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RuthlessBurgher
01-14-2010, 02:57 PM
Cardinals @ Saints

Another shootout (but not quite a 96 point shootout like last weeks Cards-Pack game). The difference is the raucous crowd in N'Awlins. Kurt Warner retires after the game and Whisenhunt panics because he knows they will suck with Leinart as his starter. Since he'd rather have a vet lead his offense, he trades Leinart to Pete Carroll for a USC reunion in Seattle in exchange for Matt Hasselbeck, whose back problems get better on account of not playing behind the Seahawks o-line anymore.

Saints 38, Cardinals 34




Ravens @ Colts

Rusty Colts once again fall in their first playoff game after resting players at the end of the season before a bye week. Flacco doesn't have to do much this week either (more than 4-10 for 34 yards, though) because the Ravens are able to run up and down the turf. It would be interesting if longtime Raven Matt Stover had a chance to win the game for Indy with a long FG at the end...but missed it.

Ravens 23, Colts 21




Cowboys @ Vikings

The Tony Romo of Decembers and Januaries past re-emerges. Favre is surprisingly efficient while Romo becomes the turnover-prone gunslinger. Adrian Peterson gets sick of hearing about how great Chris Johnson is...and goes off for the first time in a while.

Vikings 21, Cowboys 9




Jets @ Chargers

Mark Sanchez is in over his head. While the Jets are able to run the ball reasonably well, it is not enough. They only have one Darrelle Revis, who is able to take Vincent Jackson out of the game, but that just means that Rivers throws to Gates and Floyd instead.

Chargers 27, Jets 13

Jom112
01-14-2010, 03:11 PM
I like the Cardinals, Vikings, Colts and Chargers.

Which means the Saints, Cowboys, Ravens and Chargers will win.

How do I know this? Because I'm always 1-3 in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Only one of the teams I like actually wins, which I'm guessing will be the Chargers this week. (Last week it was the Cardinals)

Book it...

feltdizz
01-14-2010, 03:20 PM
Saints
AZ has been there before but their D is awful and I think the Saints D will actually tackle, defend and do football moves.... Sharper will show you he should have been in the DPOTY convo as well.
Saints will show how they copied the AZ late season tank method....they run more then you would think and it will keep AZ's O off the field.... The Dome will rock and they will party like it's 1999.. like they usually do

Dallas
Vikes have struggled to run and Favre looks old again.. The Dallas D will have 6 to 8 sacks and Favre will refuse to come out leading to a comedy of errors and a chorus of boos. Childress gets put in a headlock by Brett when he tries to take him out the game.

Ravens
Any other team would be wise to sit their star QB after clinching the #1 seed. Anyone but the Colts. Peyton has won another MVP which once again turns him into a throwback 1980 Heisman winner who stinks when the lights are on. Colts lose a close one and ESPN does a one hour special asking why there are rules in place that let a team blitz the MVP of the league.

Jets
Don't ask me why I picked the Jets. I see them as a Cowher led knock off from the 90's. Great D, heavy run and a QB who makes you nervous when he drops back. Philip Rivers is good until the playoffs start. If he was playing the Colts he would win easily... but against a blitzing D he is trash in the summer on a long weekend..aka HOT GARBAGE! LT will get hurt in pregame and spend the whole game memorizing his excuse on why they should have won.

Iron Shiek
01-14-2010, 04:10 PM
I think Cowboys will win vs the Vikings. This defense is playing pretty well lately and their O line is mashing. Vikings have some good talent though. Comes down to the wire, but I think the Cowboys get an early lead and manage to hold on.

Saints will blow out the Cards at home.

Echoing Ruthless, Sanchez won't get it done. Rivers will find his targets that aren't blanketed by Revis and win fairly easily.

Everyone thinks the Colts will stub their toe. Not me. They come out firing on all cylinders. They will force Flacco to pass to win, but will succeed unlike the Cheaters. Colts win comfortably.

PSU_dropout43
01-14-2010, 04:39 PM
I like the Cardinals, Cowboys, Ravens and Chargers.

SteelAbility
01-14-2010, 05:35 PM
Arizona 34 New Orleans 27
Arizona. New Orleans finished with some very shaky wins before their final 3 losses. They can apparently go into a funk. They haven't played a meaningful game now in 4 weeks. Kurt Warner's experience will overcome.


Minnesota 24 Dallas 17
The week of rest will give MIN the advantage. They finished the season with a meaningful game and came up big against the Giants. AP will eventually wear down the Dallas D. Percy Harvin will give MIN an edge in STs play.


NY Jets 24 San Diego 16
The Jets, having the strongest ground game in the league, combined with SD's poor run D will translate into lots of problems for SD, problems which they won't be able to solve in the air as Reevis will shut down half the passing game by himself.


Indianapolis 31 Baltimore 17
Manning will shred the Baltimore secondary, unlike the lame effort by Brady. Without those same turnovers they got in Foxborough, the Ravens D will eventually wear out and a hobbled Flacco just won't be able to overcome.

SidSmythe
01-14-2010, 05:40 PM
I WANT:
Cardinals, Vikings, Colts, Chargers

I PREDICT:
Saints, Vikings, Ravens, Chargers

SteelAbility
01-14-2010, 05:51 PM
Here's the Chris Berman version ... :P

Arizona 26 New Orleans 25
New Orleans has 3 TDs and two safeties. Zona, down 7 at the end gets a 25 yard TD pass from Kurt Warner to make it 25-24. Then a botched kicked attempt turns into scoring pass for 2 points by Neil Rackers after a desperation lateral.


Minnesota 15 Dallas 11
5 FGs for Minnesota. With under a minute to go Dallas, down 15-3, scores a TD and makes a 2 point conversion, but fails to convert the onside kick.


San Diego 37 NY Jets 34
San Diego has 4 TDs, a FG and 3 safeties. Tied at 34 on the last play the Jets miss a long FG which is fielded by a San Diego player. In the wild ensuing return one of SD's linebackers has the presence of mind to drop-kick from 35 yards out. It converts and the game is over.


Indianapolis 17 Baltimore 15
This game ends up being a play-for-play replica of the regular season matchup.

Iron Shiek
01-14-2010, 05:52 PM
Arizona 34 New Orleans 27
Arizona. New Orleans finished with some very shaky wins before their final 3 losses. They can apparently go into a funk. They haven't played a meaningful game now in 4 weeks. Kurt Warner's experience will overcome.


Minnesota 24 Dallas 17
The week of rest will give MIN the advantage. They finished the season with a meaningful game and came up big against the Giants. AP will eventually wear down the Dallas D. Percy Harvin will give MIN an edge in STs play.


NY Jets 24 San Diego 16
The Jets, having the strongest ground game in the league, combined with SD's poor run D will translate into lots of problems for SD, problems which they won't be able to solve in the air as Reevis will shut down half the passing game by himself.


Indianapolis 31 Baltimore 17
Manning will shred the Baltimore secondary, unlike the lame effort by Brady. Without those same turnovers they got in Foxborough, the Ravens D will eventually wear out and a hobbled Flacco just won't be able to overcome.


Revis can't cover Gates, who will hurt the Jets the most down the seam. And if they give Gates a ton of attention, passes to Sproles out of the backfield all day long will kill them. Malcolm Floyd on one deep route will be enough to throw the Jets d into disarray. They usually go for it early.

feltdizz
01-14-2010, 05:53 PM
Minnesota 24 Dallas 17
The week of rest will give MIN the advantage. They finished the season with a meaningful game and came up big against the Giants. AP will eventually wear down the Dallas D. Percy Harvin will give MIN an edge in STs play.[/quote]

Everyone came up big against the Giants. Matt Moore looked like Marino and put up 41 on the Giants D. They gave up over 40 points in 5 losses this year and packed it in early this year on D.

I like Dallas because of their domination of the Saints in a must win game in the dome. I hate Romo but they are rolling right now.

feltdizz
01-14-2010, 06:00 PM
Revis can't cover Gates, who will hurt the Jets the most down the seam. And if they give Gates a ton of attention, passes to Sproles out of the backfield all day long will kill them. Malcolm Floyd on one deep route will be enough to throw the Jets d into disarray. They usually go for it early.

The Jets have good LB's too.... it's not just Revis. They are good all around on D.. it won't be as easy as you think. They have nothing to lose but the game.. Chargers will be tight once again.

grotonsteel
01-14-2010, 07:04 PM
I am supporting following teams to win:

NO Saints, Vikings, SD Chargers, Ravens

But following teams will win:

Cardinals
Cowgirls
Chargers
Colts

stlrz d
01-14-2010, 10:18 PM
I am supporting following teams to win:

NO Saints, Vikings, SD Chargers, Ravens

But following teams will win:

Cardinals
Cowgirls
Chargers
Colts

:wft

You sure you're a Steelers fan?

papillon
01-14-2010, 11:58 PM
Cardinals
Ravens
Cowboys
Chargers

The following week...

Chargers
Cowboys

The following week...

The AFC...and you thought I was going to pick the SB here :moon

The following week...

Chargers are your 2009/2010 SB champs

Pappy

JTP53609
01-15-2010, 09:19 AM
if the steelers would of just.......

cardinals over the saints,
I dont mind the saints, but other than a few big blowout wins against a down N.E. team and them beating up on the new york tems, they have not overly impressed me, the defense is still suspect and i expect the cardinals to put points up and win in a shootout, i think it will be the best game of the week again.

colts over the rats,
I still just dont think the rats are that great, they have a tremendous run game, and because of it they hit the jackpot on the first paly of the game, they were up 21-0 before new england knew what happened, the colts will not make dumb mistakes like the pats. Manning will play like Ben, determined to win a super bowl with good play, bc rememember manning was horrible in the playoffs the year they won the super bowl.

vikings over the cowboys,
this is one i am not to sure of, i hate the cowboys like i do the rats and pats, so that is why i am saying this, i really do not know though

chargers over jets,
the chargers are due, this is their year, they will beat the colts in the afc championship, and it wont be a colt choke it will be the chargers being better..the charger defense is its achillis heel but their offense willl make up for it..

SidSmythe
01-15-2010, 09:20 AM
I think there is no way the Colts beat the Ravens and Chargers!!

The Ravens can RUN the ball and have a good enough defense to contain Manning's attack. Ray Rice and McGahee are clicking at the right time. So lets say the Colts squeak by, then they gotta face those pesky Chargers.

I'm pulling for the Chargers in the AFC and the Vikings in the NFC.

They say Norv is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet and Rivers getting a ring would make everyone forget about 1983's QB class and 2004 will be the greatest ever, especially if Schaub has a great career.

SteelAbility
01-15-2010, 09:44 AM
Arizona 34 New Orleans 27
Arizona. New Orleans finished with some very shaky wins before their final 3 losses. They can apparently go into a funk. They haven't played a meaningful game now in 4 weeks. Kurt Warner's experience will overcome.


Minnesota 24 Dallas 17
The week of rest will give MIN the advantage. They finished the season with a meaningful game and came up big against the Giants. AP will eventually wear down the Dallas D. Percy Harvin will give MIN an edge in STs play.


NY Jets 24 San Diego 16
The Jets, having the strongest ground game in the league, combined with SD's poor run D will translate into lots of problems for SD, problems which they won't be able to solve in the air as Reevis will shut down half the passing game by himself.


Indianapolis 31 Baltimore 17
Manning will shred the Baltimore secondary, unlike the lame effort by Brady. Without those same turnovers they got in Foxborough, the Ravens D will eventually wear out and a hobbled Flacco just won't be able to overcome.


Revis can't cover Gates, who will hurt the Jets the most down the seam. And if they give Gates a ton of attention, passes to Sproles out of the backfield all day long will kill them. Malcolm Floyd on one deep route will be enough to throw the Jets d into disarray. They usually go for it early.

Reevis won't be assigned to Gates. He'll be assigned to Vincent Jackson. The Jets also have the #1 D, having allowed 8 total passing TDs ALL SEASON. It's not just Reevis. You do have a good point about Gates though. So Reevis won't be shutting down half of the passing game, just one-third of it.

Also, the NYJ are the #1 rushing O. SD is giving up 4.5 YPC. That's a recipe for domination of ToP, limiting the SD offense's opportunities.

Barring brain-farts by Sanchez, I like the Jets. But the running game should be so dominant that it should take all of the pressure off of Sanchez. Sanchez' problems have also been mainly in cold weather situations. Not the case in SD.

SteelAbility
01-15-2010, 09:46 AM
I think there is no way the Colts beat the Ravens and Chargers!!

The Ravens can RUN the ball and have a good enough defense to contain Manning's attack. Ray Rice and McGahee are clicking at the right time. So lets say the Colts squeak by, then they gotta face those pesky Chargers.

I'm pulling for the Chargers in the AFC and the Vikings in the NFC.

They say Norv is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet and Rivers getting a ring would make everyone forget about 1983's QB class and 2004 will be the greatest ever, especially if Schaub has a great career.

It's not a given that SD beats the Jets. IMO, all indicators point towards a Jets victory.

SteelAbility
01-15-2010, 09:57 AM
Minnesota 24 Dallas 17
The week of rest will give MIN the advantage. They finished the season with a meaningful game and came up big against the Giants. AP will eventually wear down the Dallas D. Percy Harvin will give MIN an edge in STs play.

Everyone came up big against the Giants. Matt Moore looked like Marino and put up 41 on the Giants D. They gave up over 40 points in 5 losses this year and packed it in early this year on D.

I like Dallas because of their domination of the Saints in a must win game in the dome. I hate Romo but they are rolling right now.[/quote]

I think Dallas has been rolling more because their running game has been on a roll. Now they are facing the #2 run D in the league. Prior to that they faced Eagles twice (#9 run D), Washington (#16), New Orleans (#21), and the NYG (#14, but on a serious decline at the time).

The Dallas wins over Philly have been more a result of matchups. The win over NO was not very impressive. The Saints had been living very precariously for several games before Dallas. They almost lost to the Skins and would have if Suisham makes a chip-shot FG at the end.

Iron Shiek
01-15-2010, 11:00 AM
Arizona 34 New Orleans 27
Arizona. New Orleans finished with some very shaky wins before their final 3 losses. They can apparently go into a funk. They haven't played a meaningful game now in 4 weeks. Kurt Warner's experience will overcome.


Minnesota 24 Dallas 17
The week of rest will give MIN the advantage. They finished the season with a meaningful game and came up big against the Giants. AP will eventually wear down the Dallas D. Percy Harvin will give MIN an edge in STs play.


NY Jets 24 San Diego 16
The Jets, having the strongest ground game in the league, combined with SD's poor run D will translate into lots of problems for SD, problems which they won't be able to solve in the air as Reevis will shut down half the passing game by himself.


Indianapolis 31 Baltimore 17
Manning will shred the Baltimore secondary, unlike the lame effort by Brady. Without those same turnovers they got in Foxborough, the Ravens D will eventually wear out and a hobbled Flacco just won't be able to overcome.


Revis can't cover Gates, who will hurt the Jets the most down the seam. And if they give Gates a ton of attention, passes to Sproles out of the backfield all day long will kill them. Malcolm Floyd on one deep route will be enough to throw the Jets d into disarray. They usually go for it early.

Reevis won't be assigned to Gates. He'll be assigned to Vincent Jackson. The Jets also have the #1 D, having allowed 8 total passing TDs ALL SEASON. It's not just Reevis. You do have a good point about Gates though. So Reevis won't be shutting down half of the passing game, just one-third of it.

Also, the NYJ are the #1 rushing O. SD is giving up 4.5 YPC. That's a recipe for domination of ToP, limiting the SD offense's opportunities.

Barring brain-farts by Sanchez, I like the Jets. But the running game should be so dominant that it should take all of the pressure off of Sanchez. Sanchez' problems have also been mainly in cold weather situations. Not the case in SD.


That is why I didn't even mention Vincent Jackson in my assessment, but did mention Sproles/Floyd/Gates. Revis can't cover everybody! But I also recognize there's professionals on the rest of the defense too, but Gates a tough cookie to cover, match up nightmare. Rivers should have his way with this defense as long as they can come up with some semblance of a running threat (which can be questionable at times).

Iron Shiek
01-15-2010, 11:01 AM
I think there is no way the Colts beat the Ravens and Chargers!!

The Ravens can RUN the ball and have a good enough defense to contain Manning's attack. Ray Rice and McGahee are clicking at the right time. So lets say the Colts squeak by, then they gotta face those pesky Chargers.

I'm pulling for the Chargers in the AFC and the Vikings in the NFC.

They say Norv is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet and Rivers getting a ring would make everyone forget about 1983's QB class and 2004 will be the greatest ever, especially if Schaub has a great career.

It's not a given that SD beats the Jets. IMO, all indicators point towards a Jets victory.


I guess I am negelcting a glaring factor in my Chargers easy win theory: N-O-R-V! That guy is bad in big spots over the years.

SteelAbility
01-15-2010, 11:16 AM
[quote=SteelAbility]Arizona 34 New Orleans 27
Arizona. New Orleans finished with some very shaky wins before their final 3 losses. They can apparently go into a funk. They haven't played a meaningful game now in 4 weeks. Kurt Warner's experience will overcome.


Minnesota 24 Dallas 17
The week of rest will give MIN the advantage. They finished the season with a meaningful game and came up big against the Giants. AP will eventually wear down the Dallas D. Percy Harvin will give MIN an edge in STs play.


NY Jets 24 San Diego 16
The Jets, having the strongest ground game in the league, combined with SD's poor run D will translate into lots of problems for SD, problems which they won't be able to solve in the air as Reevis will shut down half the passing game by himself.


Indianapolis 31 Baltimore 17
Manning will shred the Baltimore secondary, unlike the lame effort by Brady. Without those same turnovers they got in Foxborough, the Ravens D will eventually wear out and a hobbled Flacco just won't be able to overcome.


Revis can't cover Gates, who will hurt the Jets the most down the seam. And if they give Gates a ton of attention, passes to Sproles out of the backfield all day long will kill them. Malcolm Floyd on one deep route will be enough to throw the Jets d into disarray. They usually go for it early.

Reevis won't be assigned to Gates. He'll be assigned to Vincent Jackson. The Jets also have the #1 D, having allowed 8 total passing TDs ALL SEASON. It's not just Reevis. You do have a good point about Gates though. So Reevis won't be shutting down half of the passing game, just one-third of it.

Also, the NYJ are the #1 rushing O. SD is giving up 4.5 YPC. That's a recipe for domination of ToP, limiting the SD offense's opportunities.

Barring brain-farts by Sanchez, I like the Jets. But the running game should be so dominant that it should take all of the pressure off of Sanchez. Sanchez' problems have also been mainly in cold weather situations. Not the case in SD.


That is why I didn't even mention Vincent Jackson in my assessment, but did mention Sproles/Floyd/Gates. Revis can't cover everybody! But I also recognize there's professionals on the rest of the defense too, but Gates a tough cookie to cover, match up nightmare. Rivers should have his way with this defense as long as they can come up with some semblance of a running threat (which can be questionable at times).[/quote:1qd1mglo]

Them I'm guessing SD is your favorite to win the SB. If Rivers can have his way with the #1 D then he can have his way with everyone else.

SteelerNation1
01-15-2010, 11:29 AM
I hate every remaining team...therefore I will not watch. I will instaed watch NFL Presents "Renegade" in honor stlrz d

Iron Shiek
01-15-2010, 11:35 AM
Them I'm guessing SD is your favorite to win the SB. If Rivers can have his way with the #1 D then he can have his way with everyone else.

I don't know. Their lack of an effective D will catch up to them. I just think Sanchez isn't the one that will expose it (even though they run the ball 80% of the game!).

I think Colts come alive amidst all this laying down scrutiny and win the AFC.

SteelAbility
01-15-2010, 12:06 PM
Them I'm guessing SD is your favorite to win the SB. If Rivers can have his way with the #1 D then he can have his way with everyone else.

I don't know. Their lack of an effective D will catch up to them. I just think Sanchez isn't the one that will expose it (even though they run the ball 80% of the game!).

I think Colts come alive amidst all this laying down scrutiny and win the AFC.

What I'm thinking is that since the Jets have the #1 rushing attack and SD is #20 in run D, Sanchez won't need to expose them as the constant threat of run will keep putting him in favorable situations. I think it will turn up much like it played out against CIN where he finished 12/15 for 182 yards (12.1 YPA) and a 139.4 QB rating.

Steeler Mafia
01-15-2010, 03:14 PM
Write it down!

Saints, Vikings, Colts, Chargers all win this weekend.

sling it
01-16-2010, 03:03 AM
Saints, 34-27
Vikings, 24-20

Colts, 27-20
Bolts, 28-17

feltdizz
01-17-2010, 09:02 PM
Iron Sheik came close... along with Mafia and dude who's name I refuse to type. lol.

SteelAbility
01-17-2010, 09:07 PM
I told you so. J - E - T - S!!!!!!!

Actually, I feel kinda bad for LT. :cry:

SteelAbility
01-18-2010, 08:19 AM
I like the Cardinals, Cowboys, Ravens and Chargers.

I guess this is just not your "Jimmy the Greek" bust out week.

Iron Shiek
01-18-2010, 02:01 PM
Iron Sheik came close... along with Mafia and dude who's name I refuse to type. lol.


Meh...Saturday went good for me. Sunday...not so much. :x