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2015 NFL Playoffs (Wildcard) are finally here!

Today begins the NFL Playoffs. Even though this is the Wildcard Weekend, I still can’t wait to see how the games shake out. After all, this website is devoted to NFL football, so I only have a few precious weeks left to enjoy games.

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First up is the Chiefs-Texans game. How did Houston get into the Playoffs? I remember watching HBO’s “Hard KNocks” this summer and thinking, “no way can this team get into the playoffs.  Sure they have JJ Watt and Arian Foster, but it was only a matter of time before Foster got hurt (Alfred Blue is no Arian Foster). Watt can’t carry the team by himself. They surprised me though and made it in. Now they have to go against the hottest team in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs, with Jeremy Maclin and Alex Smith. Good luck there!

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The Steelers vs Bengals game is the one I am most excited to watch. No Andy Dalton? Maybe AJ McCarron looks to get Cincy off the schneid. Hopefully the cameras will pan to AJ’s smoking hot wife. Sorry, lost my train of thought. Can the Bengals beat the Steelers? Judging by Big Ben’s comments this week about Martavis Bryant, I doubt it. With the recent PSA from a local Cincinnati radio station claiming that “This is a severe Big Ben Roethlisberger update from 700WLW. The tri-state is currently under a severe Big Ben warning from now through early Sunday morning”,  I would think that the Bengals need to be more worried than the local women of the area. Big Ben will be throwing to Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Marcus Wheaton, especially with DeAngelo Williams out. Even though McCarron has AJ Green and Tyler Eifert, he has never played in the NFL Playoffs. The Bengals have also lost 7 straight Post-Season games. Edge to the Steelers, in my opinion.

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The Seahawks play the Vikings in Minneso-cold. Is Beastmode playing? What about Linval Joseph? Not sure but this game looks to have the excitement coming from Russell Wilson vs. Adrian Petersen. I think the edge will go to Russell Wilson, who reminds Minnesotans of Fran Tarkenton, but with a much better Super Bowl record (the last loss for Tarkenton was to the Raiders in Super Bowl XI). Tarkenton is in the Hall of Fame but I bet he would love to see the Minnesota Vikings as World Champs. May not happen the way Seattle has been playing

rodgers vs cousins copyLast but not least, the Packers play the Redskins…in Washington! Who would have thought that Washington, would be hosting Aaron Rodgers and the Pack? Remember RG3? Neither do we. Kirk Cousins is the man in DC now.  You like that?! You like that?!  DeSean Jackson and Kirk Cousins lead the way for the Skins against a struggling Green Bay team.  The reason I say struggling is due to their injury situation.  Most teams are banged up right now but the Packers have been hit pretty hard, especially on the O-Line.  Aaron Rodgers will try to carry the offense but with Kirk Cousins and the West Coast offense he is running this could be a shootout. Does Rodgers still have enough bullets to pull it out even with 18 players on their injured list?  Normally I might say yes but Cousins and the Skins are tearing it up right now. I see the Redskins and DeSean Jackson’s “Chip” on his shoulder winning this one at home. See what I did their with the Chip Kelly reference.

Let the games begin!

– the4519

Arian Foster demolished Stephen A. Smith’s take on Marshawn Lynch

For The Win

Stephen A. Smith is among the number of those that disapprove of Marshawn Lynch’s refusal to talk to the media, and voiced that on ESPN’s First Take on Wednesday, citing the recurring arguments of ‘it’s in the contract’ and ‘everyone else has to answer questions.’

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, who’s also been known to give scant or repetitive answers time to time, was a guest on ESPN’s First Take on Wednesday, and summarily destroyed Smith’s take on the situation.

If we’re all aware that we’re going to get the same platitudes, why do we need them from every player? Since when has ‘because everyone else does’ been a good enough answer for anything? And with Marshawn Lynch being as good at football and as intriguing as he is, why do we need him to talk to write about him?

(Thanks to 247 Sports for sharing.)


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Williams’ wait pays off with Super Bowl trip after 11 seasons with Minnesota

Defensive tackle Kevin Williams had just completed his 11th season with the Minnesota Vikings and was wondering where he would play the next season, or even if he would. Right tackle Justin Britt was preparing for the scouting combine after helping the University of Missouri advance to the Southeastern Conference Championship Game in the school’s second season in the conference.

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Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Kevin Williams (94) tackles San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) during a Dec. 14 game at CenturyLink Field. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Little did they know they would end up being teammates and contribute significantly to the Seattle Seahawks’ 12-4 regular season.

Williams didn’t sign with the Seahawks until June 12, and said, “To be honest, I was enjoying the summer. Don’t get me wrong; I wanted to play and figured the right call would come. But I also was comfortable knowing that if it’s time to go home, it’s time to go home. I wasn’t scared to go home and be a daddy and be a husband.”

But the call came from the Seahawks and also coincidentally the New England Patriots, but Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett steered him there.

Williams acknowledged, “He basically just said, ‘Come on over. I have been watching you throughout your career and you do some great things. I think you really can help us and we are going to try to get back to the Super Bowl.’ I don’t think he lied to me. He sold me on the pitch.”

Still, it was an adjustment for Williams, who had been to six Pro Bowls with the Vikings. There wasn’t a starting job available and he had to accept the role given him.

As Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said of signing Williams, “That was a huge get. He’s a terrific guy; we knew what we were going to get from the person. But, we told him, ‘This will be a different role for you.’ He was coming to where he wasn’t going to be a starter and just be part of the rotation.”

The 34-year-old Williams did just that for the first nine weeks of the season until nose tackle Brandon Mebane suffered a torn hamstring against theNew York Giants on Nov. 9. Suddenly, it was time for Williams to step up.

As Quinn said, “He had played a lot of 3-technique, but then when Brandon got hurt, he came through for us in a huge way to step in and play nose tackle. He has been a huge impact.”

Williams started the last seven games of the regular season as well as Seattle’s two playoff games.

It’s notable to recall the words of head coach Pete Carroll the day after Mebane was injured and the day before he was placed on injured reserve to end his season: “I mean, there is nobody like Mebane. He’s a unique player. He’s had, I think, the best season he’s had since we’ve been here — most consistent. So that’s a big hit to take. But our guys that go in play good football, too, so we will expect them to play up and maintain the level.”

Williams surely has, and now he finds himself on pro football’s biggest stage. He said, “I was rotating everywhere. Now I’m locked into a spot and I can get a lot more comfortable doing it. But being here is definitely a blessing. You see so many guys that are great and get so many accolades but never get to this game. It’s a blessing and it will be more of a blessing to win.”

Concluded Quinn, “I have real appreciation for him; I’m happy he’s going through this. In this profession where we all run across the good guys, I can say, that’s a great dude. That’s Kevin.”



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Seahawks come full circle with Packers returning to town

The Seattle Seahawks opened the season on Sept. 4 by raising the Super Bowl XLVIII banner to the CenturyLink Field rafters and then hammering the Green Bay Packers.
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To get another banner, they’ll again have to beat the Packers, who will return to CenturyLink Field on Sunday with the NFC title and a berth in the Super Bowl on the line.

Green Bay advanced with a 26-21 win over Dallas on Sunday in the NFC divisional playoffs. And afterward they pronounced that they are a different team than the one that was beaten 36-16 by the Seahawks four months ago.

“I don’t think we had a team identity the first time we played them,’’ rookie center Corey Linsley told reporters in Green Bay after the win over Dallas. “Now we do. All of us are better players. I think it’s going to be a great game.’’

The Las Vegas oddsmakers, though, quickly installed Seattle as a 7½-point favorite, which was later determined by Pro Football Talk to be the biggest spread against Green Bay in Aaron Rodgers’ previous 113 career regular season or playoff starts.

The home-field advantage — Seattle is 25-2 in the regular season and playoffs at CenturyLink Field since 2012 — contributes heavily to that line.

It’s an advantage Seattle got in this game with a heavy assist from the Buffalo Bills, who beat the Packers 21-13 in week 15, a defeat that ultimately meant Green Bay and Seattle each finished with 12-4 records and gave the Seahawks the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy, however, sounded an optimistic tone Sunday, telling reporters that he was “looking forward to going back up to Seattle and looking forward to winning the NFC Championship.’’

Saturday, after beating Carolina 31-17 to advance to the NFC title game, Seattle players mostly said they didn’t care who they faced next. The few who did, such as defensive tackle Michael Bennett, said they hoped to play Dallas since the Cowboys handed the Seahawks their lone loss at home this season, 30-23 on Oct. 12. Bennett said he hoped Seattle could avenge that defeat.

Instead, the Seahawks will hope against Green Bay to replicate what was one of their most dominating efforts of the season, holding a Packers’ offense that ended up leading the NFL in points scored with 486 to just one touchdown through the first three quarters (that coming after Earl Thomas fumbled a punt away at the Seattle 34) in building a big lead. Green Bay’s 255 yards were its second-lowest total of the season.

Rodgers was 23 of 33 for just 189 yards in a game in which he famously never once threw in the direction of Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman.

Asked Sunday if the Packers need to throw at Sherman this time, Green Bay receiver Jordy Nelson said: “We’re going to do what we need to do to win the game. We’re going to run our offense, we’re going to put ourselves in position to make plays, and then we have to make them.’’

The health of Rodgers will be a big story line this week as he is battling two injuries to his left calf suffered in the last two games of the regular season. Rodgers was noticeably hobbled throughout the win over Dallas on Sunday but still threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns and after the game told reporters that the injury won’t stop him from playing against the Seahawks.

“I think I’ve got 120 minutes left in me so I’m going to do everything I can to play all of those minutes,” Rodgers told reporters in Green Bay. That, of course, is a reference to playing 60 minutes Sunday and 60 more in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

Seattle, though, feels equally confident after advancing to the NFC title game for the second straight year.

“We keep going out there doing our best and playing our hardest and we’re untouchable,’’ said cornerback Tharold Simon.

It will be the third time the Seahawks and Packers have met in the playoffs but the first meeting in Seattle.

The others came during the 2003 season on Jan. 4, 2004, a 33-27 Green Bay win in overtime in an NFC wild-card game, and during the 2007 season on Jan. 12, 2008, a 42-20 Packers win in a divisional game that proved to be the final postseason game for Mike Holmgren as Seattle’s coach.

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