• December 9, 2022

The NFC and AFC Championship Games

RodgersvsWilson1I hope the today’s games will be good ones, but I don’t see the Packers hanging close to the Seahawks.  I would have loved to have seen a totally healthy Aaron Rodgers against the Seahawks defense.  He might have been able to take his game to such a high level that he might have been able to carry the Packers to a victory.  He’s not healthy and I don’t see any way they’re going to be able to beat Seattle.

It’s going to be very windy in Seattle and there’s a 82% chance of rain.

If Eddie Lacy and the Packers are able to run the ball effectively, it will take the pressure off of Rodgers, but I don’t think they’ll be able to run the ball against the Seahawks.  Perhaps the Packers will try to throw the football on first down, but the bad weather will make that very dangerous.

Seattle will jam Packer receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb to delay their releases, so it gives their pass rush time to get to Rodgers.  The Pack must figure a way for Rodgers to get the football out of his hands.

Turnovers could doom the Packers, if they try to do too much through the air.  Even with Rodgers pinpoint throws, the conditions will take the deep passing attack out of the game plan.

The Seahawks are likely to pound the football with Marshawn Lynch and let Russell Wilson throw short.  Lynch allows the Seahawks to enforce their will on the opposing defense.  Once he takes over the game with a few bruising runs, it seems to take the heart out of the other team.  Pairing that with a defense imposes it’s will on the other offense with physical play against both the run and the pass, usually causes the other team to break.  We saw the Eagles

Wilson will use bootlegs and the read option to move the Seattle attack, as the Packers stack the box to stop Lynch.  Wilson is a very good decision-maker, who takes care of the football and he has great confidence in the “Legend of Boom” defense.  The third-year signal caller will take few chances and look for his defense to force a turnover to put the offense in great field position.

I see a low scoring game with Seattle coming out on top – 20-6.

LuckvsBrady1In the other game, I think the Patriots will beat the Colts, but I did see an Indianapolis defense against the Broncos, which is playing at a level that they never played at previously.  Still, Brady isn’t likely to miss the open receivers that Manning missed last week.  New England also has the ability to run the football.

Andrew Luck will need to take his game to another level for the Colts to win.  Colts number one wide receiver T.Y. Hilton will need to have a big game, but he’ll be shadowed by Darrelle Revis or double-teamed all day long.  You can believe that Bill Belichick will make it a point to take away Hilton and force some of the other Indianapolis weapons to beat them.

Luck will be under pressure to not turn the ball over while passing the football against a secondary, which is capable of making plays in big games.  Luck is a great young quarterback, but I don’t know if he’s mature enough to carry this football team against one of the best New England defenses since their championship years.

I see the Patriots defense tackling the football when Daniel “Boom” Herron carries it because he had some fumbling problems earlier in the playoffs.  An experienced team like New England knows that mistakes will decide these games.

I could see this being a close game because Luck is a special talent and he can make throws that only a few quarterbacks in the league can make.  They’ll be times when the defense can be right because of his pinpoint accuracy.  Still I don’t think Indy has enough weapons or a defense good enough to beat them.

I’ve got the Patriots heading to the Super Bowl again after a 31-20 victory over the Colts.

That’s my predictions, now what do you think.

GCOBB

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paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 3:00 pm

Seahawks big in a blowout 33-20
A 100% healthy & mobile Rodgers and the Packers
Would have a chance, but he may not finish this game today

Patriots over the scrappy & never quit Colts
26-17 in a lower, tougher Defense on both sides
Than expected..

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 3:05 pm

On a side note-
Does anyone ever envision the Linc and Eagles
fans creating a sustained noise and energy
Level that Seattle’s 12th Man provides them?
I don’t, the Eagle Fans are too cynical to sustain over a longer period of time and the open air that surrounds the Linc
Just simply Does not hold in the crowd noise very well
In fact, it’s one of the poorest designed stadiums in the NFL,
In terms of keeping crowd noise reverberating
Throughout in my opinion..

koolbreeze
koolbreeze
January 18, 2015 3:08 pm

Seattle in a blow out and a upset in New England…Andrew Luck beats New England with a final drive in the last two minutes of the game

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
January 18, 2015 3:17 pm

Richard Sherman is no Bradley Fletcher or Cary Williams!

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
January 18, 2015 3:16 pm

Poor decision by Rodgers.

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 3:21 pm
Reply to  IrishEagle

Not a poor decision, simply a poor throw,
He need to get it up towards the corner
Where Adams had a step, not to the inside and not
Short where Sherman will naked you pay every time

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
January 18, 2015 3:19 pm

It is nice to see first round picks not only playing…but making plays. Ha Ha !

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
January 18, 2015 3:24 pm

Who would have thought there would be two INTs on the first two drives.

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 3:27 pm

Watching Free Agents
Packers – WR R Cobb, CB S Shields CB D House

Seahawks – CB Maxwell, Guard J Carpenter
OLB O Schofield & WR D Baldwin

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
January 18, 2015 3:29 pm

Thanks Paul – Give me a full report by the end of business. lol

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
January 18, 2015 3:31 pm

MISTAKES……

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
January 18, 2015 3:31 pm

TURNOVERS KILL!!!

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 3:35 pm

Packers came to Play..
Not intimidated 1 iota by the Hawks…
Rodgers has to hit Nelson there who was
Open in the End-Zone
2 missed great opportunities for the Packers
Who should Be up 10-14 Points so far..

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
January 18, 2015 3:37 pm

The Seahawks better get something going on this drive.

That’s two bad passes by Rodgers that cost points.

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
January 18, 2015 3:38 pm

looking at Seattle defense…I admire them. I know Billy Davis will be back fwith Eagles. I wonder if Late Nate Allen and Bradley Fletcher will be.

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
January 18, 2015 3:40 pm

GB rushing four and getting to Wilson.

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 3:41 pm

Shaky Start by QB Russell Wilson who appears unsettled in the pocket showing happy feet thus far…

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 3:46 pm

My man Packers WR DaVante Adams knocking Kam Chancellor
On his ass with a nice Block
Eagles missed out on Adams…

tsjohnson5
tsjohnson5
January 18, 2015 3:49 pm

Seattle’s defense has got to be 38 hot.

Like damn…we doing our job. How about you?

tsjohnson5
tsjohnson5
January 18, 2015 3:50 pm

And has Peppers found the fountain of youth?

What’s he sipping on?

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 3:52 pm
Reply to  tsjohnson5

It must be that Cheese up in Wisconsin

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 3:50 pm

All-World Safety Earl Thomas loses WR R Cobb
In this end-zone, terrible field awareness by Thomas
See even the great ones make poor plays and get burned
On occasion…

haveacigar
haveacigar
January 18, 2015 3:50 pm

Will be interesting now to see if Wilson and the Seattle O can get into shoutout mode …that is not his/their strength…

CT
CT
January 18, 2015 3:52 pm

Why does this not surprise me? This is the first ELITE QB Seattle has faced in months. Lmao. This isn’t Colin Kaep, Sanchez, or Lindley Seattle.

tsjohnson5
tsjohnson5
January 18, 2015 3:54 pm
Reply to  CT

Oh please.

Seattle has beat the breaks off of elite QBs plenty before. This game isn’t about what Rodges is doing, it’s about what Wilson and the offense aren’t doing.

haveacigar
haveacigar
January 18, 2015 4:05 pm
Reply to  tsjohnson5

Actually ts Seattle hasn’t really faced many top flight QBs this year. Romo beat them, they beat Rodgers and the pack but really… Beat a bunch of scrubs..
Down 16-0, this is out of their element…
I predict they will make a charge but too little too late

haveacigar
haveacigar
January 18, 2015 4:06 pm
Reply to  haveacigar

Beat both mannings, lost to rivers… But in the 7 game win streak they have going it’s a bunch of scrubs

tsjohnson5
tsjohnson5
January 18, 2015 4:08 pm
Reply to  haveacigar

Once again. Silly argument for a team that has shown consistently they can take on top tier QBs and win.

They aren’t even playing badly this game, holding Rodgers to field goals and picking him off considering how much they’ve been on the field.

That’s just a lazy argument to make that has no basis in fact.

haveacigar
haveacigar
January 18, 2015 4:14 pm
Reply to  tsjohnson5

Seattle is a great team… They play the team regardless of who the qb is…the same as all teams… So the argument can be made for any of them…

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
January 18, 2015 3:53 pm

Kam Chancellor’s speed is getting tested a little in the middle by Adams and the TE Rodgers. If Kam don’t take that TE’s head off it might be a long day for Kam.

tsjohnson5
tsjohnson5
January 18, 2015 3:55 pm
Reply to  IrishEagle

Speed has always been an issue for Chancellor. You can burn him. But more opften than not he’s in the right position to get you before that’s an issue.

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 3:54 pm

Let’s see how Russell Wilson handles this adversity
Ton of time, but he may actually have to Win
This game… Is he up for the challenge..

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 3:56 pm

Another dangerous pass by R Wilson
Needed to be more outside towards sideline
Packers Score Here and Beast Mode is minimized

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 4:02 pm

Safety’s Earl Thomas & Kam Chancellor are playing terrible so far,
They look a step slow, indecisive and have been
Knocked around in my opinion

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 4:07 pm

Conservative Play Calm on the Packers
On that 3rd & 3
Safety Earl Thomas leaves field with left arm injury
Why not play action pass against his replacement
This game could be over with Packer TD right
There.. Settling for 3 Pts on the Road may be the smart ring for McCarthy,
But if I’m in that position where Seahawks look a discombobulated,
I am going for jugular and the knock out and force Russell Wilson
To pass to beat me..
Watch for Seahawk Punter who Punted poorly
Last week vs the Panthers and has 1 poor Punt
In this game already..

tsjohnson5
tsjohnson5
January 18, 2015 4:10 pm

Thomas being out is gonna be a problem.

So if it’s a Rodgers/Brady Big Bowl (I think Patriots secondary will pick off Luck 2 or 3 times) who wins?

Though I will say I think the Colts have a shot, cause Brady ain’t the Brady he used to be.

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 4:11 pm

A Classic example where a young cocky Team
Was simply over confident and thought that Packers were simply
Going to show up

Another terrible pass by Russell Wilson
Where the play action pass fooled no one
On the packers
You can’t throw into double coverage and then leave it short
RW is playing like crap

tsjohnson5
tsjohnson5
January 18, 2015 4:14 pm
Reply to  paulman

“A Classic example where a young cocky Team
Was simply over confident and thought that Packers were simply
Going to show up”

Projecting much?

Green Bay is playing well, and Seahawks (offense) aren’t. That’s it.

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 4:35 pm
Reply to  tsjohnson5

Seahawks Defense is also playing poorly,
special Teams with Turnover and big Return given up
Are you watching the same game TS
The entire Seahawk Team looks lost
They are fortunate it’s not 24-27 to Zip

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
January 18, 2015 4:13 pm

Sign that Maxwell to a FA contract Paul!

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 4:16 pm

Wow , what a sloppy ass game by both QB’s
Rodgers misses wide open Cobb on previous Drive
Throws a ball behind receiver right into the arms
Of Maxwell….
Russell Wilson has not generated a 1st Down yet
Versus the the “Vaunted” Packer Defense

This is Drive of the Game Down 16-0
Seahawks Score a TD here, then game on
If they squander this, then it they were clearly over-confident
Unfocused Team and Deserve to lose

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
January 18, 2015 4:18 pm

If the Seahawks can hold the ball and score a TD before the half it will be huge.

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
January 18, 2015 4:23 pm

Finally the Seahawks defense is getting a blow…

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
January 18, 2015 4:24 pm

He forced that…. what is he doing?

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 4:32 pm

Russell Wilson is single handily losing this Game…
Is he still going to get the largest NFL Contract to be the highest paid
QB In the NFL?
It would be a holiday mistake by the Seahawks ..
Keep him on the Pocket on obvious passing situations
And he’s average , I’ve seen 3-4 Short,weak passes
By him when throwing from Pocket
When he scrambles and throws on the move he gets his momentum
Behind it, staying in Pocket and his arm becomes Sanchez like

IzzellJenkins
IzzellJenkins
January 18, 2015 4:35 pm
Reply to  paulman

Come on Paul. He’s having a bad day against a great gameplan.

mhenski
mhenski
January 18, 2015 4:35 pm

U are seeing probably the most overrated qb in the nfl be exposed. Wilson has been the beneficiary of the best d this decade and an unreal running game and a beast like lynch who is this decades Jerome Bettis.

Wilson can’t beat teams by himself never has but maybe someday can.

If Wilson was an eagle we would be no better or no worse than we are now.

pdiddy
pdiddy
January 18, 2015 4:46 pm
Reply to  mhenski

No the most overrated qb is Peyton Manning easily.

mhenski
mhenski
January 18, 2015 4:59 pm
Reply to  pdiddy

Put Wilson in Denver and they win 9 games max

pdiddy
pdiddy
January 18, 2015 5:07 pm
Reply to  mhenski

I disagree with all the pro bowl weapons they have in Denver Wilson would thrive.

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 5:19 pm
Reply to  pdiddy

I agree Peyton Manning, then Jay Cutler,
Then Matt Stafford

pdiddy
pdiddy
January 18, 2015 4:40 pm

Pman, don’t disrespect Wilson like that. Your comparing his arm strength to Sanchez. He is playing a horrible game so far today, but his arm is not a problem.

haveacigar
haveacigar
January 18, 2015 4:41 pm

People tend to over react both in the positive and the negative. Wilson is a very good qb, he isn’t perfect.
If he were our qb this site would be killing him…

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
January 18, 2015 4:42 pm

Wilson is a great QB having a Payton day. His options are also very limited when his team gets behind.

If the Hawks can’t run for big chunks in the second half it’s going to be hard for Wilson to bring them back. The team is not built for comebacks.

CT
CT
January 18, 2015 4:44 pm

Russell Wilson is overrated Mhenski THANK YOU!! If Alex Smith played in Seattle the past 4 seasons hed have a superbowl ring.. So would FOles if he was under center there. But the fact is they are not as good as they were last year. It was LAST year when they beat all the elite QBS. They haven’t done that this year. There schedule has been one of the softest in the league. Which is why before the season even started Seattle was that much more of a favorite to repeat because of how weak there schedule was.

Biglion821
Biglion821
January 18, 2015 4:45 pm

Don’t know what Seattle’s offensive game plan is but if GB can continue to keep Wilson rattled with a 4 man rush they can pack for Arizona in about 2 hours.

CT
CT
January 18, 2015 4:45 pm

Andrew Luck in Seattle..Could u imagine? lol

mhenski
mhenski
January 18, 2015 4:52 pm
Reply to  CT

Luck in Seattle wouldn’t be fair to the other teams in the nfl

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 4:46 pm

Seahawks Start with Ball to open 2nd Half
And RW needs to step up and make plays
I think he threw for 45 Yards with 3 Int’s
He needs to shack that off and get back to GD game at hand
1 big play early in this 2nd half and maybe a game
Another lost opportunity and Packers Scoremand thf game
Is probably over which would be a huge choke job
By Pete Carroll and Team..
DC Dan Quinn will be taking the Falcons HC
and I am always leary when Coach’s or Staff have other deals made
While their Teams are still competing..
Always sends a mixed message
Every man,coach & player on your own

pdiddy
pdiddy
January 18, 2015 4:48 pm

Russell Wilson is a very good qb, just having a horrible day so far.

vinnietheevictor
vinnietheevictor
January 18, 2015 4:50 pm

Looking forward to the SongsBreeze comments later (and Biglion rushing to their defense).

According to their thesis, a QB must be absolutely perfect at all times in the playoffs.

60% for 200 yrds 2 tds and 0 ints is “leaving plays on the field” and “not doing enough”

If that’s true…..

Then what is 2 for 9 for 12 with 3 interceptions???

haveacigar
haveacigar
January 18, 2015 4:58 pm

Vinnie, RW did not replace a legendary HOF qB and Therefore is judged on a different scale than certain other QBs

pdiddy
pdiddy
January 18, 2015 4:53 pm
Reply to  GarryCobb

Agreed G.

vinnietheevictor
vinnietheevictor
January 18, 2015 4:57 pm
Reply to  pdiddy

I completely agree with this.

Huge GB mistakes on 2nd and 3rd and 1 lining up with no wrs to spread the D out and just slamming it up the middle…no motion or anything. I thought those were terrible playcalls.

GB has left a lot of points on the field….that being said…I just don;t see it from Seattle. Another 3-out. 3 straight runs? Had Caroll lost confidence in the QB after that first half?

If this continues, what does Seattle do with Wilson…contract wise?

IrishEagle
IrishEagle
January 18, 2015 4:59 pm
Reply to  GarryCobb

GB playing conservative right now – that could be a mistake. It’s still early.

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 4:54 pm

Russell Wilson dying a slow death out there
I think that hit to his head by Matthews on Int
Return earlier has clouded up his thought
Process, he’s not reading Defenses, moving well
Or playing with any confidence..
Packers Score here and this Seahawk “Dynasty”
Is over before it ever really Started..

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 4:57 pm

Why Packers playing so conservative
Attack, spread them out with 3-4 wide receivers
Don’t let their Defense settle back in and get confident..
Remember this 3 & Out lost opportunity
By the Packers..

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2015 5:01 pm

Let’s see a Score here and make this a Game..
If Packers go on a lose, no one to blame but themselves
For Seahawks are very fortunate to still
Be in this contest
Beast-Mode taking Team on his back