Throughout the course of the NFL Playoffs (AKA the BEST playoffs of any sport) I’ll be posting predictions for the weekly match ups. I was going to do a bracket all the way to the Superbowl, but that would just be too much writing.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. New York Jets:
I give the nod to the Bengals in this game. My reason is based strictly on quarterback play. It’s very tough for rookies to step up in their first playoffs, especially when that is during their first season. Matt Sanchez is going to struggle against an underrated Bengals defense.
I know what you’re thinking. What about Darelle Revis? Yeah yeah I know. He’ll probably shut down Ocho Psycho just fine, but Carson Palmer will be able to find other receivers to make big plays. You can also not discount home field advantage and the impact Chris Henry’s memory will weigh on this game.
Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots:
Despite the fact that Wes Welker won’t be playing on Sunday, the Patriots are still going to win this game. Brady and Moss are going to be super motivated to prove all the doubters wrong and they are going to put on a show. I don’t see enough in the Ravens offense to be able to outscore the Pats, which is what they would need to do in this game. Patriots win handily.
Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals:
A lot of people like the Cards for this game. I am not one of them. Anquan Boldin will be playing hurt and if he doesn’t play the Packers D will gang up on Fitzgerald all day long. Aaron Rodgers proved he was an elite, and still underrated quarterback, after another great season. I think this is the year he will step up in the playoffs and win at last one game. Also, should likely be Kurt Warner’s last NFL game.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys:
This is clearly the game of the weekend. They played last week and the Cowboys beat them up pretty bad. This is not going to be the case this week. If you look at some position comparisons you’ll understand. Donovan McNabb is better than Tony Romo. Brian Westbrook, despite being slowed heavily this season is right on par with Marion Barber. DeSean Jackson is heads and shoulders above any receiver the Cowboys have. Finally Asante Samuel is the best defensive player in this football game at any position.
Ok, so big deal right? That’s only a couple positions. Here’s the kicker. COACHING. Andy Reid is so much better a coach than Wade Phillips it’s almost laughable. They are going to throw so many different looks at Romo his head is going to spin. Get ready for another season of disappointment Cowboys fans.