Three Questions the NFL Playoffs Will Answer

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Three Questions the NFL Playoffs Will Answer

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Three Questions the NFL Playoffs Will Answer

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Nobody likes to have more questions than answers, yet that’s often what the NFL season provides. This year has been no different as the drama-filled season will soon set sail for the playoffs. Of course there are questions we all want answered, but more important are the questions that will be answered. Here’s three topics to keep on your radar as you prepare to enjoy some must-see postseason football. 

  •  Are the Chiefs back yet? 

The only thing that can possibly cool the hottest debate of the season is the playoffs. All year people have doubted whether or not the Chiefs are still the same team that made back-to-back Super Bowls. It’s not guaranteed that the debate will end in the following weeks, but it’s certain that we will find out if Mahomes and co. still have what it takes to hoist a Lombardi. Kansas City’s defense has immensely improved during the second half of the season outside of becoming Ja’Marr Chase’s latest victim. However, even with an improved defense, questions still surround Mahomes’ ability to avoid costly turnovers. Those who have defended Mahomes and the Chiefs during their low points this season expect for everything to soon go back to normal, but what if it doesn’t? What if that two-year run was a phase and not reality? That’s unlikely to say the least, but the platoon of Chiefs doubters created in 2021 by the team’s struggles will keep this Kansas City playoff run its most exciting yet. 

  •  Are the Cowboys just a product of the NFC East ? 

Entering their Week 18 matchup against the Eagles, the Cowboys are a perfect 5-0 against the NFC East. However, the Cowboys have not shown that same dominance over the rest of the NFL, going 6-5 against the rest of the league. In the playoffs, Dallas will be required to beat teams outside of the NFC East, but it remains a question mark if that will come to pass. The number one seed is now out of play with Green Bay clinching the top spot in Sunday’s win over the Vikings, but the Cowboys still have a chance to land the number two overall seed depending on how Week 18 shakes out. Regardless of where Dallas ends up, they will eventually have to beat one of the league’s premiere teams if they want to make their first NFC Championship since January of 1996. Potentially standing in their way down the road are two future hall-of-famers in Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady and two of the league’s most explosive offenses in Los Angeles and Arizona. Pick your poison, Dallas. On the bright side of things for the Cowboys, a victory over one of the NFC’s best would elevate them into the class of the elite. While it’s unknown today,  it won’t take long for the world to know where Dallas belongs. 

  •  How far can Mac Jones lead the Patriots? 

Like oil and water, rookie quarterbacks and the playoffs don’t mix. Well, at least they haven’t in the past as rookie quarterbacks have posted an overall 11-21 record in postseason play. Only three rookie quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger (2004 Steelers), Joe Flacco (2008 Ravens), and Mark Sanchez (2009 Jets) have ever reached the conference championship game. Many believe that New England’s Mac Jones has a chance to put his name in that class of successful rookie signal callers despite the lengthy history of rookie struggles in the playoffs. If any rookie has an opportunity to reach the Super Bowl, it may be a quarterback under the greatest coach of all time. Bill Belichick has quickly turned the Patriots back into a playoff team after the departure of Tom Brady. For better or for worse, the Patriot Way seems to be back in style. While the defense relies on its experience, the offense, led by Jones, will be the complete opposite. If Jones can find a way to help his coach and stellar defense make a deep playoff-run, it would add to what is already an insanely impressive resume of the Patriots coaching staff. Can Mac just do his job? The answer to that is right around the corner. 

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