The Pro Bowl is taking place this Sunday in Orlando, and many of the better NFL players from all over are in town to practice and spend a week having some fun in Florida.
Of course, there are plenty of snubs (*ahem* David Bakhtiari) and injured players (too many to count) who are not participating, along with the players from both Super Bowl teams. Still, the Green Bay Packers have two representatives in the game in wide receiver Davante Adams and defensive lineman Mike Daniels.
Both of those two Packers were part of Thursday’s Pro Bowl Skills Challenge, and although they performed well, they couldn’t do quite enough to lead the NFC to a victory over the AFC.
Meanwhile, we’re not usually a blog that crosses sports all that much, but Thursday’s news out of Milwaukee is too big to ignore. The Brewers made a pair of massive acquisitions yesterday, adding two All-Star caliber outfielders in a push to make a big playoff surge in 2018.
Check out those items and more in today’s Curds, and keep an eye out for our review of the Packers’ 2017 roster, which will be starting up on Monday.
Jarvis Landry leads AFC in Pro Bowl Skills Showdown – NFL.com
The AFC won thanks to some of Landry’s dodgeball heroics. Meanwhile, Davante Adams had a good time in the Best Hands competition and Mike Daniels contributed in the Gridiron Gauntlet.
Davante Adams, Thomas Davis end feud at the Pro Bowl | Packers Wire
Also in Orlando, Adams appears to have buried the hatchet with Davis after the Panthers linebacker apologized for his dirty hit to the head that concussed Adams in week 15. Good for Adams, because if it were me, I’d still be angry.
Packers confident Kevin King will make full recovery from shoulder surgery | Packersnews.com
King had surgery on his torn labrum six weeks ago, but everything looks good and he should be ready for OTAs. The team’s staff hopes and expects that he should have no lasting effects from the injury or the surgery.
NFL’s best teams never to win a Super Bowl – ranking all 32 franchises | ESPN
ESPN ranks the 2007 Packers as the best Green Bay team to fail to win the Super Bowl. However, I take issue with that, and would put the 1997 team there in their place; the offensive line and defense of that team were much better than those units on the 2007 squad.
Milwaukee Brewers acquire OF Christian Yelich for four prospects, including Brinson and Harrison – Brew Crew Ball
Milwaukee Brewers to sign OF Lorenzo Cain, per report – Brew Crew Ball
In Milwaukee, GM David Stearns made a pair of huge moves on Thursday and is pushing a ton of his chips into the pot to contend in the near term. There should be more moves coming, too, since the Brewers have too many starting outfielders and still need some starting pitching help. Let’s give them some love as we wait to see if Brian Gutekunst will be as aggressive in his first offseason at the helm in Green Bay.
The Philadelphia Eagles will host the New England Patriots Sunday (Monday AEDT) in the NFC vs AFC Live Championship Game at the Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles, pursuing their first trip to the Super Bowl since 2004, will be without star quarterback Carson Wentz, who underwent ACL surgery in Dec. 2017.
The Eagles will be playing their first NFC Championship Game since the 2008 season. They lost 32-25 to the Arizona Cardinals during their last trip to the final four stages of the postseason. But Eagles coach Doug Pederson realises that his young team could be on the verge of history, even without Wentz.
“It’s about those players in that dressing room, whether we’re three-point underdogs or three-point favorites. They really don’t listen to that stuff. Of course, they have been sort of force-fed for about two weeks now, three weeks now, the information, and they just stick together. They just stick together and find a way and it’s been that way all season,” Pederson said on the eve of the game.
In Wentz’ absence, the Eagles will continue to start reserve quarterback Nick Foles, who made a lot of believers during Philadelphia’s 15-10 victory over Atlanta Falcons in the NFL Divisional playoffs. Foles completed 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards and a 100.1 passer rating as he led Philadelphia to the conference title game.
“I am very humbled to win this game and to be a part of this team. That’s what it’s always been about. I know there was a lot of people against us this last week. Just answering questions, and just hearing about it… The biggest thing in our locker room is we believe in one another. Everyone believes, and that was shown on display. The city of Philadelphia obviously believes because they were here and loud. So we are grateful for that. Honestly, it’s unbelievable to win this game and we are not finished,” said Foles.
The winner of the NFL Championship game will face either the New England Patriots or the Jacksonville Jaguars at Super Bowl 52 on Feb. 4. Since this year’s NFL championship game will be held at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, odds makers expect the Vikings to make their first Super Bowl game since 1976. Eagles vs Vikings live streaming, NFC Championship game live streaming, Eagles live streaming and 2018 NFL Playoffs live streaming info follows.
The Vikings (14-3) advanced following a thrilling 29-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Stefon Diggs hauled in a 61-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Case Keenum on the final play of the game Sunday.
Like the Eagles, Minnesota has yet to win a Super Bowl. The Vikings have dropped five consecutive NFC Championship games.
Philadelphia will enter Sunday’s game as an underdog, especially with quarterback Carson Wentz out with a torn ACL.