Bland Weekend for Football

The Texans showed why they had the 1 seed locked up until they let it slip through their fingers in the final weeks. The protected Shaub like they had for the majority of the season. They started off slow and sluggish, but in the second half turned it up on the Bengals. Marvin Lewis showed that he is still incapable to make the adjustments needed to win big games. Foster is the first nfl player to have 100 yard games in each of his first 3 playoff games. The Bengals were only in this game due to Leon Hall and the defense, if Shaub had made a better decision, game wouldnt have even been close. Dalton had -6 yards passing in the first half. Dalton was pedestrian on the day, 14 for 30 for 127 yards, and 1 INT.

Christian Ponder had a bruised triceps…a fucking bruised triceps, and he doesn’t play the game?! Take a shot, suck it up, and get out and try to win a playoff game. I don’t care if it was on your throwing arm or not, in the playoffs, you do what you can to put your team in the best position to win. If you have to be pulled and benched, at least you went out and did what you could, instead of putting in a guy who hadn’t thrown a pass all year. He ain’t Charlie Batch. That deserved a loss right there, and that is what came out of it. Vikings couldn’t get anything going, and even Peterson couldn’t win the game solely on his legs.

There still better not be any talk of Flacco being Elite after this game. Luck’s luck ran out. All Joe is good for is throwing the ball up, and hoping a receiver gets it, or the defensive gets called for Pass Interference. The defense played on fire for the ravens, due to Lewis being back on the field. He almost had a pick, but his cyborg arm just couldn’t bring it in. The Colt’s squandered opportunities to score, and they were hindered by the absence of their OC, who was in the hospital, but they still had chances to score to tie, and they let them slip by. Hopefully they learn from this game. This is Ray’s last game at M&T Bank. Next week though, they aren’t facing a rookie QB.

RG3 was hurt worse than he wanted to let on, even though that didn’t seem to hinder him at the start of the game when they jumped out by 14, but by halftime, you could tell that his knee was bothering him, whether he wanted to admit it or not. Shanahan should have made the call and put in Kirk Cousins after the half, but probably gave him the benefit of the doubt. By the 4th quarter though, he definitely should have been pulled though. Seattle and the defense did their job, and played hard on the road where they have been lackluster this season. Seattle has to go into Atlanta next week, and probably hope on rust and the fact that Atlanta and Matt Ryan haven’t won a playoff game.

NFL Week 10

Indianapolis at Jacksonville

Indy won, but I don’t think anyone thought differently.

Indianapolis 27

Jacksonville 10

Oakland at Baltimore

Oakland has to travel, but I wouldn’t be shocked if they won. The Ravens defense just isn’t very good this year. They can’t stop the pass, they can’t stop the run, their offensive line has been doing a piss poor job, and if they decide to let Flacco be “Elite”, then they have no chance of winning. The best thing they can do is give the ball to Rice and run, run, and run. Then again, this is a Cam Cameron led offense, and he has no imagination, so I expect a lot of stagnant play by the the Ravens.

Oakland 21

Baltimore 20

Denver at Carolina

John Fox will be looking for payback, and Cam Newton can’t stop turning the ball over at the wrong time. Denver will cruise, Manning will have 3 TD’s, and will probably sit out the 4th quarter.

Denver 31

Carolina 10

NY Giants at Cincinnati

Eli Manning has been pretty crappy lately, and it isn’t because he has a “tired” arm. With most quarterbacks, they make the players around them better. In the Giants case, the other players make Manning look better than he is. When they can’t produce, Manning looks bad. Like Green has said, the Giants D has holes, and I think Cincinnati and its passing attack with Dalton to Green can expose it. Plus, the Giants won’t have the refs giving them 14 points to start with.

Cincinnati 14

NY Giants 10

Tennessee at Miami

The titans will be looking to rebound from that pathetic showing against the Bears, and with Locker possibly coming back to play just as Hasselbeck started choking, it isn’t shocking. Whether its Moore at QB or Tannehill, the Dolphins win this easily.

Tennessee 7

Miami 21

Detroit at Minnesota

Percy Harvin more than likely isn’t playing, Ponder has looked normal as of late. The only way the Vikings don’t lose this one is if Ponder turns around and gives the ball to Peterson. The Lions have scored at least 28 points the last 2 games, and they seem to be getting their act together at the right time.

Detroit 21

Minnesota 18

Buffalo at New England

Buffalo is….well Buffalo

Buffalo 14

New England 45

Atlanta at New Orleans

This will be a shootout. Matt Ryan vs Drew Brees, the one equalizer is that the Falcon’s defense doesn’t suck like New Orleans defense. Michael Turner will get at least 80 yards rushing, 1 TD, Roddy White will have over 100 yards receiving, and New Orleans won’t be in this game at all.

Atlanta 28

New Orleans 13

San Diego at Tampa Bay

Vincent Jackson will be facing his old team. Phillip Rivers can’t get anything going, and this week will not be any different. By the end of the game, Rivers will have his usual “derp” face, and Norv Turner will be praying to Tebow that he doesn’t get fired.

San Diego 16

Tampa Bay 24

New York Jets at Seattle

Sanchez is terrible, Tebow isn’t any better. They have no run game, and their defense is a shell of it’s former self. You could put my dad in and he could get things going better offensively than Sanchez. Marshawn Lynch will run wild on the Jets D. The game will be over by halftime. Over/under on Sanchez caused turnovers is set at 2

Jets 6

Seattle 21

Dallas at Philadelphia

The second annual “Turnover Bowl”. The real question will be, turns it over more, Romo or Vick? Neither offense will be able to drive the length of the field for points, so the only points that will be scored will be from turnovers and short fields. Romo will throw his patented late game pick six to seal the game.

Dallas 14

Philadelphia 17

St. Louis at San Francisco

Sam Bradford is a decent Qb, but the guy I feel the worst for is Steven Jackson. He is such a good RB, but he has been stuck on a terrible St Louis team for so long, he deserves whatever praise he gets. Alex Smith will manage the game, and Frank Gore will run all over St Louis.

St Louis 10

San Francisco 21

Houston at Chicago

This will be the game of the week. Matt Shaub and Arian Foster against Chicago’s tough Defense. If Houston can limit the turnovers, then they should beat Chicago. If they have even one turnover, it will probably spell a loss for Houston. If they can get to Cutler and rattle him, he will make mistakes.

Houston 21

Chicago 18

Kansas City at Pittsburgh

Todd Haley will be looking for payback against KC for firing him last season. They have no QB, Matt Cassel is starting in place of Quinn, who has a concussion. The last time Cassel played the Steelers, he was in New England, and he got completely rolled.

Kansas City 10

Pittsburgh 32