Well, last night did not go how I expected, but HOT DAMN, that game was fun. Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks for their first Super Bowl title. I have no idea what it feels like to have your team finish on top (*sob*), but I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Hawks earn those rings.
There are two outstanding games this week.
The first is the Seattle Seahawks at the San Francisco 49ers.
The second is the Carolina Panthers at the New Orleans Saints.
Wow. I haven't been this excited about two football games in awhile. This is the NFC at its best. These are the four teams that most people feel can really make a run at the Super Bowl.
The first game, the Hawks versus the Niners is such a great game. In regards to the Niners, they were such the hot topic as the season opened. They blew-up the Packers. What made that win even more impressive was everyone knew that the Pack focused their entire offseason on improving what went wrong in the playoff game the previous season. To spend all that time and still have the Niners trounce the Pack, it seemed like the Niners were going to the Super Bowl.
However, with hindsight, it has become obvious that the Niners beating the Pack wasn't some huge feat. The Packers defense is abysmal. Without Aaron Rodgers, the Packers went from possible playoff contender to serious questions of whether or not they will have a winning season.
Then came the fact that Colin Kaepernick seemed to be going through the same sophomore slump that Cam Newton had gone through. Once opponents took away the read option, it became clear that Kaepernick had a hard time going through his progressions. Put some pressure on him? Not such a great quarterback.
However, the Niners seem to be making a resurgence. Their last game showed some real promise. Even Trent Dilfer had to come back after the Monday night game and admit the Colin had made some improvements. The Niners then went on to beat an improving Rams. One has to wonder if they have figured some stuff out. It could be that with the addition of Crabtree again, it masks Colin Kaeprnick's deficiencies. Either way, they are on a bit of a roll.
The Seahawks just proved how superb they are in front of a Monday night audience. The Saints have an explosive offense. Yet, against the Hawks, they just could not get it together. They looked downright awful.
This is a division game. The Hawks are an outstanding 11-1. All those wins weren't always pretty, but they got 'em. The Niners, momentarily, have a wildcard spot. That slot is not assured. You better believe the Niners are gong to be playing on all cylinders.
The second game of the week is the Carolina Panthers versus the New Orleans Saints.
Games to watch in Week 13 ...
Seahawks at Bears 1:00PM EST
This will be an interesting game. Seahawks (6-5) just lost their two starting cornerbacks due to failing tests for use of PED's. Chicago (8-3) just got Cutler back and showed that the Bears can not withstand to lose him. Remember last year Cutler was lost to the team late season and it cost the Bears the playoffs.
If playoffs started right now, the Bears are the 3rd seed and the Seahawks are the 6th. I can't stand the Seahawks or the Bears. However, as a Packers fan, I hate the Bears more and I can't root for a team that holds my coveted NFC North division winner slot. I can't believe I'm going to say this ...
Vikings at Packers 1:00PM EST
We all saw what happened to my beloved Packers (7-4) Sunday night. Wah-wah. They got decimated by the Giants. The Pack has something to prove, yet again. This time they have to prove they can beat a playoff worthy team.
The Vikings (6-5), on the other hand, came out super strong, and are now fizzling. The Vikings are most certainly in the playoff wildcard hunt.
This is a no brainer.
What week 4 games will everyone be talking about!?
You knew this was coming from me, but I think we can all agree I didn't have a choice.
There is only one game you have to watch this week. The 1-2* Green Bay Packers versus the 0-3 New Orleans Saints.
No other game will be talked about more. One team, Green Bay, has a losing record due to the worst call in the history of the game. The other team, the Saints, deserve their 0-3 record because they are a naughty, self-righteous organization that broke the rules and got caught.
Any other season, this game would be considered awful due to the losing records of both teams. But this season, thanks to Roger Goodell and team owners, it's drama on par with The Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and the list goes on and on ...
As for other NFL games, due to the injustice done to the Packers, I find myself not giving a shit anymore.
But, Madeline, seriously, what about these three games ...
The FINAL EPISODE of our NFL Preview is a group effort. All the gals are going to pick their division winners, wild card teams, AFC Champion, NFC Champion, and the champion of Super Bowl XLVII.
In addition to our opinions, this begins our regular feature of Walk-on Wednesday where we hand the ball off to the reader to ask your opinion. Every week a question will be proposed to you. We invite you to answer the question along with bantering, dialogue, and trash talk Roger Goodell would find fine-worthy. Enjoy!