I've already documented the Eagles loss in my last entry. But I haven't talked about the other three games from last week. So in this week's edition of the mini-rants, a quick reaction to the other three wild card games and a few other quick points.
You don't think that the Baltimore Ravens D wanted to hit Tom Brady last weekend? They thought (rightfully so) that they were shafted in their Week 4 matchup by the officials with some weak roughing the passer calls. So they took it out on the QB who asked and received those flags. By the way, Joe Flacco was 4-10 for 34 yards in this game and did a tremendous job of handing the ball off to his RBs Rice and McGahee. The Ravens had a combined 234 yards rushing on 52 handoffs. Hey Andy! Take a page of John Harbaugh's book, eh?
I've always had my doubts about the Jets. The main question I have is which Mark Sanchez will show up? The Sanchise, or Bad Mark? Against the Bengals in the playoffs, it was The Sanchise, who went 12-15 for 182 and a TD against the Bengals, who did put up a much better fight than in Week 17. But let's face it, the story here is Darrell Revis getting shafted for Defensive POY. Okay, Woodson returns for INTs for TDs. Revis is the best shutdown corner in the league and he's on one of the best defenses in the NFL. By the way, Woodson's D let up 51 points in OT, leading us too...
The Shoot-Out in the Desert. You want to know the difference from last year's SB Cardinals team to this years? Defense. Last year, they had it. This year, not so much. Still, they won and now the get the better matchup for them in New Orleans. They can't make the over/under in Vegas high enough for this game. You want to know the one thing that hasn't changed from last year's SB Cardials team? QB Kurt Warner is still adding to his HOF resume. He had more TD passes (5) than incompletions (4) in a day where he threw for 379 yards. I give the Packers a ton of credit for battling back. Much like the Eagles, they have a lot of youth and will only get better from here.
Now for the ending of the previous game. That was a nice sack/strip/return by the Cardinals D. There wasn't a flag on that play. Not a chance. But yes, you could argue that there was a facemask, and let's say there was. It's still the Cards ball at around the GB 35 or so. One first down and you're in good FG range (Rackers isn't missing twice) and GB hasn't stopped them all game. And I don't want to hear it from Packers fans. You were down three scores, battled back to OT after a missed FG and won the coin toss in OT. That's three strikes. You didn't deserve to win it in the end.
I have no problem with Pete Caroll bolting USC for Seattle. I do have a problem with USC hiring Lane Kiffin. I know he's a former USC guy, but look at the trouble he caused at Tennessee. This was a desperation hire by the USC staff. Why else would you hire a guy who has recruiting allegations and a big mouth to come to a school that's facing an NCAA hearing in a few months. Makes no sense to me.