Subtlety is not one of my strengths

Welcome to Small.To v2.0
Sunday, June 24 2018

NFL Predictions 2014: Super Bowl XLIX

Sport

Championship Sunday overall was successful for me. I got both the winners (8-2 playoffs, 174-91-1 overall) and before Aaron Rodgers led a quick field goal drive at the end nearly nailed the final score of the NFC affair. It was a 22-19 game and my pick was 28-22. His antics cost me the over/under, but I'm getting ahead of myself. I was 1-1 against the spread (6-4 playoffs, 137-129 overall) and wholeheartedly regret not going with my 30-20 score in the AFC. The Patriots repeated history against the Colts and that should have been easy to see coming. Anyway, I was 1-1 on the over/under (7-3 playoffs, 151-112-3 overall). No matter what happens I have had a winning season and winning playoff campaign, but for me that amps up the pressure to get this pick right. I have had two weeks to mull it over and analyze to the point of obsession. Now is the time to just make the pick already. 

New England (14-4) vs. Seattle (14-4): For me this is almost a battle of dynasty versus legacy. The Seahawks want to form a dynasty. They can take a large step here with a win. Even though quarterback Russell Wilson's new contract will make it harder for them to work quality players under the cap going forward, this team is expected to be competitive for several years to come. Still, a Super Bowl loss can derail a dynasty. On the other side, the Patriots have a serious legacy issue. If they do not capture a post-Spygate title, most will view them as having won a few Super Bowls before getting caught cheating never to win another. Oh, and when I say got caught cheating I mean multiple times. 

The so-called "Deflategate" scandal is just the latest controversy for a New England team that has been plagued by them during the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era. Taping signals? Check. Using players on injured reserve in practice? Check. Deflating balls to avoid fumbles? In all likelihood, check. This is to say nothing of their willingness to use players of questionable character, ranging in offenses from LeGarrette Blount's infamous collegiate cheap shot of a Boise State player to now former Patriot Aaron Hernandez's murder trial. These are not model citizens, but they do their job right? Most of this will not matter on Super Bowl Sunday. New England is going to show up prepared to ball out, no pun intended. This is a tight matchup and they have a chance.

On principle, I have to say the better defense and especially one that leads the NFL as Seattle does, wins the title. Cliches get started because they are based in history. Defense wins championships. I could argue just a little that New England's defense has rounded into title form I suppose. After losing to Green Bay 26-21, they held five of their next six opponents to no more than 17 points. The exception was their comeback 35-31 playoff win over Baltimore. Speaking of that win over the Ravens, I worry about a team that had to pull every trick out of their hat to beat a team that barely scraped their way into the playoff field. If 17 points is the threshold of elite defenses, the Seahawks went seven straight games holding foes at or below that number until they played the Packers in the NFC Championship Game and won 28-22 in OT. To their credit, after falling behind 16-0 they pretty much shut them down. People blame conservative play calls, but give the defense their due. 

Venue is another advantage for Seattle. They just played a game here, in primetime no less, just over a month ago. In that game they eviscerated Arizona 35-6 piling up nearly 600 yards in the process. Obviously they also play here every season. New England last played here almost exactly 7 years ago. Remember that one? It was the post-Spygate season and they entered the game 18-0 only to have the champagne wheeled out of their locker room when the Giants defeated them 17-14. Now it's "Deflategate" and another defense capable of shutting them down stands in their way. Will history repeat itself as it often does? I am starting to believe it will. 

Public perception is that New England will win this because they were more impressive on Championship Sunday. Were they really? Seattle played a way better team in Green Bay, and managed to lose the turnover battle 5-2 and still win the game. Sure, they were extremely fortunate and probably should have lost. If the Packers had finished off, let's say a 19-14 victory would they be favored in this game? Probably not, because the perception is driven by New England pounding a shaky, one-dimensional Indianapolis team thanks in part to a 4-1 turnover edge. Turnovers are going to be spotlighted even more in this Super Bowl because of the deflation issue. Do New England ball carriers really benefit from a little air coming out of the football? Over time, sure. In this game, I think turnovers come from the quarterbacks.

Russell Wilson had an awful NFC Championship Game for the most part. He delivered when it counted, but played like he was a choker prior to the end of the game. If no one had watched him in previous playoff games they would have had no idea how clutch he really is. Tom Brady's kryptonite is the pass rush. Teams that bang him around have success. The easiest way to get to him is by covering up all his receiving options. Seattle has the personnel to do that in spades. Yes, tight end Rob Gronkowski is a monster. He is a nightmare to match up with, but even if they throw him the ball every play it is not like he will pick up 200 yards and 3 touchdowns. They need to work the running game against a stifling defense and somehow stretch the field on the outside. That is the problem actually. Once the outside receivers are locked down, it becomes a smaller field to defend for Seattle. They can creep towards the line of scrimmage and crowd the areas where their only other offensive threat, slot receiver Julian Edelman, does his work. They can also provide help stopping the run and making sure what little they get running the ball stays in front of them. No big plays for New England makes life very difficult for them. 

Sometimes I play this game out in my head trying to figure out the drives and it helps me reach a logical end. In this one, the Patriots let the Seahawks get the ball first and for once it turns out to be a mistake. Seattle gets a nice drive and winds up with a field goal to start the scoring. They also chew up a good bit of the clock and get control of the momentum early on. New England does nothing to change possession on their ensuing drive before punting, and with a couple first downs suddenly Seattle is able to kick another field goal to end the first quarter ahead 6-0. It will feel as though the first quarter passed in a blink.

The Patriots will have some success on their second possession because Gronkowski is going to make some plays. He gets one good chunk of yardage, and they scrape their way down the field to the red zone. I actually see one of the role players scoring the touchdown. A swing pass to Shane Vereen gives them a 7-6 lead about five minutes into the second quarter. It is well known that Bill Belichick wants to take away the opposing team's best player, but with Marshawn Lynch that is easier said than done. He is going to keep coming after them. His best trait is not getting tackled and somehow mustering an extra yard or two. These yards keep the offense in manageable down and distance situations. Their offense is weakened by the loss of Percy Harvin and Golden Tate compared to last year's Super Bowl roster, but the players who remain have managed to carry the load just fine. In this spot, however, they fail and put New England in a position to build a halftime lead. The Patriots manage another field goal and enter the locker room up 10-6 by not leaving the Seahawks time to answer.

Getting the second half kickoff, New England will have a chance to really put the hammer down. Instead, their offense will start to lose steam. Seattle's halftime adjustments are going to put the opposing offense in punt mode. Meanwhile, the Seahawks will continue to stay the course and just wait for their chances to score. It will not bother them to keep working the field position and keeping it close. After three straight punts to begin the half, Seattle gets down the field for a touchdown on a scramble by Russell Wilson whose legs will serve him well in this game. Another short field following a punt puts them in position to kick another field goal and lead 16-10 entering the fourth quarter. 

In the final frame, with the pressure mounting on Tom Brady, there is a big play. He is knocked to the turf fumbling the ball inside his own territory. The tuck rule does not save him this time, and Seattle quickly strikes for another touchdown on a run by Marshawn Lynch. They decide to go for two and fail, leaving their lead at 22-10 with about 10 minutes to play. Brady fires up his offense and gets them down the field quickly to answer with a touchdown drive. The extra point leaves them down 22-17 with maybe 7 minutes on the clock. With the pressure now on their defense, things get interesting. Seattle's offense pounds the ball at them on a soul crushing drive. The time taken off the clock is more important than the result of the drive, which is a long missed field goal with under two minutes to play. I would love to say Brady gets them down the field for a touchdown, but I know my history. I said a similar thing the last time he played here, thinking they would win 23-22. This time I feel like another mistake by Brady seals the deal. An interception by Bobby Wagner puts the finishing touch on a repeat win. He races in for the score to put an exclamation point on the victory. My MVP is Russell Wilson because he runs for 80 yards and a touchdown while not turning it over, not to mention 200 yards of passing: Seattle 29, New England 17 (SEA +1/under 48.5)

 
NFL Predictions 2014: Super Bowl XLIX | 123 comments | Create New Account
The following comments are owned by whomever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
Quickbook POS Support
Authored by: Jamess onWednesday, May 23 2018
Fix issues when endeavoring to open an organization document. Get data of server and customer workstations. Set up sales charge in Quickbook POS Support. We as a whole know QB Point of Sale is a software that is intended to help entrepreneurs in holding track of sales and stock.
Quickbooks Desktop Support Phone Number
Authored by: Mathew onThursday, May 24 2018
Quickbooks Desktop Support Phone Number 1888-396-0208 is the Best Tech Support Quickbooks Desktop Support Phone Number . Call us whenever you are before your framework. We Ensure that we fulfill you by giving all the conceivable answer you need and fix anytype of issue , which you are looking in your Quickbooks. Call our Toll free Quickbooks Desktop Support Phone Number 1888-396-0208.
Quickbooks ProAdvisor Support Number
Authored by: Mathew onFriday, May 25 2018
Quickbooks ProAdvisors Support Number 1888-396-0208. QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program is a specially tailored program for accounting professionals. This program unlocks additional benefits by passing certification exams or working with QuickBooks online clients. It consists of complete information to support the clients. The program comprises exclusive benefits that are designed to help you like: grow your practice, expand your QuickBooks expertise, fix your issues faster, avail the benefit of savings.
Resolve Quicken errors 1/888/272/6111
Authored by: Steve Smith onFriday, May 25 2018
When you find Quicken software update error, you have to check a few things to resolve the technical problem.  A lot of errors are encountered by the Quicken Tech Support users quite often. These errors are generally technical errors, which can also happen with other similar software.  More Info :- 
http://www.contactsupportservice.com/quicken-technical-support.php
QuickBooks Support Phone Number
Authored by: Anonymous onWednesday, May 30 2018
Make a copy of the file before renaming it. Rename the file to EntitlementDataStore.ecml. This is a file that stores information about a user’s preference. These preferences are read by the executable file before starting. If this file is permanently damaged, then create a new one after deleting the original. Still, you’ll have to reset all your preferences for this software. To know more, feel free to contact us at QuickBooks Support Phone Number
Quickbook Payroll Tech Support Number
Authored by: Jamess onFriday, June 01 2018
To keep running your QuickBooks Payroll work with latest features or run more efficiently you need to update the software on regular basis. And if you find there is any new version comes in the market upgrade the QuickBooks payroll to save your time or efforts and maintain the records of all employees with better functions. And if you not get the updates or facing a problem just get Quickbook Payroll Tech Support Number help for such common problems.
Obtain Quickbooks payroll support number 855-441-4417 the USA
Authored by: jackey jain onTuesday, June 05 2018

WizXpert website, you will find a team of similarly qualified accountants, CPAs, ProAdvisors, who train you to avoid all problems in your payroll and software and provide information. contact us for more information for Intuit products and payroll services without any wastage of time.

Quickbooks Enterprise Support Phone Number
Authored by: Mathew onThursday, June 07 2018
Quickbooks Enterprise Support Phone Number 1800-291-2485. Besides, this software is ideal for organizations which have budgetary assignments in excess of one classification. The intense mix of cutting edge highlights and instinctive interface guarantees simple working of the software while being to a great degree professional in the meantime.
NFL Predictions 2014: Super Bowl XLIX
Authored by: Anonymous onThursday, June 07 2018
Sunday nothing of their willingness every trick out of their because they were more impressive on Championship Sunday locationscity
Quickbooks POS Support
Authored by: Mathew onFriday, June 08 2018
Quickbooks POS Support 1800-291-2485 provides the features of importing and exporting of company file from software to personal computer and desktop to software respectively. besides, if you have a company file in another QuickBooks and at a different place, it allows you to import the file from that particular software to yours via multi-user access.
NFL Predictions 2014: Super Bowl XLIX
Authored by: edward onTuesday, June 12 2018
A simple look for ringtone maker programs on Google play shop revels thousands of results, but the majority of them are filled with advertisements or lack some innovative capabilities.
https://bestringtones.livejournal.com/298.html
NFL Predictions 2014: Super Bowl XLIX
Authored by: edwardcgreen onThursday, June 14 2018
These PC video conversion programs allow you to make video clips you may assign to several contacts and create incoming calls and messages much more entertaining. 
How to create Video ringtones in iPhone
NFL Predictions 2014: Super Bowl XLIX
Authored by: edward onThursday, June 14 2018
This is a set of a few applications for Androiders in regards to editing files and the most used. According to an investigation, we’ve filtered 5 apps.
check this article here
NFL Predictions 2014: Super Bowl XLIX
Authored by: edward onThursday, June 14 2018
If you love hip-hop and want to make one of these songs your ringtone then you are at the right place.
Best hip-hop ringtones
 
QuickBooks Error Support benifits.
Authored by: Anonymous onFriday, June 15 2018
This is the ultimate QuickBooks Error Support Number to resolve all your QuickBooks Errors in minutes with the help of our QuickBooks technicians. Call here: 1-800-976-2560
Mandala Tapestry
Authored by: Joseph Smith onWednesday, June 20 2018

Thank you so much for the post you do because everything you have launched is truly incredibly utilitarian. I like your post and all you share with us is up to date and quite informative & newsy, I would like to bookmark the page so I can come here again to read you, as you have done a wonderful and sublime job. 

Lets Change the aura of your home interiors with Mandala Tapestry and Mandala Wall Tapestries

QuickBooks Payroll Support Number
Authored by: Mathew onFriday, June 22 2018

move benefit in QuickBooks "work area." 

Go to menu (representatives) 

Tap on my payroll benefit 

Tap for me charging and data 

Sign in to your record 

Go to benefit data area 

Tap on the drop interface 

Run with the system to drop your payroll benefit 

Previously mentioned advances will give you a chance to drop the payroll benefit from your record. For additional data, you can call QuickBooks payroll support number or QuickBooks payroll support phone number. You can contact QuickBooks payroll support number or QuickBooks payroll support phone number on the off chance that you confront any challenges with respect to your QuickBooks account. You can discover the QuickBooks payroll support number or QuickBooks payroll support phone number on the official site of the firm. You get ensured help through QuickBooks payroll support phone number or QuickBooks payroll support number, and that is too in the fastest way imaginable. You can utilize a substitute strategy by reaching our sans toll. It will interface you to one of the self-supporting outsider QuickBooks specialist organizations on the off chance that you consent to the site's terms and conditions.

QuickBooks Payroll Support Number
Authored by: Mathew onFriday, June 22 2018
Earn round the clock bolster from experienced Quickbooks Payroll Support Number experts group through for quick determination of QuickBooks issues. Our group of specialists is professionally prepared to handle all types of QuickBooks blunders and give plausible arrangements in stipulated day and age identified with starting introduce and setup of the product, refresh and move up to next adaptations and releases, Backup and reestablish of QuickBooks information if there should be an occurrence of information misfortune and so forth.
QuickBooks Payroll Support
Authored by: Mathew onFriday, June 22 2018
QuickBooks is a main business bookkeeping programming that offers a total scope of bookkeeping answers for improve your business money related requirements. It engages you with all the correct devices and gives you the opportunity to get to your records, work together with your group, and deal with your business even in a hurry. A huge number of organizations around the globe depend on Quickbooks Payroll Support for their every day bookkeeping assignments.
QuickBooks Payroll Support Phone Number
Authored by: Mathew onFriday, June 22 2018

QuickBooks and related programming. With an overall impression and long stretches of inclusion in the business, we are best in business. Our QuickBooks experts are gifted at giving extraordinary remote specialized support contribution for all variations of Quickbooks Payroll Support Phone Number to help you promptly settle all issues and goofs that may hamper the execution of your item. 

QuickBooks has an efficient Tech handling determination. A portion of its repayment incorporates moment paychecks; you don't have to make twofold passages and has refreshes which make it simple to accumulate the duty law necessities in your general vicinity. QuickBooks needs the eye of an expert bookkeeper who is better equipped for identifying mistakes and setting them. The assistance a bookkeeper offers in guarantee mistakes free Tech managing out to a customer who has QB is prevalently alluded to as Quickbooks Payroll Support.

First | Previous | 12 | Next | Last