NFL 2011 Wild Card Playoff Round
Remember, folks, it's only 36 more weeks until the kickoff of the 2012 regular season.
Lions 41 - Packers 45: Green Bay better franchise Matt Flynn before someone steals him off their bench. You saw what happened to Indianapolis without a competent back-up to Peyton Manning.
49ers 34 - Rams 27: The Niners certainly didn't look happy heading into the locker room and for good reason: they got comfy late in the game and almost blew it. That they know it and are upset is probably a good sign.
Jets 17 - Dolphins 19: Let the dismantling of the New York Jets commence.
Bears 17 - Vikings 13: Damn it! So, close, Jared Allen. Then you would have gotten the cushy studio analyst gig and a half a seaon of a sitcom.
Bills 21 - Patriots 49: Ryan Fitzpatrick, I dub thee the second coming of Derek Anderson.
Panthers 17 - Saints 45: Drew Brees blew away Dan Marino's passing record and Cam Newton blew up the rookie passing records. Who to thank for all this? Ironically, Bill Polian.
Redskins 10 - Eagles 34: So I'm guessing the Dream Team ended up being the Mid-Afternoon Power Nap Team.
Colts 13 - Jaguars 19: Would it be unseemly if Andrew Luck started looking into housing prices in the greater Indianapolis area?
Titans 23 - Texans 22: Okay, what the heck was Kubiak thinking?
Buccaneers 24 - Falcons 45: You lose ten in a row, you gots to go.
Ravens 24 - Bengals 16: If there's a rematch looming in two weeks, you can pencil in Baltimore for the AFC title game already.
Steelers 13 - Browns 9: Yeah, losing your top rusher's going to bite you in the butt during the playoffs.
Chiefs 7 - Broncos 3: Kansas City, just give Romeo Crennel the job already. Imagine what he can do with a healthy team.
Chargers 38 - Raiders 26: I get the feeling this is going to be a very interesting off season for both teams.
Seahawks 20 - Cardinals 23: If I'm a team in 2012, I do not want to play Arizona in overtime.
Cowboys 14 - Giants 31: Congratulations, Tom Coughlin; you live to coach another season.
End of the Regular Season Pick 'Em: Well, this was pretty much down to three people, two of which had the exact same scores and the third didn't make any picks. Oh well:
My record: 3-2
* = I see what you did there.
And, without further ado...
My record: 59-26
Your guys' record:
Congratulations, boogle, your ass is officially crowned for the 2011 regular season. Now, as for the playoffs, I figure this year we wipe the boards clean and start anew. To prevent ties when we hit the Super Bowl, I'll be asking for predictions of the final score a la NCAA basketball brackets. So, here's what's on tap for the Wild Card round:
Bengals vs. Texans (Saturday, 4:30 ET, NBC): In spite of the fact that neither team (and one organization) doesn't have a lot of playoff experience if any, I'd say the edge goes to Houston based on defense alone. Texans.
Lions vs. Saints (Saturday, 8:00 ET, NBC): Here's a prediction: it'll be a shoot-out. Detroit has a better defense but I don't see them containing New Orlean's passing game for long. Saints.
Falcons vs. Giants (Sunday, 1:00 ET, FOX): Hmmmm, tough one here. Do you trust New York's sudden burst of momentum or do you trust Atlanta not doing something bone-headed that'll cost them the game? Wait, that was kind of the story going into the Sunday night game, wasn't it? Never mind. Falcons.
Steelers vs. Broncos (Sunday, 4:30 ET, CBS): Easy. Steelers.
Enjoy the PLAYOFFS?!, folks.