Playoff watching and dreaming is the perfect way to pass 3/4 of the work day. Fantasizing about an electric Al Michaels touchdown call that wins the Giants a game late in the season takes precedent over work metrics. We aren’t quite there yet, but we can see the playoff picture starting to take shape. And if the season were to end today…
1. Dallas would get a bye as the number one seed in the NFC. Not having to go to Seattle for a playoff game is a natural viagra for Cowboys fans, bandwagon or not.
2. Seattle would host the highest remaining seed in the divisional round. What would be important for the Seahawks is an extra week to search far and wide for an answer to a leaky offensive line.
3. Detroit would host Washington, the leagues hottest offense. A Gruden versus a human with cyborg level emotion. My only would be regret for this game is no Megatron vs Norman matchup. I’d take Washington 31-21.
4. Me: Atlanta can’t possibly be paced by the Giants offense. Matt Ryan and company are too explosive–even with the spare parts of Cleveland–to be caught by the Giants Jekyll-Hyde offense. Odell Beckham and Julio briefly engage in a mono e’ mono receiving dual, but Atlanta’s dome provides an experience for the Giants it always has. Falcons 33 Giants 21
Me to Me: Nonsense. The Giants defense is the hottest in the NFL. JPP is playing at a level comparable to Khalil Mack and Von Miller, and that bad man #90 has 2.5 less fingers than the aforementioned All-Pros. You think Mack could have intercepted that ball in JPP’s situation. I DON’T THINK SO. Defense travels, even in a environment that manufactures crowd noise to gain an edge. The Giants SEC duo of Manning-Beckham dominate in the Georgia Dome once again. Giants 37 Falcons 16
Oakland and New England have ridden the #1 seed seesaw for the last two weeks. But this blog is retroactive to today, thus if the season ended today….
1. In yet another tough visit to the Jets, New England scratched out a win in MetLife to move to 9-2 and reclaim the #1 seed in the AFC. It behooves Belichick to go full tilt for the #1 seed in order to avoid a scenario similar to ’15 AFC title game. The Patriots have had a playoff bye every season since 2010. This year looks no different.
2. Oakland clinched its first winning season since 2002, though this teams aspirations should be bigger. January football in the black hole is a second Christmas for the fans and the fans of the fans. I’m a fan of the fans. Derek Carr is my league MVP right now.
3. Baltimore would host the surging Dolphins at the AFC #3 seed. The story of recent has been the streaking Phins and their offense. Reformed rule book loophole hater John Harbaugh and the Ravens are one of the most successful playoff teams of our time, and the experience would (and the leagues top ranked defense) prove too be too much for a first time playoff team. Ravens 26 Dolphins 13
4. Be impressed by the Chiefs after Sunday night. Peyton Mannings cadaver set a precedent last season with his championship that Alex Smith should look to. Labeled a game-manager, ’16 Smith has more play making ability than ’15 Manning, and a defense very comparable. The Texans also stink. Chiefs 34 Texans 10