The Four Remaining Gunslingers
Well, football fans will get to salivate on Sunday with a dynamic doubleheader starting off with the Patriots against the Ravens. Todd Fuhrman from Caesars Palace will be on the show today to break down some numbers for us, but one bit of information he shared with me earlier this week is that teams that score 40 or more points in the playoffs are 3-19 against the pointspread the following week. That doesn't mean the Ravens will come out on top, but that history shows us the game will be competitive.
If you have listened to the show throughout the course of the season, you know that I have been on the Ravens bandwagon. People can criticize Joe Flacco all they want, but the guy has made the playoffs all four years in the NFL. One other thing to note, although New England torched Denver last weekend, the Ravens will bring a better defensive effort into Foxboro on Sunday.
The final key to the game is how well the Texans defense actually played last weekend. Baltimore looked terrible the final three quarters offensively, but Houston had a top 5 defense, something New England isn't close to having. Flacco will make enough throws to win and Ray Rice will be a huge catalyst on the ground as the Ravens will pull off the upset and make the trip to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl.
On the NFC side, its the matchup no one expected. The Giants, who needed to win on the final game of the regular season to make the playoffs, have won three in a row and will travel across the country hotter than anyone else to take on the team no one has given respect to all season. The San Francisco 49ers have secretly been the greatest story in the NFL this season and are just one game away from the Super Bowl. Expect a heavier dose of Frank Gore this week as the 49ers will try and keep Eli and his explosive receivers off the field. Although my head is telling me the Giants will win, my heart is telling me to root for the 49ers. Either way, it will be a great game to watch.
We will have our high school preview show tomorrow featuring all ten 5A coaches in preparation for a big weekend in the Treasure Valley. Tune in at 4:00