Through 36 games, the Washington Wizards have a record of 11-6 against teams that are .500 and above and 9-10 against teams that are below .500. It is somewhat easy to see how a team could be better against good teams over a small sample size, whether it be because key players happened to be injured against bad teams or out of simple randomness. But there’s often a narrative that emerges around playing down to one’s opponent. Is there any empirical reason to believe that that is a real phenomenon over the course of a full season?
We did beat them the first time, so to have all the confidence coming out of there is interesting, Jaguars DT Malik Jackson says. They got a bye week, so they’re probably feeling really confident. We’ll see Sunday.
Tennessee (10-7) at New England (13-3), Saturday
All the numbers favor the Patriots extending their record of consecutive title games reached to seven. They are, by far, the more experienced side: 14 Patriots players have played at least 10 playoff games. That’s more such players than the 11 other 2017 playoff teams combined (13). Tom Brady has a 6-1 career record against the Titans, throwing for 13 TDs and one interception. He’s 11-2 in 13 divisional-round games since 2002 and has completed 316 of 509 passes for 3,700 yards and 28 TDs in those games.
The Jaguars might be the real threat to the Patriots in the AFC, with the defense causing so many problems and Blake Bortles growing in confidence and efficiency. Their newness to the playoff party might, in fact, be an asset.
The Saints are consistent in how they beat teams, with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara providing the heartbeat that fuels both the offense and the defense. They need to avoid slow starts come playoff time, however.
But neither Saunders nor Mitchell appeared to foster his development in other areas of the game, be it passing, defending, especially in a team concept, or rebounding. They also seemed content to let him continuously default to his natural desire to Baseball Jerseys Wholesale pull-up inside the three point line for long jumpers.
Tom Thibodeau changed things up offensively last season, putting the ball in Wiggins’ hands on the perimeter, and asking him to run pick-and-rolls as the ball-handler (while NBA Jerseys For Sale sticking passing maestro Ricky Rubio in the corner for 2/3rds of the season.) That was not a huge success, as Wiggins posted a career high in usage, but did not show any consistent ability to make plays for others.