Pittsburgh Steelers against the Green Bay Packers, WOW! The two best teams facing off in Big D on February 6, 2011. This might be the first time in a long time that people will be watching the game for the the sport itself as opposed to those million-dollar commercials. I’ll get right to the point here, how the heck are the Steelers underdogs in this game? This is their 3rd trip to the show in the last 6 years (winning the last two). The only difference between those Steeler teams and this one is the running game which has improved for the Steelers. They went from Jerome Bettis, to Willie Parker, to Rashard Mendenhall. Big Ben is still the clutchest quarterback in the game right now. Don’t get me wrong, I love Aaron Rodgers, but look at the teams they’ve beaten in the playoffs. The Atlanta Falcons who we all agree are overrated and the Cutler-less Chicago Bears. And let me tell you something, Green Bay looked good in the 1st quarter against the Bears but disappeared the rest of the game. If it wasn’t for that Baji pick 6, we might be talking about the Bears and the Steelers. I’ll give the Pack credit though for winning both games on the road. The Steelers on the other hand, beat the Ravens and the Jets. Their offense, while also a dirty grindy team, can definitely put up points with the best of them. They still have Hines Ward, Heath Miller and a pair of rookie WRs that are turning heads. Don’t forget about that vaunted D led by all-pro Troy Polamalu. So I think you know which way I’m leaning, take the Steelers, take the win. Forget about the 2.5 Big Ben always has a way to pull it out. He might not put up Peyton Manning or Tom Brady numbers but at the end of the day, who would you rather have to lead your 2:00 minute drill in the fourth quarter?
Please, oh please, let someone beat the Jets. I can’t stand the New York Jets. And it’s not the all of the players. It’s what the team stands for… arrogance, swagger, and unsportsmanlike conduct. I hate Ladanian Tomlinson and Antonio Cromartie. I can’t stand Braylon Edwards. And Shonn Greene is getting on my nerves. I hate the way they flew around the field flying around lake airplanes. But I have no beef with Mark Sanchez, Darrelle Revis, Santonio Holmes and the rest of the gang. I’m even beginning to like their coach Rex Ryan. I mean after watching him these two past playoff games, he just wants to win, and like having fun doing it. Sure he’s classless but you can tell that he’s the kind of coach players wanna go to battle with. That, plus every other word that comes out of his mouth is a profanity. With all that said, I still hate the NY Jets, and I think the clock is about to strike 12:00 on them this coming Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The rule is if you beat a team in the regular season, it’s a lock to lose to them in the playoffs. For all of you who remember, the Jets barely beat the Steelers on December 19. Now, next Sunday will be the game of the year. A showdown between a team that punches people in the mouths (Steelers) and a team that needs to be punched in the mouth (Jets). If you’re in the area, grab some tickets, as the game’s not sold out yet. In the meanwhile, for all you Jets’ fans and players, don’t forget, you still have 2 more games to win.
And with the 8th overall pick of the NFL draft, the Tennessee Titans select…. a quarterback? 4 years after selecting Vince Young from Texas, the Tennessee Titans and owner Bud Adams have decided to end the VY experiment. The rift between the coach and the player has been lingering for years only to come to a climax this season, leading to the Titans’ losing 8 of their last 9. I’m glad someone finally took the coach’s side over the diva players’. NFL and most modern day athletes are so spoiled and used to getting their own way that when something like this happens, everyone is so shocked. This is how it used to be, when sports was real. Coaches these days have to walk on eggshells when they criticize their star/franchise players. Jeff Fisher has been coaching this team for 16 years or so. If you think there’s another qualified coach out their, good luck finding one. The Titans can easily draft a scrambling quarterback, they’re a dime a dozen in college. I don’t think VY every played up to his potential. Then again, I do believe that his type of quarterbacks, while successful in the short term, can never win you a Superbowl. Look at Vick and McNabb. It’s no coincidence all the winning Superbowl quarterbacks have been pocket passers… Brady, Manning, Brees. I’m sure there will be some suitors for Vince Young. Half the league is in need of a quarterback. As for the Titans, they’re 1 QB and 1 WR away from making a deep run in the playoffs. They have the best runnign back in the game in Chris Johnson, and like most RB careers go, he’s got about 2 more years of playing at this level. The next move the Titans have to make is cutting Randy Moss. Look how it helped the New England Patriots. I love Moss but he reeks of clubhouse cancer. You can’t have selfish guys like that on a team, especially without a true team captain to put him in place. It’s going to be an interesting offseason…wait a minute, don’t the playoffs start this weekend?
It’s the final week of the NFL regular season. There’s a bunch of teams playing for something, another a bunch more playing for nothing. If you’re betting on the games this weekend, I’d stay away from team in the cellars of their respective divisions. I’d also stray from those who have clinched spots and are gonna bench there starters or play them for only a few series. Without further ado, here’s my lock of the week: Atlanta Falcons -14.5 at home against the Carolina Panthers. Folks, there’s a reason why the Panthers have only won 2 games this season. It’s because they suck. The Falcons missed on a key opportunity last week when they lost at home against the Saints. Now they’re still in the hunt for the #1 seed and while they need some help, they still need to win this game for home-field throughout playoffs. Trust me on this one, go with the birds. Vegas has them at 14.5 right now. I know it seems high, but these are the same Panthers that got blasted by 24 points last week. They have nothing to play for. Their coach John Fox is playing his last game. And Jimmy Clausen, is already dreading the Panthers drafting Stanford’s Andrew Luck next year.