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NFL Championship Sunday Bloody Mary Sunday|Chiefs v Ravens


Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson walking away with arm raised.
Baltimore Ravens Lamar Jackson ready for Championship Sunday

NFL 2023 Championship Sunday Taste Like Bloody Mary: Lions vs. 49ers

NFL 2023, Championship Sunday, the Chiefs will play the Ravens, and the Lions will play the 49ers. It feels like a taste of a good old classic Bloody Mary is just what these games need.


Taste Like Bloody Mary

Per Liquor.com, “The Bloody Mary is a favorite hangover remedy and a vitamin-packed breakfast that’s been jump-starting mornings since it first landed in bars circa 1920 or 1930. The original recipe is believed to have contained seven ingredients: vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, celery salt, and Tabasco.”

This week, we will go with The Bloody Elixir from bartender H: Joseph Ehrmann, San Francisco bartender and owner of Elixir Saloon.

Ingredients

*Old Bay Seasoning (used to coat the rim of your glass)

* 2 ounces of Vodka

* 1 teaspoon dillweed

* 1 teaspoon ground white pepper

* ¼ teaspoon celery salt

* 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

* 2 dashes Tabasco ( you can also sub @Bo_McBigTime’s @HotBoxBatch you won’t be disappointed)

* ½ ounce of “Elixir Juice,” which is an equal combination of olive juice and dill pickle juice

* ¼ ounce of lemon juice

* 1 teaspoon horseradish

* 4 ounces of tomato juice

Garnish with kosher dill pickle and cooked bacon slice (and whatever else you deem appropriate)

Combine

All the ingredients except the garnish and Old Bay Seasoning are in a shaker tin with ice.

Gently shake so you don’t dilute the ingredients.

Strain ingredients into a glass with Old Bay Seasoning rim glass with ice.

Garnish.

Cheers

Championship Sunday| Kansas City Chiefs v Baltimore Ravens, Ravens -3.5, 44.5 o/u


The Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Baltimore to meet Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. And while we are looking at two formidable quarterbacks, do not sleep on the defenses.

The Ravens have the number one defense in points allowed per game (15.5), sacks (60), and takeaways (31). Last week, in their divisional round against the Houston Texans, they held C.J. Stroud to 175 yards and zero touchdowns. Nico Collins was held to five receptions on 10 targets and 68 yards. And the Texans finished with 10 total points.

The Chiefs have the second-ranked defense in points allowed (15.8), points allowed (17.1) and sacks (57). The Chiefs' defense has held the Miami Dolphins to seven points and the Buffalo Bills to 24 points. Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen was held to 186 passing yards and one passing touchdown. Allen was also the leading rusher for the Bills with 72 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Tight end Dalton Kincaid led the Bills receivers with five receptions on five targets and 45 yards.

Players to Watch

Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Ravens

Jackson will go into Championship Sunday as the odds-on favorite for MVP.

Last week against the Texans, he was responsible for all four of the Ravens touchdowns. Jackson was 16 of 22 for 152 passing yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 100 yards and averaged 9.1 yards per 11 rushing attempts for two rushing touchdowns.

The Chiefs' defense is formidable, as they have given up the ninth most rushing yards to the quarterback position. Per Pro Football Focus, the Chiefs rank 28th in success rate allowed on zone-read and designed quarterback rushes.

For the season, Jackson is second in carries per game (9.3), first in rushing yards per game (51.3), and third in red zone carries (32). In addition to his 24 passing touchdowns, Jackson has five rushing touchdowns for the season.

Isiah Pacheco, Running Back, Chiefs

Yep, it’s the same as it ever was…last week. Pacheco must be formidable for the Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce bromance to continue on the field.

Last week, Pacheco averaged 6.5 yards per attempt. He had 97 yards and a touchdown on 15 rushing attempts. For the season, Pacheco has a 72.4% opportunity share and seventh in red zone touches (50).

In his last three games, Pacheco has 15, 24, and 18 rushing attempts per game. Pacheco's volume is king, unlike the running back quagmire that is the Ravens. When he had 15 carries, the next running back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, had two. Against the Dolphins, when Pacheco had 24 attempts, Mahomes had the second most rushing attempts with two.

Pacheco is a volume play with little or no competition for touches.

Championship Sunday| Detroit Lions v San Francisco 49ers, 49ers -7.0, 50.5 o/u

It is purely a coincidence that the Elixir Bloody Mary originated in San Francisco. The 49ers are a seven-point favorite, and they have Christian McCaffrey. Where there are legitimate dual-threat quarterbacks, McCaffrey is the most dual-threat running back in the league.

Statistically speaking, McCaffrey dominated running back stats for the year. He was first in rushing yards (91.2/g), first in target share (19.3%), second in receiving yards (35.3/g), fourth in routes run (348), and first in total touchdowns (21). His 79 red zone touches are first in the league.

McCaffrey is also on the field for 82.6% of the offensive snaps while holding a 76.3% opportunity share.

Lions’ head coach Dan Campbell has said this week that the Lions are willing to give up something if they control something else. (Like most things, it sounded so much better when Campbell said it!).

Players to Watch

Jahmyr Gibbs, Running Back, Lions

The first order of business is to give props to fantasy czar @footballdiehard on the @FFDiehards for heading up the Gibbs Bandwagon before it was a thing. Perhaps we should listen to him more as a new fantasy season is coming up?

Yes, the 49ers have only allowed 10 rushing touchdowns in the 2023 season. They look really good on paper, and no one will ever argue that Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw aren’t HIM cause they are.

Here is KJ’s Corner All Day, breaking it down.

That said, the 49ers rank 24th in run success rate during the regular season. Last week, Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Jones ran for 108 yards on 18 carries, including a 53-yard run.

The Lions are eighth for the season in rush attempts. They average 29.0 rush attempts per game; when they are away from home field, it increases slightly to 29.4.

Last week, Gibbs and David Montgomery combined for 19 rushing attempts. Gibbs had nine, and Montgomery had 10. They each were targeted four times.

The difference is Gibbs averaged 8.2 yards per carry, and Montgomery averaged 3.3. Gibbs had one rushing touchdown, and Montgomery did not score. Gibbs collected 40 receiving yards on his targets, and Montgomery had 14.

The only caveat is their home versus away splits, where Montgomery has 130 carries when on the road versus Gibbs 89. Keep in mind there is a path where Montgomery is the lead back on the road against the 49ers.

George Kittle, Tight End, 49ers

Kittle watch is especially true if Deebo Samuel is unable to go.

Last week without Samuel, Kittle finished the game with 81 yards and a touchdown on four receptions. Kittle is on the field for 91.0% of the offensive snaps for the season. He has a 95.3% route participation and a 21.0% target share.

Kittle is number one among tight ends for deep targets (11) and 10th in red zone targets (12).

Last week, the Lions gave up a touchdown and 65 receiving yards on five receptions to Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cade Otton.

Kittle’s prop for the game is over/under 60.5 receiving yards. He has gone over 60 receiving yards in 10 of his past 15 games. In his last three games, he has 81, 29, and 126 receiving yards.

Without Samuel or even a hobbled Samuel, look for Kittle and McCaffrey as the object of Brock Purdy’s target tree.  

Sunday Bloody (Mary) Sunday

Good Luck, and have a great Bloody Mary Sunday!

 

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