Greg Bedard’s 3 Up – 3 Down for the NFL’s Divisional Weekend
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Greg Bedard of Boston Sports Journal joined Felger and Mazz this week. Bedard gave his 3 up and 3 down from the NFL’s Divisional Weekend!
CINCINNATI, OHIO – NOVEMBER 06: Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the second quarter in the game against the Carolina Panthers at Paycor Stadium on November 06, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Felger: Who’s your number one star from divisional weekend, Greg?
Greg Bedard: Joe Burrow. Look, the Bills played crappy defense, I didn’t like their approach at all. But I thought that Burrow made it look really easy. And, you know, for him to go into Buffalo in those conditions and make it look as easy as it was, it’s very impressive.
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JANUARY 19: Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts late in the game against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Felger: Number two?
Greg Bedard: Travis Kelce. I mean, he was unstoppable in that game. Wonderful job by the Jaguars defensive coordinator. I mean, how do you come into that game and not just say, “we’re going to stop this guy” and you can’t say you can’t stop him, I mean, even look at the the Raiders in the first matchup against the Chiefs, they stink on defense, and Kelce, yes he had four touchdowns like I think he had four catches for four touchdowns and like six yards, but between the 20’s he wasn’t a factor. You have to make the Chiefs beat you in another way.
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Felger: Third star from divisional weekend, Greg.
Greg Bedard: Fred Warner. I mean, he’s just unbelievable in the middle of that defense. And you know, Dre Greenlaw, the other guy, I mean, they are incredible. People like to say the Patriots are a highly rated defense and this and that, like watch the 49ers, that’s a true top defense.
ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 06: Head coach Sean McDermott of the Buffalo Bills looks on during pregame warm-ups prior to the game against the New England Patriots at Highmark Stadium on December 06, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
Felger: Three duds, three biggest donkeys from division all weekend. Number one, Greg?
Greg Bedard: Sean McDermott. I mean the Bills just from the get go they didn’t have a chance to win the game. I mean, they didn’t come in with a plan. You’re going to play zone against Burrow? And their offensive approach was just basically like Josh Allen is just going to have to, you know, pull everything out of his backside. The Bills just went in that game and did not have a winning approach. McDermott basically said, “we’re going to do what we do”. And you can’t win against good teams in this league like that. You just can’t.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 11: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at AT&T Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Felger: Number two,dud Greg?
Greg Bedard: Dak Prescott. Cowboys win that game if Dak’s just average. If he takes care of the ball, I thought the Cowboys had a great plan and the 49ers couldn’t really do much offensively. They bottled up McCaffrey. They didn’t give up many big plays, and it was there for the Cowboys to win. The Pollard injury really hurt them, but the Prescott performance just killed them in that game.
Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell talks to players during stretching at Wednesday’s training camp session. The Jacksonville Jaguars held their third day of training camp Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville Knight Campus practice fields on Atlantic Blvd. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] Jki 072722 Jagswedtraining 2
Felger: Third dud.
Greg Bedard: Mike Caldwell, the Jaguars defensive coordinator. I didn’t like the plan coming in with Kelce and then Henne comes into the game and you don’t adjust and Mahomes is compromised and you don’t adjust to what you’re doing? Just go after those guys. I mean, what do you have left to lose? And I didn’t think he adjusted at all either.
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