Eagles 23 - Giants 11
I’m not really sure if I’m just paying more attention this year or if things are actually just this bad. I have yet to watch a game that has not been decided by a team shooting themselves in the foot. After watching the Titans and the Panthers fumble and throw their games away I was expecting a “return to normalcy” with a Tom Coughlin lead coach and I couldn’t have been more disappointed.
The game started off well for the Giants with a big kick return and a 4th and 2 conversion. However, the Giants were only able to get a field goal out of it. New York’s D came out really hot and held the Eagles to a 4th and 21 but there were two flags on the punt return making the Giants start on their own 12.
Wow, just wow. I need to stop picking teams since I think I’m just jinxing them at this point. This was the first day of play to determine who would go to the conference championship games. Would it be the Panthers, Ravens, or their rivals? Well, if you read my predictions you would have already figured this out.
Ravens 13 - Titans - 10
A game that was totally predictable as a defensive struggle. Both teams started their initial drives punting and that pretty much was most of the game. The first half was not totally stale with the Titans shifty rookie, Chris Johnson, burning up the Ravens for some big gains and putting the first points on the board with a slick scamper around the right side for 6 points. It really was looking like the Titans were going to be able to continue running the ball.
Round 1 is long gone along with any respect I had for myself to accurately pick the outcome of a football game. 1-4 is how I finished my first round though in my own defense I think most of the “experts” went 2-2. On the flip side of that, I am usually ripping on how terrible most of those “experts” are so this is quite the little conundrum. Who cares, I’m still the frackin’ man! Here comes the NFL Divisional Playoffs in Round 2.
Don’t forget to get your updated printable bracket at the end of this column!
Round 1 of the NFL playoffs concluded today with results that most people were expecting. The games were at least worth watching as the playoffs almost always are. Could Chad “only 7 INT’s on the season” Pennington get it done against the Ravens ridiculously good defense and could the NFL’s leading rusher, Adrian Peterson, move the ball against the smug Eagles D.
Ravens - 27 Dolphins - 9
It was the Dolphins to get the first turnover off a LeRon McClain fumble which looked like nothing more than a love tap. Unfortunately for the Dolphins they tried to love tap it in from the goal line and got stuffed resulting in a field goal. Baltimore matched that field goal with one of their own and then proceeded to take the game over.
Day 1 of the NFL Playoffs, Wars, Finals, and Road to the Big Show has ended in spectacular fashion. One thing that was not a surprised are which players stepped up to win the game for their respective team. Phillip Rivers, Darren Sproles, Kurt Warner, and Larry Fitzgerald all pushed their teams over the top along with great play from the Chargers and Cardinals Defenses. I, however, am starting off this playoff season 0-2 on my picks but I can’t say that I am totally surprised.
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There is order among the chaos that is the ending of the regular NFL season and that is the aligning of the playoff stars. First, I have to officially make my NFC Super Bowl pick since I was too much of a wuss to declare two weeks ago. Hey, what can I say? I am not a typical sports guy who is just going to blab out my first thought or reaction and say “Eat it, bitches.” Jake Delhomme and the Carolina Panthers will be matched up with the Indianapolis Colts in this years Super Bowl. There it is! Boom! Tough actin’ predictions!
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