IT’S PREDICTION TIME: Wild Card Games Day 2

NFL: NFC Wild Card Playoff- Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints
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In round 1 of Wild Card weekend I was 2-0 with winners and 1-0-1 against the spread. Great games for sure, unless of course you are a Chiefs fan. I can’t imagine what the good folks of Kansas City feel like today…38-10 and you lose.


Moving on to today’s games…


San Diego @ Cincinnati (-7)

Over/Under 46

These clubs met in San Diego a little over a month ago, a game won by the Bengals 17-10 a very evenly played game and one decided by a key turnover.

The Bengals are 8-0 at Paul Brown Stadium where they’ve regularly scored 40+ points and average 34.4 points per game on the season. Marvin Lewis fields the league’s 3rd best overall defense and the 10th best offense. The visiting Chargers led by the emotional Philip Rivers have the 5th best offense and 23rd ranked defense. The Chargers are 4-4 on the road.

The Bengals are one of the league’s most talented teams but like any Cincinnati game this boils down to the play of Andy Dalton. He can melt down often in the clutch and when he does it seems to happen rather quickly. Playing at home is a big advantage for Dalton and while he’ll try to give the game away, the Bengals will squeak by and get it done. It will however be their last game at home this season and their last victory.

PREDICTION: Bengals 23, Chargers 20


San Francisco (-3) @ Green Bay

Over/Under 45.5

This should be a very entertaining matchup between two teams that started the season together in San Francisco, a game won by the 49ers 34-28. Colin Kaepernick was on fire in that contest throwing for 412 yards and 3 scores connecting with Anquan Boldin 13 times for 208 yards and a score.

Their biggest obstacle to victory today could be the Artic conditions at Lambeau Field where temperatures will be in the negative numbers made worse by the Great Lakes wind chill.

While they aren’t flashy the 49ers are balanced and they normally win the turnover battle but the conditions could balance the equation. But when all is said and done, the 49ers have two many weapons for the 25th ranked Packers defense to handle. They’ll force the Packers to spend resources to stop Frank Gore and when they do Kaepernick will use play action to connect with Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. It will be interesting and it will be close but the battle-tested Niners who travel well (6-2 on the road) will pull it out thanks in part to a big running play from their quarterback.

PREDICTION: 49ers 27, Packers 23

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  1. Reading Comments on said:

    Every team I thought would lose this weekend has. All the teams that lost this weekend so far are full blown screw ups.
    They always loose. Always have.

      • JerryB on said:

        Just imagine Joe Flacco surrounded by Dalton’s talent! Those who underestimate the importance of surrounding talent need only look at the year Matt Ryan just had in Atlanta! I’m old enough to remember fans here booing John Unitas on more than one occasion, so their lack of sophistication and knowledge of the game come as no surprise. Here’s an interesting statistic for you, Tony: with the possible exception of Joe Gibbs, who won 3 Super Bowls with 3 different “pedestrian” QBs, EVERY great NFL coach has had a great QB. Kinda explains Harbaugh’s success here……..

        • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

          Jerry, I agree but it becomes more difficult to surround a player with talent and depth when said player is paid in an elite way and doesn’t perform in an elite way. Clearly there are many issues that can be addressed to help Flacco. I’ve been critical of him as one of many problems in 2013 and I’m optimistic that they can fix some of those problems and be more effective going forward.

          I vehemently disagree that Flacco is “great.” He had a great run at the end of the 2012 season but he is far from being great. Here’s hoping he eventually gets there.

          • JerryB on said:

            So, winning more games/playoffs/Super Bowl in his first 6 years doesn’t count? You’re looking at one bad year when he was deprived of his two go-to receivers, a third (Jones) for almost 1/2 year, no TE, no running game and the worst OL in football, not to mention questionable coaching? C’mon, Tony, you know better than that! Compare what he did this year to what Ryan did in Atlanta, which is a fair comparison. He managed to win 8 games, with one of the worst offenses in the NFL and kept his team in the playoff hunt to the final game, while Ryan went 4-12 and was NEVER in the playoff picture! Where’s your objectivity?

          • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

            Can’t disagree with what you said Jerry. All of those things contributed to Joe’s bad year. But even in his best seasons he was just above average. He is not great. With greatness comes consistency and Joe’s only consistency is that he’s consistently inconsistent. That’s my opinion.

      • JerryB on said:

        Yes! Winning beats the hell out of “style” points! Just ask Eli Manning, who has 2 Super Bowl rings, but will never be confused with his brother! I still come back to the Evans “drop”, but for which Flacco would have been in 2 Super Bowls and maybe he, instead of Eli, would have 2 rings by now! As for the salary, which all his detractors like to point to, if he didn’t earn the big payday with his postseason performance last year, than nobody deserves it! By the way, Ngata counts MORE against the “cap” than Flacco, but nobody would argue that he’s more valuable than the QB, would they?! I’ll be surprised if Flacco doesn’t re-structure his contract at some point just as many other high paid players have………

  2. Reading Comments on said:

    Flacco is suppose to be the man. He looked like crap in the last two games of the season. He holds the ball to long, is forever slow to get to the line, doesn’t understand the deception, is inaccurate with many of his passes, still is mediocre at recognizing a pre-snap free blitzer (Actually he is pretty awful at that).
    I can agree that we had a lot of problems this year that certainly attributed to him having a terrible season.
    Before this past Weekends playoffs began 7 of the 13 RB’s that rushed for over a thousand yards or more were in the playoffs. That should tell you that no matter how much it is a passing league without a run, pass balanced attack you are not going to have a lot of success.
    Still Flacco has to show up. That 4th and 3 against New England had me ready to knock him out. Big dope!
    And I have defended this guy heavily through out his career. I don’t think we have the success we have had the last 6 years, minus this year without him. Still, he’s big money now, and needs to play like it.
    At this point, what you see is what you get. He can be better then last year, we know that, but can he do what Phillip Rivers does?
    The guy that supposedly had a bad year, was awful, and all that nonsense that was being peddled last season, and barely got mentioned this season. Where are all his weapons? Of course the Chargers ran the ball but still. Talk about a great QB that gets no recognition. Or very little. I want to see Flacco put up his numbers. I will get old waiting. I know Flacco has won more games since time began, and won a SB. But look who Rivers plays for. We would have won three SB’s if we had him!

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