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Divisional Round Schedule and Personal Picks

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Eight teams remain after round one of the playoffs, as four teams were eliminated this week, the winning four will now move on to play against the teams who earned a first round bye in the Divisional Round.

The Indianapolis Colts will travel to Boston to play against the second seeded New England Patriots, after beating the Kansas City Chiefs 45-44, on Saturday January 11th 8:15. My picks for this game will have to be the Colts. Throughout the playoffs the Colts have been and will be the underdog. Yes they make mistakes, but they also have to ability to correct them. It will be close, it might look impossible, but I am sticking with the Colts to win.

After beating the Cinncinnati Bengals 27-10, the San Diego Chargers will travel back to Denver to play against the number one seed Broncos, Sunday January 12th at 4:30. My pick for this game would have to be the Broncos due to the fact that they’re coming off a bye week, plus are getting Wes Welker back as well. And they have Peyton Manning, that also helps.


After winning their first ever on the road playoff game against the Philidelphia Eagles 26-24, the New Orleans Saints will go to play against the number one seeded Seattle Seahawks Saturday January 11th at 4:35. My pick, Seahawks. The Seahawks are at home, with the loudest crowd in the NFL, (formerly held by Saints fans) and despite the fact that the Saints won a playoff road game once, I’m not holding my breath for two in a row.

And lastly the 49ers will advance after beating the Green Bay Packers for the third time in a row, 23-20. They will travel to play a rematch game against the second seeded Carolina Panthers, Sunday January 12th at 1.00. Pick, 49ers. Carolina is good, but at the moment they are not as good as the 49ers. When they beat the 49ers earlier this season, they were beating a team not at their best. The 49ers are at their best.


Wild Card Playoffs Results

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As the wild card games finish only four teams have survived at least another week in the playoffs. These teams are the Baltimore Ravens and the Houston Texans for the AFC. And the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC.

The weekend started off with the Houston Texans vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. It took awhile for both of these teams to get something going as both went 0-3 on their first possesion, and the majority of the points came from field goals, and both teams got only one TD. The Texans hung on and won 19-13. The Texans will now go onto play the New England Patriots on Sunday @ 4:30.

The next game was the Green Bay Packers vs. the Minnesota Vikings. These two teams met last week and the Vikings won with a field goal. But this week would be different as their starting QB Christian Ponder was not able to play due to an elbow injury. The Packers won 24-10 and the Vikings struggled the entire game. I think the game would have gone much differently is the Vikings had their regular QB, but the Packers win and will go onto play against the San Fransisco 49ers on Saturday @ 8:00.

The games continued on Sunday with the Indianapolis Colts against the Baltimore Ravens. This was a big game for both teams as it could’ve potentially been the last game for Line Backers Ray Lewis, as he is going to retire at the end of the season. And a big game for the Colts as it would have been Andrew Luck’s first playoffs game, ever. All of the Colts’ points came from field goals and the Colts lost 24-9. The Ravens will now go onto play against the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning Saturday @ 4:30.

The wild card games concluded with the Seattle Seahawks at the Washington Redskins. The Redskins started off strong with 2 TDs in the first quarter, but did not score for the rest of the game. The Seahawks didn’t take the lead until the fourth quarter were they wrapped up the game 24-14. The Seahawks will now play against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday @ 1:00 pm.

Next week four more teams will be ellimated from the playoffs and four other teams will move on to at least one more week in the playoffs and another chance at getting closer to the Super Bowl.

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January 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm

2013 playoffs: Wild Card Round

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As 2012 comes to an end, so does the 2012 NFL regular season. Now the real fun begins as 12 teams fight to go to Super Bowl XLVII. This week eight teams will be playing in the wild card round, the winners this week will go onto play in the division round.

The first game will against the Houston Texans vs. the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday January 5th @ 4:30 pm. The Texans who were strong all through the season have come into the playoffs losing their last two game, while the Bengals have come into the playoffs winning their past two games. Everyone in Indianapolis is drooling for the Colts to play the Broncos, and for that to happen, the Bengals have to lose. Sports pundits are calling the Bengals non-contenders, so I’m hoping the Texans win this.

Prediction: But, I think the Bengals will come out on top, because Houston never does very well in the playoffs. The Bengals have done pretty well in the last few weeks, and the Texans had a tough time against two medium teams.

The next game will be on Saturday night @ 8:00, featuring the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings. These teams played against each other only this past week and the Vikings won with a last-second field goal. This game is really one to watch considering it’s a classic matchup with a long-time rivalry. This is a tough call because it could go either way. The Packers are the better team, but the Vikings have possible MVP Adrian Peterson and the most recent win.

Prediction: I’m picking the Packers. They just got back one of their top receivers (Cobb) and one of their top defenders (Woodson).

Sunday’s games start with the Indianapolis Colts at the Baltimore Ravens. These two teams have met before in the past games, and Baltimore still hates the Colts for leaving in 1984 (this, from the former Cleveland Browns who have forgotten about their own off-season desertion in 1996).

This will be a good game as Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was the Ravens’ defensive coordinator last year, and the Ravens offensive coordinator is Jim Caldwell, last year’s head coach for the Colts. Pagano knows the Ravens’ defense, and if the Colts haven’t changed too much, Caldwell still knows their offense. It’s like a chess match where the players switched sides halfway through.

Prediction: This is a tough game to call, but my heart says it’s the Colts.

The last game of the wild card rounds is the Seattle Seahawks vs. the Washington Redskins. These two teams will face off Sunday @ 4:30 pm. This is an exciting end to the weekend, because two of the season’s best rookies will face off against each other. Both teams have had their fair share of struggles, but also a fair amount of success. Two of the three Rookie of the Year contenders — RGIII and Russell Wilson — are in this game, with the Colts’ Andrew Luck in another, so this is an exciting game. But I don’t think this will be a high-scoring game. Both teams will score less than 20 points. RGIII is not as healthy as he should be in the playoffs and Wilson does not have a number one receiver.

Prediction: I’m picking the Seahawks. My dad says the Redskins because they have Pierre Garçon. But I think it’s the Seahawks because 1) they beat the Patriots and 49ers (come on!), 2) RGIII is not healthy, and 3) Garçon has been known to drop the ball on several occasions.

Four other teams have earned the pleasure of a bye week: Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots for the AFC. In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons will be at home resting.  All of these teams will have a chance to play next week in the divisional rounds, but who they play all depends on how the wild card round plays out over the next few days.

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January 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm

First NFL week

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The football season has officially begun, with the New York Giants vs the Dallas Cowboys for the opening game with the Cowboys winning. And yesterday had amazing catches, and a record that hasn’t been broken for over 60 years.

Yesterday the Indianapolis Colts played against the Chicago Bears, and this was also Andrew Luck’s first game as a Colt. The game started out in the Colts favor with a sack to Jay Cutler and an interception that led to a TD, all within the first quarter. But the Bears came back and tied the score.  Afterwards Cutler seemed to get his game on and found reciever after reciever and gained the lead. Unfortunatly the Colts could not take back the lead and the game ended 41-21 in the Bears favor. Even though the Colts lost Andrew Luck had made his first NFL TD pass, to Donne Avery.

Another rookie QB that had his first game was Robert Griffin III, with amazing passes for a win for the Redskins. RGIII also was the first QB in over 60 years to get 40+ points in the first game. He certainly has had a great start to the season, and he has a good furture ahead of him.

One other game that was amazing was the Denver Broncos vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. This was Peyton Mannings first game back into football after 610 days on not playing, and he hasn’t lost his touch. For some it was sad to see Manning in another color but others it was a celebration time, Manning was back and playing. Happy to say they won the game 31-19 and have a chance to make it to the playoffs.

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September 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Peyton Manning to be Released

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Tomorrow the Indianapolis Colts will have a news conference tomorrow to officially release Peyton Manning after 14 years. I didn’t think that I would ever see the day that the Colts would be without Peyton Manning. This raises the question: “Where will he go now?”

Manning says that he will still play despite the fact that he missed the entire 2011 season. This will be the first time in fourteen years that we will have to pick a new QB and the first time in fourteen years that we have the first-round pick.

Everyone thought that Manning would stay in Indy until he couldn’t play anymore, that he would retire as a Colt. Manning brought back Indy to its greatest, he broke records that we thought could never be broken. He made passes that seemed to be uncatchable and he made them catchable.

Peyton Manning is more than just an amazing football player. St. Vincent  hospital changed its children’s hospital’s name to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent because of his generosity. When Manning came to Indy, he brought back life and excitment to fans of all ages, he could do the impossible, he could make it all the way down the field for a game winning TD in only :42 seconds. Peyton helped turn Indiana into what it is today, more fans, a new stadium, and held the Super Bowl for the first time.

He brought us to the playoffs eight times in a row, two of which were the Super Bowl, winning the Super Bowl in 2006. Manning has been Indy’s pride and Joy,  he will always be remembered here, here is where he became one of the best QBs of all time.

This has by far been the hardest blog post to write. Everyone in Indiana will miss him,  but we all hope to see him play again even if its for another team. A Manning is saying good-bye, all of Indiana is saying Thank You for all that you have done for Indiana, you have helped shaped us to the city we are today.

Thank You, Peyton Manning, for 14 amazing years.

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March 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Results from Colts vs. Titans, Week 14

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The Win: This week the Colts played against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville. And the Colts win! After three weeks of no winning games they finally win.

Highlights: In the first quarter Javarris James ran for a one yard TD.
Second quarter Manning throws to Reggie Wayne and gets 50 yards, that leads to another TD by Pierre Garcon. Another TD from Pierre Garcon after a Titans penalty makes the score 21-0 by halftime.

Third quarter Titans are starting their come back after two TDs. Colts take a field goal, making the score 28-14. Forth Quarter Colts take one more field goal after Reggie Wayne makes a 56 yard run. Now with less than a minute the Titans try for a TD, they get it, but they don’t have enough time to get the ball again to win the game. It ends with Colts taking the win 31-28.

Next Colts games:

  • Next week the Colts play at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • For week 16 Colts play in Oakland against the Oakland Raiders.
  • Week 17 Colts play their final regular game against the Tennessee Titans.

Colts playoff chances: To be able to win the AFC South division and make it to the playoffs the Colts must win the next three games, especially the game against the Jags. And we have to hope that the Jags will lose the game against us and at least one other game.

Jags’ schedule: The Jags this week played against the Oakland Raiders, at home, and won.

  • Week 16 they play in Indy against the Colts.
  • For week 17 they play at home against the Washington Redskins.
  • And for their last game of the regular season they play against the Houston Texans in Houston.

The Colts will need to win the next three games, especially against the Jaguars, in order to win the division. At that point, we will be tied with the Jaguars, but actually ahead of them because of the week 16 win.

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December 13, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Results from Colts vs. Cowboys, Week 13

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The Game: The Colts played in Indianapolis against the Dallas Cowboys the result…the Cowboys win in overtime 38-35.

Highlights: In the first quarter, Dallas gets a touchdown and a 30 yard field goal after Dallas got another interception, making it 10-0 Dallas. Second quarter, Peyton Manning throws a pass intended for Blaire White, but it’s intercepted by Orlando Scandrick and returned for a 40 yard touchdown. Then Manning passes to Pierre Garcon (I met him a year ago) and a touchdown. By halftime Dallas leads 17-7

Third quarter, Manning throws to Reggie Wayne for another Colts TD. David Buehler kicks a 46 yard field goal. Another pass from Manning to White is picked off again, this time by Sean Lee and returned for a 31 yard TD. Fourth quarter, Javarris James runs up the middle for a 1 yard TD. Punt blocked by Taj Smith for a TD (Colts). Score is now 35-28. John Kitna passes to Jason Witten for a TD and a two point conversion after the Eric Foster (I met him a year ago too) get a penalty for the Colts. After that Manning hurries down the field with 2:00 to go and get a TD from Javarris James and ties it 35-35 at the end of regulation.

Overtime, Colts win the coin toss and then Manning throws his fourth interception of the night to Dallas. And when Dallas got the ball David Buehler kicked a 36 yard field goal for the win of 38-35.

The standings: This puts the Colts at 6-6, 1 game behind the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are 7-5. This means the Colts have to win the next 4 games, including the one against the Jags in 2 weeks, in order to win the AFC South and make it to the playoffs.

These are not the Colts we’re used to from the last several years. Serious injuries to several key receivers have ended up in a lot of drops and missed catches. Manning’s interceptions might not be as serious if the receivers could make a few more important catches.

NFL Injuries: Today the Minnesota Vikings played against the Buffalo Bills in Minnesota. Brett Favre the Vikings quarterback was attempting a pass and got stuck in the middle of a big pile, and in the process hurt his shoulder. He did not return for the rest of the game. I will have more about the Colts injuries in another post.

Next games: Next week, the Colts are going to play against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night in Nashville, and the Cowboys will play against the Philadelphia Eagles.