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San Diego Chargers Key vs. Colts was… Winning the chess match on defense. As brilliant as Darren Sproles was – by the way, have you heard that he’s small and special? – the Chargers won their Wild Card matchup by limiting Peyton Manning and the Colts offense to just 17 points. Not many teams match wits with the league MVP. But, under the [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
Arizona Cardinals Key vs. Atlanta was… The play of the Arizona front four. Rightfully maligned as an inconsistent and lethargic unit late in the season, Clancy Pendergast’s defensive line exploded against a somewhat undersized Falcons front five. Matt Ryan was pressured all day and sacked three times, and the league’s second leading rusher, [...] Continue reading → | , ,
Oakland Raiders 31, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 They’re not the Dallas Cowboys, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially have a finishing problem. Going 0-4 in the final quarter of this season kept the Bucs out of the playoffs. Last year, they were bounced out of the Wild Card round after locking up the division too soon, resting their guys and finishing the year 1-3. Can [...] Continue reading → | , ,
San Diego Chargers 52, Denver Broncos 21 The Chargers are obviously that “hot team that nobody wants to face” right now, but that doesn’t mean they deserve to be in the playoffs. San Diego is three games behind New England in the standings, making them the beneficiaries of a flawed playoff system. The reason Denver is not in the postseason is that six members of their [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
New York Giants 34, Carolina Panthers 28 OT Great game. It is very apparent we watched the two best teams in the NFC square off. But it wasn’t a flawless outing, especially for the Panthers. After all, their front seven was thoroughly worn down by New York’s offensive line and running backs, and the receivers at times had trouble getting open against a stingy secondary. Crazy [...] Continue reading → | ,
Tennessee Titans 31, Pittsburgh Steelers 14 If you want to get a clear perspective of the Tennessee Titans, don’t listen to me. I have been wrong about this team all season. I thought they were a premature product after their surprising playoff run last season, and because of the perceived strength of the rest of the AFC South, I picked them to finish dead last in the division. Once the season got underway, I thought that Kerry Collins and the offense wouldn’t be able to maintain any consistency late in the [...] Continue reading → | , ,
Philadelphia Eagles 20, New York Giants 14 Okay, so this Giants team is not immune to distractions. Hey, can you blame them on this one? Considering it shouldn’t ultimately hurt them in the standings, this may actually prove to be good for New York. Brandon Jacobs has gotten knocked out of the last couple of games. Resilient as the Giants are, there are two players they [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
Baltimore Ravens 24, Washington Redskins 10 For the record, I’m ready to jump on the Ravens bandwagon now. I have been skeptical of this team all season and now find myself thoroughly embarrassed to be flip-flopping so blatantly. What sold me is a.) this defense b.) Joe Flacco and John Harbaugh (they’re for real) and c.) the running game. What’s remarkable about the running [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
New York Giants 23, Washington Redskins 7 The important thing to remember here is that the Giants are just plain better than the Redskins. Washington came into this game wanting to stop Brandon Jacobs and the New York rushing attack. They did exactly that. Jacobs was bottled up early on and finished with 71 yards on 21 attempts. Derrick Ward gained 30 yards on 10 carries. But with the ground game limited, all that meant was Eli Manning could make more plays through the air. And that’s what he did, completing [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
Minnesota Vikings 34, Chicago Bears 14 I never stick around to see who NBC puts on the horse trailer afterwards, but I can tell you who deserved to be on it Sunday night: Kevin Williams, Pat Williams and Jared Allen. This is what the Vikings are built on – dominance up front. Adrian Peterson’s output was better on paper than on turf Sunday night. Peterson ran hard for four [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
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