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Wild Card Playoff Predictions

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NFC PLAYOFFS

#3 Dallas Cowboys vs. #6 Philadelphia Eagles

Personally, I am an Eagles fan. Unfortunately, I do remember sweeping the New York Giants three straight times last season, so I know it can be done. So far, the Cowboys secondary has shut down DeSean Jackson, and if he can’t make any plays, they are done for. Although, McNabb must step up his play to get Jackson the ball, for he looked absolutely lost last Sunday. I don’t see anyway my birds can pull this one out, as the Dallas defense is just on a roll, and they showed no way of stopping either the Romo-Austin or Romo-Witten connections last week.

Prediction: 24-14, Dallas

#4 Arizona Cardinals vs. #5 Green Bay Packers

I see this game as a bit of an easy matchup as well. Green Bay blew apart the Cardinals last week, and there is no reason to believe that they won’t do it again. The Cardinals are most likely going to be without WR Anquan Boldin, who can barely walk now with his MCL sprain and an upper ankle sprain. Yes, the man is tough, but even if he does play it would be a very small contribution. Without Boldin, the Packers can put the NFL’s best cornerback, Charles Woodson, up against WR Larry Fitzgerald all day, and blitz Warner nearly every play.

Prediction: 30-14, Green Bay

AFC PLAYOFFS

#3 New England Patriots vs. #6 Baltimore Ravens

This could be the best game of this weekend, as the Patriots prolific offense will matchup against the always ready Baltimore defense. However, the Patriots are missing the NFL’s leader in receptions, Wes Welker, and will be relying on rookie Julian Edelmen to replace him. Frankly, the x-factor in this game is Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco. He has had a pretty inconsistent season, but if he can play a good four quarters, with passes setting up the running game with RB Ray Rice, than the Ravens should come out on top.

Prediction: 24-21, Baltimore

#4 Cincinnati Bengals vs. #5 New York Jets

Yes, the Jets held Carson Palmer to zero yards on eleven passing plays. Yes, Chad Ochocinco injured his knee in pregame warm ups and was a non factor. Yes, the Jets walloped the Bengals 37-0. However, the playoffs are a different animal. Rookie QB Mark Sánchez will have to learn that mistakes are more critical now than in the regular season, and have to be held to a minimum. Also, the Jets must realize that just because their coach, Rex Ryan, calls them the favorites, doesn’t actually make them the favorites. The Bengals had absolutely nothing to play for last week. That’s why I expect a totally different team to take the field, and beat the New York Jets. I believe this was the toughest call on Wild Card weekend, as I had felt that the Jets were going to win earlier in the week. However, as we creep closer and closer to game time, something inside of me is telling that the Bengals will run through the Jets top defense, setting up the passing attack to WR Chad Ochocinco and former Jets’ wideout, Laveranues Coles.

Prediction: 20-16, Cincinnati

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NFL Season Preview: #23 New York Jets

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Overview: The Jets had an up and down season in ’08. After starting 3-3, the Jets went on a tear, winning five straight. However, they faltered down the stretch, mostly because of the play of QB Brett Favre, and went 1-4 in their last five games. Finishing at 9-7, the Jets missed the postseason, and made many changes.

Offseason Moves: New York got rid of Eric Mangini and hired former Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. QB Brett Favre finally decided to retire, and WR Lavernues Coles left for Cincinnati. Those were the only key losses for the Jets in the off season. To replace Favre, the Jets drafted USC QB Mark Sanchez in the first round of the draft. New York also drafted Iowa RB Shonn Greene. Turning their focus to the defensive side of the ball, the Jets traded for CB Lito Sheppard, and signed DE Marques Douglas, LBs Larry Izzo and Bart Scott, and S Jim Leonhard.

Upcoming Season: The Jets have an uncertain QB situation, and a thin receiving core. New York still has RBs Thomas Jones and Leon Washington, but they proved to be a tad inconsistent at times. Although, the Jets defense should thrive this season, especially under new head coach Rex Ryan.

Mark SanchezPlayer to watch: With the looming QB competition, you have to be watching Mark Sanchez. Although he only started 16 games in college, he showed he could be an elite quarterback. Many fear that his lack of experience could stunt his development, but it looks like Sanchez could lead the Jets, and possibly as soon as this season.

Prediction: 8-8, 3rd in AFC East

You can’t expect Sanchez to lead the Jets to the division crown in his first season. Look for the Jets to combat the Patriots in the upcoming seasons, after Sanchez is fully groomed.

NFL Season Preview: #24 Cincinnatti Bengals

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Overview: The Bengals leading passer in ’08 was Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is no longer with the team. Their leading rusher was Cedric Benson, after being released by the Bears and serving a four game suspension. Cincinnati’s leading receiver was T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who is also no longer with the team. The lack of consistency on defense, and the poor production on offense led the Bengals to a 4-11-1 record last season.

Offseason Moves: The Bengals started off by letting WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh go to Seattle in free agency, along with T Stacy Andrews, and replaced him with lesser WR Laveranues Coles. Cincinnati also added backup RB Brian Leonard, and longtime Cowboys S Roy Williams through free agency. In the draft, the Bengals took Alabama T Andre Smith in the first round, USC LB Rey Maualuga in the second round, and Georgia Tech DE Michael Johnson in the third.

Upcoming Season:The offense of the Bengals solely relies on QB Carson Palmer’s health. If Palmer is healthy, he can spread the ball around between WR Chad Ochocinco (oh wow) and Laveranues Coles. I’m not sold on their running game with Cedric Benson, and their offensive line is rebuilding. The defense appears to be on its way up, and look for it to take one or two games for the Bengals this year.

Player to watch: Of course it’s QB Carson Palmer. Without him, WR Chad Carson PalmerOchocinco had his worst season since his rookie year of 2001. Ochocinco consistently had 1000 yards, and if Palmer is healthy, look for that to continue, and for the Bengals offense to have some big play ability.

Prediction: 3-13, 4th in AFC North

The Bengals are another team that just haven’t taken big enough steps to improve, or even get better. Losing WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh really hurt, and you can’t replace a player like him. The most interesting thing about this team will continue to be Ochocinco’s TD dances.