FanIQ Live NFL Wild Card Sunday Game Thread

FanIQ GameDay Live: Wild Card Weekend Edition - Sunday

1/5/14 in NFL   |   Jess   |   34836 respect

Happy NFL Playoffs, football fans! How did you enjoy yesterday's games? That Chiefs/Colts game was something else, huh? Nail-biters, both of them. I'm betting it's only going to get better from here. I missed on both of my picks yesterday, and I'm pretty sure I'll miss on at least one of them today. 

If you had a chance to check out yesterday's game thread, you know we've got a little different format this weekend than what we had over the course of the regular season. We have representatives for all of the Wild Card teams joining us with their thoughts and game picks!

Blog Photo - FanIQ Live NFL Wild Card Sunday Game ThreadAFC Wild Card Playoff
San Diego Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Time - 1:05pm 
Broadcast - CBS
Bet QBucks here!
Reps -
- Chiefs: Dan (Dan_B)
- Eagles: Ben (Phillygenius82)
- Packers: Mike (kantwistaye)
- Saints: Marcus (marcus_nyce)
- Chargers: Oddfool (JC...but it's Oddfool)
- Colts: Mike G (coyotedances)
- 49ers: Michael G (Michael_G)
- Bengals: Chris (Aceraison)

Please join me in welcoming our guests...let's do this!

Dan
Cincinnati 

Ben
The Bengals were such a hard team to get a read on. They have some really good players at the skill positions Green, Sanu, Jones, Bernard. Andy Dalton is good most of the time but as a team their offense leaves some clunkers out there. The Bengals D has been solid despite some injuries to key players (Leon Hall and Geno Atkins). The Chargers. They barely beat the Chiefs second team in a game they absolutely had to have to get into the playoffs. All I remember from this season for the Chargers is that they beat the Eagles and Broncos by possessing the ball blah blah blah and in doing so they made those games unwatchable. Bengals?

Mike
Like how San Diego is playing right and Dalton is frustratingly inconsistent. SD in an upset 20-17.

Marcus
San Diego vs. Cincy The Bengals head coach, Marv Lewis, has never won a playoff game and their QB is more erratic than Linsay Lohan. I don’t trust either of them. The Chargers snuck into the playoffs on what was a missed “gimme” field goal and blown call by the referees on the kick, because of course they did. The Football Gods are apparently “all in” on the once prodigal son, Philip Rivers, right now. Also Norv Turner won’t be involved this year. That’s HUGE. This is my Wild Card upset special. San Diego 23 Cincinnati 19

Oddfool
My home team Chargers are definitely in this by pure wildcard chance. (The kind that tends to favor Fools.) The Bengals are undefeated at home, and it's gonna be cold in Cincinnati. The Chargers did beat the Broncos, but spent their last two weeks in sunny San Diego. We're gonna be popsicles. But, since they are expected to lose, and they do tend to surprise opponents at random, I'm going to go with this... Foolish Forecast: Chargers taming the Bengals 24-21

Mike G.
Dalton-Bernard- Green...Bengals end the 23 year drought without a postseason win. My lock of the week. Prediction Chargers 17 Bengals 27.

Chris
Cincy

Michael G
Cincinnati Bengals 31 - San Diego Chargers 20

Jess
I think successful Dalton might be a product of his offensive line...I remember a guy who had enough time in the pocket to go out for a gyro and come back before he had to worry about it collapsing, so his accuracy may have been a bit skewed...that's who young Andy reminds me of. I might be wrong; I haven't been able to watch the Bengals much this season. Anyway, San Diego might surprise some people...I think they'll make it a game, but Bengals ultimately win this round.
 
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1/5/14   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21423 respect

Scott wrote:
It is definitely safe to say that Marvin Lewis is the common denominator. On the flip side though, prior to Lewis getting to Cincinnati it had been since 1990 the last time the Bengals were in the playoffs

It's really frustrating to see a team like the Bengals who have a top 10 defense, some decent offensive weapons like A.J. Green, Jermaine Gresham, and Giovani Bernard along with some Wild Card playoff experience to still come up short year in and year out...  Sometimes winning the division and making the playoffs isn't enough especially with Marvin Lewis having a track record of a 0-5 postseason record.  The AFC North is going to be up for grabs next season.

1/5/14   |   Scott   |   53610 respect

RaiderSteeler15 wrote:
Is it safe to say that Marvin Lewis is the Common Denominator into why the Bengals can't win a postseason game ever since he's been a head coach since 2003?  When Carson Palmer was with the Bengals, he couldn't win a postseason game.  Andy Dalton who is 0-3 in the postseason and Marvin Lewis had Palmer before Andy Dalton was in the league.

It is definitely safe to say that Marvin Lewis is the common denominator. On the flip side though, prior to Lewis getting to Cincinnati it had been since 1990 the last time the Bengals were in the playoffs

1/5/14   |   Phillygenius82   |   244 respect

Michael_G wrote:
By the way..the clip that Ben showed in his prediction...I was there...The craziest, loudest hysteria I've ever been apart of...great memories :)

Classic. I remember where I was too. It's one of those great sports moments and I'm not a fan of either team.

1/5/14   |   Jess   |   34836 respect

I went 0-4 this weekend (though, I knew the Eagles and Packers picks were long shots, so that's my fault.) 

1/5/14   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21423 respect

Scott wrote:
And, Marvin Lewis has still never won a post season game

Is it safe to say that Marvin Lewis is the Common Denominator into why the Bengals can't win a postseason game ever since he's been a head coach since 2003?  When Carson Palmer was with the Bengals, he couldn't win a postseason game.  Andy Dalton who is 0-3 in the postseason and Marvin Lewis had Palmer before Andy Dalton was in the league.

1/5/14   |   Oddfool   |   10639 respect

Michael_G wrote:
Is that the same Jerry Coleman who pitched for the Pirates in the 70's??

I don't think so.   I checked online, and he played for the Yankees (entire playing career), was a personnel director for them as well, and even managed the Padres in 1980.  He announced for the Yankees for 7 years, and became lead announcer for the Padres in 1972.

1/5/14   |   Michael_G   |   37879 respect

By the way..the clip that Ben showed in his prediction...I was there...The craziest, loudest hysteria I've ever been apart of...great memories :)

1/5/14   |   Michael_G   |   37879 respect

Oddfool wrote:
I'm overjoyed that San Diego had a win today, but saddened by a loss as well.  Long time Padres announcer, Jerry Coleman, passed away today.

Is that the same Jerry Coleman who pitched for the Pirates in the 70's??

1/5/14   |   Michael_G   |   37879 respect

Michael G says..."Who's got it better than us??....NOBODY!!"  See you in Carolina!!!!

1/5/14   |   Oddfool   |   10639 respect

I'm overjoyed that San Diego had a win today, but saddened by a loss as well.  Long time Padres announcer, Jerry Coleman, passed away today.

1/5/14   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Ugh. Both the result and the fact that I have to write about it now.

1/5/14   |   Scott   |   53610 respect

Colin Kaepernick continues to haunt the Packers in the playoffs

1/5/14   |   Phillygenius82   |   244 respect

Scott wrote:
For those of us that aren't fans of the Chiefs, Bengals or Eagles, this has been a great weekend of football

I can still appreciate a good weekend of football

1/5/14   |   Scott   |   53610 respect

For those of us that aren't fans of the Chiefs, Bengals or Eagles, this has been a great weekend of football

1/5/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Wow, what a game!

1/5/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

We sure have a lot of football fans named Mike on the Q......

I don't have a favorite in this GB-SF game, so I am just enjoying the football in CFL type weather!

1/5/14   |   JenX63   |   32761 respect

Eric_ wrote:
So, we just went touchdown-extra point-commercial-kickoff-commercial-one play-commercial.

Why is football considered the most TV friendly sport again?

Cause most folks are off Sunday!

1/5/14   |   Scott   |   53610 respect

And, Marvin Lewis has still never won a post season game

1/5/14   |   Scott   |   53610 respect

Andy Dalton giveth and Andy Dalton taketh away from the Bengals

1/5/14   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

So, we just went touchdown-extra point-commercial-kickoff-commercial-one play-commercial.

Why is football considered the most TV friendly sport again?

1/5/14   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

So, have been people been giving Packers fans crap for taking so long to sell out? Not even Packers fans think they have much of a chance, and given the potentially 30 below wind chills, who can blame them for deciding to keep full feeling in their extremities?

1/5/14   |   Scott   |   53610 respect

Really neat intro package with Boomer Esiason and Dan Fouts representing their respective teams

1/5/14   |   JenX63   |   32761 respect

I'm 1-0. Go Bengals!

1/5/14   |   Scott   |   53610 respect

Here's hoping today's games are just as entertaining as yesterday's

1/5/14   |   Oddfool   |   10639 respect

Sorry, Jess. Apparently my Magic 8 Ball was right yesterday. Let's see if it can keep it up.  Go Chargers!