The quarterfinals of the NFL tournament are set. Last week I went 2-2. Season record hits 46-36. There’s a reason why the upcoming playoff home teams got byes last week. They’re a cut above the competition. The favored New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals lost last weekend. Were they out-played or just not so good? Will any of the favorites this week be out-played or have a bad day?
Predictably, I go 3–2 in the final week of the regular season. The season mark runs to 47-36. Wild Card Weekend provides three repeat match-ups from last weekend, but I only see one coming up with the same result. The home teams will get fat on home-cooking and victories this weekend.
Week Eleven proved profitable for me as I went 5-1 and run the season record to 32-20. Two upsets: Oakland Raiders over the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs over the Pittsburgh Steelers weren’t even selected to predict since I figured the also-rans would have no shot. But I did have the feeling that the one-win wonders, the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions, would deliver a close contest. A last second pass interference call in the end zone set up the Detroit victory. I got the expected wins by the Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers. My lone loss was due to Vince Young leading the Tennessee Titans to their fourth straight victory in a hard-fought match-up with the Houston Texans. The Texans needed to show they could be contenders (against a 3-6 team), but it just was not to be.
I went 3-2 over the past weekend (10–6 for the season). The Baltimore Ravens, even with questionable calls favoring the New England Patriots, came close to potentially taking a big step to the “next level.” However, a dropped pass by Mark Clayton ended that opportunity. New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez looked like the rookie he is in the game against the New Orleans Saints. Meanwhile the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos took games that would not have surprised us if they went the other way. Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre continued to wow the masses with another impressive showing against his old team, the Green Bay Packers. If the Packers don’t improve that offensive line they’re not going to beat Brett and the Vikings when he makes his “homecoming” visit later in the season.
I went 4-2 this past weekend and 7-4 for the season. The Atlanta Falcons cannot make a statement and lose to the New England Patriots. You tell me if the San Francisco 49ers last second loss to Brett Favre and Minnesota Vikings equals “ugly” as I predicted. I think it counts more as “heart-breaking.” While it was a magical NFL moment to see Favre hoist that ball and to see Greg Lewis snatch it, I am of the mind that Favre will break down at some point during the season. I will either be right on this call or we may be seeing a John-Elway-like end to his career.
Better get the wagons in a circle. Looks like its gonna be a long year in Lion Land.
Aaron Rodgers riddled the Detroit secondary for 328 yards on 24 of 38 passing and three TDs as the Packers walloped the Lions 48-25. In a game that resembled a scrimmage more than a gridiron contest, Green Bay jumped out to an early 21-0 lead before the Lions knew what hit them. James Jones took a 9 yard lob from Rodgers capping a 15 play 86 yard drive and a 7-0 lead. Donald Driver then padded the lead to 14-0 when he took a 2 yard Rodgers chippie, polishing off a 5 play 82.
Jordy Nelson did the finishing honors when he scorched the Lions secondary with a 29 yard bullet capping a 4 play 63 yard march. Lions booter Jason Hanson put the home team on the board with a 38 yarder to close out first half scoring 21-3 Packers. Third stanza scoring was nothing special. Hanson added impressive three pointers of 49 and 53 yards, cutting the Packer lead to 21-9. Pack kicker Mason Crosby answered with a 25 yard chip shot boosting the margin to 24-9.
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Predicted Order Of Finish:
1. Green Bay Packers
2. Chicago Bears
3. Minnesota Vikings
4. Detroit Lions
Top Offensive Player: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
Top Defensive Player: Brian Urlacher, MLB, Chicago Bears
Top Rookie: Kenneth Moore, WR, Detroit Lions
GREEN BAY PACKERS
2007 RECORD: 13-3
Overview: Cheddarheads can take heart in the fact that losing Fabulous Brett Favre to the New York Jets does not mean that the Green Bay Packers will drop from the top of the Black and Blue NFC North Division. Fifth year QB Aaron Rodgers posted respectable stats in ‘07 with 20 completions in 28 passing attempts with 1 TD. Look for Rodgers to make the most of his first full season in the Green and Gold.
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