The Playoffs Start Saturday

  • Smiling_Eyes

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    Jan 05, 2011 4:05 PM GMT
    I'm a huge NFL fan. I subscribed to the Red Zone channel this season (for the first time) and couldn't recommend it more; completely worth $49!

    This season has been a blast; terrific QB play and amazing swings caused by defensive and special teams touchdowns!

    I am a fan of several teams - the Bills used to be my favorite team but they haven't really been in the NFL for the last decade. I'm pulling for the Colts and Steelers predominately though I also like the Saints, Eagles and Packers.

    I hate the Patriots and though they benefit from favorable officiating when they play in Foxbourough, I'm hopeful that someone will take them out. I don't believe it will happen though.

    My prediction in the SuperBowl:

    Patriots 31
    Saints 27

    Who do you have winning the big game?
  • TrentGrad

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    Jan 05, 2011 6:47 PM GMT
    Tennisjock70 saidI'm a huge NFL fan. I subscribed to the Red Zone channel this season (for the first time) and couldn't recommend it more; completely worth $49!

    This season has been a blast; terrific QB play and amazing swings caused by defensive and special teams touchdowns!

    I am a fan of several teams - the Bills used to be my favorite team but they haven't really been in the NFL for the last decade. I'm pulling for the Colts and Steelers predominately though I also like the Saints, Eagles and Packers.

    I hate the Patriots and though they benefit from favorable officiating when they play in Foxbourough, I'm hopeful that someone will take them out. I don't believe it will happen though.

    My prediction in the SuperBowl:

    Patriots 31
    Saints 27

    Who do you have winning the big game?


    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are my favourite team...they have been since I was 6 years old...which is odd considering I live in Canada, and have never visited Florida. LOL

    Well, the way I see it going down:

    - Jets over Indy
    - Ravens over Chiefs
    - Saints over Seahawks
    - Packers over Eagles

    - Patriots over Jets
    - Steelers over Ravens
    - Packers over Falcons
    - Saints over Bears

    - Patriots over Steelers
    - Packers over Saints

    - Patriots over Packers

    I'm of course really going out on a limb with the Packers, but that defense of theirs is solid, and provided Aaron Rodgers holds up, and Philadelphia's weather isn't too bad, I think the Packers actually have a favourable path to the Super Bowl. They're the 6 seed in the NFC, but they just about beat the Falcons (Matty Ice is going to get rusty at the wrong time) in Atlanta this season, and in the Superdome, Aaron Rodgers' precision as a passer will outshine Brees'.

    Unfortunately for Green Bay, they played New England too tough...it's almost a given that Belichek is using that game to plan his offensive contingencies.

    I think the most disappointing team will be the Jets: they are stacked, and yet they don't have the QB to score with teams, and don't have enough pressure from their DL to make Brady uncomfortable!
  • Smiling_Eyes

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    Jan 05, 2011 7:37 PM GMT
    Good analysis!

    I have:

    Indy over Jets
    Bal over KC
    NO over Sea
    GB over Phily

    Pit over Indy
    NE over Bal
    GB over Atl
    NO over Chi

    NE over Pit
    NO over GB

    NE over NO

    I hate the Patriots so obviously I'm hoping I'm wrong! NO v. GB is a tough one to pick. If the game was in GB, I'd take the Pack but in the dome, I lean slightly to the Saints.
  • ohioguy12

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    Jan 05, 2011 8:49 PM GMT
    This weekend I have

    Jets over Indy
    BAL over KC
    NO over Seattle (closer than the experts think if Hasselbeck plays)
    PHI over GB

    Super Bowl:

    Steelers over Eagles (Even though I HATE the Steelers)
  • ohioguy12

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    Jan 06, 2011 8:49 PM GMT
    I hate when all the sports forums flame out
  • jmanorlando

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    Jan 06, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
    NE vs Eagles
    Eagles win
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    Jan 06, 2011 9:01 PM GMT
    Screw you all! Falcons all the way this year baby!!
  • mybud

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    Jan 06, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    Put all your money on the Chiefs and thank me later......
  • scottmet99

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    Jan 06, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    My picks:

    Saints over Seahawks (just barely. Forget the record, Qwest field is a VERY tough place to play for visiting teams)

    Colts over Jets

    Ravens over Chiefs

    Eagles over Packers

    ** Upset special** I see one of the Saturday games being an upset. Either the Jets or Seahawks will upset.


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    Jan 06, 2011 9:10 PM GMT
    I'm putting all my money on the Cowboys, ahh shit wait they sucked this year icon_sad.gif I guess Go Falcons.
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    Jan 06, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    msuNtx saidI'm putting all my money on the Cowboys, ahh shit wait they sucked this year icon_sad.gif I guess Go Falcons.


    Even though the Falcons were your second choice, I'll take it!!
  • ohioguy12

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    Jan 06, 2011 10:12 PM GMT
    KSUOWL saidScrew you all! Falcons all the way this year baby!!


    I'm still not sold on the Falcons, although I hope I'm wrong.
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    Jan 06, 2011 10:21 PM GMT
    ohioguy12 said
    KSUOWL saidScrew you all! Falcons all the way this year baby!!


    I'm still not sold on the Falcons, although I hope I'm wrong.


    Yeah but the fact is that they secured the home field advantage and they RARELY lose at home. They are going to be hungry for super bowl!
  • ohioguy12

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    Jan 06, 2011 10:44 PM GMT
    KSUOWL said
    ohioguy12 said
    KSUOWL saidScrew you all! Falcons all the way this year baby!!


    I'm still not sold on the Falcons, although I hope I'm wrong.


    Yeah but the fact is that they secured the home field advantage and they RARELY lose at home. They are going to be hungry for super bowl!


    I hope you're right, but the Saints proved they can win in Atlanta if it comes to that, and I think it will. But the NFC is wide open, anyone can win that Conference, the AFC is pretty much a 2 team race, maybe 3 if you include Baltimore
  • scottmet99

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    Jan 07, 2011 5:06 AM GMT
    My SB pick is New England/New Orleans with NE winning. I don't think anyone from the NFC can beat them.
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    Jan 07, 2011 5:11 AM GMT
    ohioguy12 said
    KSUOWL said
    ohioguy12 said
    KSUOWL saidScrew you all! Falcons all the way this year baby!!


    I'm still not sold on the Falcons, although I hope I'm wrong.


    Yeah but the fact is that they secured the home field advantage and they RARELY lose at home. They are going to be hungry for super bowl!


    I hope you're right, but the Saints proved they can win in Atlanta if it comes to that, and I think it will. But the NFC is wide open, anyone can win that Conference, the AFC is pretty much a 2 team race, maybe 3 if you include Baltimore


    I agree with you. I think the Falcons will be hungry for that win if they play the saints again! We will see it is anyone's game really
  • rioriz

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    Jan 07, 2011 5:18 AM GMT
    For this weekend I am going:

    KC over Baltimore (i think home field will have a play in this match and from how poor the Ravens played Cincy)

    Indy over Jets

    Saints over Seahawks

    Packers over Eagles

    then

    Steelers over Indy

    Pats over KC

    Saints over Bears

    Falcons over Pack

    then

    Steelers over Pats (I really feel this will be a much closer game than people think and the best defense will win the game)

    Falcons over Saints

    then

    DRAW judging from the first game I would give the edge to the Steelers seeing they have Ben back now.

  • rioriz

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    Jan 07, 2011 5:18 AM GMT
    Oh and Redzone is the shizzznit!!
  • Smiling_Eyes

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    Jan 07, 2011 4:38 PM GMT
    Great discussion men!

    Let's go deeper!

    Many of you mentioned that Seattle is a terrible place to play for visiting teams. That's undeniable. The Hawks were 5-3 at home and are far superior to their woefulness away from Qwest field. In addition, both of the Saints best "running" backs are out (Ivory and Thomas) so its quite likely Drew will be throwing on 90% of their offensive plays. The more you drop back the more likely sack fumbles and interceptions are. If the Hawks can create 2-3 turnovers, they may win. I don't Seattle will succeed offensively, but if they get points on defense and special teams, who knows. That being said, I think the Saints will have enough in their passing game to win at the end. Given their RB issues, I don't think I like the Saints in the next round. Pierre Thomas is a key for them!

    Saints 24
    Hawks 20

    The Colts are extremely beatable; Pierre Garcon is not as healthy or efficient as he was last year. Without Collie, Gonzalez and Clark, Peyton just doesn't have many go to go players. The Jets will try and take Wayne out of the game and will mostly succeed. Jacob Tamme will likely key the Indy offense and will have a big game inside. I also think the Colts will have some success with Addai running the football and catching it out of the backfield. Mostly though, I don't expect the Jets to succeed offensively; Sanchez is inconsistent. I think the Colts will stymie the Jets running game and do a good job forcing punts. The Jets can win, in my estimation, with special teams and/or defensive TD's. If they shorten the field for their offense, they've got a good chance. I see this one going to OT (remember new OT rules this post season) with the Colts prevailing on a long TD to Wayne.

    Colts 27
    Jets 23 OT

    KC/Bal is very tough to predict. Baltimore did win 12 games but, for me, they are unimpressive on Offense and defense. They have BY FAR the best special teams in the NFL. They have two fantastic kickers, a great return game, and suffocating coverage teams. Because of this, they don't need as much from their other two teams. Their offense has a lot of talent. Flaco has an incredibly powerful arm and is quite accurate. they have an exceptional group of receivers and a good OL. I don't understand why their offense has been bad most of the season. It should be much better than it has been. But, based on 16 games, there's no reason to expect that all of a sudden they'll hit their stride on offense. Defensively, they've shown all year that they breakdown in the 4th quarter. They seem to tire. KC is also very flawed and is likely the least talented playoff team in the AFC this year. Having said that they do draw the best results out of limited talent. The Ravens should win this game based on their superior ability but playing in KC and with KC ability to run the football and control the clock, I expect this to be a FG game and possibly go to OT. If this game is close at the end, KC has a great chance. I expect the Ravens to win with exceptional special teams play.

    Ravens 20
    Chiefs 17

    My favorite game of the weekend is the last one. I have great respect for both of these teams. I think these are the two most talented and well coached teams playing this weekend. I think the winner has a great chance of getting to the Super Bowl. The Pack are the most talented 10 win team in over 20 years. Each of their 6 losses were games they quite easily could have (and in some cases deserved) to win. This could be an undefeated team. They have a suffocating defense that I believe is the best in the league. Clay Matthews is off the charts in ability and desire. Woodson is a terrific play-maker. They get to the QB! Aaron Rogers is the best QB in the NFL and has been for 2-3 years. He does everything well (except slide). He's exceptionally calm, has a rocket arm and sees the field like a surgeon. They have no running game (though Starks shows some promise). If they're able to run the ball at all, they won't be beat. The Pack are one of the worst teams on special teams. They're punter has been inconsistent; they're coverage teams are awful; they're return teams are average 9though better on punt returns). They're not as bad as SD, but their special teams have cost them games this year. Michael Vick, though I can't forgive him for his treatment of animals, is the most talented offensive player in the NFL. The Eagles have amazing speed and grace on offense. They can't be stopped but because their defense is average, if GB can hold them 20 points or less, I think the Pack win. The key to the game; Asante Samuel; he's a gifted CB and guesses very well. A pick 6 for Phily tilts the game in their favor.

    Packers 27
    Eagles 20
  • Moishendlishu...

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    Jan 07, 2011 4:41 PM GMT
    I wouldn't discount the Falcons if I were you. They have been playing the best ball I've seen them play. Patriots...god I hate them...but they are going to the Superbowl. I'm thinking ATL vs NE in the big game.

    I think the Saints have a chance to go pretty far, but they aren't making it to the Superbowl again this year.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jan 07, 2011 4:54 PM GMT
    ohioguy12 said
    NO over Seattle (closer than the experts think if Hasselbeck plays)


    I disagree. The Seahawks have a horrendous secondary that Drew Brees & Co. will exploit in blowout fashion. And I can't wait for that.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jan 07, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
    I predict the Superbowl matchup will be between the Patriots and the Falcons or the Saints. The Falcons have been consistent all season; the Saints may find their groove after playing the Seahawks.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jan 07, 2011 4:57 PM GMT
    Tennisjock70 said
    Colts 27
    Jets 23 OT


    Based on the NFL Overtime rules, that scenario is mathematically impossible.
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    Jan 07, 2011 5:08 PM GMT
    Moishendlishus saidI wouldn't discount the Falcons if I were you. They have been playing the best ball I've seen them play. Patriots...god I hate them...but they are going to the Superbowl. I'm thinking ATL vs NE in the big game.

    I think the Saints have a chance to go pretty far, but they aren't making it to the Superbowl again this year.


    Smart man right here! That is my prediction for the super bowl as well. I think the Saints won't make it far. They lost their last game and only won against tthe Falcons because the Falcons played like crap. The Falcons won't let that happen again and their very low percentage of penalties will play in their favor. Hardly anyone even mentioned the Falcons in this thread and I think that is a mistake.
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    Jan 07, 2011 6:15 PM GMT
    I'll try my hand:

    (Note: I live in Indy and am a Colts season ticket holder so...note that I don't hate the Patriots, I like Rex Ryan, but I must say that I hate, um no, loathe, the Steelers, and will really enjoy knocking them out of the playoffs this year!)

    Wild Card Weekend:
    AFC
    Colts over Jets
    Chiefs over Ravens

    NFC
    Saints over Seahawks (though this will be a very close game)
    Packers over Eagles

    Divisional Round
    AFC
    Patriots over Chiefs
    Colts over Steelers

    NFC
    Packers over Falcons
    Bears over Saints

    Conference Championships
    AFC
    Patriots over Colts
    Bears over Packers

    Super Bowl
    Patriots over Bears