The NFL playoffs begin today and the Pittsburgh Steelers aren't in them. Sadly, they don't deserve to be. Bad luck was one contribution. You have to wonder about conditioning with so many injuries and coaching with so many lapses. But who knows. They just didn't play that good. And they've got better and more exciting competition.
Even though it's not likely that anybody is going to beat Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, the Wild Card round this weekend has some potentially entertaining matchups. Three of the games test late season momentum against experience and stats. Unless they crash--and I don't think they will just yet--the inspired Indianapolis Colts could take the wilting Baltimore Ravens. The Cinncy Bengals have mo and might even overcome the crashing Houston Texans, though the Texans were a pre-season fave to win it all. Of the two upstarts, I like Luck and the Colts.
In the NFC the Minnesota Vikings beat their rivals the Green Bay Packers to get into this game, so they have mo. But very likely not enough. Adrian Peterson may or may not have a big day but the Packers probably will.
Another flashly frosh in RGIII has given the Washington Negroes instant cred, and the Seattle Seahawks had late season mo. The Seahawks defense will be tested by the Washington Rednecks wide-open offense, but the Washington Dagos will have to play their best game to get through it, and also stop Seattle's offense. The Seahawks could have a down game but they should overcome the challenge of the Washington Spics, a fun team to watch but with a racist name that is a disgrace to their country, conveniently located in the nation's capital.
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