It’s an amazingly interesting weekend for picking winners. In the post season and especially the deep cold I turn more focus to the defence, line of scrimmage and runners.
The Chiefs have a great chance but I have to point out that on their epic run they only met one D that would be considered true top ten quality. That was the Bronco’s in Mid November when it all went wrong for the blue and orange. I think the Texans have a better chance than many might expect but much will depend on Hopkins and Blue, the latter has found a stride recently, albeit v some soft teams.
In all honesty I can’t call the Bungals v Steelers game but I don’t like confliction and I’m long term invested in the Steelers so I’m leaning that way. It’s the game of the weekend on paper imo & I like that the Steelers have a great run D and that we have a young QB on the other side. I don’t like the Steelers having to rely on Toussaint given the great depth at the position (when healthy) but it’s all about Bryant, if he pops Toussaint will have huge holes to bounce through. Having Bryant on my FF roster this season I saw a real downward curve in the 2nd half of the season (not just the last 2 games). Big Ben has called him out this week and I think the game rests on how he responds. If he goes like he can it opens up everything else for the Steelers.
Apparently Lynch did not travel and tbh reading between the lines it looks like this is not actually injury related. When Lynch was up early in the season he was not the same guy and those coming in have done a great job, even Michael has got his groove on recently, to an extent. For me the line of scrimmage is won by the Seahawks here and when we add the dual running threat factor that Wilson offers up, it can only be Seahawks, right? Wilson to go big on the ground…
The Packers, words cannot describe how poor the packers have been this season (by their own std’s). Nobody suspected that Cobb is not actually a true number one. All indications proved that when opposing Ds focus on him first or double him up he has no reply. Nelson, who while not bleeding speed has enough zip and route running skills to make the deep field respected by opposition, this opened up the underneath game and without Nelson the Cheese heads have really struggled with a generally quite slow offense. It goes without saying that the green & yellow shall rely heavily on Fat Lacy this Sunday. He is very matchup dependent but that’s ok, the Skins are 26th v the run on the season and it’s this stat that I like the most. The Packers are not great v the run either but early indications suggest Matt Jones might not play and I just don’t trust the Butler this season and against an improving Defence. Fat Lacy to go big on the ground & end a drawn out but immensely enjoyable period of “You Like That”!!
Cheese heads 21/20
Just my 2 pence