Hello everyone, good people! Week 18 is just around the corner, which means playoff football is too. That’s why John Breech isn’t here to break the news today; he’s currently hopping from store to store to clean all of the Bengals’ gear for the Wild Card weekend. Hope he has a good credit card. Anyway, I’m Cody Benjamin, and I’m here with the Pick Six newsletter.
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We’ve got Week 18 predictions, playoff picks, MVP buzz, QB rumors and more:
Brady Quinn joined Will Brinson on Wednesday’s “Pick Six NFL Podcast” to discuss the Browns quarterback situation. Even if Baker Mayfield is signed until 2022, will he remain the holder of Cleveland? And is there a scenario where Kevin Stefanski and Co. could try to cut ties with the old first round during the offseason?
“I think you just let the game go (and) see what that clean slate attack looks like going forward, (because) they maybe have a top three list in the NFL when they are. healthy, ”Quinn said. “The question now is whether they can move up? But I think (Baker) is better than any of the prospects in the draft. And I don’t think an Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson will want to do it. go, even if it’s one of the best listings. “
Stefanski “has to take a good look at himself in the mirror,” Quinn added, before making big moves with Mayfield. Brinson, meanwhile, thinks it’s anything but a lock. Baker will be back in 2022, as part of his fifth year option.
Watch the full episode (and subscribe for all kinds of daily NFL talk) here.
2. Prisco’s picks: Rams down 49ers, Chargers overtake Raiders for playoff berth
Pete Prisco is warming up just in time for the playoffs, going 12-4 in direct picks and against spread, as well as 6-1 in his best bets, for Week 17. Now? He’s back with predictions for every game in Week 18. Here are some big ones:
- Ravens 28, Steelers 21: Whenever these two meet, it’s a physical battle. They don’t love each other. That’s why I think the Ravens will find a way to pull this game off to end the Steelers’ season, especially with the Steelers on a short week.
- Aries 27, 49ers 20: The 49ers need it to make the playoffs, while the Rams need it to win the division. The 49ers under Kyle Shanahan got the best from the Rams and Sean McVay… (but) Matt Stafford will play well here. Rams understand.
- Chargers 31, Raiders 23: This is a playoff game. The Raiders surprised more than one by beating the Colts on the road, and they did it with their defense. This unity will be challenged here by Justin Herbert. I think the Chargers are coming to the playoffs.
3. MVP Watch: Aaron Rodgers on track for second consecutive crown
Jared Dubin has been compiling the staff picks for the 2021 NFL MVP for weeks now, and with the season nearly over, one clear favorite has been determined: Rodgers, the reigning MVP himself. Eleven different pundits voted for their top five MVP picks, and that’s how the leader board shook:
4. Playoff screenings: Chargers, 49ers win Week 18
John Breech collected SportsLine simulations to predict the final playoff picture, and the computers are tilting very slightly in Los Angeles in the Chargers-Raiders game. San Francisco, meanwhile, could still miss the playoffs with a loss to the Rams, plus a Saints victory over the Falcons, but the simulations push the Niners forward. Here’s a look at the playoff squad scheduled for Week 18:
AFC: Titans (1), Chiefs (2), Bills (3), Bengals (4), Patriots (5), Colts (6), Chargers (7)
NFC: Packers (1), Rams (2), Buccaneers (3), Cowboys (4), Cardinals (5), 49ers (6), Eagles (7)
5. QB Power Rankings: Glowing Joe Burrow Ranked Top Five
CBS Sports Graphic
We rank the 32 starting QBs from first to worst every week, and with the end of the regular season, the Bengals really seem to have one of the best young signalers in the game. Joe Burrow has made a big jump into the top five in the early in week 18, while guys like Carson Wentz and Tua Tagovailoa had little falls further down the board. Here’s a look at our latest top 10:
6. Quick rally: MVP watch, Super Bowl odds, more
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