Thursday, January 7, 2010

NFL WILDCARD WEEKEND: THE REAL SEASON BEGINS

The best sports season of the year is coming to an end but the fun has only started. The college football championship is tonight, the NFL Playoffs begin on Saturday. My predictions of the wild cards this year fell short. Pittsburgh melted down against the Browns and the Raiders and the Titans looked like they were going to win zero games, fought hard and crawled back for 8 wins. What was I thinking picking Washington to win the East? I thought the Cowboys and Eagles would struggle. My Super Bowl pick, Minnesota and Indy, is still alive although looking a little wounded after giving up on perfect seasons.

After a seemingly endless break, the collegiate football season ends tonight with Alabama and Texas fighting for the title of BCS champion. Although the BCS system will never give us a true champion, the football to be played will be top level and will be throughly enjoyable to watch. Heisman winner, Mark Ingram will look to add to his trophy case against a defensive line that gave up sick 4 ½ sacks and 12 tackles to Nebraka's Ndamukong Suh. Texas barley escaped hitting a late field goal to win 13-12. But the experience at quarterback usually plays a big part in big games and Colt Mccoy has a 45-7 record as a starter since he took over after red shirting his freshman year and has been MVP in every bowl game he has played. But football is won in the trenches, Alabama will be able to move the ball and control the clock. The Longhorn defense needs to step up for them win. It is going to be a close ball game but Alabama will pull away with a few break away runs from their star running back and steady quarterback play.

Texas Alabama -4.5

Texas 24 Alabama 27 -4.5


At Cincinnati -2.5 NY Jets

The Jets have a top defense but this is a quarterback league. The Jets did not get a real look against a Bengals team last week that seemed to pack it in before the regular season officially ended after a disastrous defeat of 37-0. How can I pick a team coming off a 37 point loss? Experienced quarterback play. The rookie will be rattled in Cincinnati while Carson will hit Ocho for a few deep ones. The Bengals will put pressure on Sanchez and will force him to make mistakes but the will be close with a few passes being the determining factor.

Cincinnati 28 New York 21

At Dallas -4 Philadelphia

A grudge match in Jerry World. It seems the Cowboys have the Eagles number this year beating them twice. Does Tony Romo have the deep threats to compete with Philadelphia's? Over hyped receiver Roy Williams has hands of stone and the emergence of Miles Austin for Dallas seems shaky at best. Meanwhile the Eagles were playing for a bye last week and failed to show up. Still the Eagles have the weapons and defense players to make this happen at least receiving four points.

Philadelphia 31 Dallas 33

At New England -3.5 Baltimore

The NFL is a quarterback league. This will be proven when Joe Flacco faces the Patriots defense. Look for the Baltimore quarterback to be on his back on most passing plays. The Ravens defense will not force Brady into any turnovers. But they will be hitting hard and this should be an epic battle. I can already hear the ringing in my ear, you might come out concuss.

New England 21 Baltimore 16

At Arizona -1 Green Bay

The Packers did not get a real look at the Cardinals last week in a romp. The Packers season stats look better than the Cards. Lower rush and pass yard allowed as well as more passing and rushing yards averaged. But the Packers do not have two pro bowl receiver, more than just pro bowl but game changing, jump ball garbing, difference making combined with the brilliance of Kurt Warner and you might have another Super Bowl run from Arizona if the defense can step up again. Either way I see a shoot out brewing. Warner has been there and done this, Aaron Rodgers is on his way to becoming a great quarterback but it is not his time, yet.

Arizona 38 Green Bay 34


LAST WEEK: 2-3

SEASON: 43-35

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