Archive for January, 2014
New England @ Denver
Well we’ve seen this before. Once again Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will face off with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. Only difference is the new location for Peyton as the Broncos are one win away from realizing the dream they installed when they signed Peyton. Of course the always resilient Tom Brady and the New England Patriots stand in their way in the matchup that we all wanted to see. In their first matchup this year it was a close victory by the Patriots that was a special teams mistake from being a possible tie after the Broncos blew a 24 point lead. This sundays entry into the Manning vs Brady story will be a close one as usual especially now that the Broncos defense has to pay extra attention to the Patriots running game after last week they ran all over the Colts. I think being so close to the promise land and after the disappointment last year the Broncos will reach the Super Bowl beating the Patriots by a late field goal. Denver 31 New England 28
San Francisco @ Seattle
Similar to the AFC Championship Game, the NFC Championship Game has the matchup that we all wanted to see. The third meeting of the NFL’s newest, greatest rivalries, the Seahawks and the 49ers. This game has me torn. On one hand I picked the 49ers in the beginning of the year to win the NFC and go to the Super Bowl. On the other hand, I like the Seahawks this year more and of course the game is being played in Seattle with their crazy 12th man which will swing the game towards the Seahawks. The Seahawks need Russell Wilson to have a better game than he did against New Orleans and more like the previous match up this year at home against San Francisco, so I think he will have a great game and will lead the Seahawks to New York against the Broncos in the Super Bowl. Seattle 27 San Francisco 20
Baltimore’s Joe Flacco was bragging in the off-season that he was the best quarterback in the NFL and no one took him seriously. Well, he tried to prove it against Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos with his impressive last-minute, 70-yard throw to Jacoby Jones for the touchdown knocking out the Denver Broncos out of the playoffs with a 38-35 double overtime victory last Saturday. A desperation pass on a third-down play with just 41 seconds left in regulation.
They don’t have timeouts left, and they were trailing by 7 points, Joe Flacco let loose the ball to a sprinting Jones down the right sideline into double coverage. Safety Rahim Moore attempted to knock the ball by jumping in the air, and Tony Carter tried to stop it but instead Jones caught it easily for a 70-yard touchdown to tie the game and force overtime. Flacco had 18 of 31 passes for 331 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
We may not agree about Joe Flacco being the best quarterback in the NFL, but in this game his was better than Peyton Manning who had 3 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions.
San Diego @ Denver
The magical run for San Diego continues this week in Denver against a Bronco team that the Chargers have beaten in Denver this year which should give them plenty of confidence this week. Still, they are going up against one of the greatest offenses in the history of the game lead by the all but certain MVP Peyton Manning who is putting together one if not his best season to date. The fact than San Diego did go into Denver and beat the Broncos will keep Denver focused on the final prize and not look over the Chargers. Denver won’t have a repeat of last year against the Ravens and get past San Diego with relative ease. Denver 37 San Diego 20
Indianapolis @ New England
Well we’ve seen this matchup before in the playoffs, but this one will have a very different feel to it. Not Brady vs Manning, but now Brady vs Luck. After their improbable comeback win against Kansas City last week, the Colts head outside to play the 2 seed New England Patriots why now know no lead is safe when facing the Colts. The Colts have not had the best luck (no pun intended) when playing in New England and I expect this weekend to be no different. Brady and the Pats do what the Chiefs couldn’t do and put the Colts away for good. New England 28 Indianapolis 19
New Orleans @ Seattle
How many times have you seen the Lynch run this week? I think my count is up to at least 15. We can only hope for a moment as memorable as that one this week when the Saints play the Seahawks. The last meeting between these two teams was less than a spectacular contest so lets hope we get a better game than a 34-7 blowout by the Seahawks. While I do believe the game will be closer than the previous meeting, I think the result will be the same with the Seahawks defeating the Saints. Seattle 26 New Orleans 17
San Francisco @ Carolina
San Francisco is riding high after their last second win last week in Green Bay and look to go 2 for 2 on the road this postseason when they play Carolina whose leader and heisman winner Cam Newton is making his first playoff appearance after winning the NFC South. San Francisco is biting at the bit to return to the Super Bowl and winning their last six games makes them one of the hottest teams in the NFL, facing Carolina who are winners of 11 out of their last 12 including a tight 10-9 victory over the Niners in week 10. I think the experience of the 49ers will prove to be the difference maker this week and they will meet Seattle next week with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. San Francisco 31 Carolina 26
Kansas City @ Indianapolis
The first wild card matchup features two teams who have been at the bottom of the league over the past two years and fought back to the postseason. What a season 2013 has been for Kansas City after a disastrous 2012 was. After bringing in new head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith, the Chiefs went from 2-14 to 11-5 and a wild card berth. For Indy, 2013 brought more growth for Andrew Luck and the Colts winning the AFC South and making the playoffs in back to back years. The best matchup in this game will be the Colts offense against the Chiefs defense and the Chiefs d haven’t looked as strong at times this year. Indy will used the home dome advantage to handle the Chiefs and get Andrew Luck his first playoff victory. Indianapolis 24 Kansas City 14
San Diego @ Cincinnati
What a crazy week San Diego had last week. Needing losses from Miami & Baltimore would be stressful enough but surviving a missed field goal from Kansas City and getting the coveted win would put several Chargers fans in the nut house. They now travel to the winners of the AFC North, the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals, making their third straight playoff appearance, were so close to getting the coveted bye week but came up just short and now have the Chargers to deal with in the wild card round. Good for the Chargers getting into the playoffs but they almost missed out losing to the Chiefs backups so I’ll take the Bengals at home. Cincinnati 34 San Diego 21
New Orleans @ Philadelphia
I’m still surprised the Saints are in the wild card round rather than resting this week with a bye as the NFC South division champions but losing three out of your last five games while the Carolina Panthers play red hot and take the division from you. So now they have to leave the nice comfy dome and play on the frigid, icy field in Philadelphia who last week survived a Romo-less Dallas team to get to the playoffs. If this game is played in New Orleans I’m taking the Saints but fortunately for the Eagles it’s not. The weather is suppose to play a big part this weekend so I expect LeSean McCoy will have a big game leading to the Eagles coming out with a W in a very close game. Philadelphia 24 New Orleans 21
San Francisco @ Green Bay
Another example of the location having a big impact on who I’m picking this week, the 49ers travel to the icy Lambeau Field to play the Packers who somehow made the playoffs after one of the craziest seasons in their stories history. Losing Aaron Rodgers for almost a third of the year almost took the Packers out of playoff contention. But thanks to Matt Flynn keeping the Pack close to the top of the NFC North and the Bears and Lions not wanting the title, the Packers improbably won the division over the Bears and face the Niners this week. I don’t think the Niners will be able to handle the horrible conditions along with a revitalized Packer team. I’ll take the Packers in a close one. Green Bay 27 San Francisco 24