Completely Ignorant NFL Divisional Round Preview

A Note about the CFP Championship Game:  I watched the first half and part of the second half (right up until when Alabama’s freshman quarterback threw his interception) with a friend before proclaiming the game over after that interception.  I thought I was going to go home to get some sleep because I had a substitute job the next day.  Instead, I laid on the couch for about a half an hour or so until I tuned back into the game to see it tied.  I then watched the missed FG and overtime.

The final play of the game got me off of my couch and cheering.  I was excited both for the freshman QB from Hawai’i (I apologize for not writing his name, but I don’t even know how to spell it and I want to be intellectually honest about it) and that our pick was correct.  I texted my friend asking how he felt about it.  He remains bitter about Nick Saban, so we had a bit of a back and forth about referees and how that is always the lament of the loser (my response).  He accused me of being an Alabama fan due to my excitement about the win.  Hey, I’m just happy that I got something right in football after doing rather poorly in the Wild Card round and CFP semifinals.  Can’t wait until next year and the Return of the Jedi.

Introduction

You will just have to trust me that I wrote this last night and only got around to typing it today.  It might looks a bit suspicious when I go 4-0.  I went 2-2 last week.  I got the Jaguars and Saints right, but missed on the Rams and Chiefs.  George went 3-1, kind of lending some credibility to my habit of calling it coin flip weekend.  He only missed on the Panthers, but they almost came back.  We are going to retire George for the rest of the season since this is when things start to go more according to expectations.  We might bring him back to see his famous cousin star in the Super Bowl and hopefully this is the season that we both lose a ton of money and respect by picking every single game during the season.

The Picks

Titans at Patriots (Saturday at 8:15 pm):  Andy Reid Andy Reided all over the Tennessee/Kansas City game last week and one team that would seem to have no business in the playoffs advanced to play New England this weekend.  Chris and I were texting and, in our not so professional opinion, Tennessee has absolutely no chance of winning this game.  now that there is this stupid ESPN article about the Patriots in fighting over Jimmy G-sus (thanks Cousin Sal!) is out, they are going to most likely be in full “Eff you” mode.  I already thought they would win the Super Bowl again this year, but now it is virtually certain.  Dammit.  Alabama and New England in the same year?

Jaguars at Steelers (Sunday at 1:05 pm):  Buffalo was only in the playoffs because the NFL decided that six teams is the right number for their playoff format.  Jacksonville was only in the playoffs because there has to be a winner in each of the 4 divisions in the playoffs.  They showed last week that they are quite possibly the 2 least qualified playoff teams in recent memory.  Chris and I give them a marginally better chance than Tennessee only because they beat the Steelers in September, which is little more than extended preseason.  I get to watch the Steelers get blown out by the Patriots in the AFC Championship game again.  Yay for me.

Falcons at Eagles (Saturday at 4:35 pm):  There is no love lost between me and Philadelphia.  However, even I’m a bit sad at how their season played out.  If not for the Wentz injury, I’d probably have them as the favorite.  Playing Nick Foles in a playoff game is not anyone’s idea of a winning strategy.  Earlier in the week, I figured Atlanta might just blow them out.  However, I’ve been convinced by more recent arguments that Philadelphia might be able to hang.  I don’t think they win, but it should be a good game, at least.

Saints at Vikings (Sunday at 4:40 pm):  I said last week that I’d have liked to have seen Panthers/Saints as an NFC Championship game.  We now have a good possibility of two NFC South teams making it.  The Vikings are good but they, too, are starting a backup quarterback in the playoffs.  I’m less confident in Case Keenum than I am in Nick Foles.  He’s played more this season and Minnesota has a great defense, though, and a decent running game, so I’m more confident to pick them to win.

Wrap Up

More and more likely it is looking like we will see a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl again this year.  Many people are actually calling for it.  Granted, it might be a compelling game for most, but I have no interest in watching it.  Then again, I won’t watch it at all as we will have our annual Lucas-Mullen No Super Bowl Watch Party, so I guess let NFL fans eat their cake.

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