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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

NFL Playoff Preview

     The NFL regular season is already over and, for the most part, with limited surprises. The Patriots, Broncos, and Seahawks all with week one bye's. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are your front runners for MVP. And the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock for the 2015 NFL draft. But the road to this point wasn't exactly how we predicted. The Patriots and Seahawks both had points in their season where the world counted them out of contention. Peyton Manning has been deemed useless by the masses. Perhaps most shocking of all, there are people who aren't considered clinically insane when they suggest Tony Romo as an MVP candidate. All of this really adds up to tell me one thing. None of us know what we're talking about.
     Over the next few days we will hear about who has no chance at winning a Super Bowl and who is a sure thing. But let's go back to week for when the New England Patriots got smoked by the Kansas City Chiefs. Talk radio was going crazy with people advocating for the benching of Tom Brady and telling us that Bill Belichick ruined the teams season by trading Logan Mankins. Not long after, the Seahawks were thought of as a flash in the pan with an overrated Richard Sherman and a mediocre record. During this time everyone said the Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in football and that no one could beat the Denver Broncos. Here we are going into Wild Card Weekend and those same Patriots and Seahawks are odds on favorites for the Super Bowl and everyone thinks Peyton Manning is finished.
     I guess what I'm saying is that it's hard to ever count anyone out in the NFL. While it does look like the Patriots broke Peyton Manning, he could just be going the same rough stretch that Brady went through early in the season. The Cowboys are stomping on everyone they play, but who's to say that Tony Romo won't realize it's January and that he's supposed to be throwing picks instead of touchdowns. We've all dismissed the Colts as a true winner, but Andrew Luck could assert himself as the new face of this league with a great playoff performance. The NFL has always been a game that is impossible to predict. So why do we keep talking in such certain terms? None of us really know what we're talking about. So my advice this January, toss back a few beers, relax, and don't lose your mortgage betting on the Lions on the road. There are no guarantees in the NFL...Except for the Bengals. Bengals will lose big. Write that down.

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