Sure, chaos could still happen – maybe the Chargers sneak into the playoffs – but it appears Jacksonville will host Buffalo or Baltimore, and Kansas City will host the Titans on Wild Card weekend. Yes, the Chiefs beat the Patriots on the road in the first game of the season. What hasn’t changed: Andy Reid is 2-5 in his career against Bill Belichick, with two impressive regular season victories (2014, 2017). They left everything they had on the field against the Patriots in a game they knew they had to win. In the postseason, you have to walk before you can run, and these Jaguars haven’t been to the playoffs before. To me, this is the only question in the AFC: Can Jacksonville beat New England on the road in January? Jason can also be heard on Fox Sports Radio, Saturday mornings from 6-9 am EST.
Imagine the Steelers mindset after the Patriots loss. Mike Tomlin got conservative in the 4th quarter, allowing the Patriots to sneak back in. It’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which they go to New England and cover, much less win.
A measure of Tranmere’s fall and Fylde’s rise is marked by the gap of eight divisions that separated the clubs in 2000 – back when Tranmere lost narrowly at Wembley in the League Cup final to Leicester City and Fylde (then known as Kirkham and Wesham) won the West Lancashire League but did not have the financial means to seek promotion into the North West Counties.
The possibility of that happening improved when David Haythornthwaite started investing in what he recognised then was essentially a pub team, having had his approaches to buy into Blackpool turned down by the Oyston family on two occasions.
He said they played Leeds United FC earlier this season during the Carabao Cup and that, due to renovation works at Rodney Parade, the game ended up being played away.
Leeds United FC gave Newport County AFC 45 per cent of the gate income, despite not being under any obligation to do so, the CEO said.
Mr Tunbridge said: “This created a really good relationship with the club and, on the last game, there was no problem at all. “We are expecting to sell 7,000 tickets by the weekend – meaning it will be the biggest game of the season.” Mr Tunbridge said the only game were more tickets were sold was the final match of the last season, when 7,500 tickets were sold.
The CEO said they will stop selling tickets at 7pm on Friday as a safety measure to prevent away fans buying tickets.Inspector for Newport city centre John Davies said the police will be working with Rodney Parade and Newport County AFC to ensure it is a “safe event”.He said: “We will make sure we have enough of the right resources in place to deal with any incidents robustly.As a consequence, the area of the terrace behind the players will be closed, he said.Mr Wilkinson said: “We want people to come to the game and enjoy themselves – but behave.” Mr Wilkinson advised fans to arrive as there will stop and searches in place to enter the ground.“If you have a player at your disposal who can throw the ball, you’d be daft not to use it.