Divisional Matchup Preview
Hello Sports Debaters fans! Part of the New Year Resolution is to make a strong comeback and deliver the content that the millions of our fans have been missing and asking for. It’s been a while since we spoken but that’s because we’ve been waiting for the right time to reenter your lives…The NFL Playoffs!
The games this weekend were excellent. We had the future of the NFL, Andrew Luck lead the Colts in a huge comeback over the Chiefs. After that, 34 year old Drew Brees taught 24 year old Nick Foles how a grown ass All-Pro QB wins playoff games on the road in a nail biter in Philly. Today’s games reminded us that Andy Dalton is an obstacle that the Bengals will never overcome as Phillip Rivers outplayed him and lead the San Diego Super Chargers to a playoff win over Cincy. Last but not least, Colin Kaepernick took his 49ers north of the wall to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers and the better team came out on top by a FG..SF 23, GB 20.
So we head into next week and I wanted to be the first to tell you how the games will turn out. The Divisional Round is always the best as the big boys come off their bye weeks and host the survivors from the first round. The QB’s next week will feature an unbelievable combination of Super Bowl Winners (Brady, Manning, Brees), an all-pro veteran trying to make his mark (Rivers) and the youngest, best talent in the league (Newton, Kaep, Wilson & Luck). I think it’s safe to say that 7 of the best 8 teams from the season will be playing next weekend (not quite buying the Chargers yet!)
With that said, here are the picks:
Denver Broncos will get revenge on the San Diego Chargers for beating them in Denver in early December. Peyton Manning will be too much for the San Diego defense and not give the ball away as much as Andy Dalton. Denver wins fairly easily: DEN 35 SD 24
New England will host the Colts who are coming off the second best comeback in playoff history. The Patriots have been up and down all season long and were blessed with a weak division and easy schedule. I like the Colts to go into Foxborough and take out the Patriots in an extremely close game, setting up a Manning-Luck matchup in the Championship game: IND 28 NE 27
While I love the Saints and what they did against Philly, Seattle is a much more complete team and near impossible to beat at home. The Saints travelled there on a Monday night and got destroyed in the regular season and while I think they’ll put up a better fight this time around, Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle vaunted defense will be too much for the Saints: SEA 27 NO 21
Even though the Carolina Panthers have had an impressive year, winning their division and clinching a first round bye, I still need to see more from Cam Newton. This will be his playoff debut and though I know he has all the tools to get the job done, the 49ers are more complete and Kaepernick has shown his ability in a big spot often in his young career. I love this defensive matchup and I believe this will definitely be a low scoring blood bath. In the end, the more complete team wins: SF 17 CAR 13
Like I said, we are back for 2014 and look forward to dropping knowledge on you once again…enjoy the college pigskin tomorrow night and we’ll talk later this week…