Originally Posted by Daravenator
First off, I hope you are all enjoying your first-ever week of the post-season.
I think the Texans-Bengals game is going to be very close and could go either way. I give Cincy a slight edge as Dalton has played all year, vs. Yates (or Delhomme) taking over from Schaub. But that may not matter all that much.
Regardless (and maybe this is a little bit of the homer in me surfacing), I do not see Houston, Denver or Pittsburgh beating the Ravens at M&T Bank next week. Baltimore is 6-0 against teams in the playoffs this year and 8-0 at home.
Anyway, good luck and enjoy it! You've patiently waited for this...so savor it!
That just means y'all are due for a loss buddy! lol. And just for some insight as far as this Dalton v TJ thing. TJ already beat the Bungles once in just his second start. We didn't have AJ in that game.
During the 3 game "skid", Our O-line was without Mike Brisiel, and it showed! Also, AJ out, no Wade Phillips against Colts and Panthers and are we really counting the efforts put forth by a team desperate to make the playoffs against our 2nd teamers and below? A game they only won by one point. Anyway, James Casey is back too! That's huge, you may not see that coming, but I wouldn't expect a fan of another team to know all those details.
Ok, on to this weeks match up. We are in our house this time. AJ will be here, TJ has a few games under his belt. Our house will be ROCKIN! Wade Phillips will be back in the groove. All we are missing this game is Mario Williams, which to be honest, hasn't really effected us all season I don't think. We are, of course, missing Shaub, but I think what Shaub brings in experience in the offense, Yates makes up for with quick feet and a good arm/accuracy.
Look for the Bengals to get beat, I personally don't even think it will be that close. I do think once we get a comfortable lead though, which to Kubiak seems to be 10 points, we will shut down the plays to not give the Ravens much to look at. I am guessing there are quite a few plays both Kubiak and Phillips have not gave any teams a chance to look at this year, and I guarantee you they are going to keep that ace up their respective sleeves until absolutely necessary. None the less, see you next weekend!