NFL fans will be happy with the games that are lined up for this weekend. While the Joe Gibbs hiring in Washington seems to of caught the most press
this week, there are some great matchups this weekend in the divisional round of this years playoffs.
The Colts vs. Chiefs game gives us two of the games most explosive offenses knocking heads with eachother. The Chiefs had a bye week and should be
plenty rested for the hot Colts who last week blew out the Broncos 41-10 behind Peyton Mannings 5 td performance. This game is going to come down to
who can run the ball better. If the Chiefs fall down early against the high-powered Colts, look for them to put the ball into Trent Greens hands to
try and make some plays. If this occurs look for the Colts to move on to the AFC Championship game. Priest Holmes needs to be taken out of this game
early if the Colts expect to have any chance. The Chiefs must somehow get pressure on a red-hot Manning and try to make him force his throws. That
will be tough to do considering Indianapolis has a good offensive line. Arrowhead may be the biggest advantage for the Chiefs this weekend.
My prediction is the Chiefs win this one 38-34.
The Titans with their no named defense have just continued to add up wins. After losing 5 straight to the Ravens, the Titans went into Baltimore last
week behind Eddie George (who played with a seperated shoulder the entire second half) and found a way to beat the Ravens. Tennessee won't have a
easier time this week when they travel to New England, the hottest team in the NFL. Tom Brady has been spectacular this year despite having a weak
running game behind him. Steve McNair who was picked off multiple times last week better bring his "A" game if he plans on going in and beating the
Patriots. This game will come down to which offense turns the ball over less. The Patriots have a remarkable way of winning games this year with no
"star" names. They are the true definition of what a team is suppose to be. They play as a group and are very difficult to stop when they are on
their game. The short passing game that New England implements is almost impossible to stop, so Tennessee better come in and get after Brady early.
Unlike the Colts vs Chiefs, this game will be very much a defensive battle.
Prediction : New England wins 17-14 setting up a Chiefs vs Patriots Championship in the AFC.
On to the NFC where this weekends battles are very differant than those in the AFC. The Carolina, Rams game is going to be the age old game of defense
vs offense. The Rams are a vulnerable team when they play great defenses. Carolina has probably one of the best front sevens in the league and if they
get to Bulger early expect the Rams to have 2 or more turnovers. Marshall Faulk seems to be a returning to his old form which could provide dangerous
if Carolina ends up blitzing to much in this game. Bulger will have to be quick on his feet this week and provide some kind of scrambling if he wants
to have a decent game. Jake Delhomme on the other side is a NFL anamoly. Most teams wouldnt consider him as a starter, but with Stephan Davis running
the way he has this year, Delhomme has just had to limit mistakes. He did better than that last week when he ripped apart the Cowboys top ranked
defense. The Rams are a differant team at home so I expect their large Tackles, Pace and Turley to control the outside and Faulk to be lef tin the
backfield often to pick up any missed blocks.
The Rams win this one by the skin of their chinny-chin-chin 24-23.
The Eagles got the matchup they did not want this week. They wanted the Seahawks to win last week in Green Bay, but the father of Favre seems to want
to provide the Packers with a few more miracles. The Packers have played inspired ball since the father of Brett Favre passed away nearly 3 weeks ago.
Green Bay has averaged 35.4 points in their last 4 games. They match up extremely well against the injury ridden Eagles who will be missing RB
Westbrook and LB Emmons. The Packers lit up the Eagles for 241 yards on the ground when they met earlier this year in a rainy Lambeau. The Packers
fumbles the ball 6 times and tossed another turnover to the Eagles. With that many turnovers most wouldve expected a blowout by the Eagles, but they
had to come back with 30 seconds left to pull ahead 17-14. The Eagles injury problems and record at home this year leans me to believe they will have
some major problems stopping Ahma Green and the Packers. This game is all about whoever wins the turnover battle. If the Eagles come out ahead on
turnovers, then the game is theirs for the taking.
The Packers upset the Eagles 31-21. Divine intervention continues.
[Edited on 9-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]
[Edited on 9-1-2004 by Dreamz]
[Edited on 9-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]