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The AFC-NFC Pro Bowl will be played Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI.  However, note that this is also the bye week for Super Bowl XLVI, and as such, the Pro Bowl players for the AFC champion New England Patriots and NFC champion New York Giants will not play. For all of my Patriots related Pro Bowl posts, check here, here, and finally here. The Patriots and Giants are practicing a bit this week.  The most [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
I don't know why it took the NFL so long to put the Pro Bowl the week before the Super Bowl instead of the week after.  Instead of a 1 out of 10 on the interest scale, it gets a 2 now!  Not that the AFC champ New England Patriots or NFC champ New York Giants care.  Their Pro Bowl players will stay fresh by not playing in the all-star contest in Honolulu. For the Patriots, that means QB Tom Brady, WR Wes Welker, TE Rob Gronkowski, LG Logan Mankins, RG Brian Waters, DE Andre Carter (who was already injured), DT Vince Wilfork, and WR/ST Matthew Slater.  They will be replaced by Cincinnati Bengals rookie QB Andy Dalton, San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson, Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham, Baltimore Ravens LG Ben Grubbs, New York Jets RG Brandon Moore, Houston Texans DE Antonio Smith, [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
It's been two days, and I still don't exactly know what to say about the New England Patriots winning this year's AFC Championship over the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 to earn a trip to Super Bowl XLVI against the NFC Champion New York Giants. Maybe it's because I wrote so much in the 1SKILLZ Gameplan about how the Ravens (and for that matter, the San Francisco 49ers) were going to win this game, only for them to win it ... or at least tie it ... or not. Blame [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
After three years, the 1SKILLZ Gameplan has entered conference championship weekend!  The AFC #1 seed New England Patriots (14-3) is hosting the AFC #2 seed Baltimore Ravens (13-4) at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, January 22, 2012, for the Lamar Hunt Trophy and a ticket to Indianapolis, IN to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLVI.  Will the Ravens continue their three-year streak of winning at least one road postseason game and win the AFC for the first time since 2000-2001?  Or will the Patriots, in their seventh AFC championship appearance since Robert Kraft bought the team in 1994, win their first AFC title since 2007-2008? The Ravens and Patriots both came off of their Wild Card byes with home victories in the AFC Divisional Round.  The Ravens eliminated the Houston Texans 20-13, [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The New England Patriots (14-3) host the Baltimore Ravens (13-4) in only the eighth overall meeting and second get-together in the playoffs since the Ravens came into existence in 1996 on Sunday at 3:00pm EST on CBS in the AFC Championship Game. Heated History The Patriots have [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
I know what you're thinking: Tom Brady's a heck of a punter, no? And Aaron Hernandez—who knew he was the best running back on the field? Oh, and the New England Patriots' defense, ranked 31st in total and passing yards allowed... whoever thought they would force the Denver Broncos backward 14 times? What happened to the Broncos on Saturday night was not even fair, and we're not even talking about Josh McDaniels.  The Patriots, 0-3 in the postseason [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The rematch no one was anticipating is here!  The 9-8 AFC West Champs Denver Broncos, the #4 seed in the AFC, are on the road at Gillette Stadium to face the #1 AFC seed, the AFC East Champ New England Patriots today, January 14, 2012, in Foxbourough, MA.  In this divisional playoff, the winner goes to the AFC Championship.  Either the game will be in New England, or the stage will be set in Houston or Baltimore to continue what has been an improbable run for the Broncos. The Broncos are coming off an absolute thrilling OT Wild Card weekend victory against the 12-win Pittsburgh Steelers in Denver, capped after 11 seconds when Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas took a slant from QB Tim Tebow 80 yards to end the game 29-23.  The Patriots, [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
After finishing 14-2 in 2010 with the #1 seed in the AFC playoffs, the New England Patriots lost to the New York Jets 28-21 in the AFC Divisional.  Just like last year, the Patriots enter the 2011 NFL playoffs on an eight-game winning streak and with homefield advantage throughout the conference playoffs.  The Patriots seemed like a team playing in the preseason to prepare for their real season starting in January during the last half of their winning streak.  The Patriots went on the road to hold on against the inferior Washington Redskins 34-27, came back from a 16-7 deficit to defeat the Denver Broncos 41-23 on the road, came back from a 17-0 halftime deficit to sweep the Miami Dolphins 17-0, and came back from a 21-0 first quarter deficit to defeat the Buffalo Bills 49-21.  Of [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
I'm going to keep this one short, because I pretty much called the New England Patriots' 49-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills down the middle in the 1SKILLZ Gameplan.  In fact, we're just going to go with bulletpoints and italics: *BOTTOM LINE: Fitzpatrick will get off to a big start in New England, but it’s doubtful the Bills offense will generate the points they did in September without some assistance from the Patriots’ offense.  With Brady nursing a bad shoulder but still healthy enough to perform, expect a more conservative approach that will test the Bills ability to play total defense.  Expect records to be broken and for the Patriots to not have to [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The last 1SKILLZ Gameplan of 2011!  The 12-3 New England Patriots will host the 6-9 Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on New Year's Day, a place the Bills have never won.  The Patriots are going for the #1 seed in the AFC playoffs, and a win clinches that no matter what happens between the Baltimore Ravens (at Cincinnati Bengals) or Pittsburgh Steelers (at Cleveland Browns) Sunday.  Of course, the Bills broke a 15-game losing streak to the Patriots in Week 3, and will be going for a Patriots sweep for the first time since 1999 (the year before Belichick/Brady and the last time the Bills made the postseason). In that Week 3 game, the Bills overcame a 21-0 deficit to win 34-31, aided significantly by four INTs by Pro Bowl Patriots QB Tom Brady.  Since then, the Bills lost 9 of their [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
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