Championship Weekend

It’s that time of year ladies and gentlemen. The two week countdown before the Big Game and it’s the “Final Four” Denver Broncos vs New England Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals vs Carolina Panthers.  [ “Are you not entertained”.  Everyone with a mouthpiece has an opinion of who will come out victorious, but let’s look at the facts and then make a decision.  I’ll tell you now my thoughts will be flawed, clearly from my Gravatar I’m rocking with the Carolina Panthers, but I have $100 riding on that bet so please believe I have run over every option in my head.  So let’s look at the teams

  Is this Carson Palmer’s year to make it to the Big Game?  After looking at his shaky performance last week against the Green Bay Packers (two rough interceptions and sacked 3 times) 1. With CB Norman/Coleman and LB Kuechly/Davis those mistakes will turn into points on for the Panthers.  Palmer needs to be damn near perfect to make this a game.  Larry Fitzgerald is the player the Cards can hang there hopse on, I see him being a problem in the game.  He’s still athletic, tall, fast, and can leap out of the stadium.  Look for the Panthers to get creative on the field when covering Fitzgerald.  I think if Harper can keep a lid on Malcolm Floyd who he has dubbed a mini Fitzgerald then the Panthers can really neutralize the Cards offense.

Panthers will have an advantage with a QB who has committed no turnovers in his last game. Cam Newton is actually bigger than 70% of the Cardinals starting defense. The Panthers have every back in good health this week.  Johnathan Stewart was a beast last week with 106 rushing yards and 2 TDs. With our arsenal of “mediocre” receivers and a QB that can get mobile in any situation, my point goes to the Panthers. Definitely a hard fought game but at home Carolina will be just too much.

On to Broncos vs Patriots, this is going to seem cruel but damnit I don’t have time to be politically correct.  Peyton Manning is old and wasn’t even a factor last week vs Pitt.  It was all running game, and unfortunately, he ain’t going to get it vs. the Patriots D. Brady proved he’s willing to make sacrifices with his 10 yd and 1-yd TD run. The only thing Denver might have on their side is the elevation and using that with time of possession.  This again means that the Broncos have to work hard with keeping their offense on the field.   I just can’t fathom the Broncos coming out victorious and this is why there isn’t much chatter about the AFC Championship. I know it seems like my thoughts on the AFC are unfair and brief, but so was Peyton not retiring and junking up my television set. I would  to see the Broncos in another Big Game but that’s not happening so get prepared. Point Patriots.

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