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09
Jan
08

NFL Playoff Predictions: Seahawks at Green Bay

The Seahawks defense showed us all last week why they are the biggest reason that Seattle is making not only a trip to the playoffs as NFC Weak West champs again, but also that the Birds are going all the back to Green Bay for another playoff game where you can bet you will not hear former Packer backup Matt Hasselbeck declare that his team is going to win. I wonder how many times on Saturday we’ll get to see Matt and his infamous declaration of impending victory before kickoff. Can you imagine if this game goes to overtime?? That would be fun to see, especially if the ‘Hawks won the coin toss. Pray to the football, gods, people.

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So, can the Seahawks win this game in Green Bay? Hell, yes, they can. But I don’t think they will. Firstly, the Redskins played in a manner that helped the defense last week and the Packers are not going to make dumb, dumb mistakes like Santana Moss did when he decided not to stop Marcus Trufant from heading towards the end zone after a Todd Collins interception. Mind you, most of the rest of the Skins offense forgot they were supposed to start playing defense after an INT as well, and they simply watched as Trufant ran by and scored. Horrible.

Next, Brett Favre is no Todd Collins and, as such, should have a much better day than his Redskins counterpart against the vaunted Seahwaks defense. Of course, a lot of that will depend upon whether or not the Pack can get Ryan Grant and the running game going in order to keep the Hawks D honest and relive some of what otherwise will be a helluva ton of pressure coming into Favre’s pocket.

Matt Hasselbeck’s thigh pad was broken when Fred Smoot of the Skins hit him hard on a play early last week. Hasselbeck has been icing his leg and trying to work out what the team is now calling a thigh contusion. Basically, that means a bruise, but a bad one. Often the muscle fibers and connective tissues are crushed without breaking the skin. In other words, Matt won’t be running much, not that he was any kind of Steve Young anyway, but it is something to worry about if you are a Seattle fan. Matt is tough, though, you gotta give him that.

The Yardstick for this Divisional Playoff game favors Green Bay by five points. Yesterday, it was six. Yeah, once you think about it, this should be a pretty tight game.

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[Photo found on here on Deadspin]

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04
Jan
08

NFL Playoff Predictions: Redskins at Seahawks

The Yardstick for the Redskins at Seahawks Wild Card playoff game favors the visiting team by two points at the time of writing this. To me, that points to the excellent knowledge of football that FanYard users possess. While both of these teams are good teams – meaning, better than average – neither is truly a great team by any stretch of the imagination and, while either team could win what should be a pretty close game, the Redskins are a slightly better overall team right now and should pull off the victory.

The Seahawks struggled to get to 10-6 in the weakest division in football with the weakest schedule in the NFL. The Redskins battled against all odds and one of the toughest schedules of the 2007 NFL season to get to the playoffs and are playing with a ton of confidence right now. Led by their desire to win for Sean Taylor – their slain friend and cornerback – and by Todd Collins, the veteran quarterback with zero starts in the previous ten years until a few weeks ago, Washington is making Fame coach Joe Gibbs look good again in the first time for a while.

While the Seahawks defense is getting tons of accolades these days, the Redskins defense is not too shabby itself and anyone can see that the Washington offense is better balanced than what Seattle is putting on the field. (I’m sure Seahawks ticket-buyer feels they deserve a free beer on Alexander’s tab for every game they attend, due to the lack of effort he has put into the season. Hell, I do just whenever I’mforced to watch one just on TV. Yes, I’m forced.) In general, the Seahawks offense just ain’t pretty. Prettier, perhaps, than the Chinese Olympic swimsuits, but that isn’t saying much.

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The x-factor, of course, is the weather and the Seattle fans, who are the loudest fans in the NFL when they want to be, and they will want to be on Saturday morning. The weather is calling for temperatures hovering near freezing and a chance of light rain. Any weather that negatively affects the passing game has to favor the Skins.

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