NFL open thread, Sunday divisional playoffs

posted at 11:55 am on January 16, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated their arch-rivals, the Baltimore Ravens 31-24, in one of the more exciting games in that series.  The two teams combined for 55 points, when they usually have trouble reaching 30.  The Green Bay Packers nearly scored as many points all to themselves in a surprising rout of the #1 NFC seed Atlanta Falcons — making me 2-0 yesterday, and 4-2 so far in the post-season.  Can I keep the magic going today?  We’ll see:

  • Seahawks at Bears – It’s tempting to laugh this one off, but Seattle beat the Bears earlier this year in Chicago, 23-20.  At the time, Da Bears had trouble protecting Jay Cutler and the running game was struggling.  Chicago has fixed both problems in the second half of the season, which will make it difficult for the Seahawks, even playing their best football of the season the last couple of weeks.  Bears over Seahawks, 27-17.
  • Jets at Patriots – Well, we can be fairly sure that the Jets will play better than their previous visit to Foxboro, when they got thumped 45-3.  But will it be that much better?  The Jets surprised the Colts on the road last week, but Rex Ryan has to hope that the bye week makes New England as sluggish as the Falcons were last night.  If Tom Brady and the Patriots pick up where they left off in the regular season in this game, they will be unbeatable.  Pats over Jets, 31-21.

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Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated their arch-rivals, the Baltimore Ravens

Again. Hee hee hee.

Patriots must lose, that’s all that is important.

Bishop on January 16, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Cutler chokes again and the Seahawks play the Packers next week in Seattle for the NFC title. We’re going for a 3 on the Richter Scale!

Mallard T. Drake on January 16, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Ed, did you DVR the Steelers game yesterday? It was certainly a study in something, but I don’t know what.

Scott P on January 16, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Let’s see. Bears and Seahawks are playing in Soldier’s Field today. Temperature right now in Chicago is just around 10 degrees; add in that nice breeze blowing off Lake Michigan which should drop the temperature in the stadium down to the place where at the very least, fans won’t have to worry about their beer getting warm.

Yep, it’s a safe bet both teams are going to freeze their buns off today.

pilamaye on January 16, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Barring a complete “meltdown”— Mostly cloudy with snow flurries developing late. High 23F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.— by the Bears, this should be the Seahawks last game of their season. Bears 27-21 in a slippery game.

Tom Brady has been on his way to another Hall of Fame season racking up Marino-like numbers, 3900 yds—36 TD’s. Neither team allows much in the running game and the Pats do rank #30 in passing yards allowed, (258). That said, the Pats are averaging over 37 points per game in their last eight. Patriots 34-24 over the Jets. (Only one way the Jets win this game—huge ground game with long drives that eat up the clock, AND no turnovers.)

Weather: Sun and clouds mixed. High 32F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Rovin on January 16, 2011 at 12:07 PM

There early consensus here in the comments was that the Pack would prevail, whereas I thought ATL was a no-brainer. Even as a conservative, that’s what I get for going against the righty hive mind.

/hoping4redemptiongoseahawks

elcapt on January 16, 2011 at 12:09 PM

How to beat the Patriots by Eric Mangini

In our 2006 game — a 17-14 Jets win over the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, the last time Brady lost at home — we hit Brady a bunch of times because we had a massive commitment to disguise, disguise, disguise and they hadn’t seen it, hadn’t expected it. The next game — a 37-16 New England wild-card win over the Jets — they built in tools to deal with it.

You have to start with a plan against the Patriots, but you better have something else as a changeup. In the Browns’ Nov. 7 win, we had one game plan for the first half and a different game plan for second half. Then we went back to some stuff in second half from first half.

When I came to the Jets, everything was designed and built to beat New England. One of the main reasons I hired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was because the Patriots always struggled against that system of shifting and motioning that Schottenheimer does. It’s a very disciplined approach against the role-based offense the Patriots employ. That can be a factor because New England has a young defense.

commodore on January 16, 2011 at 12:10 PM

I wonder if Belichek has illegal game film of Jet’s coaches practicing their illegal tripping techniques?

Bishop on January 16, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Cutler chokes again and the Seahawks play the Packers next week in Seattle for the NFC title. We’re going for a 3 on the Richter Scale!

Mallard T. Drake on January 16, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Cutler’s consistently inconsistent. He’ll likely star this week as the Bears win. He’ll save his choking for next week. That said, I do wish the Bears O-line protected him better.

Go Bears: 25 years since the playoff run of the 1985 Bears. But for Marino’s quick release in that November MNF game….

BuckeyeSam on January 16, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Kill the Patwiots, kill the Patwiots, kill the Patwiots!!!!

Vince on January 16, 2011 at 12:11 PM

So much for the South being the NFC’s “toughest division”, eh? Both seeds from that division went 1 and out. At least the Saints didn’t get killed the way the Dirty Birds did last night. My guess is that Green Bay will be the NFC rep in Dallas.

The Saints are as I recall 0-3 in playoff games in Chicago. I doubt Seattle will have any luck either, unless Hasselbeck plays a game comparable to the one he played last week.

Just heard some fans on NYC’s WFAN…they sounded worried. Most of them brought up all of the past week’s trash talk from the Jets aimed at the Patriots. But far more dangerous is a rested Bill Belichick-last year he didn’t have the luxury of the week off, and they lost to the Ravens.

Del Dolemonte on January 16, 2011 at 12:12 PM

What happened to the NFC South? Three teams with 10 wins and the two that do get into the playoffs (Tampa missing out only b/c of tie breakers) are knocked out at the first chance. Did Carolina going 0-6 in the Division inflate their win totals THAT much?

LastRick on January 16, 2011 at 12:13 PM

I wonder if Belichek has illegal game film of Jet’s coaches practicing their illegal tripping techniques?

Bishop on January 16, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Yeah, he found it on wikileaks.

Del Dolemonte on January 16, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Cutler chokes again and the Seahawks play the Packers next week in Seattle for the NFC title. We’re going for a 3 on the Richter Scale!

Mallard T. Drake on January 16, 2011 at 11:59 AM

In. Your. Dreams. Pal.

It’s 18 degrees here as I type and the wind is kicking up and coming off the lake. Be prepared to wipe those freezing tears from your face, cause Chicago is going all the way.

Knucklehead on January 16, 2011 at 12:13 PM

What happened to the NFC South? Three teams with 10 wins and the two that do get into the playoffs (Tampa missing out only b/c of tie breakers) are knocked out at the first chance. Did Carolina going 0-6 in the Division inflate their win totals THAT much?

LastRick on January 16, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Can’t give any excuses for the Atlanta loss last night. But the Saints went into their playoff game last week missing many of their best players-9 of them as I recall. They would probably have been hard-pressed to win that game at home missing all those players, much less do it in a noisy dome in Seattle. They played with many of their RBs hurt much of the year, so the fact that they made the playoffs at all was something of a miracle.

Del Dolemonte on January 16, 2011 at 12:15 PM

commodore on January 16, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Mangini is the analyst in the booth for today’s game.

Del Dolemonte on January 16, 2011 at 12:17 PM

cause Chicago is going all the way.
Knucklehead on January 16, 2011 at 12:13 PM

As long as they keep that team from the crackhead wasteland known as Wisconsin out of the big show, that’s all I care about.

Besides, Chicagoanitestians need something to cheer about, their taxes are about to go through the roof.

Bishop on January 16, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Bears by 13 and because the Patriots live to infuiate me, they will win on a last second field goal.

Vince on January 16, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Knucklehead on January 16, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Oh, and 18 degrees? Pffft! It’s a wonderful 6 degrees of globally warmed bliss outside my shop window, I’ll be breaking out the kiddie pool, maybe throw on a pair of shorts and flip flops and hang out on the deck.

Bishop on January 16, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Green Bay won? How did Favre do?

right2bright on January 16, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Bishop on January 16, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Isn’t it about time for them to have another Global Warming Summit?
Upstate would be a great place, seeing as the last few summits have been shortened by snow and freezing temps.

right2bright on January 16, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Go Steelers!!!

Wait.

ladyingray on January 16, 2011 at 12:26 PM

I turned off Falcons-Packers in the third quarter last night, convinced the game was over. The Fox Sports on air personalities, of course, deemed the game over before it began. No truth to the rumor that Joe Buck and Aaron Rodgers were seen outside the Georgia Dome holding hands after the game…

radjah shelduck on January 16, 2011 at 12:27 PM

The only Yankee worse than a New Yorker is a New Englander.

Come on Jets, play like it is 1969!

Limerick on January 16, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Pats will win.
Seahawks will win.

John the Libertarian on January 16, 2011 at 12:33 PM

What a weird year.

I remember when the NFC teams used to dominate. Now a 7-9 team could possibly host the NFC championship.

A Packers-Bears game would be a lot better though. Have they ever met in a conference championship game (Super Bowl era)?

I have to admit, I am a bit relieved that The Steelers pulled it out. I’d much rather face them next week.

They just seem a bit off this year, and the Pats do well against them of late. I haven’t been paying very close attention, but Big Ben just isn’t the same this year and Mendenhall is a good back, but he can be shut down frequently.

reaganaut on January 16, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Besides, Chicagoanitestians need something to cheer about, their taxes are about to go through the roof.

Bishop on January 16, 2011 at 12:18 PM

And I love you too.

The recall of the Governor has already begun by the same tools who voted for him. You just can’t make this stuff up.

Knucklehead on January 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM

J-E-T-S

JETS
JETS
JETS

galtg on January 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Patriots must lose, that’s all that is important.

Bishop on January 16, 2011 at 11:59 AM

This

aunursa on January 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM

I have to root for the Bears because my wife is from Chicago.

aunursa on January 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Ed, did you DVR the Steelers game yesterday? It was certainly a study in something, but I don’t know what.

Scott P on January 16, 2011 at 12:01 PM

For the Ravens a complete mess. For the steelers one half of a complete mess.

CWforFreedom on January 16, 2011 at 12:37 PM

I have to root for the Bears because my wife is from Chicago.

aunursa on January 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM

As long as she is from Chicago and not still living there, that’s ok.

Vince on January 16, 2011 at 12:38 PM

I am going with the Seahawks even though my heart is with Da Bears. Matt Hasselback is a play off tested QB. Jay Cutler, on the other hand… IS NOT. The weather is definitely going to factor into the game and this should ideally favor the Bears… but it could also see Cutler chucking a few INT’s.

Let’s see if Pete Carroll can win a play off game on a Sunday… he probably loves Saturdays more than any other :=)

nagee76 on January 16, 2011 at 12:39 PM

As long as they keep that team from the crackhead wasteland known as Wisconsin out of the big show, that’s all I care about.

Bishop on January 16, 2011 at 12:18 PM

What is it with you and the constant Wisconsin hate? Was your mom poisoned by bad cheese curds when she was carrying you in the womb?

Mr. Bali Hai on January 16, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Green Bay won? How did Favre do?
Favre ?? You must be joking right ? I will reply with another joke… Favre did great ! He was texting all game long to a former cheerleader who goes by the name of Jenn Sturger.

By Favre’s count he did great.

nagee76 on January 16, 2011 at 12:42 PM

A Packers-Bears game would be a lot better though. Have they ever met in a conference championship game (Super Bowl era)?
reaganaut on January 16, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Nope, don’t think so.

Knucklehead on January 16, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Patriots/Bears Super Bowl XLV

Geronimo on January 16, 2011 at 12:44 PM

I wonder if Belichek has illegal game film of Jet’s coaches practicing their illegal tripping techniques?

Bishop on January 16, 2011 at 12:11 PM

+6

Touchdown for good humor.

Geochelone on January 16, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers STEALERS defeated their arch-rivals, the Baltimore Ravens 31-24, in one of the more exciting games in that series. The two teams combined for 55 points, when they usually have trouble reaching 30.

FIFY.

PappyD61 on January 16, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Bishop..not sure if this prompted your comment earlier but
per Mike Florio:

Now, Jay Glazer of FOX has gotten his hands on evidence to support that assertion.

Moments ago, Glazer showed video of a loose alignment of Patriots players along the white stripe during a Jets punt. Though they weren’t standing shoulder to shoulder and toe to toe like Sal Alosi and his North Jersey mob, six or seven Pats were up on the edge of the sideline, and one of them appears to try to trip the gunner.

Glazer said that the Jets became aware of the maneuver after signing a Patriots practice-squad player, who blew the whistle on his former team.

Tapes suck. Well unless you can destroy them.

CWforFreedom on January 16, 2011 at 12:49 PM

PappyD61 on January 16, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Sore losers everywhere.

Go Steelers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pappy how old are you?

CWforFreedom on January 16, 2011 at 12:50 PM

P-A-T-S

PATS
PATS
PATS

skree on January 16, 2011 at 12:50 PM

skree on January 16, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Seriously? Copying the Jets. Lame.

CWforFreedom on January 16, 2011 at 12:52 PM

It’s gonna be Green Bay vs. New England in the Bowl.

John the Libertarian on January 16, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Not copying… taunting. :-) It could also look like this:

J-E-T-S

SUCK
SUCK
SUCK!

:-)

cannonball on January 16, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Tapes suck. Well unless you can destroy them.

Saw that “story”.

All I can do is laugh.

PDS.

Patriots Derangement Syndrome.

reaganaut on January 16, 2011 at 12:57 PM

“In Rex We Trust”

This game against the Cheatriots is HUGE. If it were against any other team, and the Jets lost, I’d say “Great season…wait til next year”. A loss now, today, to the Belicheat Bunch would be devastating.

I want every one of those fans in Foxboro today to leave that stadium in tears.

JetBoy on January 16, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Alright, alright, I’m convinced now. The Patriots keep winning year after year because they cheat, and the Steelers keep winning because all the officiating crews in the NFL have conspired to favor them in making calls. I mean c’mon, the Steelers had 9 penalties for 93 yards while the Ravens only got flagged 6 tines for 74 yards. It’s not fair!

Let me be clear, the Patroits and Steelers are not winners because they are good, it must be something else, like the vitriolic right wing political climate!!!11!. ELEVENTY

forest on January 16, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Patriots and maybe seahawks win. The Leprechauns, Welker and Whitehead will mesmerize!

tim c on January 16, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Alright, alright, I’m convinced now. The Patriots keep winning year after year because they cheat…

No no no…they certainly were caught cheating that year, and will forever have an asterisk.

JetBoy on January 16, 2011 at 1:08 PM

I predict that little fella, Wes Welker, is going to have a big day. He’s just a wee bit of a thing, but so fun to watch.

myrenovations on January 16, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Tapes suck. Well unless you can destroy them.

CWforFreedom on January 16, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Like the NFL did to the Patriots tapes, after they showed them to the public?

Del Dolemonte on January 16, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Patriots/Bears Super Bowl XLV

Geronimo on January 16, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Please, we saw what happened the last time a Super Bowl had those 2 teams. Speaking of which it was 24 years ago this week that the Patriots finally beat Miami in Miami to go to The Big Dance. The Big Dance was fun, until midway thru the first quarter.

“Berry the Bears”?

Del Dolemonte on January 16, 2011 at 1:13 PM

I want every one of those fans in Foxboro today to leave that stadium in tears.

PDS.

I think the only hope for the Jets would be to leave the conference. The Patriots are obviously deep inside their heads.

I can’t wait to see what new scandal the Jets organization will fabricate after the beating they take today. You know it is coming. The Patriots put something in the water. The Patriots bugged the Jets locker room and learned their super-genius game plan.

I can’t put my finger on it, but whatever it is, the Jets provide an endless supply of high comedy.

reaganaut on January 16, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Not copying… taunting. :-) It could also look like this:

J-E-T-S

SUCK
SUCK
SUCK!

:-)

cannonball on January 16, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Someone on the Free Republic thread went one better:

J-E-T-S = Just Enough Toes to Suck

Del Dolemonte on January 16, 2011 at 1:14 PM

No no no…they certainly were caught cheating that year, and will forever have an asterisk.

JetBoy on January 16, 2011 at 1:08 PM

A 1 game asterisk only. The game against the Jets, which as I recall was early in the season.

Del Dolemonte on January 16, 2011 at 1:16 PM

forest on January 16, 2011 at 1:03 PM

We originally posted this WFAN interview as having been conducted during Super Bowl week. It actually dates back to September. Regardless, it’s still interesting to note how commonplace former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson feels the use of cameras is by NFL teams. He admits he used them to steal signs all the time.

Q: How about the spying thing Jimmy. You’re a coach does that bother you what Belichick did?

JJ: Oh please. I’ve said it on our show. Eighteen years ago a scout for the Chiefs told me what they did, and he said what you need to do is just take your camera and you go and zoom in on the signal caller and that way you can sync it up. The problem is that if they’re not on the press box side you can’t do it from the press box, you have to do it from the sideline. This was 18 years ago.

Q: You think the NFL came down too hard on them?

JJ: No, no, I said it on the show. He was wrong for doing it for the simple reason that the league knew this was going on not just in New England but around the league. And the league sent out the memorandum to all of the teams saying you cannot do this. And so that’s when Bill Belichick was wrong. After he got the memorandum saying don’t do it any more, he did it.

Q: Did you ever steal signals?

JJ: Oh in a heartbeat, yeah. Yes I did.

Q: Via video, Jimmy? Or no?

JJ: Oh yeah, I did it with video and so did a lot of other teams in the league. Just to make sure that you could study it and take your time, because you’re going to play the other team the second time around. But a lot of coaches did it, this was commonplace.

Q: But did you do it by taping the signal caller?

JJ: Yeah.

Q: Oh you did.

JJ: That’s what I’m saying. I was saying one of Marty Schottenheimer’s scouts, Mark Hatley, who has passed away now, Mark told me that’s how they did it, and Howard Mudd their offensive line coach with Kansas City, who now coaches for Tony Dungy, he was the best in the entire league at stealing signals.

Q: Where’d you put your guy who was videotaping? Where was he?

JJ: My guy was up with my camera crew in the press box. So you’d just put an extra camera up with your camera crew in the press box who zoomed in on the signal callers. That’s the best way to do it, but anyway you can’t always do that because the press box camera crew might be on the same side as the opposing team. If they’re on the same side as the opposing team that’s when you need to do it from the sideline.

Del Dolemonte on January 16, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Alright, alright, I’m convinced now.

Yes, now you’ve got it.

Imagine if teh internets and 24/7 sports clowns were around during the Steelers, Cowboys, 49ers winning eras.

Imagine if the Houston Oilers had today’s NY press to float phony stories and “poor loser” accusations because the Steelers had their number.

reaganaut on January 16, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Like the NFL did to the Patriots tapes, after they showed them to the public?

Del Dolemonte on January 16, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Read your post from yesterday..it was not all of them.

CWforFreedom on January 16, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 16, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Del says “Everybody cheats!…So it’s not really cheating!”

JetBoy on January 16, 2011 at 1:22 PM

********

CWforFreedom on January 16, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Jet hell he doesn’t even think it was cheating.

CWforFreedom on January 16, 2011 at 1:24 PM

From Friday’s ‘The Ed Show’:

Ed Schultz: “You’ve got to go with the cheese heads and the Jets on the road because I think Brady’s a righty.”

mrt721 on January 16, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 16, 2011 at 1:18 PM

No way, man.

Also, the coaches only hide their mouth with the play sheet (so no one can read their lips) when they play against New England.

reaganaut on January 16, 2011 at 1:25 PM

What is it with you and the constant Wisconsin hate? Was your mom poisoned by bad cheese curds when she was carrying you in the womb?
Mr. Bali Hai on January 16, 2011 at 12:40 PM

I’m a Minnesotan, abhorring everything Wisconsin is a way of life here. If you have ever had to live next to the putrid cesspool of filth and horror which is Wisconsin, you would understand.

Bishop on January 16, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Ask Josh McDaniel what he thinks. Now that would be interesting.

CWforFreedom on January 16, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Have any of you been to Seattle in winter? It’s not exactly Miami Beach. It can get cold there. The temp last week in Seattle for the game against the Saints was in the 20s. The cold weather won’t be an advantage for the Bears as many of you think it will.

angryed on January 16, 2011 at 1:28 PM

From Friday’s ‘The Ed Show’:

Ed Schultz: “You’ve got to go with the cheese heads and the Jets on the road because I think Brady’s a righty.”

mrt721 on January 16, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Sounds like an intelligent way to pick a winner./

CWforFreedom on January 16, 2011 at 1:28 PM

I’m a Minnesotan, abhorring everything Wisconsin is a way of life here. If you have ever had to live next to the putrid cesspool of filth and horror which is Wisconsin, you would understand.

Bishop on January 16, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Dude your state voted for Al Franken, Jesse Ventura, Paul Wellstone and Mondale. I wouldn’t talk smack about other states.

angryed on January 16, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Angryed the fact that they are an inferior team will work to Chicago’s advantage.

CWforFreedom on January 16, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Dude your state voted for Al Franken, Jesse Ventura, Paul Wellstone and Mondale. I wouldn’t talk smack about other states.
angryed on January 16, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Politicians come and go, toxic wastelands of cheese-smelling putrescence are forever.

Bishop on January 16, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Bishop: Heh

CWforFreedom on January 16, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Jet hell he doesn’t even think it was cheating.

CWforFreedom on January 16, 2011 at 1:24 PM

If Del would just admit it was, I could take him a lot more seriously.

Anyway…

Empire State Bldg. looks pretty, don’t it?

JetBoy on January 16, 2011 at 1:34 PM

I’m rooting for the Patriots.

I guess that puts me in the minority here.

Conservative Samizdat on January 16, 2011 at 1:35 PM

I better get this in before the game’s over!

Da Bears!

I’m hoping for a Jets upset today, but my head is picking the stinkin Patriots. I will gladly be wrong on this pick.

conservative pilgrim on January 16, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Have any of you been to Seattle in winter? It’s not exactly Miami Beach. It can get cold there. The temp last week in Seattle for the game against the Saints was in the 20s. The cold weather won’t be an advantage for the Bears as many of you think it will.

angryed on January 16, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Bullcrap! That wind coming across Lake Michigan right into Soldier Field has been known to freeze beer in the summertime.

Knucklehead on January 16, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Let’s see. Bears and Seahawks are playing in Soldier’s Field today.

FIFY. Don’t need another “Cominskey incident” with Chicago stadiums.

Neo-con Artist on January 16, 2011 at 1:39 PM

What’s the over/under on Chicago changing the name of Soldier Field because it qualifies as incendiary rhetoric…

Neo-con Artist on January 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Empire State Bldg. looks pretty, don’t it?

JetBoy on January 16, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Not nearly as pretty as Chicago!!!

Knucklehead on January 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Not nearly as pretty as Chicago!!!

Knucklehead on January 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Not bad…

Wait a couple weeks…you’ll see how a real city supports it’s team!

JetBoy on January 16, 2011 at 1:48 PM

I’m rooting for the Patriots.

I guess that puts me in the minority here.

Conservative Samizdat on January 16, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Why you dirty, rotten, no good vitriol you.

Vince on January 16, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Bet the Steelers are rooting for Jets big time. Brady pretty much owns Pittsburg.

tommyboy on January 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM

I’m a Minnesotan, abhorring everything Wisconsin is a way of life here. If you have ever had to live next to the putrid cesspool of filth and horror which is Wisconsin, you would understand.

I live in Wisconsin. I think the putrescence you’re smelling is actually the Friday-night Lutefisk boil at your local Lutheran church.

Mr. Bali Hai on January 16, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Bet the Steelers are rooting for Jets big time. Brady pretty much owns Pittsburg.

tommyboy on January 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Yep. Brady is really good, and their style is a really bad match-up against the Steelers style of defense. Hopefully the Steelers can come up with something new if they face him again.

forest on January 16, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Statement from Rex Ryan:

“I think it’ll be huge. This is probably the second-biggest game in the history of this franchise, obviously Super Bowl III being the biggest,” Ryan said without a flinch. “Even more so than last year’s Indianapolis game. This one’s huge. It’s your rival, a team that’s won three Super Bowls right there in your own division, at their place, coming out of that huge, embarrassing loss we had in the Monday night game.

“This is without question the second-biggest game in the history of the franchise.”

Let’s get it on!!! GO JETS!!!!

JetBoy on January 16, 2011 at 2:12 PM

I live in Wisconsin. I think the putrescence you’re smelling is actually the Friday-night Lutefisk boil at your local Lutheran church.
Mr. Bali Hai on January 16, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Lutefisk is a Scandinavian creation, there are just as many Scandi’s in Wisconsin as there are in Minnesota; you’ll find that odor throughout the midwest.

It’s the land, the unholy ground of Wisconsin which is creating that decaying corpse smell which so curses its neighboring states. Nothing you can do about it, save for sawing Wisconsin from the continent and launching it into space. A guy can dream.

Bishop on January 16, 2011 at 2:13 PM

I hate to say it but my Ravens were out-coached yesterday. Ben played well as usual but he wasn’t a difference-maker. Troy was a non-factor.

The Ravens had it in the bag at halftime then went into a shell. This has been a problem all season, and is the reason we gave up 4th quarter leads as often as we did; completely uncharacteristic under a Rex Ryan defense but increasingly familiar under Greg Mattison. And Cam Cameron puts away half of the offense when we’ve got a lead.

We let the Steelers back into it, and like the good team that they are, they took advantage. As soon as Rice put the ball on the ground, I knew we were in trouble. Cameron becomes Coach Klein in The Waterboy when things don’t go well. (Dick LeBeau is “Red”.)

Can’t say I was happy with all the dirty play by the Steelers- OL 68 speared Reed during the first drive that went unflagged, then someone headbutted Housh later on; another non-call by the refs. They also took away a touchdown on a punt return with a phantom holding call, and threw a holding flag on our D-lineman on a quick-hitter running play on the Steelers go-ahead touchdown drive. How does that happen? But, the refs didn’t lose the game for the Ravens, our coaches did.

Congrats Ed, CW, and others. I’m sure you’re hoping for a Jets win today and another home game for the AFC Champ game. Good luck, represent the AFC North well.

BKeyser on January 16, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Pats 31
Jets 14

BierManVA on January 16, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Pats 31
Jets 14

BierManVA on January 16, 2011 at 2:43 PM

In a few hours, you’ll be eating that score prediction.

NY Jets…Superbowl bound! It’s written in the stars, and this past Summer was written on the side of an ESPN bus, courtesy of Coach Ryan.

The prophecy is nigh.

JetBoy on January 16, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Well, as a Dolphin fan, I have no one left to root for in this contest.

Patriots, no way.
Jets, can’t do it.
Bears, oh goodness, Chicago gave us Obama.
Steelers, field is named Heines, I don’t buy the ketchup either.
Seattle, getting ready to lose big time to Da Bears.

That leaves the Packers, the arch rival of my boss’s favorite team the Vikings.

So, no predictions, no cheers for any team, just hopes for good games not affected by the officiating.

Jvette on January 16, 2011 at 3:11 PM

What’s the over/under on Chicago changing the name of Soldier Field because it qualifies as incendiary rhetoric… Neo-con Artist on January 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM

I recall when the Washington Bullets decided to change their name to eliminate any association with senseless violence, so they had held a contest for fans to rename the team.

My suggestion: the Landover Bullets.

Akzed on January 16, 2011 at 3:25 PM

JetBoy on January 16, 2011 at 2:52 PM

I love your optimism and will be rooting for Sanchez (Go Trojans!), but c’mon, the Pats blew ‘em out.

John the Libertarian on January 16, 2011 at 3:26 PM

They also took away a touchdown on a punt return with a phantom holding call, and threw a holding flag

BKeyser on January 16, 2011 at 2:28 PM

That wasn’t a “phantom holding call”…it was a blatant hold, as this picture clearly shows.

http://www.footballsfuture.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=10960268

The officials catch that, they call it every time.

Dreadnought on January 16, 2011 at 3:28 PM

My suggestion: the Landover Bullets.

Akzed on January 16, 2011 at 3:25 PM

LOL. well-played, sir. well-played

Neo-con Artist on January 16, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Have any of you been to Seattle in winter?
angryed on January 16, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Jesus, Mary, Joseph! It would be like landing in Juarez without 2nd Amendment rights!

The left coasters can stitch themselves together and let’s call is China II!

GO JETS! (thank goodness I’m broke and my bookie knows it)

Limerick on January 16, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Yep. Brady is really good, and their style is a really bad match-up against the Steelers style of defense. Hopefully the Steelers can come up with something new if they face him again.

forest on January 16, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Tomlin against Belichick. That is the key.

Del Dolemonte on January 16, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Dreadnought on January 16, 2011 at 3:28 PM

First of all, you can grab a jersey as long as it’s not outside the shoulder pads; O-lineman make a living doing that and so do cornerbacks. Second of all, that call is not called all the time. What is normally called on returns is a block in the back.

Regardless, the refs helped the Steelers in other ways, but ultimately -as I said above- the Ravens should expect that when playing in Pittsburgh, and the coaching staff coached scared in the second half. Coaching cost the Ravens the game.

BKeyser on January 16, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Down by 18, they kick an onsides kick? Seriously.

What a sad, pathetic game.

Jvette on January 16, 2011 at 4:12 PM

I hope the Jets can make a better game of it than the ‘hawks did with Chicago.

tommyboy on January 16, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Dreadnought on January 16, 2011 at 3:28 PM

BKeyser on January 16, 2011 at 4:00 PM

And just to illustrate my point, see the top photo here. To my recollection, there were no offensive holding penalties called on Pittsburgh yesterday.

The bottom photo is just something to remember the game by.

BKeyser on January 16, 2011 at 4:25 PM

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