FanIQ Wild Card Weekend: Sunday Pre-Game and Live Thread

Three Rookies and a Ray Ray to End Wild Card Weekend [NFL Playoffs: Sunday Live Thread]

1/6/13 in NFL   |   Jess   |   34809 respect

Welcome back to day two of Wild Card Weekend on FanIQ! With us again are Marcus and Ashlie (marcus_nyce and kobe_lova) to give us their thoughts and picks for the games and launch the Open Game Thread for the remainder of the WC games. 

Without further ado...



Colts @ Ravens
1:00pm E.T.
CBS


Blog Photo - FanIQ Wild Card Weekend: Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadMarcus:
Mojo: ChuckStrong opens at -3 over Ray Ray’s “Last Ride.” Caldwell’s friendly revenge motivation might move it to -2 by game time. Advantage: Colts

Chess, not checkers: Hey, did you know that Harbaugh’s brother and father are coaches too and that his mom has been hired as a consultant to install the Read-Option at Vassar? True story. Bruce Arians has Coach of the Year on lock (or should). Advantage: Push

X-Factor: As a Saints fan I know bad D. I watch bad D. I root for bad D. Colts, you’re no Saints bad D, but you’re pretty close. Advantage: Old, beat up Ravens

Magic 8 ball says: Most likely Ravens
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Ashlie:
Is criminal playing? I assume so since it will be his last game if they don't find a source of winning that doesn't rely heavily on Flaccup. Torrey Smith could be the savior in this game, if Flaccup has his mess together. The D isn't extraordinary some days, but it doesn't take extraordinary to defeat the Colts, does it? And if Ray plays they are instantly better. Hmmm... I love the Colts and I tear up every time I see Pagano, so I'm going Colts (you weren't surprised if you know me at all) in a narrow victory...like 3/8 of an inch.
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*giggling girls (my sisters) say Ravens...and YOLO way too often.


Jess:
I'm pretty sure that Ray Lewis is indeed playing in this game - one last hurrah before he rides off into the sunset. The Colts are no doubt running ChuckStrong inspired as they have all season, and now the Ravens have their inspiration. It should be a good game, of course, and I'm not sure how to pick. I'll go with the Ravens.

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Seahawks @ Redskins
4:30pm E.T.
FOX


Marcus:
Mojo: DangeRuss. Black Jesus. Strong is the force with these young Jedi. This game may determine who becomes Vader and who is Obi Wan as these QB’s will their teams into becoming this decade’s Colts-Pats rivalry. (Are Luck and Kaepernick, Han Solo and Boba Fett? I have no idea where I’m going with this.)
Advantage: Push

Chess, not checkers: Shanahan is using RGIII to perfection in his King’s Knight’s Gambit. Pistol Pete will throw a challenge flag and yell “UNO!” at some point during this chess match.
Advantage: Umm, let’s just move on.

X-Factor: Los unidad de equipos especiales y espresamente “Neon Leon” Washington. (That was for our readers joining us via FanIQ Deportes.)
Advantage: Seahawks

Magic 8 Ball says: Outlook is good 12thMan
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Ashlie:
Maaaaaaaan! I hate this game. Russell scares me more than RGIII when he has the ball. He backs himself into a corner, and then in dramatic fashion scraps his way out. I like it but this wont be the time for that nonsense. I like watching both of these teams play. It's fun football...to the non-fanatical observer. That's me! Shanahan...I don't see him having great success. Carroll makes me smile, and he goes b**** d*** at any time. Can I say that? If not, Jess has already ninja'd it. The coaches are just as much of a wild card as the qbs. Who the hell knows? My girl vs my girl.... I'm taking Jess. :heart: Jen. Go y'all!... in the playoffs and ****.
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*giggling girls split.


Blog Photo - FanIQ Wild Card Weekend: Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadJess:
I don't know why I even bother typing anything here when the Hawks are playing. I never pick their games. However, I'm glad that for people like you, Ashlie, that this will be "fun football". As for this fanatical observer, well, I fully expect you people to visit me when I end up institutionalized. 

You think Russell Wilson makes you nervous? He gives me heart palpitations. And not in a good way. Seeing these two quarterbacks go head to head will be entertaining, to be sure. I won't even pretend to know what's going to happen but I hope you're both right. Win or lose, I'm very happy with this team this year; I said I would be happy with an 8-8 season. These guys have gone far beyond what I expected or even hoped. As long as they play their best and don't take stupid penalties (I'm talking to you, Browner, Okung, and Giacomini), I will be fine either way. I think.

Marcus I have no idea where you're going either, but I love the idea of Kaepernick as Boba Fett.

That's it for this weekend, sports fans! Tune in next weekend for Round Two, and Q it up here today for Wild Card Sunday!

 

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1/10/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Responding to Ash and Jen:

The more I've thought about it, the more I realized that this was inevitable. Not RGIII getting severely hurt per se, but him being left in despite being hurt. As I said before, that's the culture of football. The player doesn't want to come out and be seen as a wuss (or lose his roster sport, although not the case here). The coach doesn't want to take out their best players. The media and fans don't care, because they lionize playing hurt, and just like in the locker rooms, coming out of a game means you're a coward, or worse (see: Cutler).

It's better now with head injuries (although the resistance is still there, especially from mongoloid "fans" who call any effort to deal with that ruining football), but with everything else, clearly not. This was the perfect storm where sitting made sense: An injured quarterback with unlimited potential, who was hurt to the point his effectiveness in the game was significant down, and a backup who had proven he wasn't necessarily a white flag. All that and he still didn't come out until it was too late. Not a good sign.

1/8/13   |   JenX63   |   32749 respect

Eric_ wrote:
That's why the athlete does not make the decision, because they will always choose to play. Shanahan had a choice once it became clear Griffin was compromised, meaning it a short term issue now in addition to a long term.

Of course he'll get away with it. The NFL and its culture already circled the wagons for him (including Griffin), since its culture is "play injured or you're a p***y." At this point, I'm not sure much of anyone in football really sees players as actual people. Not the league, not the owners, not the front offices, not the coaches, not the fans, hell, I'm not sure the players do either. It's football culture as it worst. Dismiss that as dramatic all you want, I don't care.

I see everyone on the Skins team as "human" as well as the drivers I cheer for. I understand your reasoning, but I also am still hearing "updates", people "back tracking" earlier statements" and all kinds of other stuff. I merely said, I am not ready to lay it "ALL" at Shanahan's feet. At some point athletes have to stick up for themselves and say NO. Until they do, everything will continue as it is. (you be as dramatic as you want)

1/7/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61840 respect

Eric_ wrote:
That's why the athlete does not make the decision, because they will always choose to play. Shanahan had a choice once it became clear Griffin was compromised, meaning it a short term issue now in addition to a long term.

Of course he'll get away with it. The NFL and its culture already circled the wagons for him (including Griffin), since its culture is "play injured or you're a p***y." At this point, I'm not sure much of anyone in football really sees players as actual people. Not the league, not the owners, not the front offices, not the coaches, not the fans, hell, I'm not sure the players do either. It's football culture as it worst. Dismiss that as dramatic all you want, I don't care.

You're right, it should've been Shanahan's decision. Griffin actually had to tell him that he couldn't go anymore when he came out that last time.  Not a fan of his.

I don't know about the culture thing, though. I do think he should've given it a go if he thought he could do it (He wasn't limping at all when the game began, probably had a shot, idk). We, the fans, didn't really know the severity of his injury/pain beyond that. I'm still unsure. But, I think all good football players want to play especially during big games, and these players make an exorbitant amount of money to do just that. So, I think fans really appreciate when their players want to play through, even if they can't. Think Cutler. I remember thinking pretty early on that Griffin and Hauschka (?) should come out, but I respect them more than Cutler. It's a matter of perception, I suppose. Personally, I wouldn't have thought either were p***ies if they had come out.

1/7/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I'm not ready to lay this all on Shanahan. Griffin was sent to see the Dr. He didn't but told the coach he had. Is Shanahan suppose to hold Griffin's hand and walk him over like a child? I don't think so. Griffin has said in every interview he wanted to win games. He has to take some responsibility for this. The season for the Skins is over. Griffin has time to relax and heal properly. I am very proud of them and can't wait to see what next year brings.

That's why the athlete does not make the decision, because they will always choose to play. Shanahan had a choice once it became clear Griffin was compromised, meaning it a short term issue now in addition to a long term.

Of course he'll get away with it. The NFL and its culture already circled the wagons for him (including Griffin), since its culture is "play injured or you're a p***y." At this point, I'm not sure much of anyone in football really sees players as actual people. Not the league, not the owners, not the front offices, not the coaches, not the fans, hell, I'm not sure the players do either. It's football culture as it worst. Dismiss that as dramatic all you want, I don't care.

1/7/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61840 respect

lol

1/6/13   |   richard_cranium   |   17677 respect

The good side is that the Redskins lost, the bad side is Cheat Carroll and the Cheathawks won! With who is left in the NFC I am all in on the Broncos or Ravens at this point, and if they both go down, well I will be team refs, then I guess!

1/6/13   |   JenX63   |   32749 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Maybe so, but given what happened Week 14 (see Dr. Andrews's account) and then today when RGIII was clearly compromised, Shanahan was being his usual obstinate, stubborn self. It cost him this game at the very least, and we can only hope for now it didn't compromise RGIII long-term.

I'm not ready to lay this all on Shanahan. Griffin was sent to see the Dr. He didn't but told the coach he had. Is Shanahan suppose to hold Griffin's hand and walk him over like a child? I don't think so. Griffin has said in every interview he wanted to win games. He has to take some responsibility for this. The season for the Skins is over. Griffin has time to relax and heal properly. I am very proud of them and can't wait to see what next year brings.

1/6/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Congratulations to the Seahawks and their fans.  Prayers for RGIII.

1/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Goodness you are all dramatic with "blood on his hands" stuff. 

Maybe so, but given what happened Week 14 (see Dr. Andrews's account) and then today when RGIII was clearly compromised, Shanahan was being his usual obstinate, stubborn self. It cost him this game at the very least, and we can only hope for now it didn't compromise RGIII long-term.

1/6/13   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21423 respect

Congrats to the Seahawks!

1/6/13   |   JenX63   |   32749 respect

Eric_ wrote:
The worst part of that was how predictable it was. If RGIII is ruined, the blood is on Shanahan's hands.

Goodness you are all dramatic with "blood on his hands" stuff. 

1/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The worst part of that was how predictable it was. If RGIII is ruined, the blood is on Shanahan's hands.

1/6/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

RGiii must be done.  That was ugly.  

1/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

And there goes Beast Mode. Washington has a decision to make given RGIII's clear limitations.

1/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

marcus_nyce wrote:
Thought Sea Spec. Teams would be a big factor, that was before their kicker ran out there like Terry Fox. 

Just when I was starting to wonder how Canadian you really were, you break out a Terry Fox reference. Well played sir.

(Note: I know all about Terry Fox, and he was a better man than any of us will ever be.)

1/6/13   |   marcus_nyce   |   27234 respect

Thought Sea Spec. Teams would be a big factor, that was before their kicker ran out there like Terry Fox. 

1/6/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Thank God I was wrong

1/6/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I see us heading to the half time break with the 'Hawks ahead 17-14 :(

1/6/13   |   Scott   |   53571 respect

Wilson leads the Hawks down the field and we got ourselves a game.  Your move RG3

1/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

That Wilson fumble/Lynch recovery is why football stats guys say fumble recovery is primarily a measure of luck.

1/6/13   |   Trokspot   |   65 respect

Cousins should be on the sidelines warming up right now...

1/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

(Edited by Eric_)

London Fletcher has had more sacks in the last two games than he has in any season since 2005.

1/6/13   |   Scott   |   53571 respect

3 and out, all on pass plays, from the Hawks/

What happened to Beast Mode?

1/6/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61840 respect

vodka, rum, simply orange w/ mango.. mmm.

Great start Redskins.

1/6/13   |   Scott   |   53571 respect

Very impressive opening drive for the Redskins.  Couldn't ask for a better start to this game

1/6/13   |   Scott   |   53571 respect

Redskins offense has the Hawks defense on their heels

1/6/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Go Redskins!!!!! (Ya know I love ya Jess)

1/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

There's a dude in an Alf costume at the Redskins game. This town is weird.

1/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Scott wrote:
MT&T Bank Stadium sounds like one of those rowdy soccer stadiums you hear on Fox Sports Soccer

Yep, sounds like Baltimore.

1/6/13   |   Scott   |   53571 respect

MT&T Bank Stadium sounds like one of those rowdy soccer stadiums you hear on Fox Sports Soccer

1/6/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61840 respect

(Edited by kobe_lova)

Colts did much better than I expected this season... and they weren't that bad in this game. Could've called plays a little better down the stretch, but overall they weren't terrible. I'm pretty proud of them.

Phil Sims needs to be evaluated for a concussion.

I really hope this next game isnt called by Joe Buck and Aikman.

1/6/13   |   Scott   |   53571 respect

Helluva run by the Colts is going to come to an end against the veteran Ravens.  Luck and company have a bright future ahead

1/6/13   |   JenX63   |   32749 respect

Go Skins!

1/6/13   |   Scott   |   53571 respect

Anquan Boldin is the MVP of this game.  Those catches have saved both Ray Rice and Joe Flacco

1/6/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61840 respect

^%$^%@^&

1/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

(Edited by Eric_)

Ray Rice's fumble rate is so much higher in the playoffs than in the regular season. Not sure anyone has an explanation for that.

Edit: Might not matter anyway since Colts keep settling for field goals that they now can't make.

1/6/13   |   Scott   |   53571 respect

Reggie Wayne might be the most under-rated wide receiver in the NFL.

1/6/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Well, I honestly thought the Ravens were gonna get another major there, but for another fumble.  This might be the fourth quarter comeback you were talking about Scott.  Might be all the Colts needed

1/6/13   |   Scott   |   53571 respect

Ravens push the lead to 11 and look to deliver the KO but apparently the young Colts didn't get that memo

1/6/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Wow, Flacco and Boldin really stepping up and making this look easy.

1/6/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61840 respect

Phil is really irritating me.

1/6/13   |   Scott   |   53571 respect

Anquan Boldin just saved Joe Flacco's butt with that catch

1/6/13   |   Scott   |   53571 respect

If the Ravens continue to let the Colts hang around, would anybody be the least bit surprised if Andrew Luck engineers another 4th quarter comeback win?

1/6/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I just feel sick.

1/6/13   |   Scott   |   53571 respect

Joe Flacco needs to stop throwing and just keep feeding the ball to Ray Rice

1/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
"Change where he's at", I do not enjoy the games being on CBS.



And what the hell just happened? All turnovers are reviewed, but they didn't review it? I don't know what Phil just said, they were no help? I'm confused.

It's a college game between Indiana and Maryland now. Different rules.

1/6/13   |   richard_cranium   |   17677 respect

For Nyce, over/under 7.5 times that the Ray Ray entrance gets shown today.

1/6/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61840 respect

(Edited by kobe_lova)

"Change where he's at", I do not enjoy the games being on CBS.



And what the hell just happened? All turnovers are reviewed, but they didn't review it? I don't know what Phil just said, they were no help? I'm confused.

1/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Forgot to pick yesterday's games, so here goes nothing:

Indy at Baltimore: Forget all the emotion and intangibles for a second, the simple fact is Indy's defense is awful, and if the Ravens are smart enough to use Ray Rice, they should carve it up.

Baltimore 31, Indianapolis 24

Seattle at Washington: Both defenses should be familiar with the offenses, given that they see it practice all week. Seattle's defense though is better, which is the key. DeAngelo Hall can easily get torched. Browner and Sherman probably won't be.

Seattle 20, Washington 17

1/6/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61840 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Fantastico de nuevo!  Los amo a todos! Buena suerte a los dos equipos! yesheart

You're extra sexy this weekend. Remember to breathe today.

1/6/13   |   marcus_nyce   |   27234 respect

BruceStrong is moving the Mojo line to -3 1/2.

1/6/13   |   JenX63   |   32749 respect

Fantastico de nuevo!  Los amo a todos! Buena suerte a los dos equipos! yesheart

1/6/13   |   Jeff_P   |   19891 respect

2 BIRDS FLYING AWAY WITH BIG WINS TODAY.............