The NFL Playoffs

posted on 2005-01-19 at 22:51:12 by Joel Ross

We are now down to three games left in the NFL season. And after a wild card weekend that saw three upsets, this weekend saw none, with the Jets coming the closest. If Brien could kick a field goal, the Jets would be playing against the Patriots this weekend, but after missing two, they will be watching the game at home, just like members of the other 28 teams will be. Let's do a full review, shall we?

Of course we will! The first game of the weekend was the above game. I told you the Steelers could win without Roethlisberger having a good game. And he didn't, yet they still beat the Jets. Remember, they beat the Jets without Ben in the last game of the season. This was the only game that I picked the favorite, and they didn't cover. 0-1.

The late game on Saturday - St. Louis against the Falcons. Mike Vick ran all over them. I found it amusing that the latest Rick Radio show (mp3) said he thought Vick wouldn't be able to run all over the Rams. He said Vick would get yards, but he wouldn't go for 120 yards. He was right. Vick only ran for 119 yards! I thought St. Louis would put up more of a fight than they did, but when Vick ran for 47 yards on the first drive, I knew the Falcons would win. He's just too fast! There goes another pick. 0-2.

Sunday rolled around, and Minnesota faced the daunting task of taking out the Eagles before their destined time (that's the Conference championship game, right?). But first, a flashback to the whole Randy Moss "mooning" thing. Overblown. And I didn't know this, but it wasn't without provocation. Apparently, whenever the Packers win, their fans moon the opposing team's bus after the game. You would think the NFL would want to highlight rivalries like this, not punish them! Anyway, back to this week. How is Freddie Mitchell pulling up his pants any different? It makes everyone recall a (according to the NFL) punishable offense from last week. Of course, this takes the attention away from the game, in which the Eagles won, which I picked. But Minnesota didn't cover. 0-3.

The NFL saved the best for last (at least on paper). Manning, who led the league with the most touchdowns (ever!) against the defending Super Bowl champion. But then the game started, and there was snow. There wasn't supposed to be snow that early. But there was, and New England was prepared for Manning. And the snow didn't help. New England was good enough to get the points on the board, and the Colts couldn't answer. Did I mention it snowed? It did. And Indy lost. 0-4.

0-4 against the spread. 2-6 for the playoffs. Although, I was 2-2 picking winners. But I'm still 4-4 picking winners. Not real good.

But that was last week. Let's look at this week.

  • New England (-3) vs. Pittsburgh: I'm not sure how, but the Patriots are favored. Pittsburgh was the number one team in the NFL during the regular season, but they can't even be favored at home? I know the Patriots beat Indy, but Indy isn't a good team outdoors. Pittsburgh is. Roethisberger probably won't have a game worse than last week, and most likely will be better. With Bettis and Staley running, and the recievers they have, they can score against New England. On the other side, the Steelers defense will give New England's offense fits all day.
  • Atlanta vs. Philadelphia (-5): Philly will finally make it over the hump, into the Super Bowl. The Eagles just beat the Vikings, who have a running quarterback, albeit not on the scale of Atlanta, so they know how to defend against one, and are already in that mindset. Kearse was all over Culpepper last week. And remember, take Manning out of the equation, and Culpepper would be the MVP this year. And the Eagles shut him down. Just for fun, Owens is starting rumors (and later denying them) that he may play!

Time to enjoy the last weekend of football!

  • Atlanta vs. Philadelphia (-5):

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