Time once again to put away the news and politics for a few and put on the prognosticators hat and talk a bit of football. Let’s talk about how I did last week.
A best of video showing the best hits from this year to start things off.
My Call #1: Ravens 31, Dolphins 17 Actual Score: Ravens 27, Dolphins 9
Win for me here. Not too Bad. This is a first for me. I underestimated how bad Chad pennington would be. Four Picks. Ouch. THAT’S the quarterback the jets got rid of, not the guy who beat the jets to take the Patriots out of the playoffs. I knew that performance was a goof. The Ravens were, well… the Ravens. The D Manhandled the Fins and the offense was adequate enough to get the job done. Flacco sucked, but they won so that can be forgiven…in round one.
My Call #2: Colts 27, Chargers 14 Actual score: Chargers 23, Colts 17 in OT.
LOSE. Ummm… I did not forsee Darren Sproles opening up a can of whop ass quite that large on The Colts. He put them in good field position with 178 yards in punt and kick returns. But that wasnt it. He caught 5 passes for 45 yards and ran for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns, including the 22 yard gamewinner in overtime to put Peyton and Co. out of commission. Peyton wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t great either. 310 yards and 1 touchdown. 310 is nice. 1 touchdown from him is something of a letdown. The Colts run game never really got goingthe chargers held the colts to 64 total ground yards. WTG Bolts! Not so WTG to me for not forseeing this.
My Call #3: Eagles 37, Vikings 24 Actual score: Eagles 26, Vikings 14
I’ll call this a win for me. I expected more from these teams offensively. I did not expect Tavaris Jackson to suck quite as much as he did, and While Adrian Peterson was good, he wasn’t good enough to get the Vikes past the Eagles here. I also thought Brian Westbrook and the eagles run game would be better on the ground than they were. The Vikings held the Eagles to 67 yards on the ground, but were burned by McNabb, who spread the wealth and threw to everyone but me out there last week.
My Call #4: Falcons 30, Cardinals 13 Actual score: Cardinals 30, Falcons 24
LOSE. The Falcons had no answer for Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, who between them amassed 180 yards and 2 TDS. I thought the Falcons would adjust better to the Cards gameplan, but it just never happened. The Cards shut down the ground game and challenged Matt Ryan to beat them, and he just didn’t have it. But no worries for the Falcons. This kid Ryan is good and he will learn from this.
And all that means what? It means I went 2-2. Lost the Saturday games, Won the Sunday games. Onto the Prognosticating!
Game One. Saturday. Ravens V. Titans. Titans are excellent at home, going 7-1, with their only loss at home being against the Jets in week 12. This Titans crew played a tough one against this Ravens team week 5 and won a squeaker 13-10 on ten points scored in the 4th quarter, including a Collins TD throw to Alge crumpler with less then 2 minutes to go. But the Ravens played them tough until then. I expect the same kind of thing to happen to them this week. A brutal defensive match. A squeaker, with the Ravens ahead most of the game, but the titans win a close tight game. Final Score: Titans 17, Ravens 14
Game Two: Saturday. Cardinals V. Panthers. The Cardinals don’t belong here, but they don’t know that, and I expect with Boldin and Fitzgerald ready to go, they won’t go down quite so easy. The Panthers are a good team tho, well rounded and strong. I expect In the end the run game will be a bit much for the Cards to handle in Carolina. I expect D’Angelo Williams will be more than equal to the task. 3 td’s, 150+ yards for him here. Final Score: Panthers 31, Cardinals 27.
Game Three: Sunday. Giants V. Eagles. I am a Giants fan. I will not say anything about this contest except GO GIANTS… well, maybe a little. Westbrook will play well, but The Giants D will bend but not break under Westbrook’s onslaught. Both QB’s will be contained. Giants will run all day, and it will pay off in the end. Final Score: Giants 27, Eagles 21
Game Four: Sunday. Pittsburgh V. SanDiego. This one looks like an easy win for the Steelers, but I’ve looked past this Chargers team before. I won’t make that mistake again. Ben has had time to heal up from the concussion he suffered in the last week of the season, and he’s at home playing in the Playoffs, and a healthy Willie Parker will do more than enough damage in the ground game to more than make up for the Bolts Mighty mite Darren Sproles does when the Bolts have the ball. This one’s gonna be a sqeaker, but I’m seeing a Steelers win here. Final Score: Steelers 26, Chargers 24
How are you seeing things in this weeks divisional round? Am I right? Wrong? Out of my friggin Mind? Drop me a line and let me know!
That’s it for me. Later!