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NFL Playoffs: Divisional Round

By Chris Lehman

After coming within two points of calling the Saints vs. Lions game, and missing the Texans vs. Bengals outcome by a six point swing, my Saturday predictions were fairly accurate. Sunday, however, was another story. The Atlanta Falcons followed the “safety first” rule that we are always taught and the Denver Broncos stunned the world. 

Just like ESPN analyst, Skip Bayless, I have supported Tim Tebow and the Broncos since day-one of his starting campaign. But just like the rest of the world, I was shocked to see him step up and take down the Steelers. Tebow throwing for 316 yards brings up an interesting thought. Everyone knows that at Florida, Tebow wore John 3:16 on his eye tape. Does this mean anything or was this game all a coincidence? Perhaps it was also a coincidence that Ben Roethlisberger threw that interception on 3rd and 16, or that Tebow averaged 31.6 yards per completion that game. It’s not a conspiracy, but just a thought. As much as I support and respect this Broncos team, what everyone wants to overlook is what made them win. Big Ben was still severely banged up. The Steeler’s starting running back, Rashard Mendenhall, was out. Isaac Redman stepped up nicely in the backup role, though. But more importantly, their starting Safety, Ryan Clark missed the game. You have to think that had he been there, he would not have bitten so hard on the play action allowing Demarius Thomas to break that 80 yard touchdown pass in overtime. Once again, just a thought. With everything that happened last weekend, we now have four games to look at for next week.

Here are the divisional round predictions: Read the rest of this entry »

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Wildcard Weekend

By Chris Lehman

My mid-November predictions proved to be fairly accurate as I predicted ten of the twelve playoff teams. I had the Cowboys and Bears making it as opposed to the Falcons and the Giants.  This week, there are four games on the schedule, all of which should actually be very close and competitive. In my Super Bowl Predictions article, I broke down the Saints / Lions matchup and the Texans / Bengals game but will revisit those anyways. Here’s what to expect: Read the rest of this entry »

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