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Ravens vs. Chiefs – The Wild Card Weekend Continues

Yesterday’s Wild Card games lived up to their names.  What a wild and wacky day of NFL football!   After the shocking upset of the defending Super Bowl champions New Orleans Saints by the Seattle Seahawks, the Jets went on to beat the Colts in a game that was a real nail biter.

Yesterday we predicted an easy Saints victory and a Colts win.  Well, at 0-2 our predictions for this weekend could not have been worse, so we hope that we are more accurate in today’s analysis!  At 1 pm ET today the Baltimore Ravens face the Kansas City Chiefs.  Here is our take on that game.

At 4:30, the Green Bay Packers take on the Philadelphia Eagles.  We will post our analysis and prediction of that match up in a few hours.  In the meantime, enjoy this playoff Sunday!!!

AFC Wild Card Game – Ravens vs. Chiefs

This is the first time the two teams meet in post-season play.  The Chiefs have an abysmal playoff record.  Their last playoff victory was in 1994.  Since then, they have gone 0-6 in the post-season.  The Ravens have a more impressive showing in the playoffs and have made post-season appearances in each of the last three years.  Today’s game takes place at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.  But the Ravens’ playoff record on the road is 6-3, so a Chief’s home field advantage will not likely be a factor.

The Chiefs have the most prolific rushing offense in the NFL.  For the Chiefs to win, running backs Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles will have to overcome one of the best rushing defenses in the league.  Last week, the Chiefs suffered an embarrassing 31-10 loss to the Oakland Raiders.  Is this an indication of some offensive weakness that the Ravens can exploit?  It could be.   But it is likely that their performance last week was a result of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis’ distractions.  Weis has reportedly agreed to become the offensive coordinator for the University of Florida and may have looked past the Raiders last week.   But this is the playoffs and Weis is a master at big games.  As offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, he helped lead the team to three Super Bowl championships.

Linebacker Ray Lewis is Baltimore’s leader, both on and off the field.  Look for him to provide the inspiration and motivation for his defensive unit.  The Ravens ranked third in the NFL for fewest points allowed.  The Ravens defense boasts 4 Pro Bowlers – Lewis, linebacker Terrell Suggs, safety Ed Reed and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.   

As the season began, the buzz was about how the Ravens offense was upgraded with the addition of Anquan Boldin.  Joe Flacco was predicted to have a breakout season, but the offense never reached pre-season expectations.   The Ravens have historically been known as a defensive team and today it will be up to that defense to win this game.

Baltimore has momentum, having won the last 6 of their seven games.  At 35, Ray Lewis knows his chances at winning a Super Bowl championship are limited.  Look for him to dominate on the field and be the spiritual and inspirational leader to help seal the victory.

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A Serving of Sunday Showdowns Better than Your Momma’s Best Sunday Dinner!

It is week 12 in the NFL season, which means do or die time for a number of  teams trying to reach the playoffs.  Today’s games offer a football fan’s dream come true in terms of playoff implications and pure adrenaline boosting excitement!  Here are three of today’s key matchups…

Jags vs. the Giants

The Giants are in second place in the NFC East, trailing the Eagles.  After a five game winning streak, they got shocked by the struggling Cowboys, who had just fired their head coach.  The next week, the Eagles served up yet another defeat.  The Giants are playing inconsistently, due in large part to the multitude of injuries plaguing the offensive line and receiving corps.  It is a must win for the Giants.  Their remaining schedule is tough, so they need a victory in order to break their losing streak and get ready for their remaining NFC East division games.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are tied with the Colts for first in the AFC South. It is shocking, given how they started the season.  Frankly, they have been getting lucky in some games this season.  If they lose today, it just may be the start of a long streak of bad luck for the Jags!  Should the Jags fall behind Indy, it will be difficult for them to secure a wildcard spot given all the strong teams in the AFC.

Colts vs. the Chargers

Two phenomenal QBs meet tonight in what will most likely be a high scoring, blazing contest.  San Diego QB Philip Rivers is the top passing QB in the AFC, passing for over 3100 yards this season.  He is a favorite for this year’s NFL MVP.  For the Chargers, who started 2-5 before going on a three game winning streak, they need a win.  They are in 2nd place in the AFC West, behind Kansas City.  Their late season comeback has been a great reversal on a season that looked quite gloomy, but if they want to make the playoffs, they simply cannot afford to lose any more games.

The Colts are tied with the Jags for first place in the AFC South. It appears that there will not be any wild cards slots from this division, so winning it is the only way a team will make it to the playoff rounds.  Peyton Manning has an uncanny ability to win in the home stretch, despite all the injuries the Colts are enduring.  The Colts need Manning to once again work his magic if they are to make the playoffs this season.  A win today is crucial.  Whatever the final outcome, with Manning and Rivers on the field today, look for a scoring extravaganza!

Chiefs vs. the Seahawks

The Kansas City Chiefs hold the first place position in the AFC West, but the Chargers and Raiders are tied for second in a very tight division.  The Chiefs need a victory today to keep their division rivals from overtaking the lead, especially San Diego.  Kansas City has won all 5 of their home games this season, but as they travel to Seattle, they bring with them only one victory away from home.  The Chiefs need a victory on the road to help win the division and leap into the playoffs.

The Seahawks lead the NFC West with a 5-5 record.  St. Louis is one game behind them and struggling.  Winning at this time of the year is important for every team. But in the NFC West, there will likely be no wild card slots because of how poor the teams within the division are playing.  The Seahawks need to use their home field advantage to snag a win and keep their top place in the division to earn a playoff spot.

There is a full menu of mouth-watering games today.  Many of them have playoff implications and are more scrumptious than your momma’s best Sunday dinner.  Check out the Bears vs. Eagles, Packers vs. Falcons and the Ravens vs. Buccaneers.  With today’s delectable choices, you will be sure to have your football appetite filled!

It’s Week 9 and Oh What a Season it has Been!

Here we are, in week 9 of the NFL schedule, which means we are half way through the regular season!  Time flies when you’re having fun.  As we reflect on what has unfolded in the NFL thus far, we were inspired to say it with poetry.  (Don’t ask why, frankly, we really don’t know)

 

The NFL season is already half completed

Some of our teams have won, others were defeated

Players have been benched, a few were even traded

Coaches have been praised, a few are truly hated

So at this point in the season, we look at where things stand

One thing we know for certain, this season has not been bland!

 

The great and mighty Saints were expected to be dominant

But here in 2010, they’re not so prominent!

The trendy “who dat” slogan was such a catchy phrase

 But the way the Saints are playing, was it only just a phase?

So as New Orleans struggles to find a way to win

Will another team replace them as America’s new darlin’?

 

All throughout the league, quarterbacks are making news

With so many controversies, it’s easy to feel confused

In Philly, Vick was out…then in..then out again

The Steelers had their own QB troubles – the behavior of Big Ben

McNabb was benched for Grossman, a decision that boggles the mind

Grossman fumbled his first play, and the Redskins fell behind!

 

The Vikings made a trade to pick up Randy Moss

Four short weeks later, they gave him quite the toss

Randy’s open praise of his former coach and team

Caused coach Childress fury and to fire him it seems

Randy’s now a Titan, playing in Tennessee

Will he find a home there?  Or will he have to flee?

 

Jerry Jones’ Cowboys now stand at one and six

How does this happen to a pre-season Superbowl pick?

The Bills are once again at the bottom of the pile

Will frosty Buffalo fans ever find reason to smile?

The Panthers and 49ers are also down this year

Their fans are not celebrating, but drowning in cold beer

 

The Patriots are once again winning, doing it with flair

Even with Tom Brady and his Justin Bieber-like long hair

The Giants and the Falcons are tied for first in the NFC

Who will win their division?  We will have to wait and see

The Ravens, Chiefs and Colts seem to be true contenders

While the Jets, Packers and Steelers may just end up pretenders

 

The season’s only half way through, there’s lots more games to play

Some teams will continue to win, some may go astray

Football is a game of inches, so the saying goes

It’s a game that can’t be predicted, as any true fan knows

So enjoy the “second half”, it will be an adventurous ride

It’s what makes football the greatest game – that cannot be denied!

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