Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Breakin it down is 5 key stories plus a pick for each postseason game this season.
The Health of 81
Mr. Boldin has missed out on the final two weeks due to injury, granted both games were meaningless for the Cardinals but there is still reason to be concerned. He says he's playing but if he's not 100% the Cardinals secondary is not very scary.
Will the Lawyer Be At Work?
Lawyer Malloy might not be the dominant force he used to be back in the day with the Pats, but he's still a veteran leader in the secondary and a warm body. The Falcons will be in nickel and dime coverage all day trying to matchup with the 3 or more wideout sets, so if the Lawyer is not in town the Falcons may suffer.
Mr. Turner is out of the shadows and into the limelight. He seemingly scores 3 touchdowns a game and against a weak Cardinals defense he could easily take over the game and give the Falcons a first round victory.
Matty Ice is 3-0 as a starter in games in January, aka he won all three bowl games at BC. The rookie has played anything like a first year inexperienced player this season but still in his first game in the postseason will the veins stay icey or will Matty be thawed?
Captain Small Hands
What's the best way to rattle the old veteran? Hit him in the mouth or hit him in the back. The Old man still can fumble the football with the best of them and key turnovers could sink the Cardinals.
The Falcons played well down the stretch run and the Cards have been gashed by the run so I expect the Falcons to pound the rock with Norwood and Turner and take home the victory.