I’m sure part of it is my bitterness in how the Bears season ended, but I thought I was over it until I watched part of the games on Wild Card Weekend. There was zero excitement in anyone of these games so hopefully next weeknds games can make up for some of the most boring football I’ve watched during the playoffs in a long time.
Houston 19 Cincinnati 13
If it wasn’t for a pick 6 thrown by Matt Schaub the Bengals would have only kicked two field goals. The Law firm was running the ball well picking up 5.7 yards a rush, but they fell in love with throwing incomplete passes apparently. The Bengals offense was tough to watch but it was made worse by the announcers apparent man crush on JJ Watt. The Texans looked like they played not to lose all day long. Coach Kubiak looked relieved to win not excited to win. They don’t have a chance to beat the Patriots next week if they don’t start playing to win and score touchdowns instead of kicking field goals.
Green Bay 24 Vikings 10
As soon as it was announced that Christian Ponder was going to be inactive this game automatically became don’t need to watch TV! As great as Adrian Peterson is he could not over come Joe Webb’s errant passing. The Packers by no stretch of the imagination dominated this game, but it also was never in doubt. Rodgers best option was Kuhn which had to kill anyone who picked a bunch of Packers on their fantasy playoff roster. Green Bay will have to kick it up a notch in their Week #1 rematch with the 49ers.
Baltimore 24 Indy 9
The battle of two stories, the return of Ray Lewis to the Ravens lineup and the Coach Pagano on the sidelines with his Colts. Another pretty boring game with a very good effort by Anquan Boldin. The Ravens looked like they were not putting the Colts to bed and letting them hang around like they had all season. Then the Ravens were able to finish them off on both sides of the ball. The Ravens were terrible on the road all season so this should be Ray Lewis final win as a pro football player. The Colts magical season came to an end but you have to think they could make a movie out of it or at least a 30 for 30 special. It’s hard to believe that the Bears season began by spanking the Colts and at that time there was no way you could tell me that they would finish 11-5.
Seattle 24 Washington 14
If you watched the first 15 minutes of this game you probably were ready to turn it off. The Redskins were up 14-0 but then never scored again. The Seahawks kept doing what the Seahawks do and in the end their will was too much for the Redskins in the end. The third quarter was a microcosm of the entire weekend of boringness at the highest degree. The Falcons are up next for the Seahawks and with the track record of the Falcons there is a very good chance that the Seahawks could advance to the NFC title game. The Bears collapse at the end of the Seahawks game put the seal on both their season and was the springboard for the Seahawks.
This had to be one of the worst wild card weekends I can remember. It could be the bitter Bear face I have or well these games were just bad. Hopefully the divisional round next week will bring about a lot better football and some really exciting action.