We have finally arrived! It's the 2021 NFL playoffs. I'm here to tell you what players you should keep a keen eye on in the Wild Card Weekend matchups. Whether it be a rookie or a seasoned vet, these players will be very important to their teams making it into the divisional round.
6. Chase Young - Defensive End, Washington Football Team
All week, the hype has been Chase Young being ready to sack Tom Brady. But in reality, the Washington Football Team will need plenty more than one sack by Chase Young to defeat the Buccaneers. Tom Brady and company have been firing on all cylinders; Washington's young star has to play out of his mind.
5. Jared Goff - Quarterback, Los Angeles Rams
As the Los Angeles Rams get ready to play against their division rival Seattle Seahawks, Jared Goff will be battling a thumb injury that required surgery. We all know that the Rams' defense is fully capable of limiting Seattle's offense to below 25 points, but the question remains: how well will Jared Goff play? Keep an eye on him all day.
4. Jonathan Taylor- Running Back, Indianapolis Colts
Over the past seven weeks, the Colts' offense has been exploding due to rookie running back Jonathan Taylor and the Colts' offensive line. Their number one key to winning on Saturday is to run the ball efficiently versus the Buffalo Bills.
3. Ben Roethlisberger - Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers
It has been quite the comeback season for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, as his Steelers are boasting a 12-4 record. The Cleveland Browns come to town for the first time in a playoff game in 25 years, and Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense will have to play mistake-free football in order to advance into the divisional round.
2. David Montgomery - Running Back, Chicago Bears
In the past six weeks, the Chicago Bears have ran the ball better than almost everybody, and David Montgomery is a huge reason for that. Going up against the 12-4 New Orleans Saints, their offense will be relying heavily on the run game. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky has excelled in the offense throughout the year, but the blueprint to beating the Saints starts with running the ball.
1. Lamar Jackson - Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens
In a playoff rematch from last January, Lamar Jackson will seek his revenge against the Tennessee Titans for spoiling his MVP season last year. In all seriousness, Jackson has been playing very good football over the past two months and is on a hot streak. To win, the Ravens have to contain MVP candidate Derrick Henry. Save your legacy, Lamar Jackson.