Man vs. Machine: Championship Weekend

3-1 last week, 6-2 for the postseason. Machine (otherwise known as the Whatifsports simulator) has taken some days off and has not been active since the Saturday wild card games. Let’s do this!

Man: Jets 23 Colts 14. Sanchez will go 11-26 and throw a touchdown pass to Dustin Keller. Otherwise he’ll suck. The defense will pick up the slack and destroy Peyton Manning and render him useless. For the death shot, Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene break the Colts’ underrated defense and rush for 180 yards collectively and Green will score a late touchdown in the 4th quarter to seal the game. I’m rooting for the Colts.

Machine: Jets 27 Colts 24. With the Colts down 24-16, Peyton Manning leads and 11 play, 65 yard drive capped off with a touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne with 1:10 to go. Two point conversion is successful and ties the game. Jets get the ball back but go three-and-out. Colts are pinned at their own 7 and throw three incomplete passes. Indy punts with :14 left and improbably the Jets get a good punt return to the Colts 34, where Jay Feely kicked the winning FG with no time left. Amazing. Yes, Darrelle Revis got an INT.

Man: Saints 38 Vikings 34. This game is so tough to pick. Minnesota has a superior defense and a better running attack. New Orleans has a better QB (yes, I said it) and a better, more creative coach. Favre hasn’t made too many mistakes and the Saints defense lives on creating turnovers. Will Smith and Jared Allen are beastly for their respective sides. Reggie Bush is New Orleans’ exciting playmaker, while Percy Harvin is Minnesota’s. They both are solid in the return game. I’m picking the Saints to squeak one out because they are at home and I am banking on their offensive line to stop the Vikings’ violent pass rush. If that happens then Minnesota’s secondary will be exposed.

Machine: Saints 26 Vikings 24. Pretend Garrett Hartley is kicking and not John Carney. Regardless, they both aren’t very good at their job. In this game however, “Hartley” goes 4-4 on field goals and hits the winner from 27 yards with 6:19 left in the 4th to rally from a 24-20 deficit. The Vikings were down 20-10 at halftime before FAVRE tossed two touchdown passes in the 3rd quarter to give them the lead. Favre would however throw an INT to Scott Shanle, which set up the FG “Hartley” hit to go up 26-24. For New Orleans, Drew Brees was phenomenal, completing 22-28 for 277 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Please don’t have any blowouts today. I want good football.


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