In a wild weekend of Wild Card play I almost took the collar! The “O-fer.” I was 1-3 and I was only an interception away from being 0-4. There is a saying in the NFL and that is “That’s why you play the games.” Nothing is taken for granted and nothing comes out of the ground and declares the winner before the game clock has ended or a touchdown has been scored in overtime. Hey. Did you see that the overtime rules have changed? Where was the “intel” on that one?
To Win Or Not To Win … In Overtime
That may be the question every coach is asking. Let’s say you are a team that wins the coin toss. In the old days you would get the ball, spread the field, go 40-50 yards down the field and win by kicking a field goal. The field goal kickers have gotten so good, that a 50-yarder is not out of the question to win it all. But I digress. In the new rules, if you do not score a touchdown and instead get a field goal, you have to kick the ball off and give the other team an opportunity to win or tie with their own field goal. Once each team has gotten a chance to get the ball, all bets are off and the first team that scores, wins!
It gets interesting in that last line because a team could onside kick, get the ball, kick a field goal and win. A team could win the toss, defer, hold the other team and then drive down the field and kick a field goal to win. The options are crazy. I guess as long as it means more football, I am OK with it.
Now we have to revisit the Wild Card Weekend.
Wild Card = All Over The Map
pulls an upset over the defending champions. The New York Jets drive late and kick a field goal with no time on the clock to win. Kansas City gives the ball away five times. Five times! And Green Bay lets everyone know that they can play on the road. That is why they do play the games – because anything is possible. Up is down. Down is up. What you see is not what you get and this weekend means anything is possible but let’s get right down to it, shall we?
First up on Saturday is the Baltimore Ravens at the Pittsburgh Steelers. Baltimore’s defense is great but so is Pittsburgh’s. If everyone is playing, the only advantage is Heinz field. So let us take Pittsburgh in a close one.
The second game has the Green Bay Packers visiting the Atlanta Falcons. The Packers have Aaron Rodgers, who is one of the better quarterbacks in the playoffs not named Tom Brady. Atlanta has home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Green Bay has been playing playoff football for several weeks. So look for Green Bay to win on sheer determination.
In the first game on Sunday, Seattle visits Chicago. Oh those Chicago Bears. Oh those Seattle Seahawks. Chicago has to win big because it is happening at home and Seattle can’t be that good. They just can’t.
The last game of the weekend is the New York Jets and the New England Patriots. Look for New England to score and score often. The Jets seem to write checks with their mouths that they cannot cash. Look for more steam this week with high levels of mental wizardry being sent on a one way road from New Jersey to Foxboro, Mass. Pats in a close one.
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