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Old 01-04-2020, 03:44 PM
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N.F.L. playoffs - weekly picks


I'll start: Buffalo and New England are my picks to win today; "Nawlins" and Seattle are my picks to win tomorrow. Confidence: highest for "Nawlins" over Minnesota, lowest for Seattle over Philadelphia.
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Old 01-04-2020, 04:27 PM
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Old 01-04-2020, 04:43 PM
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Great playcalling so far by Buffalo.
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Old 01-04-2020, 04:53 PM
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Stupid challenge by Bill OBrien.
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Old 01-04-2020, 06:41 PM
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The smoke the announcers are blowing up Josh Allen's ass has made my mute button mandatory
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Old 01-04-2020, 07:26 PM
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Oh, Josh Allen. All you had to do was not take a sack or intentional grounding and let the kicker tie the game. Instead, you do both.

Tell me again dear announcers how much poise Allen has.

I am a bit surprised that McDermott trusted Allen enough to call a passing play on 3rd down.
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Old 01-04-2020, 07:31 PM
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Wow. Just wow.
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Old 01-04-2020, 07:33 PM
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as long as the damn patriots lose and go back to the 80s and 90s teams......
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Old 01-04-2020, 07:35 PM
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Allen is just panicking like that lady in the movie Airplane.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNkpIDBtC2c
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Old 01-04-2020, 07:43 PM
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Bills showing their true Bills nature, blowing a 13-0 lead.
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That was something. Boneheaded mistake after boneheaded mistake by Allen, the defense gives them another chance. Then, he, for reasons known only to himself, tries a lateral, then lucks out on the second dropped interception of the game. Ugly.
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Old 01-04-2020, 07:44 PM
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Bills showing their true Bills nature, blowing a 13-0 lead.
It was 16-0. Tied at least for now 19-19.
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Old 01-04-2020, 07:55 PM
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Allen is really panicking and wilting under pressure. He's not seeing the field - not clear what he's seeing. He might still win the game yet, but it looks like Houston is moving faster than he can think right now.
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Old 01-04-2020, 07:59 PM
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If all the playoff games go like this my cardiologist will be able to afford a new home. This as of 9:50 remaining in 1st overtime.

BTW I picked Houston in the one pool I'm in.
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Old 01-04-2020, 08:14 PM
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God dammit.
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Old 01-04-2020, 08:22 PM
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I was so hoping that the Bills could pull off a win. God knows their defense deserved it, and there was some inspired play calling early in the game. Oh well
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Old 01-04-2020, 08:24 PM
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Nice job protecting your lead, Buffalo. I don't know who those two guys were who had a chance to take DeShaun Watson down, late, but they BOTH should be ashamed of themselves for not being able to "finish the job" on that play. So the Bills remain winless in the playoffs since 1995. Too bad for them.
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Hell of a game!

Don't they usually have 1 NFC and 1 AFC game each day? Having both AFC games today feels different.
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THAT is the way playoff football SHOULD BE! Right down to the wire with an equal amount of screw-ups from both teams. And equal brilliance.
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Old 01-04-2020, 10:41 PM
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If Titans lose to the Patriots this will be a thoroughly rotten Wild Card weekend.
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Old 01-04-2020, 11:26 PM
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Well, the Pats loss restores some balance to today's results, but I would've traded a Bills win for it.
I don't have any teams in the playoffs that I give the least bit of a shit about, so, oh well, I guess that will be better for my blood pressure.
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Old 01-04-2020, 11:26 PM
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If Titans lose to the Patriots this will be a thoroughly rotten Wild Card weekend.
Guess not!

Also, holy crap!

Henry only ran 34 times? It seemed like 80.

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Old 01-04-2020, 11:29 PM
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If Titans lose to the Patriots this will be a thoroughly rotten Wild Card weekend.
Weakest Pats team since 2009. Tennessee was more physical. No surprise.
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Old 01-04-2020, 11:37 PM
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Good thing I don't bet. I guess getting a bye to the conference semifinals is a bigger deal for the Patriots than I thought.
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Huge boost to the Ravens and Chiefs.
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Old 01-04-2020, 11:42 PM
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Don't they usually have 1 NFC and 1 AFC game each day? Having both AFC games today feels different.
Yes, that's how they've done it, for many years. I'm sure there was some brilliant reason for doing it differently this time out.
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Old 01-05-2020, 08:30 AM
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What was the deal with the second half kickoff in the Bills game? They called it a touchdown for the Bills, I left the room briefly, and when I came back the Texans had the ball on their 20. Why did the TD get called back?
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What was the deal with the second half kickoff in the Bills game? They called it a touchdown for the Bills, I left the room briefly, and when I came back the Texans had the ball on their 20. Why did the TD get called back?
They said the return man had “given himself up” which seems to be a technical term meaning “too lazy to take a knee but clearly not returning the ball”.
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They said the return man had “given himself up” which seems to be a technical term meaning “too lazy to take a knee but clearly not returning the ball”.
So, was that the right call? It sure looked like a boneheaded play on the part of Houston, resulting in a loose ball that was recovered by Buffalo in the end zone. Did the receiver ever signal a fair catch? Was the play ever blown dead? When the receiver tried to toss the ball to the ref, the ref jumped backwards like "I ain't touching that -- it's still a live ball!"
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So, was that the right call? It sure looked like a boneheaded play on the part of Houston, resulting in a loose ball that was recovered by Buffalo in the end zone. Did the receiver ever signal a fair catch? Was the play ever blown dead? When the receiver tried to toss the ball to the ref, the ref jumped backwards like "I ain't touching that -- it's still a live ball!"
I don’t know what the actual rules say regarding giving oneself up. He did not signal fair catch but he did signal to his own players that he wasn’t returning the ball (by holding his hands out to the side) so there were no blockers in the way of the half dozen opposing players barreling towards him.

Probably the right call from a safety standpoint.
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Great defensive stop at the goal line by the Saints. Kinda wish Zimmer and the Vikings had some more creative plays to run in that situation.
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Can the Vikings make another upset for the weekend? One more half will tell.
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Fun games this weekend so far. Gotta live playoff football.
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Can the Vikings make another upset for the weekend? One more half will tell.

So I was wrong; now the OT tells.
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I want the Saints to win but man, the Vikings have played their asses off - and none more than Cousins.
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Man, the Saints defenders were just beaten badly in the final minutes.
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I'll start: Buffalo and New England are my picks to win today; "Nawlins" and Seattle are my picks to win tomorrow. Confidence: highest for "Nawlins" over Minnesota, lowest for Seattle over Philadelphia.
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I don't play here but over the Protestant football group I'm 3-0. If Philly can do it I'll be 100%
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Hm. Based on my picks things aren't looking good for the Seahawks, today, are they?
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I'm not sure how many times the Vikings have faced the Saints in the playoffs but I DO remember when the Saints made the playoffs for the very first time in their history, back in 1987, and they hosted the Vikings for that very first playoff game and they got REAMED to the tune of 41 - 10 (or something very close to that). Combine that with what's happened to the Saints against the Vikings in the playoffs the last three years and I think that the Vikings have some kind of playoff hex on the Saints.
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This Seahawks/Eagles game is ugly. Offense only works if defense fucks up.

God I hope McCown plays well. That would be fun.
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Vikes win!!
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Seahawks top rusher is ... Russell Wilson. That is new. For this season, anyway.
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Earlier this season Seattle went to Philadelphia and beat them 17-9.

Today they went to Philadelphia for the Wild Card game and best them 17-9. Now that’s consistency!

If the Bills had pulled it off in OT, we’d have a year where every WC team won. That would have been something.
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I'd love to see comments from Packers fans who are amazed that their team won 13 games this year and grabbed the #2 seed in the N.F.C. playoffs to find out what they think about the matchup with the Seahawks next Sunday.
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Earlier this season Seattle went to Philadelphia and beat them 17-9.

Today they went to Philadelphia for the Wild Card game and best them 17-9. Now that’s consistency!
I remember that the Seahawks beat the Giants in consecutive meetings (one in Seattle, one in Giants Stadium) back in the '80s by the exact same score of 17 - 12. But those meetings weren't in the same season. I don't know what the odds are of playing a team in the same stadium twice in the same season and beating it by the exact same score each time, but they can't be very high, can they?

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If the Bills had pulled it off in OT, we’d have a year where every WC team won. That would have been something.
Stupid Bills. In defense of my (missed) picks Buffalo simply blew it (in my opinion) and I guess asahi had a point about Tennessee vs. N.E. (although I believed all along that the Patriots would find a way to get out of the W.C. round and I wasn't alone it that belief. But their offense pretty much disappeared down the stretch this season, didn't it?). In other words: I don't regret picking the two A.F.C. East teams to win. The only one that I got wrong that truly shocked me was the Minnesota Grapes going to "The Big Easy" and winning. In my defense I'm hardly the only person around who thought the Saints would win that game.
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I don’t know what the actual rules say regarding giving oneself up. He did not signal fair catch but he did signal to his own players that he wasn’t returning the ball (by holding his hands out to the side) so there were no blockers in the way of the half dozen opposing players barreling towards him.

Probably the right call from a safety standpoint.
I don't know if the NFL changed the rule after that college play where the punt receiver acted like he called for a fair catch (but he didn't) so no one went for him and he ran it back for a touchdown.
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I used to have time to do real analysis on the match-ups. I just don't have that time anymore (moved thrice in three years), but I used to be pretty good at ignoring full-season records and judging the last 4-6 weeks of the season and match-ups against quality opponents.

I didn't realize the Vikes front four was as good as they are. Had I known that, I might have been more cautious in my picks. Front four pressure is huge in the playoffs, especially if the defensive scheme is good and LBs can be effective in pass coverage.
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The only one that I got wrong that truly shocked me was the Minnesota Grapes going to "The Big Easy" and winning. In my defense I'm hardly the only person around who thought the Saints would win that game.
That was a major upset for sure. The Vikings were just better in almost every category. More yards/attempt, 2/1 turnover ratio, more rushing yards, more time of possession, fewer penalties, etc. Brees was good enough to keep it close but i think the NO defense was out of juice by the time OT started.

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I just read an interesting fact... The upcoming Packers/Seahawks game will be a contest between the only QBs left in the postseason who have won Super Bowls. (Technically Garoppolo has 2 rings but that was for sitting on a bench.)
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