Saturday, January 22, 2011
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NFC Championship Game - Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears - 2pm - Fox
All postseason long, I've been very confident about this Packers team. Aaron Rodgers is elevating to the next level. A running game has been discovering. We have four receivers that are all capable of being number ones. The defense has been incredible. The Packers are just hitting on all cylinders right now, and there's no way that they are going to lose this game. That's the point.
Here's the counterpoint. We are playing the Chicago Bears. They are the luckiest team in the NFL throughout the last ten years. They shouldn't have beaten the Lions either time this season, but they did. They should have played the Saints last weekend, but the Seahawks pulled off one of the biggest postseason upsets ever. They should have probably lost to those same Seahawks, but every time Jay Cutler tried to throw an interception, Seattle dropped it. They have a quality defense and their offense knows how to score. They know how to beat us. Soldier Field is worse than playing on a parking lot. The Bears could easily win this game.
Even though it scares the hell out of me that the whole world is picking Green Bay in this one, I'm going to do the same. First, my gut feeling all along says that we're going to the Super Bowl and we'll lose there. But in order to do that, we'll have to get there first. Second, we're a much, much better team than the Chicago Bears are. We should win this game. Third, and I think this is the most important factor in my prediction - this just feels like a Super Bowl year.
Here's the thing. There is nothing like the buzz that overcomes a city, a state, when their team is playing for a Championship. Remember when the Brewers were in the Wild Card race back in 2008? Milwaukee was electric for like two months. Everywhere you went, you could feel the excitement that was in the air, and that was because of Brewers baseball. I feel the same thing right now with the Packers.
For example, I was driving on the highway this afternoon and there was a semi truck in front of me, the back of his rig was about as dirty as they come. Instead of washing it, he had somehow wrote into the dirt the numbers of Aaron Rodgers, B.J. Raji, Donald Driver, James Starks, and Clay Matthews, with the phrase "Pack to the Super Bowl" underneath. It was such a stupid thing, but it really got me pumped up to the point that I nearly crashed my vehicle. Then again, I was also texting at the time, so that could have played a role as well.
When it's all said and done, my gut feeling has me worried as hell about this game, but it won't let me back down from my prediction. Even though all the praise is coming to the Packers this week, I still think that they will live up to the hype. For once in my life, something I root for might actually come true. Please don't disappoint me Packers, please please please.
Green Bay 27, Chicago 17
New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers - 5:30pm - CBS
How can I even care about this game? Did you not just read all the nonsensical garbage I just wrote about the Packers game? Can't focus on this one, but let's go with the Steelers.
Pittsburgh 20, New York Jets 16