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NFL Predictions - Playoff Thread
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 1-11-03 | Gerry Dulac

Posted on 01/11/2003 9:35:13 AM PST by doosee

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:34:56 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

The Steelers have lost eight of their past 10 meetings with Tennessee and were physically manhandled -- Bill Cowher's words -- by the Titans during the regular season.

And they are playing just six days after their emotional playoff victory against the Browns with a secondary that has injuries and other problems. No team had a better finish to the regular season than the Titans, who won 10 of their final 11 games after a 1-4 start. But the Steelers have never lost a playoff game to a division team (OK, the Titans qualify are a former division mate). After coming back from 11- and 17-point deficits in their past two games, they are not about to panic against the Titans. OK, the Steelers have yet to win a road playoff game under Cowher (0-2). But they seem to respond when nobody gives them a chance.


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Steelers will surprise Titans on the road. Eagles will dominate Falcons in bitter cold Philly. Jets over Raiders. Bucs over SF.
1 posted on 01/11/2003 9:35:13 AM PST by doosee
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2 posted on 01/11/2003 9:37:07 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: doosee
Agree with you on all but J-E-T-S - Raiders. I just have a feeling that all the glowing press may have gone to New York's head, and Oakland LOVES to take apart perceived "golden boy" teams.

A bit ticked at the Sunday scheduling, tho. We've been enjoying the evening games out West ...

Good luck to you!

3 posted on 01/11/2003 9:56:23 AM PST by JennysCool
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To: JennysCool
The prognosticator has Oakland defeating N.Y. 28-24
4 posted on 01/11/2003 9:59:03 AM PST by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one
Actually, I was replying to doosee's picks ...

Gonna have the pics up and posting later?

5 posted on 01/11/2003 10:01:45 AM PST by JennysCool
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To: JennysCool
I gotcha.......I didn't see that doosee has mistakenly picked the Jets to win.

If there's a thread, I'll be there!

6 posted on 01/11/2003 10:05:45 AM PST by hole_n_one
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To: JennysCool
A bit ticked at the Sunday scheduling, tho. We've been enjoying the evening games out West ...

Jets and Raiders should go down to the last possession of the game. I think McNair will get knocked out (an ironic twist to Maddox getting knocked out the last time they played) which leaves the Titans in a real bind. Steelers are also very revved up as the Titans asst. coach poured hot coffee on Joey Porter behind his back last game on the sidelines. ESPN has been showing the film of this weasel coach. Watch out for a Cowher team when he has them fired up.

7 posted on 01/11/2003 10:07:01 AM PST by doosee
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To: doosee
Titans
Falcons
Jets
Bucs

Those are my picks, I'll be cheering most for the Buc's! I just hope the games are all close and interesting.

8 posted on 01/11/2003 10:08:33 AM PST by sleeper-has-awakened
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To: doosee
Yup. I think Cowher's got 'em goin' for real this time. Sheesh! How have I missed the replay of the "weasel" coach??? Too much work this week, too little Sportscenter!
9 posted on 01/11/2003 10:10:27 AM PST by JennysCool
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To: hole_n_one
We'll look forward to it! And don't be shy about posting any "artist's conceptions" of the action!
10 posted on 01/11/2003 10:11:26 AM PST by JennysCool
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To: sleeper-has-awakened
I just hope the games are all close and interesting.

Oh, for a weekend of games like last Sunday's, as opposed to last Saturday's!

11 posted on 01/11/2003 10:14:12 AM PST by JennysCool
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To: doosee
You'd better believe it, you're going to hear a lot of doosee tonight at the Vet, but it'll sound like D-U-U-U-U-C-E! Eagles 27, Falcons 10!
12 posted on 01/11/2003 10:19:19 AM PST by Big E
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To: doosee
First, what I'm rooting for:

Titans over Steelers
Falcons over Eagles
Bucs over SF
Jets over Raiders

What I THINK will happen:

Titans over Steelers
Steelers are inconsistent. They can look great, or they can look awful. Titans are on a roll

Eagles over Falcons
Eagles are overall a better team, playing at home. Packers faded badly in last part of season, so Atlanta victory wasn't that big a surprise. Eagles are rested

SF over Bucs
Usual story on Bucs, until they win a big one, I won't pick them for a big one. Also, SF always seems to get the calls they need in tight games. Besides that, they're a pretty good team. Garcia is finally getting some credit as QB. I'll take Frisco in big games until the Bucs get past being chokers.

Raiders over Jets
Raiders at home. What's to say? However, Jets have been on fire lately, so I wouldn't bet much on this one.

As an aside, although I'm no Frisco fan, I found it weird that there was such a big deal about the "no call" on pass interference. There are a zillion plays where there are no calls on what could have been penalties. The Rice fumble against GB a couple of years ago was a far worse call, but you could challenge every game in the history of the league if you included non-calls. There was a clear clip on Franco Harris' immaculate reception, holding could be called on probably half of all pass plays. Oh, well, on to this week's controversy.

13 posted on 01/11/2003 10:20:12 AM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: JennysCool
Oh, for a weekend of games like last Sunday's, as opposed to last Saturday's!

The refs arent hoping for games like Sundays. In fact, the NFL changed some procedures at game end so the AARP members with stripes on have to actually watch the plays.

14 posted on 01/11/2003 10:24:45 AM PST by doosee
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To: doosee
Titans 28 - Steelers 13
Eagles 27 - Falcons 6
Bucs 20 - Niners 16
Raiders 35 - Jets 24
15 posted on 01/11/2003 10:29:07 AM PST by NittanyLion
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To: NittanyLion
Titans 28 - Steelers 13
Eagles 27 - Falcons 6
Bucs 20 - Niners 16
Raiders 35 - Jets 24


If McNabb is rusty, which is very possible, that game could be much closer. The Titans dont have enough offense to get 28 points today. Much closer game with Steelers winning...
16 posted on 01/11/2003 10:35:56 AM PST by doosee
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To: NittanyLion
I'm rooting for the Steelers, but alas, I don't think they got it in them. Bettis has been shut down, Maddox (who has done a great job this year), takes way too many chances and is too stationary. Pittsburgh D is a little slow to pick up on the pass game against. I hope I'm wrong, but I just don't see a "playoff" team when I watch them play. I see more of a scrambling to hold on/ playing catch up. It's killing 'em.
17 posted on 01/11/2003 10:37:46 AM PST by Michael Barnes (.)
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To: doosee
Titans 20-13. Eagles 35-20. Bucs 17-14. Jets 42-35.
18 posted on 01/11/2003 10:39:25 AM PST by copycat (666 is no longer alone...He's getting out the marrow from your backbone...)
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To: doosee
With the Browns out of it, there's really no one left to pull for. I guess if push came to shove, I'd like to see a Stillers-Iggles all-Pennsylvania superbowl just to see to old NFL teams mix it up.
19 posted on 01/11/2003 10:41:02 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: doosee
I think McNair will get knocked out (an ironic twist to Maddox getting knocked out the last time they played) which leaves the Titans in a real bind.

LOL!!! When has McNair EVER been knocked out? That guy's the Terminator. You just can't stop him.

Titans over Steelers - 24 to 13.

20 posted on 01/11/2003 10:48:18 AM PST by tdadams
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To: doosee
Forget the Ref's, the Giants kicking group were lousy!
Don't rule out the 49'ers; I predict 49'ers by 10 points.
21 posted on 01/11/2003 12:01:48 PM PST by upcountryhorseman
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To: tdadams
LOL!!! When has McNair EVER been knocked out? That guy's the Terminator. You just can't stop him.

Titans over Steelers - 24 to 13.


McNair's pain shot will wear off as the game goes on. A couple of hits on the back and he may be gone. Is it Neil Odonnell waiting in the wings?
22 posted on 01/11/2003 12:15:48 PM PST by doosee
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To: upcountryhorseman
Forget the Ref's, the Giants kicking group were lousy! Don't rule out the 49'ers; I predict 49'ers by 10 points.

Remember the rule. D wins playoff games. TB can do it.

23 posted on 01/11/2003 12:16:59 PM PST by doosee
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To: doosee
Eagles will dominate Falcons in bitter cold Philly.

Don't count on it...the cold didn't bother the Falcons last week and it won't bother them this week. Michael Vick is one of the best athletes ever at Quarterback...watch and be amazed.

24 posted on 01/11/2003 12:17:28 PM PST by pgkdan
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To: pgkdan
Don't count on it...the cold didn't bother the Falcons last week and it won't bother them this week. Michael Vick is one of the best athletes ever at Quarterback...watch and be amazed.


By the way, I am pgk also. Vivat Jesus! The packers ended the season as a pretty mediocre team with a super QB. Eagles have 3 all pros in the secondary. I like Vick but he wont get the time to pass or scramble.
25 posted on 01/11/2003 12:26:00 PM PST by doosee
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To: pgkdan
S    Vick's Vapo·Rubbed all over the crummy Vet turf    ©¿©

Steelers over Titans
Bucs over SF
Raiders over Jets

26 posted on 01/11/2003 12:31:36 PM PST by GirlShortstop
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PREDICTIONS
17 New York Jets at Oakland 34
13 Pittsburgh at Tennessee 26
19 Atlanta at Philadelphia 21
13 San Francisco at Tampa Bay 16 (OT)
27 posted on 01/11/2003 12:33:50 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (The silver and black attack is back and nothing you can do to stop it boyyyyyyyyyy!)
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To: CounterCounterCulture; Mr. Mulliner
Ping!
28 posted on 01/11/2003 12:34:32 PM PST by Dog (Shhhhhhh! I am hunting that wassssscalllly Wabbit........shhhhhhhh!)
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To: Richard Kimball
Same picks as you...
29 posted on 01/11/2003 12:35:09 PM PST by sabe@q.com
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To: pgkdan
Eagles are always underestimated......keep it up.

See you when they meet the Raiders for the big one..

Go Eagles!!!!!!!!

30 posted on 01/11/2003 12:36:57 PM PST by Dog (Shhhhhhh! I am hunting that wassssscalllly Wabbit........shhhhhhhh!)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
17 New York Jets at Oakland 34

Think the Raiders can hold the Jets to 17 points with that aging secondary? Not on your life. Jets score 40.

31 posted on 01/11/2003 12:37:19 PM PST by copycat (666 is no longer alone...He's getting out the marrow from your backbone...)
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To: copycat
Tell it to the Chiefs. Mwua-ha-ha-haaaaaaaaa!
32 posted on 01/11/2003 12:39:22 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (The silver and black attack is back and nothing you can do to stop it boyyyyyyyyyy!)
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To: doosee
Tennessee 41 Pittsburgh 17

Atlanta 31 Philadelphia 27

New York Jets 38 Oakland 33

San Francisco 19 Tampa Bay 13

33 posted on 01/11/2003 12:42:17 PM PST by Tuxedo
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To: Tuxedo
Tennessee 41 Pittsburgh 17

Update- Chad Scott is playing for Pitt. today. No way 41 points now for TN. Upset all the way.

34 posted on 01/11/2003 1:03:01 PM PST by doosee
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To: doosee
This week:

Steelers over Titans
Eagles over Falcons

49ers over Bucs
Raiders over Jets

Next week:

Raiders over Steelers
Eagles over 49ers

Super Bowl:

Raiders over Eagles

35 posted on 01/11/2003 1:13:09 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo
This week: Steelers over Titans Eagles over Falcons 49ers over Bucs Raiders over Jets Next week: Raiders over Steelers Eagles over 49ers Super Bowl: Raiders over Eagles

Well, we are 15 minutes away from the first game. I like your predictions but Steelers over Eagles in Super Bowl.... Now go behave!!!!!!

36 posted on 01/11/2003 1:19:11 PM PST by doosee
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WORST...NATIONAL ANTHEM...EVER! (Since Rosanne Barr anyway) :-O


37 posted on 01/11/2003 1:29:11 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (The silver and black attack is back and nothing you can do to stop it boyyyyyyyyyy!)
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Pittsburgh Steelers
Tennessee Titans

1st Quarter

LATER TODAY
Atlanta Falcons
Philadelphia Eagles
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( ( ( SUNDAY ) ) )

San Francisco 49ers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

New York Jets
Oakland Raiders

38 posted on 01/11/2003 1:40:01 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (The silver and black attack is back and nothing you can do to stop it boyyyyyyyyyy!)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
"WORST...NATIONAL ANTHEM...EVER!"

I kinda liked it.

OTOH, I think the Titans' uniforms are pretty ugly.

39 posted on 01/11/2003 1:42:18 PM PST by lorrainer (Sorry, it's a chick thing. At least I didn't call them "outfits.")
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Steve McNair...TOUCHDOWN TITANS!

Pittsburgh Steelers
Tennessee Titans

1st Quarter/11:01 left

40 posted on 01/11/2003 1:42:57 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (The silver and black attack is back and nothing you can do to stop it boyyyyyyyyyy!)
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Steve McNair...TOUCHDOWN TITANS!

00 Pittsburgh Steelers
07 Tennessee Titans

1st Quarter/11:01 left

41 posted on 01/11/2003 1:43:20 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (The silver and black attack is back and nothing you can do to stop it boyyyyyyyyyy!)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
I rather liked it...
42 posted on 01/11/2003 1:44:02 PM PST by sabe@q.com
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To: marajade
I don't think the crowd was digging it. Not to pile on the choir or the lovely and usually reliable Natalie Cole, but whatever they were doing just wasn't clicking. In my own opinion of course.
43 posted on 01/11/2003 1:49:06 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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Couple of football-related articles...


44 posted on 01/11/2003 1:55:38 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (The silver and black attack is back and nothing you can do to stop it boyyyyyyyyyy!)
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Eddie George...TOUCHDOWN TITANS!

00 Pittsburgh Steelers
14 Tennessee Titans

1st Quarter/0:17 left

45 posted on 01/11/2003 2:09:41 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (The silver and black attack is back and nothing you can do to stop it boyyyyyyyyyy!)
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To: hole_n_one
The prognosticator has Oakland defeating N.Y. 28-24

More like 35-10 Raiders

46 posted on 01/11/2003 2:13:17 PM PST by antaresequity
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Maddox to Ward...TOUCHDOWN STEELERS! Titans fumble gives Steelers new life...

07 Pittsburgh Steelers
14 Tennessee Titans

2nd Quarter/9:29 left

47 posted on 01/11/2003 2:26:32 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (The silver and black attack is back and nothing you can do to stop it boyyyyyyyyyy!)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
07 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 Tennessee Titans

Pittsburgh comes roaring back. They like to come from behind.

48 posted on 01/11/2003 2:28:12 PM PST by doosee
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To: doosee
Ooooh interception.
49 posted on 01/11/2003 2:33:29 PM PST by Unknown Freeper (Remember: When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.)
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To: doosee
Falcons 24 Eagles 17
50 posted on 01/11/2003 2:35:08 PM PST by Ima Lurker
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