Se acabó.

Bueno, señores, pues hasta aquí han llegado las aspiraciones de los New Orleans Saints en ésta temporada 2018 de NFL. Ha sido un viaje movido y lleno de cosas para, posiblemente, digerir con más tiempo. Pero en estos momentos, a la mañana siguiente de ver mis sueños romperse en una amalgama de mal playcalling, mala ejecución y peor arbitraje, solamente puedo enumerar los elementos que siguen:

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Comments on the Conference Championship Games

Here is how the NFL Playoff tree is looking like before this weekend’s games. I am not calling this article “predictions” because there’s no room to predict anything with the Patriots: they win. They win a lot. They win always. And they win even more when is playoffs, cold and when they face Andy Reid’s team deep in the playoffs.

With the New Orleans Saints there is no room for predictions either. They are my team, and I am too scared of the high stakes, the Rams, and the red moon.

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Divisional Round predictions & Wild Card round aftermaths.

Despite the general content surrounding the Wild Card round, I felt more disappointment throughout the games than satisfaction. On Saturday the Colts vs Texans game, lacked competition, and Sunday the Chargers vs Ravens wasn’t much of a game when it comes to excitement and equality until the end. Truth to be said, all games where tactically very rich and attractive to watch, but I was showing games to a novice and those were not the best ones for a newcomer to watch. Hopefully the Divisional Round will be loaded with excitement and close scores.

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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.