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AFC playoff predictions 2010

Posted on: January 3, 2011 7:20 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 7:21 pm
I was thinking about not doing this cuz of course the critics. Decided to do it anyways. Here is my AFC playoff predictions in which I will give a breakdown of each game in which why or why not they will win or lose that ball game.

AFC wildcard:
#5 Ravens vs #4 Chiefs-Chiefs ended their season with a loss to the Raiders. Their offense seemed like it couldn't get going vs the Ravens. Of course it can change on any given day. Not the momentum you want coming in vs the Ravens. I think Chiefs got a much tougher matchup than they wanted. Could have faced the New York Jets. Anyways I figure the Chiefs will be able to get the running game going, but mistakes by Matt Cassel will cost them in the end. Ed Reed will snag an INT in this ball game for sure. It will come down to their passing game in the end which again I don't think will win them the game. Figure the experience in the playoffs will be a factor in this ball game. Ravens are the favorite, but anything could happen. They will establish a running game and will make this a ball game. It will be closer than one would think. I say Ravens win 7-10 points.

#6 Jets vs #3 Colts-A team the Jets didn't want to see. Last year we all know what happened. I'm not gonna base my prediction on last year o. Jets have struggled thru their last half of the season. Going 9-2 and losing some games along the way to finally make the playoffs. I don't know if I would say the Jets are far more improved than they were last year. Record wise it shows, but their passing game still stinks, rushing game wasn't what it once was, yada yada yada. I don't think the Jets will rush that well vs the Colts even though they have a history of giving up huge yardage on the ground. Their rush defense has improved not giving up huge numbers to the Titans which is impressive. I think Manning will have a great day and have more than 3 passing TDs. Garcon will have an outstanding performance. Colts will win this ball game. Not big, but they will win by more than 10 points. Ends will be in Sanchez face all day, but I figure that their passing game will be the reason they stay competitive in the game.

AFC Divisional round:
#5 Ravens vs #1 Pats-Figure this will be a good game. It will go down to the very second. Unfortunately I figure the Pats will pull it out to go on to the AFC championship. Thanks to Joe Flacco passing game inconsistant. He will cost the team the game. Not really a lot of breakdown. Everyone knows what to expect. Ravens defense will keep it close. Rice will rush for over 100 yards. Flacco will have a chance to lead his team to victory, but loses in the end thanks to inconsistant play.

#3 Colts vs #2 Steelers-Figure Mendenhall will have a great day on the ground. Home field is always good to have. Figure Pittsburgh passing game won't be much of a factor cuz I figure Colts ends will be in Ben's face all day. It will be important for the offensive line to protect Ben, but I doubt they will which will lead to some short routes to convert on 3rd down.  Mendenhall and "RedZone will have a big day. That will be the focus for the Steelers offense. Peyton will throw some INTs in this game and their running game won't be there. Figure it will happen. Big win for Pittsburgh!

AFC Championship:

#2 Steelers vs #1 Patriots-Patriots will be at home and have everyone picking them. Last time around it was a lot different than it will be this time around. Steelers have a new kicker, they may have Aaron Smith, have more than 5 healthy offensive lineman to play the game, Steelers will have far more determination, Steelers are under the radar this time around, no one is picking them which is an advantage for the steelers as well. The list goes on! Fact is this will be a helluva game. Last time Patriots came in with a huge loss to the Ravens which brought out more determination and more of a reason to want to win the ball game. Figure the Steelers didn't take the game seriously enough. Which it is a regular season game of course. Playoffs is where the Steelers play the best. Number 1 defense in the league along with the kicker only missing one field goal since being signed after the Pats game. Impressive if you ask me. Steelers offense looks great. The factor in this game will be to put pressure on Tom Brady. That offensive line holds just as much as Rex Ryan holds his wife's feet. LOL! Maybe this time around the refs will be looking somewhere other than Brady's backside. The way the refs have been calling against the Steelers it finds it more realistic to believe this will be the game that will cost them cuz of the refs. It will happen. I hope Harrison is in Brady's face all game. Can't if a guys yanking on his jersey. If Steelers have Aaron Smith back they may be able to get that pressure on Brady. In any case I believe the Steelers offense will be fine vs the Pats defense. Pittsburgh wins if Brady is pressured which I have confidence that Steelers can get it done this time around. Steelers will go on to the Super Bowl to represent the AFC. 1st to 6.......on a stairway to 7. Surprised??SurprisedDon't be......STAY JEALOUS!!Cool

Since: Jan 30, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2011 3:03 pm

AFC playoff predictions 2010

t is tough to beat a football team 2x in one season. Talking about playoff teams not the Bills.

OK. First you said that the regular season didn't matter until the playoffs, yet your bragging about beating a team we lost to.

Make up your mind.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 10:31 am

AFC playoff predictions 2010

Millty. I agree that most fans go for the home team and find it hard to be truely objective. No most people aren't picking the Steelers. I just put nothing into the popular pick because it has so seldom been the actual winner. Should the Pats be the favorite? IMO yes. Do I think they win it all? No. I'm not saying the Steelers will win the SB either. I would not expect a Patriots fan to believe the Steelers will beat them. Not because they are Patriots fans, but because the Pats are clearly the best team so why would anyone see anyone, but the Pats winning it? I think so homer fans give dumb explainations, but others give pretty logical explainations. The best answer is the best team just dosn't always win and there is no solid reason why, it just happens that way. I can come up with 100 reasons why the Patriots will win and only several why they won't beat the Steelers. Trueth is the Steelers may not win, but if they do I suspect that the things I mentioned will be major factors in the upset.

Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 8:48 am

AFC playoff predictions 2010

Bastardchild - "steelers   haha  only if tom brady isnt playing , because he OWNS  Pittsburgh"

I don't think Tom Brady can own Pittsburgh as it is a public city. He may want to buy municipal bonds or invest in other ways in Pittsburgh to be vested there.

By the way, all this talk about New England trying to beat the Steelers is a bit premature. They need to win their first play off game to get a crack at them.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 8:26 am

AFC playoff predictions 2010

Nighthawk, yes the Patriots d got better as the season went along. That is mostly because the rookies learned the system and adjusted to the speed. Those same rookies will have to make new adjustments in the playoffs, but that doesn't mean they can't. Rookies often play well in the regular season and then play poorly in the playoffs. It happens, Pouncey made the Pro Bowl, but could kill us in the playoffs. Rookies are not use to the long season, so it is still a weakness. That does not mean the rookies won't prove us all wrong. They may be excellent.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 7:56 am

AFC playoff predictions 2010

I can not stand fans who only see what they want. I said they will overcome some of their weaknesses and that is possible if not probable for any team, especially one with a bye week such as the Pats and Steelers. I said they would exploit some of the Pats weaknesses not all, and that is probable wouldn't you say? I do give the Pats credit, they are the odds on favorite for a reason. They are good, have a great QB and a really good coach. What do you want me to do follow along with the masses and swear only the Pats could win this year? Get over yourself.

BTW the Steelers have beaten the Falcons and the Ravens. Those two teams are of the top 5 teams in the playoffs IMO. Thanks for asking. Maybe if you tried to take everything in you wouldn't get so upset. I have no problem with a fan of say the Browns saying heres why I think the Browns will beat the Steelers this time. I won't cry I can't stand you guys because you think your team can beat mine. I have seen plenty of reasonable Patriots fans so I won't cry about them as a whole, but once again you only see what you want to see.

Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 6:43 am

AFC playoff predictions 2010

 Yes, Face.  Anything could happen, and experts are sometimes wrong, and people who pick their own home team to win the championship are sometimes correct.  But I regard picks for the home team as essentially meaningless analytically.  If I knew nothing about the 2010 season--if I had spent the last 4 months in Solvenia and never checked the scores and then came back to America yesterday, I would still be pretty well assured that 80% of every team's fanbase was going to pick their own team to win.  Oh look, the Eagles fans are picking the Eagles, the Colts fans are picking the Colts, the Seahawks fans are picking the Seahawks.  One of the 12 fanbases are going to be exactly correct.  But that is just coincidence;  Atkool happens to be a Pittsburgh fan, so he picked Pittsburgh, and if they happen to win he looks like a genius, but if he were born 100 miles southwest, he is a Bengals fan picking the Bengals, and he looks like a clown.  My point is that very few people independent of Steeler fandom have picked them, and while sometimes the experts know nothing, it is instructive that fans with no compelling interest in the outcome are shying away from the Steelers.

Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 2:26 am

AFC playoff predictions 2010

Its funny how how you mention the refs in the Steelers / Patriots game.  Wasn't it the refs that gave them the Super Bowl a few years back when they played Seattle???  And he even admitted making bad calls in favor of the Steelers.  And you look at some of thier home games you can clearly see favortism towards the Steelers.  So for you to mention how the refs are looking at Brady's backside, is crazy.  Perhaps Big Ben might want to looking over his shoulder for the local law enforement.  That is when he is not running form the Pats defense.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:44 pm

AFC playoff predictions 2010

Hi! I'm atkool
Now you are trying to be me. Keep dreaming my friend.

and I'm gonna talk about mowing the lawn, on the nba site.  An absolute idiot!
I never talked about mowing a lawn on this site you tard? If you ask me you are the idiot. LOL! If you don't like me why bother replying to my blog?

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:42 pm

AFC playoff predictions 2010

steelers   haha  only if tom brady isnt playing , because he OWNS  Pittsburgh
He owned Baltimore up til last year in the playoffs. That is why we play the game.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:41 pm

AFC playoff predictions 2010

Now he's on the baseball site, what a surprise!   Absolute stupid!
Haters.....if it wasn't for me what would your life be like?

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