Wild Card Observations

What a terrible set of games. Even the one good game fell apart completely. It was a beautiful weekend in LA, and I wish I had some of the time back.

Andy Dalton probably won't ever win a Super Bowl (except as a backup QB), and Marvin Lewis probably won't either (except as a defensive coordinator - which he already has). But there's zero chance they'll win one together in their current capacities. At least A.J. Green got some targets in the second half.

Arian Foster looked more like the RB we thought we drafted than the plodder we got.

Maybe Adrian Peterson was the league MVP, but Christian Ponder was the team MVP. The idea of Joe Webb adding another dimension was nice, but it was the dimension he took away - the passing game - that proved too much to overcome.

The Packers still don't look like the dominant team from late 2010-2011. They'll get a real test in SF next week. John Kuhn was apparently the player to target in playoff leagues.

Andrew Luck was victimized by too many drops, while Anquan Boldin hauled in several nice catches. Joe Flacco had 12.3 YPA and Luck just 5.3.

Bernard Pierce outplayed Ray Rice who fumbled twice, but I doubt the Ravens will change the game plan against the Broncos as a result.

I'm all for the Redskins starting a slightly gimpy RGIII over Kirk Cousins, but what we saw in the second half was a joke. Forget about the ethics of it, or the implications for RGIII's future, the Redskins gave away any chance to win that particular game. And Leonard Hankerson really needs to make a play when the ball hits his hands. At least once in a while.

The Redskins came into the game with the No. 1 rated offense in YPA, No. 1 in total rushing yards, No. 2 in YPC. We saw that version on their first two drives, but after that they played without a viable QB. What a waste.

The Redskins defense played well and seemed to solve Russell Wilson's running late in the game. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett deserves credit for making the adjustment and not being afraid to blitz.

It's hard to rate the Seahawks performance given how the Redskins offense simply ceased to function after the first quarter, but they should be roughly even money in Atlanta this week.


By: Mark Stopa
On: 1/6/2013 5:49:00 PM
Needed a new nickname for the opening weekend after that abomination. Nothing "wild" about all four favorites covering and all four games going under.
By: assman
On: 1/6/2013 5:59:00 PM
it was uneventful.

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