So here we are, the Superbowl. One of the few times both number 1 seeds made it all the way to the big game, and even more rare as one of the most historically potent offenses goes up against an epically good defense. So the question becomes does the old adage, “Defense wins championships” hold true in this modern pass happy NFL, with the, at least according to Bill Barnwell over at Grantland, most prolific offense in NFL history. The Seahawks defense, while amazing, is in the top 10 defenses of all time, which is commendable, but how does that compare with the Denver’s offense? Personally I want the Broncos to win, not only so that Peyton Manning will get his second Superbowl win so people can stop talking about that and saying he is the best “Regular Season Quarterback” but because he has had such an amazing comeback and such an amazing year. The fact that he is doing without being able to throw the long ball while barely being able to a spiral is certainly something to see. Also, Pete Carroll does not deserve a Superbowl win, what a toolbag. Unlike most Superbowls in the past, this one, as we all know unless you have been living under a rock, is being played outside in New York in the cold. So who knows what the weather will do to both teams. Does it change how I am going to watch the game, since there is a player and team I care about? The answer is no In addition, since this feels like the first year in awhile that we don’t have a wild card team that got hot in the playoffs and rides into the Superbowl, does this feel like what the actual Superbowl should be? The two best teams in the league? I am curious about what both of you think after this, honestly, fantastic playoffs we have had so far. So let’s hear from Jeremy and Jake.
P.S. Broncos 35 - Seahawks 21
Every time I type Super Bowl in my phone it comes up Super Bowel, and sometimes I wonder if it knows something more than I do. I mean on one hand its the pinnacle of all that is American Football, on the other hand its like an Academy Award’s hand job. THESE ARE THE BEST TEAMS IN THE WORLD, stroke stroke stroke. THESE PLAYERS ARE AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME AND IN ELITE CONDITION, stroke stroke stroke. TODAY WE FIND OUT WHO IS THE BEST TEAM IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE FOR THE 2013-2014 SEASON, stroke stroke STROKESTROKESTROKESTROKE STROKE stroke stroke stroke!
Ok that’s a lot of jerking off for something that is named the Bowel. Stay with me here for a minute. While the bowels are great at what they do at the end of the day they deal with a lot of shit. I think sometimes that’s what the super bowl is like, yeah yeah yeah we get it, they are great etc. I mean, who the hell calls themselves a fan of football and doesn’t get jazzed up about the Super Bowl, in so many ways it is fucking awesome. However, its a bunch of commercial shit too, like the whole pavilion thing in Times Square and all of that, its cool but holy hell.
Then there is the cold thing, OH WHY WOULD THEY ALLOW IT TO BE OUTDOORS WHERE FOOTBALL IS PLAYED AND DURING THE WINTER TIME DURING FOOTBALL SEASON!?! What’s the end game in this logic, no northern states get super bowls unless they are covered? Bullshit. This is a game of physicality and playing in weather and cold is a possible situation whenever the season gets into the cold months. Don’t want outdoor and cold weather Super Bowls? I hear Jai Lai could use some fans. Get the snow blowers out on the field, throw some heaters on the sidelines, and get the hell out there and play some football! Everyone gets concerned with the players in these conditions, which I think should have been squashed when the mediterranean climate 49ers came into the frozen tundra and pulled off a win. No one died and you know these guys can’t wait to play football. They are going to be so amped up to be a part of the sport’s biggest spectacle that they won’t be able to feel anything but their hearts about to beat out of their chests due to pure adrenaline. I’m not saying every single Super Bowl should be a cold one, but shit, can we please not whine about it when there is one?
Don’t get me started on the whole Roger Goodell watching it outside thing, quick question, how the hell is this news? This was a whole thing a couple of weeks ago. CBS Sports, USA Today, NY Daily News were all reporting how Roger Goodell is watching the game outside. Is his ass way more precious than the other roughly 82,000 fans that will also be outside? No, and who gives a shit where he watches it? The man makes bank and is responsible for many decisions in the NFL today, he can be in a box with a bottle of Lagavulin 30 year and each thumb up a striper’s asshole and I wouldn’t give two shits.
But Jeremy, you say, he’s on your side and he’s watching it outside and says yay for outdoor Super Bowls and he is making sure it isn’t a big deal to have a cold weather Super Bowl this year. Yeah, is he not making it a big deal, is he really? No, HEY EVERYONE I’M WATCHING IT OUTSIDE OK, BECAUSE IT ISN’T A BIG DEAL, THAT’S WHY I’M MAKING SURE SPORTS OUTLETS ARE COVERING THAT I’M WATCHING IT OUTSIDE OK EVERYONE, is not making sure it isn’t a big deal. Well you know what, he can’t have those strippers on the end of this thumbs anymore now can he? YOUR LOSS GOODELL.
Oh media day, why? I can understand that when the internet didn’t exist how this would be a thing that needed to happen. Let’s look at people answer questions! Uh, Hi, Mitch Cordial with CBS Sports news: “Peyton how great of a season was it this year? Hey Marshawn why don’t you talk to us? Mr. Sherman are you crazy or what’s the deal with that?” Who fucking cares, this shit goes on all season we already know Peyton’s favorite color, the Papa John’s pizza he loves the most, and how happy he is being a badass on the field and how happy he is that his fans and customers are two kinds of high. We have so much contact to the sports world that we don’t need this day anymore it isn’t necessary. Instead do a Google Hangout with the the members of the team or an “ask me anything” on Reddit so the fans can really get in there and make it interesting.
Let’s talk about Marshawn Lynch, but real quick. I respect the hell out of this player, when I got the ESPN text that he got fined for NOT talking to the media all season I damn near threw my phone across the room. ARE YOU SHITTING ME?! WHO CARES THAT HE DIDN’T TALK TO THE MEDIA, GOOD ON HIM. Everyone bitches about these players wanting attention and being Divas, sup Neon Deion. And then if they dare to not talk to the media, that’ll be a fine. Bad form National Football League, more like the National Fineball League. If an NFL player doesn’t want to talk to the media so be it, because for every Marshawn Lynch there are two Richard Shermans.
So is my phone right? Is the Super Bowl REALLY the Super Bowel, yes it is. I mean its an impressive bowel, the kind that Kings dream of in their weekly sex orgies that get weirder and weirder as the years go on.
Meanwhile back on King Island…..Next week the king needs two goats, a parrot, a fat old woman, a fat young woman, two male or female Venezuelans, and an elderly woman from the Bronx, now he says you can you decide on the size of said woman but she must have hairy armpits, oh and make sure all of their bowels are clean.
Annnd... we are back. In reality is Super Bowel a fair name? I think so, but at the same time we all revel in its beauty and majesty. It’s a bowel that we can appreciate and love as though it were the greatest American bowel in all of existence. It’s a spectacle, it is a massive achievement, and its a huge game, but at the end of the day shit is going to flow and a winner will prevail so the world can crown a new leader in the greatest American sport.
Broncos - 34
Seahawks - 23
I’m worried about Jeremy, I think we need to put him on a 24 hour suicide watch, or at least maybe you should stop watching ESPN and listening to sports radio for awhile.
Is the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday yet? I mean, they spend more per commercial during the Super Bowl than what many cable networks spend on an entire series episode. Big Business USA has identified this to be as important as other holidays, and clearly more important than most (do you see them spending this much to continue to commercialize valentine’s day? no. Labor Day? no.) They all create special commercials just for this occasion, just like they do when they tell me Santa wants me to buy a Lexus. Let us have Monday as a nation each year to reflect on the great weekend that just was! It’s not like most of us are any use that day anyways. We just spent ten or more hours eating like its Thanksgiving and drinking like it is “the bender” all over again (that story should be told, Jesse!).
*I would like to get future jobs, so sadly no stories of “the bender.”
SB48. The ‘experts’ are drooling over this one and already hailing it as one of the best games ever played, or yet to be played ...as it is. It is the game that we all hoped for (once our rooting interests were knocked out of the playoffs) and it is exactly what some of us predicted in the preseason. We get “Record Setting Offense” against a Defense that in any other Era may be one of the greatest ever….. but I cannot get over thinking this will be more like those 1990’s Super Blowouts that were over hyped because everyone was ignoring what was (is) right in front of them. People: Peyton Manning has decoded the matrix and he was not even hiding that he did it. You know that he will come into this game hot and throw his wobbly ducks into the only windows that are available and we will all think it is magic. What you may not also realize is that the Broncos are a pretty good running team and their defense is not too shabby either. The Seahawks on the other hand, are feast or famine on offense and Wilson is inconsistent. They’re not winning games on his arm and cannot be expected to. When Manning gets rolling…. and he will… the Seahawks will not catch up. I see this as Broncos 27, Seahawks 20. However, I will not be surprised if it is 40-20 Broncos. For the sake of my own entertainment as I eat smoked briskets and drink cold beers, I hope that the front line of the Seahawks can harass Manning into quicker throws in which the ‘Hawks secondary has covered up so this one stays close enough to remain interesting. But what I really believe is that Manning will Omaha into several running plays throughout the game, not getting many yards but ripping valuable seconds off the clock while cataloging every counter-adjustment made by the defense. He’ll control the game, score when he needs to and prevent any hope of a miracle comeback by taking a 14 point lead into the 4th quarter. The Seahawks will get a junk TD or two but Manning will put them away and collect his trophy and secure that Legend Status.
Have you all watched the Lynch media day videos? For a guy not wanting to talk to the media or be in the limelight, dude has cornered the market and will cash in, win or lose. It’s a trainwreck but fun at the same time.
So, my official prediction: a feel good Manning-fest, with him legitimately winning MVP* and the game
27-20. Manning throws 4 TD’s and maybe a pick, but tops 300 yards.
*Rhodes got robbed back in SB41… 247 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT does not an MVP make… Rhodes was 21 for 113 and 1 TD with a long of 36. He was the difference in the game. Not Manning.
Well after two weeks of the playoffs, are standings are as follows.
Jesse (@rant9space) (3-5)
Jeremy (@Jlippiatt) (1-7)
So well done Jake, you have won the Playoffs, Jerms...you’re fired. I don’t know about both of you, but looking back on my picks, they make absolutely no sense. What was I thinking? I’m an idiot.
Since Jake has a lead that is insurmountable, I am going to let him pick first, and he has a little story to tell.
Each year for the past five or so years, prior to week 1 kicking off, Ryan Flippo and I exchange predictions on the upcoming NFL season. We predict who we think will win the divisions, what their playoff seedings will be and even run through how we think the playoffs and Super Bowl will play out. For the 2013 season we both ended up pretty accurate (our picks are at the bottom of the page for reference). We both predicted the Saints, Packers, Seahawks, 49ers, Broncos, Patriots, Bengals and Chiefs would make the playoffs. I got lucky with the Colts as a wild card and ended up one better this year. Usually, he is more accurate. Flippo predicted this weekend’s AFC matchup and I nailed this weekend’s NFC matchup; both of us even got the location of the games correct. I tell you this not to gloat (okay, I’m bragging a little. We are pretty damn good at this … I WON this year, Flip! HA!), but to tell you that when it comes to the playoffs, I have realized that I am a traditionalist.
I prefer the better teams to win because I think it makes for a better Super Bowl in the end. I like one and two seeds making the Super Bowl over the five or six seeds. The way I see it, teams are built and become who they are over a stretch of 3 years and I like to see the whole ride come to a head against another team that has also been building up for a while. I do not, however, like to see the same teams over and over (and over and over… I’m looking at you, Patriots. Just take a break for a decade, would you?). It should be fairly easy to tell you who, at the beginning of each year, will be good and who will be bad. It’s not hard to predict that a team like the Cleveland Browns, who fires their coach after one season, probably will not make the playoffs this year or next. I also don’t think it’s difficult to tell you that a team like the Chiefs would make it this year because they had an abundance of talent and just needed leadership (enter Smith and Reid). Having said that, I like teams that can run the ball, stop the run and score quickly when needed, given the circumstances of the game. For me, last weekend did not take too much thought to pick. I did not expect to go 4-0 but am happy that I did. This weekend I plan on sticking to my preseason predictions and ride the success of last weekend.
Patriots at Broncos
The “Pats” proved last week that they can be anything they want to be. They can run the ball, or they can throw the ball and then they can muster enough defense to turn the game into what they want it to be. Last weekend I thought the Patriots were better suited to control the clock with the run and limit opportunities for Luck to throw the ball. Obviously, they were and it worked. They will likely try to do the same this weekend, but Manning doesn’t need many opportunities to create success. Last weekend, the Broncos proved that their defense can still show up occasionally and that they can do whatever they want on offense because of that QB. Whereas they did not light up the scoreboard like I thought, they still managed to move the chains and score when they got the chance. I like the Broncos at home this week and I expect more points to be scored due to the excellent playoff weather (high of 58, zero chance of rain). Defensively last weekend, the Patriots only had to stop Fleener and Hilton. They did one of those things. This weekend, there have 5 guys to stop. I respect Belichick but I don’t think they can do it this time: it’s not raining, they’re not in Foxboro and they don’t have enough vertical threats to keep up with the arms race. And again, I’m tired of seeing them in the playoffs and I want my preseason predictions to continue to play out, so, I’ll take Manning over Brady 48-37.
I’d like to be the second to acknowledge that I am awful at picking games and you should put money on the team opposite of my pick. I got nothing last week, I thought I had picked all away teams so I was like, hey, I got one! No, I dodged the right picks like they were good ideas. So awful, oh well Jesse and Sutton can hash it out. I’ll sit back and cry in my bourbon for that disgustingly awful Chargers loss. I mean, we held them to 24, that’s like a win, right?! Right guys?! We had some life there in the 4th quarter, sadly we were dead the other quarters of the game. I was pissed, but oh well its just a game, right? Let’s talk about next SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!
Well well well, the Broncos and the Patriots. So the Chargers fan in me is pissed that we lost to the Broncos and really wants them to get destroyed by the Patriots, because we are all petty little pissants when our teams don’t win. The reality is I want the Broncos to take it all the way to Super Bowl because that means we were beaten by the best, and you can take some solace in that fact. Can the Broncos beat the Patriots, yes they can. I think there is some stat around that Manning never loses twice to the same team in the same year, proven by last Sunday’s game against the Bolts. I think a team that loses always has the upper hand in the next round the play in, in the same season. They know what didn’t work, so they have to try other things. The Broncos defense looked way better than they did later in the season, their run D looked pretty good, and they need that to stop Blount. I want the Broncos to win this one so they can make it to the big game. Mostly because I know if they win the Super Bowl their team will get picked apart and people will bail for more money and they’ll be shit next year. This allows the Chargers to make a playoff run next season, if we can take care of the Chiefs.
Jesse’s hatred wasn’t enough to stop the Patriots. Neck beard couldn’t make it work against them in the 2nd half, it doesn’t help when you give them the ball a few times either. Blount is a damn machine of a man, He’s like a Mack truck on steroid rabies. The Broncos are going to have a hard time containing this guy, he’s a damn beast. The Patriots had a great game, but it was more on the defensive side on the ball with the four interceptions. They also had a clearly amazing run game as well with 234 yards on the ground, most of those from Blount. This is going to be a fun game to watch. Will the Patriots defense be able to stop the Broncos? I really don’t think so, and I doubt they’ll get as many takeaways either. The Patriots defense gets stomped in this one me thinks.
Who wins? Denver Broncos
Why? Manning will slice apart the Patriots defense this go around.
I agree with Jake. I’m a traditionalist, at least in the sense that I want the best teams to be in the Playoffs and I prefer that the better teams make it to the Superbowl. Slight problem with this is that both my Giants and your Packers my friend, would not have won their Superbowls, as they were both wildcard teams. They were certainly not the best teams in the league that year, but they got hot late in the season and played great in the playoffs. So while, in a vacuum, I want the best teams in the playoffs and for the Superbowl, not when my team is involved. I think both of you would agree.
Denver. Denver, Denver, Denver, Denver. Obviously I would pick them because I hate the Patriots, but I also love Peyton Manning. Watching his storyline about how he can’t win the playoffs keep growing, annoys me to no end. Yes he has a losing record in the playoffs, he has also played in 21 PLAYOFF GAMES! He is 10-11, I feel like that is not as bad as people say it is. I have seen some heartbreaking Patriots versus Peyton games, but I think this year, Peyton has the better team. This Broncos team is superior to this Patriots team, in almost every way. The Patriots were able to put together a defense to stop Andrew Luck, but can they stop Peyton and Welker and Thomas and the other Thomas and Decker? If this game becomes a shoot out, can the Patriots stay in it? If the Patriots run the ball and try to kill the clock, can they limit the chances Peyton has to score, maybe? But I not only think so, I don’t believe it. The Patriots can literally suck it. What Belichick is was able to last week was a masterpiece of coaching, don’t think my hate blinds me to his brilliance as a coach. Turning his pass first offense into a power running offense was a work of art. Will it work against the Broncos...maybe. They will have to play it perfectly, and I don’t think they can, I also think this is the most weapons Peyton has ever had, it should be fun to watch.
49ers and Seahawks
After last weekend, I think the 49ers are the best team in the NFL. Did you see they way they manhandled the Panthers? The Seahawks, while handling the Saints offense really did nothing on offense against the Saints barely competent defense. What are they go against the 49ers? Did you notice how as the Panthers were getting more and more desperate, the 49ers kept getting sack after sack? That is what Superbowl winnings team do, reminded of the ‘07 Giants, the team that defeated the 18-0 Patriots. Colin Kaepernick is literally the man. What does he do when it is freezing outside in Lambeau, he tells sleeves to suck it, what does he do when opposing teams blitz, he runs for a first down. As good as the Seahawks defense is, if they stop Kaepernick from throwing, the 49ers can run, if they stop the run the 49ers can pass. As great as Russell Wilson is, he like Tom Brady, does not have enough weapons, he has the Beast and that is it. Also it can’t be said enough, Pete Carroll is a world class douchebag of the first order. I can’t not stand him, and as much as I like Russell Wilson and the fact that they built a great defense in this modern NFL, I just can’t root for him. Sometimes you just like certain players and coaches, and Jim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick are in that camp, I find them both to be compelling to watch.
I can’t wait for this Stanford vs. USC game. Oops I mean 49ers vs. Seahawks game. I’m afraid it might be awful to watch. I know both quarterbacks are explosive, but their defenses are some of the best in the National Football League, and while I appreciate defenses it can just be difficult to watch 3 and out over 3 and out.
The 49ers were that damn 30% of away teams that win in the divisional games and not my bolts, oh well better luck next year. Also I said that to one of my co workers, he said, “now you are starting to sound like a Raiders fan”, which I kindly replied that I don’t have a rapsheet so I’m not sure how I could be a Raiders fan. The 49ers fans know what I’m talking about, those Raiders fans get so stabby during those bay area battles. I really like the 49ers in this game. They have got to overcome that Seahawks defense that play brutally great. Kaepernick is getting it done with the options he has in Crabtree and Boldin. They can run the ball just as well as they are throwing it. In the Panthers game they were pretty even on yardage in the air and on the ground. The Panthers put up a helluva fight and I look forward to their momentum moving forward into next season.
We know the Seahawks are great, we know they are epic at home. We know their fans are louder than an Arnold Schwarzenegger raping American Bald Eagle. We know they cause nearby richter scales to move. We fucking get it, they are a great team and they are destined for greatness thanks to Cheat Carroll. I want the Seahawks to win, I just really have my doubts in this one.
Who wins? San Francisco 49ers
Why? The 49ers stop beast mode and get one up on the Seahawks defense.
Take Us Home Jake!
As expected in the 49ers game, the Panthers had “penalties, clumsiness and turnovers” due to lack of playoff experience and youth, while Kaepernick’s unpredictable ability to come out on top when a play breaks down proved true. Meanwhile the Saints could not stop Lynch or move the ball against Richard Sherman and that inspiring defense in Seattle, also as predicted. Now we get round 3 of the West Division’s best rivalry to date (west division, not NFC. They have nothing on the Packers/Bears rivalry). The Seahawks have had the 49ers number recently and I expect that to continue. Unlike the Packers or Panthers, the Seahawks are capable of stopping Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore. How? They can tackle and play fundamental football, i.e. keep containment. They are disciplined (not by Pete Carroll, by themselves. Carroll is along for the ride; I don’t know that he offers much as a coach other than to let his players play to their strengths). The weather for this one is typical Seattle, niceish with some rain.
The 49ers are this decade’s Eagles of the last. This is their third NFC championship game in a row with one appearance in the Super Bowl as a loss. They have a scrambling, inconsistent QB with a good running game and top 5 defense. I see them staying good for a few more years but never coming away with a Lombardi … just like those 2000’s Eagles. For this game, the 49ers may have success moving the ball, but I think the Seahawks have an answer for the passing game and Kaepernick’s elusiveness; which is the “Legion of Boom”. What I think this game comes down to is …. The refs. If the refs throw a lot of flags, this game will get loooong and boring because the ‘hawks secondary plays physical and is very handsy. There is a possibility that there could be a penalty on every 49ers offensive play, against Seattle. Under the wrong crew they will give up yards to those penalties and the 49ers would have a strong chance to win. If they get a crew that calls a game Frank Winters style and lets the players play, then the Seahawks definitely win this game because all routes will be disrupted and the big physical secondary will prevent more passes than are completed and they will come away with some turnovers. The NFL to publically said before the Divisional round that referee crews were to call games as they did in the Regular Season, but I didn’t notice many more flags against those Seahawks, did you? Having said that, it appears they are going to continue to stay out of the way and not let the ref crews determine the outcome of games, so, I see the Seahawks winning 23-20 and advancing to the Super Bowl. For the record, profootballtalk.com says that Gene Steratore will be the ref for this game with a top rated crew, so the flags may very well fly and ruin my prediction.
In summary, that’s a Seahawks vs Broncos Super Bowl. I like record-setting offense against what may be one of best of all-time defenses. I say that because given today’s rules that protect Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers and everything else that works against Defenses … for the Seahawks to limit teams as they have all year, they may be one of the best defenses of all time. Like I said, I like it the traditional way with those top seeded teams that play well for 17 weeks as the teams we see in the big game. I also like teams that have been on the rise for years to finally meet up in the Super Bowl. Seahawks / Broncos… let’s do this!
After the first week of the Playoffs, the standings are:
Jesse (@rant9space) 2-2
Jeremy (@Jlippiatt) 1-3
So that was a fantastic weekend of Football, so what does the Divisional round have in store for us? Let's speculate!
Saints vs. Seahawks, Saturday, Jan 11 at 4:35pm on Fox
Well how about the Saints winning on the road? I guess they can do it, and honestly the Eagles were the best team of the worst division in the history of anything so take that for what it is worth. So can the Saints go on the road again, to the one place that still actually has a home field advantage and win again? According to Football Outsider, the Seahawks are the most efficient team, with a total DVOA of 40.1% (as a point of reference, Jacksonville’s DOVA was -38.2%, if you want more detailed explanation of what DVOA is and how it is calculated, go here.)
While the Seahawks have the best DVOA, it is built on their defense, not their offense. The homefield advantage of the Seahawks is based on the noise and occasionally the weather. But I don’t think Drew Brees is going to be bothered by noise, but I think he will be bothered by the Seahawks big Cornerbacks. Those guys are big for that position and that is why the Seahawks D is so good. The Seahawks might get Percy Harvin back, but even if they don’t, I think the Seahawks win by running the beast (Marshawn Lynch) and using play-action to get the long plays they need to win. The Seahawks are 8 point favorites in this game, I don’t think they cover, but I think they win. Seahawks 28-Saints 21
First I’d like to take a moment to say I’m only 3 damn points away from being 3-1, so it wasn’t like I was way off on my predictions, I was a bit off on points, so what, you wanna fight about it?! The one I did get was one I’m super stoked about, THE CHARGERS WIN! That was a great game if you are a Chargers fan, man so many ginger turnovers I thought they were selling Arby’s on that field!
Saints in Seattle, yeah I don’t have high hopes on this one either. The Saints didn’t look amazing last weekend, but they barely got the job done. Brees did decent in the chilled air and made some decent plays. I’m guessing they wouldn’t have made it without the Shayne Graham field goals, so good call on the Saints for dropping Hartley and getting Graham. The run game was important in this game with 185 yards on the ground, I expect to see more of that against Seattle. Sadly that doesn’t always work out so well, and their secondary is pretty damn good as well. Can the Seattle offense and defense be stopped? It can, and I’m guessing the Saints are watching a metric ton of tape and gigabytes of digital videos from when the Cards played the Seahawks at home. They need an even run and pass game, oh and some smash mouth defense. I think they can do it, they just played a game similar to this in Philly.
Seattle’s dick is so hard for this game it’d make a horse blush. What an amazing season for the Seahawks and the ol’ Cheat Carroll, oops, Pete. In all honesty the Seahawks are playing at an amazing level as their offense and defense is some of the best in the league and they look great. Except for that blemish at home with the Cardinals. Their head wasn’t in the game and now they need to regroup and refocus. They MIGHT have Percy Harvin back and when the crowd is involved they are unstoppable. There are cracks in the defense and the Seahawks need to bring their A++ game to get this done.
Since I’m waaay far behind in the picks, I’m going full crazy. I believe the Saints have the upper hand in this because they know what they need to do this round, make big plays and stop the the Seahawks.
Who Wins? New Orleans Saints
Why? The Saints are on a high from last week, and they have proven they can win on the road in the post season.
I too was only 3 points away from being 3-1, but as I mentioned last week, the Packers could not find a way to cover the middle of the field so they gave up huge yards on important downs and gave the 49ers position to kick the game winner. Oh well. Maybe this will motivate them to get better.
This matchup, Saints at Seahawks, in my mind is the game of the weekend. The last time the Saints played here in the post-season, Marshawn Lynch was recorded on the richter scale (and if I were voting for the best, most entertaining run of all time, it would get my vote). I think that Brees and the Saints will come with their A-game, but I will not be able to pick against that Seahawks Defense. They are suffocatingly good. They have been building this thing for 3+ years to be the dominant force in the league, and now they are. Richard Sherman may be the best corner of the decade. They allowed (or restricted rather) an impressive 231 points all season long. The only way the Saints win is for that Ryan defense to generate turnovers with good field position and the Saints to get a lead early, because I don’t think Wilson and that offense in Seattle are built to come from behind, but then again they have posted 4 games with 30+ points.
I will go with Seattle at home to win 26-20. I think Seattle is nearly unbeatable at home, they are good enough to mess up the offensive rhythm of the Saints and will run the ball a lot to chew up the clock, while doing just enough on offense to stay ahead on the scoreboard. Meanwhile the Saints just aren’t great on the road.
Colts vs. Patriots, Saturday, Jan.11 at 8:15pm on CBS
I hate the New England Patriots. I hate them so much. I hate Tom Brady and his ridiculous haircuts, I hate Bill Belichick and his inability to express joy in anything, and I hate their reputation for being this great organization, even though all they have done since winning the Superbowl in 2005 is lose two more Superbowls, get spanked by the Ravens a couple of times in the playoffs and turned into the Mid-2000s Colts, a team that does great in the regular season, scores a lot of points and then loses in the playoffs. This Patriots team has no real offensive weapons other than Tom Brady; and their best defensive player, Vince Wilfork is out. So who is going to win this game? Well since the weather played such a big part of the first week of the playoffs, we might as well check on the weather in Foxboro on Saturday. High of 50 and Low of 42 with a 60% chance of rain. That kind of weather is not helpful for either team, and my heart doesn’t allow me to root for the Patriots in any single way, even picking them to win on a blog. Colts 31-Patriots 28.
Wow, I didn’t expect the Colts to make it past the Chiefs, but yet here we are with them in the next round. Quite the nail biter of a game last week, a lot of fun to watch though. The Colts were down 31 to 10 going into the half. They were struggling like hell on both sides of the ball, I knew I picked the correct team to win. Then they claw their way back to win the 2nd largest playoff comeback ever. We all know Luck loves his 2nd half and 4th quarter comebacks, but to do it in the postseason and hang up that many points is impressive. This neck beard can get it done, but against the Pats? I’m not sure, I think the Patriots might be able to take them on offense even with all of their struggles they’ve had on that side of the ball.
We all know now that Jesse hates the Patriots, it's awesome. I don’t hate the Patriots, I really liked their tight ends the past two seasons, mostly for fantasy reasons. Now that one is in jail and the other is broken in a few places, I’m less of a fan for fantasy reasons. Do they have what it takes to beat the Colts? I think so, but this game is really a tossup in my book. In the Belichick/Brady era they are 11 and 3 at home in the playoffs, but 3-3 the past six years, so they are very beatable even though the Patriots are favored to win.
Who wins? Indianapolis Colts
Why? I think they’ll be down going into the half and we know what happens in the second half of that story.
Man, no one hates the Patriots more than Jesse, right? While I’m not a fan of the Patriots, I do like how Belichick goes about his business. I’m not a Brady fan, but respect his game. There is something undeniable about this Patriots team that keeps clearing the house of its household name players but still finds ways to win 10 or more games. Brady literally doesn’t move in the Pocket. He drops back, stands like a statue for what seems like 10 minutes, then finds the open guy. If he were standing behind the Packers O-line, he would not have lasted 3 games this year. Man the Patriots are amazing.
So, enough pissing Jesse off. The Patriots are good but very beatable this year. Andrew Luck is just as good if not better than Brady at this point in each of their careers and the Colts play well on the road. What you need to win in New England is a run game and the Colts are ranked 20th for the season (17th in passing). Wilfork is out for the Patriots, but that may not matter. I see this game coming down to who runs the ball better and controls the clock with the lead. I think New England is in a better position to make that happen. For the Colts to win, they will need to light up the scoreboard, which they are capable of … but I’ll take New England to win, 24-17.
49ers vs. Panthers, Sunday, January 12th at 1:05pm on Fox
Sorry about the Packers Jake. I know you would have been able to go to this game had the Packers made it. The 49ers are turning into your personal Reggie Miller (I’m a New York Knicks fan who was tormented by him in playoffs over and over again to the point that his face makes me want to vomit) and for that I am sorry. But can I say that I love me some Colin Kaepernick? Man he is fun to watch, and now we get to see him in a playoff game with another running Quarterback who can throw the ball deep, Cam Newton. Carolina and San Fran are 3rd and 6th, respectively, in Football Outsiders DVOA rankings, both with great defenses and decent offenses. Carolina has been able to do well on Defense without going blitz crazy, which is always a good strategy in the playoffs (i.e. Giants in 2007 and 2011) Both teams played in tough divisions and have the same record, so this one is going to be tough. The 49ers are actually favored, even though they are playing on the road, that is pretty ballsy. But, when in doubt, take the home team in this round. Panthers 33-49ers 28.
Wow, the 49ers made it out of the really frozen tundra, that is crazy! I mean I know the 49ers are good, but to come into freezing ass cold weather and win, that is insane! Good work on the 49ers what an impressive win. Sorry to Sutton for the Pack loss, but somehow the 49ers were just better. The end of that game was impressive as you know that ball felt like a rock especially after the 3rd field goal, but Dawson picked it up. The 49ers have proven they can win on the road and I’m willing to bet they can do it again. If they can contain Cam and keep that Panthers defense from running them over they can get this one in the bag, they were one point off of a win earlier this year.
RAWR!!! I’m a Panther, get it!? Because of the roaring!? No? Well screw you then. Who would have thought that these cats starting the season at 1-3 would end up damn near winning out, I know I didn’t! They’ve looked great almost all season and only have a few blemishes on their record. They have a defense that can make important stops and an offense that can make key plays when needed. They took care of the 49ers in week 10, and I say they can do it again.
Who wins? Carolina Panthers
Who would have predicted the Panthers as the #2 seed when this season began? Answer: no one. How did they do it? Defense. Theirs is nearly as good as the Seahawks and if they were playing anyone else I’d say home team wins without pause. This 49ers team is good in all phases of the game, but I would say their most impressive quality is the ability to come out on top nearly every time a play breaks down. You can’t beat luck in the playoffs and I think luck is on the 49ers side. Kaepernick threw a potential game-losing throw last week right at Micah Hyde’s face and dude dropped the interception. That’s some luck right there. Also, the 49ers defense is ranked 5th in the league and this team obviously plays well on the road.This is Cam Newton’s first NFL playoff game and he is fully capable of psyching himself out on the big stage. Steve Smith is likely pissed about this Rick Flair incident so I expect (and hope) to see some fights on the field. No one disrespects #89 and gets away with it. I forsee penalties, clumsiness and turnovers from the Panthers. This game, when looking into the team stats and standings should be a 13-6 win for the Panthers. However, I’m going to say that Cam throws a pick-6 and their defense gets its weakness exposed by the unpredictable nature of Kaepernick’s game. I’ll take the 49ers to win an odd one, 21-9.
Chargers vs. Broncos, Sunday, January 12th at 4:40pm on CBS
So I feel like the momentum (which doesn’t exist) is moving towards the Chargers. They beat Broncos in Week 15, both their offense and defense have been playing better as the season progressed. If you watch the NFL at all you know the story line about Peyton Manning in the playoffs and when it is cold. But, and while I can’t find the stat right now, the home teams in the division round have an amazing record. Home field advantage does not seem the exist in the first round, or the conference championships, but in the divisional round they do very well. Also, at least at the moment, the weather for Denver on Sunday is in the 40s with a slim chance of rain. Not exactly freezing. The Chargers won in week 15 but shortening the game, giving Denver as few offensive possessions as possible. That might work again, but if the game turns into a shoot-out, Denver is going to win. But will I go against the bizarre streak of the team that played the Eagles in the their first home game goes to the Super Bowl? Also, 6th seeds have a great record recently in the Playoffs. As a fan of Peyton Manning, I hate saying this, but I think the Chargers win a close one. 41-38.
The game of the week right here! Will they, won’t they!? Can Peyton and his horsies keep up their strong numbers against the hot running Bolts? Fuck no they can’t, not happening. We know how to beat the Broncos, keep the ball out of Peyton’s hands. It is very simple and straight forward. They have so many options when they throw the ball, but if you remove that option their run game is stoppable. There is your key right there, stop them in the air and contain them on the ground. We can score on them and we can stop them.
That said, that always isn’t easy, Peyton knows how to win in the post season and he’s going to do his best to get his team to the big game. They don’t have Von Miller and I’m curious how much that will pan out, they do have Welker healthy so it could be an uphill battle. Typically in this round the home team has a 70% win percentage. I’m adding all of my picks as that 30%, GO BOLTS!
Who Wins? San Diego Chargers
Why? We know how to beat this team and we are ready to make a run at this Super Bowl thing!
I like the Chargers, but this is Manning’s year. 55 TD’s,10 Picks, 342 yards per game, QB rating of 115. I mean, damn! He has 5 receivers with 10+ touchdowns this season… who do you cover? The Chargers scored a ton of points last week but they won’t keep up this time with the Broncos, even though they beat them once already. The problem Denver had last matchup was that they forgot they had a running game, letting Moreno run a whopping 8 times for 19 yards and allowing San Diego to control the clock; Welker was out, Keenan Allen had a huge day, Ryan Mathews had a huge day… Denver has learned their lesson, one dimensional means only one outcome: losing (also, they may consider covering Allen and containing Mathews). I see this as the only barn burner of the weekend. I won’t dive into more stats here, I’ll say Broncos at home win a points-fest 51-38 and continue their march to the Super Bowl.
What makes both College and Professional Football great is their short seasons. Every game matters. In the NFL at least you don’t have to win every game to make it to the Superbowl, which, personally is why I think it is better than College, but I digress.
The NFL playoffs are upon us. The Rant9.com staff all have an NFL team we root for (for me it is the New York Giants, so at least I can be objective this year) so it is time for us to predict the first round of the playoffs. Join me, Jerms and Sutton as we predict the future!
Game 1: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts, 4:35 EST
RED TEAM VERSUS BLUE TEAM!
I find it interesting that both teams are 11-5 and both Quarterbacks threw 23 TD passes. The Chiefs played in a harder division and were very close to winning their division. The Chiefs had one of the best turnarounds the NFL has seen for awhile after getting a new coach and a new Quarterback. Personally, I am happy for Alex Smith, you have to feel good for a guy who should not have been picked number 1 in the draft and then had to deal with multiple coaches and offensive coordinators, getting a second chance to show what he is, a game manager.
The Colts were not supposed to be doing this well so early. Andrew Luck is a fantastic QB and somehow the Colts D with Robert Mathis has been doing a decent job of keeping the Colts in games.
I don’t think the Colts offense has enough weapons to really challenge the Chiefs D, they have not done well offensively since Reggie Wayne was injured, and the Chiefs, which whatever their record has been the past few years, have been drafting some great defensive players. I am saying Kansas City, 28-21. But let’s turn it over to some fellow Rant9ers who watch much more football than me.
Go Bolts! Wait, wrong section. However, go AFC West! I'm going division all the way. We have three AFC west teams in the playoffs and I'm happy to see that. I'm impressed with the Chiefs, it's been awhile since we've seen a team be so awful then so amazing with so few personnel changes (49ers, 6-10 in 2010, 13-3 in 2011). I'm really happy fat Post-Philly Andy gets to show that he's still worth a damn even if he couldn't get rid of his hard-on to start Vick.
What is the Chiefs winning potion? Simple, some really good players. We know the Chiefs have depth and we know they have healthy weapons at their disposal on offense. They can throw the ball and run it and do both well. Charles can make anything happen with the ball. Their defense has depth and they can make great plays when needed. Sacks, fumble recoveries, and pick 6's are the main ingredients in their spicy run to the playoffs and its fun to watch as long as it isn't your team they are playing. This second hand team has shocked all of ESPN week in and week out, then again ESPN loves to be surprised. As a Chargers fan I won't be mentioning last weeks Ref issues, I will ignore that and later thank the Refs for their situational blindness.
Colts, oh Colts. You know, the post Manning era really hasn't been as bad as I had expected. It's been a great run this year and with some more of that neck beard magic they might have a chance. But they'll need a lot of that, and I'm not sure if it has run out or not. They don't have the weapons KC does and they don't have the defense KC does, so I'm not sure how this will pan out for them. I haven't watched them play much, but I know they can be stopped and forced off the field. It was cool of you to make it Colts, but the LUCK stops here! NAILED IT!
Who wins? Kansas City Chefs
Why? Number of weapons on both sides of the ball for the Chiefs and I'm an AFC West homer.
Chief and Colts. At the beginning of this season, I thought Alex Smith and Andy Reid were a perfect fit for the Kansas City Chiefs. It always seems to go well for a talented roster to gain a creative head coach, add to that an expert game-manager like Smith and I figured they were good for 9 wins. I picked them for a Wild Card team, which turned out to be accurate. However, I had no idea that they would be this good and win 11 games. They’ve been bad for so long, I’m happy for them.
The Colts are what they are. They are a team that is well coached and has a talented and developing young QB who appears to be a good leader as well. Their defense is completely different than the Colts we are used to. Gone are the speed-focused days that was designed to play from a Peyton Manning points lead. Now they have the make-up of a more traditional playoff defense. Unfortunately, they are horribly inconsistent. They were blown out this season by the Rams and the Cardinals yet beat the Broncos, Chiefs and Seahawks. This makes me believe that they can get extremely motivated for “big games” while let themselves down in games they should win.
My prediction: Honestly, I like the Chiefs, but I just do not see them winning this one. I see the well-trained fans of Indianapolis with a motivated team whose second year QB has playoff experience, winning a close one against a Chiefs team who are just happy to be there. The Chiefs have enormous talent across their entire roster, but they are very beatable and on the road and lost to the Colts already (yes, the Chiefs are 6-2 on the road, but those wins are against the Gabbert-led Jags, Pryor-led Raiders, Vick’s Eagles (and Andy’s old team), Fitzpatrick’s Titans, Tuel’s Bills, and the game where RGIII was benched for good in D.C. … think about that!) Also, this Chiefs D has allowed an enormous amount of points per game vs playoff teams (169 of thier 305 allowed: 55% in only 6 games. They went 1-5 in those games losing to Denver twice, San Diego twice and the Colts in Arrowhead 23-7); and also their yards per game defense ranked 24th for the season. I see this as a 38-31 Colts win, but I would be happy if I were wrong.
New Orleans Saints vs.
Philadelphia Eagles, 8:10 EST
Oh man. This game should be amazing. Two fantastic offenses, two barely decent defenses. I am so in. I am still in shock that Nick Foles is somehow a good QB, I am still pissed I did not pick him up in Fantasy. Drew Brees and the Saints offense has been great for years now, but they have not done well on the road this year. On that alone, I have to go with the Eagles. Also, does it not make everyone happy that the Cowboys fired Rob Ryan and he helped turn the Saints D around? I know Jerms and Sutton will have more to say and hopefully have some actually information to share, but I have a feeling this game is going to fun to watch and high scoring.
Eagles 45-Saints 31
Saints and Eagles, I hope your dicks are ready America because there is no stopping this high scoring dick jerking thrill ride of a game. Foles is the Quarterback we didn't know had this amazing ability and with him starting they are 9-1, not too shabby. So much better than the constant return of the last dog fighter. The Saints have been having a good season as well, they got their coach back and everyone is playing at a high level, unless it is away from home... I love Brees and Jimmy Graham for fantasy football reasons and get pissed at them for the same reasons.
The Saints will come marching in, but I'm pretty sure they'll be whimpering off the field in this one. How did they get here? Well they've got one helluva an offense even on a bad day with Brees makes plays happen and getting key players the ball. He keeps his shit together and typically makes solid calls and works the defense like a finger puppet. But, BUT, not always. Their defense can make stops, they are the 4th ranked defense in the NFL. They typically don’t allow for a lot of scoring so it always keeps their offense in the game. Their offense is what makes this team good and I’m not sure if the Saints defense can handle the CHIP KELLY OFFENSE, that's why this is going to be a shootout.
Eagles will play a game of throw the ball down the field to some impressive receivers, some of them a little more redneck than others. Its impressive how much better this team got without Vick. Lots of great options in the CHIP KELLY OFFENSE, whatever the hell that means. You know, I'm tired of hearing that, its similar to the ANDY REID OFFENSE except no dog fighters slinging the ball around. The Eagles have an amount of defense, but I'm not super impressed. Either way its going to be one fuck of a game so tune in and get your dick ready.
Who wins? Philadelphia Eagles
Why? The Saints are not playing at home and I'm not convinced their defense can stop the Eagles.
I think disclosure is required before I begin explaining my thoughts on this one. I am a Packers fan who lives in Charlotte and attended the Fail-Mary game in Seattle last season. If the Saints win this one and the Packers finally figure out the 49ers and win, then the Packers come to Charlotte next week and do not have to go back to that blatant-back-to-back-penalty-no-call logic-defying-hell-hole of Seattle where you lose a game even though you clearly won it. So, having said that.
Saints win this one.
The only teams to allow more yards per game this year than the Eagles are the: Bears, Vikings and Cowboys… and I’m pretty sure the Cowboys stopped playing defense for the rest of the season beginning at halftime of the Packers game. So I’m saying the Eagles are the 3rd worst in yards allowed. That should not come into play, though, because you have a hapless offense coming to town, right? No, you don’t. You have the cyborg-arm Brees-led Saints offense who has their riverboat gambling head coach play caller coming to town with a point to make. Also, they have the underestimated Ryan brother as D-coordinator with a chip on his shoulder. This whole team is pissed about last season and the Eagles will be the team they take it out on. Chip Kelly’s offense will not keep up with Brees and the Saints and I’m expecting Rob Ryan to have some nasty play calls up his sleeve for Foles and Chip (Saints rank 4th best in YPG allowed, in case you were wondering).
Both offences are top 5, so it’ll come down to Defense and Special Teams. No one wants me to break down Special Teams, so I won’t. Other than to say that the Saints brought in a fresh leg outdoor kicker just in time for this playoff run.
I say 41-24 Saints win. Look for Jimmy Graham to have a great day.
San Diego Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:05 EST
While I can’t wait to hear what Jerms thinks about this game, I honestly don’t know how to judge these two teams. The Chargers literally had a 5% chance to make the playoffs a month ago, but here they are. The Bengals seem to rise and fall depending on their competition. The Chargers who have beaten some of the best teams in the league have also lost to some of the worst teams in the league, while the Bengals lose games they should win and never seem to raise to their level of talent, also their QB is ginger.
I am going to say the good Chargers show up and embarrass the Bengals.
Chargers 31-Bengals 14
GO BOLTS! YES! We fucking made it somehow! (the refs in that last game, yes I know that is how.) You know what, I don't think it matters. The Chiefs had nothing to gain or lose by winning or losing that game so it isn't a HUGE deal. But yes, please complain about how things are unfair and the refs suck, I'm still busy doing the happy dance because we are in the playoffs. This game comes down to which Bengals show up and which Chargers show up.
I'm saving the Bolts for last on this one. Last week the Bengals were one of my favorite teams, as I needed them to take down “elite” quarterback Joe Flacco, this week I hope they continue their streak of losing in the first round of the playoffs. I watched HBO Hard Knocks this season and thought, man this team looks like they've really got their shit together. They've got some great players on offense and defense, I’m thinking they'll do well this year. Now all I can think of is how much I hope their top two tight ends remain out again this week. The Bengals can get it done on both sides of the ball and thats what makes teams Super Bowl contenders. Good luck Ginger QB and crew, please lose.
I'm not sure if anyone watched the Chargers vs. Chiefs game, it was a great game at the end, but up and down for the Chargers during. We seem to love to do a few three and outs in a row randomly throughout the game and I have no idea why, MOVE THE GODDAMN BALL. It has been another agonizing season of losing to shit ass teams like the Texans and then telling the Broncos, no more horse shit, we win. We win games when Rivers makes long sustaining drives that lead to touchdowns. We keep the defense happy and rested when we do this and they can focus on stopping the other team quickly and effectively. We need to do this again, take away their weapons and make long sustaining drives, that's why it'll be a low scoring game.
Who wins? San Diego SUPER CHARGERS
Why? We played them recently, we know what they do and what they don't do and we can capitalize on this knowledge. Also, Bengals don’t do 2 rounds of playoffs, just the one.
Jerms said it already: which Bengals team shows up and which Chargers team shows up? These teams played each other already this year, and the Bengals came out on top 17-10 in San Diego, but I can’t draw anything from that because these two are so inconsistent. Frankly, this one is a coin-flip. The Bengals and Chargers have both destroyed people at points this year, yet they both have been embarrassed all the same. Whoever wins this will lose the following week unless they go on a Raven-like run where a slightly above average team wins the big game. I’ll pick the team who is 8-0 at home for this say the Bengals win 27-9. Also, I hate watching Rivers throw the ball. He throws if from his chest in more of a pushing motion that defies physics because he seems to be powerful and accurate that way. Have you ever watched the non-athletically inclined friend/cousin/neighbor throw a football? It’s embarrassing and awkward but he somehow manages to get it to you so you don’t say anything and keep playing catch with him? Watching Rivers play is like that. It’s also very much like this:
San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:40 EST
Oh man. I know Sutton will remember this game from year. It was amazing and depressing at the same time. As much as I love running QBs (especially in Madden) I would be a Green Bay Packers fan if I was not a Giants fan. They are great organization to root for, I mean they are owned by the city, how awesome is that? The 49ers, having to play in what is probably the hardest division in the NFL, have a good offense that has been getting injured players back in the past few weeks, and a pretty decent defense. The Packers just got Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb back, but their defense has been pretty terrible this year. I know Kapernick has not had the season that was predicated before the year began, but he has a strong arm, and fast legs, and won most of the games this year with no WRs to speak of. The Packers, getting Rodgers back in time to ruin the Chicago Bears season, are primed for a good playoffs, starting with a game at home. The reason why I can't pick the Packers is their coach, I just don't have faith in him, he just seems to lose these types of games, and Jim Harbaugh, who I love, is a fantastic coach. So the question becomes who will take advantage of the matchups and who can change their gameplan on the fly if the game is not going well? I think we know the answer to that question, and I feel like the 49ers will again dominate the Packers, but the Packers will keep it close.
Final Score: 49ers 31-Packers 28
What a familiar game! This matchup took place earlier this season and in the postseason last year, with losses being handed to the Packers in both, but how does it end this round? What a wonderful question. These are two really good teams when all members are healthy. Kaepernick can make things happen with his sling shot arm and robot legs and Rodgers might be the clutchest QB in the league. Its raw youthful talent versus a hyper cooled number destroying super computer. The Green Bay defense is very beatable though considering the losses we've seen this season.
The 49ers have an amazing division with so much talent. Three of the four teams with 10 wins or more, that’s a difficult division for sure, but a beatable one. With only 4 losses, the 49ers fall 2nd in the NFC West, but good enough for a wildcard spot. They’ve only lost to some of the best teams in the NFL, all of whom are in the playoffs. We know they play at a high caliber on offense and defense. Kaepernick can fire laser balls and run like a zombie on bath salts, this guy is legit. Their defense is the 5th overall and not as great as the Saints defense, but I just feel like they’ve done a better job. Oh well, winning is winning and the Niners are damn good at it.
So the Packers get Aaron back and its like a holiday miracle. He wins the game and the playoff spot all while giving the Bears the nudge out. What a great ending to a season that can best be described as meh. At the beginning of the season, I thought the Packers were a fully developed team unit, like the ones that won the Super Bowl a few years ago, yeah I was wrong. Rodgers goes down and so does that team, man what a shit fest during mid season, thank God Lombardi Rodgers came back for that last game. Weeks 9-13 were just terrible losses and a damn tie, crazy!
Who wins? Green Bay Packers
Why? Rodgers isn’t done yet, he wants to play more football this season. He’s fresh, ready, and he’s looking to score some 49er gold!
The Packers are hosting a playoff game and are having trouble selling all the Tickets? What is this the Twilight Zone? or Sliders? (Editor's note: Sadly it is not Sliders, they have not FOUND THE GATEWAY!!) They’ve packed the house for 300+ games straight. Wisconsoners need to get it in gear and buy those seats and defend the sanctity of Lambeau Field.
They will. They will.
Okay so the 49ers are coming to Green Bay. They have not had trouble winning against the Packers, having beaten them already Week One and obviously who could forget the million rushing yards Kaepernick racked up in last year’s playoff game in SF, which was a 45-31 Niners win. The Packers spent several draft picks in 2013 getting long and fast linemen to rundown the read option QB’s that gave them so much trouble last year. Then, 2013 hits and they focus so much on stopping the read option that they completely forget to cover the middle of the field all year long. Tight-ends and Slot Receivers made themselves millions of dollars this year against the Packers. The only teams that allowed more fantasy points to WR’s and TE’s this year were the Vikings and Eagles. Take if from a guy that watched every down, the majority of those points came from the middle of the field. A.J. Hawk is the only consistent player for Green Bay and he cannot cover everyone. The outside linebackers are out of position seemingly on every play. Also, this team cannot tackle, and they allow almost 8 yards per play.
On a brighter note, it will be freezing cold in Green Bay on Sunday. Last year, the 49ers were at home. They’ve beat the Packers earlier this year in Green Bay, yes, but that was in September. This will be January. In Wisconsin. Have you ever tried to breathe in that frozen air for 4 hours with California lungs? Good luck! I see the 49ers coming out strong and looking like they will dominate only to wimp out and get rocked by the weather and a physical running attack in the second half. The Packers running game has been amazing the second half of the season. I think I heard Fox Sports tell me that Eddie Lacy is the #3 running back in the NFL since week 8. Now you have Rodgers back with a fresh arm and Cobb with a new leg, Jordy Nelson is catching balls like Calvin Johnson and the offensive line is coming off of three 4th down conversion confidence boosters in Chicago. The 49ers haven’t seen these Packers and definately have not experienced this environment. They may just get their asses kicked. I’ll say this goes to the Packers and they win
Join us next week when we will discuss how wrong we were as well as discuss the next slate of games.