NFL 2011 Divisional Playoff Round

Coolbeans wrote:

Saints (of course)
Broncos upset special. Stupid I know but I've been called stupid before so no biggie...
Texans team of destiny? Regardless they believe in themselves and I don't believe in Flacco
Packers setting up Saints/Packers rematch with a different outcome

You're just sore over the Alabama game, aren't you?

Saints at 49ers
Broncos at Patriots
Texans at Ravens
Giants at Packers (Though I am rooting for the Giants, I figured it's a win/win for me, if the Giants lose, I win here)

Giants are going to beat the Pack... There I said the awful words... I feel dirty.

Michael Philbin, son of Packers OC Joe Philbin, was found dead in the Fox River.
The team is preparing to deal with Joe missing Sunday's game, and I think that's a huge loss to the team.

Saints at 49ers - I think it may come down to a final drive and I'll pick Brees over Smith for that. That defense though....
Broncos at Patriots
Texans at Ravens
Giants at Packers - This is a hard one for me to call. I think homefield will give it to Packers. I'll be rooting for Giants though.

TheGameguru wrote:

Giants are going to beat the Pack... There I said the awful words... I feel dirty.

Lock that pick Ratboy!!!!!

Phishposer wrote:

The team is preparing to deal with Joe missing Sunday's game, and I think that's a huge loss to the team.

Is it? I thought McCarthy called the plays on offense.

Kush15 wrote:
TheGameguru wrote:

Giants are going to beat the Pack... There I said the awful words... I feel dirty.

Lock that pick Ratboy!!!!!

Yeah what he said!

Secret Asian Man wrote:

Giants at Packers - This is a hard one for me to call. I think homefield will give it to Packers. I'll be rooting for Giants though.

They beat GB at home in 2007 as well

garion333 wrote:
Phishposer wrote:

The team is preparing to deal with Joe missing Sunday's game, and I think that's a huge loss to the team.

Is it? I thought McCarthy called the plays on offense.

He does, but losing your OC like this affects far more than play calling. Granted a lot of prep work was done well before the opponent this week was even determined (there were only three possibilities), but there's still a bunch of tape from the Giants game last week to review and analyze. Don't discount the impact on team morale from something like this. Green Bay is a small community and personal tragedy like this affects the whole town, of which the players, coaches and staff are all members.

Hue Jackson has been let go as Raiders' head coach. No surprise as he bet the house on Carson Palmer.

Phishposer wrote:

Don't discount the impact on team morale from something like this. Green Bay is a small community and personal tragedy like this affects the whole town, of which the players, coaches and staff are all members.

Or they might come out extremely motivated, fueled on emotion and kick the crap out of the Giants. Kinda hard to say how these things will go.

garion333 wrote:

Hue Jackson has been let go as Raiders' head coach. No surprise as he bet the house on Carson Palmer.

Who are they going to get to do a better job? That team had a ton of injuries this year and from what I remember had a great record until their starting QB, starting RB and backup RB all went down at about the same time.

LeapingGnome wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Hue Jackson has been let go as Raiders' head coach. No surprise as he bet the house on Carson Palmer.

Who are they going to get to do a better job? That team had a ton of injuries this year and from what I remember had a great record until their starting QB, starting RB and backup RB all went down at about the same time.

I was wondering that as well. Hope they have someone in mind.

GioClark wrote:
LeapingGnome wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Hue Jackson has been let go as Raiders' head coach. No surprise as he bet the house on Carson Palmer.

Who are they going to get to do a better job? That team had a ton of injuries this year and from what I remember had a great record until their starting QB, starting RB and backup RB all went down at about the same time.

I was wondering that as well. Hope they have someone in mind.

Take this: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...

And add in this: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...

Mike Mularkey in as Jags coach.

Your take, Legion?

TempestBlayze wrote:

They beat GB at home in 2007 as well

Goders =/ Farve.

I think everyone is suffering from I need to find an upset syndrome. Your 'upset' is 49ers winning at home being 4 point dogs. Or Joe Flacco turning out to be what we thought he was.

garion333 wrote:

Mike Mularkey in as Jags coach.

Your take, Legion?

Totally what I expected. Especially when Jay Gruden pulled out of all head coaching interviews. Gruden is the only one I think they would have considered over Mularkey.

I said here during the Jax/Atl game, the blowout Atlanta was dropping on the Jaguars was Mularkey auditioning for the job.

The incestuous relationship between the Jaguars and Falcons continues. Falcons head coach Mike Smith was Jack Del Rio's defensive coordinator for a while (the "good" JDR years) and he's had plenty of ex-Jag coaches on his staff. Little surprise to see the poaching coming back the other way.

On top of that, Mularkey's son is part of Gene Smith's scouting staff.

Also right in line with what I expected: the Jags want to keep Mel Tucker.

With Mularkey's ties to the existing Jaguar staff, i figured the team would like to hire him as someone who would be willing to keep some of the existing staff (like Tucker, should he choose to stay) in place, rather than insisting on blowing it all up and building his own entirely new staff.

I would really love to see Mularkey keep both Tucker and Dirk Koetter. I think there's a good chance of keeping Tucker, but I think Koetter may be gone. Too bad. He's a very good OC who was hamstrung by an offense with exactly one playmaker. He may go back to college ball.

What a great slate of games, especially in the NFC.

Saints vs. 49ers: This has got to be the nightmare matchup for the 49ers. I think they'd rather play GB than the red-hot Saints right now, who will probably take an early lead and dare Alex Smith to throw 30-40 passes.

Broncos vs. Patriots: Belichick is smart enough to just play Cover-2 the whole time and let Tebow flail around, while Tom Brady picks them apart on offense.

Texans vs. Ravens: Sorry, Texan fans... hopefully the injury gods will be kinder next year.

Giants vs. Packers: This was the toughest game for me to pick... could go either way depending on which Giants defense shows up - the one that lost at home to Seattle or the one that smothered Atlanta?

Paleo, I'll get the scoring stuff squared away tomorrow. Scout's honor. And while it's hard not to feel sorry for Hue Jackson, he didn't do himself any favors in his rants after Oakland's final game.

Edit: And fixed. Sorry again.

Saints - As good as the niners look right now, I can't see them beating Brees. N'awlins is just crushing everyone.
Patriots - Repeat of the game earlier this season. Everyone was getting high on Tebow fumes, then the Pats knocked the Broncos into a losing skid.
Ravens - *sigh* I want to be the homer and pick the Texans to upset here, but my logical side just won't let me do it. My frosted side tastes delicious in milk.
Packers - Eli is playing incredibly, but I expect Rogers to pick apart the inconsistent Giants D (Sorry, Kush!).

In other news, who does Houston pick up as D Coordinator if (when ) Wade Phillips gets a head coaching job somewhere else? The defense turned into a hot mess when Wade had to miss two games due to surgery. Who can step in and keep the party going? Del Rio?

Let's hope, for NFL fans everywhere, that the Flutie curse will end with the retirement of Wade Phillips. From a league-wide perspective that has to be the best possible outcome.

Saints

Giants (mainly because I think the Saints would fare better against the Giants than vs. Green Bay at Lambeau)

Texans

Patriots

bighoppa wrote:

Packers - Eli is playing incredibly, but I expect Rogers to pick apart the inconsistent Giants D (Sorry, Kush!).

It's ok, Giants fans everywhere should be estatic that they made it this far. They're playing with house money now, which should make them scary to opposing teams.

Also, only 3 of the last 8 #1 seeds have survived the 2nd round. The 3 that did went on to play in the Super Bowl, only the Saints have won it as the #1 seed. Guess I like those odds

I really don't get why people think the Giants are such a long shot. They've got the running game to keep Aaron Rodgers off the field and the d-line to force him to make quick decisions when he's on the field. The Packers have been vulnerable defensively to the big play all season, and most notably in their last meeting with the Giants. If they can execute, even at the same level they did six weeks ago, they have an excellent shot at winning.
The Giants scare me. They are playing their best football now, when it counts the most.

Saints vs. 49ers: Saints outdoors? Niners.

Broncos vs. Patriots: The Patriots won't be playing Cover 0 and they won't care how many points the Broncos score as they'll score more. Patriots.

Texans vs. Ravens: Ravens at home.

Giants vs. Packers: Well now. Do we go with the hot hand in the Giants? They're healthy on defense and peaking at the right time. Blanking the Falcons was no small feat. Rodgers and company, however, are healthy now too. The offensive line is in better shape and Greg Jennings is back. dsfjdklfaj;lsdjf;lsdaja;ljf Giants.

Phishposer wrote:

The Giants scare me. They are playing their best football now, when it counts the most.

That's how they won their last Super Bowl.

Man, what a kick to the pants it would be to watch Tom Coughlin go win another Super Bowl.

Like Wayne Weaver said, his biggest mistake was firing Tom Coughlin instead of just reeling him in and having him be a coach only.

Good coaches + good players = winning team. Too many teams fire coaches for not winning with bad players. That was the Jaguars when Coughlin was fired. (Of course, him being the GM was part of why the team had bad players - he needed to be fired from that job, just not necessarily the coaching one too).

Has GM + Coach ever worked well for anyone? I can't remember any good examples. Both seem like more than full time jobs, I don't see how one person could do both well.

Saints vs. 49ers: Too much Brees, not enough Gore. Also, this is the only really close game this weekend, sadly.
Broncos vs. Patriots: You know how in playoff games something bad happens to a team and it snowballs as the team (and coaches) start to press then panic? Yeah.
Texans vs. Ravens: Nice run Houston and valiantly done. Also, things look real good for next year when everyone comes back healthy.
Giants vs. Packers: Too much Rodgers, too much Eli (who throws for 300 yds but tosses at least 2 picks while doing so.). A high scoring horse race and Rodgers has more horses.

So, this is probably obvious, but tboon, you used to be Nightmare, right?

Fedaykin98 wrote:

So, this is probably obvious, but tboon, you used to be Nightmare, right?

Yup. Same dude. Changed his name after he stopped drinking.