Patrick Mahomes and the NFL Concussion Protocol
Both Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes were forced out of action in the NFL Divisional Playoffs after suffering concussions. While the Ravens were unable to overcome Jackson's absence, ultimately losing to the Bills 17-3, the Chiefs advanced to their third consecutive AFC Championship despite not having Mahomes for much of the second half.
As for the reigning Super Bowl MVP's availability for this weekend's match-up against the Bills, former NFL quarterback Carson Palmer told Jim Cramer he'd be "shocked" if Mahomes didn't play on Sunday.
Palmer spoke about his own experience in the NFL concussion protocol, specifically after taking a hit from Aaron Donald that knocked him out of action. Palmer said he lost about eight hours of his memory and couldn't remember anything about the game or arriving at the hospital (pretty scary). The 2003 No. 1 overall pick also explained to Bull Market Fantasy what happens when a player enters the league's concussion protocol and what that player must do before getting cleared for action.
Palmer on Drew Brees' Career: "I'm Forever in Awe"
It is rumored that Drew Brees played his last NFL game and plans to retire at some point this offseason. Cramer asked Palmer about Brees' legacy as one of the all-time greatest quarterbacks and his answer may come as a surprise.
Palmer and Brees spent the offseason training together in Southern California for much of their careers. He explained that the Saints legendary passer may not have had the most arm talent or accuracy but he simply worked, trained, studied, and was "one of the greatest maximizers of potential."
If Drew Brees does retire, he'll do so with the most passing yards, completions, and second-most touchdowns in NFL history.
AFC and NFC Championship
Palmer played for Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians for five seasons, needless to say, he's very familiar with Arians' system. So when Cramer asked him what the Buccaneers need to do to beat the Packers, he didn't state the obvious and say let Tom Brady do his thing but rather that Arians cannot abandon the rushing attack. When the Packers and Bucs played in Week 6, Tampa Bay easily won 38-10 and running back Ronald Jones (priced at $4,600 on DraftKings) had a monster performance with over 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Currently, DraftKings Sportsbook has the Bucs as 3.5 point underdogs. The game total sits at 51.
As for the match-up between the Bills and Chiefs, Palmer admitted he thinks the Bills have a legitimate shot to pull off an upset. Palmer praised Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott as one of the brightest defensive minds in the league and spoke very highly of quarterback Josh Allen.
Fill The Stadium Initiative
Palmer works with a very special project called "Fill The Stadium" which helps provide essential goods and medical care to children from third world countries. Many of these children and families have been suffering even more during the coronavirus pandemic. But we can all make a difference! You can help by making a donation here.
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