Reactions to the Eagles at Bears game

I did not have the time nor the clarity to get anything written about this game beforehand. My instinct was screaming beware the Eagles, once in January they turn into a monster. But at the same time, I also saw the general applause the Bears were collecting, let alone what their great defense could do to Foles’ broken rib.

So I started watching the game with the feeling of “let’s see what happens” as I had confusing expectations of this game.

During the first half we saw a very capable Eagles team that was actually wasting the opportunity to translate their very mild edge over the game on the scoreboard. On the Bears side we saw a struggling offense (more consequence of a great Eagles defense than anything else) and a defense that adjusted from the initial Eagle drive and shut down the visitor team for the remainder of the 1st half. Foles was battling the suffocating Bears pressure in a correct and safe way, for the most part. But that endzone pick was a silly mistake that could have cost a lot to the Eagles, as just 3 points seemed a whole lot in this game.

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Despite the heart-breaking defeat I liked the Bears. Trubiski answered with the best of his game during the second half, after very quiet two initial quarters. Had the Bears faced any of the other two NFC wild card teams, they’d be walking into the Divisional Round by now, but the Eagles were a poisoned cup of wine. If I were the Bears I would not make such a big drama of this loss, and just would keep working and reinforcing the team during the off-season. They need to keep Vic Fangio leading that extraordinary defense, that is Nagy’s biggest responsibility over the summer. Besides that, maybe some more offensive gun powder would be welcome, but as weeks will pass Bears fan, players and managers will feel better about themselves. Even about their kicker, for whom the camera angle where we can see how the kick was tipped will be extremely relieving !

Wild Card round predictions 3

Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens

This is probably the most interesting Wild Card round “affiche” in the game lineup for this weekend.

The Ravens are a team that has reached the post-season with the appreciation and admiration of the NFL analysts and old-school gurus, because they run the football and have a strong defense. Good for them, because what I see is an unbalanced team, that relies only in one sort of gameplay leaving no room for reaction if the game turns out to be fast paced and high scoring.

The Ravens have taken the spot of a team that would have stood a real chance to make a deep run into the playoffs and even the Super Bowl. Unfortunately for us, spectators of the AFC, the Chargers will be facing them, and not the Steelers. Even worse, should they meet the Patriots in case they pass today, that game would me millions of times less interesting than a Steelers vs Patriots would have been. This is why I consider the Ravens the legitimate playoff team of this season. – There is one every year, and I still hold terrible memories of those 7-9 Seahawks-

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Now, if I am so critical to the Ravens, why I give them good chances of making it today? Well, in the first place because they play at home, but mostly because they face the Chargers.

The Chargers are a franchise with the upmost capacity to beat themselves. This fact alone is how I see the Ravens standing a chance tonight. Any other scenario presents a landscape where I see Los Angeles making it to the Divisional Round.

I see LA moving the chains, keeping Baltimore’s defense on the field and controlling the tempo of the game. I see the Ravens offense struggling to do the same and more important, I see the Chargers with the capacity to make a scoring run to overcome a deficit whereas I don’t see the Ravens doing the same.

So, my prediction is; normal case scenario, the Chargers lead the game towards an offensive pace that the Ravens can’t keep up with. And win the game showing the superiority of their talent on both sides of the ball. However, I am quite certain that for the Chargers to win, it will take something messy, ugly and plenty of mistakes, turnovers, crazy scoring drives and agonic finish.

See what the NFL bring us tonight.

 

Wild Card round prediction 2

Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys

I see this game as much closer than it may appear. In my opinion the Seahawks are overall a better team than the Cowboys. Besides analysis on team units, I see the Seahawks as a team better coached and with more competitive mindset. They are capable of overcoming more adversity than the Cowboys can.

However, the Cowboys have strengths precisely where it hurts the most for the Seahawks. Dallas runs the ball, controls the tempo of the game, and stops the run extremely well. The Cowboys have the key to disconnect and short-circuit Seattle’s gameplan. I believe neither team can withstand a shootout, as their passing games are not really strong.

I like the Cowboys in this game, as they play at home and their gameplan and strengths seem to match exactly where they can hurt the Seahawks. Still, I am certain Seattle is not going to go home without putting up a fight. I foresee a close game that the cowboys will break on the 3rd quarter. And they better do that, because if the game comes down to the wire in the last possessions, the Seahawks will have the edge over them.

Prediction Wild Card round

Despite I would have loved to upload first my summary of what the regular season has meant for every team in the NFL, time constrains forced me to start with the predictions for Saturday Wild Card round in the NFL.

 

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

The Indianapolis Colts are going to win this game because they do not have any major flaw, like the Texans have on their offensive line.

The Colts are right at this moment of the season a team with no major weaknesses. Indianapolis has a solid block on defense, but is on the offensive line where they possess their biggest strength. The colts offensive line stands out as top in the NFL. It opens up lines for the running game, and provide with good protection for Luck.

The Texans, have definitely more raw talent on their front seven and receiver corps, and there is where they must rely if they want to win this game. Houston is a good team, but they have a too big of a weakness on their offensive line, to think they can make a deep run in the playoffs.

On top of this, I believe the Colts have reached this point of the season in great shape, probably better than the Texans. The playoffs can turn out to be too long for the Colts, but tonight they have the edge on this area.

 

Reflections after Thanksgiving

Ayer se jugó una jornada especial por Thanksgiving the 3 partidos NFL. Debo decir que no he visto nada del Bears vs Lions, pero sí de los otros dos. Como Saint reconocido, estoy muy contento por la victoria contra Falcons, y también porque continuamos dando esa sensación de solidez defensiva y ataque compensado que tanto éxito nos da. Solo he visto el resumen de Saints, pero puedo decir que parece que este año todo se les ha juntado a los pobres Falcons. Son una franquicia con un halo de desgracia importante sobre sus hombros. Son un equipo, que pese a esa rivalidad regional, a mí no me generan antipatía. Más bien lo contrario y ayer se vio nuevamente por qué no les detesto. Tienen mala suerte, juegan lo mejor que pueden y no son tan odiosos como los Panthers. Esos sí que son fácilmente detestables. 

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Kansas City Chiefs at L.A. Rams

 

After been thinking for a long time about creating this website, it is a great opportunity to do it right after last night’s Monday Night Football in Los Angeles.

The game that should  have been played in Mexico DF surprised me in one aspect in particular: I expected both offences to score massively. I didn’t expect the defences to also score so prolifically. Both teams showed yesterday that are at the top of the league right now. Playoffs are still 6 weeks far, but it’s difficult to think of a scenario where these two squads will not make a deep run in the playoffs. I think both of them will have 1st round bye, after what we saw from the Chargers also this week 11.
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Website Kickoff

Demasiado tiempo ha pasado desde que comencé a valorar la opción de crear mi propia web, hasta que definitivamente he dado el paso.

El primero de los inconvenientes que veía era la dificultad técnica de crear una web que pudiera dar cabida a la variedad de contenido y formas en las cuales las ideas me iban brotando. La solución ha venido de aceptar que tendré que ir aprendiendo según haga camino en esto de la edición web. Además, he decidido que la variedad de contenido está bienvenida, pero trataré de ser disciplinado para publicar siempre en pequeñas entradas de blog. Con estas dos reglas fundamentales nace ésta web.

En cuanto a los idiomas, dependiendo del tema y de cómo me sienta en el momento podrán ser en español o inglés. Raramente ocurrirá alguna publicación en francés, al menos por el momento.

Sin más, vamos allá. Queda inaugurado éste pantano.

Thanks for joining me!

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