Lambeau Field on an 80-degree day? Amazing. A rematch of the Fail Mary game that helped solve that year’s referee strike? Tremendous. A showdown between what may be the final year of Seattle’s Legion of Boom secondary and one of the NFL’s top aerial attacks? EVEN BETTER.
The fact this is an afternoon game makes it all the better. You don’t have to wake up at 6 a.m. to tailgate, unless that’s your thing. You can roll into Green Bay at 11 and still have four hours of grilling brats, eating cheese curds, and sipping brandy old-fashioneds before kickoff. Sure, it may be a bit jarring to take on the frozen tundra in jorts and flip-flops, but there may not be a better game in the NFL this season. — Christian D’Andrea
Watkins’ production most closely mirrors Davante Adams’ — the 53rd pick in the draft. Though Adams has benefited by playing with Aaron Rodgers and not Taylor, that’s clearly a comparison the former No. 4 overall selection would like to avoid.
A shallow crop of receivers in the 2015 draft made trading away that future pick less regrettable — the top wideouts available at the time of Buffalo’s traded pick were Nelson Agholor, Breshad Perriman, and Phillip Dorsett, three players who have yet to make their mark on the league. Even so, moving up for Watkins cost the team a chance at players like Malcom Brown and Landon Collins — two players selected after the Bills potential draft slot.
Watkins’ 2017 is his final shot at redemption in upstate New York. The Bills decided they’d paid enough between the first four years of his rookie contract and the three draft picks it cost to acquire the talented young wideout.