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The Diary of a Fantasy Virgin – Week 17

Happy New Year! Oh how much the time flies by.

May 2010 bring to you health and happiness to you and your family.

As I get more seasoned, I see the importance of health more than ever.

Why is that?

Please note that it is winter across the Eastern section of the country.

I am talking real winter with low temperatures in the 30s as far south as

Florida!

So it is Wildcard weekend in the NFL and it is time for prognostication.

Next week I will try to pick the two final teams and this year the tournament is going to be even tougher than last year.

There are so many stories.

Hey You Look Familiar!

This year’s Wildcard story will be all about three of the four teams playing each other the week before.

  That is really odd.

  For some it was important like the

Philadelphia and

Dallas matchup.

  For others like

Arizona who rested their starters, it wasn’t so important.

  Wild Card weekend comes and it gives everyone to see the NFL amped up.

  There will be a stark contrast between Week 17 and the 1st week of the playoffs.

  Wildcard Teams have played in the big game and won it all at the end of the year.

  This was the reason the NFL opened up the tournament with an extra team in each league.

  The home team does not necessarily win and this year I am thinking 3-1 for the home teams.

Why Didn’t You Play Like This Last Week?

This wildcard weekend sees four games.

  It begins with the Jets of New York traveling to the Bengals of Cincinnati.

  In week 17, Jets prevailed at home on strong defense, strong running game, and ball possession.

  QB Mark Sanchez is the only starting rookie QB in the tournament.

  Cincy is in the playoffs for the first time in a long time.

  The definition of home cooking will be understood as Cincy will do things that make you wonder why they did not try that the week before.

  It’s because it wasn’t the playoffs!

Next are the Eagles of Philadelphia coming to the Cowboys of Dallas.

  The Eagles were hot until they ran into the resurgent Dallas Cowboys.

  This game is a complete repeat of the came in week 17.

  Both teams had something to play for then and they have something to play for now.

 

Philadelphia will be much better and if

Dallas loses this one, the whole curse of Tony Romo will be on and their coach could be in trouble.

  I say

Dallas in a much closer game.

The Ravens of Baltimore at the Patriots of New England are up first on Sunday.

  This is the only game where the teams did not play each other the week before.

  The Baltimore Ravens won in

Oakland to secure this last spot.

  QB Joe Flacco is no longer a rookie and RB Ray Rice has been running around the town.

 

New England is back in the playoffs and playing a home game.

  The Patriots are undefeated at home.

  Look for a close game but a

New England triumph.

The last game is the Packers of Green Bay at the Cardinals of Arizona.

 

Arizona got back to the tournament after having a terrific year last year and losing a very close Super Bowl game to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  The Green Bay Packers are flying a little bit under the radar.

  In a game that upsets the home cooking kettle, look for

Green Bay to back up their win in week 17 with another in

Arizona.

What To Watch

Teams create momentum in these Wild Card games.

  The Arizona Cardinals did this last year and almost won it all.

  Can another team do the same?

  And as is the norm, the season ending chapters of the NFL season become memorabilia everyone purchases the second weekend of February.

  Sometimes an event happens and one player or coach become the symbol or rallying point.

  Emotion goes a long way this time of year.

But at first blush, how the heck is anyone beating the Cowboys in the NFC or the surging Chargers in the AFC?

  I guess that article will be next week.

M

aster D.

Tim can now be reached at

tdavoll@fantasysharks.com and welcomes your opinions on the Diary of a Fantasy Virgin Articles.

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