Open thread: Wildcard Saturday 2014

NFL: New Orleans Saints at New York Jets

With Wildcard weekend kicking off today, we wanted to set up a spot for reactions to Saturday’s games. Here’s our quick previews:

Chiefs (11-5) at Colts (11-5) — The Colts haven’t had the best year, but their game has picked up when it needed to the most. Andrew Luck is gaining familiarity with his receivers now that they are without top target Reggie Wayne. The Colts defense came out of the gate strong, but because of injuries and inconsistency has caused them to slow their pace. Alex Smith and many of the Chiefs are coming off a week’s rest after sitting last week against the Chargers, will their freshness be a factor tonight?

Saints (11-5) at Eagles (10-6) — This game could have “quarterback showdown” written all over it.  Nick Foles has been impressive this season and hot of late.  Foles posted a 74.5% completion rate in the last two weeks while putting up a stunning 27 touchdowns and 2 interceptions over the season.  Chip Kelly’s uptempo offense has captivated the NFL and is allowing players like DeSean Jackson and Shady McCoy to post breakout numbers.  Will Drew Brees be able to keep up with the scoring on the road while Rob Ryan derails the Kelly Express?




19 comments
Eddy Lopez
Eddy Lopez

I hope Rex took some notes in how to run the clock down.

ww85
ww85

Don't meant to gloat, but I just hit the best single game bet of my life. I took the Chiefs on Thursday +2.5. the line moved massively & I then took the Colts today +1.5.  The Colts won by 1 point & I won both sides. I've NEVER hit a single game arbitrage like this!  

marcus81
marcus81

what an awful KC defense

ww85
ww85

Eagles win big tonight I think. Saints not good against the run(which is why we beat them) & the Eagles one of best running teams in the NFL. This weather also the ball will feel like a rock in Philly. The Saint passing attack will suffer. Oh & the Saints can't run the ball either.

SackDance99
SackDance99

Staring down receivers, poor decisions, better at running than passing...who'd have thought that describes Luck in this game.

juunit
juunit

Pretty sure Brees can "keep up" with Nick Foles in his first playoff game.

Bent
Bent

Everyone seems to be picking the Eagles at home, but I find it hard to imagine them being anything other than one and done after watching them give up nearly 50 to an injury plagued Vikings squad a few weeks ago and they were in a terrible division otherwise they might not even be in the postseason to start with.  Sure, they bounced back from that but I can't get it out of my mind.  I know the Saints are bad on the road, but they're still the Saints.  Good team.


The other game is an interesting one because the Chiefs' defense went downhill in midseason due to injuries but has got stronger with everyone returning.  Houston and Hali are both active, which makes all the difference.  I like DeVito more than I like Landry, so I'm rooting for the Chiefs in this one.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@marcus81 Great first playoff game.  Those two teams need to focus on defense in this years draft.

bob
bob

@ww85


Some much for the 12th man in Phili.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@Bent I have a QB theory.  When in doubt, take the team with the better QB.

Brees over Foles,  and Luck over Alex Smith.

Bent
Bent

@bklyndude @marcus81 Chiefs defense is good when everyone is healthy.  They just need depth.  Flowers and Houston went down and it killed them.  Those errors by the safeties were pretty uncharacteristic.

maynardfan
maynardfan

Well BklynDude looks like you nailed it. Brees and Luck move on to next week.

Eddy Lopez
Eddy Lopez

Charles got injured so that won't help KC either.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@maynardfan Yeah thanks, both games were close.

Don't think I like Brees over Russell Wilson next week though.  That Seahawk defense and stadium are tough.