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.

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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