Well, we’re just 2 1/2 weeks away from the 2014 Super Bowl and we are ready with our picks for the championship games this weekend. It’s clear that the remaining four teams truly deserve to be playing for the right to go to E. Rutherford next month.
*Home team in CAPS
Patriots over the BRONCOS- Up until the last week or so, we would have said overwhelmingly that Denver would take this game should these two play each other for the AFC championship, but two things have changed our thinking; First, the Pats have switched their M/O somewhat and have been rushing more than we’re used to seeing…and they have done so very effectively. The success they’ve had (Blount 166 rushing yards- 4 TDs and Ridley 52 yards and 2 TDs last week vs the Colts), just opens things up for an already strong aerial attack.
Second, with the best CB on the Bronocos, Chris Harris, tearing his ACL and Von Miller out, Brady should have an easier time in the Patriots passing game. In fact we expect more passing than rushing in this game unlike what we saw last week now that the Broncos defense is hurting. The intangible in this game, as always, is Bill Belichick who is a cool 19-8 in the post-season to go along with three Super Bowl Championships! That’s one heck of a resume.
SEAHAWKS vs 49ers- Although a lot of pundits are pining for S.F., we are giving the edge to Seattle. Keys to this game will include running back Marshawn Lynch, both field goal kickers , the refs, turnovers, and the crowd. Lynch has 170 yards rushing in the teams’ two regular season meetings this year and will need to do even better than that in order to keep Kaepernick & the Niners off the field. In Lynch’s last five games against S.F., the running back has averaged 98.2 yards so that task is certainly attainable.
We mentioned field goal kickers because the last two times these teams faced one another, the final scores, low by NFL standards, only tallied 36 combined points (in their December game) and 32 (in September). Seattle’s defense has allowed just 16 touchdown passes all season; second best in the league, while posting an NFL-high 28 interceptions. Kaepernick needs to bring his ‘A’ game if he and his teammates expect to pull off the upset. How has opposing quarterbacks fared against Seattle’s ‘D’? They have a combined league-low rating of 63.4%.
The Seahawks are one of the leagues most penalized teams which could come back to haunt them on Sunday, unless of course, the 12th man on the field, the crowd, forces more than a few false starts for Kaepernick & crew. These two teams do not like each other and you can expect more than a few fights to break out during the game which will put more pressure on the refs whose decisions could swing the momentum and possibly the game one way or the other. However, when the dust settles, it will be the ‘Hawks who will move on to E. Rutherford.
Brady and Manning meeting for the fifteenth time of their respective careers. A sense of deja-vu , don’t you think ?
Your thoughts on the story of Jets’ tight-end Kellen Winslow Jr getting “busted “ for indecent exposure ? A female witnessed the player “pleasuring himself” inside his Escalade while parked in the parking lot of a New Jersey shopping mall. Well that’s two balls we know Winslow caught , but , unfortunately those stats can’t be added to those of professional career . LOL,LOL,LOL !!!! He will be charged with indecent exposure , lewd and lascivious behavior . ‘nough said .
Funny!! Honestly Al, nothing that professional sports figures do would ever surprise me. The age of innocence is gone and over-paid prima donnas rule the sports world.
Kellen Winslow Jr will never live up to the standards that his father Kellen Winslow Sr set as a player . Pardon the pun here , other the other hand , spanking his monkey was Junior’s way of showing that he has ” safe hands ” .
His father reeked of class and integrity proving that sometimes the ‘apple DOES fall far from the tree.”
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Unfortunately , not all of the players who left the Canes’ program have gone on the have great careers in the NFL . Kellen Winslow is the epitome and symptom of a programs that span out of control , because of the lack of procedural control within the athletics’ department at the University of Miami .
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I know these match ups are as good as it gets, so would I be greedy if I was hoping for overtime in both games? Good stuff, Fantasy Man.
Thanks Cayman! Actually this weekend is better than the Super Bowl because you get two good games in one day! Thanks again for the RT’s..
I believe you’re right. And de nada on the RT’s.