This the game NFL fans have been waiting for.
When the offseason rolled around, there was a major anticipation for the 49ers and Seahawks to meet again. Their first of two meetings (and possibly three) is tonight in Seattle on prime time.
The rivalry has grabbed the attention of everyone in the NFL world. It has become the premiere rivalry. No longer is the hard-nosed defensive battle between the Ravens and Steelers the talk of football. We have the showdown out West that’s worth our attention.
What first attracted people to this rivalry was that these two teams now are considered to be in the elite of the NFL, both having made the playoffs last season. Adding to the fact that both of these teams are division rivals, it just adds more to every matchup these two encounter.
Donte Whitner wished Percy Harvin a speedy recovery on Twitter. Fans didn’t like it.
After the hilarious Twitter fiasco when Brian Wilson was supposedly a #trader for joining the Dodgers, Twitter gave us another gem.
This time it wasn’t hilarious, rather it’s a continual disturbing trend where fans don’t realize that players don’t think like them. Following news of Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin’s impending hip surgery, 49ers safety Donte Whitner offered words of encouragement on Twitter.
However, the reaction to it by some 49ers fans wasn’t pretty.
Why was Twitter created? For exchange of information of course.
Or as Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis showed us Wednesday afternoon, it’s also their outlet to one up each other on who’s a better shutdown corner.
Round 2 of the playoffs are here! With that said, here are my quick predictions on today’s games.
Beast Mode will destroy the Falcons.
SEATTLE (5) VS ATLANTA (1)
The Falcons have all the pressure in the playoffs to get that albatross off their back. Their past playoff failures will be magnified with a microscope as they are the #1 seed. Can their passing attack beat the Seahawks? Matt Ryan has all the tools to have a fantastic day but the running game is the concern. Michael Turner has not been used as much and this time with Jacquizz Rogers is looking more split.
But the Falcons have a fantastic defense themselves and that will be a challenge to stop a very dangerous Marshawn Lynch. But I won’t forget that rookie Russell Wilson has played great ball this year and has developed this passing attack very well. Sidney Rice could be a big factor in this game.
However, I will take the popular pick in Seattle because they are playing the best football in my opinion right now and I just don’t think Atlanta has shown enough to prove that their past failures are behind them.
It’s time for the playoffs! With that said, here are my quick predictions on today’s games.
Is this Ray Lewis’ last game?
INDIANAPOLIS (5) VS BALTIMORE (4)
The storylines are limitless here. Is this Ray Lewis’ final game in the NFL? What about the great comeback by Chuck Pagano as he returns to Baltimore? Is Joe Flacco elite? Is Andrew Luck the real deal?
I would like to think that the Lewis storyline would inspire the Ravens. After all, their emotional leader is back and that might be a huge difference. But I am not sure how effective he would be. The bigger concern for me is the offensive side of the ball.
Can Flacco lead this team to the Super Bowl? He was close last year and this year’s squad has shown signs of being good enough to make it happen again. But I am not sure if the offense can out-duel Luck’s run of success. What the Colts offense has done this year has provided a solid balance of timely running and passing plays. This team is playing at a level that I think can turn some heads in the playoffs.
The much talked about (at least in the uniform community) uniform set in the NFL this season is making its debut this weekend. The “Wolf Grey” set will be worn by the Seahawks as they visit the Buffalo Bills.
The all grey set is actually a common thing that Nike has done with college teams (W. Virginia, Washington State) and when the Seahawks and Nike got together to put this into their uniform guide, I wondered how they would categorize the set.
Was it a home or a road set? The Seahawks say that this all grey set can be worn as either.
On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers will host the New York Giants in a rematch of last season’s NFC title game. This is a great test for the 49ers as they are once again facing the Giants (third time in two seasons) and this will be a good measuring point to see how good this team really is.
There’ s been a lot banter going back and forth this week and for the 49ers, this could be viewed as an opportunity to get payback. Or the 49ers can ignore that approach and just go out and perform well.
But aside from this tough rematch, the 49ers will face rival Seattle the following Thursday. That’s two games in five days. This isn’t something new as the 49ers were involved in a Thursday game last year. But this time, the 49ers stay at home.
Watch out before T.O. says something dumb again.
If you haven’t heard the news, Terrell Owens is joining the Seattle Seahawks on a one-year deal. This comes to me as a surprise as I thought his NFL days were over. He hasn’t played since 2010 and was coming off knee surgery.
But Pete Carroll apparently likes trouble making wide receivers. They have Braylon Edwards, had Antonio Bryant, and now T.O. joins the mix.
This is an odd time for Owens because instead of celebrating from the public, most are now laughing and wondering when he’s going to screw up. With his history of selfishness, locker room troubles, off-field issues with child support, and everything else, nobody seems to believe that he is worth the trouble.