More News For This Weekends Wildcard Games

Published on January 2, 2009 by     Seahawk Fanatic

In what has to rate as an all-time oddity, the teams holding home-field advantage on wild-card weekend do not compare favourably to the club visiting.

In plain speak: the visitors are a bit better than the guys hosting. Some (hello Atlanta) are quite a bit better.

The experts tend to agree, and just to give you an idea how much they trumpet the road favourites: CBSSportsline.com’s crew (there are five of them) is projecting, at a rate of 85 per cent, that the visitors will triumph; ESPN’s gang (seven experts) supports 82 per cent of the visiting clubs.

As pointed out earlier this week, this is a bizarre circumstance — only four road playoff teams in total have been favourites since 2001.

SATURDAY

NFC

Atlanta Falcons (11-5) at Arizona Cardinals (9-7) (+2.5) — Not only is Falcons pivot Matt Ryan a favourite for rookie-of-the-year honours, pencil him in as a potential league MVP, too. Ryan isn’t the only aspect worthy of our admiration on the Falcons. The young star is surrounded by quality — from an underrated defence that allowed 100 points less this season than the Cardinals, to a dominating run attack led by former LaDainian Tomlinson understudy Michael Turner. The Falcons are susceptible against the run, but considering Arizona’s jellied rushing attack, that shouldn’t be a problem here. The Cards hobbled down the stretch — they finished on a 2-4 stumble — and most concerning must be the fading play of Kurt Warner. Once considered an MVP threat, Warner’s looked fatigued and ineffective. The Falcons won their final three to cement their positioning, and the NFL’s most-improved club (with Miami) wins again in round one. Take Atlanta.

AFC

Indianapolis Colts (12-4) at San Diego Chargers (8-8) (+1) — You can hiss and toss shame toward the AFC West champs all you want, but know this — the Chargers busted their tails getting the besmirched pennant. Once considered deader than Corey Feldman’s career (any of you seen Lost Boys: The Tribe?), San Diego captured its final four to get in. The Chargers’ strength, once faded, is back. San Diego’s fluid offence put up 93 points in its last two games. Heading in as a ‘dome’ team, Indianapolis won’t have to be worried about wintry weather. Plus, the Colts have already been in San Diego this year … and won. Indy capped off a nine-game win streak with a pasting of AFC South champion Tennessee last Sunday. Peyton Manning’s in fine form and the Colts’ D is a heck of a lot better than San Diego’s. Take Indianapolis.

SUNDAY

NFC

Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1) at Minnesota Vikings (10-6) (+3) — If momentum counts heading into the playoffs, count on the Eagles to run up a huge score and register a dominating win here. Philly’s won four of its last five games and none bigger than the 44-6 guzzling of the Cowboys in that must-win match last weekend. Donovan McNabb has gone from trade-bait to Pro Bowl calibre during the Eagles’ run. The Vikings’ run game is terrific, but the pass game is inconsistent. Defensively, even if run-stuffer Pat Williams (broken shoulder) plays, you wonder about his effectiveness. Take Philadelphia.

AFC

Baltimore Ravens (11-5) at Miami Dolphins (11-5) (+3) — Probably the closest to call of this weekend’s four games. The Dolphins remarkable turnaround after a 1-15 season is a credit to Bill Parcells, a rejuvenated Chad Pennington, a two-pronged, dangerous run game, and a recharged Joey Porter and his 17.5 sacks. It’s a nice story — nice they made the playoffs and nice for the above-mentioned individuals. There’s not a lot of nice in Baltimore. The nastiest, toughest team in the NFL again sports a voracious defence, but what’s changed is the Ravens now have a capable offence led by University of Delaware first-rounder Joe Flacco. Experience in big games favours the Ravens. Take Baltimore.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

141214-thomas-660

Seahawks use second-half adjustments to dispatch 49ers

After trailing at the half, the Seahawks came out determined to alter their fate and did just that ...
141208chancellor660

Pete Carroll on the Seahawks’ defense: ‘It’s the guys playing it’

After the statement made by the Seahawks’ defense in Sunday’s suffocating performance against what had been a prolific ...
141203hawkville660

Seahawks take ‘Honors R Us’ approach when it comes to awards

Just as Kam Chancellor did after being named NFC Defensive Player of the Week following the Seahawks’ victory ...
10Szvx.AuSt.5

Pete Carroll’s relationship with Seahawks owner Paul Allen “really couldn’t be better”

Pete Carroll apparently doesn’t have the same “recessive gene” Jim Harbaugh has. You may have heard about 49ers chief ...
123456

Seahawks’ defense more dominant the last two games than it was last season

Suddenly, the Seattle Seahawks have gone from meandering to monstrous again. So what’s changed? How has a defense that ...
141128lynch600

Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson have Seahawks’ offense running in the right direction

On a night when the Seahawks’ defense was the big story in a 19-3 victory over the San ...
141124wagner660

Bobby Wagner goes from not playing for five games to playing all but one play vs Cardinals

After missing five games with a toe injury, Bobby Wagner was back at middle linebacker for Sunday’s win ...
141125-nfcwest-660

Know Your Enemy: NFC West Update on 49ers, Rams, Cardinals

Seattle's Week 12 win over the Arizona Cardinals should make for a more interesting stretch-run in the hyper-competitive ...

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

lat-noise-wre0011368363-20130915

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz