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My Prediction...A Bird Bowl

Posted on: January 12, 2009 11:47 am
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I said this prior to the playoffs beginning, and will say it again, the Superbowl will be the Ravens vs the Eagles. Hence a Bird Bowl. Everyone doubted me that my Eagles would make it past the Wildcard game, and most doubted that the Ravens would make it past the Dolphins either. Who would have thought that the Cardinals, Steelers, Eagles and Ravens would be the four playing for their respective Divisional Titles?

But I stood firm on my ground, knowing that Donovan McNabb and company were solid and would perform. After Coach Andy Reid benched Donovan a few weeks ago, he's had something to prove, he's come back on the field with a fury. Brian Westbrook is who everyone is gunning for, because he's like superman out there, he is at most times unstoppable. The Vikings could not stop him last week and while the Giants tried, he eventually found his way to get some yards yesterday. While the focus for the opposing defense has been on stopping Westbrook, it has certainly given more opportunity to rookie DeSean Jackson, Correll Buckhalter and Kevin Curtis.

It is not all offense that has gotten Philadelphia this far in the playoffs, it is the solid defense that they play. They stuck it to the Giants yesterday, was able to stop the run, and had Eli Manning's number, thus showing yet again, he is not a premier QB. He is Peyton's little brother, trying to live up to a myth, who got lucky last year, and this year just couldn't live up to the hype. Brian Dawkins leads the Eagles defense, on and off the field, but there are others that need to be mentioned as well, they are a young defense but performing fantastically, Trent Cole, Sheldon Brown and Asante Samuel. This defense intercepted Manning 2 times. Held the Giants to a field goal on the first drive, when they had fantastic field position.

The unsung hero, in all this is, kicker, David Akers, who hit three field goals. His golden foot is basically the difference in the game. Since the final score was 23-11, the Giants did get a safety on McNabb when Justin Tuck stormed him in the endzone. Also, a factor in this game, Giants kicker John Carney missing two field goals, one wide right, one wide left. I am left to wonder after he missed the first one, was Coach Tom Coughlin wondering should they let him kick a field goal, with the delay in sending the kicking team (btw he actually made that one...)

Now onto other NFC game on Saturday, the Cardinals OWNED the Panthers in their house, Jake Delhomme and company looked like they were strung out on cat nip looking for their litter box or something.

And being from Baltimore, I must add, I am proud of my hometown team, the Ravens, all my friends, including myself I must say, are wacco for Flacco. Joe Flacco has led the offense for the Ravens while Ray Lewis who just is so subdued, he never gets emotional (just kidding) leads that defense. Baltimore winning their game, sets up a much heated rivalry match-up against the hated Steelers.

As for my prediction, you have the two top defenses in the AFC going against each other, but I just think the Ravens have the momentum, going with the Ravens. In the NFC, the Eagles will soar in this one, even with Anquan Boldin returning healthy for the Cardinals, Eagles defense is just too tough for the Cards...

Hence the reason I will have a heavy heart  in the Superbowl... My Eagles against my hometown Ravens, that is when my loyalty for the Ravens stops...my blood will be Eagles green that day...

And all y'all homers that said the Eagles hoovered a few weeks ago...where are you now? Oh your team is already on vacation, hope you are enjoying these exciting playoffs.
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Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2009 12:23 pm
 

My Prediction...A Bird Bowl

Um yeah, nice work there dookisevil.  Now that you are done patting yourself on the back with your bold predictions, stay away from Vegas at all costs!



Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2009 7:06 pm
 

My Prediction...A Bird Bowl

Dont Think the Cards have a chance. Fitzgerald has not faced a corner like Asante in the playoffs. And the Cards Defense is not good enough to stop Westbrook.



Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2009 4:50 pm
 

My Prediction...A Bird Bowl

I don't believe this whatsoever.  The Eagles may have Donovan McNabb but the Cardinals have Kurt Warner.  The Cardinals also have better recievers and a better O-line.  My prediction is a Ravens - Cardinals superbowl.  Here's a  breakdown

      
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p;   Kurt Warner     
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nbsp;     Donovan McNabb

passing yards     
      
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sp; 4538     &
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3916

Yards per Pass     &
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;    7.66     &
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   6.86

completion percentage    &
nbsp;  67.1  &n
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nbsp;     60.4

passer rating     
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bsp;  96.9     &
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   86.4




Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2009 1:30 pm
 

My Prediction...A Bird Bowl

I couldn't disagree more... There will be one bird in the Super Bowl and that is the Arizona Cardinals. As much as I love the Ravens and would love to see Flacco win a championship... There is no way that the Ravens can keep up with a Steeler offense that looks to be on fire. As for the NFC the Cardinals are going to shock the world by going to the big game. What's with the Steelers winding up against teams that are only in the playoffs because the NFC West is so weak? This year won't be as easy as it was against the Seahawks (anyone else think there is too many birds in the league?). Here's my prediction... Arizona over Pittsburgh.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2009 12:43 pm
 

My Prediction...A Bird Bowl

 Number one, there has only been one other team in the last 15 years or so that has actually beat a team three times within one year. The same stat was proven last year with the NYGiants beating the Cowboys.

YOUR WRONG MY FRIEND!  the steelers alone have done it twice themselves.  And i doubt that they are the only team that has done so.  They swept the Browns back in 1994 and then did it to the Browns again in 2002.  as for willie parker, he got hurt vs the Eagles not the Ravens.  And was from a sprain knee.  good luck with flacco you will need it!




Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2009 10:30 am
 

My Prediction...A Bird Bowl

lol go steelers


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Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2009 10:28 am
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Posted on: January 13, 2009 10:26 am
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Since: Jun 30, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2009 9:59 am
 

My Prediction...A Bird Bowl

I'm not critizing your picks, just your reasoning, specifically on the Ravens/Steelers game. This is going to be a very tough game, and the only reasoning you have for the Ravens is that they have momentum? That's the only reasoning? How about this, do you really think momentum can overcome; a third road game? a rookie QB in the AFC championship game? playing a team that already beat you twice? having a list full of injuries? playing a team that is well healthy? The answer to all that is no MOMENTUM does not overcome that, good plays does. And that's what needs to happen for the Ravens, Joe Flacco is going to have to make big plays. If he performs like he did against the Miami Dolphins and the Tennesse Titans, then I say right now, the Steelers will win. The Ravens need Flacco to do better than completing just half his passes for 150-200 yards, ie Flacco can't just manage the game, he needs to win. And if you do think momentum is enough to carry your team, can't you say the Steelers have momentum? Their past 2 games, they destroyed their competition...so they have momentum too, and they are at home again for 3 games in a row.




Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2009 9:41 pm
 

My Prediction...A Bird Bowl

I still say Ravens vs Eagles in the Superbowl...Anquan Boldin is questionable for this weekend for the Cardinals, and frankly that's huge.


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