Championship Sunday-NFC & AFC Title Games!!!

imgresThis post is coming live from the guest office at the Mystic Hilton in Connecticut.  I am here for a couple of days to spend some time at both Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun.  Last night I went to the MindFreak show at Foxwoods and saw Criss Angel do his thing in person.  I have to give credit where credit is due, the show was really good and I left wondering how the hell the guy did some of the stuff he did.  The smaller, slight of hand things still impress me the most and the card and coin tricks were ridiculous.  He came into the crowd multiple times and performed right in front of the audiences faces and it was pretty mind blowing, or should I say Mind Freaking.  I am not much of a table player because I always worry about screwing up something for the person next to me, but I have to admit I am a sucker for slot machines.  I can’t walk past one without thinking, “This is the one that is going to give me the big payout.”  I hit a couple last night and was able to walk away only down $60 after a good few hours of play.  My favorite part of the slots is when you hit on the penny slot machines.  I was playing a Lucky 7′s game late last night when I hit for 2000.  The bells and whistles went off and the lady seated at the slot next to me was all fired up that I hit and continually congratulated me.  I hit for 2000 pennies, $20.  What would have happened if I actually hit for something somewhat substantial.  Now onto to the picks.

Last week I split my picks going 2-2.  I definitely am happy that Jerry Jones and the Cowboys are out of it, but I have to admit that I was unhappy the way the game ended with the refs overturning a called catch on the field and the Cowboys a chance for a go ahead TD with 4 minutes left in the game.  I have heard all week that according to the rules of the NFL, the refs made the correct call.  My whole problem is the fact that no matter how much you slow the play down, or blow the screen up you can’t unequivocally tell me that: 1) Dez Bryant did not make a football move by reaching for the end zone and, 2) his finger wasn’t under the ball when the ball appeared to hit the ground.  I understand the rule and all that, but the call on the field should have been upheld.  Likewise, if on the field the refs ruled it incomplete to begin with then that is how it should have stayed.  The rule is that a play on the field cannot, I repeat CANNOT, be overturned unless there is inconclusive evidence for it being overturned.  There was too much gray matter involved with the ruling for it to be overturned.  It seemed to diminish an otherwise great game and I would have loved to see Aaron Rodgers, at home, with the ball, down and with only 4 minutes left.

The other big surprise, at the time, was the Colts going into Denver and knocking off Peyton Manning and the Broncos.  We later learned that Peyton was much more injured than we were originally told.  While watching the game, I tweeted that he was indeed injured more than they let on.  Many people during the game, and soon after were talking about how his abilities are just diminishing due to father time.  Now that is definitely the case, but they don’t diminish that quickly, he looked absolutely awful and completely uncomfortable right from the opening snap.  I don’t want to take away from what the Colts did, winning in Denver is still a great accomplishment, but Peyton’s bum legs were the deciding factor in that one.

The Prognosticator’s Playoff Record: 4-4 ATS, 5-3 on the Bob Miller Show

imgresGreen Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks(-7 1/2): 3:05PM, CenturyLink Field,FOX: Showers Game Temp 49

  • It is hard for me to see Aaron Rodgers get this many points in any game, but this is the hardest place in all of sports to go and get a win.
  • The Seattle D is primed for another championship and they are amazing to watch.  The biggest factor for this D is how incredibly fast they are and how quickly they are able to read plays and make plays.
  • The talk is always about Richard Sherman when you talk about this D, but for my $, safety Kam Chancellor is the most exciting defensive player in the NFL right now.
  • The Packers are going to have to run the ball in order to keep the Seahawks D in check.  Weather could also be a factor.  The more rain the harder it will be for the Packers to move the ball.
  • It will be extremely hard for the Packers D to handle Marshawn Lynch, and I expect 8 or 9 guys in the box and them threaten Russell Wilson to beat them.

THE PICK: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS……I THINK THIS WILL BE A GOOD GAME AND I DO THINK THE 7 1/2 IS TOO MANY POINTS, BUT I CAN’T PICK AGAINST THIS TEAM IN SEATTLE!!!

imgresIndianapolis Colts at New England Patriots(-6 1/2): 6:40PM, Gillette Stadium, CBS: Rain Game Temp 42

  • Rainy weather in Foxboro could also play a big role in this one.  The worse the weather is the bigger the advantage becomes for the Pats.
  • This is just a real bad matchup for Andrew Luck and the Colts.  They do turn the ball over a lot and that spells disaster against the Patriots.
  • Tom Brady is playing in his 9th AFC Championship Game in 13 seasons.

THE PICK: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS…..LUCK IS THE QUARTERBACK OF THE FUTURE AND WILL HOIST THE LOMBARDI TROPHY SOME DAY, BUT THIS TEAM IS NOT READY TO MOVE ON AGAINST A TEAM LIKE THE PATRIOTS JUST YET!!!

Enjoy all the games!!!