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NFL Week 17 Recap | Move The Sticks

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>> WHAT'S UP, EVERYBODY, WELCOME TO "MOVE THE STICKS."
D.J., BUCKY, RHETT TOGETHER HERE AS WE INCH OF HER CLOSER TOWARDS
THE POSTSEASON, GUYS. WE HAVE SO MUCH TO GET TO TODAY
BUT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO, INCLUDING AT THE END OF THE SHOW
WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A PEEK AT WHAT WE SAW IN THE COLLEGE
FOOTBALL SEMIFINAL GAMES AND BREAK THAT DOWN, BUT LOOK, WE
GOT TO START HERE WITH THREE GAMES THAT IMPACTED — GO AHEAD,
RHETT — >> HOLD THE PHONE HERE.
HOLD THE PHONE HERE. YOU CAN'T JUST — YOU CAN'T JUST
START THE SHOW AND GLOSS OVER THE FACT THAT YOU AND MONEY AND
NJD HAD A BATTLE ROYALE FOR THE HOME RADIO BOOTH INSIDE STILL
SoFi STADIUM.

I NEED TO KNOW WON THAT BATTLE.
I DON'T CARE WHAT HAPPENED IN THE GAMES.
I DO NOT CARE WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT GAME.
WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS WON THAT BATTLE AND HOW WAS IT WON.
THAT'S WITH THE SHOW NEEDS TO BE ABOUT.
>> SO IF YOU'VE SEEN THE IMAGE ONLINE OF JAMAL ADAMS SWIPING
HIS KEY CARD AND TRYING TO GET INTO THE JETS FACILITY ON THE
DOOR NOT OPENING, THAT WAS NJD AT HOME RADIO BOOTH.
THAT PASSWORD IS NO LONGER ACCEPTED.
HE WAS A VISITOR. HE WAS A VISITOR FOR THE DAY.
>> OKAY. >> THAT'S KIND OF THE GAME WENT
AS WELL. KIND OF FOR THE GAME WENT AS
WELL. >> [LAUGHS]
OF CURRENTLY SoFi STADIUM LONGS TO THE L.A.

CHARGERS.
WAS HE CORDIAL ABOUT IT OR DID HE GET A LITTLE — WHERE THERE
SOME TENSE MOMENTS? >> HAVE UNBELIEVABLE THEATER
CANDY. BUCKY KNOWS.
WE WERE UP THERE TOGETHER EARLY. THAT BOX THEATER CANDY, AND I
WANT TO SAY — I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS M&MS THAT WE HAD EARLY IN
THE DAY, BUT HE HAD SOME GOOD — SOME THEATER CANDY, HE WAS IN A
GREAT MOOD. THE RAMS SEASON KIND OF GETTING
AWAY FROM HIM, DIDN'T LET THAT IMPACT OVERALL.
CAN I GET BACK TO THE GAMES NOW? >> YOU CAN GET BACK.
I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY ENDED UP OKAY.
YOU, YEAH, GO AHEAD. >> I DID POST A PICTURE IN CASE
YOU MISSED IT. BIG THREE HERE AGAIN.
THESE TEAMS COMING AND HAD A NUMBER ONE SHOT IN THE NFC.
THESE GAMES WERE VERY IMPACTFUL AND SOME INTERESTING TAKEAWAYS
HERE, STARTING WITH SAINT-EAGLES.
BUCK, THIS IS AN EAGLES TEAM THAT HASN'T CLINCHED ANYTHING,
INCLUDING THE DIVISION AT THIS POINT OF TIME.
THEY ARE IN THE SEASON BUT OTHER GOT TO DO IS WON ONE OF THE LAST
COUPLE GAMES BUT THEY ARE DOING IT WITHOUT JALEN HURTS AND IT
LOOKS LIKE THE MORE WE SEE OF MINSHEW — WELL, I WILL LEAVE
THAT TAKE TO YOU.

>> YOU ARE RIGHT, THE MORE WE
SEE OF MINSHEW THE REAL MINSHEW EVENTUALLY SHOWS UP THAT IS WHAT
HAPPENED WITH THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES.
GARDNER MINSHEW IS SHOWING UP. GARDNER MINSHEW IS WHAT WE CALL
A SUPER SUB. HE IS NICE AND SMALL DOSES BUT
THE MORE HE PLAYS, THE HARDER IT GETS FOR THE OFFENSE TO CONTINUE
TO GENERATE THE BIG PLAYS. BECAUSE WHAT WE HAVE IS A GUY
WHO HAS ADEQUATE ARM TALENT, BUT HE DOESN'T HAVE THE PLAYMAKING
ABILITY OF A STARTER. AND SO WITHOUT THE ABILITY TO
STRETCH THE FIELD AND WITHOUT THE ATHLETICISM TO RUN LIKE
JALEN HURTS, THIS OFFENSE SPUTTERED AND STALLED.
THEY GOT SHUT OUT IN THE FIRST HALF.
WOULDN'T REALLY MOVE THE BALL AND OUTSIDE OF A BIG PLAY TO
A.J. BROWN, THIS EAGLES OFFENSE LOOKED NOTHING LIKE THE OFFENSE
THAT HAS DOMINATED THE LEAGUE FOR THE BETTER PART OF THE
SEASON.

IF ANYTHING, WHAT WE LEARNED IS
GARDNER MINSHEW AS A BACKUP QUARTERBACK IN THIS TEAM REALLY
NEEDS JALEN HURTS TO COME BACK TO REALLY CONTINUE TO HAVE ANY
OF THOSE SUPER BOWL ASPIRATIONS THAT WERE BEGINNING TO FEEL AND
BUBBLE UP IN THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE.
>> DOES JALEN HURTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS GAME?
I WILL BE SO.

BUT I THOUGHT MAYBE THE BIGGEST
DIFFERENCE MAKER OVERALL WAS THE RETURN OF MARSHON LATTIMORE TO
THE SAINTS DEFENSE. BACK I MISSED TEN GAMES, COMES
BACK AND IT HAD TO DEAL WITH ARGUED WITH THE BEST
WIDE RECEIVER DUO IN THE LEAGUE IN A.J. BROWN AND DEVONTA SMITH
AND HOLDS UP MORE THAN ADEQUATELY.
BEASLEY HAS THE PICK SIX HERE THAT YOU ARE SEEING, BUT I
THOUGHT HE WAS FANTASTIC IN COVERAGE.
IN FACT, ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACE THAT HE HAD WAS ACTUALLY
ONE OF THE FOUR CATCHES HE ALLOWED IN THIS GAME, THIRD DOWN
PLAY, LIKE A STOP AND GO COME BACK FROM SMITH, WHICH IS ANY DB
WILL TELL YOU, IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT THINGS TO COVER
IF YOU'VE GOT TO DEAL WITH IT IN MAN-TO-MAN IN A WAY THAT MARSHON
LATTIMORE CAN CHANGE SPEED, ACCELERATE, AND THEN THROTTLE
DOWN TO COME BACK AND SIT ON THAT COME BACK.

IT WAS ONE OF THE REALLY, REALLY GOOD THROWS BY GARDNER MINSHEW
IN THAT GAME AND THE ONLY REASON IT WAS COMPLETED.
BUT WHETHER IT WAS SMITH OR A.J. BROWN, HE LET A COUPLE OF
CATCHES GO BY VERSUS 81H IT WAS JUST A LITTLE BIT TOO PHYSICAL
WITH HIM BUT FOR A DUDE THAT HASN'T PLAYED IN MORE THAN TWO
MONTHS TO COME IN AND SHOW THAT HE WAS THE MOST DOMINANT
DEFENDER IN A SECONDARY FOR EITHER TEAM, I THOUGHT THAT WAS
PRETTY SPECIAL AND IT KIND OF LEADS YOU TO THINK ABOUT WHAT
MIGHT HAVE BEEN FOR THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS THIS YEAR.
A NUMBER OF MASSIVELY IMPACTFUL INJURIES THAT WERE SUBSTANTIAL
ENOUGH TO BE GONE FOR MORE THAN TWO MONTHS.
ABOUT MICHAEL THOMAS AGAIN MISSING THE MAJORITY OF THE
SEASON. MARSHON LATTIMORE AGAIN.
INJURIES ALONG THE OFFENSIVE LINE FOR THE SAINTS AND YOU FOR
ALL THAT TOGETHER, IF THEY COULD BE A BIT MORE HEALTHIER, YEAH,
MAYBE ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THEM AS A REALISTIC PLAYOFF TEAM, BUT
THEY STILL GOT NO SOLUTION A COURT OF IT, WHICH IS LAVISHLY
SOMETHING THAT GET TO HEAR THIS OFF-SEASON.

>> NO DOUBT. I THINK THOSE ARE THE TWO BIG
THINGS. YOU JUST TOUCHED HIM OF
QUARTERBACK FUTURE OF THE SAINTS, THE QUARTERBACK PRESENT
AS BUCKY WAS HITTING WITH JALEN HURTS NATIVE TO GET BACK FOR THE
EAGLES TEAM, TWO BIG TAKEAWAYS BUT ONE THING I DON'T WANT TO
GET LOST IN HIS EAGLES SEASON IS I WAS LOOKING UP SOME OF THESE
NUMBERS, HAVE YOU SEEN WITH THEIR PASS RUSHERS DONE THIS
YEAR. IF GOT FOUR GUYS RIGHT NOW 11 OR
MORE SACKS. THAT IS RIDICULOUS.
THEY'VE GOT A CHANCE TO BREAK THE ALL-TIME RECORD.
I KNOW PEOPLE LOOK AND SAY 17 GAMES VERSUS 16 GAMES.
THEY ARE FIVE SHY OF BREAKING THAT '84 BEARS TEAM RECORD BUT
THE MOSTLY SEEN IN THE SEASON SINCE 1989 AS WE SET RIGHT NOW
HAVING PLAYED 16 GAMES.

THIS PASS RUSH HAS BEEN BIG
TIME, 68 SACKS ON THE YEAR, 16 MORE THAN THE NEXT CLOSEST TEAM
WHICH I BELIEVE IS THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, SO THIS
PASS RUSH IS READY TO GO. THEY NEED TO GET JALEN HURTS
BACK BUT IF THEY CAN, WE TALK ABOUT THIS FORMULA ALL THE TIME
ON OUR SHOW, GREAT QUARTERBACK PLAY AND A BIG TIME PASS RUSH,
IF YOU GET JALEN HURTS BACK AND HE CAN PLAY THE LEVEL HE'S
PLAYED, THE PASS RUSHERS READY TO GO.
SIX SACKS IN A ROW, SIX SACKS AND FIVE PLUS GAMES IN A ROW,
IT'S RIDICULOUS WHAT THEY'RE DOING.
IT'S A GOOD GROUP UP FRONT AND WITH JEREMIAH WASHBURN TRACY
WALKER THERE, NICE JOB COACHING THAT GROUP UP AS WELL.

LET'S MOVE ONTO THE NEXT ONE HERE, MINORS-RAIDERS.
THIS IS A NINERS TEAM REALLY PLAYING THE HOME GAME ON THE
ROAD IN VEGAS. IT WAS PACKED WITH RED THERE,
49er FANS OF THE NINERS STILL HAVE A SHOT AT THIS NUMBER ONE
OVERALL SEED. THERE WAS A PLAYER IN THIS GAME
I THOUGHT STOOD OUT ABOVE ALL ALL THE REST OF HIS NAME WAS
CHRISTIAN McCAFFREY. >> ABSOLUTELY.
HE IS THE X FACTOR FOR THE 49ers, AND WHEN THE NINERS
MADE THIS TRADE AT THE TRADE DEADLINE, WE WONDERED HOW WOULD
THEY USE THEM, HOW WOULD HE BE FEATURED IN WHAT KYLE SHANAHAN
DID WAS IT KIND OF STRANGLED WOMEN, DIDN'T REALLY OVERUSE
HIM, BUT NOW WE ARE BEGINNING TO SEE ESTHER McCAFFREY IN THE
ROLE THAT HE WILL PLAY.

TALK ABOUT 193 SKIRMISH CHARTS,
RUSHING TD. HE HAS THE ABILITY TO CREATE SO
MANY MISMATCHES FOR THIS OFFENSE BUT IT'S GOING TO BE SCARY TO
WATCH WHEN THEY GET DEEBO SAMUEL BACK INTO THE FOLD, GEORGE
KITTLE, BRANDON AIYUK EMERGING AS A THOUSAND YARD RECEIVER.
THIS IS A TEAM THAT IS CRAZY TALENTED AND BECAUSE OF THAT,
LOOK, THEY ARE A SCARY TEAM TO FACE AND BECAUSE THE
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES HAVE LEFT THE DOOR OPEN FOR THEM TO MAYBE
GET THE NUMBER 1 SEED, I'M BEGINNING TO THINK ABOUT
PENCILING IN THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ers FOR ANOTHER SUPER BOWL
APPEARANCE BECAUSE OFFENSIVELY THEY HAVE EVERYTHING YOU COULD
HOPE FOR IS THE PERIMETER SKILL PLAYERS.
>> WELL, YOU LOOK AT THE OTHER SIDE OF HIS GAME, A LOT OF EYES
ON JARRETT STIDHAM, PEOPLE SAYING WHAT'S THIS GOING TO LOOK
LIKE, DID THEY JUST BE THREE ON THE SEASON.

JARRETT STIDHAM GOES OUT THERE AND LIKES IT UP IN TERMS OF
GETTING BIG PLACED ON THE FIELD. THREE HUNTER 65 YARDS, YOU SEE
THE NUMBERS THERE, THREE TOUCHDOWNS, TWO PICKS.
WHAT YOU'RE WATCHING THE GAME AND WHEN YOU EVALUATE HIM
SPECIFICALLY, I'M WATCHING THIS GOING OKAY, HE'S GETTING THE
BALL VERTICAL, THE PLAY ACTION GAME, HE'S VERY COMFORTABLE AND
CONFIDENT IN. EVERYTHING WAS KIND OF LOOKING
EASY COMING OFF OF HIS HAND AND YOU LOOK AT THE WEAPONS THEY
HAVE. THEY HAVEN'T HAD THEM ALTOGETHER
ALL YEAR LONG WITH THE INJURIES THAT THEY'VE HAD BUT WHEN YOU
HAVE WALLER MAKING PLACED ON THE SCENE, THE BOND TO M'S MAKING,
HUNTER RENFROW BACK IN THE MIX, THERE'S A LOT TO WORK WITH A
MAJESTIC IS BEHIND YOU AND YOU SAW THIS OFFENSE PUT UP OVER 30
POINTS. IT'S KIND OF WHAT WE ENVISIONED
AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON. IT DIDN'T ALL HAPPEN AND IT
DIDN'T HAPPEN WITH DEREK CARR BUT JARRETT STIDHAM, THAT'S A
GOOD PERFORMANCE FROM HIM. I GO BACK AND I LOOK, RHETT, AT
HIS COLLEGE REPORT, I LOOK AT SOME OF MY NUGGETS.

HE WAS IN THE GONE THERE IN COLLEGE AT AUBURN, A GREAT
ATHLETE, YOU CAN REALLY DRIVE THE FOOTBALL.
HE MISSED SOME LAUGHS, THAT WAS A KNOCK ON HIM, BUT HE'S UNDER
CONSTANT PRESSURE AND I THINK EVEN FROM A SCOUTING STANDPOINT
THERE IS SOMETHING TO TAKE AWAY FROM THESE COLLEGE PLAYERS AT
THAT POSITION THAT HAVE FACED KIND OF A HOSTILE POCKET AND
DIRTY POCKET AND HAD TO MAKE IT WORK.
THAT'S A KEY TRAIT YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE IT THE UNAVAILABLE.
SO MANY OF THESE GUYS COMING TO THE LEAGUE OF PLAYED ON PREMIER
PROGRAMS WITH BETTER PLAYERS THAT WERE THERE PLAYING AGAINST.
JARRETT STIDHAM LEFT US NOT KNOCKED OUT OF HIM AT AUBURN IN
HIS LAST YEAR AND I THOUGHT YOU SAW HIM YESTERDAY HANG IN THERE,
HANG IN THERE TOUGH AGAINST SOME PRESSURE HE WAS UNDER.

>> SOME PRESSURE? TALKING ABOUT THE BEST DEFENSE
IN FOOTBALL RIGHT HERE IN THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ers.
>> ALL GAME LONG. PUT UP 30 PLUS.
>> AND LOOK, I THINK YOU'VE GOT A HAT TIP TO THE RAIDERS
OFFENSIVE LINE, WHO DID NOT ALLOW A SACK IN THIS GAME AND I
THINK A LOT OF THAT COMES ON STIDHAM TOO GETTING THE BALL OUT
OF HIS HANDS. HE TOOK SEVEN HITS GOT THEM BALL
MOVING A COUPLE OF TIMES. WAS THERE GAME IN THE NFL THIS
WEEK THAT BETTER DESCRIBED THE IMPORTANCE OF FIT WITH
QUARTERBACK AND SCHEME AND PLAY CALLING?
TALKING BUT JARRETT STIDHAM FOR THE RAIDERS, WHO OBVIOUSLY HAS
FAMILIARITY WITH JOSH McDANIELS AND THEIR TIME
TOGETHER WITH NEW ENGLAND. AND THEN YOUR TALK ABOUT BROCK
PURDY, WHO JUST SEEMS TO BE LIKE JUST THE PERFECT FIT FOR KYLE
SHANAHAN AND WHAT HE WANTS TO DO OFFENSIVELY.

SO FOR BOTH OF THOSE GUYS, LET'S GO BACK TO STIDHAM HERE.
REMEMBER HIS JUNIOR YEAR AT AUBURN, AFTER THAT SEASON WE ARE
TALKING WITH HIM AS MAY THE LEADER OF THE PACK GOING INTO
CASH WHEN HE DECIDES TO COME BACK, WHERE LIKE MAN, THIS DUDE
MIGHT END UP BEING THE COLLEGE CARTA BACK IN FOOTBALL THIS
YEAR. HE HAD THAT BACK INJURY, THAT
WAS A LITTLE WEIRD. OUR MEMBER WANTED TO SEE HIM
THROW IT AROUND AT THE ACADEMY AHEAD OF HIS SENIOR YEAR AND HE
JUST WASN'T ABLE TO DO IT AND SO YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT MAYBE
PLAYS A PART INTO NOT HAVING THE SENIOR YEAR THAT MATCHED UP TO
THE JUNIOR YEAR THAT YOU WERE ALL EXPECTING, AND YOU KNOW, A
DAY TO PICK, D3 PICK FOR THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.
AND THEN FOR BROCK PURDY, YOU KNOW, I THINK WE WERE ALL LIKE
ALL RIGHT, HE'S MANAGING THIS GAME NICELY FOR KYLE SHANAHAN.
YOU KNOW, HE'S HANDING THE BALL AFTER CHRISTIAN McCAFFREY.

THEY ARE NOT ASKING HIM TO DO TOO MUCH, RIGHT, HE'S LIKE THE
JOYSTICK OR RIGHT, THAT YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT WITH KYLE SHANAHAN
BUT THIS IS A GAME WHERE THEY NEEDED HIM.
THEY WERE DOWN IN THIS GAME. HE NEEDS TO COME BACK.
HE PLAYS WELL WHEN THE LIGHTS OF THE BRIGHTEST, WHEN THE
RED LIGHT IS SHINING AND THEY ARE IN AN OVERTIME SITUATION AND
BROCK PURDY DOESN'T FLINCH. SO I THINK THERE'S A LOT TO BE
EXCITED ABOUT IS THIS TEAM MOVES TOWARDS THE POSTSEASON, BECAUSE
IT FELT LIKE MAYBE PEOPLE WERE WAITING FOR THE OTHER SHOE TO
DROP ON HIM AS YOU GUYS WERE TALKING ABOUT LIQUID MINSHEW,
HE'S A BACKUP, EVENTUALLY HE'S GOING TO SHOW HIS TRUE COLORS
BUT RIGHT NOW I FEEL PRETTY GOOD A FROM A 49ers FAN WATCHING
THE WEATHER BROCK PURDY ANSWERED THE BELL AGAINST THIS RAIDERS
TEAM AND ENGINEERED ANOTHER VICTORY FOR THIS 49ers TEAM.
>> YEAH, THE 49ers WERE REALLY MAKING THINGS HAPPEN.
YOU FIGURE GOSH, THE DEFENSE IS GOING TO CARRY THIS TEAM, THE
DEFENSE DIDN'T HAVE IT ON THE OFFENSE WAS ABLE TO OVERCOME IT.
ANOTHER TEAM COMING INTO THIS SHOT AT THE NUMBER ONE OVERALL
SEE DOES NOT HAVE A SHOT ANYMORE AND THAT IS THE
MINNESOTA VIKINGS, WHO GOT ABSOLUTELY BLASTED BY THE
GREEN BAY PACKERS AND AARON RODGERS, BUT TO ME, WHEN
YOU WATCHED THIS GAME, YOU GO BACK AND DIG INTO THE TIP, WITH
THE PACKERS WERE ABLE TO DO ON THE GROUND IS WHAT STOOD OUT TO
ME AND WE CAN PULL UP THE NUMBERS ON AARON JONES, LOOK HOW
PRODUCTIVE HE WAS, I THINK HE HAS THREE EXPLOSIVE RUNS.

WHEN YOU DIG INTO IT UNDER WATCH IT I THINK THE UNSUNG HERO FOR
THE PACKERS HIS MERCEDES LEWIS. HE'S 94 YEARS OLD, UNOFFICIALLY.
THE TIGHT END WHO FUNCTIONS AS AN EXTRA TACKLE.
WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE BIG RUN PLAYS OR EXPLOSIVE RUN PLACE, A
LOT OF TIMES IT'S MERCEDES LEWIS WHO IS CLEARING THE WAY AND
SHOWING ONCE AGAIN THAT, MAN, IF YOU CAN BLOCK AS A TIGHT END IN
THIS LEAGUE, THOSE GUYS ARE HARD TO FIND IN THEIR WEAPONS IN
THEIR OWN WAY.

>> THEY CERTAINLY ARE WEAPONS IN
THEIR OWN WAY AND LET ME SAY THIS IS A FORMER PACKER, I'M
REALLY EXCITED TO SEE THEM RUNNING THE FOOTBALL BECAUSE WE
TALKED ABOUT IT TIME AND TIME AGAIN, THE PACKERS NEED TO RUN
THE FOOTBALL BECAUSE THAT'S THEIR BEST CHANCE OF SUCCESS IN
THE POSTSEASON, PARTICULARLY WHEN THEY HAVE TO PLAY AT HOME
AND SO THEY WERE MORE DANGEROUS TEAM WHEN THEY CAN RUN THE BALL,
THEY'RE ALSO DANGEROUS WHEN AIRPLANE GOOD DEFENSE AND WHAT
WE SAW YESTERDAY, ALEXANDER MIGHT BE THAT GUY AT CORNER.

HE IS REALLY ONE OF A HANDFUL OF SHUTDOWN CORNERS THAT WE'VE SEEN
IN THE LEAGUE AND I KNOW WE LOOSELY THROW THAT TERM AROUND
WHEN WE'RE TALK ABOUT PROSPECTS. ALEXANDER BACKED UP HIS BIG TALK
WITH OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AGAINST JUSTIN JEFFERSON.
31 ROUTES AGAINST THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS HAD JUSTIN
JEFFERSON ON THE OUTSIDE AGAINST THE PACKERS.
ALEXANDER LINED UP OPPOSITE JUSTIN JEFFERSON ON 20 OF THOSE.
USING A VARIETY OF TACTICS, BUMP AND RUN, OFF, QUICK JAM, HE HAD
ONE CATCH, 15 YARDS. CONSIDERING THAT MY MAN ALMOST
PUT UP 200 ON THEM THE FIRST TIME THE PLAY, ALEXANDER SAID IT
WAS A FLUKE AND THEN HE BACKED IT UP BY SHOWCASING DYNAMIC
SKILLS ON THE PERIMETER.

IF THE PACKERS GET THIS KIND OF
PERFORMANCE ON THE OUTSIDE WHILE BEING ABLE TO GET THE PASS RUSH,
MIX IN SOME ZONE, THIS IS A TEAM THAT CAN PLAY THE KIND OF
COMPLEMENT OR FOOTBALL THAT COULD BE PROBLEMATIC AND BY THE
WAY, YOU STILL HAVE A QUARTERBACK WHO CAN PULL OFF AND
FINISH PERFORMANCE EVERY NOW AND THEN.
THE PACKERS MIGHT BE A LITTLE SCARY IF THEY ARE ABLE TO MAKE
IT INTO THE POSTSEASON. >> LOOK, I LOVE ALEXANDER AS
MUCH AS THE NEXT GUY.

HE NEEDED A LITTLE BIT OF HELP
OVER THE TOP WITH JUSTIN JEFFERSON.
A LITTLE BIT. A LITTLE BIT, YEAH.
LOOK, NOTHING WRONG WITH GETTING A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS
EVERY NOW AND THEN, RIGHT? SO TO THE VIKINGS, AGAIN, THIS
IS ONE OF THE SEEMS WERE WE ARE LIKE ALL RIGHT, EVERY GAME THEY
PLAY SEEMS TO BE CLOSE ON THEIR WINNING THE CLOSE GAMES AND YOU
SHOULD CREDIT THEM FOR THAT BUT FOR A TEAM THAT'S WON 12 GAMES,
THEY SURE DO GET BLOWN OUT A LOT, RIGHT?
YOU GO BACK TO WEEK 2, THEY GET BEAT 24-7 TO THE EAGLES —
THAT'S NOT A FULL ON BLOW UP BUT IT'S A GREAT PERFORMANCE.

THEY LOSE 40-3 TO THE DALLAS COWBOYS.
THEY WERE LOSING 33-0 OR WHATEVER IT WAS TO THE
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS IN THE FIRST HALF AND END UP MAKING
THAT RADICULAR SCUMBAG AND NOW THEY'RE DOWN, WHAT, 40-3 —
41-17 ENDS UP BEING THE FINAL SCORE.
HOW DO YOU WIN 12 GAMES, PLAY THIS MANY CLOSE GAMES AND WIN
THEM AND THEN JUST LAY ABSOLUTE EGGS IN SOME OF THESE?
I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU CAN GO INTO THE POSTSEASON FEELING GOOD
ABOUT A TEAM LIKE THIS THAT JUST HAS THAT AND HYDE CAPABILITY,
LIKE SO DRAMATICALLY. THIS TO ME FEELS LIKE A TEAM
THAT'S ONE AND DONE IN THE POSTSEASON.
AND IT'S HONESTLY GOING TO DEPEND ON MATCHUP BUT IF I'M
GOING IN THERE IS A WILD CARD TEAM TO U.S. BANK STADIUM, I'M
NOT GOING IN THERE SUPER ANXIOUS.
I'M GOING IN THERE CONFIDENT THAT WE CAN FIND A WAY TO BEAT
THESE DUDES. >> HOLD ON, D.J. —
>> I THINK YOU — >> RHETT MUST NOT BE AN MMA FAN,
BECAUSE MINNESOTA VIKINGS I LIKE UFC CHAMPION.

YOU EITHER SMOKE PEOPLE OR YOU GET SMOKED, BUT IT STILL DOESN'T
CHANGE ANYTHING. THAT'S WHAT THEY DO.
THEY EITHER KNOCK YOU OUT AND SUBMIT YOU OR THEY GET KNOCKED
OUT. THEY ARE UFC TEAM, THAT'S WHAT
THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS ARE SO I WOULDN'T WORRY ABOUT THEM, THEY
ARE EITHER GOING TO GET KNOCKED OUT OR SUBMIT SOMEBODY.
>> THAT'S A GREAT CALL, BUCK, BUT ON THE FACT OF — IS ANYBODY
REALLY NERVOUS OR SCARED TO GO IN THERE?
AND THE BLUEPRINT IS KIND OF OUT THERE.
WHETHER OR NOT YOU'VE GOT TO BUT ONE GUY, TWO GUYS, THREE GUYS ON
JUSTIN JEFFERSON, WHATEVER YOU'VE GOT TO DO TO TAKE HIM
AWAY AND THEN LET THE REST OF THIS TEAM SEE WHAT THEY'VE GOT
AND SEE IF KIRK COUSINS CAN MAKE IT WORK AND WIN FOR BOOKINGS
WITHOUT JUSTIN JEFFERSON GOING OFF AND WE KNOW WHAT TO GET ON
THE POSTSEASON TEAMS ARE GOING TO TAKE THE FIRST OPTION AWAY.

WHATEVER YOU'VE GOT TO DO, THAT'S WHAT YOU'VE GOT TO DO,
THAT'S THE BLUEPRINT AGAINST THIS FOOTBALL TEAM IN THE
GREEN BAY PACKERS DID IT AND BY THE WAY, AS WE KIND OF MOVE ON
HERE AND WE WILL GET A BREAK YOUR INTEREST TO SECOND, ONE
QUICK THOUGHT FOR BOTH OF YOU, STARTING WITH YOU.
AARON RODGERS GETTING A LITTLE BIT CHIPPY.
THIS TEAM STUNK. IT'S NOT LIKE WE WERE BLASTING
THEM WHEN THEY WERE 8-1 AND WE WEREN'T GIVING THEM THEIR DUE.

THEY WERE TERRIBLE. HE'S LIKE NOBODY'S TALKING —
NO, BECAUSE YOUR .500, CONGRATULATIONS, GUYS, YOU GOT
TO .500. YOU GET CRITICISM BECAUSE YOU
GUYS ARE PLAYING TERRIBLE. THAT'S WHY.
>> THIS IS GOING TO MAKE HIM BACK, BUT WHO HAVE THEY BEAT?
WHAT THEY KNOCKED OFF? WHAT HEAVYWEIGHT TEAM HAVE A
KNOCKED OFF AND WENT TO THE POSTSEASON?
THEY WILL GET IN AND BE GREAT FOR TV BECAUSE YOU GET TO SEE
AARON RODGERS BUT WHO ARE THEY REALLY KNOCKING OFF ON THIS
STREAK TO SO THEY MAKE IT IN, THEY MAY BACKDOOR BUT AT SOME
POINT HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO PLAY AND PERFORM AT A HIGH LEVEL.

RIGHT NOW EVERYBODY ELSE'S KIND OF CARRYING HIM ON THIS STRETCH.
>> YEAH, I AGREE. I'M LOOKING AT THE OPPONENTS
NOW, THEY BEAT THE BEARS, THE RAMS, THE DOLPHINS, AND YOU MAY
BE ARGUED THIS WIN AGAINST THE VIKINGS WAS THE MOST SUBSTANTIAL
OF THIS FOUR-GAME WIN STREAK, BUT THE PREVIOUS COUPLE OF
GAMES, YOU KNOW, THE LUST OF THE TITANS, THE LOSS TO THE EAGLES.
THEY PLAYED THE EAGLES CLOSE AND AGAIN.
THEY'VE BEATEN THE DASH I DON'T KNOW.
I WOULD FEEL MORE CONFIDENT IN THE GREEN BAY PACKERS THAT I AM
IN THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS.

I DON'T KNOW IF THAT TELLS YOU
MUCH, BUT IF WE'RE LOOKING AT THIS GAME —
>> JUST BEAT THEM 41-17, WAY TO GO OUT ON A LIMB THERE, WAY TO
PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE. SPEAKER YOUR TALK ABOUT A 12-4
FOOTBALL TEAM WITH THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS.
THEY DON'T GET THERE BY A FLUKE EITHER.
BUT THE WAY THEY'RE PLAYING, THEY ARE PEAKING AT THE RIGHT
TIME, I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE ON THAT.
>> ALL RIGHT.

I LOVE THIS, BY THE WAY.
AS EVERYBODY KNOWS OUR PRODUCER IS A HUGE PACKERS FAN.
YOU GET QUITE — QUIET THE CHURCH MOUSE WHEN YOU START ON
BUT THE PACKERS AND HOW UNDERWHELMING THEY ARE.
I CAN'T GET MORE "GO TO BREAK" IN MY EAR THAN I'VE GOT.
GO TO BREAK, STOP, STOP, NO MORE TALKING, GO TO BREAK, WRAP IT,
GET OUT. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A BREAK.
WE WILL BE BACK, WE'RE GOING TO HIT ON THE BUCS AND THE PANTHERS
AS WELL AS THAT SUNDAY NIGHT WORRIED WE WOULD GET TO THAT RIGHT AFTER THIS
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WE HAVE A CHAMPION IN A PRETTY
BAD DIVISION IN THE NFC SOUTH AND THAT CHAMPION IS THE
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS. THEY GET IT DONE 40-34, COMEBACK
WIN OR THE CAROLINA PANTHERS LED BY SAM DARNOLD.
THIS IS A PANTHERS TEAM, EARLY ON IN THIS GAME I'M THINKING THE
PAMPERS ARE ROLLING, THEY ARE GETTING READY TO KEEP THIS TRAIN
MOVING HERE AND THEN MAN, IT FELL APART QUICK.
>> IT DID FALL APART QUICKLY AND IT'S SAD BECAUSE WHEN YOU PICK
UP AT THE CAROLINA PANTHERS ON WHAT THEY WERE ABLE TO DO, THEY
REPAIRED SAM DARNOLD. SAM DARNOLD IS PLAYING SOME OF
THE BEST FOOTBALL WE'VE SEEN OF HIS BRIEF CAREER IN TERMS OF THE
WAY THEY WERE MANAGING, THE WAY THEY WERE DOING THINGS AND
RUNNING THE FOOTBALL BUT ULTIMATELY THE PAMPERS WERE
UNDONE BY THEIR SECONDARY A NUMBER ONE RULE OF THE SECONDARY
IS DON'T ALLOW THE BALL TO FLY OVER TOP OF THE DEFENSE.

IN GET IN THE FOURTH QUARTER NURSING A DOUBLE-DIGIT LEAD,
THEY LET THE BALL FLY OVER THE TOP OF THE DEFENSE, AND NOT ONLY
DID THEY COMMIT THE CARDINAL SIN OF LETTING IT WHILE THE TOP OF
THE DEFENSE, THEY LET THE BUCCANEERS BEST WIDE RECEIVER
GET BEHIND THEM, MIKE EVANS RUNNING GO ROUTES, DEEP BALLS.
THIS LOOKED LIKE A FLAG FOOTBALL GAME WHERE DISLIKE, JUST RUN AS
FAR AS YOU GO, I'M GOING TO THROW IT AS FAR I CAN AND GET
HOME AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I'M DID THE CAROLINA PANTHERS
TEAM THAT REALLY OUTPLAYED THE BUCCANEERS FOR THE BETTER PART
OF THE DAY. IT'S UNFORTUNATE, BUT HATS OFF
TO THE BUCCANEERS FOR FINDING THE WEAK LINK IN GOING BACK TO
THAT WEAK LINK OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
THE DEEP BALL SHOWED UP AND IT SHOWED UP IN A BIG WAY.
>> YEAH. I THINK THE CAROLINA PANTHERS
DESPERATELY MISSED JAYCEE HORN IN THIS GAME.
I THINK C.J. HENDERSON HAD HAD ENOUGH OF MIKE EVANS.
CERTAINLY. AND IT KIND OF BOTHERED ME.
IT WAS LESS COMPETITIVE THAN I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SEEN
FROM A GUY IN C.J.

HENDERSON WITH A GUY WHO PLAYED A GOOD —
GOT TREATED TO CAROLINA. JUST DIDN'T HAVE THAT COMPETE
THAT YOU LIKE TO SEE IN A MOMENT LIKE THIS, AND A GAME LIKE THIS,
IN A MATCHUP LIKE THAT WITH SO MUCH ON THE LINE FOR THE
PANTHERS FIGHTING FOR A POSSIBLE SHOT AT THE DIVISION IN WEEK 18.
JUST DIDN'T MATCH UP BUT WHAT DID MATCHUP FOR THE TAMPA BAY
BUCCANEERS WERE THE STARS COMING OUT AND THE REASON WE KEPT
WAITING AND WAITING AND SAYING MAYBE THIS IS THE GAME FOR THE
BUCS EVERY TIME THEY GONE — MAYBE THIS IS THE GAME IT KICKS
OFF THE STRETCH WHICH THEY'RE GOING TO START PUTTING THINGS
TOGETHER. IT'S BECAUSE THEY HAVE REALLY
DANG GOOD PLAYERS. TOM BRADY IS THE BEST IT'S
OVERDONE IT, MIKE EVANS IS ONE OF THE BEST WIDE RECEIVERS IN
THE GAME AND HAS BEEN HIS OLD CAREER AND THEY SHOWED YOU WHY
ON THAT DAY.

34-45 FOR TOM BRADY, 432 YARDS,
HE COMPLETES A TOUCHDOWN PASS TO MIKE EVANS FOR 63 YARDS IN THIS
GAME, WHICH WAS HIS LONGEST SINCE 2018, ON LONGEST IS A
BUCCANEER AND SO ALL THAT VERTICAL STUFF, ALL THAT UNDER
TEN YARDS STUFF THAT THEY'D BEEN LIVING ON FOR MUCH OF THE SEASON
IT WAS LIKE WE ARE HONORING BRUCE ARIANS, PUTTING HIS NAME
UP. WE BETTER RISK IT WITH A CHANCE
TO WIN THE NFC SOUTH TITLE AND IT REALLY SHOWED UP AND MIKE
EVANS GOING OVER 200, MAN, THAT WAS A VINTAGE PERFORMANCE WHEN
THEY NEEDED IT THE MOST AND BY THE WAY, I'M SO FIRED UP MY
HEADPHONES ARE FALLING OUT.

CHRIS GODWIN GOES FOR OVER 100
IN THIS GAME, COMES UP WITH THE BIG TWO-POINT CONVERSION AT THE
END. THIS WAS WHAT WE EXPECTED THEM
TO BE WHEN TOM BRADY CAME BACK AND GODWIN WAS FULLY HEALTHY.
EVANS WAS STILL THE SAME GUY, SO THAT WAS ENCOURAGING AND IF I'M
THE BUCS UNLIKE ALL RIGHT, STARTING TO FEEL THIS, THIS
VERSION OF OUR OFFENSE HERE AS WE MOVE TOWARDS THE POSTSEASON.
>> ALL RIGHT, I DON'T WANT TO COLD WATER ON THE —
>> COME ON! LET'S GO BACK — WHAT DO YOU SAY
THANKSGIVING? WHAT'S GO BACK TO GIVING.
THEY LOST TO A CLEVELAND BROWNS TEAM THAT STINKS, THEY BEAT THE
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, WHO ARE AVERAGE AS THE DAY IS LONG, BY
ONE POINT, 17-16. LOST A PLAYOFF TEAM, THE
49ers, DOORS BLOWN OFF, PLAYED A PLAYOFF TEAM IN CINCINNATI,
BLASTED, THEY BEAT IN OVERTIME IN ARIZONA CARDINALS TEAM THAT
IS PUTRID, THAT IS TERRIBLE. BEAT THEM IN OVERTIME BY 3 AND
THEY JUST BEAT A 6-WIN CAROLINA PANTHERS TEAM, HAD TO
COME BACK AND BEAT THEM BY SIX POINTS.

>> THERE BACK! >> THEY ARE GOING TO SEE THE
COWBOYS OR THE EAGLES, TWO TEAMS THAT CAN REALLY RUSH THE COURT
ABOUT, AND THEY ARE GOING TO BE ONE AND DONE.
I'M GLAD THAT THEY'VE GOT IT GOING LITTLE BIT HERE.
IF GOT A LITTLE MOJO AS THEY GO TO THE POSTSEASON BUT THEIR
OFFENSIVE LINE I STILL — THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO HOLD
UP TO GET THOSE DEEP SHOTS TO MIKE EVANS AGAINST THOSE TWO
FRONTS. I DON'T WANT TO BE THE BEARER OF
BAD NEWS, BUCK. >> I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE.
YOU ARE SQUARELY ON THE RADAR OF TOM BRADY'S OCEAN MEDIA TEAM AND
SO IF THEY WIN A GAME OR TWO, WE WILL SEE THIS PLAY BACK AS ONE
OF THE HEIGHT VIDEOS AS TOM BRADY IS GETTING READY TO GO
INTO THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS.

SO WELCOME.
WELCOME TO TOM BRADY'S SOCIAL MEDIA FAN CLUB!
[LAUGHS] >> I WILL TELL YOU RIGHT NOW,
TOM BRADY WANTS TO BLAST OUT "MOVE THE STICKS" ON ALL THE
SOCIAL CHANNELS, YOU KNOW, NO SUCH THING AS BAD PUBLICITY.
WE WILL TAKE IT HERE. LET'S GET TO THE STEELERS AND
THE RAVENS. RHETT, THIS WAS A GAME THAT
WASN'T PRETTY BUT AT THE END, MAN, MIKE TOMLIN, DEATH, TAXES,
AND MIKE TOMLIN NOT BEING UNDER .500, GUARANTEES IN LIFE.
>> YEAH, I MEAN, HOW COOL IS THAT BURIED THIS TEAM HAS BEEN
ON A RUN YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHERE THEY'VE BEEN THE LAST
COUPLE OF GAMES, JUST TO RUN THROUGH IT HERE REAL QUICK AFTER
THEY GET THIS WIN OVER THE RAVENS, EIGHT THE RAIDERS 1310,
BEAT THE PANTHERS 24-16, THE FALCONS, THE COLTS.
IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT TEAMS TO INSPIRE IN TERMS OF
OPPONENTS, THAT'S NOT THE MOST DAUNTING TASK AROUND, BUT THEY
DID GET PAST A DIVISION RIVAL IN THE BALTIMORE RAVENS HERE AT THE
RAVENS ARE FIGHTING TO STAY IN THE HUNT FOR THE DIVISION IN THE
AFC NORTH AND NOW LOSING SOME SERIOUS GROUND.

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