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The Wee Man could have a BIG impact - Go Sproles !

The Wee Man could have a BIG impact - Go Sproles !

Well  I went 9-7 after week 1 – not exactly the stuff of legends, but hey it’s a winning record and in some cases 9-7 gets you in the playoffs as a wild card.

Week 2 has some fascinating games – the highlights being the Giants v Cowboys and the Eagles v Saints (minus McNabb). Also the Chargers get to bring out the pocket rocket Darren Sproles – that should be worth the admission fee alone.

Here goes with my Week 2 NFL predictions……

Sun, Sep 20

CAR @ ATL – Atlanta to win 27-10 – Ryan looking cool at home, but Turner is game hero

NO @ PHI – New Orl to win 33-27 – Reggie Bush looks like a world beater – anyone for Old man Garcia ???

STL @ WAS – Was to win 23-16 – Ugly win for the Skins, defense shows its quality with a score

HOU @ TEN – Tenn to win 24-20 – Kerry C tosses 1 td and the d does the rest, Slaton looks better

NE @ NYJ – Pats to win 31-21 – Brady’s bunch look like the team to beat, Moss is the boss

CIN @ GB – Pack to win 37-13 – Rodgers tosses 4 tds and the young d looks great

ARI @ JAC  – Jags to win 21-19 – The Cards look troubled – MJD has a monster game

OAK @ KC – Oak to win 24-17 – Russell the big oaf shows he can command a game, Mc Fadden gets the glory

MIN @ DET – Vikes to win 41-14 – Vikes purple people eat the Lions in one gulp, Stafford looks awful

TB @ BUF – Bills to win 19-16 – Bills eek out a W thanks to Freddie J and his legs and hands

SEA @ SF – Seahawks to win 25-24 – TJ goes off the hook with 12 catches, This is a terrific battle

PIT @ CHI – Steelers to win 21-20 – Bears look respectable but go 0-2, Cutler does his lemon sucking face

BAL @ SD – Chargers to win 23-14 – Sproles shocks the nation with a huge performance – UPSET OF THE WEEK

CLE @ DEN – Broncos to win 17-7 – This is one game I dont want to watch – yuk

NYG @ DAL – Giants to win 31-24 – Big bad Brandon dominates the Cowgirls but Romo keeps it close

Mon, Sep 21

IND @ MIA – Colts to win 31-21 – Manning in early season cruise control – look out for Garcon

Any thoughts out there?

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My upset special McNabb to lead the Eagles to an NFC Championship

My upset special McNabb to lead the Eagles to an NFC Championship

I went 3 out of 4 in the Wild Card weekend and even got an exact score (Falcons 24) so I have a bit of pressure on for the divisional playoff round.

There are usually less upsets this round than in the Wild Card week but I have a feeling that the home teams will take a bit of a battering this Sat and Sun, so here goes, time to put my money where my mouth is……..

Sat., Jan. 10, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Baltimore (11-5, 1-0) at Tennessee (13-3)
Kevin Mawae is out and that is huge.  The veteran Titans C is the rock that has led the way for Lendale ‘who ate all the pies’ White and Chris Johnson to dominate 13 teams this season. No one needs to read here how good the Ravens defense is – but people do need to finally pay respect to Baltimore WR Derek Mason who has shown that he is one of the most reliable wideouts in the entire NFL. Can Ed ‘ball magnet’ Reed get another INT – most likely !
Key 1) Baltimore getting a big run early as opposed to a big run late
Key 2) Albert Haynesworth pressuring rookie Joe Flacco
Key 3) Joe Flacco staying the hell away from Cortland Finnegan
Key 4) Kerry Collins not being forced to pass if Titans go down
Prediction – Baltimore 23-17 Tennessee – Game MVP – LeRon McClain (2tds)
Sun., Jan. 11, 4:45 p.m. ET, CBS
San Diego (8-8, 1-0) at Pittsburgh (12-4)
The Chargers are living the dream, and after using the pocket rocket Darren Sproles to kill the Colts. This time around the Sprolesmeister will have been on the Steelers radar. The Steelers D line is a lightyear above the Colts D line so Rivers will be forced to pass the Chargers up and down the field. Big Ben Roethlisberger has shown that he can guide a team through the playoffs, and I have a feeling that Pitt WR Nate Washington will come up with a huge catch that turns the game. I don’t expect a quality 1st half, but the Steelers have enough class to hang in there.
Key 1) Hines Ward getting 4 catches in the first half
Key 2) Can LT be any sort of factor in the game?
Key 3) Big Ben not fumbling the ball
Key 4) Santonio Holmes drawing double teams to free up Nate Washington
Prediction – San Diego 10-20 Pittsburgh – MVP Ben Roethlisberger (1 td and 250 yards passing)
Sat., Jan. 10, 8:15 p.m. ET, FOX
Arizona (9-7, 1-0) at Carolina (12-4)
Wouldn’t it be fun to see the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship against a former NFC East division foe? Well I really want to write this will be a Cardinals win, but I just can’t. The hype given to Edgarrin James last week was nonsense. He got 73 rushing yards in a Wild Card game – so freaking what. If he got 173 then I would be saing wow. The Panthers have the all round quality to win this without going into 5th gear, but I am sure they will make a bit of a meal of it and Jake Delhomme will get intercepted at least once. Look to DeAngelo Williams to show his class on a national stage but Jonathan Stewart to get the fanatsy tds.
Key 1) Cardinals DBs not getting called for pass inteference in the first half
Key 2) Jake Delhomme sticking to the plan and not trying to be a hero early on
Key 3) Steve Breaston showing up and getting some 1st quarter catches
Key 4) Panthers safeties not being exposed by the long ball
Prediction – Arizona 21-28 Carolina – MVP DeAngelo Williams (120 all purpose yards)
Sun., Jan. 11, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Philadelphia (9-6-1, 1-0) at N.Y. Giants (12-4)
There has to be one upset special each week and I’ll call it here. I do not think the New York Giants are a dynasty and despite their good record they will finally sucumb to a Donovan McNabb led team that will win a nailbiter. Brian Westbrook will get more involved early in this game, and Eli Manning will make a huge mistake in the 2nd quarter that will turn the momentum. Giants pressure will again be relentless, but the Eagles will gameplan against it, using short passing to neautralise the agression on Kiwanuka and Tuck. Expect it to be close, but expect the Eagles to leave Giants stadium with their playoff dreams intact.
Key 1) The Eagles run d adapting to the difering styles of Brandon Jacbs and Derrick Ward
Key 2) McNabb finding TEs and RBs for short passes to set up a big ol bomb
Key 3) DeSean Jackson getting one big return
Key 4) Kevin Boss living up to his name
Prediction – Philadelphia 31-30 NY Giants – MVP Donovan Mc Nabb (3 tds 240 yards passing)
What do you all think?