Tag Archive: Divisional Round

Jan 16

Sunday: A Mixed Bag for Air Travel


Sunday brought the interesting match ups of the Seahawks vs the Bears and the Jets vs the Patriots. It was a good day to watch the games and only give them half your attention – which is exactly what I did.

Seahawks vs Bears:

It was surprising that the Seahawks made it as far as they did. I don’t think anyone expected them to beat the Bears, and to that end, they did not. I had picked the Bears to win because I thought the weather would be on their side (based on what the weather has been in Minneapolis this week) and it was. Snow was falling pretty hard for part of the game. The Seachickens couldn’t keep up – even though I was secretly rooting for them. Hasselbeck looked like he normally does instead of the guy of the last 2 weeks. His receivers let him down several times… and Jay Cutler avoided playing like Jay Cutler, which is fortuitous for our NFC North rivals. The Bears will host the Packers next weekend in the NFC Championship Game. All I have to say about that is: BEAR DOWN!

Jets vs Patriots:

I think you’ll join me in expressing surprise that the Jets managed to pull out a victory against the Patriots. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that the Jets were embarrassed by the Patriots on that same field. To me, it looked like Tigger Brady never recovered his Bounce Bounce after the bye. He could not drive his team up and down the field at will as he usually does. Just yesterday every pundit in the world was predicting a Patriot’s victory… in the Super Bowl – because they were unbeatable. In waltzes the Jets…. and the Patriots get to sit the next 2 game out like 28 (Conference Championship Game) and 30 (Super Bowl) other teams are and will. Bet ya no one in Boston saw that coming!

So now we all wait to see who will win the AFC and the NFC. Will the Jets surprise the #2 seeded Steelers? Will the #6 seed in the NFC that shall remain nameless be the victor when they head to Soldier Field next week? Jeeeeezzzzz…. I hope not! But stay tuned – the Super Bowl contenders will emerge next weekend. I hope I do better with those picks than I did this last week!

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Jan 16

Saturday: A Bad Day to Be a Bird


I was at a play-off party on Saturday, so my usual detailed commentary & snarkiness may be reduced in this post given that I was not fully concentrating on evaluating performance. I’ll start like this: Saturday did not go as I had hoped.

Steelers vs Ravens:

I don’t like the Steelers. Never have. I don’t like Ben Roethlisberger; ergo, I do not wish for the Steelers to go to the Super Bowl. They certainly played far better than the Ravens yesterday. Joe Flacco needs to learn how to throw the ball away and his receivers need to re-learn how to catch.

Packers vs Falcons:

I had high hopes for the Falcons… and by that I mean that I hoped they would beat the crap out of the Packers and then lose to the Bears. Where was Matty Ice yesterday? I had expected the Falcons to be rested up and rarin’ to go. Instead, they resembled the Key Stone Cops at times. Their defense was terrible as the game wore on. I was excited when they knocked the ball out of Jenning’s hands in the first quarter – and then proceeded to return a kick for a TD. That all looked great, right up until they imploded. I have to confess that I didn’t even bother watching most of the 4th quarter and talked to others at the party instead.

So – two teams I wanted out of the picture soldier on – one to Soldier Field while the other will be hosting the Jets. Definitely not what I had envisioned.

Do the Steelers have what it takes to beat the Jets? Will the NFC North match up end with the hated Green & Gold headed to Dallas? I guess we’ll all find out together next weekend!

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Jan 14

NFL Divisional Round: Lisa’s Picks


Last week saw some incredibly fun games (see: Colts’ loss, Saints’ loss). There were also some games – or one – that wasn’t so fun (see: Philadelphia’s loss). Damn those Packers. Boo. Will this weekend feature the NFC North or will the division get knocked out? Find out below! Well – you won’t find out – I don’t have ESP – but you’ll find out what I think at least.

Here are my picks this week:

SATURDAY

  • Ravens at Steelers: Joe Flacco vs Ben Roethlisberger in the land of Steel. The Ravens looked good against the Chiefs last weekend, but something tells me that the only way they could have looked better is if they had been playing the Seachickens. Oh… wait… that didn’t work out too well for those Aints! But I digress. This may not be the popular choice for this game, but I think the Steelers will be slow coming off their bye and I hear Troy Polamalu’s hair will be flat. Ravens 28, Steelers 21.
  • Packers at Falcons: Clay Matthews’ name is being brandied about for Defensive Player of the Year. I’ll be writing soon about how ridiculous it is to assume that he should win it. Yes, people, I will be backing up that analysis with actual STATS. That’s how you can tell I’m not a Packer fan. But I digress. We already know which QB is clutch between Rodgers and Ryan. Ryan may be alphabetically behind Rodgers, but he’s the better QB. Falcons 24, Packers 20.

SUNDAY

  • Seahawks at Bears: Oh, I do love me some Seachickens. They made my whole weekend last week. The Bears let the Packers win (or did they?) during week 17, when they should have been focusing on momentum. Now they’ve had a week off while the Seahawks are coming off a stunning upset with the momentum in their favor. If this game were being played in Seattle, I would pick the Seahawks without hesitation. Unfortunately, I think the Bears may have weather on their side. Damn snowmageddon. Bears 21, Seahawks 19.
  • Jets at Patriots: Oh dear Odin – the last time these two teams met, the Jets were blown out of the water. Let’s be honest – we know the Jets really have no business being in the play-offs. They’re there because the league was so mediocre this year – and they just happened to be less mediocre than others. They’re not making it past Tigger Brady and his Bounce Bounce aerial attack. Starting Sunday night, Rex Ryan can spend more time with that wife I hear he’s been neglecting. Patriots 38, Jets 17.

Those are my picks this week. Only 2 weeks left. May the best team win. As long as it’s not the Packers. Skol!

Vote for your own picks!

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