The Diary of a Fantasy Virgin - Wild Card Review/Divisional Predictions
Jan 6, 2014
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It was Wild Card weekend and only one home team won! The home teams went 1-3 and so did I. Unlike previous Wild Card weekends, every game had lead changes and every team had a lead at one time or another. How fantastic was that? The only weird part of the weekend was that three of the games were not sold out until the last minute, which almost invoked blackout rules. Yikes! Here is the week that was.
Wild Card = Awesome Sauce
Right out of the gate we had the Indianapolis Colts hosting the Kansas City Chiefs. Quarterback Alex Smith was fantastic and led his team on drives that resulted in 44 points total, including a 28-point third quarter lead (38-10). Kansas City’s defense can hold that lead right? Wrong! Because Indianapolis survived three interceptions by Andrew Luck and four overall turnovers for a track meet win. Do not adjust your sets, folks, there were 89 points scored in this game. Indianapolis 45, Kansas City 44
The second game on Saturday pitted the New Orleans Saints at the Philadelphia Eagles. The Saints have never won a playoff road game and Philadelphia had not won a home playoff game since Jan. 7, 2006 over the New York Giants. Something had to give. And despite two interceptions from Drew Brees , the Saints still found a way to win through the running game. There were 26 running plays for the Saints. Just too many mistakes were made by the Eagles. New Orleans 26, Philadelphia 24.
The first game on Sunday saw the San Diego Chargers at the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati and Andy Dalton just kept on turning the ball over in the second half when it meant the most. San Diego scored 20 points in the second half and Cincinnati scored zero. Cincinnati’s defense was an embarrassment. San Diego 27, Cincinnati 10
The last game of the weekend was the Green Bay Packers hosting the San Francisco 49ers. The weather was freezing and quarterback Colin Kaepernick was running. San Francisco just had the X-Factor in Colin Kaepernick and it was enough to squeak out a victory. San Francisco 23, Green Bay 20
First up on Saturday is the New Orleans Saints at the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle has been the best team this year week in and week out. The Saints think they have found a way to win a playoff game on the road. I say in a shocker, the Saints find a way.
The second game sees those cardiac kids of the Indianapolis Colts come in to play the New England Patriots. This should be easy for New England. But I have picked New England enough to know that when they do not have tight end Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots do not have an offensive chance. In another shocker, Indianapolis rides the hot arm of quarterback Andrew Luck and wins.
In the first matchup on Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers are visiting the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are one of the hottest teams in football. San Francisco would like a shot to get back to the Super Bowl. I believe that Carolina’s defense is better than the Green Bay Packers defense so Carolina finds a way with the takeaways.
The last game of the weekend is the San Diego Chargers at the Denver Broncos. The Broncos score early and often. San Diego hangs in but too much Peyton Manning and his receiving talent make for a long day.
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