Thursday, January 2, 2014
Behind The Scoreboard
NFL nears playoff time
The NFL playoff picture is clearing up but there are still some dark glasses which must be looked through before the final round-up. Again, this column is being written above sea level (before the Sunday, Dec. 29, slate of 16 games) because of early holiday deadlines. That notwithstanding, there are some games which will grab a lot of attention.
A very important announcement came from the Green Bay Packers prior to this past weekend. Aaron Rodgers will be under center when the ’Pack takes on the Bears in yet another of their historically epic meetings. This one has playoff implications when they take the field Sunday, Dec. 29, at 4:25 p.m. ’Pack team members have been espousing the virtues of Rodgers’ return all week with a central tome – his taking the reins has to have a buoying effect on the team which has suffered in his absence.
The QB himself took the General (George C.) Patton attitude in his press conference, stating unequivocally, that he was 100 percent ready and didn’t believe that he would be left out of one of the most important games of the season.
One of the other games, which a multitude of fans in this area will be tuned to, is the contest between the Eagles and the Cowboys. In an attempt to allay some of the rampant speculations about the leading element of America’s team, the Chief Cowboy stated strongly that Jason Garrett’s future with the organization is bright indeed. A statement such as that would be hard to retract should something go wrong this past Sunday evening (the Cowboys and Eagles were scheduled at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 29). Let’s not forget that this would be the third consecutive year that the Cowboys missed a playoff berth.
It was made definite on Friday that Tony Romo would not be under center on Sunday. The team will go with Kyle Orton, with Jon Kitna (remember him?) backing up Orton. This is really going to be interesting.
The AFC wildcard round is projected to be Dolphins, Bengals, Chiefs and Colts. The NFC is projected to have Saints, Eagles (check that one), 49ers and Bears. The W.C. games will take place on January 4 and 5, 2014. The divisional rounds for the conferences are set to be held on January 11 and 12, 2014.
Projections for these are Broncos and Patriots, one and two seeds, respectively, for the AFC, and Seahawks and Panthers (yes, the Panthers), one and two for the NFC.
Do you agree?
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