Monday, January 16, 2006

NFL Divisional Playoff Thoughts

this weekend was the nfl's worst nightmare. not only didn't they get the patriots at colts matchup that they desperately wanted, but the nfc championship game is a complete dud.

washington at seattle

- shaun alexander is as big of a p*ssy as he's made out to be. unless he comes back from the concussion and has a monster game against carolina, i think he cost himself some money this offseason.

- matt hasselbeck has become a big time QB. when did that happen? i didn't get the memo. i know that he had a great statistical year, but i was surprised that he didn't make a single boneheaded decision against the redskins (and they had decent pressure on him all game).

- watching mack strong play makes me wish the eagles had a fullback on the roster.

new england at denver

- pressure makes any QB look awful, even the great tom brady. denver was in his face most of the game and made him look pretty pedestrian. brady did get hot in the second half, but the killer interception to bailey wouldn't have happened without pressure.

- wow, ben watson comes out of nowhere to tackle bailey at the goal line! talk about hustle. tough break for new england on that bailey fumble tough. it was clearly a touchback and bailey should have been the new leon lett.

pittsburgh at indianapolis

- anyone who thinks peyton manning is overrated and/or a media darling fraud looks pretty good today. i'm eagerly waiting to see how the media spins this latest manning crash and burn. the guy has *zero* courage in the pocket. this is the same problem his younger and less talented brother has, so i continue to have no fear of eli.

- best part of the game was watching peyton refusing to accept blame for the loss. i'm paraphrasing, but after the game peyton said something to the effect of "i don't want to be a bad teammate and i don't want to point fingers... but we had some protection issues out there." ha ha. think his o-line wants to block for him today? if i were jeff saturday, i'd be stuffing peyton's gigantic forehead into the toilet right now. are you kidding? yesterday was the first time your uniform got dirty all season and you start pointing fingers? pffht! this is a *big* reason why he's not a winner. "i don't want to be a bad teammate..." lol. best moment of the day.

- i wonder if the new england loss had any negative impact on indianapolis. a matchup against the patriots would have been their superbowl, so i wonder if watching the pats go down caused a fit of overconfidence or took some air out of their balloon.

- i'm not saying that the officials tried to fix the game, but the only plausible explanation for troy polamalu's interception (and it was an interception) getting overturned is that the nfl wanted to keep the colts in the game. there is no way an unbiased official (and one identified as one of the best in the nfl) looked at that replay and saw "indisputable video evidence" to overturn that call.

- troy polamalu is the best safety in the nfl right now and may actually be better than b-dawk was in his prime. there are a lot of really good safeties in the nfl right now, i can't remember a time when there were as many good players at that position.

carolina
at chicago

- rex grossman looked pretty good considering he still hasn't started more than a handful of games in the nfl.

- brian urlacher is fast, but does not tackle well and gets manhandled by linemen and fullbacks. how the heck did this guy win nfl defensive player of the year? media darling fraud.

- steve smith is unbelieveable.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Behan said...

Peter King absolutely ripped little Eli in MMQB this week. He finished by writing, "Manning needs to have a gut-check offseason. He needs to work on his weaknesses. Big-time."

Barber is over 30, Plex and Shockey are half-assers, talented half-assers, but half assers. The Giants are going to need those DEs to dominate if they want to sniff the playoffs next season.

5:08 PM EST  
Blogger The Big Dog said...

Troy Polamalu is one of the most "all over the field" players I have ever seen. He closes on passes and RB's, not to mention receivers, probably as quick as anybody I have ever seen. And then he brings the lumber. He hits like a truck. An absolute monster. Where the hell did Steve Smith come from. It's like when you are young and all of your plays go to your best athlete. When I was in high school, I played with Steve Israel. He played DB for the Niners, Rams, and Pats. When I was a senior I would try to get him the ball every play. That is what Steve Smith is like. He goes to show that you don't have to be 6'3" 225 to be a game changing receiver. Another monster.

Chicago is frauds. I like their Defensive Line, but I agree with you on Urlacher. He is a media darling. I've never been a huge fan, and he certainly is not the Defensive Player of the Year. I actually thought that the best MLB on the field that game was Dan Morgan who I feel is very underrated.

Dungy is not good in the play-offs. Manning is another fraud. I am so glad that they lost. The officials tried like hell to keep them in the game with 2 blown calls down the stretch. Ben Roethilsberger made one of the best plays that I have ever seen on a fumble. He didn't quit, kept them on their side of the field and saved the Steelers season with his tackle.

I also don't like Denver. They are good and I called the win in Denver, but I hope Pittsburgh pounds them. Which is going to be tough to do. I would stuff the running game and make the Hippie Cracker beat them. He can't....plus I would let Polamalu, Aaron Smith, and Farrior go balistic.

9:18 AM EST  
Blogger Steve72 said...

Pete, did you notice that Joe Gibbs had a plastic bag over his playbook? And the open end was AT THE TOP.

Amazing that a good coach can overcome obstacles that would ruin lesser coaches.

9:23 AM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

Peter King absolutely ripped little Eli in MMQB this week

king must have really seen something awful if he's turning on eli so quickly. once he forms an opinion, he's usually sticks with it through hell or highwater or evidence to the contrary.

nothing to fear from eli eagles fans.

4:26 PM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

Pete, did you notice that Joe Gibbs had a plastic bag over his playbook? And the open end was AT THE TOP.

Amazing that a good coach can overcome obstacles that would ruin lesser coaches.


lol, no i didn't catch that. i wonder if kotite saw that and started screaming at the TV.

4:29 PM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

They are good and I called the win in Denver, but I hope Pittsburgh pounds them.

that's a good call. personally, i went 1-3 against the spread this week after going 3-1 last week.

4:51 PM EST  

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