Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to pay homage to this great game played by some really tough men who could squash me like a pea. Before we start, can we all hold our neighbors hand for a rousing song to get us in the proper mood to read this blog? I stand before you today to bring you this message. This message of power. This message of, of thankfulness. This adoring message of all that is great. I'm talkin' ‘bout the message that has been wrought from afar. Can I get a witness? This mess...
Hey preacher man, get on with it already!
Oh, ok. You want my picks for the playoffs do you? No? I'm crushed. Well, you're getting them anyway. This is probably the best wild card weekend we have seen in years. Every game, except maybe one could go wither way. We are going to have two games where the teams are going to beat the living snot out of each other and suck it up with a straw. Oh did I take it too far? I think this week's games will put the wild back into wildcard. Was that funny? Huh? See how I did that? Wild - wildcard? Not funny you say?
Well if you want some comedy, just take a look at the picks.
Redskins @ Seahawks - You would think the Hawks would be the heavy favorite in this game. The Skins are coming off a short week and have to travel across the country. So you would think they would be worn out. But let me tell you one thing - this is your daddy's Redskins team. They are tough and battle hardened. They have rallied unlike any other team I've seen in recent years. The Seahawks on the other hand don't even scare their practice team. I look for the Skins to clip the Hawks' wings and get ready for a rematch in big D.
Jags @ Steelers - Talk about a working man's game. It doesn't get any better than this. Two teams who are very well coached and both like to rip their opponent's heads off and shove it up, oops, this is a family blog. They both like to play their opponents at a really high level and like to shake hands during the game. I really want to take the Steelers in this one. I just don't see Tomlin letting the same team come into his house and embarrass them again. I can see him pulling a homey on them. But on the other hand you have Fred Taylor who has truly earned his working man's Ph.D. The man just works hard and gets it done. Garrard made me eat my words this year in that he is a very serviceable QB and runs Del Rio's offense efficiently. I just don't know. Dang. I have been on the Jags' bandwagon most of the second half so I guess I'll stay on it one more week. I'll take the Jags in a bloody, knockdown drag out bar fight.
Giants @ Buccaneers - Was that really Eli torching the Patriot's secondary last week? Or was that really Eli short-arming his passes and throwing the timely pick once he started getting knocked around? I say it was somewhere in the middle, maybe slightly skewed towards the latter. The Bucs on the other hand finished the season with a lights out defense, statistically at least. They basically took off the last month of the season so it's hard to get a feel for them right now. In the end I don't think it will really matter. The Bucs D will harass Eli into a couple of key turnovers and Garcia will be an effective bus driver and I will give the nod to the Bucs in another slobber-knocker.
Titans @ Chargers - I would like to say that the Titans are capable of pulling off the upset. But I can't. They struggled to put 16 up against back-ups and that's not very imposing. They struggled against the hapless Jets. Again, that doesn't exactly give you a warm fuzzy. But, and this is a very big but, if they can shut down the running game they have a chance. Rivers hasn't exactly instilled confidence that he can carry the team on his back. With Haynesworth being gimpy he won't be much of a factor though and the run defense is not the same if he isn't 100%. The Titans have shown teams how they can be beat - take away Vince's running lanes and make him beat you with his arm. That's just not gonna happen my friends. So I'll take the Chargers in the only game that will be decided by more than 10 points.
Thanks for reading.