WILD WILD-CARD WEEKEND READY TO ROLL

The starting times for the four wild-card games are set.
On Saturday, NBC will televise the Falcons-Cardinals game at 4:30 p.m. EST.  At 8:00 p.m. EST, NBC will broadcast the Colts at either the Broncos or the Chargers.
On Sunday, the Ravens will visit the Dolphins at 1:00 p.m. EST on CBS.  At 4:30 p.m. EST on FOX, the Eagles will face the Vikings in Minnesota.
Regardless of whether the Broncos or the Chargers nail down the AFC West crown, our guess is that the four road teams will all be favored.

24 responses to “WILD WILD-CARD WEEKEND READY TO ROLL

  1. Dear Vikes, I hope you also use other weapons. Mix up the plays. And practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, and more practice. A healthy Vikings team can beat anyone. Don’t give up. Try not to play “come from behind”. Make 3rd down and short yardage situations. How about Rice, Allison, and other tight ends besides Shancoe? Make lots of holes for Adrian. Pat plug the middle. How about J. Kennedy, and the other defensive linemen? We need a lot of pressure on McNabb and their runners. Good luck!

  2. Do we really have to play the Dolphins? It just seems like a waste of time.
    Ravens-Steelers Part 3. It’s gonna be the game of the year, and an instant classic. Hopefully third time’s the Charm (City!!!).

  3. all roadies may be favored… but i would give 3 of the homies teams a fair shot at winning.
    not minnesota.

  4. “Do we really have to play the Dolphins? It just seems like a waste of time.”
    @Styles
    Easy man, don’t wanna jump to conclusions just yet. Besides, weren’t the Ravens the only team that Miami beat last year? But best of luck in the playoffs, I’m looking forward to a rematch of the 2001 divisional game, hopefully with a different outcome (i.e. not getting owned by Ray Ray).

  5. I cannot wait to see Jared Allen take out McNabb’s knees in the first half.
    Nice win today Philly, good season but you’re facing the best run defense, best running back, and Pat Williams will be suited up.
    You’re team has no shot.

  6. Bob Costas on the NBC halftime show reports that on January 10 the Titans will host the early game while Carolina will host the late game on Saturday. On Sunday the Giants will host the early game and the Steelers will have the late game on January 11.
    Good luck to your favorite team. And where’s Vox?

  7. All Philly needs to do is put 8 in the box to stop AP, the secondary will do its job and it’ll be over by halftime. Minnesota’s run defense doesn’t scare us because it might actually be the first time all season we could justify Andy Reid’s preference of an 80/20 pass/rush ratio.
    I get it nordicnightmare, you are confident in your team BUT if you can honestly say that the Eagles have “no shot” you are clearly not paying attention.

  8. Horrible horrible division system for making the playoffs. Ind goes 12-4 and is AT San Diego??!!! New England goes 11-5 against a tough set of division opponents but doesn’t make the playoffs while an 8-8 team makes it??!!! Unbelievable that anyone would think that’s reasonable.

  9. “Do we really have to play the Dolphins? It just seems like a waste of time.”
    Yeah, I bet you said the same thing in 2007.

  10. desides:
    Why would you even bring up 2007?? It couldn’t be more irrelevant. We’re a COMPLETELY different team in every aspect. We already owned you once this year. The dolphins had a very good year, and their huge turn around from last season is a great story, but we’re just playing at another level now. My earlier comment was only a joke but i am fully expecting to fry the Fins next week. I just hope we don’t suffer any injuries. Bring on the real competition.

  11. NFLed says:
    Horrible horrible division system for making the playoffs. Ind goes 12-4 and is AT San Diego??!!! New England goes 11-5 against a tough set of division opponents but doesn’t make the playoffs while an 8-8 team makes it??!!!

    Week 6
    Sun, Oct 12
    New England Patriots 10 at San Diego Chargers 30
    NUFF SAID!

  12. Falcons favored over Cards, no way, a rookie QB wins in the playoffs.
    The Cards will light them up with the passing game and ATL will not be able to keep up.
    The Chargers will short circuit the Colts and put Peyton in jeopardy, that should be enough to rattle him.
    Vikes at home over Iggles, who shot their load in getting ALL THE BREAKS in the slaughter of the Cowboys, AP will wear out the Iggles.
    And finally the Fins will not let a rookie QB beat them.

  13. Looks like the NFL is short changing the Vikings and Ravens. If either advances the play the 2nd round 6 days later while the Titans and Panthers have 13 days off. Why can’t the winners of Saturday’s wildcard games play the following Saturday and Sunday’s winner play the next Sunday?

  14. Bmore Styles says:
    December 28th, 2008 at 9:32 pm
    Do we really have to play the Dolphins? It just seems like a waste of time.
    Ravens-Steelers Part 3. It’s gonna be the game of the year, and an instant classic. Hopefully third time’s the Charm (City!!!).
    ———————————————————-
    That’s what the Jets said prior to Sunday’s game. They “owned” the Fins for the past several years, yet they never faced “This team”. The Team Baltimore and NY beat earlier this year, is no where near the same team. This team and truly jelled, and are ready for all comers. Not saying they will make the Super Bowl, but they do have a “sluggers chance”.
    I think we will beat Flaco and the Blackbirds, then end up facing Pittsburgh next week (who I think will beat us – IF Big Ben is OK).

  15. Falcons have a fair shot, but it will be the 2nd worst game of the weekend.
    Colts and Chargers will be a good game.
    I think the Dolphins win big.
    The Eagles will get to rest a lot of their starters in the 2nd half of their game. The blowout will be the worst/least competitive game of the weekend; unless you are an Eagles fan.

  16. With NBC having two games during the Wild Card Weekend, who is NBC’s second broadcast crew after Michaels and Madden?? I am sure they will get the Atl/Arz game.

  17. BirdOnAMission says:
    Q-man says “no way, a rookie QB wins in the playoffs.”
    WHY NOT? That is a very stupid statement.

    2 chances this year. in both cases a real competant veteran qb warner or pennington vs. ryan or flacco with both rookies on the road.

  18. Author: wilshr93
    With NBC having two games during the Wild Card Weekend, who is NBC’s second broadcast crew after Michaels and Madden?? I am sure they will get the Atl/Arz game.

    wouldnt surprise if they used bob papa, giants radio announcer and of nfl network’s games. i believe he used to do arena league games for them?

  19. Veteran QB vs. rookie QB…that didn’t seem to matter to Ryan or Flacco looking back at the just completed regular season. It would matter to 99% of green rookie QBs, but these two defied all stereotypes and preconceived notions that they would fall out of the sky in flames.
    Yes, the playoff atmosphere is a whole new ball of wax. It’s not going to be easy; however, these two fellas are fearless. And they don’t play in a vacuum. They have an excellent supporting cast all around them, both with their coaches and players.
    Essentially the past couple of games can be equated to having a playoff atmosphere. What do you need? Ice running in your veins. Ryan and Flacco closed the deal, rookie or not.
    Be afraid, be very afraid.

  20. bpenlandjr:
    You think the Fins are a diffferent team? The Ravens have grown exponentially. Our defense is in a whole different league than your offense, and our offense is playing very very well. I guess there’s bound to be a few Fins fans who predict victory, but no unbias opinion would predict a Fins’ win. The Fins and Chargers arn’t on the upper tier of teams with the rest. I understand your optimism but the chances of you beating Baltimore are very slim to none. This is Ray Ray’s last shot, he’s gonna go off at your expense. I remember how we man handled the the wildcat in our first meeting, it just looked like we were bullying your offense around.

  21. Madden and Michaels talked as if they were staying in San Diego, which makes sense since they are already there, it’s the prime time game and the perceived risk that Atlanta-Arizona could be a turkey.
    Collingsworth would be my guess as Analyst for Atlanta-Arizona. Not sure about play by play

  22. Author: Bmore Styles
    I remember how we man handled the the wildcat in our first meeting, it just looked like we were bullying your offense around.

    That game completely turned around and was lost on a poorly thrown Pennington interception.

  23. Wikipedia has an entry showin Chris Collinsworth (analyst), Tom Hammond (play by play) and Tiki Barber (sideline reporter). I’d show the link but you can’t do that here.

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