Monday, January 07, 2008

The Aftermath

Hey, what can you really say about the Skins?

It was a great a run, a run I didn't see coming at all and enjoyed thoroughly. Todd Collins was a revelation, Gibbs got some vindication after what became a tough, tough year, and I think the Skins can only build off this. What pains me about all this is the fact they had a chance, what with a one-point lead and the ball deep in Seahawk territory in the fourth quarter. If the Skins had won this game, you have to believe every writer in the world would lead their game stories off with something along these lines:

"With the Skins clinging to a slim one point lead, they got a little help from above on the ensuing kickoff. As if Sean Taylor himself caught the ball as it soared through the air, the Redskins got a gift wrapped win from the powers that be above."

But let's go back to reality. Make no mistake, the better team won this game. I didn't realize just how good the 'Hawks defense was. Julian Peterson and Lofa Tatupu are absolute monsters and Patrick Kerney is simply relentless. The Skins got lucky and caught the 'Hawks when Matt Hasselbeck was having a subpar day as well. All in all, it was just like the 2005 divisional playoff loss at Qwest Field, where it seemed every break was in place for a Washington victory, and yet it didn't happen. Because the bottom line is the Seattle Seahawks are a better football team than the Washington Redskins. That's why the playoffs are the playoffs. It separates the men from the boys.

Playoff Predictions
Pats over Jags: I really want to pick Jacksonville, but when it comes down to it, how can you take David Garrard over Tom Brady?

Seahawks over Packers: This is my upset pick. I've got a good feeling about this Seattle team. Like I said above, their D is underrated, and they have a ton of guys who know how to win in the playoffs. Other than Favre, the Pack is real young.

Cowboys over Giants: Eli Manning finally looked good, but that was against a weak Tampa team. I think Romo and TO come out firing. This will look a lot like the season opening 45-35 Cowboy win in Dallas.

Colts over Chargers: The Colts will follow the same script the Titans followed. Eliminate LT from the game and make Rivers win the game. And unlike the Titans win yesterday, 17 points from Rivers isn't going to get the job done against Peyton.

National Championship
It's finally here, finally. I'm really not sure which way to think about this one because let's be honest, we don't know all that much about Ohio State. In a weak year for the Big Ten, the Buckeyes haven't actually beaten anybody that impressive (that includes Michigan). LSU is definitely battle tested after some of their wars in the SEC. If the Tigers jump out early, this couldbe a rout. Ohio State has to have something positive go its way early on, so it knows it can hang with the Tigers. I think LSU will have more trouble with OSU's defense than people think. That being said, if LSU can stop Beanie Wells, it will win this game. Todd Boeckman isn't a guy who can carry a team to a win yet. I really hope this game lives up to the hype and is competitive because all the BCS games have been more boring than Krauss's Friday nights with the ball and chain. Zing!

LSU 31, Ohio State 24

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