Keenum was on the verge of being benched after Week 10, when he passed for four touchdowns before nearly throwing the game away with two late interceptions in a narrow victory over Washington. From that point forward, he might have been the best quarterback in football. Over his final six games, Keenum was second in completion percentage (70.8), first in touchdown-interception ratio (11:2) and second in passer rating (105.1). Keenum’s 2017 season is a testament to what happens when you take a competent quarterback, surround him with talent and play to his strengths instead of bemoaning his weaknesses and turning to the tallest person you can see.
The return of Chris Paul helps to lessen the blow, but there is no replacement for a player like Harden, who averages 32.3 points and 9.1 assists per game.
Golden State wrapped up 2017 with a 14-2 SU and 8-8 ATS run. Like Houston, the Warriors also opened 2018 with a road win on Wednesday night, but failed to cover the spread as 8-point favorites in Dallas.
Steph Curry hasn’t missed a beat after missing 11 games with an ankle injury in averaging 35 points per game in his two games since returning. The Warriors are 11-3 SU and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games against the Rockets.
X factor: Jay Ajayi. The Eagles should have the ability to lean on their run game to control games, especially once they take the lead. They got Ajayi to be a guy on whom they could rely for a heavy workload, and so far they haven’t used him that way. It’s possible they have a plan for him in the playoffs that would offer a new dimension to an offense that needs a post-Wentz jolt.
Path to Super Bowl LII: The Vikings will get a bye week and then host a playoff game Jan. 14 against either the Rams, Saints or Panthers. If the Falcons beat the Rams in the wild-card round, the Vikings would host the Panthers-Saints winner. If the Rams beat the Falcons, the Vikings would host the Rams. If they win that, they would play in an NFC Championship Game either in Philadelphia or at home against the Falcons, Saints or Panthers.
The quarterback who will stride onto the field Sunday for a rematch against the Jaguars in the divisional round of the playoffs has his swagger back. Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey jokingly gave credit to the beard Roethlisberger began growing in the aftermath Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap of one of the most forgettable performances of his career. Of course, that’s NBA Jerseys For Sale not the reality. The guys who surround Roethlisberger in the huddle know the swagger never really left.