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    The Ravens look tough Tex. At least your team will get 1 playoff win this year, unlike the past 2 seasons.

    agree on all accounts except the Pack. I'll take the dirty Birds led by Michael 'the burner' Turner.  (he was worth a 1st & 3rd back when discussed it)
     
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    [QUOTE]The Ravens look tough Tex. At least your team will get 1 playoff win this year, unlike the past 2 seasons.
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    Shouldn't you take the playoffs off like your bolts?
     
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    [QUOTE]The Ravens look tough Tex. At least your team will get 1 playoff win this year, unlike the past 2 seasons.
    Posted by jbolted[/QUOTE]

         Come on, Bolt! I expect this sort of post from Underdog(gggg), not from you. I too see a Ravens/Pats finale. Though I think that the Ravens pose the greatest threat to their chances, I like my boys...and welcome the opportunity to see them avenge last years' playoff debacle. 

         Turning to your Beloveds, do you think continuing on with Norv is the right way for them to go? What do they do about Vincent Jackson? Do you think that they're actually a better team without Shawne Merriman? What do you think that the Chargers must do to regain dominance in their division...and to establish themselves as a legitimate contender for the SB?
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: PLAYOFF PICKS :      Come on, Bolt! I expect this sort of post from Underdog(gggg), not from you. I too see a Ravens/Pats finale. Though I think that the Ravens pose the greatest threat to their chances, I like my boys...and welcome the opportunity to see them avenge last years' playoff debacle.       Turning to your Beloveds, do you think continuing on with Norv is the right way for them to go? What do they do about Vincent Jackson? Do you think that they're actually a better team without Shawne Merriman? What do you think that the Chargers must do to regain dominance in their division...and to establish themselves as a legitimate contender for the SB?
    Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]
    Tex,
    The Ravens had the ball for 40 minutes. They're my pick as champ as of now.
    Last post season vs BAL adds some credence. Unless the CB's of Baltimore utterly choke, and with a real power game -unlike NYJ - these guys are legit. We'll see if they 'fail fast first', but I say no.
     
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    [QUOTE]     Even though the play-offs have technically "began", they really haven't begun, until this coming weekend. The pretenders in each conference, save for the Seattle Seahawks, have been eliminated. The contenders remain. Here are my picks: 1.) (13-4) Baltimore Ravens (+3) @ (12-4) Pittsburgh Steelers: Should be yet another bruising heavyweight fight between these two teams. Though the rivalry here isn't that of the Jets/Patriots, these teams don't like each other. The key to this game will be whether the Steelers can generate a running game, and whether Troy Polamalu is anywhere near 100%. My guess is, "no" to both. But for a foolish play call in Baltimore, the Buzzards would have swept the Goths this year. Pittsburgh's OL woes will be telling: PICK: Buzzards; 2.) (11-6) Green Bay Packers (+2) @ (13-3) Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons beat the Packers earlier this season, 20-17, last Nov. 28th, in Atlanta. Though the Packers have the better defense, Atlanta is very tough when playing in a dome. Unlike the Packers, they also have a balanced offensive attack, with a running game, spear-headed by RB Michael Turner. The Packers remind me of the 2007 Giants, as they appear to have gained confidence after losing a competitive game to the Patriots.: PICK: Packers; 3.) (8-9) Seattle Seahawks (+10) @ (11-5) Chicago Bears: I can understand why the Seahawks are being disrespected. But, after an inspiring win over a pretty good Saints team, the spread is still ten points? Some of you may recall that on October 17th, the Seahawks beat the Bears in Chicago, 23-20. I don't think that the Bears are ten points better than almost anybody: PICK: Seahawks; 4.) (12-5) New York Jets (+9) @ (14-2) New England Patriots: Don't expect Rex Ryan or his boys to pop off too much this week. Even they aren't that stupid, having learned a painful lesson last time they visited Foxboro. Look for the Jets to try to ground and pound, against the Pats' injury depleted DL. The Jets have the WRs to keep the Pats' honest on defense. Expect them to get pain in the neck TE, Dustin Keller, heavily involved in the offense. I hope that the Patriots were watching what Seattle did to the Saints. The December 6th 45-3 blow-out means nothing...other than the fact that it gave them home field advantage in this game. The Jets have the talent to play with anybody. Anything less than the Pats' "A" game will result in an embarrassing upset loss. Surely, no one on this team wants to go through another experience like the 17-14 SB loss, in 2007. Spotting a good team like the Jets nine (9) points, is the epitome of arrogance, in what should be a tough game. But, the Patriots have been surprising me all season. Time for them to shut Rex and his boys up, for good:  PICK: Patriots                   Thoughts/analysis/predictions...especially on the Pats game?  
    Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]

    I like the Squeelers to cover vs the Ravens. Troy The hair is back, and that Pitt defense is better than Flaco's offense is. They exposed the Chief's inexprience today big time. Don't see that happening to Big Bennie, like in their late season game.

    I like Atlanta at home (indoors). I believe the Pack is another outdoor/harsh weather team. But the dome is the equalizer. I think Ryan's got more toys to play with than teh Pack defense can ultimately stop. 

    Sorry, but the Seahawks are gonna get crucified. You mention the 10/17 game results, but the Bears aren't that team, nor the team that started out 3-2. Seattle is just like that "cute little girl with the cute little curl right in the middle of her forehead.....". They're on the road, and they're going to be horrid. They aren't playing in front of their 12th man. Cutler's come around, and they have this guy named Hester. Then there's their defense. I'd be shocked if the Seahawks won. But I'm looking at a 17 point win for Da Bears.  

    Pats/JESTS! ??? I predict... PAIN.  Seems to me the JESTS! had all pieces together on that Monday Night in early December. Yet, what was the outcome? Like in that game, Sanchize proves he can get rattled (18/31, 189 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT). Edwards doesn't make a great catch last night, and we're talking how Gomer will choke once again at The Razor. The JESTS! have not improved since that Monday Night Exhibition. We can't say the same about the Pats. I'm looking for double digit win. If tehy don't, it'll only be becuase BB has taken the foot off teh accellerator and coasted home with another obvious victory.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: PLAYOFF PICKS : Tex, The Ravens had the ball for 40 minutes. They're my pick as champ as of now. Last post season vs BAL adds some credence. Unless the CB's of Baltimore utterly choke, and with a real power game -unlike NYJ - these guys are legit. We'll see if they 'fail fast first', but I say no.
    Posted by jbolted[/QUOTE]

         Bolt...you didn't answer my questions about your Bolts. What do you think about keeping Norv, the Vincent Jackson situation, and cutting ties with Merriman?

         Incidently, you do realize that the Jets win over the Colts brings your lovables the Jets' second round pick instead of their third, via the Cromartie trade?
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to PLAYOFF PICKS : I like the Squeelers to cover vs the Ravens. Troy The hair is back, and that Pitt defense is better than Flaco's offense is. They exposed the Chief's inexprience today big time. Don't see that happening to Big Bennie, like in their late season game.
     
    RESPONSE: I thought that the Goths were lucky to win that game in Baltimore. Frankly, I see the Buzzards as the better team. The Steelers don't have a Ray Rice.

    I like Atlanta at home (indoors). I believe the Pack is another outdoor/harsh weather team. But the dome is the equalizer. I think Ryan's got more toys to play with than teh Pack defense can ultimately stop.

    RESPONSE: Because the spread was only three points, I too was tempted to take the Falcons. But, the Packers appear to be on a roll, like the Giants were in 2007. Besides, I hate dome teams. I'd love to see the league legislate domes out of football. 

    Sorry, but the Seahawks are gonna get crucified. You mention the 10/17 game results, but the Bears aren't that team, nor the team that started out 3-2. Seattle is just like that "cute little girl with the cute little curl right in the middle of her forehead.....". They're on the road, and they're going to be horrid. They aren't playing in front of their 12th man. Cutler's come around, and they have this guy named Hester. Then there's their defense. I'd be shocked if the Seahawks won. But I'm looking at a 17 point win for Da Bears.

    RESPONSE: I don't think the Seahawks will win. But I do think that they can cover.

    Pats/JESTS! ??? I predict... PAIN.  Seems to me the JESTS! had all pieces together on that Monday Night in early December. Yet, what was the outcome? Like in that game, Sanchize proves he can get rattled (18/31, 189 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT). Edwards doesn't make a great catch last night, and we're talking how Gomer will choke once again at The Razor. The JESTS! have not improved since that Monday Night Exhibition. We can't say the same about the Pats. I'm looking for double digit win. If tehy don't, it'll only be becuase BB has taken the foot off teh accellerator and coasted home with another obvious victory.

    RESPONSE: Let's hope we're both right about the Pats!

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         Gary Myers of the NY Daily News is the Rex Ryan of NY sports reporters. Myers chastises Tom Brady for being out with his wife on the town, instead of watching the Jets/Colts game. He also follows suit with Ryan, taking a swipe at Brady because he gets lots of help from BB. 

         Finally, Myers ends his tirade by claiming that, if the Jets win Sunday, it will be the second greatest triumph in team history...behind the SB 3 win, which took place over 40 years ago: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/2011/01/10/2011-01-10_jets_confidence_high_despite_dec_6_beating_from_patriots_entering_foxborough_for.html
     
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         Perhaps I gave the Jets too much credit when I said in my original post that they would not be stupid enough to start shooting off their mouths again. According to Braylon Edwards, the Jets, "know that they're the better team", and accuse the Pats of "running up the score" last time: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/jets/memories_of_mass_acre_buried_not_ZagR9ykNTjLedmQswT9NPP
     
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    [QUOTE]     Gary Myers of the NY Daily News is the Rex Ryan of NY sports reporters. Myers chastises Tom Brady for being out with his wife on the town, instead of watching the Jets/Colts game. <snip... />Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]

    Maybe TB has one of those "DVR" things...  I hear they're pretty good.
     
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         Yet more from the Jets, as they prepare for "pretty boy" Tom Brady. Apparently, the idiot Tomlinson is shooting off his mouth...whining about how the Pats were trash talking when blowing out the Jets last December: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/jets/getting_even_with_pats_lqXq3BXaMTnJsiy8x2YkjI
     
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    Happy New Year TEX.

    Pats win against the Jets again. Watching Jets vs Colts the thing that occurred to me is that neither team really belonged in the playoffs. But especially that the AFC South and West lag very far behind the North and East in overall talent.

    Steelers over Ravens at home. I know the birds looked good, but they were playing a JV team from a JV conference and they matchup better against a team like the Cheifs (all running and play action) than anyone else. The Steelers are, IMO, a better team. they have a better QB. Better overall defense. Better offense by a stretch. They are better coached. 

    Hot-Lanta over Green Bay. They are extremely well coached, and GB doesn't have the kind of shutdown corner that can adequately contend with White. Moreover, Lanta's running game will take the GB blitz out of it. GBs defense is filled with a lot of sub-package stars, like Clay Matthews, who are glorified third down specialists who get ragdolled against running teams. 

    Last week I said the Hawks would be much more competitive against the Saints. But then I watch the Saints all the time, and just like last year, and just like the Colts, they absolutely need home field to advance because their whole offense is designed around WRs getting open and giving their QB options, and both teams' defenses are best when playing ahead. But this week the Hawks will get slaughtered. they control zero matchups against the Chicago "D" and once an offense is completely stopped, no defense can hold out forever witness the pure attrition of the KC defense as their offense could move all day. 

    So ...

    Pats v Steelers in Gillette (too bad I would love to close Suggs' piehole)

    Chicago at Atlanta


    Pats vs Atlanta Superbowl.
     
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    I wouldn't get too carried away bowing and scraping before the Ravens after their dismantling of the Chefs. As was pointed out here a week ago, Kansas City is only marginally the best of a bad lot from the AFC Worst. The only winning team they beat all year was schizophrenic San Dago (which explains why jbolt now sees Baltimore as a juggernaut), and those of us with an objective view of Matt Cassel saw this coming from far leagues. Bitchburgh won't be turning the ball over five times, unless I miss my guess, and Baltimore certainly isn't going to intimidate them. Take the familiarity factor into account, and the Ravens are closer to the team that struggled and flailed against the mighty Bungles in week 17 than the team that jogged past an inept Chefs squad yesterday. Home field takes this one, and I'm thinking it won't be all that close.

    Steelers 24-13

    Green Bay . . .  Green Bay . . .   oh my, but doesn't everybody love Green Bay? And why not? The Packers snuck into the tournament with a coma-inducing vitory over the enigmatic Chicago Bears -- somebody please tell me how this team ended up a #2 seed -- and yesterday they very nearly re-gifted a win to the Iggles that Philly had wrapped up and put a bow on for them. Watching that game, it was clear that the Packers were the superior team. They dominated play for most of the afternoon, and yet, Philly would have won that thing with half a kicker, and if Michael Vick -- and, by extension, Andy Reid -- weren't such colossal morons. Everyone is going to be talking this week about the rejuvenated Packers running game, but Atlanta is not Philadelphia, and what looks easy against the Iggs is problematic when your opponent actually plays defense. The Falcons play a more versatile style of offense that relies less heavily on the home-run play than Philly, and should be able to take advantage of the frenetic Green Bay pressure. We'll find out soon enough if Matty Ice has graduated into the pros. This ain't BC and that won't be Virginia Tech across the line of scrimmage, but I think Atlanta will stay closer than Philly did, and here again, home field gets it done.

    Atlanta 20-17

    As noted above, I have no idea what the Chicago Bears are doing at #2. The more I watch of these playoffs, the more I become convinced that the entire National Conference simply stinks on ice. I'm tempted to jump on the Seattle bandwagon here. As much as I hate the Packers, it would amuse me greatly to see Seattle and Green Bay take out Chicago and Atlanta, so that the 7-9 Slewhawks could host the NFC Championship Game . . .   but in real life, there's just no way. Away from the friendly confines, the 'Hawks are a different team -- although it's worth pointing out that Seattle did, in fact, spank the Bears in their own house earlier this season. I doubt that's worth much here, but one thing Seattle was able to do against N'awlins that surprised me was to pressure Drew Brees. If they can chase Cutler outside and make him throw on the run, he'll turn the ball over. More likely, Chicago will be able to run all over the 'Hawks and never put Cutler in compromising situations. On defense, do not expect the Bears to let Seattle's receivers get behind them as often as N'awlins did. The Bears just might be the weakest two seed I've ever seen. They can be had, but Seattle isn't the team to do it.

    Bears 27-10

    Well . . .   it's only been one day, and already all I'm hearing is how 45-3 was an aberration, and Rex Ryan and bold New Jersey are going to have something for the Pats come Sunday night.

    Just keep talking, boys.

    What we saw the last time New Jersey came to Foxboro (and the time before that) is what we will see again. Sanchez can't handle the big time. I know it. You know it. He knows it.

    I'm not even going to bother breaking this thing down.

    Where is mighty and his toaster?

    Patriots 38-13




     
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    [QUOTE]Happy New Year TEX. Pats win against the Jets again. Watching Jets vs Colts the thing that occurred to me is that neither team really belonged in the playoffs. But especially that the AFC South and West lag very far behind the North and East in overall talent. Steelers over Ravens at home. I know the birds looked good, but they were playing a JV team from a JV conference and they matchup better against a team like the Cheifs (all running and play action) than anyone else. The Steelers are, IMO, a better team. they have a better QB. Better overall defense. Better offense by a stretch. They are better coached.  Hot-Lanta over Green Bay. They are extremely well coached, and GB doesn't have the kind of shutdown corner that can adequately contend with White. Moreover, Lanta's running game will take the GB blitz out of it. GBs defense is filled with a lot of sub-package stars, like Clay Matthews, who are glorified third down specialists who get ragdolled against running teams.  Last week I said the Hawks would be much more competitive against the Saints. But then I watch the Saints all the time, and just like last year, and just like the Colts, they absolutely need home field to advance because their whole offense is designed around WRs getting open and giving their QB options, and both teams' defenses are best when playing ahead. But this week the Hawks will get slaughtered. they control zero matchups against the Chicago "D" and once an offense is completely stopped, no defense can hold out forever witness the pure attrition of the KC defense as their offense could move all day.  So ... Pats v Steelers in Gillette (too bad I would love to close Suggs' piehole) Chicago at Atlanta Pats vs Atlanta Superbowl.
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         I'd be more than satisfied with your scenario, my friend! Do you think that the 9 point spread is too high for the Pats to cover, assuming that they win?
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: PLAYOFF PICKS : Maybe TB has one of those "DVR" things...  I hear they're pretty good.
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         LOL!!!
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: PLAYOFF PICKS :      I'd be more than satisfied with your scenario, my friend! Do you think that the 9 point spread is too high for the Pats to cover, assuming that they win?
    Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]

    I gamble very conservatively -- I stay away from big NFL spreads because there is a lot of garbage time in this league, often times the score doesn't indicate the spread or actual dominance. I mean NE could be up 14 and allow a TD with 30 seconds to go, then kneel on it.

    That said, outside of a garbage time TD, I think they cover. 10 points? There is a ten point differential just between the QBs. Like I said last time they played. NE's defense is quirky, but it consistently generates turnovers. So does Mark Sanchez. Matches, meet gasoline. 
     
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    Did you catch the end of the Ravens/Chiefs game? There was a whole lot of limpin' going on. Plus, the Squeelers have had a whole week off AND it's a short week for the Ravens. Mendenhall does OK for the Squeelers, and the Pitts D can handle Rice. I just don't see the Ravens winning.

    I also kind of think that the Pack is sooo happy NOT to be playing the Bears again, that they'll take Atlanta for granted. Another short week and going into a dome where the home team and QB rarely lose. 

    I like the Bears defense against anything the Seahawks can muster, whose D has some injury issues. Could give Cutler that edge he may need.  

    I hope the JESTS! keep shooting their lips off. BB's the quiet one, and we won't see any Pats talking smack. They'll just do it on the field. I believe the word is: PROFESSIONALISM. For New Jersey, it ain't gonna be pretty, no matter how the Gotham media hacks try to paint it. Like the old Bums From Brooklyn, they'll be "Waitin' for next year!".

    Are there enough busses in the Gotham area for Rex The Hutt to grafitti up?
     
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    [QUOTE]The Ravens look tough Tex. At least your team will get 1 playoff win this year, unlike the past 2 seasons. agree on all accounts except the Pack. I'll take the dirty Birds led by Michael 'the burner' Turner.  (he was worth a 1st & 3rd back when discussed it)
    Posted by jbolted[/QUOTE]

    Hmmmm....... only 1 win this post season? Well, I guess that's 1.000% more than yoru Bolts will win this year, right?  I wonder what Uncle Norvie is doing right now? COunting his blessings he wasn't canned after a stellar effort this year? Still "not concerned" about how the Bolts were going to do this season?

    LMFAO!
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: PLAYOFF PICKS : Did you catch the end of the Ravens/Chiefs game? There was a whole lot of limpin' going on. Plus, the Squeelers have had a whole week off AND it's a short week for the Ravens. Mendenhall does OK for the Squeelers, and the Pitts D can handle Rice. I just don't see the Ravens winning.
     
    RESPONSE: I will be pulling for the Goths, because I hate the Buzzards. I respect the Steelers, and what their franchise has accomplished over the years. But, the Ravens are the better team...and Ray Rice is a threat, both as a runner and a receiver. He is the closest thing to Marshall Faulk going today.

    I also kind of think that the Pack is sooo happy NOT to be playing the Bears again, that they'll take Atlanta for granted. Another short week and going into a dome where the home team and QB rarely lose.

    RESPONSE: You really think that GB is going to take a 13-3 team lightly, that beat them in the regular season?

    I like the Bears defense against anything the Seahawks can muster, whose D has some injury issues. Could give Cutler that edge he may need.
     
    RESPONSE: The Bears aren't that good. Seattle will be a confident team, coming off their big win over the Saints. I  don't see the Seahawks winning, but I can envision them covering a 10 point spread.

    I hope the JESTS! keep shooting their lips off. BB's the quiet one, and we won't see any Pats talking smack. They'll just do it on the field. I believe the word is: PROFESSIONALISM.
     
    RESPONSE: You would think that the Jets have learned their lesson by now about popping off. Guess they'll need to be educated again...LOL!!

    For New Jersey, it ain't gonna be pretty, no matter how the Gotham media hacks try to paint it. Like the old Bums From Brooklyn, they'll be "Waitin' for next year!". Are there enough busses in the Gotham area for Rex The Hutt to grafitti up?

    RESPONSE: I hope that the Patriots realize that that 45-3 win means nothing now. This is a brand new game...and the Jets have enough talent to beat them. If the Pats are in top form, they'll win comfortably. If not...
         Should the Jets lose, and lose big, they'll be desperate. It wouldn't surprise me if they trade Sanchez, and offer Peyton Manning huge money to come aboard. The two #1 draft picks that they have to cough up will be low #1 selections...well worth parting with for a top flight QB.

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    Tex,

    I just don't think the Seahawks could cover a picnic table, let alone the spread this week. Their road wins were vs the Bears who had not hit their stride (poor OL work, resulting in 6 sacks and a safety), and against the Cards, who don't have anything resembling a pro QB on thier roster. PLEASE don't tell me you're not going to equate the Seahawks defense, at any time this season, with the Bears defense. PLEASE! he Bears rebounded from this game, as well as an early season loss to the Redskins to go on a good streak (7 in a row?) to seize their division. Seattle celebrated this win by going 4-7 the rest of the way, winning the division on the last day at 7-9. Because they were playing at how, I gave Seattle a good chance to win. That's over, and the clock's struck midnight. A Disney tool and die maker can't make that slipper fit any more this season.
    Their 6 road losses averaged, if I'm correct, in the area of 20 ppg. Not a good thing. They are not playing at home, so they WILL have their problems.

    Ain't gonna be pretty in Atlanta. They'll have a opuncher's chance,a s any NFL team does (well, MOST NFL teams), but it'll be a TKO after 3.
     
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         Rex continues to shoot off his mouth: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/2011/01/10/2011-01-10_first_peyton_manning_now_bill_belichick_rex_ryan_calls_round_three_with_patriots.html
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: PLAYOFF PICKS :      Bolt...you didn't answer my questions about your Bolts. What do you think about keeping Norv, the Vincent Jackson situation, and cutting ties with Merriman?      Incidently, you do realize that the Jets win over the Colts brings your lovables the Jets' second round pick instead of their third, via the Cromartie trade?
    Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE] Tex
    I knew about the 2 for Cro. I think your toughest game of the post season will be the AFCCG. If you win that, its #4 more then likely. I think keeping Norv is a mistake, but, there arent many options THIS off season. Jim Harbaugh would be intriging, No to the Chin, No to Chucky, No to McD. No to Shumur. I'd say yes to Lebeau if he wasnt so old. harbaugh coached at USD (not SDSU) 5 years ago and lit it up then. my biggest beef is with Spanos.  VJ is in his prime(just starting it), better sign or tag him.  Merriman is done, you hope.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: PLAYOFF PICKS : Tex I knew about the 2 for Cro. I think your toughest game of the post season will be the AFCCG. If you win that, its #4 more then likely. I think keeping Norv is a mistake, but, there arent many options THIS off season. Jim Harbaugh would be intriging, No to the Chin, No to Chucky, No to McD. No to Shumur. I'd say yes to Lebeau if he wasnt so old. harbaugh coached at USD (not SDSU) 5 years ago and lit it up then. my biggest beef is with Spanos.  VJ is in his prime(just starting it), better sign or tag him.  Merriman is done, you hope.
    Posted by jbolted[/QUOTE]

         JBolt...you do know that Jim Harbaugh took the 49ers' head coaching job? Why no to "The Chin"? It seems that the Chargers need a butt kicker. Aren't you sick and tired of those poor seasonal starts, and poor special teams' play? Sorry, but that's a reflection on Norv. 

         It looks like DC Ron Rivera will be getting the Carolina head coaching job. Who do the Bolts bring in to replace him?

         As for VJ, perhaps the Chargers should have traded him for the two second rounders, which Seattle was supposedly willing to offer? Contract issues seemed to serve as a distraction for the Bolts this past season. They need to either sign VJ, or trade him go before 2011 training camp.   
     
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    Re: PLAYOFF PICKS

    I’m quite pleased that all seven out of my seven top-ranked nfl teams have made the divisional round of the playoffs.  Yayyy system!  Then there’s that court jester to round things out.  With their two notably significant victories in the past two weeks, Seattle has thundered ahead of the Carolina Panthers in raw abilities if the season restarted tomorrow, not counting the 2011 draft of course.

    Here are my own all-numeric rankings and ratings, based on margins of victory with more weight for recent games.

    NFL rank / team / my rating, reduced to an NFL standard 8.00 average wins per season and with an average variance of 2.35 wins per season.

    1   ne   17.1   You may have noticed a statistical problem here.

    2   gb   13.3

    3   pit   12.8

    4   atl   11.7

    5   chi   11.0

    6   bal   10.8

    7   nyj   10.6

    30   sea   2.6   Yep.  Thirtieth out of 32 teams in the NFL!

    and my point spreads

    home/visitor/my points / the betting public / difference

    bal   pit    6.1   3.5   2.6

    gb   atl    0.7   2   -1.3

    sea   chi    15.6   10   5.6

    nyj   ne    12.7   8.5   4.2

    Game of the week:

    Sorry, but the Seattle game just sticks out more than the Gillette game.  Chicago to cruise big. 

    Note that I didn’t say a word about Seattle versus the point spread last week.  I left that one alone.  I wisely chose Green Bay last week, and I also noted the Jets (meh!) being even with the Colts (also meh!).  This is fun when you get them right, but a good day isn't a consistent trend.

    Minor pick:  New England to roll, above and beyond their point spread. 

    My numbers lean a little towards Pittsburgh but it's not that significant.

     
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    Re: PLAYOFF PICKS

    In Response to Re: PLAYOFF PICKS:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: PLAYOFF PICKS :      I'd be more than satisfied with your scenario, my friend! Do you think that the 9 point spread is too high for the Pats to cover, assuming that they win?
    Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]


    If you're into conspiracy theories Bill Leavy's crew is officiating the Game Sunday. I was looking for official stats but only found some notes on ESPN that his crew calls the fewest Defensive PI Penalties in the NFL. Combine that with the fact that the Jets corners are trained to hold on every play and the 9 point line could be in jeapordy.
    Also people might remember that Bill Leavy was the main man when Pittsburgh beat the Seahawks in the Superbowl. How's that for Black Helicopter material?
    Goodell played this one perfect. Like Roth setting up Pentangeli.
     

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