Journal Of A Mad NFL Fan Wildcard Weekend
by, 01-10-2012 at 01:01 AM (2153 Views)
HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYY!! We got us a Playoff Party! I know not for everyone but it was competitive and fun to watch. There's things like "The First Time Rookie QBs have faced each other in the Playoffs" and "The First Time the team has made the Playoffs in Team History/In A Long Time". Fascinating storylines everywhere you look & you gotta love it whether your team wins or not. This is where the NFL has some of its finest moments. We'll take a peek-see inside the Weekend that was the NFL Wildcard Weekend. Shout-Out to SI.com & NFL.com [& YouTube] for the news & updates. For NFL talk, NFL Player & Reporter Retweets, Updates passed along & other Funness as only I can bring, follow me on Twitter at Twitter.com/BuckeyeRidley; That's @BuckeyeRidley. Here Goes------
-I do tip my hat to the Bengals. They made it to the post season when many folks, including me, thought that they'd trade spots with the Browns as the last place team in the AFC North. They came through the 2011 season with impressive plays and good wins. I'm happy for them & proud of them. QB Andy Dalton & WR A.J. Green; Wow. I love that combo coming up in 2012 and beyond. They make you forget about Carson Palmer & Chad Ochocinco. The problems were piling up though in this match-up in HOU. The Houston Texans hadn't made the playoffs since the Texans joined the league [or "Lig" as I have no problem with folks saying like some folks did on Twitter LOL] as an expansion team in 2002. This was also the first playoff appearance/win since Houston got another NFL team after the Oilers left to give TEN a team. However, Marvin Lewis has been in the playoffs three times within the past 9 seasons that he's coached the Bengals. He's played two playoff games @ home [0-2] and one on the road [0-1] & is 0-3 altogether. [Props to 6 for the correct on Twitter; Football Pros'ers is on it!] I wonder what next year will be like if there's no playoff clinch or if they lose again. Have to say that seat will be quite hot. NBC told us that he's the longest tenured head coach in Bengals history. However, there has to be a raised standard during that time. Despite the successes during the regular season, the post season is where it's at. If he doesn't come up with a playoff win & goes through the tenth season like this, historians will look back and wonder why he stayed so long. That's all "Ifs", But I got a feeling that 2012 won't be a bottom out season for CIN. During the game, the only high point for Dalton was throwing for 257 yards. Deion Sanders was impressed on NFL Network at how Dalton launched it. Bro can do that but some of the throws appeared to be rookie mistakes. I think he'll have a learning curve to master in the offseason in 2012 [in the offseason & the regular season] but can still be effective for his team. Good thing Cedric Benson got the TD but nothing else Goin' On But The Rent! The rough day not only included Jason Whitlock's Twitter criticism of Alex Flanagan's reporting but Twitter observers also saw reports & views of Adam "Pac Man" Jones being unsettled & fussing at a coach on the sidelines. Chris Crocker had Mad Misques like not making a sure fire INT & not having more hussle & play stopping on Arian Foster who was wide open. Remember, Marvin Lewis used to be the Defensive Coordinator for the Ravens. This is inexcusable. That's in addition to the burnt out challenges in the first half!!!! Whoa. What happened there. There are some question marks to answer there but still a chance that this can be bested in 2012. Marvin was correct, & should have been on the mission better in 2011, that they have to win in their division. They have to have more precision & some urgency in their 2012 quest. A Must. As for the Texans, they started out rough like the Bengals. Both young QBs were unsettled & needed to calm down in their first drives. Gotta Love that the team had Bum Phillips there as the Honorary Captain on the team that has his son, Wade Phillips, as their Defensive Coordinator. According to NBC, Bum coached the Houston Oilers for about five seasons & had that Sweet Cowboy hat on! Love It. Wade is said to be coming around alright after having surgery recently. A playoff win is certain to help the healing process for certain. The World of Wade was appreciated with plays like J.J. Watt, the rookie who had a Pick Six from Dalton. There was the obvious Defensive stylings of holding the Bengals to only ten points and no passing TD either. How much does Arian Foster Love his Team? He had the Texans' logo cut into his head!! Gotta love the team loyalty. I might do the same to raise my Corporate America performance because Arian accounted for 182 total yards of offense with two TDs complete with a 42 yard burst for one of those TDs. Man can Ball; Man can Ball. Rookie QB [like Andy Dalton for CIN] T.J. Yates managed the game decent with 11/20 and no INTs. That's important. Their next task: face the Ravens on the road. Love how one Ravens player on Twitter said the Texans were comin' to the Bank! LOL We'll see if the HOU D can make enough deposits to make a W. The Ravens' former D-Coord, Marvin Lewis, played HOU on the road in Wildcard Weekend & HOU faces Lewis' old team in the Divisional rounds on the road. These games are good. That game is not a gimme for either team. This is where is matters and counts the most. HOU can make some history if this run pans out to IND or BAL can shred those talks of Flacco not able to win a Super Bowl. That's gonna be fun on those storylines alone, let alone the Running Games of both teams and the QB match-ups. Gotta Love the way that WR Andre Johnson got a TD with his five receptions, 90 yards with his longest run clocked at 40 yards [yep; you can clock yards like that]. NBC was right to pass along the storyline that it took nine years for Andre to get there but he did it. Hats off to HOU for doin' it. What pains me to say but may help HOU now & some years to come? Word came out on mere hours before Wildcard Weekend started, that Jim Irsay will take Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in April's draft. With that & the highly likely departure of WR Reggie Wayne & the arrival of a new GM, that means that HOU really only has a decent TEN team to look out for in 2012 & a few years afterwards. JAC is rebuilding head to toe also. Wow. How quickly things turn around from being Peyton's division to being the Texans' division. This is truly something else.