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  1. Quote Originally Posted by natedogg
    That's if they can even make it past Pittsburgh next week.
    Hmmm. Colts rested... Steelers not... indoors... at home... How many Probowl players? How many from DEFENSE? Where's the 'IF' again?


  2. Pittsburgh outplayed the Bengals plain and simple. What, you didn't think Pittsburgh wouldn't score against a weak ass D that gives up on average as many as they gave up tonight. And that wasn't a dirty play. C'mon now. I would go on, but I'm tired. That was a no doubter in my opinion. Next weekend I give the edge to the Colts obviously, but don't count out the Steelers.
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by sandinsciuz
    As has been typical of the past few years, people continue to underestimate the Patriots in the post season. Beating the Jags tonight, the Patriots captured another record of 10 consecutive playoff wins, having surpassed the former record of 9 held by Lombardi and the Packers almost 50 years ago. Quite an accomplishment, add yet another to Belichick's and Brady's lists.

    People critical of the Patriots this year who point to their inconsistent play on defense earlier in the season seem to conveniently ignore that at points in time they've played without Seymour, Warren, McGinest, Bruschi, Harrison and have fielded defensive corners and safeties on almost a revolving door basis due to injuries, including free agency pickups fresh off the street.

    Even on offense, Logan Mankins a rookie at left guard, Nick Kaczur a rookie at left tackle to replace the injured Matt Light, and Ross Hochstein has replaced Dan Koppen at center. In the backfield, Corey Dillon has had 2 significant leg injuries, Kevin Faulk has missed games with a foot injury and Patrick Pass has had a hamstring injury. At that time, they acquired both Heath Evans and Amos Zereuoe, both fresh off the street. Daniel Graham at TE has also missed several games, as has Deion Branch, Troy Brown, Bethel Johnson..... and on and on.

    Yet in spite of that, and notwithstanding having the good fortune of being in the AFC east this year with other struggling teams, they're in the playoffs.

    They are now fielding consistent, reasonably healthy personnel each week (although Dillon didn't actually start last night, and doesn't appear to be 100%). They've adjusted to having lost both Romeo Crennel (D Coordinator) and Charlie Weiss (O Coordinator). And the guys who were rookies, or who were new to the team have acquired experience and have adjusted. Ellis Hobbs and Asante Samuel weren't just able to keep their heads above water tonight, they looked impressive at times: Samuel returning an interception for a TD, and both making big play hits. And Rosy Colvin has finally rebounded 100% from his broken hip injury at OLB and is back to his dominating ways.

    The Offense has consistently demonstrated an ability to score 20-30 points on anybody they play. But now, the defense isn't just playing better, they are dominating the teams they play. And it's been building for about 5-6 weeks now (forget about the Miami game, the starters rested, and that was their bye week)..... really, since the second half of the KC game. And yeah, they lost to KC, but they pretty much shut them down in the 2nd half and mounted a pretty decent comeback.

    One thing you WON'T hear about after tonight's 28-3 route of the Jags, but is probably the best news of all, is that you DIDN'T hear anything negative about the play of either LB Chad Brown or Monty Beisel. They seemlessly transitioned in and out of schemes, and the impact of Bruschi NOT playing wasn't even a topic of discussion during the game. Beisel and Brown, both 1st year players on the team have adjusted to being Patriots, which was not the case early on in the season when teams ran right through them.

    The Patriots are peaking at the right time. The Colts haven't played together in a meaningful game since their loss to the Chargers. I don't think it will happen, but I'd love to see the Bengals beat the Steelers and have the Patriots go play the Colts right away next weekend.

    Either way, neither the Colts nor the Broncos will be facing the same depleted beat up junior varsity version of the Patriots they faced in November. I believe the Patriots have now rebounded to the point where they can play competetively against anyone in the league. It's a great time, AGAIN, to be a Patriots Fan

    I don't want hear you crying when the Pats get destroyed in Denver. Just accept it like a man.

  4. As a Giants fan, I was embarrased watching that game. Eli was the worst I've ever seen him.

    New predictions:
    Indy over Steelers
    Patriots over Broncos
    Bears over Redskins
    Seahawks over Carolina

    The only possible upset is Broncos beating Patriots.

  5. yea, my hawks will win next week but they dont play carolina. they play the skins.
    Im sticking with my preseason prediction of hawks-steelers superbowl. for next weekend:

    hawks 31
    skins 17

    others game dont matter
    Sage

  6. My bad.

    My predictions still remain the same.

  7. Quote Originally Posted by sage
    yea, my hawks will win next week but they dont play carolina. they play the skins.
    Im sticking with my preseason prediction of hawks-steelers superbowl. for next weekend:

    hawks 31
    skins 17

    others game dont matter
    Sage
    31 points on the 'Skins defense.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by LCSULLA
    31 points on the 'Skins defense.
    absolutely.
    Sage

  9. I'm going out on a limb here (not really), but I'm picking all home teams this weekend.

    Colts over Steelers
    Broncos over Pats
    Seahawks over Redskins
    Bears over Panthers

  10. Quote Originally Posted by LCSULLA
    31 points on the 'Skins defense.
    The only reason the skins held tampa at bay is because of consitancy. Tampa has had a problem all year with scoring. I think they only went into the 30's like 2 times and there average was only around 18 or so. They got 10 which is expected. Washing is going to get totally mutilated, as my boys the "seapigeons" are going to romp that ass. Sure Cadillac is good, but is no comparison to SA. Sure Chris Simms is good, well actually not, he cant hold a match to Matts ass. The skins will be embarressd here next weekend and I see a Colts vs hawks SB with the hawks pulling out a win!!!
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  11. Quote Originally Posted by revodrew
    The only reason the skins held tampa at bay is because of consitancy. Tampa has had a problem all year with scoring. I think they only went into the 30's like 2 times and there average was only around 18 or so. They got 10 which is expected. Washing is going to get totally mutilated, as my boys the "seapigeons" are going to romp that ass. Sure Cadillac is good, but is no comparison to SA. Sure Chris Simms is good, well actually not, he cant hold a match to Matts ass. The skins will be embarressd here next weekend and I see a Colts vs hawks SB with the hawks pulling out a win!!!
    Didn't we beat you guys once? If Joe can get that pathetic offense to acutally do a few things then it will be a game.

  12. Quote Originally Posted by LCSULLA
    Didn't we beat you guys once? If Joe can get that pathetic offense to acutally do a few things then it will be a game.
    Any one can get lucky once, to win twice, that will actually take some talent and skill. Which, your team has neither!!!

  13. the way brunell is playing right now skins are going nowhere. only if the seahawks hurt themselves they will lose. could happen though, it happened before...

  14. Quote Originally Posted by Bean
    Yeah and the Patriots are totally back by beating wounded teams I'm sure I'll get some 10 paragraph long essay about why Belichik is god that I won't bother reading Dillon had how many yards against the Jags? How many times was Brady sacked? How many fumbled balls by the Pats? They barely won. IF they play like that against Denver or Indy they will be destroyed.

    Anyone upset about the Pittsburgh game? I was VERY angry with how Carson Palmer was injured on his second snap. Judging by the pregame antics; I wouldnt put it past the Steelers and their notoriety of almost doing it on purpose. I saw MANY plays that showed some dirty, on-the-verge-of-cheating antics... weird thing is, Cincy got called for doing some of the same things and Pittsburgh did not.

    Oh well. I called the game the way I thought it would be won, even though I wanted Cincy to win. I just feel cheated that it was done by injuring Palmer and Pittsburgh not being called for a few pass interference, holding, and that one play where Chad Johnson clearly had the ball but then had it clearly stripped out to go out of bounds (and they ruled it an incompletion)

    You seem to have an odd and rather biased slant on the games......

    The Pats "barely won"? What game were you watching, Bean? 28-3 is close in your mind? While the first half was slow, the Jags were never in a position of controlling that game at all.

    The Patriots have now routed 2 lower calibur playoff teams, the Jags and the Bucs. It remains to be seen if they have rebounded and developed far enough to beat the better AFC teams like the Broncos or the Colts, but given their injury recoveries and recent level of play, most objective guys think those games will be interesting and unlike the lopsided regular season games.

    As to how many yards Cory Dillon had against the Jags...... did he start the game? Nope. Hopefully he'll get healthy soon, but he hasn't been healthy since early in the season. The Patriots are going to need him from here on out, and hopefully his health and performance will improve. No question though it hasn't happened yet this year.

    Insofar as Palmer's injury goes, anyone paying attention to the replays saw the Steelers tackle was pushed to the ground while being blocked, and fell on Palmer's leg entirely beyond his own control or direction. His reaction was clearly one of regret, not a Romo type of ha-ha, gotcha anyway I could. I'm sure he'd relish getting a good clean lick on Palmer or any quarterback any day of the week, but being pushed to the ground by your opponent and accidently falling on someone's knee to end their season is nothing any self respecting player would be proud of.

  15. Quote Originally Posted by hannainnc
    wow...I cant believe nearly everyone predicted Giants over Carolina.

    Eli choked, Carolina defense held Barber at bay.

    Carolina and Seahawks will meet up for the NFC championship.
    Eli threw the interceptions true enough, but Carolina simply dominated the Giants at the line of scrimmage, both sides of the ball. Had those interceptions gone as incompletions, Carolina still would have won the game handily, they simply were the stronger team. They took the Giant's game away from them on defense and were able to execute their own offense against them.

    If they play their remaining NFC games the way they did yesterday, they will go to the Superbowl and may even win it. They looked that good.

  16. Quote Originally Posted by revodrew
    Any one can get lucky once, to win twice, that will actually take some talent and skill. Which, your team has neither!!!
    I guess its just luck that we're 6-0 right now and going into the second round of the playoffs. And the Seahawks will choke, as they always do. Every year since Holmgren became the coach they have predicted a Superbowl birth, but has happened? NOOOOOOOOOO! Why the Seahawks always look better, because of weak opponents, then they really are.
    Is the 'Skins offense sucking right now? Yes, but this is JOE GIBBS. He will turn it around!

  17. Quote Originally Posted by natedogg
    I'm going out on a limb here (not really), but I'm picking all home teams this weekend.

    Colts over Steelers
    Broncos over Pats
    Seahawks over Redskins
    Bears over Panthers
    Yup, I am picking all home teams this time as well except for Carolina and the Bears.

    Though, I am now thinking the Seahawks won't be able to beat Carolina. Seattle had the easiest schedule of ANY team in the NFL this year.... Carolina IS inconsistent; so it depends on if they actually show up. But I don't think the Seahawks can beat Carolina; not after how the NYG would have beaten the Seahawks but for 3 missed field goals for the win.

  18. Go Bears. Get busy. Bust ass. Get your groove on. Win that bitch


  19. Quote Originally Posted by sandinsciuz
    Eli threw the interceptions true enough, but Carolina simply dominated the Giants at the line of scrimmage, both sides of the ball. Had those interceptions gone as incompletions, Carolina still would have won the game handily, they simply were the stronger team. They took the Giant's game away from them on defense and were able to execute their own offense against them.

    If they play their remaining NFC games the way they did yesterday, they will go to the Superbowl and may even win it. They looked that good.
    Yeah. Carolina all the way.

    I'm going to get an ulcer watching this week.

  20. Quote Originally Posted by hannainnc
    ...........I'm going to get an ulcer watching this week.
    Hanna...... Uh-uh. No-no-no-no-NO!

    First of all, you may need upwards of several beers or glasses of wine to calm your nerves on game days (choice optional). And you don't want to deplete yourself, so keep calories high by eating frequently throughout BOTH game days.

    Also, you don't want to overtax yourself, so ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO projects "around the house" whatsoever on Saturday and Sunday. Even minor cleaning, laundry or ironing are just too much for the CNS at this critical time on the calendar. A spouse or significant other is just going to have to be patient and provide you with an extension to complete your various and sundry "honey-do" task list.

    And if your team should lose at any time during the playoffs, you will still require the same PST (post season therapy) right through the super bowl, as it can take WEEKS for even the most highly conditioned fan to get their life back in order. The devastation and deep despair that come after a team loss during the playoffs are more than any human being can or should have to bear in this life.


  21. Quote Originally Posted by sandinsciuz
    You seem to have an odd and rather biased slant on the games......

    The Pats "barely won"? What game were you watching, Bean? 28-3 is close in your mind? While the first half was slow, the Jags were never in a position of controlling that game at all.

    The Patriots have now routed 2 lower calibur playoff teams, the Jags and the Bucs. It remains to be seen if they have rebounded and developed far enough to beat the better AFC teams like the Broncos or the Colts, but given their injury recoveries and recent level of play, most objective guys think those games will be interesting and unlike the lopsided regular season games.

    As to how many yards Cory Dillon had against the Jags...... did he start the game? Nope. Hopefully he'll get healthy soon, but he hasn't been healthy since early in the season. The Patriots are going to need him from here on out, and hopefully his health and performance will improve. No question though it hasn't happened yet this year.

    Insofar as Palmer's injury goes, anyone paying attention to the replays saw the Steelers tackle was pushed to the ground while being blocked, and fell on Palmer's leg entirely beyond his own control or direction. His reaction was clearly one of regret, not a Romo type of ha-ha, gotcha anyway I could. I'm sure he'd relish getting a good clean lick on Palmer or any quarterback any day of the week, but being pushed to the ground by your opponent and accidently falling on someone's knee to end their season is nothing any self respecting player would be proud of.
    Two of those fumble recoveries that the Pats made were VERY close to being touchdown runbacks; that would have taken away 1 scoring drive at least. Thats a BIG difference. Like I said, they got lucky. They played horribly against a rusty and wounded Jags and won... but not nearly by the margin they should have if they were as great as you say they are. You think they are going to beat the Colts in the RCA Dome when they only mustered 300ish total yards against the Jags?!?!? ROFL

    The Jags and the Bucs are BARELY playoff teams. Because of their play earlier in the year or by luck in their inconsistency...

    I think the Chargers and Chiefs are both better than the Jags and the Bucs; but they didnt make it; which I'm starting to believe was coaching related. Hopefully San Diego fires Schottenheimer; he's botched it so many times I've lost count.

  22. Quote Originally Posted by sandinsciuz
    Hanna...... Uh-uh. No-no-no-no-NO!

    First of all, you may need upwards of several beers or glasses of wine to calm your nerves on game days (choice optional). And you don't want to deplete yourself, so keep calories high by eating frequently throughout BOTH game days.

    Also, you don't want to overtax yourself, so ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO projects "around the house" whatsoever on Saturday and Sunday. Even minor cleaning, laundry or ironing are just too much for the CNS at this critical time on the calendar. A spouse or significant other is just going to have to be patient and provide you with an extension to complete your various and sundry "honey-do" task list.

    And if your team should lose at any time during the playoffs, you will still require the same PST (post season therapy) right through the super bowl, as it can take WEEKS for even the most highly conditioned fan to get their life back in order. The devastation and deep despair that come after a team loss during the playoffs are more than any human being can or should have to bear in this life.

    I am printing these words of wisdom and posting them on the refrigerator. I shall follow your Post Season Therapy recommendation and offer up my review thereafter. Thank you!

  23. Quote Originally Posted by natedogg
    That's if they can even make it past Pittsburgh next week.
    the Colts are going to roll the Steelers the way cheech & chong roll joints. Colts 38 Steelers 16.

  24. Quote Originally Posted by hannainnc
    Yeah. Carolina all the way.

    I'm going to get an ulcer watching this week.
    They'll win this week but fall next week

  25. Quote Originally Posted by sage
    shoot, if my hawks win the title after decades of dismal play, i might just buy everyone here a cycle. ha!
    Sage
    I'll be the first to collect if that happens. Test E & Tren E please

  26. Quote Originally Posted by Bean
    Two of those fumble recoveries that the Pats made were VERY close to being touchdown runbacks; that would have taken away 1 scoring drive at least. Thats a BIG difference. Like I said, they got lucky. They played horribly against a rusty and wounded Jags and won... but not nearly by the margin they should have if they were as great as you say they are. You think they are going to beat the Colts in the RCA Dome when they only mustered 300ish total yards against the Jags?!?!? ROFL

    The Jags and the Bucs are BARELY playoff teams. Because of their play earlier in the year or by luck in their inconsistency...
    ..........
    Evidently you aren't capable of being objective when it comes to the Patriots. They're not your team, and that's fine, but it's impossible to have a rational conversation with someone as biased as you demonstrate through your posts.

    The Bucs and Jags made the playoffs, even if they aren't top teams, period. The Patriots routed both, by 3+ touchdowns. You call that playing "horribly"?

    And regardless of how a fumble bounces, which is in fact part of the luck of the game, neither the Jags or the Bucs were EVER able to control the flow of their games against the Patriots. It was men against boys both games, and the score reflects that.

    All this "proves" is that the Patriots have improved over their status earlier in the season when they went W-L-W-L. They're healthy again, fielding consistent personnel, and that's showing up in their results.

    Whether they will beat the Broncos this week remains to be seen. But most guys who are objective about it agree it should be a much closer competition as many of the Patriots starters are healthy again, whereas earlier they weren't. And the Patriots have the record to demonstrate they play well in the post season. The Patriots have also demonstrated a knack for developing and executing a game plan against teams with equal or even superior personnel (SB XXXVI) that neuturalize their opponents advantages and create opportunities for them to make enough plays to have more points on the board as the final seconds tick off the clock. And that's just how it's gone Bean.

    NOBODY would have imagined the Colts in last year's AFC championship game, could not score one touchdown, after watching them utterly torch the Broncos the week before. The Patriots could have beaten the Colts with 150 total yards on offense that game and only 1 touchdown. Oh, I'm sorry, I'm forgetting it was the WEATHER, that kept Peyton Manning from being able to throw a touchdown pass, or Edgerrin James from being able to run the ball........... that's right. ALL because of the weather.

    2 consecutive Super Bowls, and 3 out of the last 4 years, all just sheer luck, eh Bean?


  27. Two of those fumble recoveries that the Pats made were VERY close to being touchdown runbacks; that would have taken away 1 scoring drive at least. Thats a BIG difference. Like I said, they got lucky. They played horribly against a rusty and wounded Jags and won... but not nearly by the margin they should have if they were as great as you say they are. You think they are going to beat the Colts in the RCA Dome when they only mustered 300ish total yards against the Jags?!?!? ROFL
    The last game the broncos won by 8 points and the pats were pretty beat up at that point. Starks will not be playing this time either.

  28. Whether they will beat the Broncos this week remains to be seen. But most guys who are objective about it agree it should be a much closer competition as many of the Patriots starters are healthy again, whereas earlier they weren't. And the Patriots have the record to demonstrate they play well in the post season. The Patriots have also demonstrated a knack for developing and executing a game plan against teams with equal or even superior personnel (SB XXXVI) that neuturalize their opponents advantages and create opportunities for them to make enough plays to have more points on the board as the final seconds tick off the clock.
    Denver is a tough place to play but the patriots have improved allot. The running game and secondary still worries me.It's probably going to be a close game that is decided by a touch down or a field goal.

  29. Denver isn't just a tough place to play, they have the best home record of any team over the last 35 years.

    The only hope the Pats have is to shut down our running game, and that isn't going to happen. The Pats will be lucky to be within 3 touchdowns by the end of this game. The Pats have no running game so that means they are going to have to pass and guess what, that means going up against All-Pro Champ Bailey. They lose that matchup. Plus we've got Darrent Williams coming back, so our defensive backfield is going to shut down anything the Pats try to do. On defense, the Pats have nothing to stop either Tatum Bell or Mike Anderson and god help them try to contain Rod Smith. This is a blowout in the making.

  30. Sure, but Denver does not have the intangibles the Pats do or at least not to the extent the Pats do. Heart, desire, teamwork, determination, a winning attitude; those are things they have built up over the past several years where they have won 3 out of the past 4 super bowl's. I'm giving Denver the edge, but do not EVER count the Pats out. I'm expecting a good game and an all out effort on the part of the Patriots.
  

  
 

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