Posts Tagged ‘Patriots

13
Jan
11

D-D-Divisonal Showdown

Unfortunately, it’s that time of year where football is drawing to a close ūüė¶ The college season in the books (although I wish it was Oregon hoisting the trophy) and we did much better than with our BCS bowl picks this year than last–going 4-3…it’s a baby step, but it’s a step! ūüôā

Wild Card Weekend was great to CDS–we went 3-1 (all except for that Seahawks¬†snafu). This weekend–the NFL is serving up four delicious divisional match-ups that should be excellent for everyone watching. So without further delay–here’s our picks for this weekend.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Gotta go with the Steelers on this one (DUH!) Not only because I bleed black and gold–but because I really think the Steelers are the better team. It’s not that the Ravens are push-overs…this will be a dog fight for sure, but I see Pittsburgh coming out on top for a few reasons. The first being that since 1970, the Steelers are 8-0 in the playoffs against divisional opponents. These teams are incredibly familiar with each other and both will be prepared but the Steelers have a proven¬†history of getting the job done among these circumstances–the previous two times the teams have met in the playoffs, the Steelers notched the W.

The Steelers have proven to be the tortoise in the AFC North this year–after a string of some UGLY games–they have been on a roll to close out the season. Yes, their final two games were against the Panthers and Browns–but the Steelers easily put together their two most comprehensive games. Add in the fact that of the past 7 regular season¬†meetings, the Steelers have the edge 5-2. Those two Baltimore victories? They were against starting QBs Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch. The Ravens have struggled to find an answer for Ben the past three seasons–and know it.

Another reason? Flacco¬†is garbage. Ok, that may be a little harsh, but he is not anywhere near an elite qb¬†status. While he is getting smarter with his play, he still makes many mistakes and the Steeler¬†D will show no mercy. And don’t even get me started on Troy Polamalu–who is a main reason why we won the last game in Baltimore–his ability to be anywhere and everywhere is the difference maker. Now sure, all streaks come to an end and Baltimore may be due-but I think the Steelers, coming off a¬†bye week have the edge. One thing’s for sure, this physical game is definitely going to take a toll on whoever advances enough to the AFC Championship–and probably enough to keep the victor from the Super Bowl.¬†

Steeeeel Curtain

Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Oooooh-weeee¬†is this going to be a GOOD game. I’m going with my gut and taking the Packers (they ARE my NFC SB pick!) even though my head says to give the edge to the Falcons. The Packers effectively shut down the Eagles last week–and though the defense tired¬†in the fourth quarter–they put together a solid 60 minutes of football. This is Aaron Rodgers’ time to shine and he has accepted the challenge in leading his time–first to the playoffs, then in a wild card match-up–beautifully. Clay Matthews is an absolute beat–for all intense and purposes the Polamalu of the NFC and will be hard for the Falcons to get passed.

Ryan has himself has matured into a great little franchise QB in Atlanta and Michael Turner is a force to be reckoned with. I’m not by any means knocking on the Falcons–they’ve had a GREAT season and are completely deserving of their number one seed. But the Packers are on a hot-streak and are the most dangerous team in the NFC, which will lead them to victory at the Georgia Dome on Saturday night.

Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears

I’m taking the Seahawks–and no I’m not jumping on a bandwagon. Having lived in Chi-town for almost two years now (and loving every second!) I am surrounding by the Chicago culture–and I have watched my fair share of Bears games this season. I don’t think the Seahawks are going to win because they’re dominate–hell they’re not even a .500 team–I think they’re going to win because Da Bears just aren’t that great of a football team.

They really aren’t. The biggest scorer on their team is Robbie Gould (yea PSU!). Jay Cutler is spotty–when he’s good he’s good but when he’s bad?…well….he’s AWFUL. The Bears defense also isn’t great–having coughed up 34 points vs the Jets in week 16. Seattle just beat the defending champions–a team that is MUCH better than the Bears–I think they’ll be ready for the challenge and will shock the world by making it to the NFC Championship (much to my chagrin as I am not a Pete Carroll fan).

The Bears do have two things on their side: the weather (it’s FREEZING here) and Devin Hester–and I do hope, in this case, that I’m wrong and they manage to win–but I just don’t think it’s going to happen.

New York Jets vs. New England Patriots

Ok, we get it….these teams hate each other. *yawn* When did this turn into a rivalry for the ages? For some reason I always thought the Dolphins and Jets were the biggest rivals in¬†the AFC East?¬†But I digress…this media circus back and forth is ridiculously unnecessary–and I find it fascinating that it’s started by the Jets everytime…you know..the same Jets that the Patriots bent over their knees and SPANKED during a nationally televised game in December. Yes, Tom Brady is an ass (and a douche, really) but you can’t deny he’s the best quarterback in the game (and if you want my honest–and grudging–opinion, the best to ever play the game).¬† The Pats are the Pats…what else can you say? They’re a great, great ball club.

So I’m taking the Jets. Why? Well, they’re my Super Bowl pick..and I CAN’T bail on them now. Yes, Mark Sanchez is struggling GREATLY, but this is a team that, when they focus, can put together 60 solid minutes of football. The problem is they get distracted by any and everything–bright lights, loud noises and cute cheerleaders to boot. The thing about the Jets is even though they aren’t that great–and yes totally overrated from what we all thought they’d be–they always manage to find a way to win..and that’s something you can’t completely count out. They also did beat the Patriots in week 2–so I know they have it in them and even though it’s unlikely..I’m still taking them. They’re my pick and I ride or die with them until they’re out.

David and Goliath

What are your predictions for this weekend? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

In honor of the Steeler game on Saturday we’ve included our new favorite pre-game pump up song: Wiz Khalifa’s Black and Yellow.

–Sam

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05
Jan
10

PLAYOFFS?! You’re talking about Playoffs?!

That quote, ladies and gentleman, will be Jim Mora’s legacy. Hilarious to think he was discussing the Indianapolis Colts who would go on to be one of the most dominant teams in the NFL over the course of the decade. It’s NFL Playoff time which, in my opinion, is no better time of year. (Except Week 1 of the NFL…cause you still have a long way to go before it ends, but you’re out of the pre-season flag football stage) Before I go into too much depth, I would like to say that I’m really not happy about seeing three games this weekend that we saw yesterday. I don’t care if half the teams weren’t trying. Variety is the spice of life and having three of four match-ups be so fresh in the fans (and viewers!) minds isn’t a good thing. So, without further ado, here are my playoff predictions. Let’s just hope the chips fall better than my BCS bowl predictions!

NY Jets vs. Cincinnati Bengals  4:30pm Saturday (NBC)

The Bengals should have just forfeited last night. With Pittsburgh not riding on that game, there really was no reason for them to play. They were guaranteed a home wild card match up vs the Jets if they lost. The Texans if they won. I think the Bengals made the right “choice,” seeing how Matt Schaub and those Texans seem to come out of NOWHERE. My pick for this game is the Bengals. Not that I think they’re that good…I’m not saying they aren’t….I mean they just swept the AFC North, but because the New York Jets are so spotty. Mark Sanchez has had a shaky-at-best rookie season. The NYJ/New Orleans game? HIDEOUS. And the sole responsibility for that game lies on Sanchez’ shoulders. I’m not saying he won’t mature into a decent QB, everyone needs time to develop (well except for Jemarcus Russell..he will always be awful) but he isn’t good enough to win a playoff game. He is no Joe Namath. I think that, although they dominated last night in a game that didn’t matter to the Bengals, the Jets will come up short on Saturday. Don’t get me wrong, Palmer isn’t throwing up great numbers, but I see the momentum swinging with the Bengals on this won. (although my fingers will be crossed waiting for them to LOSE.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys 8pm-Saturday (NBC)

One thing is for certain. This is a nasty rivalry. One where I come down on the Cowboys’ side due to my blind hatred of the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately, my misery is going to last me another week because I see those dirty birds from filth-adelphia taking this one. They were EMBARRASSED yesterday. Flat out embarrassed. Shut out. And if nothing but osmosis has occurred from me being around Eagles broadcasts for 12 years, I know that Philly won’t take that lying down. They.are.the.better.team. (BARF!) DeSean Jackson is awesome. McNabb is playing his style of football and they have been a solid team all year. I don’t care that Dallas is “getting hot.” Getting hot? By beating the Redskins? or Losing to the Giants? Or losing to the Chargers? Just because they won the NFC East doesn’t mean they deserve that title. There’s also the Tony Romo factor. Romo is 4-7 combined in December and January and has a 1-2 playoff record. I think he tends to choke on big games and, although he has Dallas completion records, passing yard records and touchdown records, I’ve never been hugely impressed by him. I don’t see him as much of a leader and nothing’s going to make him one…not even a jumbo-tron the size of Alaska. Now, don’t get me wrong, McNabb is a choke artist himself (three consecutive NFC Championship games and a Superbowl…and an NFC championship last year) but he will be solid in the Wild Card. These teams will, no doubt, benefit from having this be the third time that they’ve played each other, but Dallas won in such a fashion yesterday that they are due to be comfortable and overlook the Eagles. Which is a big mistake. I think the Eagles are up when they run into the Vikings or Saints, but no the Cowboys. Thus extending my NFL misery another week.

Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots 1pm (CBS)

Three words: WOW.WES.WELKER. Tearing your MCL/ACL in Week 17 when the game on the line didn’t really matter? A game that your team ending up losing? YIKES. I really feel bad for you. I saw you crying on the sideline. It made my normally-when-regarding-the-partriots-icy heart melt a little. For the Patriots in general. That sucks. Welker is a BEAST and a huge part of the offense. He has ¬†123 catches, for over 1300 yards while missing the first two games of the season and most of Sunday’s game. His injury, is eerily similar to Tom Brady’s. Serious injury and always a shame when it happens to someone with so much talent. To make up for this,¬†Tom Brady is just going to have to go back to utilizing Randy Moss. I wouldn’t say Moss has had a quiet season by any means, with 83 catches, 13 touchdowns, 1264 yards and a little over 15yds per reception, these are ALL improvements from last year. However, I think that Randy Moss can be contained. (Crazy when you look at the stats I know!) With Welker, you have two really solid wide receivers. Brady can go to either and you HAVE to cover both on EVERY play or you’re going to get burned. Now all the attention is on Moss and I think the Ravens’ defense will find a way to contain him. Not immobilize him, but contain him. What I like about the Patriots isn’t much, but they are a TEAM. A team that wins together AND loses together. In Belichick’s jag 4th and 2 on their own 28 fiasco, the players stayed united. “We are a professional football team, we should have been able to make that play. I trust our coach.” Says Brady (or some variation) There are a lot of players, and teams, who would have PUBLICLY questioned their coach. (Although I’m sure they did privately) The Pats are 1-5 on the road, but that won’t come into play until next week…unless…..

The Ravens will give the Patriots a run for their money, and I would never bet against Ray Lewis, but the Ravens are spotty. I’m not impressed by their trouncing of the Raider because…it’s the Raiders. (Still more than Pitt could do!) John Harbaugh is a great coach, but I just don’t think that Flacco and the offense can match up to the Pats. However, Welker is out and Willis McGahee is running so well, you would have no IDEA his kneecap shattered in a televised BCS title game in the early 2000s. (in my opinion, still the GROSSEST injury of ALL TIME) So this is my upset special folks. I’m taking the Ravens.

Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals 4:4opm (Fox)

Meh. This is my Meh game. I could really care less about these two teams but I think they will be pretty evenly matched. On Green Bay’s side you have Aaron ‘over 4,000 passing yards’ Rodgers and Ryan ‘over 1,200 rushing yards’ Grant. In Arizona’s corner you’ve got Kurt ‘over 3,000 passing yards’ Warner and Larry ‘I avoided the Madden Curse with 97 caught passes’ Fitzgerald. They are pretty evenly matched folks. The 33-7 score of yesterday is insignificant since all starters for Arizona were pulled in the 2nd quarter. I think Green Bay is going to take this one though because the NFC West is pretty friggin weak. Weaker than the NFC North (imagine that!) But, I think Green Bay will take it because of Charles Woodson. With 9 interceptions this season, he is tied for first in the NFL. He has been playing EXCELLENT all season and Kurt Warner cannot afford to make any mistakes. Also, I think it’s time that Aaron Rodgers develops into the player he’s going to be…and that starts on Sunday. He was always in Favre’s shadow and now, two years into his own (after 3 or 4 on the bench?!) he finally needs to become the player he’s meant to be. This is his chance to show that he’s an Eli Manning instead of a Tony Romo. Regular season matters, for sure, but YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO WIN PLAYOFF GAMES and this is Rodgers’ shot. Center stage, welcome to the big leagues Aaron. I think you’re going to do great, and I hope for your sake you do ūüôā

What are your thoughts? Who’s YOUR upset special? What game are you most excited to see?!

Talk to me people! ūüôā

–Sam




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