Four matches include this SC program in the NFL for divisional playoffs. In the current article I will make a brief preview for the first two games that will be held on Saturday.
Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots
That's it Indy travels to New England against the Patriots who managed to win the second seed despite injuries and problems during a difficult season.
The Pats had big aggressive games to the end, against Baltimore and Buffalo, but somehow vanished to Cleveland and Miami. The aIndianapolis Defense "leaves many question marks with him Tom Brady has options in this game, but their ability to be consistent in the red belt is a major concern.
The Colts' defense came to 16 in the NFL as a whole,13 against all and 22 when running. Agood enough here as the Pats play much more of the pasha to create success, although they have a better attack on the ground than some of them are loyal to.
Bill Belichick has fixed runners, and while Steven Ridley had issues this year, the Pats still have two runners who have transferred the 150 ball or more times this season, Brandon Bolden and Shane Vereen, also have 167 carries this year.
Belichick is good at the strategy and will undoubtedly try to run the ball here given the difficulties Colts have in this field. The running game will be a tool to boost the play action, and Brady, who will have many opportunities to go vertically against two safeteis which is better off in the run than at all.
But this game is a meeting of two good qb, and to winning Brady will have to score a lot of points, as the defense is greatly injured. The etheir lead line has been busy with many in recent weeks, and Dobson will lose this game with a foot injury. The Pats attack is good for Brady's good game, but today it may not be enough.
Indianapolis enters this game with one of the best new quarterbacks in the championship, with Andrew Luck's performance last weekend in Kansas City being magical. Luck threw for over 400 bats and
average 6,4 YPC on 7 significant runs. He found six different receivers during the game, with the prominent contribution of TY Hilton.
The Colts win Luck's hand but have another feature that should be a good omen for them in this game. O Chuck Pagano has asked his team to be more physical and more balanced this year. They are probably quite likely to look at the Pats and on the ground a sector that is in trouble as they regret New England Vince Wilfork and Tom Kelly in the defensive line. New England finished the regular season as the 21 team in defense as a whole and 27 on the run.
The game for me comes more to what Indy can do in the scrimmage line. If he manages to control the roles and lower the pace of the Pats and play good red-zone defense, then I will give them a chance in today's match.
Indy is not impressive on the ground, but the team is designed to play wood in the chassis and get rid of you and not just to make first downs. It may not sound impressive but has been working with Colts to have total yards this year, I can not see Pagano changing it for today's match.
We have seen good qb flapping in the playoffs in recent years, especially when they first round bye and come to the divisional round as big favorites. But most importantly, Colts have the formula that can be successful against the Pats offensive line. Mathis is just one player but has the speed and technique to create a problem, 19,5 sacks this year Mathis can control the pace of the game and force Brady into tough decisions, a Brady that has previously shown he did not respond well to heavy defensive rush.
I'm sure the performance will be the one with Brady's Luck and Luck, but it's also worth looking at the momentum of Colts in today's match after qualifying for Kansas. With Luck having the first play-off victory, he may be quite dangerous as a wrestler here. The same holds true for Brady, who, if he does, will find them in the end. Consider this particular match of the most fascinating of the coming SK, with Pats being played as a favorite near -7 with -7.5
New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks
Saints go to Seattle to play with the Seahawks who drifted them into monday night football at 13 week. 34-7 ended with the match, with Drew Brees having his lowest passing yards over the last few years, with Seahawks putting pressure and taking early points from the defense. In that match the Seahawks was a favorite near 4.5 with 5.5 points while Saints are now playing near 7.5 with 8 points.
Seattle is the top team at the conference, a fast and physical group with good corners in front of the Brees Pass and an excellent run defense. The attack is balanced without leaving ground game in difficult points of the match. Some questions about the current match, Browner's absence, in one corner, is against Graham's good Saints. Harvin returns for the first time for Hawks, who despite his great talent will find it difficult to put him in their system before such a big game.
Key to Saints will be logical if they can stop the run. Without being a particular defense, they managed to get 20 the best run defense, while they would have to break Russell Wilson in today's match and not let him run with the ball. They showed good elements against the Eagles in a different style of play, stopping McCoy's run and locking Foles into a few passing yards. Wilson certainly broke into the first match on the ground and it will be difficult to stop him now, and the Saints' front defense line. The problems with Saints are another problem with their first victory coming up against the Eagles in play-offs.
Maybe it's a big one that New Orleans has to do in this game as it's hard to fix all that went wrong in their first match against the Hawks. But their passion and their willingness to do something good this year probably keep them close to the score, allowing them to cover up the big hand, but on the next round we will find Seattle.