Although I’m looking forward to the championship games this Sunday, it’s still a little sad. No, not because the Eagles aren’t there. I’m over that. It’s sad because it’s the last weekend of the season where we’ll get to watch multiple NFL games on a Sunday.
Oh well, we still have the Flyers and Sixers to follow and pitchers and catchers will be reporting before we know it.
We have two interesting match-ups to watch on Sunday and plenty of story lines to go along with them. Let’s start with the first game on Sunday, the Ravens and Patriots.
This should be a fun one. You have a tremendous defense against a tremendous offense. It’s the one seed against the two seed. I see this being a great game, but from what I’ve been hearing so far this week, I feel like I’m one of the few that believes it.
I actually heard a popular Philly radio host tell a Ravens fan who called in that he didn’t believe this game would be close. This didn’t bother me that much. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
The thing that bothered me was how he attempted to defend his argument. He kept driving home the line on the game asking the Ravens fan why the line wasn’t closer if it was going to be a close game.
I feel like sports betting has become increasingly popular, especially among younger generations and the mobile NFL betting apps that can be used with smart phones. However, I don’t see a line that Vegas makes being a staple in an argument why one team will beat another.
If you want to argue that you think the Patriots will win easily because of how Tom Brady is playing right now, I understand that. However, you don’t play a defense as talented as the Ravens everyday.
I think the other sides for both teams will have a big impact on the game. Can the Ravens offense maintain drives and keep the ball out of Brady’s hands? Can the Patriots lowly defense step up and make some plays?
I’m excited for the match-up and think a lot of people aren’t giving it enough credit.
On the NFC side, I find it sickening that the Giants are in the NFC Championship but you can’t deny how well they’ve played this postseason. They dominated the Falcons and handled the Packers in Green Bay. Eli Manning now has people debating who the best quarterback in the family is. The majority still seems to be in Peyton’s corner, but Eli is clearly turning some heads.
That Niners game against the Saints was just outstanding. With the way Drew Brees was playing, I wasn’t sure if anyone in the NFC could take him down. However, Alex Smith and company clearly had other intentions.
Unlike the match-up in the AFC, I see these teams each being much more balanced on both sides of the ball. I really don’t even know how to feel about this game.
The Niners seem to be a team carried by their defense, but Smith really proved something to me last week. Playing at home also seems to be a big advantage for them. They’ve been solid all year and continued that against the Saints last week.
On the other side, we often see a team who just creeps into the playoffs getting hot and making a serious run. The Giants fit that bill perfectly this postseason and have been a real challenge.
I could this one going either way, but I give the Niners a slight edge with that run-stopping defense and home-field advantage.
There’s a limited amount of NFL games left, so I hope to see two great ones this Sunday. The good news is I think there’s a great chance of that happening.