The whirlwind of football games has dwindled down and the college season is down to Clemson and Alabama for the national title. I will get back to that game later.
The NFL season is down to 12 teams looking to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in February. The Detroit Lions took the backdoor entrance in to the playoffs. The Green Bay Packers shut down the thoughts of a home playoff game and NFC North Division title with a 31-24 win at Detroit on Sunday night. Yes, I know I predicted a Lion victory on Sunday night and I misfired on that prediction. Darn it all; I wanted to believe the Lions would get it done. I can say the SOL tag should not be applied to this football team. I realize they lost their last three games of the season. However, there is no shame losing to three playoff teams like the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. All three are playing for the Lombardi Trophy here in 2017. I can also say all three teams have a legitimate chance at winning the Super Bowl, too.
The crowd at Ford Field was electric and very loud for a hopeful division title that would have ended a 23-year drought.
The Lions’ loss sends them to Seattle for a playoff game against the Seahawks. Let’s look at all four wildcard playoff games taking place this weekend.
The first game has Houston at home taking on the Oakland Raiders in a battle of teams with quarterback issues. The kickoff is set for 4:35 p.m. Saturday on ESPN. The Raiders might have to use rookie and MSU graduate Connor Cook. The health of backup Matt McGloin is uncertain and Derek Carr is out for the year. It’s a shame the Raiders have no QB for this game because they had a nice season.
The Texans are going to start underachieving Brock Osweiler, the $78-million dollar man who is worth about $78. Tom Savage will be the backup and he should be the starter. Houston will get the job done in this game because of the Oakland QB situation. Brock and No Watt 17 and No Carr 13.
The Lions and Seattle are on at 8:15 p.m. on NBC. This game could get ugly fast. The home-field advantage in Seattle is huge. They just don’t lose at home. It’s that simple.
The Lions are not ready for prime time football against elite football teams. This one is a mismatch on paper and on the field. I don’t really want to watch this debacle but I will and hope for a competitive game. Seattle not Sleeping 31 and Another Playoff Loss 13.
The first game on Sunday is at 1:05 p.m. is the Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh on CBS. The fish will have a tough time beating the Steelers in Pittsburgh. The Steelers’ high-flying offense will be too much for the Dolphins to contain. The Steelers rested key players last weekend so they should be fresh for this game. The Miami team has been a hard one to figure out this season. I like the Steel City 30 and Dead Fishy 20.
The best game of the weekend is Sunday late afternoon at 4:40 p.m. on FOX. The New York Giants head to Green Bay to play the Packers. The Packers are red hot and so is Aaron Rodgers at quarterback for the Pack. The New York Giants play top-notch defense and Rodgers will have to earn every yard he gets. The Giants never know if the good Eli Manning or bad Eli will show up on Sundays. I like the Giants in this contest. Good Eli 23 and Pack Streak Over 20.
Big 10 failure
The Big 10 stunk up the bowl season as Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan all lost. Penn State should have won the Rose Bowl but blew it. Ohio State was blown out, actually embarrassing the college football playoffs. The Wolverines looked awful against the Florida State Seminoles. The fact Jabrill Peppers didn’t play hurt them tremendously, I thought.
So, who will be the National title game winner? I am taking an upset, as I believe Clemson gets it done over Alabama.
I finished up over .500 116-113-12, boy it was a struggle. The Out-Pick the Fat Guy winner will be in next week’s paper. firstname.lastname@example.org