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04:40  12 january  2019
04:40  12 january  2019 Source:   yardbarker.com

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While there’s still plenty of football left, the contenders and pretenders are starting to take firm shape. With that in mind, we also have a pretty good idea of which players need to “put up” or “shut up” heading toward the end of 2018. Here’s a list of the 10 players facing the most pressure in the

Divisional Round Rankings. Thursday, January 10 , 2019. Because of that, I wouldn’t focus too much on the arbitrary player ranking as opposed to the Despite Dallas limiting high-ceiling games, they did allow 17 or more passing points to three of the past five starting quarterbacks they’ve faced .

10 players facing the most pressure in Divisional Round© Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports As the Divisional Round plays out this weekend, four teams will be eliminated from the race to the Super Bowl. With this being the case, multiple NFL players will be under pressure to bring their best efforts to the field.

Outside of playoff advancement, a solid performance this weekend could make all of the difference when it comes to players seeking new contracts or extensions.

We have therefore put the spotlight on 10 players facing the most pressure in the Divisional Round.

Dak Prescott, quarterback, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have not gotten past the Divisional Round of the playoffs since the 1995 season when Troy Aikman led the team to a Super Bowl victory. So yes, the pressure will be on Prescott not to blow it when the Cowboys head to Los Angeles to face the Rams. On top of attempting to advance to the NFC Championship Game, Prescott is playing to potentially ink a nice, juicy contract extension for 2019. Currently, he is slated to earn a mere $720,000 next season. The farther he can take the Cowboys in the postseason, the better the chances are that Prescott earns big-boy money in 2019.

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1 of 10 . John Bazemore/Associated Press . In the 2011 draft, the Atlanta Falcons gave up five draft picks, including two in the first round , to move up to the sixth overall pick, where they selected That means running back CJ Spiller is now the player on the Bills with the most pressure on him in 2014.

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Marcus Peters, cornerback, Los Angeles Rams

Peters has had his ups and downs this season on his new team. More than fans would like to have seen, Peters has been literally destroyed in coverage by some of the league’s top wideouts (like this). As such, the All-Pro corner will need to deliver his A-game when he faces Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper. Cooper has made some tremendous plays this season, and he is hot coming off of a Wild Card Weekend performance that saw him average 15 yards per catch. This ever-so-important playoff game for the Rams could easily get away from them if Peters does not mind his manners or keep a clear head in the game.

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Mark Ingram, running back, New Orleans Saints

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January 10 at 11:21 AM. Eight NFL teams will battle Saturday and Sunday for a spot in the conference championship games. In these situations, the home favorite has a 19-30 record against the spread in divisional postseason matchups, indicating we can expect one or two upsets this weekend.

Learn more . You're viewing YouTube in Russian. You can change this preference below. The New York Jets and Cleveland Browns faced off in a battle of endurance in the 1986 AFC Divisional Round as the two teams went to double overtime in what is still one of the longest NFL games ever played .

Ingram should be feeling a little hot under the collar heading into the Divisional Round. He is finishing his contract year with the Saints and would presumably enjoy signing in 2019 with one of the league’s top contending franchises. Unfortunately, Ingram’s numbers took a bit of a dip overall this year, and he has at times played second fiddle to sophomore running back Alvin Kamara. Ingram is also 29 years of age. A grand finish to his season, starting this Sunday, is a must.

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Keenan Allen, wide receiver, Los Angeles Chargers

For the Chargers to pull off a victory against a talented New England Patriots team, Allen needs to be on the same page as quarterback Phillip Rivers. On top of this, Allen will need to beat the likes of cornerback Stephon Gilmore in coverage. Gilmore is coming off of a Pro-Bowl campaign after snagging two interceptions, defending a career-best 20 passes and tallying 45 combined tackles. Allen is sure to be an X-factor when neither he or fellow wideout Mike Williams can afford to drop the ball.

Predicting studs and duds for the Divisional Round

Predicting studs and duds for the Divisional Round With NFL Wild Card Weekend on the books, the focus shifts to the Divisional Round taking place this Saturday and Sunday. In the AFC, the Chiefs will host a red-hot Andrew Luck, whose offense is playing lights-out. Meanwhile, veteran quarterback greats Tom Brady and Philip Rivers square off in Foxborough. Over in the NFC the Eagles are taking on Drew Brees in the Dome while the Cowboys hit the road and will attempt to put the Rams to rest for the year. With some NFL players destined to shine and others slated to disappoint, we present our stud and dud predictions for the Divisional Round.

The divisional round is over, and the conference championship games are set! The former NFL journeyman has emerged as a bona fide every-down back and helped New England field one of the most successful rushing offenses in the league over the back half of the season.

The Chargers' philosophy of getting as much pressure as possible will not change this week. They did a great job of that last week against Jackson, recording seven sacks despite rushing five or more only four times In last year's game, they did rush five or more on 10 plays and sacked Brady three times.

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Nick Foles, quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles

Foles enters the Divisional Round with the pressure to beat a high-rolling Saints team playing in the Superdome. This in itself is daunting task. Plus, Foles and the Eagles barely advanced in the playoffs and won by way of a Bears failed field goal. That game saw Foles throw two awful interceptions — including this one in the end zone — and complete 62.5 percent of his passes. Beyond the playoffs, Foles’ upcoming performance surely has some impact on his role with either the Eagles or another franchise in 2019. The 29-year-old quarterback has the choice to opt out of his contract in search of a starting job in 2019.

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Rob Gronkowski, tight end, New England Patriots

Gronk may be on his last legs this season. While he wants to restructure his current contract with the Patriots, retirement is likely on his mind as well. A fantastic turnout in this crucial playoff game for Gronk could see the tight end wanting to stick around next season. Plus, Gronkowski is a game-changer. If he has one of his signature ball-spiking performances, he could certainly help the Patriots advance. If anything, a big performance would help erase the fact that Gronkowski racked up only 45 yards and zero touchdowns over his last three games.

NFL picks: Divisional round

NFL picks: Divisional round Here's a look at our NFL divisional round picks against the spread as of Tuesday, Jan. 8. Lines are from Pinnacle Sports. Wild-card round picks went 1-3, and picks are 130-125-4 overall this season. Chiefs -5.0 vs. Colts Chiefs fans seem to be frightened by this game, though it's unclear if that's due to the team's recent playoff blunders, Andy Reid's playoff history or the Colts. Indianapolis is a formidable foe, winning 10 of its last 11 games, but the Colts haven't beaten a team close to K.C.'s strength during that stretch. In fact, the Colts have had the eighth-easiest schedule, and the Chiefs were the first team in NFL history to score at least 26 points in every game.

Here’s a ranking of the QBs who have the most pressure on them and why. The former No. 1 overall pick has completed 26 of his last 28 pass attempts and until Kaepernick proves he’s the better player , Smith will be waiting to take his job Baker Fined Over $ 10 K for TD Celebration vs. Bengals.

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Jared Goff, quarterback, Los Angeles Rams

Every now and then Goff puts up a stinker which could potentially happen against a stout Cowboys defense. He will be under the spotlight in his home stadium when nearly 30 percent of the clamoring crowd will be Cowboys fans. This will mark Goff’s second career playoff game, and he will attempt to put on a better performance than he did when the Rams fell to the Atlanta Falcons last year. It is also worth noting that the Cowboys gave up only 20.3 points on average per tilt in 2018. Goff will have his work cut out.

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Brandon Graham, defensive end, Philadelphia Eagles

As the Eagles fight to make the next round of playoffs, Graham will need to step up. Not only is the team trying to make it to another Super Bowl, but Graham is playing out his contract year. He is coming off a 2018 season in which he managed just four sacks compared to the 9.5 accomplished in his previous season. A splashy race to the finish for Graham — who could be playing his final postseason game against a heavily favored Saints — could make all the difference.

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Sammy Watkins, wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs took an expensive flier when they signed this injury-prone receiver to a three-year, $48 million deal. Sure enough, Watkins missed six games due to various ailments. To rectify some buyer’s remorse his Chiefs may be feeling, Watkins showing up to game day this Saturday healthy and ready to contribute to his fullest is important. The 25-year-old receiver has averaged just 51.9 yards per game and has scored only three times.

Moment of silence for Chargers DL Brandon Mebane

Moment of silence for Chargers DL Brandon Mebane The daughter of Chargers defensive lineman Brandon Mebane was remembered before Los Angeles' playoff game against the New England Patriots. The Patriots asked fans to stand and observe a moment of silence for Makenna Mebane, who died on Jan. 3 at the age of 7 weeks. She was born with a rare genetic condition known as Trisomy 13 that causes delays in development and affects several organs. Brandon Mebane had missed five of the past seven games, including last week's wild-card game at Baltimore, to be with his family. He was active for Sunday's divisional playoff round game at New England.

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Divisional Round Rankings Jan 10 . Coaching Carousel: Last Call Jan 10 . Dallas is an intriguing Divisional Round upset pick as a run-based team facing a Rams defense that has been rocked for 4.88 yards per carry and the NFL’s tenth- most TDs (16) by enemy backs under DC Wade Phillips

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Sony Michel, running back, New England Patriots

Michel has found the end zone only twice since Week 7. And he last rushed for just 3.6 yards per carry in his Week 17 performance against the New York Jets. Hopefully, the Michel who dominated early this season surfaces as the Patriots attempt to advance in the playoffs. The team is going to need to rely on the run game some as it attempts to dominate the clock against the Chargers. It’s important for the rookie to finish on a high note, considering he was a first-round pick.

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