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NFL Final-4/Super Bowl

by Medicus
 
This will be the most anti-climatic football season since the 1998-season Denver Broncos.  The best team in the league this year was already determined before a single down of a single game took place in September.  The moment Randy Moss was acquired last spring for a 4th round draft pick (give me a break), the Pats were made 3:1 favorites to win it all.  Those odds have only improved by season’s start, and are now not even worth placing.  We all just needed to see it a few times before it was confirmed.  Any reasonable threats were brushed aside in weeks 6 & 9 at Dallas and Indy, respectively.  And both of those teams, the only ones with offenses capable of keeping up with the Pats, were upset in the divisional round of the playoffs last weekend.  It is smooth sailing ahead in open waters for Belichek, Brady, and company for the next three weeks.  In a re-match against San Diego, New England gets a southern California team that will literally LIMP into Foxboro with its three best offensive players (Tomlinson, Gates, Rivers) all hurting from last weeks contest at Indianapolis.  All will likely play, but be limited in what they can do.  For the Pats its ho-hum, been there, done that.  In week two this season, New England had their way with the Bolts, out-gaining them 2:1 total, holding them under 50 yards rushing, rushing for 150 of their own, and winning by 24.  Don’t expect it to be much different this time around.  Game time temps will be in the teens, and despite a CB tandem of Cromartie/Jammer, San Diego will have no answers for New England while they’re on the field, especially on the ground, where a knicked up Castillo and Williams will find the going tough against three Pro-Bowl linemen paving the way for Maroney, or protecting Brady while he throws.  San Diego can rush the passer at times (I’m starting to wonder if it would have been even worse if Indy came in, given all the time Rivers had to throw last weekend), and will have to take some chances in trying to get to Brady.  We all saw last weekend what happens when you play it conservatively and try to keep everything in front of you…………a slow death.  Belichek will likely take away San Diego’s ground game and make Rivers beat them.  Whom do you trust more?  Rivers or Brady?  Hell it might even be Billy Volek vs Tom Brady.  38-10 Pats.
 
In the event another re-match with the Giants takes place in the “SHOW”, don’t expect as close a game this time around.  The game will take place in “Winter Paradise”-Arizona, where field and game conditions will be perfect.  New England will be a double-digit favorite whether it’s the G-Men, or Brett Favre’s final hurrah.  As far as matching up with New England, Green Bay might be the better or more complete team, but neither have the horses I feel to keep up with the Pats.  Belichek will have two weeks for whichever sacrificial lamb comes their way.  This is one of “those teams”, the ones you look back on for some time for all those “greatest of all time conversations” amongst friends.  And the NFL Channel might have to redo that America’s Game series, which like every other countdown in recent memory, has the Dolphins 72’, and Bears 85’ as the two best teams ever.  And there will be no, ‘Well I think so-and-so could have maybe beaten them that season…………….they played everybody and beat them……….some twice”!  They have already rewritten the records books in many ways this year, the only thing left is 19-0.
 
Green Bay has lost two playoff games in its history at Lambeau Field………….but Randy Moss plays in another conference, and Michael Vick is in jail.  The Giants are on a run similar to Pittsburgh two seasons ago, but unlike that team, I don’t fee like the conference championship was the “easy part”.  The Packers already worked the Giants over earlier this year, and that was when Ryan Grant was fourth string.  Packers win 27-21.  Dallas-New England would have been the most hyped Super Bowl in the history of the league…………..but Green Bay with Favre is about the next best thing.

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David versus Goliath

We all know the Pats are unbeaten this season, chasing history.  The Pats are largely consider one of the best, or the best team in NFL history.  The Pats have broken countless amounts of NFL records this season, team and individual.  The Pats have had two weeks to prepare, rest, and regroup for this playoff game.  The Pats enter this Saturday evening (8pm EST) matchup with Jacksonville a 13.5 point favorite.  To most people, including some esteemed colleagues of thesportsoup.com, this game will be not only be won by the Pats, but by a handsome margin.

Enter Parliament.  Recently, been called an “idiot” by sportsoup blogger, “Farmer Fran”, Parliament continues his rant that Jacksonville will beat the Pats in the playoffs.  See, Parliament has been stating this prediction for months.  When the Pats began the season in upwards of 7-0 … 8-0 … many a discussion occurred about the chances of the Pats going undefeated.  Upon request, Parliament consistently stated his theory that the Patriots would go undefeated during the regular season … but once they had to face the Jags in the playoffs, the run for perfection would be halted.  This Jags over the Pats theory seems all but consequential to Parliament’s preseason prediction of the Dallas over Jacksonville Super Bowl. 

So maybe Parliament is “grasping” here.  Maybe he is crazy.  Hey, he is a proclaimed “sports idiot!”  But like our friends with OneRepublic say, “it too late to apologize.”  And Parliament will never do it.  Parliament likes what he likes.  Sticks by his predictions, usually somewhat fearless.  That’s what trash talk is all about.  I say I like some team, or player, and you say, “they are shit,” with the same passionate enthusiasm.  And damn it feels good to be right … (as Garrard prepares his slingslot)

Projection:  Jacksonville   34      New England   31

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