09 January 2008

2007 Wildcard Weekend Recap

It was the weekend of two comebacks that almost were, one game that never was in question, and one game that never should have been in question. And I picked 3 out of 4 correct! Go me!

Seahawks over Redskins – After the wild end to their season and everything the team’s been through, I was hoping for a storybook ending, with Todd Collins in the role of Jeff Garcia, circa 2007, and the "Ole Joe’s just TOO old” comments being put to rest. And after getting completely outplayed for 3 quarters, the Redskins started the 4th quarter with a near-miraculous comeback. But alas, it was not to be. When Sean Suisham missed that chip-shot field goal, Chef Spouse and I looked at each other and said the same thing: "That’s it for the Skins.” Todd Collins turned into Jeff Garcia, circa 2008, and it just went downhill from there. And then Joe up and quit, but I’ll write more about that this weekend.

Jaguars over Steelers – The thing that’s amazing about this game is that Big Ben threw about 4 kajillion picks and it STILL came down to a nearly last-second Josh Scobee field goal to win it. So what’s the lesson? Are the Steelers better than I was giving them credit for? Are the Jags worse? Are they just really well-matched teams vis-à-vis the style of football they play? All questions will be answered this weekend, as the Jaguars face the Patriots in Foxborough.

Giants over Buccaneers – This game was never in question, at least not after the first quarter. Obviously, Lil Eli has thrown off his playoff jitters, and Tom Coughlin’s job is safe one more week. I have to point out that practically the entire football pundit world chose the Buccaneers, while I correctly picked the Giants. How does better record in a tougher division NOT register with these guys? This one wasn’t even a hard call. Jon Gruden didn’t seem too upset – I suspect he expected to lose the game – but he really needs to try to find a longer-term QB solution in the off season. And a longer-term wideout solution, ‘cause Joey Galloway’s 36. And a longer-term running back solution, ‘cause Cadillac Williams has a little ongoing problem that rhymes with "blinjuries.”

Chargers over Titans – How on earth were the Chargers shut out in the first half? This game should never have been in question, but it was for the first 30 minutes. The Chargers pulled it together for the win, as everyone expected they would, but I think their ride ends here, because they looked SORRY. The only reason they won is that Vince Young has a mental block against playing 4 continuous quarters of good football.

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