Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Twins Pick the WILD CARD ROUND!!!

Yvonne’s Wildcard Game of the Week
No. 6 New York Jets (11-5) at No. 3 Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
In a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game, we match-up the tried-and-true old reliable Peyton Manning vs. the fearless but unpredictable upstart Mark Sanchez. In that memorable game (for Colts fans, at least), Peyton Manning made handy work of the Jets, displaying his signature steady, skillful quarterbacking manner that made him a perennial MVP contender.

However, this is not 2010. The Colts in this new year are not the same football machine it has been in years past, having to struggle just to make it to this wildcard game. But they are in, and that changes the playing cards.

Jets on the other hand are slightly better than last year (though sliding in productivity the last few weeks of the season). Mark Sanchez has shown flashes of brilliance, but he has also had some downright terrible games.

This game is difficult to predict. Colt and Jets as they stand now are very evenly matched. While one would be wise to NEVER count out Peyton Manning, a win for the Colts will depend heavily on the health of Joseph Addai. The Colts may also have some problems with some of the Jets weapons, namely wide receivers Santonio Holmes, Jerricho Cotchery, and my personal fav Braylon Edwards, who is quietly having one of his better seasons.

I’m going with the Jets. I rarely choose against the Colts. But judging from “Hard Knocks” to their seemingly miraculous wins throughout the season, the Jets just feel like a team of destiny.
Jets in a close one, 24-20

Yvette's Wildcard Game of the Week
No. 6 Green Bay Packers (10-6) at No. 3 Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
The Green Bay Packers were favored by some prognosticators to be the class of the NFC. But injuries decimated a very talented team. If not for the steady play of Quarterback Aaron Rogers, the Packers would have missed this year’s playoffs.

Gradually, they got better and with the stout defense, lead by Clay Mathews and the Cornerback Extraordinaire, Charles Woodson, and sure-handed veteran wide outs on offense, Donald Driver and Greg Jennings anything can happen.

They will be facing the talented young Philadelphia Eagles. Who up until recently, looked virtually unstoppable. The speed of the young receivers, the emergence of LeSean McCoy has been the one-two punch that most teams have no counter moves for. Then add the mutli-talented, Pro Bowl, MVP Candidate, Quarterback Mike Vick to the mix. What can they do?

What the Packers will try to do is keep pressuring Mike Vick, like the Vikings and Bears were able to do successfully. The Packers were able to beat the Eagles that earlier this season by limiting those big plays the Eagles are able to get with their speed. So they can go into Lincoln Financial Field knowing they can beat the Eagles.

The Eagles will have to limit their turnovers and HAVE to keep Mike Vick off the ground. PROTECTION, PROTECTION, PROTECTION, is the name of this game. If they can do that, the will give Vick the opportunity to do his thing. And that offense is EXPLOSIVE.

Now with that said, given the explosiveness of the Eagles Offense and the toughness of the Packers Defense, this game will come down to…SPECIAL TEAMS…this is where the Eagles are better than the Packers.

The kicking game of David Ackers and the punting game of the Aussie, Sav Rocca make the Eagles arguably the best in the NFL. Then like a cherry on top, the electric Mr. DeSean Jackson’s return game, standing... waiting…intimidating… He can change a game in the blink of an eye!

I think this game will be hard fought and very close. But I choose the...
Philadelphia Eagles… 24-21.



Saturday, January 8th
No. 6 New York Jets (11-5) at No. 3 Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
Lucas Oil Stadium, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
Yvonne: New York Jets
Yvette: Indianapolis Colts

No. 5 New Orleans Saints (11-5) at No. 4 Seattle Seahawks (7-9)
Qwest Field, 4:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Yvonne: New Orleans Saints
Yvette: New Orleans Saints

Sunday, January 9th

No. 5 Baltimore Ravens (12-4) at No. 4 Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)
Arrowhead Stadium, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Yvonne: Baltimore Ravens
Yvette: Baltimore Ravens

No. 6 Green Bay Packers (10-6) at No. 3 Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
Lincoln Financial Field, 4:30 p.m. ET, FOX
Yvonne: Philadelphia Eagles
Yvette: Philadelphia Eagles

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