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Sunday, 13 January, 2008 0:04 AM

NFL Playoffs: Weekend Preview 1/12-1/13/08

by Robert Banker
hardwhite@gmail.com

 

 

 

This week is an important week because of the Auto Show, but there is a lot of action going on in football. So let's look at some of the match ups this week in the NFL playoffs.

The Path to Perfection…

Saturday Night at 8 p.m. the eyes of the entire nation will once again turn to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. For the first time since 1972, an NFL team begins their playoff bid undefeated. No team in any sport has possibly ever went 16-0. This year's New England Patriots were the first NFL team to ever go 16-0. Though five teams have gone 13-0, only one team has gone 14-0 and that was the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

Saturday Brady and his Patriots look to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars and go 17-0, the same record the Dolphins had when they went undefeated and won a Super Bowl. The Jaguars bring the league's best pass rush and the dual headed rushing attack of Maurice Drew-Jones and Fred Taylor. After an early season quarterback switch, the Jaguars are in the playoffs and are a surprise team and viewed as the best shot at beating New England.

Defending Champions…

The Indy Colts look to repeat as Super Bowl champions this weekend by beginning their playoff stand against he San Diego Chargers. The Chargers were 14-2 last season and then lost in their first playoff game. The Chargers fired their entire coaching staff after last season and started off bad. Some people might say the Chargers are lucky to be here, others say that this team is on fire and ready to win.

This game will feature Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne for Indy. The Chargers have a lot more stars with Phillip Rivers, Ladanian Tomilson, Antonio Gates and Shawn Merriman. Tony Dungy is rumored to retire after this year so look for the Colts to try their hardest to repeat and send their coach out as a two-time Super Bowl champion. Manning may not be putting up the best numbers of his career this season but it doesn't matter as Indy is still on a roll. Also, remember the Colts are flying way under radar because everyone in America thinks the Patriots are a lock to win their fourth super bowl this decade.

The Jessica Effect...

After spending the Cowboys bye week in Mexico with Jessica Simpson, Tony Romo is looking to prove the critics wrong and defeat the Giants. The Giants destroyed the Lions earlier this year and the Lions lost by one point to the Cowboys in the closing seconds. It is rumored that Jessica Simpson highly effects Tony Romo's play since the two have started dating.

The Giants are an underdog, but the Giants also were an underdog last week but they still pulled off the win. Look for this one to be a hard fought game. The Giants are a team made up of good players with no real stand outs. The Cowboys are America's team and Romo and Terrel Owens are the poster boys for this team.

Last but not least…

Bret Favre is considered the greatest iron man in sports. He hasn't missed a start in nearly a decade, so he is ready to go. Now people have forgotten that the Packers are as good as they are. A young team that last season was as bad as the Lions at one point before turning things around, Farve is looking to lead them to success. Favre hasn't won or played in a Super Bowl since 1994. So this is a huge game for him, he also hasn't been in the second round of the playoffs in five years.

This game should be interesting; the Sea Hawks are out to prove that they are still good. The Seahawks won the NFC but lost in the Super Bowl when it was played in Detroit in 2006. Look for Matt Hasselback to be harassed all day by the Packers defense.

 

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