim Harbaugh contract is significantly lower than his first contract. The contract runs until 2025 and pays a base salary of $4 million and increases in 2025 to $4.426 million.

The contract is loaded with incentives with a max of $3.475 million each year of the contract. I like the buyout plan Michigan included. Jim Harbaugh gets $4 million if fired in 2021 and it then continues to go down as the contract moves forward.

The Wolverines have hired a defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald from the Baltimore Ravens. I am sure this came with a little help from his brother, John, the head coach of the Ravens. He can’t be worse than Don Brown was the last couple of seasons, can he? I guess we shall see soon enough.

I hope Jimmy Harbaugh gets the Wolverines back on track! He should have plenty of incentives called pride and, more importantly, some serious Cheddar (money).

The Detroit Lions search for a GM is over and the new man is Brad Holmes. Brad comes from the Rams where he was director of college scouting. I looked at the Rams roster and I have to tell you, I think his evaluation of talent and drafting was tremendous. He found Aaron Donald and Cooper Kupp, two great players who were undervalued at the draft as examples. Brad signed a five year deal and as with all Lions front office hires we hold our collective breaths. The Lions is where coaches and GMs tend to falter and fail. Let’s hope the Lions got this one right for a change.

The next step is a new coach, who I believe, as do the Pro Football experts, will be Dan Campbell from the New Orleans Saints staff. It should happen this week, so stay tuned.

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