The Joe Show

The Baltimore Ravens come into this game and very well could have the most cheered for player left in the playoffs in retiring linebacker Ray Lewis. He came back from injury to join the team in the playoffs and the Ravens are playing with a different passion.

Before you think, “Yeah Sean but they are playing the Patriots,” in the last two meeting including the playoffs Joe Flacco has outplayed Tom Brady. In fact Flacco has thrown 5 touchdowns and two interceptions while Brady has one touchdown and two interceptions.

They say that players earn their paychecks during the season and cement their legacy in the playoffs. This will be a tough game for the Ravens against the Patriots and the ever growing legacy of Tom Brady.

Flacco is a great deep ball thrower and the Ravens will depend on him hitting the low percentage deep ball a couple of times to keep them in the game. Depending on the low percentage throw is why I’m giving them a lower percentage than two others to win.

Chance of winning – 23%

The Best of the Best?

The New England Patriots are one of my favorite teams. They probably have the best overall coach in the game of football and one of the best quarterbacks to ever strap on football cleats. They seemingly have a different game plan for every team that they play and they are constantly innovating and pushing the envelope when it comes to advancing the game.

They never have the best talent but they get the most out of what they have and I feel safe in saying that they would be an average team without Tom Brady at QB. He does everything so well that he gets his players to play better than any other team was able to. He helps people perform at a level that they never attain against if they leave New England.

They are playing at home. They have not had large level success against Baltimore as of late. They play their best when the lights are their brightest and when they are being questioned.

If they get to the big game, all bets are off. They are that good.

Chance of winning – 28%

Clipping Their Wings

Atlanta came out of the blocks against the Seattle Seahawks like they were shot out of a cannon. While their defense played an average brand of ‘bend but don’t break’ against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, they were able to keep them off the scoreboard. They led at the half 20 -0 and then proceeded to play terribly in the second half, finding themselves losing with less than a minute to go in the game. Matt Ryan hit two big passes and the Falcons kicked a field goal to beat the Seahawks.

The Falcons can’t count on Matt Bryant to bail them out against the 49ers.

The Falcons can’t count on Matt Bryant to bail them out against the 49ers.

That was the good news. The bad news is that the 49ers come to town now and they might be the best team in the NFL. Atlanta was exposed by an athletic and mobile quarterback. For a Falcons team that plays a bunch of man to man defense, Colin Kaepernick is a recipe for disaster with his ability to run for big yards after the defense is extended.Even when the Falcons had the best record I have always thought they had holes that would be exploited by the better teams in the NFL. Again, while any of the four could end up winning the whole thing, the probably of the Atlanta Falcons winning are lower than the others. They do not have the defense to win a championship.

Chance of winning – 15%

The Showdown in the Big D

AT&T Cotton Bowl — No. 9 Texas A&M vs. No. 11 Oklahoma

Outside of the BCS games and the BCS National Championship game this is the game that me and everyone else want to see.

Texas A&M with their Heisman winning freshman Johnny Manziel bring the SEC to Dallas to take on Bob Stoops and his Sooners. Manziel has been all over the place on the banquet and talk show circuit and everyone is saying that he has been doing everything but concentrating on Oklahoma. By most accounts he has missed only one day of practice.

The Sooners should be scorned after being bounced from the BCS so Northern Illinois could get beat by Florida State. This game will keep them from being scorned. They want to take on the Aggies who defected from the Big 12 conference starting with this season. When Bob Stoops has something to concentrate on like a Heisman winner, this team will be very ready to play and will play with great passion.
I can’t wait to get to the game. Regardless of all of the storylines I thought Florida and Texas A&M were the two schools that I would want no part of if a playoff were in place and I’m staying with it.
Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel’s feet and moxie are too much for the Sooners. Aggies roll.

Texas A&M 31, Oklahoma 27

The Fiesta in the Desert

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl – January 3, 7:30 PM

Now that we have had one of our top three meals of the year, had enough pie to last a month, spent time around family member that we see once a year (thank God) we all actually know what Christmas signifies. It signifies that the best of the best bowls are about to start.

The Holiday Bowl between Baylor and UCLA is tonight from San Diego. Not only do they have the best flyover of all of the bowls, the game always promises high scoring and exciting games. This year will be no different. Don’t miss that.

Colin Klein will try to outrun the Oregon offense

But back to our bowl preview; there will not a be a bowl contested this year with two teams that are more opposite than the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Tempe between No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 Kansas State. Kansas State is a power football team that is not in the Top 20 ranked teams in the country when you line up their talent against other in that group. They play together, play hard and they don’t make mistakes. They play and coach with a chip on their shoulder. Oregon is the team that would be in that talent conversation. They may not have the front seven talent on defense that some of the other teams may have but when it comes to offensive skill position, they have one of the fastest teams in the country. When you couple that with one of the most innovative minds in all of football in their head coach and play caller Chip Kelly it becomes one of the best offenses that I have seen in years.

You never want to walk out of the room and go to the bathroom when Oregon is on offense. Kansas State will try to lull Oregon to sleep by slowing down the game and keeping the Oregon defense on the field for long stretches of time.

You do not want to miss this game. Even with the way Kansas State plays I still say that talent and the team that is Oregon in 2012 will win the day.

Oregon 45, Kansas State 24