Some say Christmas begins 25 December, not true if you ask me, the real winter festivities begin today with the NFL 2011 Wild Card playoff games.
Having the two Super Bowl finalists from last season playing this weekend simply adds to the fun, and a 7-9 team in the mix makes this 4 games full of intrigue, mystery and intensity.
Saturday 8 Jan 2011
Saints @ Seahawks – This should simply be a no contest, a 7-9 team with two underwhelming quarterbacks against the current Super Bowl holders. Only problem is once you reach the NFL playoffs everyone is equal. That’s right the Seattle Seahawks must be respected and for some godforsaken reason I cant shake the idea that the Saints will come into this one thinking they have to do no more than turn up to take away the prize known as victory. For that reason I am going to test my own sanity and call a Seahawks win, on the back of some miracle catches from Mike Williams. After being out of the NFL in 2008 and 2009 Big Mike has had a great season, with 65 catches for 751 yards. Almost 2 in 3 of his catches have resulted in First Downs. With the Saints heading into the contest without their two best running backs (no I’m not forgetting Reggie Bush but I see him as a wide-back and not a running back) and with a lack of form, this could be an upset for the ages. The ‘Hawks are at home and whilst that means little for some games it is damm noisy in the chilly quarters of Washington State.
NFL Fan in England prediction – Seahawks 23-20 Saints – Game MVP Matt Hasselbeck 235 yards and 2 tds
Jets @ Colts – I don’t think ill make it much past the kickoff in term of watching this live (thanks Sky+ for rescucing my playoff experience) but this looks like a mouthwatering game between two bitter rivals. The Jets and the Colts have been divisional rivals in the past, and they met in the AFC championship game just over a year ago. The form books have shown that Peyton Manning looks like he is finally slowing down, finishing the 2010 season with his lowest rating in 8 seasons. Not that finishing with a 91.9 rating is acceptable for any mortal – but Peyton is no human being, he is a human CPU with a helluva arm. The Jets thought they were Super Bowl champions before the opening kickoff this season, but after their humiliating loss to the Pats they have proven they are not ready to be a champion yet.
NFL Fan in England prediction – Colts 33-16 Jets – Game MVP Jospeh Addai 101 rushing yards and 2 tds