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A NFL running playoff thread

authorauthor 332 replies29 threads Member
Colts vs. Texans
Chargers vs. Ravens
Seahawks vs. Cowboys
Eagles vs. Bears

I have the Colts, Chargers, Seahawks and da Bears moving on this weekend.
What about you?
Was the last Eagles/Bears playoff matchup the Fog Bowl? Don't recalll if they have met again in the post season since then, but that was a crazy game to watch will Randall Cunningham trying to scramble and throw in virtually zero visibility.
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  • JBSeattleJBSeattle 1057 replies14 threads Senior Member
    Go Seahawks!!
    I like your picks @author
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  • BingeWatcherBingeWatcher 984 replies7 threads Member
    Go Cowboys, Go KC Chiefs next weekend.
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  • deb922deb922 6308 replies201 threads Senior Member
    3 road teams and one home @author? It seems that people like the road teams in this round.

    I’d really like Andy Reid to get his first super bowl ring. And de-throne the patriots.

    I think I’ll go for Texans, Ravens, Seahawks and toss up Eagles. I like Nick Foles. And just can’t pick Cowboys so go Hawks.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4184 replies92 threads Senior Member
    The last time the Bears played a team that had a quarterback who produced “magic”, Trubisly threw for 6 TDs. I’m expecting a convincing Bears victory.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 41524 replies2253 threads Super Moderator
    My sister's husband and her two kids are at the Colts' game in Houston today. They are big Colts fans and my dad knows someone with season's tickets for the Texans - the guy gave my dad his three tickets for free!
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  • Momma2018Momma2018 414 replies33 threads Member
    I think it will be Colts, Ravens, Seahawks and Eagles
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  • authorauthor 332 replies29 threads Member
    I could easily go the other way on all the games except on the Seahawks. Granted the Cowboys beat the Saints...I just don't think the Cowboys are that good.

    Except for the Eagles/Bears, you are right @deb22, all the other point spreads are home team, so Vegas is essentially saying these teams are pretty much equals.

    Chargers have to overcome the west to east coast, 10am body clock start time.

    For Bears/Eagles and Chargers/Ravens, the interesting choice is whether you think the difference maker is the experienced QB vs.the inexperienced one or the suffocating defenses.

    @ProfessorPlum168 Do you think Trubisky is the new Joe Flacco?
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  • deb922deb922 6308 replies201 threads Senior Member
    edited January 2019
    The Colts are looking great early in this game @author. They say defense wins in the playoffs, don’t they?

    I think Phillip Rivers deserves more than he has achieved so I’d love for them to win. But Baltimore seems the hot team plus home field.

    I don’t have a team (sorry Lions fan) so don’t have a favorite in this round. And I’m not sure I can root too hard for the Bears lol
    edited January 2019
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 24586 replies19 threads Senior Member
    Chargers have to overcome the west to east coast, 10am body clock start time.

    Philip Rivers has 8 1/2 kids. 10 am is probably sleeping in for him.
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 6941 replies31 threads Senior Member
    I will predict a Colts win since I am watching the game with only 4 minutes to go they are 21/7.

    But all I have to say is DaBears ;)
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4184 replies92 threads Senior Member
    edited January 2019
    @author the Flacco comparison is a new one...hmmm...maybe... I think Trubisky's game now is like what Steve Young's was, early in his career when he was in Tampa Bay. Great with his legs, inconsistent with downfield passing but when he's on, he has the ability to throw a 75-80% completion rate.

    I think the Bears D will be too much for Foles, they will do to him like what the Clemson D did to Ian Book and Notre Dame, take away his short passing lanes, forcing him to go to option 2 and 3 and putting the heat on.
    edited January 2019
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  • authorauthor 332 replies29 threads Member
    Outside of the national TV game where Trubisky was coming off a hurt shoulder, he’s been very accurate in the last 3/4ths of the season.
    Chiefs open -6 in the Saturday early game next week. I'll take those points. I like the Colts straight up.
    A QB without playoff experience is always a concern. But man, Mahomes seems fearless.
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 6941 replies31 threads Senior Member
    Bears!
    Mahomes is great. Don't even know who to compare him to. Sometimes a great one comes along but I am truly surprised he has developed so quickly.
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  • BingeWatcherBingeWatcher 984 replies7 threads Member
    Yep, Mahomes is great as a Red Raider that I am I a pulling for the Chiefs.
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  • BingeWatcherBingeWatcher 984 replies7 threads Member
    @Knowsstuff Kliff Kingsbury is a big reason Patrick came into the NFL with the foundation of the spread offense, and of course God give talent and a father that was MLB pitcher.
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  • notrichenoughnotrichenough 9351 replies33 threads Senior Member
    Mahomes has hada great year, but there's been plenty of qbs who have been great their first year of playing, only to fizzle after the DC's have had time to figure them out. Or they get injured because they insist on running, which in the NFL gets you killed.

    Was hoping the Texans would win, as I think they would be an easier target for the Patriots than the Ravens or Chargers, but I guess they were easier for the Colts, too.

    I hate the Seachickens slightly more than the Cowgirls, so I guess I am rooting for Dallas? Ugh.

    Indy is the hottest team in the league right now, if they get by the Chiefs (and the Chiefs should be worried) maybe we'll get a DeflateGate revenge game in the AFCCG. Assuming the Patsies win next week, which is not a sure thing either.
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  • authorauthor 332 replies29 threads Member
    That was an obscenely good throw and catch for Seattle.Not having a kicker oddly helped Seattle on their last drive. More inventive and strategic play calling knowing they had four downs to get first downs and their 2-point conversion forced Dallas to score a touchdown.Pretty good back and forth game.
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  • authorauthor 332 replies29 threads Member
    My weird theory that your punter should always be able to placekick at least a high school kicker level was validated tonight.
    But, because they didn't have a kicker, the Seahawks got the two-pointer on that last touchdown and covered the spread.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4184 replies92 threads Senior Member
    I think in a few years, the extra point will become obsoleted as teams figure out that the odds of getting a 2 pointer is worth it. Similar to how analytics figured out that shooting 3 pointers in basketball are worth it.
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  • notrichenoughnotrichenough 9351 replies33 threads Senior Member
    The problem is that you generally don't have enough 2pt opportunities in a game to have a high probability of the odds working in your favor. In the NBA you can throw up 30 3's in a game.

    And that extra point in the NBA rarely affects strategy in a major way, whereas in the NFL it often means the difference between needing a field goal or a touchdown, which makes you play very differently depending on what you need.
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