Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are no longer young flowers of spring and the chance to win another Super Bowl hangs in a thin net of hope. Both the Buccaneers and the Packers are fighting with the energy of desperation to carve out a playoff spot and have no room for error this week. The Paid Zone is in series mode in this holiday season episode.
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There are of course these two teams, but also several others who have not had their last word in a fierce end to the race, with only two games to play for each of the 24 teams still alive.
As part of the weekly predictions of our two hosts, this is an opportunity to see clearly in the race for the playoffs.
The Paying Zone is also looking at two departures announced with a bang this week, for very different reasons. For one, head coach Nathaniel Hackett was fired by the Broncos in utter disgrace. On the other hand, defensive end JJ Watt can leave with his head held high after a phenomenal career with the Texans and Cardinals. We go around the two very distinct files.
Tua Tagovailoa finds himself in concussion protocol again. Derek Carr could be in his last moments with the Raiders. Here are two other cases that our team is working to dissect.
Our dear listeners do not take football off during the holiday season and we of course answer their questions.
We end of course at the bar with you... and a player who invites you on the arm! Happy New Year to all our listeners!
The Paying Zone is co-hosted by Jean-Nicolas Gagné and Stéphane Cadorette.