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Sunday, January 18, 2015

What to Watch this Weekend - Championship Weekend

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This settles it, the NFL is a Quarterback league.  Name the top four Quarterback's in the NFL and they will be made up of some combo of the four QBs playing today.  That is a little bit nuts that all of their teams have made it to this point but it shows that the rules created to keep them upright and healthy have worked.  Hooray rules!   Anyway, who's playing?

Sunday
3pm
  • Packers at Seahawks - (Fox) Can the Packers bring their offense into Seattle and get through the Seahawks defense?  That defense is still dominant and playing at a level perhaps even better than they were during last year's run.  The biggest question here is whether or not Rodgers calf is healed enough to let him play like he did in the second half of last week's game where he looked like the best player in the NFL.  This game is very exciting as we get to watch those two match up against one another.  On the other side of the ball it's Russell Wilson and a decent if uninspiring offense against a defense that looks like it's lost it's edge with Clay Matthews moved to inside linebacker.  Meh.  I'll be looking at chips during those series.  Mmmm chips.  I really think the Seahawks will win this game but my official prediction just switched!  Packers upset the Seahawks!  Pack 30 - Hawks 24
6:30pm
  • Colts at Patriots - (CBS)  Andrew Luck cannot escape the new guard label and this game quick wins the storyline war.  Tom Brady is still on top of his game and the Patriots will continue to show that they can take away all the talent around him and still win games as Bill Belichick was seen snickering "watch what I'm going to put him through now."  Seriously though this game is all about the Quarterbacks and I expect it to be high scoring.  Fortunately for the Patriots they have a triumvirate of Rutgers defenders who will intercept all of Andrew Luck's passes as Rutgers defenders are wont to do.  Patriots win 41-33

Enjoy!


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Buckeyes Win the National Championship

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The Buckeyes beat the Ducks and Urban Meyer is a hero.  Despite being thought of as somewhat of a longshot 5th place team in the week before the Final Four was announced, Ohio State showed that the Playoff really works as they soundly outplayed the #1 seed and the #2 seed over the last two weeks.

After the first two Oregon drives this game was owned by Ohio.  It was surprising to see that turnaround actually.  Oregon's RB Tyner looks bigger, faster, and stronger than everyone on his few series as he exploded out of the backfield and knocked down one defender after another on those early carries.  It looked like his running was going to keep creating those wide open running and passing lanes that Mariota and this offense enjoyed all season long.

But that stopped for some reason.  Ohio State's Elliot broke off a couple of longer runs and it seemed like the entire Buckeye squad realized that they could play with these Ducks despite the large spread.  Cardale Jones looked like a bigger slower Vince Young out there and just kept converting third downs.  There was no slowing down Ohio State's offense for the Ducks.  As good as Oregon's offense has been they didn't look that special after the first quarter.

The big questions now are what happens with the QBs and Urbz.  There are rumors that Urban "decay" Meyer might not be long for Ohio State after another year.  The team is filled with Freshmen and Sophomores so they will likely be the favorites coming into next year and I bet that he'd leave after that to try to coach a pro team before completely failing and coming groveling back to Utah three years later.  

The QBs Miller, Barrett, and Jones are all legit weapons and could easily lead this team to many wins next year.  The problem is that they will not want to split that responsibility three ways.  There is already rampant speculation that Braxton Miller will transfer to LSU, Oregon, Duke, or any number of places.  Jones just declared that he wasn't going to the NFL so we'll see how that goes.  Barrett broke his ankle so it's not like that should require much recovery once it's healed like an ACL or Achilles would.  I guess Jones and Barrett will battle it out this Spring and Summer for QB1 and QB2.  Anyway, they will have their work cut out for themselves this season as they have to play Rutgers in New Jersey next season.  Just ask Michigan how that goes.



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