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Random NFL Thoughts: Divisional Round

Well, I went 3-1 again this weekend.  Going into Sunday night’s game I thought I would go 4-0.  I still don’t think the Packers have showed up for that game.

  • First and foremost, my condolences go out to Joe Philbin and his family.  If you have not yet heard, the son of Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was found dead last week.  I cannot possibly fathom what he must be going through currently.
  • The Saints/Niners game was epic.  Four lead changes in the last 4 minutes?  That’s great football.  Personally, I didn’t think the Niners would be able to put another game winning drive together after doing it once already, but “The Catch III” has made this game an instant classic.
  • Alex Smith finally looked like the first-round pick that he was.  Of course, with the Saints blitzing every play and leaving all of the Niners’ receivers in one-on-one coverage didn’t help their cause either.
  • As expected, the Patriots throttled the Broncos.  Teebow looked awful as did the Broncos defense.
  • Brady added another passing record to his resume: 5 TD’s in one half of a playoff game.  He threw 6 total, tying a post-season record.  Rob Gronkowski caught three of the touchdowns begging the question:  Is anyone ever going to try to cover this guy?
  • The Ravens/Texans game was a defensive slugging match, as I thought it would be.  The Ravens defense forced rookie QB TJ Yates into throwing 3 picks, which ultimately cost the Texans the game.  Arian Foster churned out 132 yards on the ground, but that wasn’t enough to overcome the turnovers, the most costly of which was Jacoby Jones muffing a punt he shouldn’t have even tried to field.  The Ravens recovered in the red-zone.
  • The Giants/Packers game was just embarrassing for the Packers.  Their offense looked the worst at has all season, and neither I, not anyone else, saw that coming.  I figured to see a shoot-out, not a blow-out.  Perhaps the death of Joe Philbin’s son was more of a distraction than they could handle.
  • Jeff Fisher is now the head coach of the St. Louis Rams.  Fisher will have plenty to work with on offense, but will need a complete overhaul on the defensive side of the ball.
  • Greg Williams has reportedly accepted the defensive coordinator position, which I find to be a questionable move.  William’s blitz-happy defense in New Orleans hasn’t been all that productive the last couple of years.
  • It looks like either Hue Jackson or Brian Schottenheimer will be Fisher’s offensive coordinator.  This should be a no-brainer.  Schottenheimer’s offense in New York the last couple of years has been horrid.  Go with Hue.
  • Mike Zimmer is in contention for a couple of head coaching jobs:  Miami and Tampa Bay.  While I’d hate to see him go, he deserves a shot.  Ideally (in my world, anyway) he’d get the head coaching job in Cincinnati after Marvin is relieved of his duties.
  • Per this article, the Chiefs are electronically spying on their employees.  I really don’t know what purpose this serves if true.


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2 thoughts on “Random NFL Thoughts: Divisional Round

  1. i dont know if the g men put all there energy into the packers game and have nothing left for the rest of the way.


    Posted by Seth Nash pokeda | January 29, 2012, 4:36 pm

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