The Diary of a Fantasy Virgin - Divisional Review/Conference Predictions
Jan 13, 2014
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The playoffs went down and I took a 1-3 record. Boy my prognostication is a little off this year. I can only gain comfort from watching the games because playoff football is that good. The television numbers should be off the chart this weekend. How can the Patriots win without a Tom Brady TD pass? How can the Seahawks win with only 103 yards passing? This was how it went down.
It is very easy to go against the grain. For example, you could have taken all four home teams and you would have been 3-1 this weekend. In fact that is how it played out for most of the soothsayers in this world of prognostication. So, let’s look at the games this week.
The weekend began with the Seahawks of Seattle hosting the Saints of New Orleans.
Right off the bat it was a chippy game with big hits on both sides.
Heck, both sides got into it before and during the game.
I believed that Russell Wilson would struggle and he did.
But this was overcome by Marshawn Lynch going for 140 yards and two touchdowns for
Next up was the Indianapolis Colts visiting Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots.
I thought that Tom Brady would struggle throwing TDs. I was right but the Patriots found another way to score. They scored on the ground.
It was old time football and New England RB LeGarrette Blount went for 166 yards and four TDs.
Andrew Luck and the Colts went by air and the Patriots went by ground. The ground won and The New England Patriots advanced to their 8th AFC Championship game on the back of their defense and the ground game. Who would of predicted this? The Patriots rebuilt themselves and
The first game on Sunday in
The last game saw the Denver Broncos hosting the San Diego Chargers.
Old vs. Young
The stories behind the games this weekend are rich with drama and dialogue. But one theme is too obvious for me to not talk about.
The AFC sees two very savvy QBs in Tom Brady and Peyton Manning facing off against each other in a battle of wits. The NFC sees two modern day read-option QBs that seek to confuse the opponent with deception.
It is like something strange happened and there are two Super Bowls. A Super Bowl to determine the best conventional pocket passer in the AFC and a Super Bowl to determine the best read-option quarterback in the NFC. What gives?
But can it be this simple? It can because there were just four.
First up on Sunday are the Tom Brady-led run happy Patriots playing the Manning-led Denver Broncos. I believe that you can only go off script once and when the Patriots try it again
The second game features the
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