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Home Teams Bust in Wildcard
Posted January 10, 2011 at 02:22 pm 0 COMMENTS Bookmark and Share

So was it really a surprise that 3 of the 4 NFL wildcard games this weekend ended with the home team getting beat by the visiting team? I think it’s just another reason to call this year one of the craziest and most unpredictable seasons ever in the NFL, and a reason to call these “division winners” a playoff bust.

I mean the only upset that really happened was when the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks beat the 11-5 defending world champs…New Orleans Saints. The Saints should have easily won this game and were no doubt the overwhelming favorite to do so, however they didn’t and I’m glad…so enough about the 1 hit wonder Saints.

So what about the New York Jets? Their game with the Indianapolis Colts could have possibly been seen as an “upset”…even though the Jets were 11-5 while the Colts were 10-6. Peyton Manning normally knows how to take care of business in the playoffs, and in a way he did just that in their game Sunday. The problem though, is what their problem has been all year. DEFENSE!! And COACHING!! Holy shinikies what was Jim Caldwell thinking when he called the Colts 3rd and final timeout to eliminate any possible chance of the Colts getting the ball back and to give the Jets time to think over a play that would put them in “chip shot” range for the game winning field goal. If Caldwell is still around for the 2011-2012 season then something is bad wrong in the front office in Indy.

Okay so on to the ass whooping of the weekend that the Baltimore Ravens handed the Kansas City Chiefs. I’ll give you a few team comparisons here and that’s all I’m saying about this one.

3rd down efficiency – Ravens 9-17. Chiefs 1-8
Total Plays – Ravens 78. Chiefs 40.
Total Yards – Ravens 390. Chiefs 161.
Passing Yards – 248. Chiefs 53. WTF?
Completions-Attempts – Ravens 25-34. Chiefs 9-18
Turnovers – Ravens 2. Chiefs 5.
Possession Time – Ravens 41:44. Chiefs 18:16

Need I say any more? I think it’s safe to say that the Boise State Broncos could have beaten the Chiefs on Sunday.

And last, but not least, the final game of the 2010-2011 NFL wildcard with the Green Bay Packers taking on the Philadelphia Eagles. This was a game many thought the Eagles would win and could have easily gone either way. From the failed two point conversion by Michael Vick with 4 minutes left in game, to the interceptions thrown by Vick on the 3 yard line with 33 seconds to play. Yeah this game could have, and maybe should have gone the other way. However, the Packers stayed focused and were determined to win this game and they’ve proven their case as possibly the team to beat in the NFC.

Divisional rounds here we come!! Should be some very entertaining an interesting games next week, and I cannot wait to see if this season continues to be as unpredictable and crazy as all the prior weeks in the NFL.

 

Stephen Bethea aka “Dr. Smack” – Rivalry Rage, Inc.