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Rematch weekend is set in NFC

Next week’s wild card round matchups in the NFC will have a familiar feel.

Packers will head to Arizona to face the Cardinals, while the Eagles will be in Dallas to face the Cowboys. Yep, the exact same matchups and home team that we watched Sunday afternoon.  (We won’t get four rematches because of the AFC, but we could get three.)

Next Sunday, don’t expect to see Matt Leinart play so early against the Packers.

The Eagles also figure to play their starters longer.  (Wait . . . Philadelphia just played like backups Sunday.)

We’re really excited for the NFC tournament because all six teams appear to have the talent to go to the Super Bowl.  And the flaws to lose at any moment.

We almost feel bad for the Cowboys coming off their most impressive win in years.  Now they have to repeat the same effort against the same coaching staff or it will ultimately prove meaningless.  This group, however, looks tough enough to pull it off.

We still don’t know when the NFC rematches will happen, but the Eagles-Cowboys game is a logical pick for Saturday night on NBC. 

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15 Responses to “Rematch weekend is set in NFC”
  1. Smitty2K3 says: Jan 3, 2010 8:02 PM

    The funny thing is the Eagles have been practically playing backups all season. Since training camp they have lost 80+ games for starters to injuries this year(that’s not including key backups lost to injury). Kudos to Andy Reid for one of his best coaching jobs yet dealing with so many injuries.

  2. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 3, 2010 8:05 PM

    “Now they have to repeat the same effort against the same coaching staff or it will ultimately prove meaningless.”
    Naw, it’s meaningless if they don’t win the Super Bowl. A win next week would make for great bragging rights though. What I can guarantee is that no matter how the Cowboys do next week and beyond, the Eagirls won’t be winning the Super Bowl with that alleged defense. Told you guys they can’t get pressure without blitzing. And if they can’t get the big play, the offense can’t get anything. Might help if they had a QB that could handle a shotgun snap or hit a wide-open wide receiver with any consistency.

  3. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Jan 3, 2010 8:10 PM

    “And the flaws to lose at any moment.”
    Welcome to the NFL today. Tackling has never been worse and every team is flawed.
    They call it parity.

  4. mnmaverick says: Jan 3, 2010 8:10 PM

    LOL I bet the Packers will rave about beating Matt Leinart. :::snicker:::

  5. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 3, 2010 8:23 PM

    “Kudos to Andy Reid”
    Yeah, a pat on the back to Andy Reid and his game management specialist.

  6. jamesz23 says: Jan 3, 2010 8:24 PM

    The Packers will rave the same way Vikings fans have been raving about the Vikings play the past 6 quarters. The 2nd half of the Bears game against reserve ‘practice squad’ caliber defensive backs and today’s game against the likes of Aaron Rouse starting at safety for the G-Men. A Giants team that looked like it just rolled out of bed and yawned after each Minnesota touchdown.

  7. BigD5RingzsEagzNone says: Jan 3, 2010 8:25 PM

    I’ll see your 44-6 and I’ll raise you 24-0. THAT’S RIGHT…The “High powered” Media driven Philly Offense(surely not powered by McNabb)…SHUT OUT.. THAT”S 2 STRAIGHT for DALLAS D and I think an average of about 8 pts. per game allowed over the last 10 games. What did anyone see that makes anyone think that McNabb, Jackson?(blanketed) or the ROOKIE Maclin will do anything about the ass kicking they took? I saw a few passes to Celek, big deal!…He couldn’t save them…Dallas D is BEST in the NFL by far!! Let’s put the chips on the table, roll that Dallas D out and see what happens! Dallas left pts on the field but I’m happy with 24-0 with the Eagles playing for the 2 seed and everything on the line! Dallas D will outclass the “High powered offenses”… They just keep doing it!!!

  8. smilergrogan says: Jan 3, 2010 9:00 PM

    vox: i just want you to know that i won’t disappear like you did after the last game. see you next week.
    don’t get too hype just yet. as you have noted again and again, winning the division isn’t the object.

  9. slipkid says: Jan 3, 2010 9:15 PM

    dallas played well.
    but i am sure philly had a reason to play vanilla on both sides of the ball.
    they knew this would be a 2 part affair.
    and 24-0 doesnt raise 6-44*. just a call.

  10. ACDC84 says: Jan 3, 2010 9:44 PM

    “We still don’t know when the NFC rematches will happen, but the Eagles-Cowboys game is a logical pick for Saturday night on NBC”
    I read on the two main Packers websites (GBPG and MJS) that the Packers had been told by the league earlier this week that they likely will be playing on Saturday. I’m just curious as to how they determine it. Is it ratings-wise? If so, what day/time-slot is the most or least appealing?

  11. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Jan 3, 2010 10:26 PM

    Good win tonight for the Cowboys but that part is over with.
    Now on to part 2.

  12. BigD5RingzsEagzNone says: Jan 3, 2010 11:14 PM

    Hmm? As I recall the Eagles were the NFC pick for the Super Bowl before the season, they were going to “build” on losing another NFC Championship under McNabb and Reid. Wonder how many Super Bowl teams have been shut out in their last game with the #2 seed on the line? PRIME TIME Saturday? Good, now everyone who missed it can see how overmatched Philly is against the Dallas D.

  13. goJags says: Jan 4, 2010 12:03 AM

    Da Boys will loose to the eagles. Mainly because they will have too much pressure to repeat it. Remember the same team beat the NYG and lost to them when it matters. Secondly Romo will do put his typical playoff numbers and that would favor the eagles.

  14. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 4, 2010 8:18 AM

    “but i am sure philly had a reason to play vanilla on both sides of the ball.”
    Right. Reason being that rather than have a bye and home field advantage over every team but the Saints, they’d rather play an extra game and guarantee that they’d be on the road for every playoff game. They started out with an end around to Jackson. They played anything but vanilla, especially on offense.

  15. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 4, 2010 8:31 AM

    “Secondly Romo will do put his typical playoff numbers”
    Twice as many TDs as INTs? That’s a lot better than McNabb’s TD/INT rate in the playoffs, which is pretty close to 1:1.

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