Re: First Round Playoff Predictions
posted at 1/6/2011 4:43 AM EST
In Response to Re: First Round Playoff Predictions
[QUOTE]Not feeling the Chefs love at all. K.C. beat exactly one team -- one team -- that finished with a winning record this season -- that being the Jekyll and Hyde San Dago Chargers(9-7). It's tempting to call the debacle against Oakland an aberration against a fierce, long-time division rival, but the truth is, the Chefs just plain blow. The only reason they're in the playoffs is because somebody had to be. Coming out of the weakest division in the AFC off a schedule that pitted them against the weakest division in the NFC, the Chefs are an unconvincing mirage. I expect Baltimore to dominate both lines of scrimmage in this game. Without the ability to run -- and K.C. will not run the ball against the Ravens -- it will fall to Matt Cassel to energize the Chefs' offense. Look, I know a lot of people have a place in their heart for this guy, but look at the competition and look at his rating. Sure, he's come a long way in a couple years, but in the immortal words of Denny Green, Matt Cassell is who we thought he was. The Chefs have those proverbial two chances against Baltimore, and Slim is packing his bags.
Baltimore 20 Kansas City 6
RESPONSE: "...and slim is packing his bags" Good one, Mike...LOL!!!
I'm coming around (staying around, really) to the idea that I want Peyton Manning out of the playoffs. This guy makes me nervous, and I don't trust the zebras when he's in the area. The Colts have looked pretty pedestrian (for them) of late, and the temptation here is to believe that they are ripe for the picking. Believe that at your peril. If The Colts can make New Jersey respect the run at all, and give Peyton a place to stand for a few seconds, they'll score on the Jests. When push came to shove at the end of the season, we saw Indy rise up and stuff the run agains two supposedly pretty good running teams in Jacksonville (hah!) and Oakland (snicker). If they can throw a lasso around the Jests run game and force Sanchez to beat them with his arm, I like the Colts big here. The question against Indy, as always, is: Can The Sanchize put up enough points to hold Manning off once he figures out a way to crack the New Jersey secondary (which he will)? Everything I know about both Sanchez and Manning suggests the answer is "no." Indy 24 New Jersey 20 RESPONSE: This will be an interesting game, Mike. As I stated in my original post, my mind says to go with Peyton and Indy, especially since the Jets are only being given 2.5 points. But, based on how Indy barely got by Tennessee last week, my gut tells me to pick the Jets to pull the upset, and ger a re-match with the Pats in Foxboro. But, whoever wins this game, I'll be happy. As you-all know , I despise the Indianapolis Colts, and don't really have a warm spot in my heart for the Green Goblins, either. After this weekend, one of them will be gone.
Remember the good old days, when The Iggles beat the Redskins 427-6 on Monday Night Football earlier this season, and everybody had Philly jitterbugging all the way to the Super Bowl and Mickey Vick as the de facto MVP? Those were good times, weren't they? Today . . . not so much. Two weeks ago, with a chance to snare the #2 seed in the NFC and a generous assist from the league -- which moved the game to a Tuesday night so the delicate Iggs would not have to play in a few inches of snow -- Philly promptly and spectacularly fell on its collective face, getting embarassed by Joe "Just the Facts" Webb (making his first ever NFL start) and those mighty Minnesota Vikings. The Greatest American Dog Killing Hero sat out the season finale after the beating the Vikings gave him, and Philly appears to be reeling at just the right time . . . to host one of the hottest team in the conference. Now, granted, the Packers didn't look like much in squeaking by the Chicago Bears (who aren't much themselves) to ease into the tournament last week, but Green Bay matches up well with Philly and teams with the personnel make-up to pressure Vick from odd angles and give him different looks can essentially grind the Iggs' big-play offense to a halt -- so long as you keep Vick in front of you. I'm not really sure why Green Bay's offense looked so anemic against Chicago's generally predictable coverages last week. It would be helpful if the Packers could generate some kind of a running game to help keep Aaron Rodgers in the upright position, and I think it's worth pointing out that Rodgers -- for all the hype you may or may not have heard -- has yet to win a playoff game in his career. Still, I think New Jersey (blue) and Minnesota showed how to beat the Iggs (even though the Jints didn't actually get it done) and I see two teams going in different directions here. Packers 27 Iggles 24 RESPONSE: "...Joe (just the facts) Webb". You're on a roll, Mike...LOL!!! The Eagles have lots of injury issues, with MLB Bradley out, Asante Samuel playing with a bad knee, and Vick less than 100%. Furthermore, the Packers beat Philly in Philly earlier this season, 27-20, and have a better defense.
Sometimes home-field advantage is everything -- as it was in the tooth-and-nail NFC West Championship Game last Sunday Night -- and sometimes it is nothing, as will be the case when the Saints come marching into Seattle this weekend. I would love nothing more than to see the Seattle Slewhawks rise up righteous and smite N'awlins with majesty, thumbing their nose at Roger Goodell all the while. But they won't. Saints 34 Seahawks - 4 (I subtracted four points from Seattle after I read how much they gave up to get Charlie Whitehurst)RESPONSE: "...Saints 34 Seahawks - 4 (I subtracted four points from Seattle after I read how much they gave up to get Charlie Whitehurst)...LOL!!! As I stated above, you're on a roll, Mike!!
Posted by p-mike[/QUOTE] Happy New Year, Mike!!