This weekend, the Divisional Playoff games will be played to determine which teams will go on to the Division Championship games next week. Here is a look at some of the key players for this weekend’s games.
Malcolm Butler – New England Patriots – Butler was the hero in the Patriots’ victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49. He stepped in to intercept a pass from Russell Wilson as the final seconds ticked off the clock to seal the win. Butler is a key player in the Patriots’ “bend don’t break” defensive scheme and they will need him to be at his very best throughout the playoffs to get to the Super Bowl. First, the Patriots have to beat the Texans. Butler will have to shut down the vertical threat from DeAndre Hopkins. There are more than two dozen items available at Steiner Sports commemorating Butler.
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers – The thing that makes Brown so dangerous is that he can beat you several different ways. He can go long and beat you deep with his speed. If you take away the deep threat, he can find openings in the seam and the middle of the field. If neither of those work, he can take a screen pass to the house. The Kansas City defense is an opportunistic squad that thrives on offensive mistakes. While the Steelers will try to get the ball into Brown’s hands as often as possible, they’ll need to spread the ball around to other receivers and do so flawlessly. Brown can’t do it alone, so who will step up this week? You’ll find Antonio Brown signed helmets and pictures at Steiner Sports.
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – Rodgers has been on an incredible tear since Thanksgiving, with 22 touchdowns and zero interceptions over eight games between the regular season and playoffs. He has 12 touchdowns over the last three games played. Rodgers has essentially put the team on his back and carried them to the post season after a rough 4-6 start. The Packers will have their hands full when they meet the Dallas Cowboys in the Division Playoffs. The Cowboys can stifle the run game but they can be beaten through the air. Rodgers will have to find a way to beat Dallas without his favorite receiver, Jordy Nelson. Check out the Rodgers signed football that Steiner Sports has available.
Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – Dak Prescott has enjoyed one of the better rookie seasons ever. However, it’s important to keep in mind that much of his success is tied to the success of Ezekiel Elliot in the run game. Green Bay can shut down the run but they can be beaten through the air (sound familiar?). Look for the Packers to force Prescott to beat them with the passing game. For some reason, I believe Prescott can do it. If he does, then Dallas could march all the way to the Super Bowl. Steiner Sports already has some Dak Prescott items available. The time to get them is now – before he becomes the Cowboys’ hero he is destined to be.
Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – Ryan has been one of the better quarterbacks for Fantasy Football in 2016. He is second overall in passing yards (4,944) and touchdowns (38), and he’s averaged 25.7 Fantasy points per game, good enough for third among quarterbacks. He’ll have difficulty beating a stifling defense like Seattle’s but they are vulnerable to the pass, and Ryan has the weapons to make the Seahawks pay for any mistake they make. Ryan will need to hook up with Julio Jones and at least one other receiver if he wants to win. Steiner Sports has a very cool signed helmet from Ryan available.
Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – If Seattle gets into a shootout with the Falcons, Wilson just might prevail despite what the odds makers say. The Seattle defense can smother the opposition, and the unit will need to do it if they expect to win. Wilson will have to attack with a balanced offense to keep Ryan and the Atlanta offense off the field Wilson will also have to try to eat clock as much as possible. Steiner Sports has a pair of cool liking signed mini-helmets from Russell Wilson available.