And then there were Eight
I must admit, last week’s wild card games were a little disappointing.
The games were not that close, there were no last minute heroics, no great moments of suspense and drama. The best game of the weekend was the NFC wild card, Seahawks at Washington.The Redskins started out by scoring twice and leading in the first quarter 14-0. It was my second opportunity to watch RGIII and I was happy to see him moving around in spite of his brace. But that lead and RGIII’s mobility disappeared rapidly as the game progressed. As you know he was hurt late in the game and has had knee surgery. He is a talented young man, I hope he can recover and be as electrifying as he has been this rookie season.
Here’s what’s on tap this weekend.
The Ravens travel to Mile High to take on Peyton and the Broncos.
I don’t know why but I just can’t get excited about the Ravens.
Flacco and Bouldin did connect last week with some big pass plays. But the Ravens have long been known for defense, but I just don’t think they are dominant enough to control Peyton and the Broncos offense.
The Pack and the Niners are very well matched. This is sure to be a good, close game. There are a few interesting sub-plots, the return of Aaron Rodgers to the Bay Area, to play against the team who snubbed him in the draft. He was a Niners fan as a kid and attended Cal.
Another interesting angle is the league leading quarterback, Rodgers, facing the inexperienced but talented Colin Kaepernick in such a high stakes game. Add to this the Niners hot and cold defensive performances this year and the woes of kicker David Akers, plus the return of injured defensive end Justin Smith, and you have the makings of a classic battle. I will be there and you best believe the Stick will be rocking.
The Texans must show that they are truly an elite team by going into New England and beating Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. This is a good match up and holds the promise of excitement, if, the Texans bring their A game. The Pats have shown some chinks in the armor this season. If JJ Watt can harass Tom Brady and Matt Schaub can score at least 24 points, they could upset the Pats on Sunday.
Those opportunistic Seahawks are playing with energy and poise. Pete Carroll has instilled his Rah-Rah approach into them.
The Falcons, the number one seed are only 2 point favorites! That is really a slap in the face to the Falcons who are the number one seed and have home field. I hazard to guess they are pretty pissed off about those odds.
I do think the Seahawks will put up a fight, but in the end, the Falcons will rally and move into the NFC Championship game.