As a Giants fan, I was obviously elated when my G-Men went into Foxboro and took down the mighty Patriots. Eli Manning outplayed Tom Brady and justified his pre-season elite quarterback status claims as he led the offense on an 8 play 80 yard game winning drive with only 1:30 left on the clock. The drive culminated in a Jake Ballard touchdown, and the Giants won 24-20. Read more…
We all got to see what the Colts will look like without Peyton Manning under center, and it was well, in a word, pathetic. The Colts offense was anemic and the defense was overwhelmed. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise to most as Peyton Manning IS the entire Colts offense in literally every dynamic. Their defense is also desperately reliant on Manning as they are built to play with a lead. Freeney and Mathis are straight-up monsters against the pass and pretty average when it comes to stopping the run. They both need a lead in order to pin their ears back and rush the passer. Look for more of the same in terms of play on the field and results from the Colts for the remaining 15 weeks of the season. It’s going to be a looooong season for Colts fans. Hey, who knows. Maybe Indy will LUCK out (pun intended) in the end. Read more…
Packers @ Bears
There’s no secret between these two divisional foes. The Packers and Bears know each other inside and out. I think this will be a relatively low scoring affair as a sloppy Soldier Field, hasty weather conditions, and two aggressive defenses will make their mark on this game. The Packers are hot, plain and simple. But at the same time, the Bears were the ones that won their division; the ones that earned a playoff bye and home field advantage, and yet are being somewhat disrespected in the eyes of the media. I think this game will come down to two matchups. The first being the offensive line of the Packers versus the defensive front of the Bears which includes the likes of Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, and Julius Peppers just to name a few. The second matchup being between the quarterbacks, Rodgers versus Cutler. Who will get the most protection? Who will make the clutch throws? Who will protect the football? In my opinion, the quarterback that answers these questions will go onto the Super Bowl and I think Aaron Rodgers will be that guy.
Packers win 21 – 17
#6 Packers @ #1 Falcons
The Falcons escaped with a narrow 3-point win at home against the Packers in their regular season showdown, and I see the playoff matchup between these teams will pretty much follow suit. Aaron Rodgers earned his first playoff game last week on the road in hostile Philly against the Eagles. He’s carried the Packers for the entire season, especially during the last few weeks, but I see that all coming to an end against the Matt Ryan led Atlanta Falcons. “Matty Ice” has only lost twice at home in his entire career and although I think this will be another grind-it-out game that comes down to the last second, I’ll give the slight edge to Ryan and the Falcons. The Falcons have had a knack for coming away with the “W” in close games as they have an impressive 6-2 record in games decided by 6 points or less this season.
Falcons win 26 – 24
#4 Seahawks @ #2 Bears
The Seahawks come into this game with absolutely no pressure on them yet again as nobody thought they would even make the playoffs, let alone beat the defending champs and play in the NFC Divisional Round. Seattle actually beat the Bears in their week 6 matchup, but I don’t see the same result this time around. The Seahawks will face a much tougher defense in the Bears then they did last week when they beat the Saints. I think it’s safe to say that Marshawn Lynch will not break 8 tackles en route to a 60-plus yard td run and Matt Hasselbeck will not throw 4 td passes against a very stout Bears defense. The only concern I have about the Bears is with quarterback Jay Cutler, who’s the epitome of recklessness and inconsistency. This will be Cutler’s first ever playoff game and while I do think he will make mistakes, in the form of a pick or two, I don’t think the Seahawks will be able to capitalize on them against the Bears’ strong defense.
Bears win 23 – 14
1) New York Giants (3-0) – LW 1
The Giants dominated the lowly Bucs, holding them to 86 yards of total offense and shutting them out.
2) Baltimore Ravens (3-0) – LW 2
Joe Flacco is flinging the pigskin all over the field. The Ravens look virtually unstoppable now that their offense is creeping up to the level of their defense.
3) Indianapolis Colts (3-0) – LW 5
Peyton Manning torched the Cardinals secondary for 4 touchdown passes. Freeney is out for a couple of weeks, but the Colts are legit.
4) New Orleans Saints (3-0) - LW 8
The Saints showed they can also win the sloppy defensive game, holding the Bills to 7 points and ending T.O.’s reception streak.
5) New York Jets (3-0) – LW 7
Sanchez showed some wheels and a little bit of toughness on his touchdown run against the Titans last week. Big test for the Jets defense this week against the Saints.
6) Minnesota Vikings (3-0) – LW 4
The Vikings needed some last second heroics from “old man” Favre to overcome a 49er team who played all but one play without Frank Gore.
7) New England Patriots (2-1) – LW 11
Brady’s receivers, with the exception of Moss, let him down against the Falcons, dropping countless passes and not completing their routes. Nevertheless, the Patriots got it done against the Falcons and look to be back on track.
8) Atlanta Falcons (2-1) – LW 3
The Falcon’s defense struggled against a Patriots offense which was without Wes Welker and incorporating new receivers. On top of the defensive struggles, Matt Ryan could get anything going with his biggest red zone threat, Tony Gonzalez.
9) San Diego Chargers (2-1) – LW 9
The Chargers can make a statement next week if they can take advantage of and get a win against the reeling Steelers.
10) San Francisco 49ers (2-1) – LW 10
If it wasn’t for a last second touchdown pass by Favre, we would be talking about a 3-0 49ers team that look like possible contenders.
11) Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) – LW nr
Kevin Kolb became the first quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in each of his first two professional starts. Great job holding down the fort while McNabb recovers.
12) Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) – LW nr
The Bengals shocked us all when they came back from a fourth quarter deficit against the defending champs. They look legit.
13) Chicago Bears (2-1) – LW 13
Jay Cutler has been a different quarterback since his week one interception frenzy, leading the Bears to an impressive 2-1 start.
14) Green Bay Packers (2-1) – LW nr
Packers vs. Vikings on Monday Night Football this week, can’t wait.
15) Denver Broncos (3-0) – LW nr
Josh McDaniels sure looks like he knew what he was doing trading away Cutler to get the great Kyle Orton. The defense looks surprisingly strong too. Their taking advantage of a soft schedule, and it doesn’t hurt to have a little bit of luck.
LW = Last Week