That’s the importance of his position in this defense. We are about to see the importance of the 3T/Buckner this weekend too... I’m not discrediting that or him. I know... I’m saying Blackmon has a very similar effect.
Correct. And we need to win that game because if we lose, it is highly unlikely we win the last 5, but I think it is likely they win at least 3 since they play Hou. Jax and a floundering Det. And they may even be favored against Cle. That leaves GB for them to upset to sweep into the playoffs and could make it very tough for us to get in at all with our tie breaker status. This is the more important than any further game this season. Win and our path to the playoffs is so much more wide open. But we will still likely need to win at least 3 games to get in unless TN craters somehow. Those tiebreakers are really going to challenge us in wildcard scenarios.
I could see Hou winning one against us, they usually do and they are on a major upswing. Their offense is no joke and they do not depend at all on the run so our run defense is less effective obviously. Pitt and the Raiders are also no joke and both games are away. This is a critical one if we hope to win the division. If we lose, finishing 9-7 is realistically still in play and I don't see TN losing 3 out of 5. In fact, I don't see them losing more than 2 of 5. If we win they'll likely have to win 4 of 5 or sweep to catch us for the division. I called the Raiders game as being key to make the playoffs and go 10-6 before the season started. With a loss, the desperate WC tie breaker situation, that is especially true. It's possible for a 10-6 team to miss the playoffs even with the extra team. Cleveland will almost surely get 10 wins with their easy finish. Baltimore is also likely. (Their divisional matchups are really favorable this time around). Then again maybe we'll sweep the season and get the #1 seed. Pitt still has to play 5 current playoff teams in their final 6 and KC has to play 3.
Just speculation as always, but that is the fun of a football message board. Go Colts!