January 5, 2015 in NFL Observations
1. To me there were two matchups I looked forward to watching this weekend and two I really didn't. First was the last game between the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys.
Much controversy in this one as the refs decided to play a factor. I could talk about the play on the field but what the refs did is a joke. Would Detroit have won if they didn't pick up the flag? No one knows. It was just a ridiculous decision the refs made to pick up that flag. How? It was a clear penalty and if they didn't throw a flag at least I would just say it was a badly blown call. But to pick it up? I can't believe what I heard Mike Perreira say that the officiating crew was working together for the first time all season. Again, why? I am over it. Dez taking off his helmet too? Ok, over it now.
Tony Romo played well enough to win but so did Matt Stafford. I am still waiting for this Dallas defense to implode and next week in Lambeau could be the time. But then again these are the games the Packers seem to blow recently come playoff time. But I like the Packers still. I think it could be bad also like their beatdown of the Eagles during the season.
2. The other matchup I had interest in was the great rivalry between the Ravens and Steelers.
Going into I was very unsure who I thought would win. Well, the Ravens did and were convincing in the end. They outplayed the Steelers who could have really used Le'Veon Bell on Saturday night. Not an excuse but he was surely missed in all facets of the Pittsburgh offense which was one of the league's best.
Enough about the losing team though let’s go back to Baltimore which once again has their fans believing they could make another road run. I don't expect this Ravens team with the secondary issues to go into New England and win but in the back of my head I have something telling me it could happen. The Ravens always seem to have the Pats and Brady's number. And when it turns into January, Joe Flacco becomes a new player and cements himself as a big time postseason quarterback. Gonna go with the Pats, but wouldn't put any cash on it!
3. As for the other games. Carolina and Indy won those.
A few notes I have include first of all that Ryan Lindley shouldn't ever be starting a playoff game. You can't blame the Cards who lost two QB's but I would think I would have taken a chance early with Logan Thomas. What was a great season it looked to be for the Cards eight weeks ago is now quickly over. As for the Panthers I as many thought a Lindley-led Cards would be a victory for Cam. I don't expect them to go into Seattle and win but Cam is not scared. Flip his car and he barely misses any time. Cam and Benjamin won't be afraid to challenge Richard Sherman also.
And to no one’s shock the Bengals lost another playoff game. Tony Romo is now off the hook and Andy Dalton and Marvin Lewis have that spot locked up. Now can Andrew Luck finally go back to back wins in the playoffs? I act like he is in his 8th year or so. I have a feeling he wins this game next week in Denver and then maybe the following week as well. Luck is going to make the Super Bowl at some point soon. Then again 2 years ago I would have said the same thing for Robert Griffin!
4. Final hits
a. Next to how much money the Redskins give Suh, the Cowboys offseason to me could be interesting. I think they find a way to pay Dez but Spray Tan not completely sure. Running backs again get screwed. Maybe the Cowboys let Murray walk and end up waiting on Jerry's boy AP? I wouldn't be shocked.
b. Doug Marrone just walked away for a team that seemed to be on a rise. I don't know all the inside stuff but if it’s mainly over the Sammy Watkins trade I would be shocked. I think really overpaid but not bad enough to walk.
c. Philly fired a personnel guy in Tom Gamble after two seasons with winning records. So he was in with Chip Kelly but got fired and now Kelly is the main decision maker? Wouldn't you just keep him? More to this than I know. Sal Pal needs to help me out.
d. I don't think I would take Mariota at the top of the draft even I needed a QB. But I may take a chance on Jameis. Even after the Seminoles got smashed at the Rose Bowl.