SportsMemo.com
Login:
Click to Use Secure Login
All Available Packages
NOTICE: If you can not view the forum, you may need to log out of SportsMemo.com and log back in to recreate your forum session.
HOMERECAPRADIOFORUMBLOGSLIVE ODDSBESTBETSHANDICAPPERS TWITTERRSS FEEDFACEBOOKEMAIL & CONTACTS

Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: NFL Conference Championship Preview

01.18.2016     09:37 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
March Madness has a lock on the Final Four terminology, but we’re down to the final four teams standing in the NFL Playoffs following a wild weekend of football.  In this week’s Wiseguy Report, I’ll take a look at how the Final Four teams still standing this NFL season survived, and what their realistic chances of Super Bowl success are moving forward into the Conference Championship Games this coming weekend.

Denver was outgained by more than two full yards per PLAY against the Steelers.  It was not vintage Peyton Manning, to put it mildly: 37 pass attempts for 215 yards, with only two passes all afternoon gaining more than 15 yards.  If you were watching the game, you already know how many missed connections that Manning had with his receivers – no shortage of inaccurate passes and dropped balls.  With the exception of one explosive 34-yard run by CJ Anderson, Denver’s running game wasn’t much better.  Anderson and Ronnie Hillman’s other 30 carries combined for just 76 yards.

But the Broncos avoided mistakes, playing turnover free football; the first time as a starter all season in which Manning did not throw at least one interception.   Manning was well protected, taking only one sack.  And, more than anything else, the Broncos' defense was tremendous, holding Pittsburgh out of the end zone following a single first quarter TD drive.  Denver’s D also forced the only turnover of the game, and it was a HUGE one, turning a promising Steelers fourth quarter drive into a fumble recovery that led to the game winning touchdown. 

Broncos coordinator Wade Phillips has had the #1 defense in the NFL all year long; a stop unit that’s been good enough to carry the team for extended stretches this season.  That includes their Week 12 win right here in Denver against the same team they’ll face on Sunday – the defending champion New England Patriots.

Tom Brady and the Patriots had the easiest path to victory of any team this past weekend, even though New England - -like the other three teams that won in the Divisional Round– had only a one TD margin of victory in the end.  Brady will be playing in his tenth AFC title game; and his fifth in a row; a true testament to greatness in a parity filled league.  Brady enjoyed the 17th playoff game of his career with at least two TD passes, an NFL record.  Most importantly, he didn’t commit any turnovers in a game where New England played out of three (or more) wide receiver sets on 47 of their first 50 snaps.

The Patriots defense looked vulnerable against KC, allowing a whopping 12 third down conversions and 135 yards on the ground.  But that stop unit also kept the Chiefs out of the end zone until midway to through the third quarter, after the Pats already had three TD’s on the board.  It’s worth noting that the Pats defense took a couple of injury hits, however, with linebackers Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower both limping off the field.

Carson Palmer had never won a playoff game in his 13-year NFL career prior to Saturday Night’s truly wild and weird win over Green Bay.   And Palmer was certainly not at his best in Arizona’s win over Green Bay.  A Cardinals team that was nothing short of exceptional at creating big plays with their vertical passing game struggled mightily in that regard against the Packers.

Palmer threw three TD passes , but he also threw a pair of interceptions, including one particularly bad one in the red zone.  Several other potential interceptions were dropped by Green Bay defenders.   One of Palmer’s TDs came on a tipped pass in the end zone, rarely a recipe for success.  The Cardinals settled for a pair of red zone field goals and their defense nearly blew the game by allowing a Hail Mary TD pass on the final play, just seconds after allowing the Packers to convert on fourth and 20 to keep the game alive.

Palmer, following the game: "We didn't feel like they were going to come in here and score 35 points on us. We have a lot of faith in our defense. And they weren't going to let us score 35 points. They were sitting back in a ton of different two-high looks."

Arizona head coach Bruce Arians, talking about his quarterbacks early jitters: “Carson wanted to start out this game throwing short. At halftime I said, 'Look, they are giving us chunks. We've got too many chunk plays in here … not to use them. And then he was settled down by then and ready to use them."  It’s worth noting that after the game, Arians gave his team two full days off before prepping for the Panthers; a rarity for this time of year.

Cardinals defensive back Rashad Johnson: “[Palmer] just had that confident look. If you have played any sports or done any type of competitive activity, you see a guy that is confident. He can say, 'I got you,' and you know it." 

Carolina beat Seattle in a tale of two halves, with the Panthers rolling out to a 31-0 halftime lead, then forced to hang on for the win after the Seahawks scored 24 unanswered following the break.   This is not an easy game for box score breakdowns or for clear takeaways; the blowout that wasn’t.

Can Newton following the contest, referencing another big blown lead, when Carolina blew a 35-7 second half lead against the Giants in Week 15 before winning on a late field goal. “We have to find a way to complete a full game of football. We have been known to take our foot off the throttle, and we have to find that killer instinct."

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly, who’s early pick six ended up being the final margin of victory: “That's what this game is going to teach us. No matter how good you play in the first half, the second half is just as important. It's crazy. You go into these games, and you expect it to be like this, so it wasn't a surprise for us. But you've got to be locked in the whole game."

Carolina’s defense has now either blown big leads or come close to blowing big leads three times in their last five victories.  If the Panthers don’t learn the lesson they were supposed to have learned already about protecting leads, they’ll certainly be vulnerable to the upset as home chalk against Arizona on championship Sunday.

Follow me on Twitter @teddy_covers.

Tags: NFL New England Patriots Denver Broncos Arizona Cardinas Carolina Panthers Teddy Covers




This blog is closed to new comments.

Visitor Comments:




VIP EMAIL CLUB
Add Your Email Address:
How did you find us?


More VIP Email Options
 
MLB
Current Blog Topics
Ted Sevransky Hot Links
Current Blog Topics
SportsMemo Ads
Daily Plays
Was 29, $9
The winners continue to roll in for OTTO Sports who is cooking at 64% in all sports over the last two plus months. During that span, he's banked over +22 units of profit! Get Wednesday's 20* Interleague Game of the Month for only $9; guaranteed to win or his next MLB report is no charge.

Was 20, $9
Erin Rynning has been the No. 1 choice for NBA postseason winners; 60% dating back to 2008. For Wednesday, he checks in with a 10* total. Long term, no one has a better totals record than ER with 58% winners dating back to 2005. Only $20 and a must win or his next selection is on the house.

Was 25, $9
Don't miss out on Andrew Lange's 15* Best Bet MLB for tonight. Lange has been excellent with his Top Flight picks in MLB having hit 60% over the last two years. Get this top rated selection guaranteed or his next top rated baseball play is on the house.

Was 25, $9
Rob Veno's Top Tier plays have proven to be long term ticket cashing machines as evidenced by the +70 units added to bankrolls in all sports since 2013. On Wednesday's card he has targeted a matchup that he's released as his 15* NBA Best Bet Total. You can join him on this selection for just $9 and it must win or you will receive Rob's next report absolutely free.

Was 20, $9
One play on the docket for Erin Rynning and his clients for Wednesday. It's an afternoon affair and a chance to head into this evening's action up another unit. Pick up ER's lone selection for just $9. It must win or tomorrow's top play is free of charge.

Was 20, $9
Ian Cameron is on a terrific +24.18 units hot streak across all sports since late January. He's on a red hot 18-10 64% Major League Baseball streak and looks to add to it tonight with his 10* MLB Wednesday Top Play. You can get it complete with detailed written analysis for the special price of $9 and it is guaranteed to cash or his next MLB play is free.

Was 20, $9
Drew Martin is in with a release on the MLB card for Wednesday April 25th. Drew has been great across all sports for quite some time. He is hitting 57% for over +11 units of profit on all releases since 1/1/18. He is in action today and you can take advantage as part of $9 Wednesday. Join Drew for only $9 as part of the HUGE DISCOUNT- Normally $20. This package is guaranteed to win or Drew's next MLB release is yours at no additional charge.

Was 20, $9
Ian Cameron is on a terrific +24.18 units hot streak across all sports since late January. Ian has cashed three of four plays in NHL Stanley Cup Playoff action since Saturday and he is ready to deliver more winning action on the ice tonight in Game 7 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins with his 10* NHL SC Playoffs Game 7 Top Play. You can get it complete with detailed written analysis for the special price of $9 and it is guaranteed to cash or his next NHL play is free.

Was 20, $9
Teddy has delivered back-2-back MLB winners over the last two nights, primed to make it three in a row on Wednesday with his Top Total winner as the Cubs battle the Indians on ESPN! Should bettors expect a high scoring Slugfest or a pitcher's duel? Find out here, before it happens & cash in riding Teddy's rock solid winner! This play must cash or his next report is FREE!


Extended Services
-----------SportsMemo-----------
SportsMemo Ads
Discussion Forum
-------------------------------------
Post Subject
Date
04.22 07:51
04.17 21:26
04.17 09:22
04.17 08:56
04.17 08:47

-------------------------------------
Current Blog
-------------------------------------
Ted Sevransky     04.14.2018 8:19 AM
Ted Sevransky     03.30.2018 10:41 AM
Ted Sevransky     03.29.2018 10:39 AM
Ted Sevransky     03.21.2018 11:20 AM
Ted Sevransky     03.17.2018 7:49 AM

More Blog Entries Submitted by Teddy Covers

-------------------------------------
-----------SportsMemo-----------





Copyright © 2007 SPORTSMEMO, INC, 1-800-575-3069. Sportsmemo.com is the nation’s premier resource for sports betting and handicapping information. Get free football picks, free NFL picks, free college football picks, free baseball picks, free NBA picks, free college basketball picks, free hockey picks, free golf picks, and free soccer picks from the nation’s top handicappers. Sportsmemo's sports betting insight and analysis comes from some of the most respected sports handicappers in the sports gambling industry including Ted Sevransky (Teddy Covers), Brent Crow of Alatex Sports, Rob Veno, Erin Rynning, Otto Sports, Andrew Lange, Ian Cameron, and Drew Martin. Listen to these handicapping experts daily on the Sportsmemo Podcast Monday-Friday at Sportsmemo.com.  Missed the Sportsmemo Podcast?  Past shows are available on Sportsmemo.com's podcast archive page. Looking for daily sports betting tips and sports betting advice on the MLB, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, CFL, and PGA? Check out the interactive sports betting posting forum, power ratings, expert handicapping blogs, and original sports betting articles from the Sportsmemo team that specializes in sports information from a pointspread perspective at Sportsmemo.com.   Apr 25, 2018 09:20 AM.