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Playoffs Preview- AFC Wildcard Round

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Ray Lewis

The AFC Playoffs kick off tomorrow with the first of two wildcard games as the Cincinnati Bengals travel to Houston to take on the Texans.

The second wildcard game takes place on Sunday with an exciting matchup in store as rookie quarterback Andrew Luck leads his Indianapolis Colts on the road in Baltimore against veteran linebacker Ray Lewis and the Ravens.

Now without further ado, here are my previews and predictions for the games.

Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans

Marvin Lewis

Keys to the Game

When the Bengals have the ball…

Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton vs Texans Pass Rush

  • Andy Dalton may not be among the elite when it comes to the quarterbacks on show in the Playoffs but he is still a solid quarterback nonetheless. Back-to-back 3,000 yard passing seasons have been an impressive start to his career for the second-year player out of TCU.
  • Dalton’s favorite target is wide receiver A.J. Green who was drafted in the same draft class back in 2011. Green has also had a fantastic start to his career with 162 catches for over 2,400 yards in his first two years in the NFL.
  • The success of the Bengals offense in this game will largely depends on how they handle the Texans fearsome pass rush. Led by star pass rusher J.J. Watt, the Texans defense will look to put pressure on Dalton throughout the game.

When the Texans have the ball…

Arian Foster

Arian Foster vs Bengals Defense

  • When it comes to the ground battle in this one, these two teams are pretty evenly matched with the Texans offense averaging just over 132 yards per game and the Benglas defense giving up a little over 107 yards per game.
  • The Texans rushing attack is led by star running back Arian Foster. Foster has been one of the league’s most consitent backs in recent years and is arguably the best running back in the NFL outside of Adrian Peterson.
  • The Bengals defense will have to be at their best to contain Foster but they certainly have the players capable of doing so. Linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga along with standout defensive linemen like Geno Atkins and Michael Johnson will all be looking to put on a big performance.

Prediction

J.J. Watt

The Bengals have never won a Playoff game under head coach Marvin Lewis and face an uphill battle to do so on the road in Houston.

With an exciting offense led by standout players Arian Foster and Andre Johnson along with a defense which includes the league leader in sacks in J.J. Watt, the Texans are favorites to win this game and progress to the next round.

Bengals 19 Texans 27

Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens

Chuck Pagano

Keys to the Game

When the Colts have the ball…

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck vs Ravens Defense

  • Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck has been fantastic for the Colts this year and he is my pick for the Rookie of the Year award. Luck set a new NFL record for most passing yards in a season fro a rookie with a 4,374 yards. He has also been effective scoring for the Colts this season with 28 total touchdowns.
  • As for the Ravens defense, veteran linebacker Ray Lewis announced news of his impending retirement this week and he will hang  up his cleats once the Playoffs are finished. There have been reports that #52 will join the ESPN crew as a member of their “Monday Night Countdown” program.
  • Back to matters on the field however and Luck faces a very tough test against Lewis and the rest of the Ravens defense. The rookie is facing his first postseason test and he will need to be wary of the Ravens blitz packages along with keeping a close eye on safety Ed Reed.

When the Ravens have the ball…

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco and Ravens Passing Attack vs Colts Secondary

  • In my humble opinion, Joe Flacco is not an elite quarterback. But with the Ravens defense on his side, he doesn’t  need to be. Flacco just needs to step up in the clutch and stop making mistakes in key moments of games to take the next step in his development.
  • However, getting close isn’t good good enough with a team this talented and so the Ravens will be looking to get the win in the AFC Championship Game this year. Flacco will need more help from his wide receivers this postseason with players like Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith on the outside.
  • Looking at the opposite side of the ball now and the defensive backs tasked with stopping Flacco and co. are led by cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Darius Buter. These two starters will need to be sharp and they will also have to keep an eye on running back Ray Rice who will be used as a receiver out of the backfield in the passing game.

Prediction

Ed Reed and Ray Lewis

The Colts have overcome tremendous adversity this season due to the illness of head coach Chuck Pagano and they deserve great respect for getting to this stage with star rookie quarterback Andrew Luck under center.

Ray Lewis announced this week that he will be retiring after the Playoffs end but the future Hall of Famer won’t want to walk away from the game just yet and I see the Ravens led by veterans Lewis and Ed Reed getting the victory and advancing to the next round.

Colts 17 Ravens 20

Gary Kubiak

So those are your previews and predictions.

For all NFL fans it is now time to get ready for postseason football as the Playoffs are back.

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AFC Playoff Picture- Final Standings

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Peyton Manning

The Regular Season finished last night and the Playoff picture is now complete.

Some of the standout teams missing out on the Postseason from the AFC this year are the 8-8 Pittsburgh Steelers and the perennial underachieving San Diego Chargers.

Looking on the other side at some of the top teams now and Peyton Manning led his Denver Broncos to the top seed with Tom Brady the New England Patriots getting the number 2 seed.

The Playoffs kick off on Saturday night with the first of the two wildcard games.

So here are the final standings from the AFC.

East

1. Patriots 12-4

2. Dolphins 7-9

3. Jets 6-10

4. Bills 6-10

North

1. Ravens 10-6

2. Bengals 10-6

3. Steelers 8-8

4. Browns 5-11

South

1. Texans 12-4

2. Colts 11-5

3. Titans 6-10

4. Jaguars 2-14

West

1. Broncos 13-3

2. Chargers 7-9

3. Raiders 4-12

4. Chiefs 2-14

Playoff Seeds

1. Denver Broncos First-Round Bye

2. New England Patriots First-Round Bye

3. Houston Texans Division Winner

4. Baltimore Ravens Division Winner

5. Indianapolis Colts Wildcard

6. Cincinnati Bengals Wildcard

The first two seeds get a first-round bye, and the wildcard games see the number 3 seed vs  the number 6 seed and the number 4 vs the number 5 seed.

Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans

Andre Johnson

Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens

Ray Lewis and Ed Reed

A full preview of both these games will be posted later this week.

For all your playoff updates, follow me on twitter.

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December 31, 2012 at 10:49 am

Week 11 Scores- Early Games

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Robert Griffin III

This weeks early games have just finished and so here are the scores:

Green Bay Packers 24 Detroit Lions 20 

Arizona Cardinals 23 Atlanta Falcons 19

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 Carolina Panthers 21 (Overtime)

Cleveland Browns 20 Dallas Cowboys 23 (Overtime)

Philadelphia Eagles Washington Redskins 31

New York Jets 27 St.Louis Rams 13

Cincinnati Bengals 28 Kansas City Chiefs 6

Jacksonville Jaguars 37 Houston Texans 43 (Overtime)

Remember that these final scores are just from the early games with the late games still to come.

One of the standout late games to watch is in New England as the 6-3 Indianapolis Colts take on the 6-3 Patriots with that game live right now on Sky Sports 2.

Highlights from all tonight’s games are available to watch here- http://www.nfl.com/videos

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November 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Week 11 Games- Live on Sky

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Aaron Rodgers

It’s now time to look ahead to this weeks exciting live action with some great games lined up on Sky.

Sky Sports 2 will be showing two live games tomorrow night:

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford

Stadium- Ford Field

Kickoff- 1 p.m. in Detroit/6 p.m. Irish Time

Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots

Andrew Luck

Stadium- Gillette Stadium

Kickoff- 4:25 p.m. in New England/9:25 p.m. Irish Time

NFL RedZone

Tom Brady

Catch those live games along with the rest of the action on NFL RedZone via the Red Button.

For a preview of Week 11, check out my weekly picks- https://mrnfl.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/week-11-picks-previews-and-predictions/

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November 17, 2012 at 10:03 am

Thursday Night Football- Colts vs Jaguars Preview

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Andrew Luck

Week 10 kicks off tonight with a divisional clash from the AFC South as the 5-3 Indianapolis Colts take on the 1-7 Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field.

The game is live on NFL Network for American viewers and will also be shown on Sky Sports 1 in Ireland.

Now without further ado, here is my preview of the game.

Indianpolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars

Blaine Gabbert

Stadium– EverBank Field

Kick Off- 8:20 p.m. in San Diego/1:20 a.m. in Ireland

What to Watch

Maurice Jones-Drew

Jaguars Quarterback Situation

  • The Jags quarterback situation isn’t looking the best going into this game with starter Blaine Gabbert is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury. Gabbert is coming off a poor performance in Week 9 where a late interception against the Detroit Lions proved costly for the Jags.
  • The Colts pass defense has been steady this season giving up just a little over 220 yards per game. Look for Robert Mathis and co. to put on another good show getting after Gabbert tonight.

Jaguars Running Game vs Colts Front Seven

  • As if the Jaguars 32nd ranked passing game wasn’t bad enough, their running game isn’t much better and rank as the fifth worst in the NFL with just 84 yards per game. Maurice Jones-Drew and the rest of the Jaguars run game needs to step up as they look to ease the pressure of Gabbert and the passing game.
  • The Colts defense isn’t as solid against the run and are allowing over 130 yards on the ground per game. MJD could be in for a big performance vs the Colts front seven tonight.

Andrew Luck and the Colts Passing Game

  • As it turns out, the hype surrounding Andrew Luck as the best college quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning is turning out to be correct. Luck has done a fine job leading his team to a 5-3 record through their first eight games and is on pace for a rookie record 4,800 yard passing season as well.
  • A big part Luck’s success has been the play of veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne. The rookie has leaned heavily on Wayne through the air and will do so again tonight.

Who to Watch

Reggie Wayne

Andrew Luck-  Quarterback- Colts

  • Just in case anyone needs reminding, Andrew Luck is for real. The 23-year-old rookie out of Stanford has been near perfect since arriving in Indianapolis and replacing Colts legend Peyton Manning back in April.
  • A strong candidate for rookie of the year, Luck hasn’t looked anything like a rookie with his grasp of the Colts offense and command in the huddle. Going up against a Jaguars defense giving up over 250 yards per game, Luck should be in for a big game tonight.

Reggie Wayne-  Wide Receiver- Colts

  • Reggie Wayne has stepped up his production this season and bounced back from a disappointing 2011 campaign. Wayne already has 835 receiving yards through eight games and is on pace to post a career-high 122 catches.
  • He’s been Luck’s number one target through the air and his veteran leadership and route running ability has been a big help for the rookie. #87 will be a factor again tonight against a struggling Jags’ secondary.

Blaine Gabbert- Quarterback- Jags

  • Blaine Gabbert is looking less and less like a first round quarterback with every game he plays. Now in his sophomore season with the Jags since they took a risk and selected the talented Missouri star with the tenth overall pick in the 2011 draft, Gabbert has continued his rookie struggles.
  • Now at the half-way stage of the season, he has averaged just 1,429 passing yards and is also completing only 58% of his passes. Unless things change soon, Gabbert could be replaced by veteran Chad Henne.

Prediction

Andrew Luck

This game should provide a clear example of the difference between a young quarterback whose career is on the rise, and a young quarterback whose career path is going straight downhill.

Andrew Luck will lead his team to their fourth successive victory on the road over Blaine Gabbert and his struggling Jaguars.

Colts 31 Jags 9

So that’s your preview and prediction, hope everyone enjoys tonight’s game.

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November 8, 2012 at 9:50 am

Week 1 Scores- Early Games

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Matthew Stafford

The early games from Week 1 have just finished and so here are the scores:

Indianapolis Colts 21 Chicago Bears 41

Philadelphia Eagles 17 Cleveland Browns 16

St. Louis Rams 23 Detroit Lions 27

Miami Dolphins 10 Houston Texans 30

Atlanta Falcons 40 Kansas City Chiefs 24

Jacksonville Jaguars 23 Minnesota Vikings 26 After OT

Washington Redskins 40 New Orleans Saints 32

Buffalo Bills 28 New York Jets 48

New England Patriots 34 Tennessee Titans 13

Andrew Luck

Remember that these final scores are only from the early games with the late games still to come.

The late games include the Carolina Panthers vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also the San Francisco 49ers against the Green Bay Packers which is live right now on Sky Sports 2.

To see highlights from all this weeks games, click this link http://www.nfl.com/videos

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September 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Week 1 Games- Live on Sky

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Kevin Cadle and Neil Reynolds

The first full Sunday of NFL action is back today with a whole host of games in store for NFL fans.

Sky Sports 2 will be showing two lives games today:

Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears

Andrew Luck

Venue- Soldier Field

KO- 6 p.m. UK and Irish Time

San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers

Venue- Lambeau Field

KO- 9 p.m. UK and Irish Time

For a full preview of all this week’s games check out https://mrnfl.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/week-1-picks-previews-and-predictions/

Don’t forget that the San Diego Chargers must wait until tomorrow night to kick off their season on the road vs the Oakland Raiders and a full preview for that game can be found here https://mrnfl.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/monday-night-football-chargers-vs-raiders-preview/

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September 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm