NFL’s Wild Card Ride

Wow. I’m still trying to get a handle on the Green Bay/Arizona game.  Combined, the two teams racked up 1,024 yards of offence, and despite terrible play throughout the game, we saw that defence wins in the playoffs. As we start to get ready for next weekend’s games, here’s a few of my takes from the weekend that was in the NFL.

NY JETS/CINCINNATI

The Jets just keep proving me wrong. I said heading into the playoffs that they were the worst of the twelve team field. And despite their win, I still feel that way. But I’ve got to hand it to them, and especially Mark Sanchez. His stats read an unimpressive 12 of 15 for 185 yards and a touchdown, but it was what he didn’t do that defined his game. He didn’t turn the ball over, and that was the key to the Jets win. Darrelle Revis didn’t play as well as I thought he would, and he was beaten by Chad Ochocinco on a few plays (penalties included). Revis’ job won’t get any easier, he’ll get 6’5 Vincent Jackson next week.

PHILADELPHIA/DALLAS

This wasn’t even a game. Right from the opening kickoff, this was Dallas’ game. Tony Romo played mistake free football, while the Eagles turned the ball over four times. Dallas has done such a great job incorporating Felix Jones into it’s offence, he’s far too dynamic of a playmaker to be kept on the sidelines. Marion Barber will need to be used more next week to break down the Minnesota defence, but for now, top marks to Dallas. The receiving core also looked quite good, and I don’t know why, but I’m getting the feeling that Roy Williams is in line for a big game soon.

BALTIMORE/NEW ENGLAND

Another snoozer. So much for the ‘evolving’ of New England’s offence without Wes Welker. I told anyone who’d listen this week that you can not replace 123 catches out of your lineup. As for Baltimore, what a rushing attack. It’s nice to see Willis McGahee getting touches on a consistent basis, he’s a key part of the offence again. Joe Flacco, however, was simply atrocious. 4 of 10 for 34 yards and a pick? Those numbers had better improve when the Ravens meet up with Peyton Manning and the Colts.

GREEN BAY/ARIZONA

Once again, wow. I feel bad for Aaron Rodgers, having a fantastic game end on his fumble. Reports on ESPN.com claim that Kurt Warner is set to retire following the season. Based on his play earlier today, why? 29 of 33 for 379 yards and five TD’s – simply amazing. Get ready for another shootout next weekend when the Cardinals travel to the Superdome to dance with the Saints.

TWO POINT CONVERSION

– Pete Carroll to Seattle… didn’t see that one coming

– Eric Mangini gets another year in Cleveland. I guess Mike Holmgren wants another top ten pick next year

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