New York Jets holding back from trash talking this week

Last week the New York Jets were a team that dominated the sports headlines around the country as they weren’t short on words about their arch rivals in the New England Patriots. With an obvious bitterness towards their division rivals, the Jets had no mercy when talking about the Patriots as it was clear there was no respect between these two teams from the AFC East division.

Head coach Rex Ryan may have been the one person to stand out in all of last week as he basically said this playoff game between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots was a battle between him and Bill Belichick. As usual, Belicheck said that wasn’t the case as neither one of them would be suiting up and playing on the field at Gillette Stadium, but Ryan persisted with his talk about the three-time Super Bowl champion head coach.

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Ultimately, it was the players that led the New York Jets to their second straight AFC Championship game, but it has become obvious that the trash talking between the two teams really motivated this New York squad as they came into the divisional round against New England with a never say die attitude that led them to victory.

Now the New York Jets and finally quieted their critics by getting the best of the New England Patriots and advancing back to the AFC Championship game, they may have an even tougher challenge ahead of them as they will go head-to-head against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Even though the Jets are usually the team that makes more noise than any other during these playoffs, Rex Ryan and company have been really quiet this week heading into their showdown with the Steelers and have shown nothing but respect for this storied Pittsburgh franchise.

The New England Patriots may have been arguably the best team in the NFL heading into last weekend’s playoff game against the New York Jets, but the lockdown defense of the Jets finally showed up and proved that they can stop basically any offense in the league with two consecutive victories over to the best quarterbacks in NFL history in Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

In the AFC Championship game, the New York Jets will be facing a different kind of quarterback as Big Ben is a player that is not known for his dominance in the passing game, but more for making the right play at the right time and been extremely tough to stop.

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With two Super Bowl titles and the distinction is one of the best quarterbacks in the league today, Big Ben is about as good as it gets at the quarterback position, but like I said before is not known to put up big numbers that can intimidate defense, but the Jets have given this quarterback a lot of respect as they say he is as tough to stop as any QB in the league.

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So ironically enough, the Pittsburgh Steelers in the New York Jets will come into this game with little controversy and no trash talk as these two teams seem to be taking this game in a professional manner with no hard feelings or animosity towards each other.

In my opinion, this should be a good football game against two extremely good defenses, but in the end I believe the Pittsburgh Steelers are just a better and more experienced team and should head to the Super Bowl once again.

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Quarterback Rankings: Divisional Edition

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: The playoffs have been turned into Rogers’ personal coming out party. His numbers are astronomical; 136.8 QB rating, seven total touchdowns, 546 passing yards and no interceptions. The guy looked like a hybrid of Randal Cunningham, John Elway, Steve Young and Dan Marino against the Falcons. The Bears better hit Rodgers with baseball bats come Sunday or he’s gonna set Soldier Field ablaze.

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2. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: When the Steelers needed to re-group and make some plays in the second half against the Ravens, Roethlisberger was there to lead. His numbers won’t blow you out of the water. He isn’t a celebrity like Tom Brady or a marketable athlete like Peyton Manning. He’s just a regular guy with the same legal problems everyone goes through. In his case though, the women are obviously after his money. In our case, we just want to grab ass.

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Big Ben is a proven winner. He makes the most (or least) out of his offensive line. No one survives an oncoming rush like Roethlisberger. He manages to find the right guy on a broken play. He’s like an eye of a storm — always at the center of chaos but still in control.

3. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears: Cutler owes us an explanation for suddenly having the right mind to throw passes that make sense. No denying he has a rocket launcher arm. But to operate a weapon like that there needs to be a bright mind behind it. North Korea has nuclear missiles, but can we ever trust them with Kim Jong Il behind the operation? Hell no. Well, overnight Cutler went from Kim Jong Il to Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — still dangerous but somehow subdued and occasionally rational.

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4. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets: I see a hailstorm headed toward my direction. So, why all the hatorade against Sanchez and the Jets? We have to accept that Cutler has played better overall in one game than Sanchez played in two games. The Jets can survive a terrible game from Sanchez and win. Just look at his

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189-yard, one interception and no touchdown performance against the Colts. The defense won that game for the Jets by forcing Peyton Manning off the field and allowing only a field goal in Indianapolis’ final possession.

“Wait, what about his performance against the Patriots?” No denying that Sanchez outdueled Tom-Terrible with a three touchdown, no interception performance. It’s just that Cutler one-upped him with a nontraditional Cutler four touchdown performance. He channeled his inner Cam Newton and rushed for 43 yards and two touchdowns. Cutler rushed for two touchdowns! Cutler actually risked getting hit instead of throwing into heavy coverage! It’s gonna take me another week until I fully comprehend the two previous statements.

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Green Bay Packers contain Michael Vick to advance to Divisional Round

The Green Bay Packers have had a rough season to say the least as they came into this NFL regular-season as a legitimate Super Bowl title contender and immediately had to deal with some serious injury problems on the offensive side of the football

With two of the Packers best offensive players put on the IR early in the season (Ryan Grant and Jermichael Finley), perennial Pro bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers had to figure out how to get this offense back on track and firing on all cylinders once again.

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This was a difficult task to say the least as the Green Bay Packers now officially had virtually no running game with their best running back out for the season. With no running attack out of the backfield, Green Bay became a predictable offense with Aaron Rodgers having to do literally everything to lead his team to victory.

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Fortunately, even though they look like they would miss the playoffs entirely, the Green Bay Packers were able to get back on track and into the playoffs with some impressive wins to finish the regular season. Despite been able to get into the playoffs, their first opponent was arguably one of the best teams in the league and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Not only did the Eagles have a rejuvenated NFL MVP candidate Michael Vick under center, but they also had one of the best offenses in the NFL with weapons like wide receiver DeSean Jackson and running back LeSean McCoy at Michael Vick’s disposal.

So the stage was set for a first-round thriller as it would be Michael Vick against Aaron Rodgers in what should have been again filled with offense from start to finish. Not only did these two teams have potent offenses, but they were also pretty good on the defensive side of the football.

With that being said, this was a game destined to come down to the wire and that it did as neither team was backing down.

In the first half of this first-round matchup, the Green Bay Packers were basically dominating the Philadelphia Eagles as they were able to contain Michael Vick and put 14 points on the board to just 3 points from the Eagles.

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With the impressive performance by the Green Bay Packers in the first half and Michael Vick seemingly a nonfactor, the Philadelphia Eagles seemed to have little hope in the second half, but after an early touchdown grab from wide receiver Jason Avant from Michael Vick, there seemed to be light at the end of the tunnel.

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Unfortunately, despite a late surge by the Eagles in the second half, the Packers ultimately came away with the win as running back Brandon Jackson basically sealed the deal with a 16 yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers 21-16.

Michael Vick did end up rushing for touchdown with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but the two-point conversation failed and as a result ended the Philadelphia Eagles season.

Now the Green Bay Packers will hope to keep their Super Bowl hopes alive as they head to Atlanta to take on the NFC South division champion Falcons on their home field at the Georgia Dome.

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Baltimore Ravens dominate the Chiefs to set up a showdown with the Steelers

Before this NFL regular season even began, the Baltimore Ravens looked like a vastly improved football team as they have improved on the offense the side of the football every single season and were able to add a major piece of the puzzle in Pro Bowl wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

With quarterback Joe Flacco coming into his own and a Pro Bowl caliber wideout at his disposal along with one of the best running backs in the league in Ray Rice coming out of the backfield, the sky was the limit for this Ravens football team as defensive veterans and perennial Pro Bowlers Ray Lewis and Ed Reed were back for one more season.

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So heading into Week 1 the consensus around the league was that the Baltimore Ravens would be one of the best teams in the NFL this season, but they first have to contend with another team that went through some drastic changes for the better in the New York Jets.

Even though the revamped offense of the Baltimore Ravens wasn’t exactly on display in the first week of the season as they only managed to score 10 points against the New York Jets defense, they still came out with the win and looked as good as ever with Super Bowl aspirations from there on out.

Fortunately, the Ravens really keep up their winning ways as they only ended up losing four games on your long during the NFL regular season. Despite losing just four games, Baltimore was unable to win the AFC North division title which ultimately went to the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a result, the Ravens would have to travel to Kansas City for the first round of the playoffs to take on the AFC West division champion Chiefs.

Even though the Baltimore Ravens for -3 point favorites coming into this football game, the Kansas City Chiefs had proven throughout the season that they were a force to be reckoned with in the AFC Conference and would give the Baltimore Ravens a run for their money.

Unfortunately for Matt Cassel and company, that turned out not to be the case as the Baltimore Ravens dominated the Kansas City Chiefs from start to finish. Not only did the Ravens offense score 30 points against the Chiefs, but they were able to contain a potent running game of Kansas City and hold them to just seven points.

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This one of its use was impressive to say the least as it continues to prove that the Baltimore Ravens are legitimate Super Bowl title contender.

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Ironically enough, in the divisional round of the playoffs the Baltimore Ravens will be on the road once again as they travel to Heinz Field to take on the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

There is no question that this game will be much more difficult for the Baltimore Ravens as the Pittsburgh Steelers have arguably one of the best defenses in the NFL this season, especially against the run. Despite being a dominant football team, I believe the Baltimore Ravens will get the best of their division rivals this weekend as their dynamic offense might be too much for the Pittsburgh Steelers defense.

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NFC Wild Card – The Road to the Superbowl

New Orleans at Seattle

Good: Seattle’s a tough team at home especially if the Saints find themselves on third and long. Seattle’s fans can be very loud on third downs.

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The Seahawks are a respectable 5-3 at home, which is probably the only statistic that gives them a glimmer of hope against the defending Super Bowl champs. On the other hand, the Saints are a great road team with a record of 6-2. Their road record is actually better than their record at the Louisiana Superdome.

Bad: No one is giving the Seahawks a chance in hell to beat the Saints, but if the Saints play like they did against Tampa Bay, who are we to doubt Seattle. Brees is throwing interceptions as if they were post-Christmas gifts. For the past eleven games he has thrown at least one interception. Reggie Bush played well against the Buccaneers and finished with 70 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving, but the numbers lie. His hands had holes in ’em because he dropped at least two passes.

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Ugly: Where has the New Orleans passing game gone? It has loss its trademark explosiveness. They rely heavily on short passes to their running backs and screen passes to their receivers. Their passing game has become a move-the-chains offense rather than deep ball threat.

The Saints face third down more often this season, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because they have Drew Brees at QB. It becomes a bad thing when they have to face third down on the road.

Key for the Saints: New Orleans’ running game needs to get going early. Their running backs are too talented and Seattle’s run defense allows 119 yards per game.

Key for the Seahawks: Shut down the running game. They did it against Steven Jackson. If they do that they can focus on Brees and force an interception or two.

Who wins: Brees played without Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas and Jeremy Shockey in the season meeting with the Seahawks and still shredded them for four touchdowns.

This game will be closer than most people think. The Saints’ experience will be enough to overcome the ruckus crowd in Seattle.

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NY Jets at Indianapolis

Good: Indianapolis’ front four of Robert Mathis, Daniel Muir, Fili Moala and Dwight Freeney can give Sanchez problems. The Colts have an underrated pass defense that allows their linebackers to roam around waiting for a pass or hold ground anticipating the run.

Bad: Peyton Manning will miss Austin Collie in this game. He’ll try his best to distribute the football, but the absence of a running game will be too much for even him to overcome.

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Expect Manning to attack Darrelle Revis early just to keep the Jets secondary guessing.

Meanwhile, the Jets have a more dynamic offense. They should get Mark Sanchez’s confidence up by throwing short and safe screen passes to set-up the run. If the Jets establish a solid running game in the second and third quarter, Sanchez can find his targets late in the game.

Ugly: It’s always fun to hear Rex Ryan run his mouth during press conferences. His personality is made for Broadway. In his recent presscon he boldly declared that it was a personal battle between him and Peyton Manning and he was determined to win it. We love how Rex is with his declarations, but don’t you think he’s putting a little too much pressure on his players to perform? He has become this spotlight hog that can be a distraction. Then again, the Jets play in New York so distractions are merited. It is a different matter though when your coach and not your players are the focal point of distractions.

Keys for the Colts: Contain Sanchez and limit his effectiveness. His impact on the game will determine the Jets running game. If Sanchez attempts more than 30 passes, the Colts will win.

Keys for the Jets: Run the football to keep Manning’s field time limited.

Who wins: New York hasn’t dominated anyone offensively this season. It won’t happen this week. All the Jets’ offense has to do is dictate the pace of the game and it’ll be an early exit for Manning and the Colts.

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AFC Wild Card – The Road to the Superbowl

Baltimore at Kansas City

Good: This is a fun match-up because you have Jamaal Charles, who averaged 6.38 yards per carry this season and the Ravens’ physical defense. It’ll be a battle at the line of scrimmage with both teams eager to impose their will.

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Back to Charles and the significance of his 6.38 average. He was just 0.02 yards off of Jim Brown’s record of 6.40. What makes this an even more impressive feat is that Charles rarely broke out for long highlight reel runs. Majority of his yards came from just taking the hand-off and just battling for those 6.38 yards. Charles earned those yards efficiently. He was handed the ball only 230 times. Compare that to Arian Foster, who was handed the football 327 times and averaged a solid 4.9 yards per carry.

This will be a physical game because of the Chiefs offensive line and the Ravens linebackers. This will be old fashioned grind it out football.

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Bad: The Chiefs passing game can be the factor in this game. If Matt Cassel gets into rhythm early, it’ll open up the lane for Charles and the Ravens could be in big trouble. Kansas City is a balanced team that can give a lot of team’s problems in the playoffs.

Ugly: Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome went out and brought T. J. Houshmandzadeh, Donte’ Stallworth and Anquan Boldin to Baltimore. It has done little though to upgrade their passing game. All that blame should be placed on QB Joe Flacco. The Ravens receivers have expressed displeasure, at times, with the lack of passes thrown their way.

Key for the Chiefs: Their offensive attack needs to be balanced. Get Matt Cassel going early.

Key for the Ravens: Take advantage of Kansas City’s run defense. The Raiders busted them open for 209 rush yards. The Ravens are more than capable of doing the same.

Who wins: The Ravens because of Ray Rice. The Chiefs aren’t great against the run, allowing 110 rush yards a game.

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Green Bay at Philadelphia

Good: The Packers defense is athletic and can keep Michael Vick in the pocket. They are great at rushing the passer. Opposing quarterbacks have not done well against the Packers’ D. Green Bay is among the league leaders in sacks. Vick will be chased around the field, but with the Packers’ athletic front, he’ll not get very far.

DeSean Jackson forms an explosive tandem with Vick, especially with yards after catch. Jackson can get out and just plain run. Green Bay will have trouble handling him in the open field.

Bad: Michael Vick should have the Packers to thank for his reinstatement to football’s elite. Green Bay knocked out then starter Kevin Kolb in week 1 of their match-up. Vick couldn’t lead the Eagles to the victory against the Packers in week 1, but he was his usual dynamic self.

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Philadelphia’s chances of beating the Packers rely on their young roster just as much as on Vick.

Ugly: The Eagles have trouble against the pass and are just an average defensive team overall. They’re allowing close to 24 points and 217 pass yards a game.

Aaron Rodgers put up very solid numbers against a tenacious Bears defense. Against Philadelphia’s D? He could throw for 300 yards.

Key for the Packers: Limit the Eagles yards after catch. And of course Mike Vick’s impact on the game.

Key for the Eagles: Andy Reid better whip his defense into playoff shape because if the game against the Vikings was any indication of things to come this week then Philadelphia can say good-bye to their Super Bowl hopes.

Who wins: The Packers. Not even a superhuman performance from Vick can make up for the Eagles’ defense.

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Final NFL Power Rankings

#1 New England Patriots (14-2)

No matter how many people doubt this team year in and year out about their ability to stay amongst the elite in the NFL, head coach Bill Belichick and his golden boy quarterback Tom Brady continue to prove that they have no intention of laying down for anyone in the AFC Conference.

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Coming into this NFL regular season, the New England Patriots had a lot of doubts about how well their young defense would hold up against some of the most potent offenses in the league, but even though it was rough in the first couple weeks of the season, the Patriots secondary were able to hold their own.

Not only has the defense been able to hold their own, but Tom Brady is having another MVP caliber season with big numbers that could ultimately lead this team to another appearance in the Super Bowl.

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#2 Atlanta Falcons (13-3)

All season long it has seemed like people have waited for the Atlanta Falcons to show signs of weakness or flaws in their game, but it just hasn’t happen as Matt Ryan, Michael Turner and Roddy White have quickly become amongst the league’s elite at their positions.

Along with the offense being near unstoppable throughout this NFL regular season, the defense has been able to hold opponents and help this team maintain leads every single week.

Whether or not this team can keep playing at this level in the playoffs remains to be seen, but with a first-round bye they are sitting pretty right now with a good chance of going the distance.

#3 Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been able to redeem themselves from their extremely disappointing title defense last season, but this is still a team that depends on their defense to run the show and when faced against an equally good defense (Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets) they might really struggle in the playoffs.

No matter what their fate in the postseason, the Steelers have played much better than anticipated after everything that happen off the field before the season began.

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#4 Baltimore Ravens (12-4)

Much like the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Baltimore Ravens have depended on their defense over the years to lead them into the playoffs, but this season has been different as the offense has started to step up and give this team a new dynamic.

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The only thing that stopped the Ravens from getting a first-round bye in the playoffs was the Steelers wrapping up the AFC North division, but I believe they can hang with any team in the AFC right now and could make it interesting down the stretch.

#5 New Orleans Saints (11-5)

The defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints struggled out of the gate in their title defense this season, but have really started to come into their as of late and started playing like the team that dominated the league last season.

The Saints will almost certainly have their hands full against teams like the Falcons, Bears, Eagles and Packers in order to get back to the Super Bowl, but they are more than capable of pulling off the repeat.

#6-10 Chicago Bears (11-5), Philadelphia Eagles (10-6), New York Jets (11-5), Green Bay Packers (10-6) and Indianapolis Colts (10-6)

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A look at the NFL Playoffs.

1. New England Patriots

Peaking at the right time? Check. No Randy Moss-like distractions? Check. Tom Brady’s brown locks looking good? Check. New England is the heavy favorite to win it this year and with good reason. They can pick apart any team on this list.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers have Troy Polamalu back and that’s enough reason for them to be confident heading into the Playoffs. This has been a different team since Ben Roethlisberger made his way back from suspension.

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3. Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan is ice-cold in the clutch but can he replicate that success in the playoffs? With all the hoopla Mike Vick and Roethlisberger’s engagement have received the Falcons are underappreciated. They are 2nd in the NFC in points scored and 3rd in points allowed.

4. Baltimore Ravens

Their defense is still as physical as it was ten years ago. But it’s the Ravens passing game that will determine how deep they go in the playoffs.

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5. New Orleans Saints

Many are writing off the defending champs this early in the postseason. They aren’t as explosive on offense as last year, but Sean Payton’s play calling is genius. Also, Reggie Bush looked fresh in the Saints season finale against Tampa Bay, which means that they have a solid running game they can rely on.

6. Chicago Bears

Issues like pass protection and Jay Cutler’s penchant for interceptions remain unresolved. They’re the most vulnerable bye team in the playoffs.

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7. New York Jets

Broadway Rex is back to his old talking ways. They have to get by the Colts first before he can start yapping his mouth again.

8. Green Bay Packers

Favorites before the season opened, the Packers are dark horses coming into the playoffs. Aaron Rodgers just needs to get his groove back.

9. Indianapolis Colts

Injuries have decimated the Colts. It’s a good thing they have that Peyton Manning fellow.

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10. Philadelphia Eagles

They rely too heavily on Michael Vick. Andy Reid needs to turn his focus on Philadelphia’s defense and how they’re going to stop Aaron Rodgers.

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11. Kansas City Chiefs

A well-balanced team that can give any team a headache. Not to mention the headache Charlie Weis gave the Chiefs after he accepted Florida’s offensive coordinator job before the playoffs.

12. Seattle Seahawks

They symbolize everything that’s wrong with the NFL’s current playoff system. It’s not their fault though.

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NFL Wild-card Weekend

AFC Wild-card

New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts Sat. Jan. 8th 8pm EST

The New York Jets have gone through a lot this season as they have dealt with controversy on and off the field all year long, but despite of their problems they have been able to suck it up and get back into the playoffs.

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Fortunately, not only are the New York Jets back in the playoffs, but they will have shot to take down the team that knocked them out of the postseason last year in the Indianapolis Colts.

As usual, Jets head coach Rex Ryan has been very vocal about this playoff rematch against the Colts as he claims this game is personal. Even though New York has one of the best defenses in the league this season, Indianapolis always seems to have this team’s number, but this time things might have changed as Peyton Manning and company have struggled all season long.

This should be an all-out battle from start to finish and even though the Colts are favored with a -3 point spread, I believe the Jets might finally get past the Colts.

Prediction: New York Jets advance

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Baltimore Ravens @ Kansas City Chiefs Sun. Jan. 9th 1pm EST

The Baltimore Ravens have been arguably one of the best teams in the league this season with a solid combination of a potent offense and a lockdown defense, but despite finishing with a 12-4 record, they were unable to win the AFC North division and will have to face the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

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Even though the Ravens should come out on top in this matchup as they are clearly the better all around football team, this will be an intriguing matchup due to the best running team (Chiefs) going up against one of the best run defenses (Ravens).

Ultimately, Baltimore will most likely get the win, but Kansas City might make a game of it!

Prediction: Baltimore Ravens advance

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NFC Wild-card

New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks Sat. Jan. 8th 4:30pm EST

As perhaps the least anticipated matchup of the first week of the playoffs, the defending Super Bowl champions will head to Seattle to take on the lowly Seahawks who barely made it into the postseason with a losing record of 7-9.

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NFL Week 17: Raiders @ Chiefs

The AFC West division has been without a doubt one of the worst divisions in the NFL for quite some time now. No matter what the majority of the teams within the division did during the off-season to improve their football team, they all ultimately ended up bowing down to the San Diego Chargers every single season

With an extremely talented football team on both sides of the ball, the San Diego Chargers usually just cruised to an AFC West division title every year and didn’t get much of a challenge from the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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This season on the other hand has been a change of pace for the teams in the AFC West division as the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs have seemingly turned the corner and become forces to be reckoned with. Not only are the Chiefs and the Raiders dominant defensively this season, but they are also two of the best running teams in the league with Pro Bowl caliber running backs Jamaal Charles and Darren McFadden leading the way.

These two teams still have their problems this season as the quarterbacks still need to prove themselves, but they have deftly turned into the real deal and legitimate playoff teams.

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Unfortunately for the Raiders, last week was their last shot at clinching a playoff spot as they lost to Peyton Manning and the in the Indianapolis Colts. Even though Oakland put up one hell of a fight, they still were able to get the best of the Colts and ultimately will miss the postseason despite having an impressive season.

The one thing the Oakland Raiders do have going for them coming into this AFC West showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs is that they can make history. With a win over Matt Cassel and company this weekend, the Oakland Raiders will become the first team in NFL history to go undefeated within their division and not make the playoffs.

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Obviously, this is not a distinction that you want or can brag about as you always want to make the playoffs, but everything from here on out seems to be an improvement for this struggling NFL franchise.

Going undefeated in divisional play is impressive to say the least, especially when you’re playing against teams like the San Diego Chargers and the up-and-coming Kansas City Chiefs.

Along with the motivation going undefeated in the AFC West, the Oakland Raiders will almost certainly be playing against the second stringers as the Kansas City Chiefs will probably look to rest their starters for the playoffs.

With that being said, I believe the Raiders should get an easy victory this weekend as the Chiefs probably won’t put up much of a fight.

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