Both of these teams have emerged as threats this season to take down the old kings of the Western Conference. They are sick of being overshadowed by the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers and are ready to be dominant forces. The Rockets came as a surprise to everyone when they signed Jeremy Lin and James Harden in the offseason. Two guys who were great role players, but played with superstars. The Clippers are known for their high flying dunkers, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and their incredible leader Chris Paul.
However, the Clippers may be without their great ball handler as he is considered a game time decision after bruising his knee in the Clippers game against the Orlando Magic. That seems to be the only significant injury news as Jeremy Lin stated he is ‘good to go’ for tonight’s game. The Rockets are not shooting too well from beyond the arc as of late and I think that will hurt them against this team who is very tough inside. I give the advantage to the Clippers who have been playing unbelievable this year. I give a lot of credit to how well the Rockets have done, but the Clippers have too many weapons. More importantly, Clippers or Rockets, who you takin?
The first time these two teams met this season, it was a bad day for Houston fans. The Texans talked all week about how big this game was and Tom Brady showed how he performs in big games. If they thought Brady was lethal in the regular season, they don’t know the monster they will face today when its playoff time in Foxborough. Tom Brady and company live for these moments and usually flourishes in them. The Texans? Well, they did win last week against Cincinnati, but they have not come up big in big games. It is quite a shame because they have such a talented squad with Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, and JJ Watt.
January games in Gillette Stadium are what Tom Brady dreams of. The Texans might not get embarrassed again, but Brady isn’t losing. He is having yet another MVP year and one of his favorite targets, Rob Gronkowski, is playing today. Sorry, Houston, but today is just not your day. Texans or Patriots, who you takin?
One team has everything to prove, while the other has already exceeded ,. The Atlanta Falcons know how to make the playoffs; they just haven’t figured out how to win yet. However, the Falcons have been playing better than ever and Matt Ryan is having his best season. They will need Ryan to have a great game against this physical Seahawks’ defense. The Seahawks are a totally different story. Everybody knows that quarterback Russell Wilson is not only a rookie, but was chosen in the sixth round. He has led his team all season, including a win last week against the Washington Redskins in the Wild Card Round. However, during that game, they lost Chris Clemons a defensive lineman with double digit sacks in the regular season to a torn ACL.
If Atlanta loses this game, it would result in huge changes there. This team is making its fourth playoff appearance and if they can’t figure it out yet, then something has to change. I don’t think Atlanta will win, but I think they will put up a fight until the last second of the game. I think this game will be decided by no more than three points. Seattle is just too hot and we saw the Carolina Panthers beat the Falcons with Cam Newton’s run ability similar to Wilson’s style of play. I’m sorry Atlanta, but I think you are one and done again. Seattle or Atlanta, who you takin to meet the 49ers?
It is Peyton Manning’s first playoff game for Denver and it could potentially be Ray Lewis’ last game ever. Everyone knows what’s on the line, and nobody wants to be sent home with nothing. For Peyton it would be a magical way to end his comeback year and for Lewis it would be the perfect ending to a great career. These two men have met many times , Peyton was Indianapolis, but he has always had the Ravens’ number. The most memorable loss came when the Colts’ won 15-6 in the 2006 divisional round in which they went on to win the Super Bowl.
People are predicting the weather to be a major factor, but I can’t see that. These teams are veterans and have played in cold weather plenty of times. It will only be a problem for the fans who are preparing to watch the game at the stadium. However, if this game becomes all about offense, I don’t see Joe Flacco keeping pace with the future Hall of Famer. The Broncos should win this one pretty easily as long as Peyton plays at the same rate he has been playing at all year. Unfortunately, this will be the last time we see Ray Lewis on the field. Broncos or Ravens, who you takin?
No Pau Gasol. No Dwight Howard. How are the Lakers’ chances looking? Not too good. Especially since they are on a five game losing streak looking to play the defending Western Conference Champions, Oklahoma City Thunder. So if the Lakers don’t play on playing defense tonight, things will get ugly. At least the Lakers will have point guard Steve Nash this time around. Last time these two teams met in Oklahoma, Nash and Gasol were both out and the Lakers lost 114-108.
This won’t be a close game, UNLESS that team that played Brooklyn showed up. However, that seems highly unlikely. There is much else to say about this game considering how badly injured this Los Angeles team is and how poorly they have played. OKC definitely wins this one and puts the Lakers even further down in the standings. Lakers or Thunder, who you takin?
Its the final BCS bowl game and it looks to be a good one. Top ranked Notre Dame looks to stop Alabama’s run of winning the National Championship. Nick Saban has led his team to the title three years in the last four. One person standing in Alabama’s way is Heisman candidate Manti Te’o. Skip Bayless went out to predict he will be the next Ray Lewis. They will need him to have Ray Lewis type performance to stop the Irish’s running game.
This game should be a pretty close game with not much scoring. Even though most people are 100% confident in Roll Tide, I am going to have to go with Notre Dame. I think defense will win this game and I trust their defense more. This is going to be a great matchup to watch. Who holds up the glass football at the end? Notre Dame or Alabama, who you takin?
This game has two big headlines besides both the quarterbacks being sensational rookies. One being Robert Griffin III’s health. Four weeks ago, we saw RG3 take a nasty hit during the Ravens game that knocked him out of the game and made him miss the game the following week. Since then, he has not looked like the same guy running all over the field. He has looked good, but he has not had those explosive moments that we have become accustomed to. However, he is getting closer to 100 percent healthy and he will need it.
This brings me to my next big headline, the Seattle defense. The Seahawks’ secondary is unbelievable. They got a huge break when Richard Sherman’s suspension was overturned. As if that was not good enough, they also get Brandon Browner back after he served his four-game suspension. RG3 will have to make precise passes down the field if he does not want these two running it back for a touchdown.
These two teams are so similar. Both quarterbacks can run. Both running backs can run even better. Both defenses play physical every play and never give up on a play. This is the most evenly matched game, but I think the Seahawks will win. Rg3 not being fully healthy will finally be exposed and the Seahawks will take advantage. Seahawks win and head down to Atlanta. So, Seattle or Washington who you takin?