Championship Sunday!! Who do you want to see get to the Bowl? How much of a fallacy that Jim Caldwell is practically receiving no credit for Indy improving after the iconic Tony Dungy took off the headset? What about Peyton? Manning is the best regular season QB of all time, but is only .500 in the playoffs. Can he get it done? Who is under more pressure? Brees or Favre? I guess Favre made the right choice huh? I feel you Miranda. All slobber is gonna break loose if a Manning/Favre Super Bowl goes down. Rex Ryan told the world the Jets should be Super Bowl favorites. Was he right? Let’s take a look…
NY Jets at Indianapolis 3:00 PM CBS
The Jets might be the least heralded team left but are the best in the NFL at running the rock. They have a coach who is hungry to prove his family legacy and not afraid to tell anyone in his face or not. Who thought the Jets would be here? I sure didn’t, but it’s all because of Rex Ryan.
Shonne Greene is so underrated. He will run past and over you. Combined with Thomas Jones the Jets are murder in the 4th quarter because they beat you up with knee caps and all that.
Darelle Revis will most likely blanket Reggie Wayne so someone else has to step up. I’m sure Revis will again be all over the field just to give the Colts different looks. The Jets defense is dynamic. This is not Buddy’s 46. Check it at the line of scrimmage and the difference of alignment and movement that ensues. Look at how the Jets linebackers are set at the point of attack and in coverage. This is not all about Revis. He just makes it all happen the way it should. To make it simple, all of the signals you see from Manning before the snap, the same thing is going on with the Jets defensively. Peyton will be on his back a few times today. I’ll go out on a limb and say the Jets will control time of possession because of their ability to run the ball. Reggie Wayne is a fine receiver and so is Dallas Clark, but this is where they will miss the likes of Marvin Harrison. His route running was sick and because of the hybrid Jets defense, the Colts will have to be perfect in their execution. The regular season means nothing. Throw out the media hyped loss to the Jets. If the Jets weren’t here then it might be another upstart like Tennessee or even the Pittsburgh Steelers. This wouldn’t be an easy game regardless. There is no player on either sideline worrying about that bs. This is money time. You either show up or not. You don’t care who is on the other side of the ball.
Revis gets two picks. Ryan does it for his Pop. Sanchez will have limited chances to fail but will manage. He’s grown up in the span of a season. Like he’s had two lifetimes. He sucked for a stretch and still will throw a pick or eight, but he’s learning fast.
Gary Brackett is jumping out when I see this game mentally play out as well. Freeney is gonna get his too but the middle of the field could be the Jets to mold.
I agonized over this pick. I originally had the Colts 27-14 but changed it after reading this excellent piece by Shannon Owens. The piece is about a convicted felon looking for a D1 shot. He’s the childhood friend of Mike Sims-Walker and Chris Johnson. Now this has nothing to do with the piece, but it reminded me of what separates teams in this situation and I gotta tell ya that the Jets might want this more.
Jets 24, Colts 23
Minnesota at New Orleans 6:40 PM FOX
This game is all about Adrian Peterson. If he wants to be considered one of the best of all time at this stage in his career, this is the game to go all Jay Electronica on the Saints. This will be a definition game in his young NFL life. He balls out, his star goes to another level. He has to be chompin’ at the bit to hold on to the damn ball. I see a long one.
Brett Favre has nothing to lose. If he sucks, everyone will say he’s old and if he does the damn thing then it’s a bonus and he can fade into the sunset while shoving it up Green Bay’s ass.
There’s no shot at any announcer or media outlet going easy on us after this week right? Yeah, I thought so. Damn…
Drew Brees completed passes this season at a 70.6% clip…best in NFL history. The Saints offense is has dynamic as the league as ever seen. They come in waves with players of this and that diverse talent. All hungry to shoot the gift.
Brees will be labeled a choker if he doesn’t win this game…and trust it will start here. He cannot simply be given a pass year in and year out if he doesn’t get it done. Too much talent around him. Ain’t that Triple 5 Soul?
Bush and company will show out and if they consistently move the chains, the crowd will decide the game.
How will Charles Grant and Will Smith do against an excellent Vikings line? On the other hand, will the Williams brothas and also Jared Allen get bass in Brees’ face?
Brees is the better athlete and while he ain’t breaking Michael Vick’s rushing record anytime soon, he can be elusive.
Who stops him?
I can’t see Jared Allen being stopped. He will fight all game until he gets that one play which might decide the game (strip, teammate fumble recovery, return) I see a lot of scoring early. Who does the trick on the ground before the half and in the fourth? I say the Vikings. Peterson with 168 and 2. Vikings win on last drive. There’s this sentiment that New Orleans needs this because of Katrina. It’s difficult for me to mix death with a game but in not liking it, I understand what the region has gone through. That being said, I gotta go Minny Nice here. Peterson is just too good to fade like this.
Vikings 38, Saints 31