Posted 01/06/2014 at 10:31 AM
The Denver Broncos are going to the Super Bowl.
That’s right, go ahead and call me captain obvious. Jimmy crack corn and I Don’t Care. Denver gets to play the San Diego Chargers, what an easy opportunity for Peyton Manning and the Broncos. After an easy win this weekend all the Broncos have to do is hold serve at home in the championship game and they are in the Super Bowl.
Of course, one year ago Denver was the odds on favorite to get to the big game before a very conservative game plan by Head Coach John Fox back fired as did the idiotic play of the free safety allowing Joe Flacco to complete a miracle pass inside of 30 seconds from some 70 yards. In this case, lightning will not strike twice.
The Chargers are a fraud, much like the Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis. It seems every year Cincinnati has talent on both sides of the ball only to find a way to lose. This season was no exception. After winning every single game at home during the regular season, the BUNGLES did what they do best…….they lost to an inferior team. I’m sorry but any team that has Philip Rivers as their quarterback is an inferior team. Rivers reminds me of Mike Vick, they both complete a lot of passes but they are both color blind as they often times complete passes to the opposing team.
Good news for Broncos fans, they not only got a bye in the first round but they get another free pass this weekend as they play the Chargers. This will be fun. As far as the Bungles go, quarterback Andy Dalton did not win any popularity contests by not taking responsibility for his horrendous game last weekend. Cincinnati outgained San Diegeo by 121 yards but lost by 17 points. Why? Turnovers, that’s why. The Bungles had 4 turnovers compared to none by the Chargers. Three of the turnovers were on Dalton who dodged responsibility after the game by saying “Everyone knows the quarterback gets too much blame and too much credit," Dalton said during the portion of his press conference when the questioning shifted from the Bengals to the Bengals' quarterback.
The Friday Football Showdown contest is over. It was an Invite Only handicapping contest featuring 16 of the best sports bettors/handicappers on the planet. I had a good run and was seeded number one in the Finals but took second place after Paul Stone finished very strong. Congrats to the field of 16 for making it a very competitive contest and I will be back next year competing. First place paid Stone $20,000 and I collected $5,000.
Moving forward sports bettors, remember the words of my friend and mentor Lem Banker who on more than one occasion has told me “bet with your head, not over it”.