From the Press Box: Your Two Stop Playoff Shop

Garda returns with this week's playoff game breakdowns.

What. Is. Up. I am Jim Rome and this is the Jungle, have a take, don't suck....

Oh wait, none of that is true.

Welcome to the Press Box then. Clearly I've lost my mind and I blame the NY sports radio landscape who cannot talk about anything but Rex Ryan's Tebowing-Wife-Sanchez tattoo.

We've already covered tats once here and I will not take that slow train to nonsense again so, I will reboot my sanity and do what NY radio should be doing: talking playoffs.

If you want my take on the Packers-Vikings game you can go three places.

Vikings vs. Packers: 5 Keys for the Minnesota Vikings to Advance in the Playoffs

Vikings vs. Packers: 5 Players That Will Be Critical to a Green Bay Victory

And here:

My guarantee with the first two links is that they are not slideshows and will make the Packers readership on this site happy.

Since that's out of the way, there are three other games other than Green-Bay Minnesota (I know, shocking!), so let's beat them down as well.

Let's start with the other NFC game or as I like to call it "a tale of two rookies".

Seattle vs Washington

First, another video with myself and our fearless leader Mr. Nagler talking this match-up.


For what it's worth I know 1) most of the audience here at CHTV hates the Seahawks and 2) many of the Seattle fans live down to expectations in the comments (actually the Skins fans are "special" too).

My full take on this game is this—if RG3 were healthy I'd probably lean towards Washington winning this game but even then, it's a coin flip.

Both teams have good defenses (Washington's run D is very stout), great rookie quarterbacks and tremendous running backs.

In the end I would back Marshawn Lynch against a top five run defense than Alfred Morris against a top ten run defense.

So I have the Seahawks winning in a hostile environment on Sunday.

Really could go either way though.

Cincinnati vs Houston

I just don't trust the Texans.

Matt Schaub isn't playing well, Arian Foster has been up and down the last month and the defense is giving up too many points.

It's not as thought Andy Dalton and friends is playing all that well—he was pulled last week because there was nothing to play for, but in the four games prior he's thrown five interceptions to four touchdowns and BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been very banged up (though is reportedly going to play).

Unlike the Texans though, the Bengals are on a winning streak and for the last nine games since the bye week, the defense is allowing an average of just 14 points.

Something about this strikes me as all wrong for the Texans even with home field advantage for the game. The Bengals come in with a year of experience under their belts for Dalton and AJ Green, winning seven of nine, three of their last four and with a red hot defense.

The Bengals look primed to win this game.

Indianapolis vs Baltimore

I might have been more on the fence before Ray Lewis decided to retire but I was still leaning towards Baltimore.

The Colts are a great story and Andrew Luck has been phenomenal—Offensive Rookie of the Year is another tough choice along with MVP—but that story ends here this year.

The Ravens defense has been playing well of late and will come out even more fired up for what will probably be Ray-Ray's final game in Baltimore. (The only way it isn't is if both the Ravens and Bengals make the AFC Championship, which is highly unlikely)

Luck has been much better with the ball the latter portion of the season, throwing just a pair of interceptions over the last four games while tossing six touchdowns.

But he has no running game and there is enough pressure coming his way this weekend that I expect a shaky game from him.

It'll be his first of what I imagine will be many playoff appearances, even if the stay is brief.

Expect a lot of Ray Rice offensively and a lot of pressure defensively—it's just going to be too much for the Colts.

And that's our four games for this week.

Next week we'll have another slate of four and in two weeks (at the same time as the Conference Championship games) I'll be making my now-annual trip to Mobile Alabama for the Super Bowl.

So expect a shift to some NFL Draft stuff in the near future as well.

Before I go—I leave you with this....... I mean seriously Hollywood? When is the sequel with Willis in a wheelchair?

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January 05, 2013 at 05:55 am

Turn the music down so Josh doesn't have to yell all the time!
Nice work.

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January 05, 2013 at 10:31 am

You know I often think the music is too loud on those things . But nothing will stop Zerkle from yelling! Thanks for the compliment.

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