Wow, while I always expect the unexpected Wild Card Weekend, I was, as noted, disappointed with the first rather dull and predictable round of the NFL Playoffs. Division Playoff Weekend was a kettle of different fish indeed.
Atlanta/Seattle: I know Pete Carroll has his detractors, but like Bill Bellichick, Coach Carroll knows how to build a team and win, and I expected that once his team--with their excellent defense and scrambling QB--hit the post-season they would be in full stride, and never look back till they met the Patriots at LI. Wrong! In a good way, in fact for Matt Ryan, as we know, is one of my favorite players. I just did not think Matty Ice could get his boys past Kam Chancellor and company. But, they did! Yay.
Green Bay/Dallas: A classic, as my mate Glenn Colton called it, and it was. The Pack and Aaron Rodgers dominating to start, and the wonderful Dak Prescott rallying his troops, almost pushing the game to OT. I confess that I am not a fan of the Cowboys, and never have been. But, I love Dak, Zeke, Cole, and Jason (as in Witten). How can you not? But, I think Green Bay and Atlanta will be a fun shootout.
New England/Houston: The one sort of yawner, none of us really thought Brock Osweiler could beat Tom Brady, did they?
Pittsburgh/Kansas City: This was the shootout I anticipated most, and it was a toughie, fought in the trenches. Again, I thought the Chiefs would do it at home, but what was really odd is the Steelers won, but without any scoring production from the best running back and wide receiver in the game. The truth is, a month ago, I did not see the Steelers going this far, but over the years, the team knows how to reach down and pull out a clutch win.
Championship Week DFS Picks
Matt Ryan ($7700): Tough to pick among four killer signal callers, but I expect this game to be a shootout. And Matty, playing at home, has a little better receiving corps in a game where theoretically pass defense doesn't exist.
Ty Montgomery ($5600): It is not like I am not a believer, but so hard to trust Montgomery and his touches, but I suspect after last week he will indeed factor in the game.
Antonio Brown ($8100): He is the best receiver on the planet and is my bellweather this week, as I suspect no matter how good the Pats defense plays, they will not be able to shut Brown down. Similarly, I think the passing game is where the team will have to go.
Patriots ($4000): The Pats might have trouble with Brown, but they will win and force the most errors in the cold.
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