posted on Jan, 6 2005 @ 11:27 AM
AFC Wildcard Games
Chargers (12-4) vs. Jets (10-6)
There isn’t enough words to describe the season that the Chargers had. Who knows or even who can begin to say how the Chargers turned their season
around. Maybe it was drafting Rivers, that inspired Brees to finally get his act together and be the QB that the Chargers knew he could be, and maybe
Marty realized that he could be out of San Diego if he formed another losing season. We all know that many of the games that the Chargers won in the
past years was because of LT, but this season it was different the offense put up points behind both Brees and LT, and the defense just shut down
teams in general. They put together a great record of 11-5, and made points question if this team was still just a walkover, but week 6 we all knew
the Chargers couldn’t be walked over. And now they are in the playoffs facing a very questionable Jets team.
When I say questionable I mean questionable, these last couple of games against the Pats, Rams, have been embarrassing for a playoff team of their
caliber. The Jets started this season off so well going 5-0 at one point, and then somewhere down the season, something hit the jets and they just
started to lose, in their last 10 games, the Jets put up a record of 5-5. Not to mention that The jets QB is pretty banged up which will no doubt hurt
the chances of the Jets moving on to the Divisional game. It seems that at every position the Jets have there is just somebody slightly better on the
The Chargers have a more efficient and healthier Drew Brees over Jets Chad Pennington. I still would take the Chargers young and powerful LT over the
chargers Martin, even though he has had what I think his best season in his all ready Hall of Fame career. And lets not even start to talk about the
TE position. Gates can dominate a game no matter what.
Prediction: The Chargers are going to man handle the jets over the field, as much of a New York fan that I am, I just don’t see the Jets winning
this game. The Chargers are going to pound the run, and if that doesn’t work Brees is going to show his skill in passing the football.
Colts (12-4) vs. Broncos (10-6)
This will be the 4th meeting in the past 13 months between these two teams. The Colts and Broncos both have won games, easily, and both have lost
games heavily. This past season the Broncos won 37-10 and then the colts rebounded and won 41-10 with Manning having a perfect passer rating.
Simply put the Broncos are a good football team, they have a sound young squad that got them here in the first place. Sure the broncos won the last
game of the season just a week ago, but that was with Manning only playing 3 plays and then hitting the clipboard and headset to take notes for the
following week. This is no lie that Manning is going to put in many sleep-less nights preparing for this game. And it will show this weekend.
Manning is going to be up for the award of MVP, which is another discussion and should be won by another Qb, in Brees. But Manning has put this team
in winning conententino, and will continue against the Broncos, will Bailey playing awful as of late, look for manning to pick apart this Broncos
secondary and just hurt them will the ball, and to run the ball with James who has silently gained 1,500 rushing yards, yes that is one of the highest
totals in the NFL, even more than LT of the Chargers, and only a 100 odd some yards below Martin, who is the leading rusher of the league.
Prediction: Manning leads the Clots to an easy victory after having his team more than prepared for this battle with the Broncos, its going to be
close but in the end it will be an easily won victory.
[Edited on 1/6/2005 by Ben]