A Saturday doubles opening for the NFL’s 18th season finale: The Kansas City captain at the Denver Broncos (4:15 p.m. ET) followed by the Dallas Cowboys at the Philadelphia Eagles (8 p.m.), both of available to watch on ESPN, ABC, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes.
The captain, with a win, will have a chance at the AFC’s No. 1 seed, and the Cowboys, also with a win, could improve their playoff position.
Coverage kicks off with “NFL Countdown: Special Edition” at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN and ABC, where quarterback Patrick Mahomes sits down with former teammate and current ESPN analyst Alex Smith, while head quarterback Patrick Mahomes sits down with former teammate and current ESPN analyst Alex Smith. Eagles defender Jalen Hurts does the same with Steve Young live from Denver.
Here’s what you need to know about both matches, via the Associated Press:
Kansas City (May 11) in Denver (September 7)
KC will take the AFC No. 1 spot with one win and one loss to Tennessee. The first part will be a bit tough as the Chiefs have won 12 games in a row against Denver. Also helping: coach Andy Reid is 35-6 ahead of qualifying opponents since 2015 and the captains have won six consecutive AFC West titles; QB Patrick Mahomes was the 12-0 starter in the road squad game.
With the departure of Teddy Bridgewater, Drew Lock is heading for a fourth game in a row without an intercept. He took the top spot in the league last year with 15 interceptions and 18 passes overall.
Head of players to see
Chris Jones’s team had their third game with at least two bags in a last-second loss in Cincinnati last week. If he can pressure Drew Lock, that will make things much easier for a defensive pass that was broken by Joe Burrow last week.
Broncos players to watch
S Justin Simmons is one of only three players (Quandre Diggs and JC Jackson) to have five or more interceptions in each of the last two seasons. He was eliminated for the Pro Bowl but is wrapping up his best season yet.
The Broncos ran back Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams against the Chiefs’ running defense. Williams ran 102 yards against the Chiefs last month in Gordon’s absence. Gordon hit 131 yards in his final game against the Chiefs, in 2020. Though the duo were slowed by the Raiders and Chargers, Gordon and Williams combined 2,170 shots and 16 touchdowns in this season.
Dallas (May 11) in Philadelphia (July 9)
Two more major competitors are involved, but this matchup has had little impact. Both are in the post-season, Dallas as NFC East winners. The Eagles have also been affected by a COVID-19 outbreak.
The Eagles have not beaten a currently all-win record, but have turned their season around as they focus on the game. They are 41 yards from the franchise’s rush record of 2,607, set in 1949 during a 12-game season.
Micah Parsons is the Cowboys’ dynamic rookie also on the reserve/COVID-19 roster.
Cowboy players to see
Dalton Schultz is now the second Dallas player to have at least 70 starts in a season. Jason Witten, who leads the club’s career in catches, pitches and games, has had nine such seasons. Schultz has been targeted for a 10-time top-flight with six catches in 54 yards against the Cardinals. While the overall offensive production doesn’t show it, Dallas proved more effective when Schultz had a prominent role.
Eagles to see
Rookie TE Tyree Jackson. A college quarterback in Buffalo, Jackson was a favorite project of Eagles employees. They took him along slowly, activating him in just eight games, with no catch. But with two other tight finishes, Dallas Goedert and Jack Stoll, on the sub/COVID-19 roster as the weekend approaches and the game essentially meaningless in terms of the Eagles playoff seed, this could be the The week that fans saw Jackson heralded sports in action.
Assuming the starters play a key role, the key matchup for the Eagles has always been their offensive line, which fuels the league’s top pounding attack, against seven fronts of the Eagles. other team. Dallas has seven formidable fronts, even though it’s only 15th in the race, and dynamic rookie sideline/fielder Micah Parsons was on the reserve/COVID-19 roster Wednesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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