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The Pass Rush:
On Saturday, we hit both of our picks. We took the Texans and changed our pick from Vikings (+9.5) to Pakcers (-9,5) at around 6:30 once the word was released the Christian Ponder was out and Joe Webb was in. THE PASS RUSH pick ‘em league is in a dog fight with four teams tied in first place with 9 games left to pick.
BALTIMORE RAVENS (-6.5) over Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are coming into this matchup in Baltimore with the momentum. The Colts are 5-1 SU and ATS in their last 6 and 8-2 SU and ATS in their last 10. The Ravens are 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five games. That’s the reason that 63% of the public is taking the Colts (+7).
I was going to go into the cliche that the Ravens are such a strong team at home, but they’re a surprising 3-5 ATS at home (6-2 SU). The Colts are 4-4 SU and ATS on the road this season. The Ravens have had to top huge lines at home, the 6-2 home record tells the real story. The Colts have been a great story this year, but their Luck should run out today. First, we have the return of Ray Lewis who is playing the last home game of his career. The Ravens defense will be playing with extra motivation and determination for Ray. Just like the Colts got a boost last week with the return of Chuck Pagano, the Ravens should be the beneficiary of the emotional boost from Ray Lewis’s last home game.
Like I discussed with the Texans yesterday, they played poorly in December and showed up yesterday to take care of business. I believe the Ravens did the same thing. Their team and particularly their defense was decimated by injuries, so I think you had players playing at 75% effort in December in order to nurse injuries. Now it’s the playoffs. I think you see the Ravens defense play like the Ravens defense that we’re used to. On offense, Flacco and Ray Rice will do their thing.
I’m taking the Ravens (-6.5)
PICK: Ravens -6.5 (Confidence: 7/10)
PREDICTION: RAVENS 27 – COLTS 17
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (+3) over Seattle Seahawks
This is a tough game to call. Both teams are coming in with a ton of momentum on their side and both are looking like dangerous wildcard teams capable of upsetting the Atlanta Falcons, who the winner of this game will be facing next week. The Redskins are 7-0 SU and ATS. The Seahawks are 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS.
I’m leaning Redskins since this game will be in Washington. If this was being played in Seattle, I would be all over the Seahawks. The Seahawks are just 4-4 SU and 3-5 ATS n the road while the Seahawks are undefeated at home. Other than the Seahawks big win over the Bills, the Seahawks haven’t been dominant on the road. They lost to the Dolphins, Lions, Rams and 49ers on the road.
However, I see a lot of merit in playing the Seahawks. Their defense is solid. They rank 1st in points allowed with just 15.3 PPG allowed, rank 4th in total yards allowed, 6th in passing yards allowed, and 10th in rushing yards allowed. That defense will be up against an offense that ranks 1st in rushing yards and 4th in points scored.
With this one, my head is saying taking the Seahawks and my gut is saying take the Skins solely based on home field advantage. This one is a toss up and personal bias has be wanting to see RGIII advance next week.
PICK: Redskins +3 (Confidence: 5/10)
PREDICTION: REDSKINS 27 – SEAHAWKS 20
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THEY WENT THERE
Joe Webb got the start tonight in lieu of the injured Christian Ponder and he did not fare well, at least during the first half. Webb was 3 for 12 for only 22 yards halfway through the third quarter, and you just knew angry Vikings fans would be looking for revenge. Revenge came in the form of hacking Webb’s Wikipedia page. [@jimmytraina] Article found on: Cosby Sweaters
Joe Webb's size and athletic ability tantalized former Minnesota Vikings' coach Brad Childress, the type of talent that can tease NFL coaches and is hard to give up on. Minnesota drafted Webb in the sixth round of the 2010 draft out of Alabama-Birmingham and had decided to turn the former college quarterback into a wide receiver.
The 6-foot-4 Webb is big, strong and fast...
After a brief warmup before Saturday night's game, Christian Ponder was ruled inactive due to an elbow injury sustained last week. Joe Webb will make NFL history by getting the start.
Hours before the highly-anticipated playoff meeting between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings it was announced starting quarterback Christian Ponder was inactive with an elbow injury.
Enter back-up Joe Webb who was actually trending on twitter for much of Wild-Card Saturday.
What started as good trending (“Webb is super fast and runs the read-option, something the Packers...
The Minnesota Vikings will be without starting quarterback
Christian Ponder for Saturday night's first-round playoff game at
The Minnesota Vikings have an uphill climb to say the least tonight traveling up to the frozen tundra at Lambeau Field even more so now that Joe Webb was named the starting quarterback tonight despite never throwing a single pass the entire season. Christian Ponder is suffering from elbow bursitis and has been deemed inactive [...]The post Keys to Victory for the Minnesota Vikings...
The Packers prepped all week for the wrong quarterback – not that they knew. With Christian Ponder a late scratch, Joe Webb gave the Vikings little chance of leading an upset in the first round of the playoffs.
The Vikings task tonight recently got just a little bit more difficult. According to Al Michaels, reporting during a break in the early game between the Bengals and the Texans, indicated that Ponder tried out his arm before the game before the team declared him inactive. Joe will be the Vikings' starter.
The most glaring difference between Webb and Ponder is that Webb is...
The NFL Wildcard game at Lambeau Field last evening between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings unfolded a bit differently than expected. The outcome was the same: a victory, as most had predicted, including yours truly, by a final score of 24-10. But how it all played out was...different.Ponder out, Webb inFirst, and to the surprise of many, ViQueens QB Christian Ponder...
When it comes to defense the Baltimore Ravens looked flawless against the Colts. They were forcing Andrew Luck to make bad throws and were really dominating the Colts offensive line all day long.
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For analysis on Green Bay click here
The Vikings beat the Packers just last week so they will definitely hang within 8 of the Packers this week right? Well, that seems to be what everything thinks as the public is all over the Vikings. However, as is frequently the case when the public likes a dog, I expect them to be wrong. The Vikings are a...
Adrian Peterson was shut down and Christian Ponder sidelined.
That left the Minnesota Vikings short-handed, overmatched and barely able to do much of anything against the Green Bay Packers.
Peterson was held to 99 yards, after gaining 199 and 210 in the first two games against Green Bay, and Joe Webb struggled in place of Ponder as the Packers rolled to a 24-10 victory over the...
The Minnesota Vikings will play against the Green Bay Packers this Saturday in the opening round of the NFC playoffs. NBC will carry this game which has a 8 pm EST kickoff from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI.
These two teams met last Sunday in that game the Vikings upended the Packers to earn a playoff birth. The Packers lost out on a first round bye with that loss but will host...