Don’t worry, I’m getting there, I’m getting there.
Let’s take it one game at a time, since in reality the weekend was just a big crescendo to one of the best plays you’ll ever see in playoff history. I would first like to point out, that I didn’t see any of this coming, and went 1 for 3 on my picks. To be fair, there were 4 QB’s who have made it to and/or won Super Bowls against QB’s with extremely little playoff experience, and somehow the New QB’s went 3-1 in this weekend’s matchups.
Falcons at Eagles:
Little bit of a weird game, didn’t really seem like either team could get much going. The Eagles defense looks legit though. I was also surprised at with how much Foles seemed to be struggling early, he ended up going a respectable 23-30. The Falcons had a shot, drove down 74 yards and had 4 plays from 1st and Goal. But it was painfully obvious who Ryan wanted to go to, throwing 3 of the 4 passes to Julio. It came down to the final play from the 2 yard line, but they couldn’t punch it in. Good ending to a defensive game.
It’s hard to believe we’re past Week 8 and already to the halfway point of the season. It’s been a fun ride so far, but playoff races are heating up. I’ll get to my halfway predictions soon, but let’s start with an exciting Week 8.
Last year it was the Colts who you couldn’t trust with a huge lead over, and this year the comeback kids seem to be the Detroit Lions. Last week against the Saints, they were down by 13 points with 5 minutes left and came back to win. On Sunday across the pond, the Brits got to see an awesome comeback after going down 21-0, and finally winning it on a goofy last minute field goal. I think that’s the first time I’ve seen a kicker miss a kick, but the offense got penalized (which couldn’t be declined since they blew the whistle), and got a chance to re-kick and make it to win the game.
Sunday the Cardinals went from a team that was under the radar, and perhaps lucked into getting to 5-1, to a team that is legitimate and can play with the big boys. On the outside, the 75 yard pass with just over a minute left seems like luck. But when you hear the breakdown of the play, how Palmer changed only one route after seeing the defense, and the route John Brown ran, it was absolutely genius. The Cards are now 2 full games ahead of both the 49ers and Seahawks, in a division that is widely considered the toughest in the NFL.
How does the Colts defense shut out the Bengals in Week 7, but give up 51 points to the Steelers on Sunday? Feel bad for Andrew Luck on that game, 34 points wins in this league 95% of the time.
For the second straight week, FMQB has turned into Saturday Morning Quarterback. Sorry for that, but had another weird holiday week. To make it up to readers, I have decided to “live tweet” (if you will, but not on Twitter) during both NFC matchups! Like me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fmquarterback to see my thoughts live in action. I talk a big talk, here’s your chance to see if my strategies and predictions are actually true!
We’ve made it to the home stretch. 11 games remain before we find the ultimate champion. But before we talk about the beauty of the NFL playoffs, let’s take a look at an amazing Week 17 and how we got to where we are.
A Surprising Fight
Before Sunday, yours truly was wondering if NBC was regretting throwing in the Dallas vs Philly game before finding out that Tony Romo was out for the year. But I was pleasantly surprised at the fight the Cowboys put up. It was a back and forth affair, with Dallas scoring in the 4th and missing a 2 point conversion. But they got the ball back with time left, and I really thought Kyle Orton was going to pull it off. Of course he threw an interception on the first play which makes you feel bad for the guy, but very exciting game in the end. Cowboys need to figure out a way to make it over the hump, it’s been 3 straight years with a “Win and In” game the final game of the year, and they are 0-3 in those games. Continue Reading