I watched that movie Sicario the other day on the plane. Pretty good movie. I will say this, I can't think of a movie that Benicio Del Toro wasn't good in. He gets no love, probably one of the most underrated actors of our time. Apparently he's going to be in the next star wars too. Who knew that the next star wars was going to have a drug angle, because that's all he's ever in is crime and drug movies. Also he was born in Puerto Rico, so he's american, never would have guessed that.
I'll be dog manned if Aaron Rodgers isn't the best hail marrier in the history of the NFL. I think that kids aren't allowed to play 500 anymore at school, so defenders are horrible at stopping those passes.
surprised that all the jobs filled and Josh McDaniels didn't even get an interview. Even Patricia got an interview. I would have thought that Tennessee would have been a good fit. Also surprised that the giants stuck with Macadoo, but whatever.
I didn't make picks last week, but I would have gotten them all right because the favorites all won, and i'm good at picking like that.
Patriots -3 vs Broncos
This one is tough. I'm sick of hearing all the stats like, the broncos are the only team that Tom Brady has a losing record against, (he's 6-8 all time). Tom Brady is 2-6 in Denver. Tom Brady's first playoff loss of his career came in Denver. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have never won on the road against each other in the playoffs or something, they've both won their home games. Peyton has a 2-1 edge in the AFC championship head to head. Pats are 3-0 when facing the NFL's top defense in the playoffs over the last 20 years...etc. Stats are stupid. Every year the team is different, and there are like 104 other players besides the two starting QBs. If the Pats win, they'll go to their 9th superbowl all time, and be the leader in the clubhouse, currently tied with the steelers and the cowboys. If the broncos win, they go to their 8th all time, and create a 4 way tie. So in other words, here are two of the class organizations in AFC history, granted the Pats have been only over the last 15 years or so, but that's really fucking good history for both teams. I could go on about this for days. The bottom line. Edelman is back. Gronk is back. Brady is still there. The defense is pretty good. I think you'll see a similar game plan to what they used last week to neutralize the pass rush, lots of quick short passes, and just take 5-7 yard gains all the way down the field. Broncos defense is really good, and if they can make brady come off that quick first throw, and hold for just a half a second longer, advantage broncos. Honestly, I think the offense of the Pats vs the defense of the Broncos ends up being a push, maybe a slight edge to the Pats because of Edelman being back. Looking at the other side. Broncos offense vs Pats defense, this one isn't close. Broncos offense has sucked balls all year long. I don't trust Peyton Manning. That being said, I would not be surprised if he had his best game of the year this weekend. Although I think that's highly unlikely. The first time these two teams met, the broncos were able to run the ball all over the pats. I think Belichik corrects that, and takes away the run, and makes Manning beat him with his arm. Broncos receivers have had a horrible amount of drops, and I have zero confidence in this offense if they can't run the ball. Overall, I think the weather will be fine, and that HFA isn't that big of a deal in this case. If this game was in New England, the broncos wouldn't have any shot. At least they have a glimmer of hope. End of the day, i'm hoping its just a great game. Pats win 24-20
Panthers -3 vs Cardinals
Kind of funny, all the stats and history between Manning/Brady and Broncos/Pats and all that jazz, and then you've got two teams in the NFC with very little history of success. Panthers are really tough at home, and their defense is so opportunistic. Cardinals offense is awesome, just flat out awesome. I think Carson Palmer has the jitters out, and finally got the playoff monkey off his back, now he can just go out and play football. I look at the panthers offense vs the cardinals defense and it's pretty close to a push. Both units are really good. The Panthers can run the ball on anyone, and their passing game almost feels like an old school option team's passing offense. Meaning that you commit so much to stopping the run, when they do pass it makes it a lot easier. Carolina just doesn't have any talent on offense other than Cam Newton, and apparently that's all they need. At the end of the day, that's where Carolina gets that advantage. Cardinals offense against the Panthers defense, is again, feels like a push. maybe a slight advantage to the panthers, but their dbs are all banged up. Fitzgerald in the slot is a really tough cover. Does Josh Norman just follow fitz everywhere, or does he stay on his side and take that part of the field away? we shall see, but in the end I think this will be a close game. coming down to the last drive, and I think that Cam Newton makes a few more plays than Palmer, and that's the difference. I'll take the panthers for the win 24-20