Which divisional playoff game are you most looking forward to?
Baltimore at Pittsburgh
Green Bay at Atlanta
Seattle at Chicago
New York Jets at New England
Oh so many good games wait ahead, I can't wait especially for Baltimore - Pittsburgh, Jets - Patriots. I'm not sure if the Seahawks will have a dominant game on the road again or not. Hopefully they do.
Seahawks may just be a team of destiny. Pete does seem to have these guys revved up and it is the playoffs. Whole new ballgame.
I hope that the football gods are listening so that when the Jets and the Pats take to the field the odds favor an bad throw that lands right in Revis's hands. Revis is due one (ok so he hasnt had one because there isnt a QB that wants to take a chance throwing his way)
And Brady has thrown only four interceptions this season, his last coming nine games ago when he threw two in a 23-20 win over Baltimore on Oct. 17.
Timing is everything!
I think they are all great match-ups and have potential to be outstanding dramatic games outside of the Seahawks/Bears game, which I think is a joke. Sure, it could be a close game and I believe Seattle has already beaten the Bears this season, but I don't believe either of those teams belong in the same playoff field with the other 6 teams that will be competing this weekend. At least they play one another so only one game is watered down and disinteresting out of the four games. I am not trying to say that my take "is how it is," but rather, I am saying that is my opinion.
Each of the other three games are heavyweight caliber games and could go either way, with some great story lines included along the way.
The preliminary forecast (and this is very early) for the Jets-Patriots game in New England is temperatures in the 20's and a possibility of snow. Mark Sanchez has been terrible in poor weather conditions. When it rains, snows, or the gametime temp is below 35 he has 5 touchdowns versus 18 interceptions. Will the Jets running game be able to pick him up? Also, the Patriots offense thrives in the cold and particularly in the snow. I don't think they've scored under 40 points in a snowy game in the past 5 years. If the weather is bad, this could be a blowout.
You bet your arse it is going to be cold. And that all points to Bradys weather not California Sanchez, but..................
The Pats may be the best team and Beli may be the league best coach but none of it guarantees the Lombardi Trophy.
Look back at Superbowl XLII - they were 11 1/2 point favorites. Who ever would have thought that Eli would win the MVP and the imperfect Giants would end the Pats perfect season.
The devastation of the Jets last 45-3 loss came only 3 days after Jim Leonard was out. Enough said of that game, it is history now and the Jets buried that ball, but they have not forgotten it.
This is the biggest game of the year, it is the Second season and the there are more playoff hardened Jets than Patriots.
If the Jets truly believe, the weather, playing in Foxborough, none of that will matter. They can withstand it all. Payback is a bitch and getting even with the Pats is no mission impossible.
Baltimore and Pittsburgh is always a good matchup. Two of the top defenses in the NFL, year in and year out. When you talk about defense, you speak of these two teams. This will be a good won. They split their two games this year, Pittsburgh is at home. Baltimore beat Pittsburgh at home earlier this season. This game will be hard hitting.
New England and New York will be a good one too. These two teams also split the season series, both teams winning at home. When the Jets beat New England, they played a totally different team then now. The Patriots are the hottest team in the playoffs. They killed the Jets 45-3 a couple weeks ago. It could be a close game though, if the Jets can figure out Tom Brady. If they can force turnovers, they will have a shot. New England has a very young defense. Despite their young age, they have matured into a top defense. This shows you how good coach Bill Belichick is. He is one of the best coaches to ever coach in the NFL, ever. He is 73-23 since 2005. They missed the playoffs in 2008, Beady was hurt, and they were 11-5 that season. He has his team in position to win another title.
The betting crowd repeats this mantra every year: "don't bet against the home team in the divisional round". The home team wins about 3/4 of these games for a couple reasons. For starters, they are the better seed, which usually means they were the better team in the regular season. Two, they are playing at home with the home crowd behind them. Don't think that matters? How harmful were those 3 Saints false starts last weekend in Seattle, the loudest stadium in football? Three, the teams hosting games this weekend didn't play last weekend. In the NFL, rust is better than injuries. While the home teams this week have been recovering since the end of week 17 (or 16 if they had already clinched), the road teams this week were all getting beat up this past weekend.
Your right. The playoff atmosphere in a home stadium is loud. It will be sold out and the fans will be at their loudest. I see a close game between Pitt and Baltimore. Same for Atlanta and the Pack. All these games could be close, certainly the edge to the home team. This year is different, a different feel to the teams. Anybody has a chance to pull this off, even Seattle at Chicago. I say New England, every other team, I wouldn't bet. Green Bay can take down Atlanta, same for Baltimore @ Pittsburgh. I may be wrong. If I had to bet, I'd bet Pitt, GB, NE, and Sea(off points)
I agree that beating the Patriots is really the only major "upset" possible in this postseason. We might see some underdogs win some of the other games, but they won't be huge underdogs. The only result that would surprise me right now is anybody winning over the Patriots. I consider the NFC to be up for grabs, even with Seattle in the hunt. Every team in that conference at multiple points this season showed they were capable of playing like crap.
Baltimore/Pittsburgh is a must-see for me. Troy Polamalu (?)is exciting to watch.
The jet defense is going to have to show up big. They have to keep the Pats under 20 points to have a shot. Probably more like 14 pts or less. I'm really pulling for the Jets.
That 45-3 drubbing was rough. When it's such a lopsided victory, you have to come back with some pride. Like Rex said. It's personal.
Baltimore at Pittsburgh home team by 10
Green Bay at Atlanta falcons by 7
Seattle at Chicago chicago by 12
New York Jets at New England Jets by 18
although I realy haven't a clue about such things.....jimmy
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