Taking It to the House NFL Podcast – Division Rd Review – Conference Championship Preview

In the Taking It to the House Division Rd Review – Conference Championship Preview Podcast The 2010 NFL Playoffs continue to roll-on as NFL’s Final 4 left standing are the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, and Pittsburgh Steelers

Taking It to the House NFL Podcast – Division Rd Review – Conference Championship Preview

NFL Insider Lloyd Vance and Host Mark Gray review the 2010 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round and then move on to give you their “Pick 2” for the upcoming Conference Championships

Taking It to the House NFL Podcast – WCHE Interview 011711

NFL Insider Lloyd Vance breaks-down the 2010 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round, including the NY Jets backing up all of their bravado with a dominating victory over the New England Patriots,  in his weekly interview on the “Matt Lombardo Show” (1520 WCHE – West Chester, PA)

The 2010 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round showed that nothing is given in the postseason, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers rallying from a 21-7 halftime deficit to defeat the Baltimore Ravens. NFL Insider Lloyd Vance makes his weekly appearance on the “Matt Lombardo Show” on 1520 WCHE – West Chester, PA including breaking down the NY Jets 28-21 road victory over the AFC No. 1 seeded New England Patriots

Taking It to the House NFL Podcast – WCHE Interview 011011

NFL Insider Lloyd Vance breaks-down the 2010 NFL Playoffs Wildcard Round, including the Green Bay Packers 21-16 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles,  in his weekly interview on the “Matt Lombardo Show” (1520 WCHE – West Chester, PA)

 The 2010 NFL Playoffs Wildcard Round really were “Wild”, especially the Saturday Games. NFL Insider Lloyd Vance makes his weekly appearance on the “Matt Lombardo Show” on 1520 WCHE – West Chester, PA including breaking down the Green Bay Packers 21-16 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles

2010 NFL Playoffs: Wildcard Round Remix

After his record setting performance in the Green Packers 21-16 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, RB James Starks is the 2010 NFL Wildcard Round’s Game Ball Winner

2010-11 NFL Wildcard Games

Seahawks (8-9) over Saints (11-6), 41-36… Records don’t matter in the playoffs “Win or Go Home”…The unthinkable happened as the NFL’s only losing playoff qualifier dominated the defending Super Bowl Champs (Fredo takes Mike out to the boat and shoots him)…Veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck (22-35, 272 yds, 4 TDs, 1 INT) comes back from a hip injury to throw 4 TDs (could have been last home game as Seahawk)…Seahawks O-line gave Hasselbeck a clean pocket…RB Marshawn Lynch (131 rushing yards and 1 TD) spun, broke several tackles (8), and darted his way through the Saints defense on a spectacular game-closing 67-yard TD gallop that could be the best run of the 2010-11 NFL Season…The Saints didn’t have enough horses as injuries hurt them…TE John Carlson had a 2 TD game for Seattle…New Orleans was too pass-happy (20 rushes to 60 passes) in a game that screamed for some clock-churning drives…Brees kept chucking it and ended up with FF numbers, but no “W”  (39-60, 404 yds, 2 TDs) …Seattle’s defense, led by rookie FS Earl Thomas (9 TKLS) and veteran DL Raheem Brock (4 TKLs, 1 sack, 1 FF) showed some teeth when it mattered most…Seahawks could go into Chicago next week and surprise the beatable Bears as they are now playing with “House Money”

NY Jets (12-5) over Colts (10-7), 17-16..Rex Ryan’s Brash Team tell the Colts to “Get the Folk Out of the playoffs”…This was a heavyweight slugfest that came down to the final seconds…Colts QB Peyton Manning was solid but now his team will watch and the future HOF has a losing record in the playoffs (9-10)…Colts head coach Mike Caldwell calls an ill-advised and unneeded timeout that later helps the J-E-T-S…NY Jets 2nd year quarterback Mark Sanchez comes of age before the Nation’s eyes as he passes his team down the field for kicker Nick Folk’s Game-Winning FG…Colts receiver Pierre Garcon had a big game (5 Rec, 112 yds, 1 TD)…Colts kicker Adam Vinateri shows the league that he still has ice in his veins as he drilled a 50-yarder to give the Colts a late two-point lead…LT (16 Rush, 82 yds, 2 TDs) and Shonne Greene (70 yards rushing) gave New York the running game they had been missing…Saw a lot of jack-of-all-trades Brad Smith at QB for Jets…NY Jets CB/KR Antonio Cromartie had a huge KR return to setup Sanchez’s drive that helped Folk…Both teams from Super Bowl XLIV are elminated on Saturday…The NY Jets next take on the Patriots and we will see if they have closed their 42-point gap from their earlier loss.

Ravens (13-4) over Chiefs (10-7), 30-7…The Wildcard rounds most boring game…On a cold day, the Ravens showed the young Chiefs what it takes to win in the playoffs…Baltimore QB Joe Flacco (25-34, 265 yds, 2 TDs) became the first QB to win his first three playoff openers…Ravens did a nice job bottling up Bowe, Cassel, and Charles (9 rushes for 82 rushing yards and 1 TD)…Turnovers were a big part of the Ravens win…Baltimore safety Ed Reed plays through a heavy heart (brother missing) to get an INT and the game ball…TE Todd Heap had a big game as Flacco’s No.1 option (108 yards)…A good battle was waged the entire game between Ravens OT Michael Oher and Chiefs speedy pass rusher Tamba Hali…When the Ravens needed it most, they took the air out of the football and relied on their 3-headed backfield monster of LeRon McClain, Willis McGahee, and Ray Rice…Next up the Ravens and Steelers will have a “Rubber Match” game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh

Packers (11-6) over Eagles (10-7), 21-16…(Attended in Linc Pressbox) The Magical Ride of Michael Vick and the Miracles comes to an end…Eagles fall behind 14-0 early and never can recover…Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (18-27,180 yds, 3 TDs, 0 INTs) gets his first playoff win as Green Bay out-physicals Philadelphia…Packers Defense especially LB Clay Matthews (3 TKLs, 1 sack, 1 TFL) were all over Vick all-day (3 sacks and numerous hits)…Eagles had plenty of opportunities to tie or win the game that they squandered (Mikell missed Fumble Recovery, Unable to get Packers off the field on 3rd downs (8 for 13; 62%), Jason Avant drops of a crucial 3rd down pass, Vick overthrowing D-Jax on a long bomb, Penalties (7 for 50 yards), missed FGs, non converting 3rd downs (5-13; 38%), punting or FG attempts on 4th and shorts, only 2 sacks with both on blitzes, etc)…Pro Bowl Eagles kicker David Akers had a rough game as he was 0 for 2 on makeable FG attempts (42, 34)…Andy Reid finishes his 12th year and still no ring (fans frustrated more than ever with “Ground Hog Day” routine)…Officials almost mess-up by not giving Philly a 2nd chance at a 2-pt conversion after a penalty (Celek stepped out of bounds) negated their first attempt…Eagles need to get better on offensive and defensive lines…Packers win their 3rd straight game while the Eagles lose their 3rd straight game…Eagles redzone woes continue (Packers were 3 for 3 with 3 TDs) and DC Sean McDermott is under fire…Packers find a weakness in the Eagles smallish defense and run the ball for 32 rushes for 138 yards and a healthy 4.3 yards per carry…Packers rookie James Starks, who had been on the PUP list for most of the year, sets a Packers postseason rushing record by running for 123 yards on 23 carries (5.3 ypc)…Vick (20-36, 292 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT with 1 rushing TD) has to fight through a hurt ankle to finish the game..After a tough game where he struggled with Packers speed rushers, Eagles RT Winston Justice was benched in the early in the 4th qtr…Vick leads the Birds to a TD after halftime to cut the score to 14-10, only to have the Packers answer with a 6-minute plus drive for a TD…Neary a sighting of WR DeSean Jackson (2 catches for 47 yards with first catch in 4th qtr) or DE Trent Cole …Eagles running back LeSean McCoy only gets 13 carries as opposed to over 40 pass attempts called…Eagles give their fans “false” hope at the end, only to fall short…After Vick hit D-Jax for a big play from the Packers’ 27-yard line after a frantic hurry-up offense situation, Eagles season basically ends when Vick throws a “bad” INT to CB Tramon Williams in the endzone (trying to reach rookie WR Riley Cooper)  with :33 seconds on the clock…Vick later says he wants to come back as an Eagles, but he understands the business aspects of football…Vick said he got too greedy in trying to hit Cooper for the big play rather than spiking the ball and re-grouping…Reid liked the fight of his team and focused on a “young” team getitng an opportunity rather than the Eagles finishing their 50th season without a championship…Eagles will take their time evaluating their roster (February) and have some tough decisions to make (A lot of F\A’s including Vick, MLB Stewart Bradley, K Akers, and others)…In the offseason (F\A or Draft) the Eagles must get another CB, a bigger DT, pass rusher to help Trent Cole,O-line help especially at center, and a playmaking LB..Eagles back-up QB Kevin Kolb wants to be a starter and all signs are pointing to the Eagles re-signing Vick to an extension or “franchising” him…Kolb to Cleveland???…Packers move-on to face the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional RD

Wildcard Round Leaders

Passing
1. D. Brees NO  404 yds
2. M. Vick PHI  292 yds
3. M. Hasselbeck SEA  272 yds
4. J. Flacco BAL  265 yds
5. P. Manning IND

Rushing
1. M. Lynch SEA  131 yds
2. J. Starks GB  123 yds 
3. J. Charles KC  82 yds 
3. L. Tomlinson NYJ  82 yds
5. S. Greene NYJ  70 yds
 
Receiving 
1. P. Garcon IND  112 yds
2. T. Heap BAL  108 yds 
3. J. Avant PHI  93 ydsl 
4. D. Henderson NO  77 yds
 
TDS   
1. M. Hasselbeck SEA  4 TDs
2. A. Rodgers GB  3 TDs
3. J. Jones NO  2 TDs
3. J. Carlson SEA  2 TDs

A Look at the Records of the teams left playing
1 team — (14-2) Patriots
1 team — (13-3) Falcons
1 team — (13-4) Ravens
1 team — (12-4) Steelers
1 team — (12-5) NY Jets
1 team — (11-5) Bears
1 team — (11-6) Packers
1 team — (8-9) Seahawks

A Look at the Records of the teams on the sidelines
1 team — (11-6) Saints
6 teams — (10-6) Bucs, NY Giants
6 teams — (10-7) Eagles, Chiefs, Colts
1 team — (9-7) Chargers
2 teams — (8-8) Jags, Raiders
3 teams — (7-9) Dolphins, Rams
7 teams — (6-10) Redskins, Titans, Vikings, Texans, Cowboys, Lions, Niners
2 teams — (5-11) Cardinals, Browns
3 teams — (4-12) Bengals, Broncos, Bills
1 team —  (2-14) Panthers

Only 14 teams had a winning records in 2010

Current Streaks

Winning: Patriots (8); Ravens (5); Packers (3), Steelers (2), Seahawks (2), NY Jets (2)
Losing: Eagles (3), Titans (2), Bills (2)

2010-11 Playoff Seeds….
NFC — 1. ATL, 2. CHI, 3. PHI (out), 4. SEA, 5. NO (out), 6. GB
AFC — 1. NE, 2. PIT, 3. IND (out), 4. KC (out), 5. BAL, 6. NYJ

How 2009 Playoff teams are faring  — Saints (11-6; Out), Eagles (10-7; Out), Packers (11-6),  Vikings (6-10; No Playoffs), Cowboys (6-10; No Playoffs), Cardinals (5-11; No playoffs), Patriots (14-2), Ravens (13-4), NY Jets (12-5), Colts (10-7; Out), Chargers (9-7; No Playoffs), Bengals (5-11; No Playoffs)

2011 NFL Draft Selection Order (updated)

1. Carolina Panthers (2-14)
2. Denver Broncos (4-12)
3. Buffalo Bills (4-12)
4. Cincinnati Bengals (4-12)
5. Arizona Cardinals (5-11)
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11)
7. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
8. Tennessee Titans (6-10)
9. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
10. Washington Redskins (6-10)
11. Houston Texans (6-10)
12. Minnesota Vikings (6-10)
13. Detroit Lions (6-10)
14. St. Louis Rams (7-9)
15. Miami Dolphins (7-9)
16. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8)
17. Oakland Raiders (8-8)
18. San Diego Chargers (9-7)
19. New York Giants (10-6)
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6)
21. Kansas City Chiefs (10-7)
22. Indianapolis Colts (10-7)
23. Philadelphia Eagles (10-7)
24. New Orleans Saints (11-6)
25. Seattle Seahawks (8-9)*
26. Green Bay Packers (10-6)*
27. New York Jets (11-5)*
28. Chicago Bears (11-5)*
29. Baltimore Ravens (12-4)*
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)*
31. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)*
32. New England Patriots (14-2)*

January 15th deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft
Even if there is an NFL lockout, the 2011 NFL Draft will be held from April 28-30 in New York City

Looking Forward to the Divisional Round and Beyond

Saturday, Jan. 15
4:30 p.m. ET — Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS — Gumbel and Dierdorf)
8 p.m. ET — Green BayPackers at Atlanta Falcons (FOX –Buck/Aikman/Oliver)

Sunday, Jan. 16
1 p.m. ET– Seahawks at Chicago Bears (FOX — Johnston, Albert, and Siragusa)

4:30 p.m. ET — NY Jets at New England Patriots (CBS — Nance/Simms)

Sunday, Jan. 23
3:00 p.m. ET — NFC championship
6:30 p.m. ET — AFC championship

Sunday, Feb. 6
6:30 p.m. ET — Super Bowl XLV 
 
Upcoming Key Dates
• January 15 — Deadline for Underclassen to Declare for 2011 NFL Draft
• January 15 -16 — Divisional Playoffs (CBS and FOX)
• January 23 — AFC and NFC Championship Games (CBS and FOX)
• January 29 – College Football’s Top Senior football players culminate a week of training by playing in the 2011 Senior Bowl at 3PM on NFL Network (Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL)
• January 30  — NFL Pro Bowl — AFC All-Stars vs. NFC All-Stars in Honolulu, Hawaii (FOX)
• February 6  — Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas (FOX)

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

2010 NFL Week 17 Remix

Seattle QB Charlie “Serpico” Whitehurst is Week 17’s Game Ball winner for leading the Seahawks to a 16-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams as his team became the NFL’s first losing team to win a division title (NFC West) and make the playoffs

Week 17 Games

49ers (6-10) over Cardinals (5-11), 38-7…Niners interim head coach Jim Tomsula his team to an end of season win as they pounded the hapless Cardinals.  Look for a new HC (insert Jim Harbaugh) and GM (insert Trent Baalke) in San Fran

Buccaneers (10-6) over Saints (11-5), 23-13 — Too bad a fulfilling season for the young Bucs led by QB Josh Freeman and Coach of the Year candidate Raheem Morris had to end….After the Champs learned of the Falcons dominating win over the Panthers, they started resting players.  Sean Payton’s team is a dangerous 11-win group with playoff experience as they head to Seattle in the Wildcard Round….Bucs went 10-6 this season after finishing 3-13 last season, the best one-season turnaround  in franchise history and best in the NFL this season.  Bucs rookies Mike Williams (964 receiving yards) and LeGarrette Blount (1,007 rushing yards) had big games and seasons.

Chargers (9-7) over Broncos (4-12), 33-28 — Former Broncos star John Elway has a lot of clean-up to do in 2011 in his new role as the team’s Exec. VP of Football Operations…Chargers put up big numbers, but injuries and a slow start doomed them…Surprisingly it looks like AJ Smith and Norv Turner are coming back for SD.

Colts (10-6) over Titans (6-10), 23-20 — Never count out Peyton Manning and Colts.  Indy won a hard-fought game on a Vinnateri FG to win the AFC South as Manning threw for over 4500 yards again (2nd time in a row)…The Colts advanced to the postseason in the 9th consecutive season, tying the Cowboys (1975-83) for the longest such streak in NFL…Caldwell’s team also grabbed their 9th consecutive 10-win season, 2nd only to the Niners(16, San Francisco, 1983-98). …Indianapolis will host the NY Jets in the Wildcard Round in a rematch of last season’s  AFC Championship Game

Cowboys (6-10) over Eagles (10-6), 14-13 — This was the game I attended in the pressbox…A snooze-fest ends as Cowboys 3rd stringer Stephen McGee threw the game winner to TE Jason Witten…Eagles rested almost everyone as they already were the No. 3 seed in the NFC…Birds backup Kevin Kolb did not look ready for primetime as he struggled in relief of a resting Michael Vick…Eagles face-off against the Packers at the Linc on 4:30 PM on Sunday (Week 1 Rematch)

Falcons (13-3) over Panthers (2-14), 31-10 — The Falcons left no doubt as they pounded the already re-tooling Panthers to claim the 2010 NFC South title, NFC’s No. 1 Seed and homefield advantage…Atlanta QB Matt Ryan now is 33-13 in his career as a starter, tying Dan Marino for most wins by a starting QB in his first three  seasons since 1970…Falcons will rest and get ready for the Saints-Seahawks winner.

Giants (10-6) over Redskins (6-10), 17-14 — Sorry Coughlin “haters”, he is coming back in 2011….The G-Men closed the season by out-physicalling the Redskins…No McNabb again and he looks like he is 1-and-done in DC…Giants were the NFL’s 6th 10-win non-playoff since 1996

Jets (11-5) over Bills (4-12), 38-7  — Maybe the J-E-T-S are ready for the playoffs after all…NYJ pounded the hapless Bills into submission early as backup rookie RB Joe McKnight led the way…The win could serve as a springboard for QB Mark Sanchez and HC Rex “Feets” Ryan with the playoff starting next week.  The Colts will host the NY Jets in a playoff rematch in the Wildcard Round

Lions (6-10) over Vikings (6-10), 20-13 — The Lions closed their season with a four-game winning streak (first time since 1999 under head coach Bobby Ross)….Rookie DT Ndamukong Suh wrapped-up the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award by collecting his 10th sack of the season (2nd-most by a rookie DT behind Dana Stubblefield’s 10.5 sacks in 1993)…The game also “seemed” like the last one for future HOF Brett Favre as the gunslinger watched from the sidelines (2nd losing season of career — 2005 was the other)…Despite loss, Leslie Frazier is Minnesota’s new HC.

Packers (10-6) over Bears (11-5), 10-3 — What a great old-fashioned football game played in the cold…The Bears chose to “Go For It” despite already knowing they were the NFC’s No. 2 Seed…Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw the game’s only TD…Bears QB Jay Cutler was knocked around in the loss…Bears KR Devin Hester finished the season averaging 17.1 yards per punt return (NFL single-season record)…These two rivals could meet again in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs, but first the Packers must travel to Philly to face the Eagles.

Patriots (14-2) over Dolphins (7-9), 38-7 — If this game was a fight, it would have been a K.O….Tom Brardy and the starters played a long time as the Pats won their 8th straight game with 30-plus points (3rd ongest streak in NFL history)… The Patriots won their 14th game in dominating fashion, but they did lose their NFL record 7-straight games non-turnover streak (Woodhead fumble)…Brady extended his three current NFL records: 28 consecutive home wins as starter, 335 consecutive pass attempts without an INT and nine straight games with 2 or more   passing TDs and no INTs….Look for Sparano to be out in Miami…The Patriots will now rest up for the Divisional Round.

Raiders (8-8) over Chiefs (10-6), 31-10 — The Raiders win to go 6-0 in AFC West this season…But it looks like Tom Cable maybe out as Oakland HC after a promising 8-8 season…The Chiefs better pull it together as the 2010 AFC West Champs will host the tough Baltimore Ravens in the Wildcard Round.

Ravens (12-4) over Bengals (4-12), 13-7 — A tough gritty game that was not over until a late Ravens’ redzone stand….The star for Baltimore was future HOF safety Ed Reed who had 2 INTs for the second game in a row… The physical Ravens will face the Chiefs in the Wildcard Round.

Seahawks (7-9) over Rams (7-9), 16-6 — The NFC West (least) is finally settled as the Seahawks won at home by field-goaling their way past the young Rams…Whitehurst, kicker Olindo Mare,  and receiver Mike Williams were the stars for the 7-9 NFC West Champs (first losing record division winner)…Next-up the Seahawks host the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints

Steelers (12-4) over Browns (5-11), 41-9 — Wowwww…This game was over in the first quarter as the Steelers mangled the Browns to claim the AFC North title and the conference’s No. 2 Seed…Big Ben, WR Mike Wallace, RB Rashard Mendenhall, and safety Troy Polamulu had big games for the Steelers….Mangini out for Cleveland…Next the Steelers will rest up for Divisional RD

Texans (6-10) over Jaguars (8-8), 34-17 — Texans put up more big numbers, but this win ended a disappointing season…Houston fired their DC Frank Bush after the game…Foster led the NFL with 1,616 rushing yards this season.

Standings Breakdown

1 team — (14-2) Patriots
1 team — (13-3) Falcons
2 teams — (12-4) Steelers, Ravens
3 teams — (11-5) Bears, Saints, NY Jets
6 teams — (10-6) Eagles, Chiefs, Packers, Bucs, NY Giants, Colts
1 team — (9-7) Chargers
2 teams — (8-8) Jags, Raiders
3 teams — (7-9) Rams, Dolphins, Seahawks
7 teams — (6-10) Redskins, Titans, Vikings, Texans, Cowboys, Lions, Niners
2 teams — (5-11) Cardinals, Browns
3 teams — (4-12) Bengals, Broncos, Bills
1 team —  (2-14) Panthers

Only 14 teams had a winning records in 2010

Division/Playoff Races

NFC

Falcons (NFC South Champs — 1 game ahead of NO),
Bears (NFC North Champs — 1 game ahead of GB)
Eagles (NFC East Champs — 1 game ahead of NYG)
Seahawks (NFC West Champs — won tiebreaker over STL)
Saints (Won NFC 1st wildcard — 1 game ahead of GB, NYG, and TB)
Packers (Won NFC 2nd wildcard — tiebreaker over NYG and TB)

AFC

Patriots (AFC East Champs — 3 games ahead of NYJ)
Steelers (AFC North Champs — won by tiebreaker over BAL)
Colts (AFC South Champs — 2 games ahead of JAX)
Chiefs (AFC West Champs — 1 game ahead of SD)
Ravens (Won AFC 1st Wildcard — 1 game ahead of NYJ)
NY Jets (Won AFC 2nd Wildcard — 2 games ahead of SD)

Current Streaks

Winning: Patriots (8); Ravens (4); Colts (4); Lions (4), Packers (2), Bucs (2), Steelers (2)
Losing: Browns (4), Jaguars (3), Dolphins (3), Eagles (2), Titans (2), Bills (2)

2010-11 Playoff Seeds
NFC — 1. ATL, 2. CHI, 3. PHI, 4. SEA, 5. NO, 6. GB
AFC — 1. NE, 2. PIT, 3. IND, 4. KC, 5. BAL, 6. NYJ

How 2009 Playoff teams are fared in 2010

Saints (11-5, Playoffs), Eagles (10-6, Playoffs), Packers (10-6, Playoffs),  Vikings (6-10), Cowboys (6-10), Cardinals (5-11),Patriots (14-2, Playoffs), Ravens (12-4, Playoffs), NY Jets (11-5, Playoffs), Colts (10-6, Playoffs), Chargers (9-7), Bengals (5-11)

Notable Numbers from 2010 NFL Regular Season

  • 22 different quarterbacks passed for at least 3,000 yards this season, the most in a single season in NFL history.  The previous record was 19 set in 2001 and 2009.
  • For the 8th straight season an NFL Division Winner went from worst to first (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • For the 15th straight season there were 5 or more new teams in the playoffs that missed them the year before (KC, SEA, CHI, PIT, ATL)

2011 NFL Draft Selection Order  (aka The Andrew Luck Sweepstakes) as of the end of regular season

1. Carolina Panthers (2-14)
2. Denver Broncos (4-12)
3. Buffalo Bills (4-12)
4. Cincinnati Bengals (4-12)
5. Arizona Cardinals (5-11)
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11)
7. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
8. Tennessee Titans (6-10)
9. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
10. Washington Redskins (6-10)
11. Houston Texans (6-10)
12. Minnesota Vikings (6-10)
13. Detroit Lions (6-10)
14. St. Louis Rams (7-9)
15. Miami Dolphins (7-9)
16. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8)
17. Oakland Raiders (8-8)
18. San Diego Chargers (9-7)
19. New York Giants (10-6)
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6)
21. Seattle Seahawks ((7-9)*
22. Indianapolis Colts (10-6)*
23. Green Bay Packers (10-6)*
24. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)*
25. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)*
26. New York Jets (11-5)*
27. New Orleans Saints (11-5)*
28. Chicago Bears (11-5)*
29. Baltimore Ravens (12-4)*
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)*
31. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)*
32. New England Patriots (14-2)*

  • January 15th deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft
  • Even if there is an NFL lockout, the 2011 NFL Draft will be held from April 28-30 in New York City

Wildcard Round Playoff Schedule

Saturday, Jan. 8
4:30 p.m. ET — New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (NBC – Mayock/Hammond)
8:20 p.m. ET — New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (NBC – Michaels/Collinsworth)

Sunday, Jan. 9
1 p.m. ET — Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs  (CBS – Nance/Simms)
4:30 p.m. ET — Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles (FOX – Buck/Aikman/Oliver)

Saturday, Jan. 15
4:30 p.m. ET — Colts/Chiefs/Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
8 p.m. ET — Seahawks/Saints/Packers at Atlanta Falcons

Sunday, Jan. 16
1 p.m. ET– Seahawks/Eagles/Saints at Chicago Bears
4:30 p.m. ET — Chiefs/Ravens/Jets at New England Patriots

Sunday, Jan. 23
3:00 p.m. ET — NFC championship
6:30 p.m. ET — AFC championship

Sunday, Feb. 6
6:30 p.m. ET — Super Bowl XLV
 
Upcoming Key Dates
• January 8-9 — Wild Card Weekend (NBC, CBS, and FOX)
• January 15 — Deadline for Underclassen to Declare for 2011 NFL Draft
• January 15 -16 — Divisional Playoffs (CBS and FOX)
• January 23 — AFC and NFC Championship Games (CBS and FOX)
• January 29 – College Football’s Top Senior football players culminate a week of training by playing in the 2011 Senior Bowl at 3PM on NFL Network (Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL)
• January 30  — NFL Pro Bowl with AFC All-Stars vs. NFC All-Stars in Honolulu, Hawaii (FOX)
• February 6  — Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas (FOX)

Lloyd Vance is an NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) 

Eagles Sleepwalk their way to a bad 24-14 loss against Vikings

Vikings CB Anotine Winfield sacks Eagles QB Michael Vick for one of his two sacks in Minnesota’s upset 24-14 win over Philadelphia in the NFL’s first Tuesday game since 1946

In a must-win situation, the Philadelphia Eagles lethargically walked through a game that was more awkward than saying, “Tuesday Night Football”.  After waiting through a somewhat lengthy 2-day postponement, due to a snowstorm that seemed worse to the NFL than others – more on this later – the Eagles were outplayed in a 24-14 home loss to a Favre-less Vikings squad that had a record of 5-9 entering the game. 

Eagles head coach Andy Reid said of his team’s poor performance and losing potential playoff rest, “We don’t deserve it after that performance. Every phase was terrible. We didn’t coach well enough. We didn’t play well enough. I’m disappointed in myself. It’s embarrassing.”

After a 2-day league mandated postponement for a snow blizzard and public safety issues that were much debated – Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell got the ire-up of the Eagles by calling the postponers “Wussies” for not playing the game in Sunday Night’s snow storm and Sportscenter led with on Sunday: “Green Bay Girl Scouts would have been selling cookies in Philly Sunday” — the 2010 NFC East Champion Eagles were flat-out “Flat”. 

The Eagles lost their opportunity to have a bye in the 2010 NFL Playoffs, they had a myriad of things go against them, many of which were their own undoing.  The Birds had too many penalties (12), forgot to run the ball (55 called passes to 16 runs), could not protect their quarterback (sacked 6 times and hit numerous other times), protected the ball poorly (3 turnovers including a fumble recovery touchdown to 1 for Minnesota) and most of all just plain “sloppy” — poor on 3rd down conversions offensively (36%) and defensively (46%).

Much to the Eagles’ chagrin, Minnesota led by former college dual threat quarterback turned part time NFL receiver and first time league starter, Joe Webb (rookie 6th Rd from UAB), brought their “A” game on a night where they were 14 ½ point underdogs.  The Vikings must have not liked staying four nights in the “bunker” like conditions of the Four Seasons Hotel as they were hungry for a win on their 2010 last appearance on the national stage (NBC “Sunday Night Football” turned to Tuesday Night). 

In a season that started out with very high expectations – missed Super Bowl by a 3-point loss in 2009 season – only to go awry – Favre Sexting allegations, roof collapsing at Metrodome, Randy Moss Trade/Waive, head coach Brad Childress firing….I can go on and on.  The Vikings decided that the NFL’s first Tuesday Night game since 1946 (New York Giants at the Boston Yanks) would serve as their Super Bowl.  Vikings DE Jared Allen said after his team’s big win, “I think this was a big win because it was a national game. We wanted to let people know that we are still here to play even though we went through a rough patch. It has been a crazy season and after the last two days and all we went through, this was a nice win.”

Interim head coach Leslie Frazier and his team must have used their time wisely at the palatial hotel by dissecting the Eagles as their game plan was spot-on.  Nine days after the Eagle’s second Miracle at the Meadowlands, there would be no magical Philly comeback this time.  Webb was able to dance around the pocket and make plays on 3rd downs like a young Randall Cunningham, All-World RB Adrian Peterson (22 rushes for 118 yards and 1 TD) was running downhill, and the Vikings beleaguered defense – have allowed 328 points in 2011 – held Philly to 14 points, while bottling-up and beating-down Eagles Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick.

Webb, making his first career start instead of Favre (concussion) looked like the veteran quarterback in the game. Peterson said of his young quarterback, “He came out and did his job and did it well”.  The youngster from UAB threw for numbers 17-26 for 195 yards and also added a rushing touchdown. But most importantly, he did not turn over the football against an Eagles defense that tried to rough him up early. 

Conversely Vick (25 of 43 (career-high for attempts), 263 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT with 63 rushing yards and 1 TD), who was named the NFC’s starting quarterback in the Pro Bowl earlier Tuesday, had to fight through a first quarter quad contusion while playing behind a porous Eagles offensive line.  MV7 basically handed the NFL’s 2010 Most Valuable Player Award to Patriots QB Tom Brady as he probably had his worst performance of the 2010 season.  Vick, on a night where no one cared that he threw for over 3,000 yards in a season for the first time in his career, was harassed into an interception and two fumbles. 

Frazier said of the challenge of playing Vick, “The more we watched tape on Michael Vick, the more he made you kind of shake in your boots a little bit because he’s making so many plays on so many people.  And we just felt like we needed to attack him and not let him attack us as much as we saw him attack other people. Our guys did a great job of executing all the things we had talked about in practice.”

The turning point of the whole game was Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield (2 sacks in the game) performing a “quadruple” with the score tied at 7-7 in the final minute of the first half.  Winfield, who looked like he was in the Birds’ backfield all night, sacked Vick, stripped the ball, recovered it on the run and sprinted untouched for 45-yard a score that left Philadelphia faithful stunned.

Frazier, who is coaching his way into losing his “interim” label, said after his team’s gratifying win, “It was a great effort by our players to battle the way that they had to all week and they showed perseverance that has become the hallmark of our team over the last few weeks. I can’t say enough about our players and the attitude they showed this week and I’m glad they were rewarded for it.”  However in the other lockerroom at the Linc there was whole different feeling in the air – remember when your high school coach would bark after a loss, “I don’t want to hear one word on the bus going home” – as Reid was disgusted.   The 12-year head coach obviously was upset by a poor effort, but he looked like a man that was going to angrily pick-up the pieces while kicking giving his team a good kick in the butt.

Because Reid – still 37-17 in the month of December for his career – knows that his Birds cannot lament over their “Terrible Tuesday” loss for too long as they have too much coming too quickly.  This young beat-up squad, who are now firmly the No. 3 seed in the NFC, must play the second leg of a 3-game stretch in a 12 or 13-day span with the Dallas Cowboys (5-10) coming in on Sunday.  Though the Cowboys’ game is basically meaningless, the Eagles (10-5) definitely should use the game to work out the kinks.  The 2010 Playoffs will be starting soon enough and more than likely the 2009 Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints (11-4) or the Green Bay Packers (9-6) will be waiting on Wildcard Weekend as the conference’s sixth seed with their superstar quarterback ready to make Webb’s performance look paltry.

The Birds will now have to win three playoff games to reach the Super Bowl with more than likely 2 road games, so they have work to do. However some hope is that former SB Champs, the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers and 2007 New Giants both had to fight through the Wildcard Round before winning it all, but the Eagles are a long way from talking about Dallas and Super Bowl XLV.

My advice for the Eagles is to use this loss as motivation and then get some much-needed rest against the Cowboys before the playoffs.  But I think a disgruntled Reid has other plans for his young team. 

 Reid closed his news conference by sternly talking of resting his team for the playoffs, “We’re not good enough to do that.”

 

Lloyd Vance is an NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

Taking It to the House NFL Podcast – WCHE Interview 122810

NFL Insider Lloyd Vance breaks-down Week 16 of the National Football League, including the New Orleans Saints defeating the NFC South leading Atlanta Falcons on MNF,  in his weekly interview on the “Matt Lombardo Show” (1520 WCHE – West Chester, PA)

After a enthralling 2010 NFL Week 16 in the National Football League, including the New Orleans Saints defeating the NFC South leading Atlanta Falcons on MNF, NFL Insider Lloyd Vance makes his weekly appearance on the “Matt Lombardo Show” on 1520 WCHE – West Chester, PA