Thursday, January 5

CDP Playoff Preview.

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(WARNING: Football content abound!)

Before I get into the NFL business, a quick word on the Rose Bowl. I have never seen a game quite like the one played last night. It was an intant classic, and honestly the most exciting game I've seen in years. Hats off to both teams; they were amazingly fun to watch. Vince Young is my new favorite quarterback; he put on one of the greatest college football performances ever. Watching him play was like staring directly into the future of the NFL; a completely unstoppable captain. Did you see the numbers he put up last night? The guy's a freak, and I can't wait to see him play again. Let's move on.

Here's a brief playoff prediction rundown, for those in the know. These 10 games leading to Super Bowl XL are really shaping up to be some of the best in recent history. If you're in an office pool or just want to appear intelligent around your muscular-guy friends, here's the quick skinny (predicted winners in bold).

For all those who don't care about football, I'll be talking about Arrested Development tomorrow, so everyone gets a piece. I'm good like that.

WILD CARD WEEKEND.

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Home-field advantage should be just enough for the Bucs and Giants to advance in their first-round matches; expect high-scoring affairs in both NFC matchups. Mark Brunell and Clinton Portis will keep the Redskins into the fray right down to the wire, but won't be able to pull off the last-second victory. New England should be able to soundly handle Jacksonville on Saturday, and look for Pittsburgh to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the playoffs, when they bump off Cincinnati at home.

DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS.

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In an old-school NFC Central matchup, Chicago's defense will put Tampa Bay out of commission early on in the game. Eli Manning will have the game of his career, but in the end, Seattle and Shaun Alexander will emerge victorious. New England will throw down a relative upset in Denver, when their playoff experience is too much for the Broncos. Pittsburgh will make their battle with the Colts an instant classic, but Tony Dungy's squad will ultimately limp into the AFC Championships.

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS.

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If my picks are correct, these two games will be amazing. The Bears will travel to Seattle and emerge with the NFC title after a defensive shutdown of the Seahawks' offensive line. Expect a low-scoring affair, with no more than a touchdown separating the final score. In an AFC battle for the ages, Tom Brady will fall to Peyton Manning in an exciting air battle in Indianapolis. With games like these, it's a shame that one of them has to lose, but in the end, the Colts will be hoisting their much-deserved AFC crown.

SUPERBOWL XL.

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The Bears and the Colts will take the field together for Superbowl 40, but the night will belong only to Peyton Manning and his Indianapolis team. Putting the touches on an almost perfect season, the Colts will take what they have coming to them, and bring the Lombardi trophy back to Indiana. Expect Chicago to force a few early turnovers and put Manning against the ropes in the first half; leading to a fourth-quarter comeback that will make you forget all of the terrible beer commercials and ED ads.

There you go.

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Comments:
Dream on!!!!

How did Tampa Bay get in the playoffs? Wild card? Because they totally stunk when I saw them play!

I think the Colts might blow it...
 
What are you 'dream on-ing' about? don't you want to see the Colts win?

Tampa Bay made it in because the NFC is a bit weak this year, and they came through in the clutch. You know that the 'Skins are one of my favorite teams, but I'll be pleasantly surprised if they can make it to the second round. Either way, these games are going to rule.

For the record, here were Vince Young's numbers last night:

Passing: 30-40/267 yds.
Rushing: 19 Rush/200 yds.
3 Touchdowns (including that spectacular game-winning TD).

Seriously. This guy's out of this world. He's the best thing to come out of Texas since the Impossibles.
 
My favorite part of the game was Aaron Taylor's Wheaties barrage during the post-game.
 
Couldn't sleep last night and stayed up to watch the game, soooo glad I did. What Young did last night must be every quarterbacks dream.
BTW I like your NFL matchups being a Pats fan I am bias to their chances, but they have been CLUTCH.
 
'Cereal for everybody! WHOOOO!'

That Wheaties thing was hilarious. Personally, I've been doing Keith Jackson impressions all day to anyone who will listen. I've got it down to a science.

Yeah. Again, Vince Young was God-like out there last night. It's not every day that you see a 6'5", 240lb. QB bowling people over and completing 30 passes.

In my opinion, the Patriots are the only first-round team that has any chance of making the Superbowl. I really like Washington, Pittsburgh and Cincy, but Tom Brady can pretty much do anything he wants out there.
 
As the game wore on, I was trying to figure out how much I would cry if the Packers landed Vince Young. Not that it is really a position of need, but I couldn't help it.

I'll be pulling for a Chad Johnson Super Bowl this yeah, though I think you are right about a Colts/Bears or Seahawks one.
 
I thought Vince was staying another year at Texas? Forgive me if I'm way off, I just thought I heard that for some reason.

Man, could you imagine Vince Young wearing the green and gold? Brett Favre is pretty much my most beloved athlete of all human history, but he can't do this forever. In fact, we probably saw him play his last game Sunday.
 
You know who the packers should pick? David Carr. Now THAT would be hot.
 
Carr's not going anywhere. Besides, what's 'hot' isn't always what's 'good.'

Vince Young has chunks of guys like David Carr in his stool.

I miss Phil Hartman.
 
Um, the only thing important in football is "hot"...
 
Have you ever seen Wiliam 'The Refrigerator' Perry?
 
didn't he die?
 
Well, his career sure did.
 

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