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  • Quick Picks - The NFL Playoffs

       January 05, 2008

    Happy Wild Card Weekend! With the four glamour teams on the sidelines, the first round of the NFL playoffs looks a little ho hum to me. Maybe that'll mean that the games will turn out to be spectacular nailbiters. I hope so. Here's what I think is going to happen.

    Washington at Seattle: I really want Washington to win because I think they could beat Dallas. Therefore, it's obvious that Seattle will win. The weather in Seattle is supposed to be foul, but Mike Holmgren certainly knows, from his time in Green Bay, how to adjust an offense for poor playing conditions. The pick: Seattle.

    Jacksonville at Pittsburgh: Most of the country is rooting for the Jags here because they think they could go up to New England and take care of the Patriots. Everyone, Jaguars included, seem to think Jacksonville is going to win this game. I wonder if anyone told the Steelers about the inevitability of all of this. I doubt it. My guess is that the Steelers are going to come out pumped up and pissed off. They'll take and early lead and Jacksonville won't know what hit them. The pick: Pittsburgh.

    New York Giants at Tampa Bay: The Giants played with fire and heart last weekend in a meaningless game against the Patriots. The football Gods will reward them for that effort. Of course, the "reward" might very well be a trip to Green Bay in January if the Redskins happen to win Saturday. The pick: New York.

    Tennessee at San Diego: California is supposed to be hit with some huge storms this weekend. Sometimes bad weather levels the playing field (pun intended), but I don't think it will level it that much. San Diego closed the season with six straight wins, including a victory over the Titans in Tennessee. I know Vince Young is great in big games, for now I just don't think the Titans have the horses. The pick: San Diego.

    So, what do you all think?

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    #  January 5th, 2008 11:17 AM      james
    i pick exactly opposite of you. (for real, not just to be contrarian.)  
    #  January 5th, 2008 11:56 AM      kris
    heh - i hope you're right as i picked against most of the teams i want to win  
    #  January 5th, 2008 1:09 PM      Squibbly
    I'm thinking the same as James, except I don't think the Titans have a snowball's chance. I'd love to see the 'Hawks win, but I think the weather conditions actually favor the Redskins.  
    #  January 5th, 2008 10:43 PM      Squibbly
    Awesome. The weather in Seattle wasn't as bad as I was thinking it might be and I am SO glad that the Jags pulled it off against the Steelers... especially after that bogus pass interference call that lead to the Steelers last touchdown.  
    #  January 6th, 2008 12:52 AM      themandownthehall
    Rats, had to work and missed out on this post and the games. Well, I would have been 1 for 2 today. I have this bias for Seattle. Don't know why, just like them. So I would have picked Seattle. I would have called Pitt at home too. How do you lose to Jacksonville at home in less than warm weather?

    Oh, well, tomorrow, it will be New York and Tennessee. Giants, because I detest TB and Tenn because I like Vince Young. Yeah, real logical. I know. But after trying to be "scientific" in the bowl games and seeing how far that got me, I guess I can go with some swags and feelings.

    Still, if I am going to pick wrong, MICHIGAN BEATING FLORIDA was the one! Gosh that was a great game.

    Sorry the badgers didn't rally. I was hoping they would. I picked them in every bowl challenge so I was cheering them massively. Let's hope the Buckeyes can beat LSU and we can shut the SEC up for another year. Dang, did I just say go bucks. Yick, I need a shower...

    Take care everyone. Happier New Year!  
    #  January 6th, 2008 10:00 AM      kris
    The Badgers had some seriously bad coaching to overcome in the Bowl (not that Tennessee's staff was much better). I was a big fan of our offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, but he didn't impress me this year. It looks like Purdue is going to hire him to replace Joe Tiller, so good for him and maybe good for the Badgers too.  
    #  January 6th, 2008 11:07 AM      kris
    I've been looking everywhere for a video of Hasselbeck's "We want the ball and we're going to score" moment.

    Now that the Packers have a good coach again, I'm not so bitter about Holmgren, but I still can't make myself root for Seattle. Maybe if they played New England or the Viqueens...  
    #  January 6th, 2008 1:17 PM      james
    if chryst is the one who called that pass on 4th & 1 instead of giving the ball to hill, good riddance. that was perhaps the stupidest play call in the history of college football. (tennessee's botched gedget direct-to-RB snap might be the second stupidest.)  
    #  January 6th, 2008 1:32 PM      kris
    yeah---that's what i'm thinking too. all season I feel like Chryst got a little too cute on short yardage situations and that he called plays without regard to what the players on the field do best. The Badger backs have very different styles and I'd expect my highly paid coordinator to adjust for that, but instead I think he fell in love with his own schemes too much.

    #  January 6th, 2008 8:41 PM      themandownthehall
    Hey, Kris, James, Squibbly,

    Go to this link and check out the Ohio State blow up doll. Not what you think, safe for work...

    You may have to scroll down if he has updated when you go there.

    Too funny  
    #  January 6th, 2008 9:14 PM      kris
    Nice! I have some neighbors that have blow up dolls (but not as big) for every holiday. I kind of wish they were college football fans now.  
    #  January 7th, 2008 1:46 PM      Squibbly
    Thats amazing... its as big as their house. Actually my favorite part is the little field set up in the middle of the cul-de-sac.  



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