Producer of the Wes McElroy Show from 3pm - 6pm
Jesse has been with Clear Channel Media & Entertainment since 2010. He considers himself a Richmond transplant as he has lived in the River City for over 10 years now but grew up in the Western Maryland area. Deciding to attend VCU he studied Broadcast Journalism and English while spending time working at radio stations WVCW and WRIR. Jesse is currently the producer for the Wes McElroy Show as well as other shows for Sports Radio 910. Being from the Maryland area he is a diehard fan of the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Capitals. Besides his work at Sports Radio 910 he also writes a blog for VCU basketball’s radio website.
Hey look two musings now! To quote Major League II “You guys won one today, if you win tomorrow that’s two in a row, and if you win after that, that’s what they call a winning streak”. This time around I want to take a moment to give you my thoughts and predictions for the 2013 NFL Divisional playoff round. So without further ado….
Game 1 – Baltimore Ravens @ Denver Broncos – Ok you guys that listen to the show should know by now that I am a diehard Ravens fan, unfortunately this musing will not go in their direction. I just cannot see the Ravens winning this game. Earlier in the season I witnessed a curb stomping when Denver beat Baltimore 34-17 and Peyton Manning currently holds a 9-game winning streak against the Ravens. The Ravens did have a big return to their defense with Ray Lewis and were able to shutout the Colts in the redzone. But the Colts offense was still able to put up over 400 yards. The Broncos defense is one of the best in the league and is lead by absolute freak in linebacker Von Miller. Baltimore can win this game if they can create turnovers and keep Peyton off the field. Also remember Denver didn’t have the strongest schedule this season. This game is either going to be ugly for the Ravens or be an absolute dog fight for both teams. Also watch out if Denver does lose and people saying “Well Tim Tebow won a playoff game!”
Prediction: Denver – 28 Baltimore – 20
Game 2 – Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers – In a week one rematch this game has the potential to be the best of the divisional round. In round one the 49ers beat the Packers in Lambeau, which rarely happens, 30-22. That game saw Alex Smith and Randy Moss connect for a touchdown, but that won’t happen in this game. San Francisco has found gold (no pun intended) in second-year QB Colin Kaepernick but they are still only 23rd in the league in passing. Meanwhile Aaron Rodgers has all kinds of dangerous targets in James Jones, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb but has virtually no help in the running game, thank you Alex Green for being a fantasy bust! Green Bay’s run defense is a little suspect and Frank Gore will run all over you if you let him. I just have a feeling Mr. Rodgers, from Northern California, is going to tell Kaepernick “Welcome to my neighborhood and my league!”
Prediction: Green Bay – 34 San Francisco – 24
Game 3 – Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons – Does anybody remember when the Falcons were 11-1 at one point. No! Because no matter how good Atlanta is in the regular season, playoff time they vanish quicker than a dates’ dress after you take her to see a Ryan Gosling movie. Also does anybody remember that they lost to the Giants last year in the Wild Card round 24-2, 2 they scored 2 points, this isn’t baseball! I feel this is going to be the third straight year the Falcons think the playoffs is really just the preseason. While Matt Ryan was a MVP candidate in the beginning of the year his main targets, Roddy White and Julio Jones, are going to have their hands full with Seattle’s secondary. I expect a heavyweight title fight in second half of the field. Jones and White may have size and speed but Seahawk corner’s Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are just as big and fast. Not to mention Atlanta’s defense is putrid against the run and Marshawn Lynch is a steamroller with legs. Also big props to Collegiate product Russell Wilson who is the only rookie quarterback still in the playoffs, think about that one rookie of the year voters.
Prediction: Seattle – 31 Atlanta – 17
Game 4 – Houston Texans @ New England Patriots – Much like the Atlanta Falcons the Texans need to prove they are ready to play football on the big boy stage. Houston was very lucky to get out of their own stadium alive against the Bengals during the Wild Card round. Matt Schaub was another early season MVP candidate when they were 11-1 but ended the season only winning 1 out of their last 4 games. Also let’s not forget the absolute spanking the Patriots handed them in week 14. Much like their first matchup the Patriots offensive has been practicing with brooms all week to get ready for J.J. “Swatt”. Let’s also not forget its Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in Foxboro in January. I just can’t see Houston being able to keep up with the Pats. I also see the same result as what happened in week 14 and Houston goes back to the drawing board to figure how to win in the playoffs. But hey at least Houston can say they are the best team in Texas.
Prediction: New England – 35 Houston – 14
There you go there are my NFL Divisional playoff round predictions. Please enjoy and they are for amusement purposes only so don’t go running to you bookie, and if you do I want a cut! Feel free to email me at Jesse@Sportsradio910.com, or tweet me @JesseSR910, or you can just comment below. I will be back next week with some musings from the weekend.