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Playoffs?

Posted by Charles P. Pierce  January 7, 2011 04:20 PM

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It's really up to Tom Brady now to help Rex Ryan make himself look foolish. (If, as This Blog believes they will, the Jets get pummelled over the weekend, it'd say Rex's Warholian timepiece will be at approximately 13:52:49 and that he will immediately be in negotiations with The Learning Channel for a new reality show '' Rex Ryan's Diners On The Interstate.) And, of course, the "I say what I think" defense for idiocy proves only that you consistently say idiotic things and decline to stop saying idiotic things even when the rest of the conscious world is hurling itself between you and whoever's listening.

That said, it looks a pretty chalky weekend. The New Orleans-Seattle game is testimony to the Rothsteinian delight the NFL takes in fixing its season from the start. If the Seahawks win, they will in some mad way be the perfect vindication of the way that the NFL has done its business since Pete Rozelle first got burped up out of the public relations business. Another great NFL moment the defending world champions, an 11-5 team this season, has to go play on the road against a team that finished two games under .500. Best. League Ever. Let's all make fun of the NHL again now. Despite having no healthy running backs, I think the Saints win the way all logic says they should.

Even given the game's impact on who the Patriots will play the following weekend, it's hard for This Blog to gin up much enthusiasm over Baltimore and Kansas City, simply because it hasn't seen the latter play very much this season. It suspects, however, that, early in the game, Ray Lewis will yell very loudly, and Matt Cassell will jump over the Ozarks and that'll pretty much be it.

Which leads us to the most fascinating game of all -- Green Bay at Philadelphia. The Packers have already beaten the Eagles in Philadelphia this season, and their six losses all came by a combined 20 points. On the other side, the whole Michael Vick saga has rather eclipsed how absolutely loaded the Eagles are offensively. The DeSean/LeSean combination is one thing but, if you're looking for a wild card, try Jeremy Maclin, who fell just short of 1000 yards this season. Assuming Vick stays healthy and upright, Maclin may be the one weapon too many for Green Bay to handle. Say, 38-35, Philadelphia.
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