Time for fun time to begin. Remember, nothing has made sense all season, so why should it start now.
Rd. 1 (5)Colts at (4)Jets: Historically, Jets have been a poor home team. Manning was able to get road wins in Denver and Philly. winner: Colts
(6)Falcons at (3)Packers: Since one Tampa streak has ended, time to remind people of the other. No team that has ever lost to Tampa has ever won the Super Bowl. Night game in January at Lambeau involving a dome team. winner: Packers.
(6)Browns at (3)Steelers: The way Cleveland plays games, I might be tempted to get a piece of the 70-1 Superbowl odds that came out on them. XFL MVP + Cowher in the playoffs=Steelers loss. winner: Browns.
(5)Giants at (4)49ers: 49ers seem to have a peaked a month ago. Giants offense was awful at first meeting, yet still had a chance at the end to win. winner: Giants.
2nd round (all games predicated on 1st round results)
(6)Browns at (1)Raiders: Cardiac Kids of 1980 died against Oakland. Brian Sipe was a better QB than the current QB of the Browns, plus the Browns had homefield that day. Thus: winner: Raiders.
(5)Colts at (2)Titans: Titans have had the Colts number the last few years. However, I think Manning is really flying under the radar right now. winner: Colts.
(3)Packers at (2)Bucs: Assuming Brad Johnson is healthy, I don't see how a Pack team that has struggled so much on the road this year beats a Bucs team that physically dominated them in the last match-up. winner: Bucs.
(5)Giants at (1)Eagles: This is a rivalry that runs in streaks. Giants broke Eagles winning streak, thus that means Giants must develop a winning streak. Winner: Giants.
(5)Colts at (1)Raiders: Two years ago, Raiders had AFC Title game at home, and got whipped. Last year, Raiders had the ball and the lead late against NE, and couldn't get one yard. Manning/Harrison demolish the Raiders secondary. AFC Champs: Colts.
(5)Giants at (2)Bucs: I'm a Giants fan, figure out where I'm going with this one. Close game, Fassel good post-season coach, Gruden poor post-season coach. NFC Champs: Giants.
(5)Giants vs. (5)Colts: How I want to pick the Giants. Rematch of late season game where Indy was destroyed at home. However, I think this is the year Manning becomes what we expected a year ago. Super Bowl nightmares will be mentioned to Collins all week before game. Super Bowl Champs: Colts.
I want you to know, I agree with everything I've just said.
I think that you're jumping the gun on a few of these. Right now, the Jets are pretty hot, having just come off whipping the Pack (which won't affect them) as well as beating New England (at their place). As much as I love Manning, I can't see the Colts beating a hot Jets team. Not to mention that the Colts have no suitable receiving threat outside of Harrison. (5)Colts at (4)Jets - Jets.
No qualms with the Pack / Falcons game. Vick will come to play, but it won't be enough. (6)Falcons at (3)Packers - Packers.
After seeing Maddox pull that job on the Bucs secondary, I have no doubts he can play. This puts him up against an inspired team in the Browns, who can play. However, the Steelers aren't exactly lacking for inspiration, either. If Couch is in, I'd say the Browns win. However, he's not, so they don't. (6)Browns at (3)Steelers - Steelers.
Giants are also incredibly hot (sense a trend here?). 49ers aren't. Monkey see trend, monkey go with trend. (5)Giants at (4)49ers - Giants.
I don't see the Jets stopping Oakland in Oakland. Unstoppable force meets immovable object - splat. (4)Jets at (1)Raiders - Raiders.
In all honesty (this especially goes for you Pack fans out there), does anyone see Farve doing anything other than bombing out in Tampa? (3)Packers at (2)Bucs - Bucs.
To say the Eagles are pissed about their loss to the Giants is probably an understatement. Can't see any way the Giants win in Philly with McNabb back. (5)Giants at (1)Eagles - Eagles.
Steelers at Titans is an intriguing matchup. All Steve McNair has done over the past 2 months is win football games any way he can. The grit he's shown is virtually unparalleled. It's going to be an unexciting conference final - no Cinderellas anywhere. (3)Steelers at (2)Titans - Titans.
Championships: The Raiders have been great in Oakland. They won't leave the state for the rest of the playoffs. However, the Titans have been surprising me all year long. Risk pick of the week is the Titans scratching and clawing their way to a conference championship. (2)Titans at (1)Raiders - Titans.
People can speak all they want to about the Bucs getting revenge in Philly for so many years past, but until they stop McNabb in his place, I can't believe it. (Man, it hurts to say that.) (2)Bucs at (1)Eagles - Eagles.
Super Bowl: Tough game - these quarterbacks remind me of each other. That being said, I think that the Titans can pull it out - after all, they've been here before (and I'm not going to pick the Eagles after they oust my Bucs, eiher). Titans at Eagles - Your Super Bowl Champions, the Tennessee Titans.
(Edited because I decided to finish out the picks.)
DTD: If you were to make changes in WCW, if you were in charge and not Ric Flair, what would they be?
SS: I'd get rid of all the old guys, and push the talent that has waited to get the push. The things they are doing, it's back in the 1980s. It's just bad, man. Flair doesn't even deserve to be on the show. You've got to get rid of all the old guys. Like what Vince did, they started pushing guys. Nobody knew who The Rock was 2 years ago. He made The Rock. Now The Rock just did Saturday Night Live. You've got to start with the young talent, talent people can relate to. Who are we trying to relate to if we've got a 50 year old man out there? Are we trying to relate, so a 50 year people and above will go out and buy a f*cking little toy? That ain't gonna happen. It's a f*cking joke.
Browns over Steelers (gotta have one upset in the AFC) Jets over Colts (Jets have the momentum)
Giants over Niners (see above comments re: Jets/Colts) Packers over Falcons (Vick's run ends here)
Raiders over Browns (Browns don't have offense to keep up) Titans over Jets (Titans are on a mission)
Eagles over Giants (Revenge of the highest order) Bucs over Packers (Don't see Farve's luck in Tampa changing anytime soon; this is contingent on Brad Johnson playing in this game)
Raiders over Titans (Titans are on a mission, but this is probably the Raiders' -- as currently constructed -- last shot at the ring, and they'll play like it)
Eagles over Bucs (Both quality teams. Both have bad memories of going down to the Rams in the NFC Championship game. The Eagles memories are fresher, and they're at home)
Eagles over Raiders (This is for you, Jaws, Wilbur, and the rest -- I'd include you too, Vermiel, but you got your ring. Raiders will rack up the yardage, but won't necessarily pile up the points. Close, but Eagles pull it out, 24-17)
Power flows to the one who knows how -- desire alone is not enough.
I'll be making my picks using quotes from everyone else, if they've picked the same. Picks are bolded.
Stillers/Browns: redsoxnation: "The way Cleveland plays games, I might be tempted to get a piece of the 70-1 Superbowl odds that came out on them." J-E-T-S jetsjetsjets/Colts: mskj: "Jets are on fire and at home. Manning will throw some picks."
Jints/Niners: Torchslasher: "49ers- Old and busted. Giants- New Hotness." (Okay, I just wanted to use that quote. That'd explain the whole recycling-quotes thing.) Packers/Falcons: Texas Kelly: "...the Packers have NEVER lost a home playoff game. You just don't screw around with streaks like that."
Browns/Raiders: mskj: "...in some miracle fashion." Titans/Jets: shockdown: "Titans are on a mission."
Jints/Eagles: redsoxnation: "Giants broke Eagles winning streak, thus that means Giants must develop a winning streak." Bucs/Packers: Torchslasher: "Favre will look like the Favre of yesterday vs. Bucs at home."
Browns/Titans: mskj: "The AFC Championship features 0 Pro Bowlers." Bucs/Jints: Torchslasher: "REVENGE for mid-season win by Eagles puts Gruden in the SB."
SUPA Bowl: Titans/Bucs: drjayphd: "This time, they'll get that yard."
Colts/Jets - COLTS - I see the Jets over confident and losing to the Colts
Falcons/Packers - PACKERS - Packers at home
Browns/Steelers - STEELERS - XFL QB proving the XFL wasn't so bad
Giants/ 49ers - 49ERS - Toughest game to choose but just going with homefield
Colts/Raiders - RAIDERS - Shootout Raiders winning late
Packers/ Bucs- PACKERS - Bucs choke! war in wienerville, Mike Sherman tells Sapp to "Suck It" during post match handshakes
Steelers/ Titans- TITIANS - XF-naaaa Titans win.
49ers/ Eagles - 49ERS- McNabb rust
Titians/ Raiders- RAIDERS - Raiders too much fire power
49ers/ Packers - PACKERS - Look Packers home again, which equals a win.
Raiders/Packers-SuperBowl Champions the GREEN BAY PACKERS- Raider kicker Janikowski gets arrested the night before the superbowl leaving the Raiders kickerless. The Pack hit their kicks the Raiders don't
(edited by Net Hack Slasher on 1.1.03 2222) Oh they have the internet on computers now!
Im not going to bore anyone with game by game breakdowns, Im picking the same as I did in the preseason. Raiders vs. Philly with the Raiders winning. But I would really like to see Raiders vs. Bucs just for the story lines,despite the fact this would stick the raiders with the final two picks in the first round. The bucs already screwed up by making the playoffs so they might as well go all the way. Besides watching Middleton and Robbins manhandle Sapp would be worth the price of admission.
Joe Thornton (in the Toronto Sun): "It's something we carry in our jockstraps, the determination to prove everyone wrong."
WC: Giants/49ers- Giants. This one is going to be ugly I think, and Tiki Barber is going to have a BIG day.
Packers/Falcons: Packers. I so am tempted to pick the Falcons here, esp. with Driver injured. But just like in WWE, you have to pay some dues unless you're name is Tom Brady. Next year Mr. Vick.
Browns/Steelers: Browns. William Green is a man who runs the ball very well, and he has been getting better by the week. In Scrub War '03 I'm picking Holdcombe over Maddox.
Colts/Jets: Jets. I hate the Colts, and they cannot ride Manning/Harrison forever. The Colts need Edge to step up and he will not do so.
Div: Bucs/Packers- Packers. Brett Favre vs. Brad Johnson. This is a matchup I will bet happily in the playoffs.
Eagles/Giants- Eagles. This is just an awful game to try and guess the winner of, and I think the winner of this one is going to the Super Bowl in the NFC.
Raiders/Browns- I am officially tired of the entire AFC. A whole conference of Bipolar teams who need their meds. Since the whole year in the AFC has failed to make any logical sense, I'm saying the Browns.
Titans/Jets- Titans. McNair has been on a roll, and I don't idly bet against the team on a roll. Plus the Jets are the Jets.
Conf: Packers/Eagles- Eagles. Favre can only do so much. Green has not looked good yet since injury. Who knows about Driver's health. I'm taking the team with the big D.
Titans/Browns- Titans. And all good runs must end. This is the ultimate in games where if the spread is more than 3, I'd say bet on the dog, they're gonna cover.
SB: Eagles/Titans-Eagles. I just don't think the AFC has what it takes to stop the big NFC team this year. McNair will get beaten soundly by the Eagles defense, and McNabb or Feeley or Detmer or Jaworski will do enough to win for them.
Everytime I watch a Vandy replay of the football game during the following week, I still have this little part of my brain that convinces me that we can win this time around...Being a Vandy fan can make you damn near nutty sometimes.