Man vs. Machine 2010: NFL Wild Card Saturday

I’ve taken time off from my “Jim Mora is fired” celebratory post to make from playoff predictions. I will face the machine known as the Whatifsports.com simulator. The lineups have been set to be as accurate as possible in addition to the weather conditions (or lack thereof in some cases).

Man: Bengals 20 Jets 14. Toughest game to pick out of the four. The weather will be bad and it will favor the run game. Rex Ryan’s Jets have a superior run game and the best defense in the league. It doesn’t guarantee success every week. Cincinnati’s offense is horrible but their defense has been very good sans last week. The Bengals are at home and will revolve their gameplan around stopping the rushing attack, and forcing Mark Sanchez to throw the football. Sanchez will suck. Go Bengals. Win one for Chris Henry.

Machine: Jets 40 Bengals 10. The Bengals don’t stop the running game. They don’t get started on offense. Their only touchdown is the opening kickoff going 90 yards. Mark Sanchez has a respectable day while the defense sacks Carson Palmer millions of times.

Man: Cowboys 38 Eagles 21. I’m not impressed with the Eagles defense. I am impressed with Tony Romo and Miles Austin. Andy Reid has never lost his first playoff game while Wade Phillips has never won a playoff game. Something has to give. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Eagles won this but they have hardly performed well against remotely decent teams. Of their 5 losses, 2 have come against Dallas, 1 against the Saints with Kevin Kolb starting, against the Raiders, and against the Chargers. In 4 of those games they got completely blown out and they couldn’t even score a touchdown against the Raiders.

Machine: Cowboys 42 Eagles 31. In a dramatic 4th quarter the Dallas Cowboys scored 2 touchdowns in the final 46 seconds of regulation to win a thriller over Philly. Tony Romo threw his 4th touchdown pass of the game, this one to Felix Jones for 8 yards, to give Dallas a 35-31 lead with :46 left. Donovan McNabb had a chance to win the game late but was sacked by Igor Olshansky with :28. He was then intercepted on the next play by Anthony Spencer, who returned the ball 52 yards to the end zone to ice the game. And to think, it was 21-17 Cowboys at the end of the 3rd.

Enjoy your football!

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