As Packers coach Mike McCarthy said, Rodgers and Green Bay’s doctors/training staff deserve credit for his aggressive rehab and quick return from a broken right collarbone sustained in Week 6. The speculation at the time was that Rodgers’ season was over; it would take extensive rehab lasting through the entire season because it was the collarbone on his throwing side. Instead, the QB is back within the minimum eight weeks allowed after being placed on designated to return injured reserve.
On Sunday, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman published quotes from LaVar claiming that Luke Walton has lost his Lakers’ ears and that the team no longer wants to play for him. This isn’t the first time an NBA dad has criticized his son’s coach. This isn’t the first time that’s happened this season. But because the sports media (including SB Nation) covers the Ball family rather closely — ESPN sent a reporter to Lithuania to follow the younger Ball sons — LaVar’s quotes were blared from chyrons and Twitter accounts.
Should the Titans, however, also finish 9-7 with one more conference win, they would maintain a conference-record tiebreaker over the Bills. There’s also a fair chance of the Titans losing out and the Chargers winning out to get to 9-7. Buffalo loses the head-to-head tiebreaker there thanks to the debacle of starting Nathan Peterman in a 54-24 loss at Los Angeles in Week 11.
The Ravens would be in as either the No. 5 or No. 6 seed if they win out with a favorable home schedule against two bad teams. The Titans hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over them, but the Ravens would have the common games tiebreaker over the Bills after going 5-0 against the Colts, Bengals, Raiders and Dolphins.
Also, given the degree of difficulty of the Titans’ and Bills’ remaining slates in relation to that of the Ravens, it’s difficult to see all three teams finishing with the same 10-6 record. Baltimore’s playoff chances are the equivalent of a chip-shot field-goal attempt by Justin Tucker.
At age 40, Brady is the oldest remaining quarterback in the playoffs. The Titans have the youngest in 24-year-old Marcus Mariota. The 16-year age gap between them is the largest between starting quarterbacks in a playoff game in NFL history.