The NFL Playoffs promo is upon us, with upwards of 80 cards due for substantial upgrades based on the 12 teams to make it in the NFL playoffs set to launch Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET.
While each team has a slew of cards available, there are six ‘bosses’ that make up each conference that will give players the most value of all.
In addition to those, there was a pair of NFL Playoff Masters that offer even more options to MUT players.
Steve Smith and Willie McGinest are the two NFL Playoffs Masters, with each item requiring all six NFL Playoff Bosses from their respective conference to be used via a set that then rewards four of the six items in non-auctionable/tradeable (NAT) form along with the 97 overall Legends card.
Both are intriguing options for certain, but the dearth of available options at right outside linebacker might lower McGinest’s value somewhat, while Smith’s height (5-foot-9) will obviously deter those who are interested in do-it-all receivers.
Brown doesn’t have a Power-Up option yet, but the current Seahawks tackle would actually make a second Texans’ Playoff boss were he ever to receive it.
Ghosts of Christmas Past Jonathan Ogden still reigns supreme in terms of best overall left tackle, but this was a much-needed upgrade for Brown, who was sitting on an 86 overall Zero Chill card prior to this.
Rest of Seahawks:
- 93 overall SS Bradley McDougald (previous highest upgrade 86)
- 91 overall RE Frank Clark (PHU 85)
- 88 overall WR Tyler Lockett (PHU 81)
- 85 overall CB Justin Coleman (PHU 75)
- 84 overall LE Dion Jordan (75 PHU)
- 83 overall RG Germain Ifedi (PHU 73)
As anticipated, Marshon Lattimore receives a much-needed upgrade upon his 92 overall Flashbacks card, immediately becoming one of the better non-Legends options at cornerback.
94 speed is nothing to scoff at, and his height mixed with zone coverage will allow Lattimore to be a relevant option at his position for some time.
Rest of Saints:
- 93 overall RT Ryan Ramczyk (previous highest upgrade 89)
- 91 overall MLB Alex Anzalone (PHU 84 at ROLB)
- 88 overall FS Marcus Williams (PHU 83)
- 87 overall TE Josh Hill (PHU 75)
- 85 overall LT Jermon Bushrod (72 PHU)
- 83 overall LOLB A.J. Klein (PHU 72)
Cooks joins Tyreek Hill as the fastest non-Legends receiver currently available, and given his wide array of Power-Up team options, will likely be one of the most sought-after cards from this promo.
He’s not just a speed option, however, as Cooks should hit just about every receiving threshold imaginable, and just misses the spin move threshold that has completely dominated the current meta.
Rest of Rams:
- 93 overall CB Aqib Talib (previous highest upgrade 90)
- 91 overall CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (PHU 80)
- 88 overall TE Tyler Higbee (PHU 78)
- 87 overall LOLB Dante Fowler Jr (PHU 81)
- 85 overall RB Malcolm Brown (PHU 71)
- 84 overall MLB Cory Littleton (77 PHU)
While a wide array of defensive tackles will make this decision harder for some, Fletcher Cox immediately joins the conversation as the best at his position.
91 blockshed might be slightly lower than his counterparts, but with 80 speed and a stunning 87 acceleration for a DT, when he gets past the offensive line it won’t take Cox long to silence the running game.
Rest of Eagles:
- 93 overall C Jason Kelce (previous highest upgrade 89)
- 91 overall RG Brandon Brooks (PHU 85)
- 88 overall LE Chris Long (PHU 85)
- 87 overall CB Rasul Douglas (PHU 83)
- 85 overall QB Nick Foles (PHU 79)
- 84 overall FS Corey Graham (75 PHU)
Eddie Jackson seemed like an obvious candidate to receive an upgrade in the Playoffs promo, as the Bears’ free safety easily outplayed his 90 overall rating on his Harvest card during the latter stages of the NFL season.
His statistics frankly doesn’t compete with a number of free safeties released during the Zero Chill promo, but at least Bears fans will be happy with the upgraded option.
Rest of Bears:
- 93 overall WR Allen Robinson (previous highest upgrade 86)
- 91 overall CB Prince Amukamara (PHU 85)
- 88 overall TE Trey Burton (PHU 82)
- 87 overall DT Eddie Goldman (PHU 76)
- 85 overall LT Charles Leno Jr (PHU 79)
- 84 overall CB Sherrick McManis (67 PHU)
Zack Martin rounds out the NFC Playoff Bosses, providing a much-needed high-end option at right guard.
To put things into perspective, Martin’s 91 overall Heavyweight card was tied for the second highest overall item at his position, with his 95 item now blowing away the previous high (Marshall Yanda 92 overall Heavyweight).
Rest of Cowboys:
- 93 overall LOLB Leighton Vander Esch (previous highest upgrade 90)
- 91 overall RE Tyrone Crawford (PHU 91)
- 88 overall RT La’el Collins (PHU 82)
- 87 overall FS Xavier Woods (PHU 77)
- 85 overall CB Anthony Brown (PHU 80)
- 84 overall C Joe Looney (69 PHU)