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NFL Notebook: Brian Flores won't be unemployed for long

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January 15th, 2022

It’s playoff time in the National Football League! After the longest regular season in the history of the game, 12 teams will be in action over the next few days. Previews of three days of wild card action top this week’s NFL roundup.

AFC Doubleheader Set For Saturday

Fresh off of a dramatic victory over the Los Angeles Chargers that sent them to the playoffs, the Las Vegas Raiders will travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals in the first game of the day.

Sat, January 15 2022, 9:30 PM

CIN Bengals

Moneyline

-235

Spread

-6

Total

O 48.5

LV Raiders

Moneyline

+188

Spread

+6

Total

U 48.5

A few hours later, the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots will face off for the third time this season, and they’ll do so in single-digit temperatures with a sub-zero wind chill.

Sun, January 16 2022, 1:15 AM

BUF Bills

Moneyline

-220

Spread

-4.5

Total

O 44

NE Patriots

Moneyline

+175

Spread

+4.5

Total

U 44

Fans can tune into Fox for Cincinnati/Las Vegas and switch to CBS for Buffalo/New England.

Reigning Conference Champs Top Sunday Slate

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs have a chance to meet in the Super Bowl once again this year, and they’ll both host playoff contests on Sunday. The Bucs will welcome the Philadelphia Eagles in the first game of the day, while the Chiefs will battle the Pittsburgh Steelers. Between those two games, the Dallas Cowboys will lock up with the San Francisco 49ers.

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NFC West Foes Clash Monday

The changes to the playoff format several years ago opened the door for the first weekend of the playoffs to extend to Monday night. With that in mind, the Los Angeles Rams, winners of a division that boasts a trio of playoff teams, will finish Super Wild Card Weekend with a home tilt against the Arizona Cardinals.

Tue, January 18 2022, 1:15 AM

LA Rams

Moneyline

-195

Spread

-4

Total

O 49.5

ARI Cardinals

Moneyline

+160

Spread

+4

Total

U 49.5

The two teams split their meetings in the regular season, and oddly, in both games, it was the visiting team that emerged victorious.

Coaching Carousel Goes In Motion

Black Monday was more like Black Week this year. The Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, and Minnesota Vikings all parted ways with their head coaches Monday, but they were followed by the New York Giants and Houston Texans days later. At least one of the fired coaches may be in line for a soft landing sooner rather than later.

Brian Flores, who was surprisingly shown the door after leading Miami to 19 wins over the past two seasons, has interviewed for the head jobs in both Chicago and Houston.

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