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Playoffs- Wild Card Round

Posted on: January 8, 2010 12:27 pm
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New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5)
This is the first of three Week 17 rematches. The Jets crushed the Bengals last week, but the Bengals didn't have much to play for and their effort was questionable. I think Darrelle Revis, possible defensive player of the year, will again lock down Chad Ochocinco who is banged up. The big question will be whether Laveranues Coles and Andre Caldwell can step up. Cedric Benson was out last week and will be back and he will also have to carry the load against the league's number one rated defense.
For the Jets, it will be how much weight will be on Mark Sanchez's shoulders. Can Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene continue to pound the rock and move the chains? If they can't and have to throw the ball, Sanchez could struggle against one of the better CB tandems in the league.
My Prediction: I think the Bengals will force Sanchez to beat them and he will make too many mistakes on the road again. Bengals 20, Jets 13

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (-4)
The last time these two teams met three times was back in 1995. The Cowboys won 30-11 in the playoffs after splitting the regular season meetings. The last time the Cowboys swept a division rivalry and met them in the playoffs was in 2007 and they lost to the New York Giants who went on to win the super bowl. It's never easy to beat a team three times in the NFL and the Cowboys will have to win two in a row in back to back weeks. The Eagles had a lot to gain last week (the number two seed and a bye) and were shut out. The Cowboys ran all over the Eagles and shut down their explosive offense. The interestingmatch up will be the Eagles DeSean Jackson versus Terence Newman. Jackson quickly made bulletin board quotes despite getting getting shut out last week. There were deep opportunities that were missed last week.
The question for the Cowboys will be how will they react to an Eagles score and possibly being down? They have shut out their last two opponents and a score could deflate them. How will they bounce back? Blame each other or press on? The other question will be the Cowboys finishing drives. After a great start this season, the Cowboys have lost their offensive identity. They can't finish drives in the end zone and last week, with a 7-0 lead, turned the ball over in the red zone. They cannot afford those mistakes in the playoffs, especially with the weight of 13 straight seasons without a playoff win on their shoulder. Tony Romo will need to continue to play mistake free.
My Prediction: Brian Westbrook for the Eagles hasn't looked the same and he will hurt as he always gave the Cowboys problems. The Cowboys will stop the big plays from killing them. Cowboys 27, Eagles 17.

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (-3)
This will be the secon d meeting between the two and the first came down to the wire. The Patriots pulled out victorious, but will be without their outstanding WR Wes Welker. Welker was the key guy that moved the chains. He took care of the middle of the field while Randy Moss concentrated on the outside. Rookie Julian Edelman will have to fill Welkers shoes. The Ravens Ray Rice and Willis McGahee are a great tandem and could have a big day against the aging Patriots defense. The big match up will be how Randy Moss versus Ravens pass coverage. If the Ravens can keep Moss from having a big day, Tom Brady will have to trust other targets he isn't used to in the playoffs. 
The Patriots will have to contain Rice and McGahee to be able to win. 
My Prediction: The loss of Wes Welker will be big and if the Ravens can grab an early lead, the running game will help them keep it. Ravens 23, Patriots 17. 

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (PK)
This last Week 17 rematch isn't exactly a rematch since the Cardinals didn't even try. The Cardinals did leave Anquon Boldin in too long and he injured his knee which looks to limit his ability this week. The Packers have been one of the hottest teams in the NFC and Aaron Rodgers has been taking a lot less sacks. It also helps that Ryan Grant has found his ways again. 
The best match up of the week will be Larry Fitzgerald versus Charles Woodson. If Woodson can clamp down Fitzgerald, it could be a very long day for Cardinals fans just like it was last week. 
With Boldin injured, the Cardinals running game with Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower will have to run the ball well. The two, however, have combined for nine fumbles. They will be facing the leagues number two defense.
My Prediction: I think the team that wins the turnover battle will win the game. The Cradinals will be the team that turns it over. Packers 30, Cardinals 21.  
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Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2010 10:18 am
 

Playoffs- Wild Card Round

There have been only six NFL running backs to eclipt the 2,000 yard mark rushing, and I will explain to you what I think is the best rushers to do so. It's not a career thing, it's a single season thing. These are the best 2,000 yard seasons in my opinion.
WARNING: This may offend you...Barry Sanders fans.
1. Terrell Davis, Denver , is the best 2,000 yard rusher I have ever seen and in my heart, is the best RB I have ever seen play the game. There was a great reason why John Elway didn't win a title until his last two seasons, and that reason was Terrell Davis. Davis punished defenders in every facet of the game. He would juke you and if the defender didn't buy the juke, he would bull doze his way through. Many will say that Mike Shanahan's zone blcoking scheme had many RBs gain over 1,000 yards, but the fact was Shanahan could never find another like Davis who destroyed opponents. Davis may not have had that flashy TD score, but he did what football die hards appreciate the most...he mad the trenches even more painful for defenses. Elway rarely had to deal with a long situation because it was a guarantee that Davis was going to win yards with just his effort.
2. Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles - Dickerson led a team with absolutely nothing to the playoffs and played in a close game, lost 10-7 to the NY . He had Jeff Kemp for a QB and his leading WR had 34 catches for the entire season. Yet, Dickerson was able to earn over 2,000 yards. If there is any RB in the history of the NFL who had nothing, it was Eric Dickerson, and he shattered a record in the process. Dickerson did gain over 120 yards in the Rams defeat in the playoffs.
3. Jamal Lewis, Baltimore - Lewis came into the NFL and helped a bad offensive team win a super bowl. His 2,000 yard season didn't happen until a couple of years after the super bowl run. Everybody remembers that Trent Dilfer was the QB for the Ravens when they won a super bowl. What people refuse to remember is that and Anthony Wright were the Ravens QBs during Jamal Lewis' phenomenal season over 2,000 yards. It did help playing the twice during that season, but a division title is a division title. Lewis' only help was TE who led the team in receptions with 57 receptions. Who was their best WR? Travis Taylor. Need I say more?
4. OJ Simpson, Buffalo - Simpson had his single season rushing yars records broken, but I think he is secure to never have his yards per game average broken. Simpson averaged 143 yards per game in his then NFL record season. He only played 14 games which was the standard in the NFL during his era. Dickerson broke his record but at fewer yards per game due to the elongated season. Simpson's Bills had a respectable 9-5 record, but back in his days, it wasn't good enough to make the playoffs. Simpson didn't have any help at all either when it came to receivers taking the pressure off the running back. The leading WR for the Bills had 30 receptions in his record year. OJ may be hated for reasons off the football field, understandably so, but the fact remains he was one of the best in the NFL at running the ball.
5. , Tennessee - Sanders fans have to be stewing by now, but let me make my last few points. Chris Johnson, the only player to rush for than 2,000 yards whose team didn't make the playoffs in the modern era, was the only focus of the Tennessee Titans. Johnson, like others on this list had no help. His biggest fault is that his team dedicated the end of their season to helping him get over 2,000 yards. Their goal was to break the record and they fell short. The Titans had the worst record out of all the 2,000 yard rushers, but when you look at their roster, it was of no surprise. What makes Johnson's season great is that he was only in his second season and he also shatter Marshal Faulk's single season record for total yards. What that means is that not only was Johnson a threat with the ball out of the backfield, he was a threat catching the ball as well. Johnson had to deal with a QB change as well as having nothing for WRs to take the pressure off of him.
6. Barry Sanders, Detroit - In my opinion, Barry Sanders' 2,000 yard season was the least important out of all of the RBs who conquered the feat. Sanders proved that age was not a factor in the record as he was 29 years old when he gained over 2,000 yards. However, Sanders greatness during the season did not translate into the playoffs. His amazing 6.1 yards a carry was almost cut in half in the playoffs versus the , the same team he burnt during the season for 215 yards. 18 carries for 65 yards does not cut it for a 2,000 yard rusher, and I don't care who the defense is. People can argue that Sanders' QB was ineffective, Scott Mitchell- 79 QB rating, but he had studs for WRs, Herman Moore and Johnnie Morton. Moore had 104 receptions and Morton had 80.
Terrell Davis is the only RB to gain over 2,000 yards and win a super bowl. Many want to claim he was just part of a great system, but I think he was the the reason why the system became great. Part of the greatness for a running back is making every yard count. Every time the QB gives you the ball, make it count. Part of making it count is by reading holes and not losing yards that can easily change the flow of the drive. Davis exemplified making every yard count. He refused to lose yardage and when the QB gave him the ball, it would be at worst, a different down with the same amount of yardage to go. Maybe it's his very short career or even the hype of John Elway, Elway deserves the hype, but Davis is lost in  the argument for greatest RBs of all time. Obviously, a bad RB doesn't get 2,000 yards. It's an elite class of its own. In my opinion, Terrell Davis leads that elite class. My argument for him other than that will continue...



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2010 10:49 pm
 

Playoffs- Wild Card Round

I can't make  a statement on Keith Brooking for the Falcons, but all I can say it is very impressive how he took the leadership reigns starting in Week 1 against the Buccaneers. He was up in guys faces on the sidelines from the start. He may be the missing link the Cowboys needed this year. It may be because he is surrounded by better players and expects better but that is pure specualtion and that probably doesn't make you feel better about your falcons.



Since: Jan 11, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2010 5:41 pm
 

Playoffs- Wild Card Round

I need to ask a question. Why do Keith Brooking play with so much passion and fire for the Dallas Cowboys but did not play that way when he was with the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons would have had a good defense if he had played the same way. Just do not understand. All good players that leave Atlanta and play for other teams all of a sudden turn into allstars.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2010 12:30 pm
 

Playoffs- Wild Card Round

Pat fan here.
Most people think tom brady has only a few players he can trust.
But look at the past WRs that he had in the super bowls.
Most of them didn't get 1000 yard seasons.
And he hit 8 different recievers in all his super bowls.

Those super bowl years, he spread the ball well throughout the season. He didn' have a WR that had over 100 catches and Welker had 123 and he missed a few games. The other three WRs the Patriots have right now combined for 23 catches during the season. I thought it was safe to say there isn't much trust. By trust, I mean experience.



Since: Nov 11, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2010 4:59 pm
 

Playoffs- Wild Card Round

Pat fan here.
Most people think tom brady has only a few players he can trust.
But look at the past WRs that he had in the super bowls.
Most of them didn't get 1000 yard seasons.
And he hit 8 different recievers in all his super bowls.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2010 2:46 pm
 

Playoffs- Wild Card Round

As a Cowboys fan, I hope the Cowboys OLBs and DEs don't over penetrate when rushing the passer. They did a good job containing McNabb in the pocket and if McNabb gets flushed out and gains a few seconds, that is where DeSean Jackson is deadly. DeMarcus Ware also sprained his neck over penetrating.


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