Wild wildcard Weekend

Posted: January 9, 2011 in NFL, playoffs

Stank-0 will not go over each game (that’s why you watch the games).

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First of all, the Chiefs unfortunately laid an egg the last two weeks (including the wild card game). The defense started out just fine but because the offense couldn’t move the ball, the defense was on the field for 41 minutes.  The Chiefs’ O did not help the defense with 5 turnovers.  In the offseason, Jamaal Charles needs to holla at Purple Jesus about how he resolved his fumbling problems.

The Ravens just slowly wore them down.  Stank-0 also wonders whether Charlie Weis’ head was on going to become a college offensive coordinator versus figuring out how to score on the Raven’s defense.

The Chiefs put a lid on the outside deep routes, but Flacco either scrambled or hit underneath (Todd Heap had 10 catches and over 100 yards both Ravens postseason records).

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The shocker of the weekend was obviously the out-of-this-world play of Hasslebeck.  Stank-0 wouldn’t have picked the Seahawks at all.  The Saints’ corners kept biting on pump fakes and got torched for it.  Stank-0 will say this though, the Saints did not have the full complement of backs.  Reggie is a gadget back not a between-the-tackle runner but they were shorthanded in the backfield.

Marshawn Lynch aka Beast Mode probably had the play of the wildcard games with that 74 yard run capped off by a chokeslam stiff arm from hell.

You have to believe that the Seahawks staff looked at probably 500+ hours of tapes on the Saints.  They seemed to scheme offensively very well. (i.e. the pump fakes on the outside corners)  Honestly, they took down Goliath no other team will be as tough an outing.

Defense played a crucial role in the Jets @ Colts and Packers @ Eagles.  The losing team’s defense couldn’t stop the running game.  Peyton didn’t have an exceptional game, just a Peyton-like game.  He also wasn’t able to integrate Reggie Wayne, who was blanketed by Revis.  Wayne had 1 catch for 1 yard.  Non factor status.

(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

The Jets offensive line just powered over the faster smaller Colts’ defensive line, especially in the 2nd half.  They got back to running the ball and quit trying to playin cute.

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The Eagles stayed in striking distance for most of the game but the defense had difficulty in stopping the run.   The point difference was the two field goals missed.  Throw in a dinged up DeSean Jackson and you have a recipe for a tough outing.  Vick had a chance to be a hero but his last throw (possibly as an Eagle) was inside and not too high when it needed to be outside and higher.

The Packers seemed to have schemed very well to stop Vick for the most part.  The defense seemed to bring delayed pressure and mixed up coverages and schemes to keep the Eagles offense off-balance.

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