What a couple of finishes on Saturday night. While I did not expect the Seahawks to win, I did like them getting the 11 points that Bodog was giving. Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch might not have paid the expected dividends during the regular season, but he just made that mid-season trade worth it yesterday with that monster run. Injuries and the lack of a running game finally caught up with the Saints last night.
The Jets finally found a way to beat Peyton Manning and the Colts but I am still not sold on Mark Sanchez as a quarterback. Sanchez did complete a pass at the end of the game to set up the game winning field goal, but other than that, Sanchez does not impress me. The Jets have now secured their next opponent and will take on the New England Patriots this next weekend in what should be a fantastic game.
Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs-
Heading into the final week of the season, the Kansas City Chiefs had been perfect at home but they got blown out by divisional foe, the Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs have the leagues best running attack but they have not faced a run defense like the Ravens possess. Chiefs QB Matt Cassel has had a career year, but Kansas City is ranked 30th in passing offense.
Kansas City needs to hope for an early lead in order to keep the crowd in the game. The Chiefs are a very young team and the Ravens are a seasoned veteran team which is seemingly comfortable playing playoff games on the road.
I don’t think that the Chiefs will have seen a defense which is going to play with the speed the Ravens will play with this afternoon.
I fully expect the Ravens offensive game plan to center on RB Ray Rice, especially after watching the Raiders post over 200 total rushing yards on the Chiefs last week.
Joe Flacco 23-35 285 yards 2 touchdowns
Ray Rice 140 total yards 1 touchdown
Matt Cassel 20-38 220 yards 1 touchdown
Jamaal Charles 16-60 yards
Thomas Jones 13-45 1 touchdown