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If The Playoffs Started Today: David Johnson Became Jim Brown For One Night Edition

 

JohnsonArizona Cardinals rookie running back David Johnson torched the Philadelphia Eagles defense for over 200 yards from scrimmage.

Johnson will certainly be the apple of many fantasy football owners’ eyes in Week 16. However, the bigger issue is what Johnson can give the Cardinals.

Assuming Sunday wasn’t a one-off for Johnson, who earned the starting role in part due to a slew of injuries, his presence gives Arizona an added dimension to an already explosive team.

Honey Badger injury aside, the Cardinals are a more balanced team than Carolina.

Yeah, I said it.

However, will the Cardinals hold up by the time they reach a potential matchup with the Panthers in the NFC title game?

Quite possibly. Although, I’m not exactly convinced we’ll ever see that game.

AFC

#1 – New England Patriots  (AFC North champion, bye)

#2 – Cincinnati Bengals (AFC North champion, bye)

#3 – Denver Broncos (AFC West champion)

#4 – Houston Texans  (AFC South champion)

#5  – Kansas City Chiefs (Wild Card)

#6 –  Pittsburgh Steelers (Wild Card)

NFC

#1 –  Carolina Panthers  (NFC South champion, bye)

#2 – Arizona Cardinals (NFC West champion, bye)

#3 – Green Bay Packers (NFC North champion)

#4 – Washington Redskins (NFC East champion)

#5 – Minnesota Vikings (Wild Card)

#6 – Seattle Seahawks (Wild Card)

PROPOSED, FICTIONAL TV SCHEDULE

WILD CARD ROUND:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 @ 4:30PM – #5 Minnesota Vikings at #4 Washington Redskins (ESPN)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 @ 8:00PM – #6 Pittsburgh Steelers at #3 Denver Broncos (NBC)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 1:00PM – #5 Kansas City Chiefs at #4 Houston Texans (CBS)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 4:30PM – #5 Seattle Seahawks at #4 Washington Redskins (FOX)

DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 @ 4:30PM – DEN/HOU/KC at #2 Cincinnati (NBC)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 @ 8PM – GB/WAS/MIN at #2 Arizona (FOX)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 1PM – WAS/SEA/MIN at #1 Carolina (FOX)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 4:30PM – HOU/KC/PIT at #1 New England (CBS)

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