Ravens & Packers Advance In Playoffs, What’s Next For Vick?

 

~ Home field advantage didn’t mean a whole lot for the Chiefs or the Eagles in the playoffs this year. 

The Baltimore Ravens knocked the Chiefs out of the playoffs with a dominating 30-7 win in Kansas City. How bad were the Chiefs against the Ravens defense?  Matt Cassell is not going to want to look at the highlights anytime soon. If he does look at the tape, he wont be looking for very long. The Chiefs only had the ball for a little less than 20 minutes, the Ravens had the ball a little more than 40 minutes. The second half was all Baltimore, they looked like the defense that went to the Super Bowl in 2000. Whatever running game the Chiefs had in the 1st half didn’t make it back out the locker room after halftime. Kansas City came into the playoffs rolling and I’ve been impressed with them all season and the way they played. That was a tough way to end a surprisingly good season, they got punched in the mouth.  Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco picked on the Chiefs defense all day by throwing to Todd Heap once he realized they had no answer for him. On the other side of the field, it was a long day for Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassell who couldn’t get into a rhythm with any of his receivers. The receiver Cassell needed the most was his Pro Bowl receiver, Dwayne Bowe. Bowe had a breakout season and led the league with 15 touchdown catches. The Ravens took him out the game so well, he didn’t catch a pass … he wasn’t even thrown too. Ravens All Pro Ed Reed had a great game while playing with a heavy heart because of a personal family matter. Reed was into this game and it was obvious from some of the tackles he was making. The win for Baltimore sets up a 2nd round playoff battle in Pittsburgh against the Steelers. As history has shown us, this game will be physical, it’s going to be personal, and it’s going to be very good to watch.

 

In the NFC wild card game, the Green Bay Packers went into Philedelphia and knocked off Michael Vick and the Eagles with a 21-16 win. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made me a believer, throwing the ball pretty much at will against the Eagles defense. Rodgers is the real deal, and I know I’m late on co-signing this theory. Truthfully I’ve never been sold on the Packers until the last couple of weeks. Rodgers is a dangerous quarterback and the offense fits what he is doing well. The only thing that was missing showed up against the Eagles … a running game. Rookie James Starks took over the game and it clearly looked like the Eagles defense had the same thoughts I did when I was watching … “Who is this Starks guy?”. Despite Rodgers throwing the ball all over the place for 3 touchdowns and the surprising performance from Starks, the game was still close. Vick wasn’t at his best though, the Receivers didn’t make enough big plays, and normally clutch kicker David Akers missed two costly field goals. Vick’s magical comeback season ended with a interception in the end zone. The 6 points that Akers couldn’t post, turned out to be the difference in the game. Green Bay now heads to Atlanta to play the Falcons and that scoreboard might light up often with the way the Packers are playing on offense. Even though I’m a Giants fan, I can appreciate a good story when I see it. A lot has happened to Michael Vick since his last playoff game in 2005 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. It’s been a long road back to the post season and Vick not only became a better all around football player, he helped his image a great deal. Vick is a free agent now, however it wont be for long. The Eagles are going to doing what they have to do and make sure he is the quarterback next season, it shouldn’t even be a debate. The majority of the season talk was about Vick for MVP. Where would the Eagles have been this season without him? As talented a receiver as DeSean Jackson is, it’s multiplied when Vick is on the field. The Eagles have to know that the longer they wait to begin contract talks with Vick, the more likely another team is going to step in with a offer that can’t be ignored. Hopefully they fix that offensive line too so he can have better protection from some of the hits he took this season.

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2 Responses to Ravens & Packers Advance In Playoffs, What’s Next For Vick?

  1. Chris Ross says:

    Great post man. What a great weekend of football! This is why we love the NFL and why we love sports. I guess everyone was shocked to see the Seahawks come up with that huge win against the Saints. Hawks showed their good bi-polar side, but that was partly due to them being at home, or so i think lol. Jets are clutch again with Sanchez doing his thing and Manning really didn’t come up big as he generally doesn’t in big games. Ravens defence was freaking monster against KC and I was defs sad to see philly lose cuz i love to watch mike vick play. Still, great games all around. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you think. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/learn-something-new-every-week-in-the-nfl/

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