The divisional round of the NFL playoffs features four outstanding matchups.
The first game featured a defensive battle between the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans. Ja’Marr Chase Recorded a Big Play and Cincinnati Receivers Converted first down after first down as long as Joe Burrow was not fired. The Bengals were held on to field goals in the first half, but eventually scored a touchdown in the second half to take a double-digit lead. Derrick Henry back for the Titans. Tennessee’s offense did enough to come back, but the Bengals were able to score last.
Major players return in the rest of this weekend’s playoffs, such as Randall Cobb, Leonard Fournette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
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- Snaps include plays recalled due to penalties such as offensive hold or defensive pass interference. The other three stats removed these games.
- Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely deviation would be from a clear-discarded pass, where the NFL can give the target to the nearest receiver, when this data doesn’t.
- Carry’s are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles do not count towards the total number of carries in play.
Cincinnati Bengals Bee Tennessee Titans
- Joe Mixon: 14 carries, 54 yards, 1 TD (3 explosive runs), 6 receptions, 51 receiving yards
- AJ Brown: 5 receptions, 142 yards, 1 TD (5.68 YPRR)
Bengalis rely on their stars: The Bengals’ snap count has been one of the easiest to predict all season, as they were the only team whose five novice skill players – Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, CJ Uzomah – had over 695 offensive snaps played during the regular season. They relied even more on those five in the playoffs. boyd played more than 90% of Cincinnati’s offensive snaps just once in the regular season, but met that goal in both playoff games. Cincinnati only used 11 men in the first half, allowing the receivers to play even more.
All five should play at least significant snaps in the conference championship.
Derrick Henrythe return: Henry returned to the Titans after missing the second half of the regular season with a foot injury. He started and got almost his normal workload. He missed a little more than a drive early in the game, but after that he played the vast majority of the first and second downs. He dominated the Titans’ carries as usual, though D’Onta Foreman broke the longest run of the day (45 yards). Henry finished fourth in the too early 2022 fantasy football rankings. He was supposed to finish in the top two, but the combination of age, injury and Foreman’s rise pushed Harris down a few places.
San Francisco 49ers Bee Green Bay Packers
- Aaron Jones: 12 carries, 41 yards, 9 receptions, 129 receiving yards (38.5% threat rate)
- Davante Adams: 9 receptions, 90 yards (33.3% threat rate)
The 49ers’ low offensive output: The 49ers used their offensive players in the same way as other recent games. San Francisco started the game with four three-and-outs, leaving everyone with fewer chances than usual. Deebo Samuel stayed in the backfield drafting between 25-30% of his offensive snaps, which is consistent with other games in the second half of the season. Kyle Juszczyk took the majority of third-down snaps while also playing fullback, which he did last week and for parts of the regular season. Jeff Wilson Jr. suffered an injury on the opening kick, but was unlikely to play many attacking snaps.
The strategy with 49ers players will be the same as always – Elijah Mitchell, samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle have a high volume potential. Matchups determine how much exposure you should have on each, but they can all be matchup winners.
To monitor Deebo Samuel‘s injury: Samuel limped after several plays in the second half of the game, including his last first-down carry that put the 49ers within range of the field goal. The fact that he was able to continue playing after the first injury is a good sign that he can play next week, but keep an eye on the injury report.
Packers changes at wide receiver: Randall Cobb returned to the Packers after missing the last five games due to torn muscles in his abdomen. He got a lot of playing time because he started wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling missed the game with a back injury. He only played in three or four wide receiver sets, and Equanimious St. Brown sometimes took its place in those packages. Davante Adams was the only Packers wide receiver to be targeted during the first 45 minutes of the game, while Cobb saw his only target with four minutes to go. Wide receivers versus Adams had been a definite need for a few years now, and it remained apparent tonight.
Adams is the top player in free agency heading for the low season. Valdes-Scantling will also be an unrestricted free agent. The Packers have the second worst situation and will have to do a lot of salary cap gymnastics to get under the cap, while also Aaron Rodgers and Adams. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Packers… first round draft pick on a wide receiver.