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For the first time in a decade Kendall Lamm Jersey , the top seed in the AFC playoffs goes to a team not led by Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.The Kansas City Chiefs earned the No. 1 seed for the first time since 1997 after switching from Alex Smith to Patrick Mahomes , the sensational second-year star who reminds so many of Brett Favre.The New England Patriots lost five times on the road but still managed to win their customary first-round bye, slipping past the Houston Texans to earn a week off to rest for the 10th consecutive year.They’re the only teams back in the AFC playoffs following a year of comebacks.The Texans return from a year’s absence thanks to the remarkable rebounds of J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson . The Chargers rode a refined Philip Rivers to their first playoff berth in five years, and the Colts crashed the playoff party for the first time since 2014 behind Andrew Luck’s rousing return .The Colts visit the Texans on Saturday in the wild-card round, and on Sunday the Chargers play at Baltimore, where the Ravens ended a four-year drought by rallying behind Lamar Jackson , the last of the “Big Five” rookie QBs drafted in the first round, but the first to make it to the playoffs.Strength and weakness of each of the six AFC playoff teams:1. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (12-4). AP Pro32 Ranking: No. 4. Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 4, 23-7 over Minnesota on Jan. 11, 1970.SHOOTOUT: The Chiefs haven’t had a true franchise QB since Len Dawson led them to their only Super Bowl title. But after letting him learn the ropes under Alex Smith, Mahomes broke out with one of the best seasons in NFL history for a first-year starter (5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns ). K.C. scored at least 26 points in every game, the only team ever to do so.STRIKEOUT: The defense is a dud. Their four losses this season came when they put forth as much resistance as tissue paper: shootout losses to the Rams, Patriots and Seahawks and a fourth-quarter meltdown against the Chargers. Of course, those are all playoff-bound teams. Don’t forget on offense the ouster of RB Kareem Hunt , who had 14 TDs. The Chiefs have gone 3-2 since cutting last year’s rushing champ.SHOUTOUT: “I always feel like there is a bull’s-eye every week, and that’s OK. That’s the way you want it. We’ve earned the right to be in this position.” — Coach Andy Reid.2. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-4). AP Pro32 Ranking: No. 5 (tie). Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 51, 34-28 Joel Heath Jersey , OT, over Atlanta on Feb. 5, 2017.FAR OUT: At 41, he finally showed signs of age this season. But having Tom Brady on their roster makes the Patriots a title contender. Coming off an MVP season, Brady fell off — by his lofty standards — with 4,355 yards, 29 TDs and 11 interceptions. Getting a week off to rest is important because the Patriots have not been a wild-card team since 2009, when they were blown out by Baltimore.FLAME OUT: Every time Brady has won a Super Bowl ring, he had a star-studded defense helping him. The Patriots have given up 30 or more points five times this season, going 2-3. They haven’t been able to get to the quarterback like last year, when they were tied for seventh in the league with 42 sacks. This season, they tied for 30th with just 30 sacks.SHOUTOUT: “11-5 is nothing to be sad about. I mean, we fought pretty hard and put ourselves in a decent position here, and now we’ve got to go try to take advantage of it.” — Brady.3. HOUSTON TEXANS (11-5). AP Pro32 Ranking: No. 7. No Lombardis.ROUT: QB Deshaun Watson is healthy again as evidenced by his eight TD throws and no interceptions in the last six games while running for 276 yards and four TDs. DeAndre Hopkins was second in the NFL with a career-high 1,572 yards receiving. J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney combined for 25 sacks and 34 tackles for loss. Watt also forced seven fumbles after playing just eight games over two injury-shortened seasons.POUT: The Texans enter the playoffs thin at receiver behind Hopkins after losing Will Fuller (knee) midseason and Demaryius Thomas , a trade deadline pickup from Denver, to a torn Achilles tendon last month. There is also concern about the porous O-line after Watson was sacked an NFL-leading 62 times this season. That kind of duress can negate any franchise QB. Adding to the pressure is a less-than-impressive ground game.SHOUTOUT: “This team is one of the few teams to come back from 0-3 and to qualify for the playoffs and win the division. We have a tough football team.” — Coach Bill O’Brien.4. BALTIMORE RAVENS (10-6). AP Pro32 Ranking: No. 9. Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 47, 34-31 over San Francisco on Feb. 1 D.J. Reader Jersey , 2013.BREAKOUT: The Ravens are dangerous if rookie QB Lamar Jackson shows the same poise he displayed in leading Baltimore on a 6-1 streak after taking over from an injured Joe Flacco. With Jackson efficiently operating the run-pass option , Baltimore controlled the clock and the rested defense manhandled opponents. John Harbaugh’s Ravens boast the NFL’s second-ranked rushing attack and No. 1 defense.DROPOUT: Baltimore beat the Chargers in L.A. on Dec. 22, but QB Philip Rivers should be ready for the rematch against a defense that last week was burned by Baker Mayfield for 376 yards and three TDs. Jackson ran for nearly 700 yards, but with only one career game of 200 yards passing, there’s still some question whether he can bring Baltimore back from a deficit with his arm.SHOUTOUT: “This is what a real team looks like. They block out all the outside, turn to each other for strength and are there for one another. … This is the best team I’ve been around.” — Harbaugh.5. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (12-4). AP Pro32 Ranking: No. 5 (tie). No Lombardis. Lost Super Bowl 28 to San Francisco 49-26 in 1995.CLOUT: Philip Rivers had a 105.5 passer rating in 2018, equaling his career best. Melvin Gordon had 1,309 yards from scrimmage and 14 TDs and Austin Ekeler emerged as a change-of-pace back. Keenan Allen led the team in catches again but Mike Williams developed into another big-play receiver. The Chargers also aren’t fazed by hitting the road , where they were 7-1 with wins at Seattle, Pittsburgh and Kansas City.DOUBT: The Chargers head into the playoffs with only one healthy starter at linebacker. Denzel Perryman and Jatavis Brown are out with season-ending injuries and their replacements are undersized, something opponents will certainly scheme to exploit. They’ve been outscored 43-14 in the first quarter of the past six games as Rivers has thrown an interception on the first drive in each of the last three games.SHOUTOUT: “We just had to be in the playoffs. Our goal is to try to make a run and try to get to the Super Bowl.” — CB Casey Hayward Jr.6. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (10-6). AP Pro32 Ranking: No. 8. Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 41, 29-17 over Chicago on Feb. 4, 2007.BLOWOUT: The Comeback Colts got into the playoffs with a three-pronged combo they’ve rarely had: balanced offense, stout defense and championship-caliber QB. Andrew Luck came back from a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder with the best overall season of his career. The revamped O-line allowed a league-low 18 sacks and the Colts have allowed 16.4 points over last eight games.BURNOUT: The Colts will spend the playoffs on the road with a roster that lacks much postseason experience. Only four players from Indy’s last playoff team in 2014 will be active Sunday: Luck, T.Y. Hilton, Anthony Castonzo and Adam Vinatieri. Take out three players who own Super Bowl rings — Vinatieri, Jabaal Sheard and Najee Goode — and the other 46 players on the roster have a total of six playoff wins.SHOUTOUT: “That’s every team’s goal at the beginning of the season, to get into the dance Christian Covington Jersey , and we have climbed the mountain far enough to get into the playoffs. But our ultimate goals are still out there.” — Vinatieri. Take off your pants and jacket it’s SNOT time." Saturday Night Open Thread2019 Houston Texans OffseasonS.N.O.T.: 7/13/2019New,19commentsTake off your pants and jacket it’s SNOT time. CDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:S.N.O.T.: 7/13/2019TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty ImagesGOOD EVENING. I hope your summer is sweltering, you have been living out of doors, you have melted and have been reborn, and your heart, oh your heart, is scorched and torn, because getting your feelings hurt is all the summertime is good for?I’ve enjoyed mine so far, and here are somethings I’ve been enjoying lately. As the kids say, this stuff slaps. MIDSOMMAR (2019)I liked Hereditary the first time I saw it. I went into it newborn and bling, and spent the entire movie, confused and having no idea what in the world was happening, or what just happened. The second time I saw it, it was obvious what had happened. The movie was filled with little details. It was all spelled out. It was all out right there. That poor family man. They never had a chance. I understand why you hate Midsommar if you do. I really liked it. It was fun to watch, seeing gore and pagan cult worship contrasted with beautiful blue skies, fields of flowers, linen robes stitched with runes, is lovely. It was just nice to watch. The movie is definitely a mood. Sure Andre Hal Jersey , it may not get to where you think it was going to get to, and it may be slow at times, but damn, is it pretty, and does it make you feel weird. SILVER JEWS/PURPLE MOUNTAINSI’ve never heard of David Berman. I guess he was some indie rock man from the 1990s who wrote clever stream of consciousness lyrics, but was too much of a coward to play out, and then went on a ten year hiatus until coming back with a new album with a new band called Purple Mountains. Musically it all kind of sounds the same big fuzzy sweater indie rock. There really aren’t any choruses. But the writing it is great. A lot of it is devastating. I can’t stop thinking about this song. Also, he did an interview with The Washington Post while wearing a Tennessee Titans shirt. This man is my spirit animal. I’m mad nobody told me about him before. VIRGINIA WOOLF NOVELSIn college I had to read Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? a play that isn’t about Virginia Woolf. I need to go back and watch that movie again. Elizabeth Taylor is horrifying. The play is about illusions or something, something I wish I never learned about, because once you do, it’s way too easy to zap yourself of all your self confidence while you drown in self doubt. But, I had never read any of Woolf’s novels. Usually I’ll spend every summer going through and reading every novel I can by one author until football comes pulling me back in. Last summer was Gerald Murnane. So far I read Mrs. Dalloway, a perfect summertime novel, even if you are one month late, The Lighthouse, which is fine, it just has too much exposition, and now I’m reading The Waves Greg Mancz Jersey , which is perfect if you love flowery stream of consciousness where you dream of being a tree and that sort of thing. I spent my Fourth of July gone off that Juul, getting my hamstrings sunburned, while reading this book six beers deep with some college friends, and it was beautiful and perfect, an experience I’ll never forget. If you haven’t read anything by her give it a shot. I’d read Mrs. Dalloway first. It’s cool how human beings have been suffering for the same problems all of the time. THIS ALBUMI don’t want to type out the name of this band in big and bold. It may make someone mad. I don’t know. But if you love loud and fast and melodic music listen to this album. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking and joyous. I can’t believe they pulled off a song that rivals Joyce Manor’s Falling in Love Again. RED DEAD REDEMPTION III had some disposable income last year so I bought a XBOX. I haven’t had one since like 2010. I haven’t really played video games since I played MVP Baseball 2005 once a day in like 2012. So I bought this machine to watch movies on and whatever. And I bought this game and it sat still in its plastic shrink wrap from December until July and now it’s ruined my life. I just like riding my horse and shooting my gun and running errands. Even the forests filled with trees and singing birds is the best nature simulator of all time. The story is cool too. I feel so bad for Arthur. Everything becomes so suffocating and claustrophobic. I’m dying to finish this game so I can move on with my life, and like, you know, write about Martinas Rankin’s starts at left guard last season. Anyways, that’s all I got for this evening. 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