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From their game earlier this year, but still so funny. Look at Peyton slowly turning into Archie and the maniacal stare on Brady’s face.

 

CHECK OUT THE 5th EPISODE OF THE PT SPORTS DEBATE now:

On the 5th episode of the PT Sports Debate we are talking NFL Playoffs! Specifically, we do a recap of all the games played this past weekend and give our predictions for the upcoming Championship games.  You can follow us and ask questions on Twitter @PTSportsDebate

Thanks for listening everybody, hope you enjoy.

Stiltz and Ush

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Ush goes perfect on picks this week, getting to 7-1 on the playoffs. Check out his predictions from last Thursday here Divisional Picks

Here is an excerpt from that post:

USH (3-1 in the playoffs)

Seahawks over Saints

With the potential of HEAVY rains in Seattle Saturday, I’m taking the home team. The weather will affect Drew Brees, and although the running game for the Saints has been much improved the last few weeks, I think that the Seattle defense will be able to contain it without the threat that the NO passing game brings in a good weather game. I also think that the Eagles laid the blueprint for containing Jimmy Graham which is to be physical with him early and often. They hit him every chance they could, and it affected him to the tune of only 3 catches for 44 yards. I think that the Seahawks follow the same mold, and lean on beast mode and Russell Wilson’s legs to bring BIG BALLS PETE a chance to host the NFC Championship game.

Pats over Colts

I know we have been pumping up Lord Andrew over and over, and there is no doubt that he can go to Foxboro and get the W. At the end of the day however, I think Aqib Talib matches up on TY Hilton, and Belicheck decides to make the Indy running game beat them. Will I be shocked if Luck gets it done? Not at all, I just don’t think his team is quite good enough to go into New England and beat the Pats. This Pats team is not the Chiefs, and if the Colts start slow like they did last week, the home crowd and multitude of Chiefs errors will not be there to bail them out this week.

Niners over Panthers

Hopefully this game isn’t the snooze fest that the game a couple of weeks ago was. Both defenses are sick, and specifically the linebacking play in this game will be something to see. I see Cam and Kaep as similar QBs in their ability to take over games, I think that Kaep’s weapons are worlds better than Cam’s though. Now that Crabtree is back and Boldin can go back to being the complimentary zone killer that he has made his career on, the 49ers offense is picking up steam. I don’t see Cam’s supporting cast providing enough help to make that the case.

Broncos over Chargers

This one hurts me to say, and I have never hoped to be more wrong on a pick, but I don’t think my Bolts get it done in Denver for the second time in a month. The Bolts won their previous trip here by controlling the ball with a punishing ground game, and keeping the ball out of Peyton’s hands. This is clearly the ticket if they are going to try and pull off the upset again, but I think that Denver will make adjustments based on that previous matchup. For that reason, I think that if the Charger’s are able to pass to set up the run, and get pressure on Peyton early to get his footwork off, they can get it done. I just don’t think it happens. If the Bolts win, I will pick them the rest of the way, hopefully to the tune of my 40-1 Vegas odds I played when the playoffs started.

ATS Picks 15-4-2 last 4 weeks

Colts +8

Chargers +10

Hey here are our picks for the week, you can listen to them on the latest podcast.

STILTZ: 13-3

Panthers over Falcons
Bengals over Ravens
Texans over Titans
Colts over Jags
Miami over Jets
Vikings over Lions
Giants over Redskins
Steelers over Browns
Broncos over Raiders
Pats over Bills
Saints over Bucs
Cards over 49ers
Chargers over Chiefs
Seahawks over Rams
Packers over Bears
Philly over Dallas

USH: 14-2

Panthers over Falcons
Bengals over Ravens
Titans over Texans
Colts over Jags
Jets over Miami
Lions over Vikings
Redskins over Giants
Steelers over Browns
Broncos over Raiders
Pats over Bills
Saints over Bucs
49ers over Cards
Chargers over Chiefs
Seahawks over Rams
Pack over Bears
Philly over Cowboys

ATS bets of the week:
Carolina -6.5
Jets +5.5
Detroit +3

E-mail exchange the past couple of days

STILTZ:

Hey Ush,

What was your biggest surprise from yesterday’s games? We tied this week in picks regardless of what happens tonight since we both have the Niners.

USH:

I had three big surprises yesterday. First, was the Seahawks/Arizona game. Being able to go on the road to Seattle, and grind out a victory in spite of my man Heisman Palmer was very impressive. It’s no secret that the Arizona defense is one of the best and most physical in the league, but to see them absolutely bully the Seahawks at home was unexpected. The Cardinals exposed the Seahawks weakness, which is their WR corps. By being physical and being disciplined in their pursuit of Russel Wilson, they were able to prevent the Seahawks from getting into a flow completely.

Secondly, I was surprised with the Saints/Panthers game. Not with the outcome, it was sure to be a close game between two of the top teams in the NFC, but first, the damn near hurricane that it was played in for much of the game, and then the fact that Cam Newton was able to engineer a closing seconds game winning drive to end it. It seemed like a reversal of roles to me. Cam looked uncomfortable and out of sync all game, but like the gamer that he is started slinging it with the game on the line to propel his team to victory. Two additional things: jesus did Carolina’s stadium look like an absolute sh*thole. There were clips of the water just pouring through holes in the upper decks onto the seats below which would have had me PISSED if I was anywhere near those seats. Also, no way anything that allows that much water to pour through can be safe. Second, Carolina’s Defense, and specifically Luke Keuchly is a damn beast.

**EDITOR’S NOTE: USH’S DREAM SEAT FOR THE PANTHERS GAME**

Third, was the absolute no shows by Chicago and Ravens. Both teams with a lot to play for, and they got their asses kicked. Inexcusable.

What about you man? Remember to pour some out for Tony Romo today, bummed to hear about his injury, but as a non Cowboys fan I hope that the fans realize what an awesome QB they have in him and appreciate him a little more when he comes back

STILTZ:

Yeah, the Romo injury sucks for all football fans. Whether you like him or not, the guy is a gamer. As much as the Eagles want to win the division, you know they wanted to beat the Cowboys with Romo at the helm. For as much crap as everybody gives the guy, he keeps the Cowboys in every game and that’s saying something with that horrendous defense they have this year. He throws the game winning touchdown yesterday, but the only story out of that game is his injury.

The Cardinals are easily one of the hottest teams in football and they may end up watching the playoffs from home. Top three defenses in the league right now: Seattle, Carolina and Arizona? I just love the way they are playing football, even with an over the hill Palmer. One of my biggest surprises is how vulnerable all of the potential playoff teams are looking. Seattle has some serious o-line issues and Percy Harvin missing the year has hurt them tremendously. They are desperate for a playmaker on the outside. Do you trust any of these teams?
We all know Denver’s defense has had the benefit of one of the top scoring offenses in the history of the NFL, and with Von Miller sidelined with a torn ACL I don’t know how far they can make it in the playoffs anymore. I’m wondering which team is going to step up here and make a run. With all of the injuries, it’s going to come down to good QB play, defense, and coaching. Of course it sounds simple, but there just aren’t many good coaches in the league or QBs for that matter.
So let’s get a list of pretenders or contenders. Here are mine, so I’m going to just predict who will be in the playoffs or not.
Pretenders:
Chiefs- Alex Smith can only get you so far. This week proved once again if the Chiefs are down, they are not coming back. They just can’t get the ball down the field fast enough. I don’t trust that defense, and their pass rush has done nothing as of late.
Bengals- Andy Dalton isn’t going to get it done. With an average QB like Dalton you really need an elite defense to mask his faults. Look at the 2003 Bucs, Brad Johnson at QB but they had the best defense in the league. 2000 Ravens, one of the best defenses of all time but Dilfer at QB. The Bengals defense is good but they aren’t great.
Carolina- I like their defense but question marks at Coach and QB for me. It was nice to see Cam make a game winning drive after playing poorly the entire game but I don’t think he’s ready to make any sort of run in the playoffs.
New Orleans- They’ve done it in the past but they had home field advantage that year. Saints having to potentially win 4 road games is too much to ask.
Dolphins- I don’t trust Tannehill in a big game, the Dolphins secondary, or the coach.
Contenders:
Seattle, San Fran, Pats- No reason needed
Eagles- Chip’s done a great job this year, the players have bought in and they love playing for him. Once that offense gets going we saw what could happen. The only thing that concerns me is the same thing that worried me when he was in the NCAA. We all saw what happened when the Ducks played Alabama/Stanford. Philly vs Seattle/San Fran, might be tough to watch for Eagles fans.
Colts- Last year they won all the close ones, this year they find ways to come back. They can be dominant on both sides of the ball and I love me some Andrew the giant. Sneaky AFC champ pick here
Broncos- Close to being a pretender with me just based off Peyton’s play in the winter and playoffs. You compound that with their defense and they aren’t that great. Only reason I have him here is the fact I think the AFC is soft so they can at least make it to the AFC Championship game.
Packers- Of course they turn into a pretender if Aaron doesn’t return. However, if he comes back that whole team will be playing with new life. Cobb even has a shot at returning in the playoffs which would make their offense that much better. Their defense is their weak spot, but with ARod and Lacy controlling TOP I think they can make a run.
7 contenders, 5 pretenders… Not bad. Thoughts on your contenders and pretenders?
USH:
To me, there are far less contenders, and way more pretenders. However, as we’ve seen in the past few years, one of these pretenders can get hot and win it all.

Contenders:
Seattle, Broncos, Colts, Pats
I was tempted to add both Carolina and New Orleans to this list, Carolina has a championship defense that will keep them in any game, and New Orleans has Drew Breeeeeeees. Cam and the defense are capable of leading them to the championship, but they lack the playmakers necessary, so they just miss. The Saints just have not been playing their best football late in the year, and that, combined with the fact that they will have to win games on the road, keeps them off the list for me.
Seattle is a contender for me for the obvious reasons: Sick defense, great running game, great young QB, best home field advantage in the NFL. All of these are legitimate reasons, but one reason I think they are MORE of a contender this week than they were a week ago is their loss to the Cardinals. I think it was a big wakeup call for them, and will be sobering enough to drive them to a championship. Their aura at home, along with Russel Wilson’s undefeated record, was broken. I think that this makes them step back as a team and realize that their ticket to the super bowl does not get punched when they clinch home field, and that will refocus this team when they may not have been before the loss.
The Broncos losing Von Miller obviously hurts them. Their defense has just been “good enough” all year as it is, and losing his ability to play in space and pressure the QB won’t help things. With the offense Peyton has, they will be in every game however. Welker will be healthy, and I think their loss to the Pats will teach them something about winning games in bad weather. During that game, the Broncos didn’t flex their normal game plan of passes to the perimeter and shots downfield. Those throws are most easily affected by the elements, and need to be pin point passes most often. What the Pats do when the weather gets bad is run a lot of dig routes to the inside, and quick hitches that allow Touchdown Tommy to drive the ball short distances and put it on his receivers. When the weather gets poor, I look for the Broncos to start doing this as well.
The Colts might be a surprising pick here, but this is how much I love Andrew Luck. Their defense is underrated, and with the emergence of Donald Brown they have been able to maintain a level of balance that helps Luck dominate. This is my pick for that lower seed to make a super bowl run.
New England will be a contender as long as they have Brady and Belichek. It is amazing how they have been able to adapt and cope with their injuries this year. Their three headed running game has been very effective recently, and Edelman and Amendola have provided the shiftiness and break off the line necessary to get the quick 5-8 yards hits that move the chains. Combine this with one of the best shut down defenders in the league, their ability to go into any environment and play well, and the coldest mo fo in the league under center and you have a super bowl combination. New England is likely the only team in the playoffs (ok maybe the Packers if they get there) that will be COMFORTABLE if its snowing or below zero out. That is a HUGE advantage.
Well Stiltz, Merry Christmas brother. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our friends and troops downrange, as well as their families and friends at home.

Here we go from Kansas City, let’s see if the Colts can come out swinging. This couldn’t be a worse matchup for the Colts  in my opinion . Once the Chiefs get a lead they are hard to come back on. Great defense and special teams, plus a running game that wears out a defense. On top of that, the Colts have been terrible in first halves this season and are constantly playing from behind. I wouldn’t be surprised if this game was over by halftime.

First possession for the Colts results in a three and out, thanks to a stingy Chiefs D on 3rd and 1. McCluster with a nice punt return. Chiefs are moving the ball with ease. Jamaal Charles with a beautiful run for the touchdown, wow! 7-0 Chiefs

Colts with another three and out. Luck’s pump fake looks a lot like Big Ben’s, you think it’s almost impossible for them to maintain control of the ball. The Colts don’t really take any chances on offense. It wouldn’t be a big deal if they were able to move the ball with their running game, but that’s not the case. McCluster able to recover the muffed punt, the Colts could have used that.  The Colts D was able to tighten up and force a three and out against the Chiefs. TRich sighting on the Colts third possession of the game. Colts deciding to go with the no huddle and are able to pick up their FIRST first down of the game.

The Colts are are slowly making their way down the field. A horse collar penalty keeps the Colts drive alive on third down. TRich has been hit behind the line of scrimmage on every single one of his attempts so far. Luck nearly intercepted on the 1 yd line by Flowers. Colts settle for the FG, but he pulls it left. 7-0 Chiefs

Couple of uneventful possessions in a row. Griff Whalen, WR for the Colts, refusing to go down. I like the way he’s playing out there. Whalen again making things happen after the catch. Dan Dierdoff is atrocious and I hate listening to his games. There are hundreds of retired players/coaches but very few broadcasters that are bearable to listen to. How is that possible? The Colts finally get on the board with a FG. 7-3 Chiefs

The Chiefs cough up the first turnover of the game, and the Colts capitalize on a long td by Brown off a check down. 10-7 Colts. The Chiefs offense hasn’t done much since the first possession. The Colts able to get a FG off their next possession and push their lead up to 6, 13-7 Colts. The Chiefs are finally able to get the ball done the field right before halftime, but miss a fg. Halftime: 13-7 Colts

The Chiefs pass rush has been non-existent during this game and it’s not what you’d like to see from the Chiefs defense right before the playoffs. If the Chiefs don’t get their pass rush going in the second half, Luck will pick them apart. The Colts have done a good job taking care of the ball, against a Chiefs team that has thrived off turnovers all year. It should be a good second half in KC.

Second half starts well for the Chiefs with a long return by Davis. Robert Mathis forcing a popup ball which is picked off by the Colts. The Colts again making things happen off turnovers, Donald Brown shedding tacklers on the way to a touchdown. 20-7 Colts. This is when Chiefs fans should start to worry. The Chiefs have a hard time coming back against anybody once they’re down by over 10. Let’s see how the Chiefs handle this, maybe they can get the crowd back into this.

Chiefs aren’t able to get anything going and go three and out. The Colts D must smell blood, Bethae has made two enormous hits today on Bowe/Charles. The Chiefs defense really needs to get a turnover to spark this offense/crowd back up.

Trent Richardson must have some sort of record of getting hit behind the line of scrimmage. He does not look explosive at all. A lot of fantasy football owners nodding their heads in agreement to that one. Defensive holding penalty gives the Colts a fresh set of downs. TRich again getting blown up at the line of scrimmage. Between the turnovers and penalties the Chiefs are beating themselves today. The Chiefs still aren’t getting any pressure on Luck, and the drive ends with an incompletion….OR does it, Poe with a taunting penalty to give the Colts 15 yards and a first down. Wow, Reid is laying into Poe as he makes his way off the field. Luckily, Reid’s mustache provides a nice spit flap to keep the damage at a minimum.

The Colts continue to drive down the field and even TRich is getting some yards now. Colts are burning a ton of time off the clock with this drive which can be described as sloppy as best. Brown finally put back into the game and he gets a nice 5 yard carry. Chiefs hoping to hold them to a FG here. Big third down, D Johnson is going to think a lot about this play later. Luck almost threw a pick six to Johnson just now on a little screen to TRich. Colts with a FG to stretch the lead out to 16! 23-7 Colts.

Davis with another big return, the Chiefs need to score quickly.  Let’s see if they are willing to take some shots down the field. If Charles wasn’t tripped up on the 2nd down screen attempt he had a ton of daylight. Third down the Chiefs need to make something happen. Play action, Colts blow it up and get the sack. The fans aren’t happy the Chiefs are lining up to punt. The question with Smith is can he lead his team back from a large deficit, and the answer continues to be NO. This is only a two score game, and a long drive here by the Colts would certainly put it out of reach.

End of the third quarter and it’s 23-7 Colts. Let’s take a quick look at who the Chiefs/Broncos have actually beat this season.  The AFC West ended up having a nice draw with the AFC South/NFC East as the two conferences. Both the Chiefs/Broncos swept the NFC East. The Broncos lost games to the Colts, Patriots, and Chargers. The Chiefs have lost to the Broncos twice, and the Chargers. Neither team beat anybody worth writing home about.

Back to the game, the Colts bringing TRich out for a 3rd and 1 attempt. Of course, he doesn’t get it. I couldn’t think of a worse person to bring out on a third and 1 attempt with how his season has played out. The Chiefs start off their drive with a huge run by Alex Smith. The Chiefs still have a ton of time in this game giving them their opportunity to run the ball which they continue to do. The Chiefs have a nice drive going, and Smith throws a terribly under thrown ball to Fasano. Colts with the interception in the endzone. That’ll do it for the Chiefs comeback.

Whalen continues to make plays after the catch for the Colts. Not only is he picking up first downs but he is staying in bounds and the clock is just melting away. Chiefs able to get a stop, Chiefs really need to get a quick score here if they want to have a chance at winning this game. Chiefs slowly moving the ball down the field, but the drive ends after Smith’s third turnover. Smith’s fumble marks the end of this one. Thanks for coming by during this game. It looks like Ush chose wisely with the Colts. Disregard everything I said about this matchup!