Penultimate Pigskin Party Preview

A couple very interesting games are on the docket today.

In the AFC, you have the 17th meeting of Peyton Manning (5 wins) and Tom Brady (11 wins). The last 10 years, the rivalry is 5-5, and their playoff matchups are 2-2. The caveat being Manning has won the last 2. Likely the last hurrah for Manning as a relevant QB, but you never know. Brady marches on through the AFC East yet again as he coasts his way to another deep playoff run. He looks to have a couple more seasons left in his arm.

Denver would seem to have the advantage due to its punishing defense, and Manning is having a fair-to-middling season, but he’s a lot like Aaron Rodgers. Able to pull himself together as the situations become dire. Still and all, betting against Brady this late in the season would be a fool’s bet.

New England 30 – Denver 24

The NFC is featuring 2 teams that each have a Super Bowl loss to their credit. The Panthers of course are an expansion team that came to life in 1995 and reached the Super Bowl in their 9th season, only to lose Super Bowl XXXVIII to the Patriots and a young Tom Brady 32-29 in one of the better Super Bowls in recent memory.  AZ on the other hand has been around since 1920, and haven’t won a championship of any kind since 1947. They however were 34 seconds away from a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII over the Steelers in yet another exciting Super Bowl. They lost only for a fantastic catch by Santonio Holmes in the back of the end zone. A big part of that Pittsburgh win came at the hands of a 100 yard pick 6 by LB James Harrison as time ran out in the 1st half. A 14 point swing to close the half as all AZ needed to do was get him out of bounds, and couldn’t.

Today? Most of this game depends on Carson Palmer. He played pretty badly last week, and they couldn’t put away a mediocre Green Bay team. One that was only in the game for Aaron Rodgers’ strength of will. Palmer threw a completely awful pick in the end zone, and short-armed another throw for a pick. He played like he didn’t want to make mistakes, and failed. If he can settle down and shred the questionable panther secondary, they can roll up some points. Cam Newton showed he can shred defenses with the best of them, but their problem is getting and blowing leads. If Carolina can run, I think they take AZ pretty handily. I think they do, and Carolina wins a high-scoring affair.

Carolina 37 – AZ 28


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35 Responses to Penultimate Pigskin Party Preview

  1. Winder says:

    I don’t see the Broncos beating NE. The NFC game will be won by the team who makes the least mistakes. I hope the Cards win but I think home field advantage and the way the Panthers have been playing will be too much for the Cards.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    This one is going to be about halftime adjustments, barring another NE TD before the half.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    VD has one target and no catches.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Oooh. Sanders fakes out Manning. Nice D on the next one.

  5. snarkk says:

    For some TV related reason, the further west (Denver v. Charlotte) game today started first. Anybody know what the bullcrap TV reason is for that?…

  6. unca_chuck says:

    So they could put the east coast game in prime time

    Like the Niners and GB a couple years ago. They could have played that game in the day where the temp would have been bad but tolerable, but instead they played it at night where it was -50 below with the wind chill.

  7. Winder says:

    We get no respect out here I tell ya. East Coast bias is alive and well.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    NE should stop throwing to the sidelines. All their bad plays are trying to hit those passes.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. Refs making their presence known. Thats identical to the hit on Giovanni Bernard that wasn’t called.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Neither QB is playing very well. Brady has missed a lot of plays. Denver’s D is the difference.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    How many times can they stop Brady? NE pass pro is not doing their job.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Yow. Denver’s defense loomed large.

  13. Nipper says:

    Despite the hype ……..defense wins

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Ted Ginn with a couple big plays.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Palmer coming up small again.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Harbaugh couldn’t get shit from Ginn.

    Peterson with a horrible 20 seconds.

  17. snarkk says:

    Was that Kyle Williams in there on the punt return for the Cards?…

  18. Nipper says:

    Skeebs was happy today. A big yes for the first game at least. For Skeebs that’s about as happy as he gets on his blog!

  19. snarkk says:

    Palmer looking so far like not ready for prime time. That half was embarrassing for both teams. If the Walsh 9ers were up this much at half, Walsh would put pedal to the metal and try to stomp on the neck of the oppo in the second half. Last week, Panthers sat on their big lead. I’d like to see them not fall prey to that again — just go out and play to score more…

    • Lurker John says:

      I’ve never understood that mentality, snarkk. The Broncos showed today what happens when you don’t take your foot of the gas. Their D kept coming hot and heavy until the last snap and I believe it won them the game. Pounded the shit out of Brady.

      Last week the prevent defense (prevent you from winning) almost cost the Panthers the game. At least they learned from that and did the opposite this week. I still say that football coaches are the most conservative dudes out there.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah. Riverboat Ron nearly blew it last week. Interesting to see if they get complacent again.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Well, Palmer did his part to keep AZ out of it.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    Rivera goes for 2??

  23. Lurker John says:

    Wow, hard to argue with the Panthers getting to the big dance. The Cards shit a big turd in this one. I would guess Carolina is the immediate favorite in the Super Bowl. I’m pulling for the Broncos but I think they’re going to get killed.

  24. Flavor says:

    today is the 34 year anniversary of us winning our first, beating the Bengals. Doesn’t seem like that long ago….

    • ewisco says:

      really? it seems like forever ago. heck, the 2010 WS seems like a galaxy far, far away. i remember going to the 49er parade but i don’t remember much about it ( i might have been drinking ;). the 2010 parade seemed to be much more of a scene but driving up from the peninsula (1982) and trying to take an overloaded BART system (2010) may have something to do with perspective. i know i had one of the gold 49er jackets that a buddy of mine who worked in the t-shirt industry way back when was able to get me. cost me $50 or so which was a lot of money back then. i have no idea where it is now. we were also sporting “mad-dog wershing” shirts that we made because how many kickers get a PF for unnecessary roughness?

      but wow that was a LONG time ago.

  25. Nipper says:

    Looks like its Carolina’s year. Manning was barely able to air it down the field and he knows it. Broncos should lose the Super Bowl. Their D will not stop Carolina. Of course predictions are bull.

  26. unca_chuck says:

    34 years? Yikes. I barely remember the 2nd half as I thought we would coast going away. Was at someone’s apt in Berkeley, and drank 1/2 a quart of mescal at halftime, and split the worm. I remember the goal line stand, but nothing after that. Woke up laying in the ivy about 7 hours later. Haven’t drank tequila since. Just happy a friend taped the game so i could see the 4th quarter.

  27. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, Denver’s defense was impressive yesterday, but Palmer was terrible. I don’t see Cam playing that bad. Manning did little with the great field position his defense was giving him. Don’t like either of those teams, but I really would have enjoyed Denver losing that game in the end.

    Just another Super Bowl beat-down for Manning will have to do I suppose.

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