I thought he was born under a bad sign as his first day on the Earth included that awful Ravens game… you know, the game where we saw Bobby Hoying Kevin Kolb remind us why Super 5 can't go anywhere just yet.
Thankfully, with a lot of help from the CFL bound Raiders (led by Michael "You drafted Hunt over me" Bush) and the hugely disappointing Texans (led by Ryan "Better than Booker" Moats), we found our way into the playoff picture.
For the last few weeks, I had been saying that I didn't know if we'd make the playoffs, but if we did I'd bet that we make a nice dent in the overall playoff picture.
Now is the team's chance to prove me right and here are some reasons as to why I believe they will.
- Minnesota Vikings: How can this team scare us? They have less post season experience, Tavaris "How do I still have a job?" Jackson at the helm, and likely missing their run stuffing DT. Sure, they are no pushovers, but this should be a "W". Expect 6-8 sacks and a pick or two against the young and mediocre QB.
- The New York Football Giants: Despite being the best NFC team earlier this year, how can anyone be convinced that they are dominant anymore? Jacobs is still banged up, as are Ross and Boss. Their defense is still solid at worst and crushing at best, but Tra and Runyan shut down the league's sack master with seeming ease Sunday. This game could go either way, but we match up well with the Giants. The winner of this game does to the Superbowl.
- Carolina Panthers/Atlanta Falcons/Arizona Cardinals: This is likely the Panthers, who are running extremely well and having a pair of really solid veteran receivers. The Falcons are too young to get my vote to get here and the Cardinals are the worst playoff team in either conference by far. Carolina is a good team, but they can beat run on and passed on. If the defense continues to play how it has for the passed 5-6 weeks and the offense stays balanced, the Birds should be the team here.
This isn't to say that the road is easy, but the Eagles are as good as ANY of the NFC teams left in the picture. Period.