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THE DIVISIONAL ROUND PLAYOFFS

Chargers and the Broncos

Let’s start off with the Chargers and the Broncos.  Peyton Manning is one of the best QB’s ever if not the best.  His only critisicm is that he can’t play in cold and he is not as great in the playoffs.  The cold itself may not be a factor maybe it’s just playing away from home that might be a little difficult for him.  The reality of it all is that Peyton isnt completely to blame for when his teams failed in playoffs past.  Teams in the playoffs make their defensive schemes to take away Manning and the rest of the team does not step up that is why they lose.  Denver is a team that has alot of pressure on it.  It is not one of them teams that sees going to the playoffs as an accomplishment; they are built to win now and anything short of at least a Superbowl appearance is not accepatble.  Philip Rivers is an amazing QB and the Chargers are playing with house money.  These guys with skill and alot of luck got into the playoffs so it is an exciting ride and I don’t think it will end this week.  It will be a very close game it could be a shootout but the Chargers will find a way to pull it out because these teams see each other twice a year.

CHARGERS 34 BRONCOS 31

Colts and Patriots

The matchup that most people would love is if Broncos won and Colts won this week so that the AFC Championship would be Luck against his predecessor Manning.  Sorry to say that won’t happen this year.  The Patriots will win this one.  Andrew Luck showed us last week that in his second year he is even better than we thought.  They proved to be a team that despite losing a big piece in Reggie Wayne; they came together and steped up to the occasion.  This game will definitely be close and despite the power of both offences it may be relatively low scoring.  This year Brady is playing lights out and no the stats are not there to prove that.  They have lost Gronk, Hernandez and Welker which were Brady main targets and Brady was still able to get 12 wins.  With a week off to prepare expect Belicheck and Brady to be ready to win.

PATS 27 COLTS 20

 

Panthers and 49ers

The Panthers deserve alot of praise for turning around their season after starting slow they finished very strong.  Cam Newton has matured through this season and is showing why he is a superstar.  They have a great running game and dominate the line of scrimage.  Their defence is one of the best in the league. They however will not win this game they have no chance.  These teams have played earlier this year and Carolina came out with the win.  This time the 49ers will come out with the victory.  These teams are known for the same things.  They all run the ball well, have QB’s who are athletic, great defences and can dominate the clock.  The difference in this is Michael Crabtree.  This one man changes 49ers from an average offence to a very good one.  Their passing game will be the key and Carolina only has Steve Smith who is a real receiver. San Fran had Boldin and davis all year but that 3rd  reciever will be a big impact.

49ERS 24  PANTHERS 13

 

Saints and Seahawks

Sean Payton is an amazing coach and showed last week that the Saints can pull off a win on the road in the playoffs.  He will be doing things to try and simulate the envirnoment they will be in this week in Seattle.  Truth is though the Saints defence has lost some key people on defence and despite Rob Ryan being a good defensive coordinator they won’t be able to hold Seattle in check.  Seattle does not have an amazing passing offence but their great running game allow for a decent pass game.  Drew Brees will have a difficult night against this amazing defence seeing that the Eagles defence made it hard for him.  Seattle’s defence will show up in a big way in this game and help Seattle to make it to next week to face San Fran.

SEAHAWKS 21 SAINTS 13

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND

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Posted by on January 8, 2014 in BLOG POSTS, SPORTS POSTS

 

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WHY LUCK GOT LUCKY AND NICK FOLDED?

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Saturday Wildcard football was indeed wild and was probably not what someone who bets on football would like.  The two games combined was a deficit of 3 points.

Lets start off with Indy which showed a hell of a lot of heart.  In the first half of the season Indy was a darkhorse to the superbowl.  Times have changed and no they will not make it this year but they played a game of the ages.  This first off put to bed any doubt from last year that RG3 should have been the first pick.  Luck is great and he has no quit in him.  KUDOS also goes to the coach who after being down by 28 still had his players feeling that they could win.  Now that is out of the way lets get to the real reason why the Chiefs lost.   In an earlier post I picked them to win and really they should have but in all honesty it seemed that they were cursed.  The injury monster was out in full force and seemed to take all prisoners except Alex Smith and Andy Reid.  Lets give a shout out to Smith first off who played a Hell of a game and showed he is one of the better QB’s in the NFL.  I will go as far as to say with him instead of Kapernick SF may have Won the Superbowl.  You have to also see that Andy Reid did an amazing job in turning around the team and getting them into the playoffs. Jamaal Charles is one of the best running backs in the league and they key to the Chiefs offence.  He left the game early with a concussion and that may have sealed their fate because he was their main way to control the ball and time of possesion.  The loss of Flowers their best CB and Avery a very fast receiver really contributed to their late game collapse.

The Philly and Saints game despite how powerful both offences were seemed relatively low scoring.  Drew Brees was off target for alot of the game not really connecting as he usually does.  The already beaten up Saints secondary lost probably their best remaining CB to a possible concussion.  This loss was quickly taken advantage of by the Eagles defence.  Before this however my theory on Nick Foles held true.  Teams before the year started only really had game tape on Vick and his tendencies etc.  They had very little to go on when it came to Foles that led to his success.  Foles is not a bad QB but he is not great.  The NFL is a league of adjustment and next year Foles will have a hard time achieving the success he did this year.  First off he is not a tested QB they barely pulled out a victory against the Cowboys with a backup QB.  He also only offers a pocket presence and has no ability to run which makes him one dimensional and eventually teams will be able to prepare better for him.

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