Championship Games!

If only for Philly. I really wanted to see Philly be forced into a move where their 2-time super Bowl winning QB was not the guy to go with for the future.  Sadly, that slipped through the hands of Alshon Jeffery late in the 4th quarter of their game against the Saints. Still and all, the conundrum that is Carson Wentz will play on. He’s had 2 shitty years around his one great one, so only time will tell what the Eagles will do with Pholes.

But I digress.

Next weekend is the penultimate weekend of the season. Usually a coupe of hard-fought games that everyone enjoys. Except for the losing sides.

For your football pleasure we have:

  • Rams @ Saints
  • NE @ KC

It couldn’t be much easier for me to pick teams to root for. I’ve been a fan of the Chiefs since the Otis Taylor/Lenny Dawson/Hank Stram days, and since the Niners didn’t have much playoff success back then, they were the team I rooted for in the playoffs back in the day. KC has had their own share of playoff failure, and then some, so there’s that as well. And really. Tom fucking Brady again? He’s at .500 now in Super Bowls. 5-5. Which is pretty incredible for him to play that many SBs. Esp still doing it at age 40. But Jiminy Christmas, go away already. The Pats regularly coast through the regular season like the Warriors cruising through theirs. 6 gimmes a season is a nice place to start from.

Fuck it. I think the Pats lose without their refs handing them 3-4 gift (tuck rule) calls a game. I think Mahomes outduels Brady, and the Pats defense folds under the pressure.

38-28 Chiefs

Saints Rams? As much as I like Sean McVay, I can’t even begin to hope the Rams get to the Super Bowl. Well, there’s a small corner in my heart for my ex-brother-in-law who passed away a couple years ago who was a die-hard Rams fan. From the late 70s till the Rams left in ’95, we had a ton of running bets on games won, head-to-head, and points crushed by, that usually involved whiskey and beer, so, Steve, if they make it, I’ll gladly raise a toast to you.

The Saints? Hey why not? Their defense held together pretty well after a rough start yesterday. And Brees was dealing like he does. Philly suffered a ton of injuries to their D line yesterday and that didn’t help, but NO is in. I think this game is a close one, but not as high-scoring as one would think.

28-27 Saints

 

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14 Responses to Championship Games!

  1. Winder says:

    I hope KC can pull it out too. There is no way that i can even process a hope for the Rams to win this game. But talent wise the Rams just might do it. NO is gonna have to play some defense to win this one. Anyway, these 4 teams are the best the league has to offer so it’s good that they are there.

  2. NJ49er says:

    Hate the Rams like any 9er Fan would but….Wade Phillips vs Sean McVay is one for the record books.
    Given my normal process of picking trench players head to head and, QBs H2H, it would seem to me Rams DL vs NOLA OL is simply hard to overlook. Brees clearly has the advantage on Goff.
    I simply don’t know how well Wade can stifle Brees, given his weapons on D.
    Gurley and Kamara probably dominate this one.
    Should be lower scoring than expected and, I’ll give the edge to NOLA at home.

    AFC, 100% Chuck, TB wanted to be a 9er and all but, enough is enough already.
    Time for Andy Reid to get off the Playoff meltdown snide and steal one at home for PMa-Homie.
    Passing of the torch perhaps? Old to young?
    Can’t even bring myself to the chess match angle of Belichick vs Reid. Reid may as well be blindfolded in the dark but…some dumb luck is in high demand for this one.
    Gotta think home field advantages in this Round at the bare minimum.

  3. alleykat69 says:

    If Brees&Brady win this weekend will they call it the “Depends Bowl”?
    Two 40 + old QB’s still slinging the shit is pretty amazing..

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah hard to figure but the rules around hitting QBs has led to this.

    The Viagra Bowl . . . !

  5. NJ49er says:

    Rosters for the 70th Reese’s Senior Bowl will be released on Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    https://www.seniorbowl.com/rosters-2019.php

  6. Winder says:

    NJ- looked at the roster and it just makes me realize that i don’t know much about college players. I hardly recognized any names. Hope we can get some good information about some players.

    • NJ49er says:

      Up close and personal for Shanny & Lynch, Winder.
      That’s what matters. These are the kids that participate in this event to be recognized for their talent. Many guys don’t go, simply because an Agent advises against it.
      Totally understand injury concerns and all but, I commend the guys that do it anyway.
      These are the kinds of guys I refer to as ‘want it’ guys. I’d build my team with these guys any day of the week.
      Sure there are more talented guys out of view, many preparing for the Combine and all.
      But many of these guys in Mobile will not get a Combine invitation and, this is where they make an impression, in pads, accepting Coaching etc.
      I think it speaks volumes about ability and desire, vs drills and media exposure.

      I’m just a junkie for this stuff….. 😀

  7. NJ49er says:

    Here is the list of defensive ends that will be coached by the 49ers at the Senior Bowl:

    Ferguson is one of my ‘gamble targets’ if Lynch deals down. Like Sweat too.
    Anxious to see Granderson and Ximines.

    Anthony Nelson, Iowa, 6-7, 271
    Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech, 6-5, 262
    Carl Granderson, Wyoming, 6-5, 261
    Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia, 6-4, 280
    Montez Sweat, Mississippi State, 6-6, 245
    Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion, 6-4, 255

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Most of the guys hitting the Senior Bowl are trying to make a good impression and usually aren’t top-tier guys. Some guys go to raise their stock.

    Josh Allen was going to go, but he withdrew yesterday. His draft stock already took off so he didn’t feel the need to go.

    • NJ49er says:

      Injury risk and an Agent in his ear would be my guess Chuck.
      All about ‘want to’ for me. Football players risk injury everyday they play, or practice.
      Gotta appreciate the guys that want to do it is all.
      Hopefully Lynch and Shanny make some good decisions in April.
      Many of these guys will indeed raise their stock, simply by participating.
      Guys like Ferguson, for example, are also small school guys, who will get the chance to show how they stack up to better competition.
      Shanny and Staff will also get the opportunity to see how they take Coaching, and interact with teammates, in the same environment too. All positive IMO.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    I certainly don’t blame these guys for wanting to protect themselves. I mean holy shit. You stand to set your great grandchildren up for the rest of their lives. You blow out your knee in a semi-meaningless all star game AFTER your college career is over and it could cost you and yours millions and millions of dollars.

    The galling part to me is the absurd amount of money these colleges get from these players risking their necks for room and board basically. Education? Sure. Right. Maybe at Stanford. Even Cal is a joke when it comes to football student athletes.

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