Mattie T’s Wild Card Weekend Predictions
With key injuries to Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory & Jimmy Graham, the Seahawks’ chances of an upset bid just increased against the defending Super Bowl champs.
However, Seattle will still have a problem stopping Drew Brees, as their secondary ranks last among NFC playoff teams with 249.6 yards per game allowed.
Julius Jones will have a chance to burn his former team, as Seattle cut him in October.
Jones figures to see extra playing time with the injuries to Thomas & Ivory, as he goes up against the Seahawks’ 21st ranked run defense.
Even with more-established signal-callers such as Brees, Vick, Rodgers & Ryan, Matt Hasselbeck has the most postseason experience out of all NFC quarterbacks as he’ll start his 10th career playoff game on Saturday & is 4-1 at home.
Hasselbeck did throw for 366 yards passing against the Saints during the regular season, which was New Orleans’ highest defensive total allowed.
Seattle’s run game is the reason they fall just short at an upset, as they haven’t had an 100-yard rusher all season (Marshawn Lynch’s last 100-yard rushing game was on December 14th, 2008 as he ran for 127 yards as a member of the Buffalo Bills).
Mattie T’s Prediction: Saints 31, Seahawks 23.
In a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game, the Jets are confident that they have what it takes to prematurely end Peyton Manning’s quest at another Super Bowl run.
Manning won’t have two of his top targets that helped him get 186 of his 377 passing yards & 2 of his 3 touchdowns, as Austin Collie and Dallas Clark are both out for the entire postseason.
With Darrelle Revis figured to be draped all over Reggie Wayne, it’s up to Pierre Garcon to try & repeat his 151-yard effort from the AFC title game in order for Indianapolis to advance.
Mark Sanchez has improved from one year ago, but LaDainian Tomlinson needs to re-capture his strong first half (just one rushing touchdown over his last 8 games) against a vulnerable Colts’ run defense.
This is a game where Collie’s presence will be missed, as he was second on the team in yards per game (72.1) and had the team’s biggest offensive play of the season on a 73-yard touchdown reception from Manning in Week 1.
Very close game, but this time i think the Jets will prevail.
Mattie T’s Prediction: Jets 24, Colts 20.
In what could be Charlie Weis’ final game as offensive coordinator before jolting to Florida, he’ll have to try & figure out a strong Ravens defense that will look to shut down Kansas City’s top-ranked rushing attack.
They will also have to focus on Dwayne Bowe, who led the NFL with 15 touchdown receptions despite scoring just once over his last three games.
Baltimore has the weakest pass-rushing unit out of the AFC playoff teams, so i can see
Matt Cassel having a solid game on Sunday. However, the Chiefs’ inability to run the ball
will cost them a chance at moving on.
Mattie T’s Prediction: Ravens 24, Chiefs 17.
This will be the game of the weekend to watch, since it features Michael Vick against a strong Packer defense that’s only allowed one team to score more than 30 points on them all season.
Ironically enough, the three teams that have given Vick the most trouble defensively all reside in the NFC North, as he has a combined 15 sacks & 6 fumbles against the Lions, Vikings and Bears.
One thing that does alarm me about Vick is the number of sacks he’s taken this season. Despite missing 4 games due to injury, Vick’s 34 sacks are the 2nd highest total among NFC playoff quarterbacks, only trailing Chicago’s Jay Cutler.
The Packers lead all NFC playoff teams with 47 sacks, and will be sure to get after Vick quite often on Sunday afternoon. This will be a very close and high-scoring affair, but i feel that playing 3 games over the past 13 days will finally catch up with the Eagles.
Mattie T’s Prediction: Packers 37, Eagles 34.
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Marshawn Lynch sure proved me wrong about Seattle's run game! That was an incredible play to top off one of the NFL's biggest playoff upsets in league history!
literally seconds before that I was saying, "man Lynch isnt running like the guy I remember at times in buff...wow what a run"
Originally Posted by bearsfan1980
You being completely wrong about a player? Unconscionable!!!
Originally Posted by nerrad
I seem to recall you saying how much forte sucks last year because he "liked to dance."
he was dancing, and not hitting the hole. now hes hitting the hole....and hes healthy
Originally Posted by Jimmors
He has done the same thing all three years he has been here.