The college football champions are the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama defeated the Clemson Tigers 45-40 in a back and forth duel in the desert Monday night. This game reminded me of the Texas and USC game won by Texas and Vince Young. The offenses dominated the game and the defenses were a huge failure. How many times do you see an Alabama defense give up 40 points? The difference was Alabama converted on big plays. The Tide hit two long pass plays, a long run by Derrick Henry and a surprise onside kick recovery that was the turning point of the football game.
Where does this victory put Nick Saban as a college football coach? I would say top five all time. He has won five national titles and four of them have come in the last seven years.
Big hits, one miss
The NFL Playoffs were outstanding in three of the four playoff games. The only stinker was the Houston game, as Kansas City railroaded the Texans. Brian Hoyer, that was a pitiful performance, and I was embarrassed for you.
The Pittsburgh game? I guess you won’t see many end like that one. The dirty plays were numerous and the play of Vontaze Burfict was a disgrace to the NFL. He should be suspended for at least eight games, if not the entire next year. I am glad the Cincinnati Bengals lost; what a bunch of classless players they have. The Minnesota Vikings’ kicker shanked a 27 yarder that looked like my pitching wedge. I will say the Vikings proved there is a little Detroit Lions in all teams. If the Lions ever went to a Super Bowl, that’s how I envision them losing!
The Green Bay Packers went to the NFL Lost and Found department. What did they find? Some offense! “You like that” Washington Redskins. I just had to quote Kirk Cousins’ line. The Skins beat no one with a winning record all season long and the playoffs were no different.
Let’s look at this week’s divisional round of games.
The Kansas City Chiefs head to New England on Saturday with kickoff set for 4:35 p.m. The Chiefs, winners of 11 straight games, are feeling pretty confident. The Patriots are not playing good football. One must ask, can you pick the Chiefs to win at New England for their 12th straight win? Kansas City plays tremendous “D” and Brady is almost unbeatable at home in the playoffs. The pick: Pats Playground at Home 23 and Not Enough Chefs in the Kitchen 17.
The Saturday nightcap is Green Bay back to the desert against the Arizona Cardinals. The Packers were smoked like salmon just about three weeks ago by the Cards. The Packers’ offensive line was overpowered by the Arizona defense but the Packers’ protection was much better at Washington. Arizona has all the pieces to make a Super Bowl run. The defense and offense are both strong and Carson Palmer is having a great season under center. The pick: Full House 34 and Pack Equipment 27.
The Sunday game at 1:05 p.m. will be the best game of the weekend. The Seattle Seahawks are in Carolina to take on Cam Newton and the Panthers. The two teams played once and Carolina won the game late. Cam Newton will win the NFL MVP this season in a runaway. However, that award means nothing if they do not go to the Super Bowl. Seattle is looking for a third-straight trip to the Super Bowl. It’s going to be a defensive battle and a hard-hitting football game. The prediction: Sweet Carolina 21 and Seattle Sendoff 17.
The last game of the weekend at 4:40 p.m. is Pittsburgh at Denver. Peyton Manning, the man with more first round exits in the playoffs, will be the starter for Denver. The Pittsburgh Steelers can only hope that Big Ben will be healthy enough to quarterback the Pittsburgh team. Ben will play because he is one tough customer. However, I don’t think No. 84, Antonio Brown, will play due to concussion issues. Pittsburgh is not healthy but will play hard. However, it will not be enough to win. The prediction: No First Round Loss 20 and The Mash Ward 16.
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