Round 1 Game 2

The Detroit Lions take on the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans today for the second game of round 1.  This is a game that could be close or a blow out depending on how both teams play.

The Saints are in the category of teams that has a less than stellar defense.  Their offense, mainly Drew Brees, is quite prolific and makes up for the team’s giving up so many yards to their opponents.  Games with 5 or 6 TDs are not uncommon.  It is how they win.  They put up enough points that even if they give up 21 or 24 points or more to a team they can still win in the end.  It will be the same today.  They will try and put up as many points as possible to keep the Lions playing catch up.

Sit ‘Em, Start ‘Em

This weekend will bring a lot of decisions for the teams heading into the post season.  Teams with nothing to gain by winning will be faced with deciding how much time if any their starters will see on the field.

It happens every year at this time.  Teams that are solidly in the post season and especially those who have won their divisions have to decide how much time to let their starters spend on the field in a meaningless end of season game.  Teams like the Patriots, Packers, Texans, 49ers among others all face this dilemma this weekend.

NFC Playoff Picture

The NFC playoff picture is a bit more complete.  There aren’t quite as many spots left to be filled and not as many scenarios to play out as in the AFC, but you still might need to print it out for this weekend’s games.

The teams that are locked in so far are the Packers with the NFC North and home-field advantage, the 49ers with the NFC West, the Saints with the NFC South, the Lions with a playoff spot and the Falcons with a playoff spot.

Still up for grabs, the 49ers clinch a first-round bye with a 49ers win OR a 49ers tie plus a Saints loss or tie OR a Saints loss to the Panthers.

You Win and We’re In

So the Falcon’s playoff fate wasn’t controlled by them after all.  It was in fact controlled by the Eagles and the Packers of all teams.  Thanks to those wins the Falcons are now in the playoffs.

The Falcons are now in the playoffs and now have 4 straight winning seasons, something they have never done before.  They get to continue on after the regular season thanks to wins by the Eagles and the Packers.  Of all the teams to get the Falcons into the playoffs, it is the team that eliminated them last year.

The Real Problem

So last night opened the NFL season and two of the “top” teams faced off in what everyone was saying would be one of THE games of the year.  Well, it was an offensive showcase & the two QBs were throwing the ball around at warp speed but there was a problem and a very real one.

The score was 42-34.  That’s plenty of offense for sure.  But it’s very little of something else – defense.  Were both sides defense unable to make tackles at all?  Was the downfield coverage on both sides of the ball that bad?  Must have been.  There’s no other reason why there would be a total of 76 points scored and almost 900 total yards on the game.  The defense on both sides obviously didn’t show up.

NFL Playoff Predictions

NFL LogoSince I have such a great record of predictions this year (NOT) I may as well keep it going right??  Let’s pick the NFL playoffs!

Saints vs Seahawks – The Saints will win.  That said, let’s look at the only possible reasons they might not.  If the Saints turn the ball over, they won’t win.  If the Saints, can’t score just by passing the ball, they won’t win.  If the Seahawks, get to Brees, the Saints won’t win.  Those are the only ways the Saints won’t win.

Playoffs?! Playoffs?!

Tiny Peyton
The first weekend of the NFL playoffs gets underway on Saturday.  The wildcard weekend with some wild matchups or at least unexpected ones.  The reigning Super Bowl champ Saints have to play the first weekend and the perennial playoff team the Colts barely get in.

Down To The Wire

The NFL season is about to come down to the wire.  One more Sunday and in some cases it’s the day to decide it all as a couple of divisions are still undecided.

The Big One

During the NFL season, there are several games that can be big ones for teams.  Division games.  Games to clinch a play off spot or a division title.  Games to clinch home field advantage in the post season.  The upcoming Monday night game is just such a game – the big one.

Southern Success

Let’s just say that the top 3 teams in the NFC South win out the rest of the season.  We could be looking at all 3 making it into the playoffs.  The Falcons winning the division and home field and the Saints and Bucs getting the wild card spots.  Southern success indeed.