I’m going to be honest; besides the Giants game, there wasn’t much that was getting me excited about this weekend’s playoff games. I figured all the games were pretty much decided before they began. To me, the most interesting thing about the games were the gambling lines; and since I’m broke that made me quite uninterested.
Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans
Barely watched any of this game as I attended the basketball game between the Florida Gators and the Tennessee Volunteers (Gators won!). However, before the basketball game when I saw Luke del Rio at the bar, knew it couldn’t be a good sign for the Raiders. If Jack didn’t want to fly his kid out, I’m assuming that he couldn’t have been that confident in Connor Cook. Followed the game on my phone and at watched as Cook was 4-infinity. Can’t believe the Texans are getting the opportunity to get blown out by the Patriots. If Derek Carr was available I think the Raiders would’ve gotten the bye and the Chiefs would’ve beaten the Texans. Tough break for the soon-to-be team from Vegas.
Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks
This is just another game in which the Seahawks play stifling defense, the refs blow as many calls as humanly possible, and an overmatched opponent doesn’t put up a fight. How you miss the offensive facemask on the first TD is mind-boggling; how it was called defensive pass interference is reprehensible. The NFL has a huge issues when it comes to officiating and their strategy of ignoring it is going to damage an already ugly image.
Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Dolphins had chances to at least make this a game, maybe even win it. However, turnovers absolutely destroyed any chance of doing either. It doesn’t help when a lot of the game is played with a half-dead Matt Moore. There is no way on Earth that he passed the concussion protocol. The murmurs around the bar about the hit lasted longer than he was off the field. If this were a college game, that dude’s ejected for “Targeting” in a heartbeat. The NFL may need to look into it.
New York Giants at Green Bay Packers
If you think that this game had anything to do with the Giants’ WRs going on a boat in Miami on Monday you’re an idiot. You should never be allowed to comment on anything about sports ever. This game was about a couple missed opportunities and the Packers taking advantage of mistakes. The Jordy Nelson injury could impact Green Bay’s playoff run, but the DRC injury really messed up the Giants game. Eli Apple wasn’t ready to step up and it showed. The Giants had a great season and their defense was a big part of that. They had a really great first half and a terrible second half. There needs to be huge adjustments made on the offensive side of the ball this offseason, especially on the line.
I’m hoping next week’s games are at least more entertaining and have some amount of doubt in the fourth quarter. If not, the NFL could be looking at a ratings catastrophe.