I missed predictions last week, sorry for that. If I had posted predictions, I would have had the Pats beating the Jets, the Steelers beating the Ravens, the Bears beating the Seahawks, and the Falcons beating the Packers, so I would have went 2-2. But it’s a new week, and there are two big games to look forward to. So here we go with whitew00d’s NFL Conference Championship game predictions.
New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Sunday, January 23rd, 2011: 6:30 PM
The Jets shocked the world by defeating the Patriots of New England last week, making New Yorkers walking on the clouds and the New Englanders digging themselves holes in the ground. Well The Jets outplayed New England. Tom Brady made mistakes, and the Jets were the one that forced those mistakes. They picked Brady for the first time in over 300 pass attempts, and they shut down an offense that was consistently putting up 35 points a game. So its hard to believe that anyone can beat the Jets. Rex Ryan is the hottest coach in the league right now, Sanchez is doing enough to not blow the games for the Jets, and Gang Green’s defense is playing better than any defensive core in the league right now. Even Shonn Greene is starting to come alive. The Steelers are the Steelers though. They have Big Ben, and if anyone in the league is more intimidating defensively than the man that runs Revis Island, it’s Troy Polamalu. I really believe that the two teams are equal, and that both D’s are going to show up big time. In normal times, I would give the Steelers the nod because they have more experience, but that doesn’t seem to matter for the Jets this year. It seems to be their destiny at this point, and they learned a lot from last year’s Conference Championship loss to the Colts. I like the Jets to ‘steel’ this one.
Final Score: NY Jets 16 Steelers 10
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears: Sunday, January 23rd, 2011: 3:00 PM
The NFC matchup pits two division rivals against each other in a rematch of Week’s 3 and 17 in which the two teams split. The most recent one went to the Packers who defeated Chicago 10-3 in Week 17 to clinch a playoff spot. The Bears didn’t sit any starters in that one either. The Packers just shut them down. And the Packers have been shutting everybody down. Green Bay, a team usually known for their high octane offense led by Aaron Rodgers, who has thrown more TD passes in a 3 game playoff span than anybody to date, and big time WR Greg Jennings, are now starting to be recognized for their D. Clay Matthews is the man to thank. Along with Hawk, Raji, and last year’s Defensive Player of the Year, cornerback, Charles Woodson who would be the leagues best corner if it wasn’t for Darrelle, are playing lights out, and taking out QB’s left and right. And lefties and righties. Chicago on the other hand has been quietly flying under the radar as one of the best teams in the league. Cutler is making less and less mistakes, and the addition of Julius Peppers has made their defense stellar once again. And Brian Urlacher is back. It’s going to be a battle in the cold Windy City, but with the Packers putting up 48 on a 14 win team, taking out Mike Vick, and having just beat a healthy Chicago team, I like the Cheeseheads to walk away with the big cheese.
Final Score: Packers 31 Bears 21
So will I be right? Will both road teams pull out the win? We shall see. But right now, I’m thinking a Jets Packers Super Bowl, and that would be a good one.