Wild Card Weekend NFL Quick Takes
The Texans Won’t Get Another Chance for a While
What a disaster. It was clear going into the weekend that the Texans were probably the worst playoff team in both conferences, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted that performance at home. To make matters worse, the Texans probably won’t be finding themselves in the playoffs again for a while. The Colts, with a healthy Andrew Luck, will take over the top spot in the division for the foreseeable future, leaving the Texans to constantly fight for a wild card spot. You have to imagine teams like Pittsburgh and the Jets will be in the mix for these spots and the Ravens and Bills will likely improve after this offseason. This doesn’t bode well for the Texans, who will have to live with this loss for a while.
Let’s Cut Blair Walsh some Slack
Four. That’s the amount of field goals missed by kicker Blair Walsh all season before Sunday, a small number when you really think about it. This one, however, might be the one that Walsh is remembered for as long as he finds himself in Minnesota. Let’s make something clear: Walsh completely blew it. It’s his job to make that kick, a kick that was closer than what extra points are. There is no excuse for weather either, as Walsh nailed three other kicks from varying distances earlier in the game. The pressure of the moment got to him and he choked. However, let’s revisit something I just said, Walsh nailed three field goals previously. Minnesota was unable to put the ball in the end zone all game, leading to Walsh being the sole provider of points for his team. Veteran Adrian Peterson fumbled the ball late, allowing Seattle to take the lead and Teddy Bridgewater missed some throws. Walsh should’ve made that kick, but the Vikings as a team lost the game.
Marvin Lewis will Never Win a Super Bowl
In a weekend full of storylines, none may be bigger than the systematic crumbling of the Bengals defense on the final drive against the Steelers. From a combination of a bad hit from Vontaze Burfict and “extracurricular” actions from Pacman Jones, the Bengals were nailed with 30 penalty yards to put the Steelers in field goal range to win the game. There is plenty of blame to go around and the players shouldn’t be excused from this. However, I tend to look towards the head coach in moments like these and wonder how this behavior from the players arises in the first place. There is absolutely no excuse for this to happen in such a crucial moment of the game and points towards a belief from the players that they would not be held accountable for their actions. Marvin Lewis’ tenure with the Bengals has been rife with disappointments (the zero playoff wins topping the list), but this may be the first exhibit in how Lewis will be unable to succeed with this team.
Aaron Rodgers Proved that Experience Matters Most
Around this time of the year, a debate often arises around what matter most in the playoffs. Oftentimes, pundits will point towards defensive play and a good running game as the components that lead to playoff success. I, however, disagree with this notion, pointing to Aaron Rodgers as my best example. The most important key to playoff success is experience and talent, particularly from the quarterback position. Carson Palmer, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Alex Smith. These are the quarterbacks left in the postseason. Six of these quarterbacks have been top ten performers this year with the other two, Peyton and Alex, being seasoned veterans (particularly the Super-Bowl-winning Manning). Aaron Rodgers has nothing of note around him to help him win games, but he went into Washington against a much more balanced team and came out with a win. To me, this proves that as long as you have the quarterback, you have a shot at the championship.
Kyle Kirby covers the NFL for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @couch_qb.
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