"But now, with the final four set in stone, once again we see … defense wins in the postseason."
I'm probably not supposed to call out my colleagues at CSN. Then again, I couldn't find any hard and fast rules that say otherwise, so... sorry, bud!
Here's all you need to know about the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs: turnovers by winning teams = four; turnovers by losing teams = 14.
The only team to commit more turnovers than their opponent and win were the Patriots at two to one. That means the three teams that lost over the weekend also lost the turnover battle by an astounding 13 to two.
Defenses create turnovers, I understand that. That being said, great offenses are expected to protect the football to a certain degree.
It's not even a two-way street. The fact is, an NFL team can win even if it has a bad defense. What the Packers and Saints proved is, more often than not, a team typically does not win when it gives the ball away three or more times in one game -- especially in the playoffs.
That's what happened to the clubs from New Orleans and Green Bay, who combined to give the ball away nine times in losing efforts. Don't forget Houston, their second-ranked defense not surprisingly unable to compensate for four giveaways.
But hey, go ahead and blame their defenses for those losses. Apparently in Philadelphia, no longer is there any onus on top-ranked offenses and MVP quarterbacks to demonstrate any semblance of ball security.
>> Defense still rules in NFL postseason [CSN]
NEW YORK -- Chase Edmonds ran for 152 yards, added 49 yards receiving, and scored four total touchdowns to help lead Fordham to a 31-17 win over Penn on Saturday.
Kevin Anderson threw for 231 yards and one TD and Austin Longi added 92 yards receiving for the Rams (2-1).
Edmonds scored three times in the first half and Fordham opened up a 24-10 lead at halftime.
Penn responded late in the third on an Alek Torgersen 2-yard plunge which cut the score to 24-17. The Quakers (0-2) had an opportunity to tie it late but were turned away on downs at the Fordham 27-yard line.
Edmonds added his fourth score on the ensuing drive to put the game out of reach.
Torgersen had 125 yards passing for Penn.
Fordham has won three straight in the series and is now 25-2 at home since 2012, third best in FCS during that time frame.
Jorge Alfaro is behind the plate for the Phillies tonight and bats eighth. Alfaro has appeared in just four games since being called up earlier this month, and has just one hit in 10 at-bats.
Tommy Joseph is back in the lineup and batting fifth. Pete Mackanin has said that Ryan Howard would get a lot of playing time during the last few games, but it is Joseph who gets the start tonight. Joseph is batting just .154 against the Mets this season.
Odubel Herrera, who has been hitting well in September, will remain in the three spot. He has two homers and is batting .391 over the past week. Herrera has two hits in six at-bats against Mets' starter Sean Gilmartin.
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, RF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
6. Darin Ruf, LF
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Jorge Alfaro, C
9. Alec Asher, P