NFL 2011 Wild Card Playoff Round

I think I agree with AndrewA.

As for whether the Texans can protect TJ Yates from the Ravens - they've had pretty good protection all season, but I expect a couple sacks to be given up this week, playing at Baltimore. We have to finish TD drives and eat up clock. When we played before, the Ravens kicked something crazy like 5 field goals. Good that we prevented TDs those times, but that plus the TDs that we did give up means the Ravens had a massive advantage in time of possession. And obviously, that fatigues even the best defense.

I think that earlier game shows that our D is up to the challenge, but our offense has got to do its part. Ironically, it was the exact opposite scenario last year, where our offense would score 30+ and the defense would give the game away.

Bottom line, the Texans can win but I think it's going to be ugly, especially playing in Baltimore against a Ravens team that's undefeated at home.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

This is the guy who all week was threatened with being benched for BRADY QUINN in a playoff game.

This was over reported. Quinn took snaps, like he does every week. The rest was just rumors.

AndrewA wrote:

Injuries aside, isn't the reason that Tebow faced very few pass rushes and got to play against Cover 0 because he's Tim Tebow, and he brings some unique skills to the field?

I'd argue the opposite. The defenses that have been most effective against Tebow have been Cover 2 and other zone defense concepts.

* Tebow doesn't have the arm to pick apart a zone defense like the elite passers can. He can float a rainbow down the field (as any NFL quarterback can) but he can not deliver the "frozen rope" throw through the gaps in zone coverages down the field.

* The problem with press coverage against a QB that can run is that half your defenders are running down the field with their back turned to the QB. With a Cover 2 shell, (almost) everyone is facing the QB.

It's not like the Steelers suddenly got stupid (except for the very last play)

Not stupid, but they tried to play to their normal defensive identity, without the ability to make that defense happen. They wanted to be Blitzburgh. They were impatient. One safety was missing, and the other (Polamalu) was an over-aggressive liability. Instead of sitting back and daring Tebow to attempt throws he can't make, they pressed him and gave him 1-on-1s he could safely wind up and heave a ball at.

garion333 wrote:
MilkmanDanimal wrote:

This is the guy who all week was threatened with being benched for BRADY QUINN in a playoff game.

This was over reported. Quinn took snaps, like he does every week. The rest was just rumors.

Yeah the announcers during the game covered this.

But it's still being reported today. His job was on the line, and he came through with his best game, blah blah... making it sound even more amazing than it was.

As I figured this mornings ESPN headlines..

"Tebow beats Steelers"
"Eli, Giants beat Falcons"

subtle...very subtle.

Kush15 wrote:

GIANTS! :-)

I thought Eli played an awesome game... yet all the media can do is fall over themselves with the Tebow mania.. Eli is and will be 1000 times the QB and Football player Tebow is/will be. And I HATE/Despise the Manning family.

TheGameguru wrote:
Kush15 wrote:

GIANTS! :-)

I thought Eli played an awesome game... yet all the media can do is fall over themselves with the Tebow mania.. Eli is and will be 1000 times the QB and Football player Tebow is/will be. And I HATE/Despise the Manning family.

People aren't surprised when Manning wins, therefore it is less of a story.

TheGameguru wrote:
Kush15 wrote:

GIANTS! :-)

I thought Eli played an awesome game... yet all the media can do is fall over themselves with the Tebow mania.. Eli is and will be 1000 times the QB and Football player Tebow is/will be. And I HATE/Despise the Manning family.

I'm fine with the Giants not getting the attention, that helps them in the long run. Just wish JPP kept his predictions to himself, lol. I do like the confidence the Giants have going into GB.