Thursday, January 27, 2011

Rambling Gambler: Pick Six Conf. Championship Recap

Ramblings and Gambling 
By Erik Laurinovics, for The Football ERA 
Oh, so close to going 2/2 this week. I knew I was going out on a limb with that Jets pick (and against the money), but they should have had that one. I also don't understand why they didn't go for two... One of my friends tried to explain it to me, but in my mind, there are 3 minutes left, you're down by 4 if you kick an extra point, 3 if you go for 2. Why wouldn't you? If you get it, you need a field goal, and if you don't get it, you need a TD. If you kick an extra point, you still need a TD. Clearly I wasn't too happy with the decision, as a successful conversion would have covered the spread. Just a little bit more bad luck before the season is over, I suppose.
I'm actually not going to post the Super Bowl pick today... that will be coming next week. Today, you only get my rantings here and the recap from last week. Hopefully that will be enough for you, but stay tuned next week for my Super Bowl winner. But before you go, here's some last week recap.

Conference Championship Recap


NY Jets +3.5 over PITTSBURGH: Well, the Jets certainly played a better second half, but they came up just short. LT getting stuffed on 4th and goal, along with not attempting the 2 point conversion after their final touchdown, killed the spread. The first half was inexplicably bad for the Jets and they proved the point by coming out and dominating the second half. No doubt they feel like they squandered a trip to the Super Bowl, but this team will be in good shape to contend next season, and I'm sure they'll be just as sexy a preseason pick as they were this year.


Green Bay -3.5 over CHICAGO: The score (21-14) makes this game seem much closer than it really was. Green Bay had a couple of key turnovers that cost them points, but it didn't even matter. The Packer defense shut the Bears down. Hanie threw the two TDs, but it really looked like the Packer defense became lackadaisical. Then magically, each time the Bears pulled within 7, they clamped down. The Steelers losing Maurkice Pouncey will be a big storyline heading into the Super Bowl, as it should be. The Green Bay defense is playing great right now in all facets of the defensive game, and you have to like their chances against a Pittsburgh o-line down three starters.

2010-11 Playoff Record: 5-5

Check back next week for my Super Bowl pick!

No comments: