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Wild Card weekend is upon us in the NFL. Erik Kramer previews all the first round playoff matchups.
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Welcome to the wild card weekend preview brought you by the Verizon football's on available on being cast on -- Verizon Wireless mobile device Verizon football's own for all your wireless football -- I am Darryl Brock along with former pro quarterback Erik Kramer and -- NFL analyst playoff time -- -- your time a year when -- talk about the yet Cowboys and Eagles first. Cowboys beating down big time in the final regular season game they also beat him early in the -- Philadelphia are now they have to go for the the -- sweeping three games in the east now I know you were on the Bears team. Back in the ninety's. Vikings beat you twice during the regular season you turnaround beat them in the playoffs. Is that because. You were so good is that because it's so hard to. -- team three types it's because our coaches were smart enough not to play in the accident Steve lost play that game but would put him. In Minnesota and in you look at okay it's how hard it is to beat a team three time vote for a psychological. Question because. Getting ready for teams in this league you've got to say you know you there's gotta be healthy amount of respect almost the fear of the unknown that motivates you. To prepare the right way usually don't know what that other -- is -- so you spend the -- at times and until you look with a little things. Now what should be a team twice is that -- still entered you still spent all that time get ready you go in with quite as much respect in the game. And that's what I think the Dallas Cowboys are gonna face this week because in the way they dominated the Eagles last game. Do you really think physically we still haven't we have a in the bad we just got to go out there and play of the game that the surest way to W tone get -- I think what they're. You know totality you look at the last last half season. Got a quarterback rating of a 106 point six only three and Favre had a better rating and that the entire season. What do you think about his game right now on how readies -- for the post season what's impressed me about Tony is. You know he's had all this this pressure to prove that he can win late in game he's dubbed as host several times trying to get that done. He takes the whole look of December and plays. Americans as a patient not the certainly the patient picking his spots you'll see Tony Romo ended up on. -- that are sport night with either great plays or bad -- you see him play consistently. And yet add up a lot of those players -- at -- game in this team wins and he plays very well and that's why you see. The uptick in his efficiency and and if you keep that don't if he doesn't take this game any different than those -- he just goes out and tries to play within himself. Like you said he's got the ability. Two or three times a game to make -- special happen but by and large if -- system plays. That have led to his success and the Cowboys -- -- -- among the highlights on at that had the final scoring a pretty good guy and the regular season. Cowboys they you know we talk about the -- the way they beat the Eagles last week we talked about a from the Dallas perspective. About from the Philadelphia perspective you coming out after a beating like that you pick up. A thing or two may be against the opponent that now you go to and what it would it really matters why pick the one thing that this team has picked up very is today have to somehow. Find a way to stay committed to a running game. You can't rely on the fact that you're going to be able to throw the ball downfield against this team because lately gave the Cowboys were able to get pressure on the quarterback. And Paul the couple drives cost and Troy Roberts is in the middle of the game even if you're not didn't. 456 yards security ended up that game went about thirty or forty rec yards rushing the football they cannot do that and hope -- keep this. Momentum thing going over the course for holding the big plays in the passing game very. That they're too good not to put the can actually make drives and they in this thing before quarters they have to run the football hopefully they learned that. Over the course these last two games against Dallas. They play got the eagles' DeSean Jackson made only two big plays here for Philadelphia long plays. Both of returns it and we're leaving hasn't done much against the Cowboys four games in his career not a single touchdown against Dallas. The team breakthrough this game and how important is his breakthrough in Philadelphia success I think he does breakthrough and -- not a lot of pressure you got it back they're going like I've got to do up and make a statement here. They get the ball to the son Jackson -- just the reasonably the offense in the way they taken that. They're gonna create a couple opportunities for him. To try to get the ball down the field but again winning start running the football you do get the defense to start playing up a little tighter and and that's what he can become effective that's another reason. They have to stay committed the run game. But the Jackson. He's not gonna go to three complete games now and not get them. Have a big impact in this game they're gonna find ways to definitely get the ball in his hands. But he also makes a big impact draw coverage away from other guys so look for Macklin and Brent -- also have big games this -- -- in the two games against Dallas this -- you know only twelve teams have ever defeated the same team three times the same season -- NFL hit rate let alone back to back weeks like the Cowboys will have to do. And Eagles the host of coach speak. Brian Billick ways it now on how coach's deal with the. Unique situation. Most fascinating thing about this weekend is the fact that we have three games. Words -- two teams facing one another just got done playing one another I think it's gonna be fascinating to see how it plays out. Now there are pros and cons to this situation presented itself first your preparation is cut time is cut in half you just spent the entire week. The game analysis all the things that you look at so you've already got that in your back pocket you'll take the most recent game that you just play he'll use that as a benchmark to see how -- your information was as a -- you. But it really does make it a much easier work week for you. The flip side of that that familiarity can become a problem it's one of those as I said before it's like a bad Abbott & Costello routine of why know that he knows that I nobody knows -- -- all do this but he'll know that's a -- do that. You can almost know too much so I don't know that there's an advantage to be had either way. Particularly when you're talking about the unique situation. You know particularly in within the same division. You've got the good Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles who've already played each other twice and now most recently just this last weekend so bad game in particular. That familiarity of one another as some -- would be fascinated to see how that plays out. Thanks coach second match -- one talk about now the defending champion in the NFC the cardinal take on the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay very impressed in the second half the season they won seven -- -- including three games against playoff teams. They beat Dallas to beat Baltimore they beat Arizona. How far can make. There's no reason they can't give the ultimate game the team that scores a lot of points they got the number one rush defense in the league. One of the hottest quarterbacks the one thing I have to look at and say. They don't have a dominant defense of line that gets pressure on the quarterback in order to have a dominant office of life. They've got skill position players on both sides of the ball that are outstanding. What's gonna happen when they played team. That's gonna pound it right back -- -- -- Cut the team might mean to -- Cowboys but I I think of Arizona Cardinals this Green Bay team is messed up perfectly and their only loss in the second -- he's that final second loss of dealers are great play from a Roethlisberger. To Mike Wallace now the Packers this is usually hear that like. The team is you know seven -- when allowing less than thirteen points per game -- some -- the for the Packers. They allow less than thirty points per game their eleven and all that I mean that's as much about their offense about the defense. The lip I would numbers very is there always -- one end -- five games they lost they all gave up more than thirty points though if that hit the good news though. The last six weeks of the season. They only gave up more than fourteen points one time and that was to the Steelers. Which they gave up 37 and lost but defensively they do all the right things they meet you work hard for every point you get an offensively. At times they don't have to work hard at all the stack up points so this is an explosive office. Now look at the Cardinals they you know they limped into the playoffs last season and anybody and getting in your. How -- -- -- -- they were a bad road team lasted eight Nate get into the playoffs right player -- -- and lose on the road but that's huge under the 5060 points ever given up a couple times. So they get the benefit of getting hole playoff. Opportunities. A couple of Bryant Matt Ryan and DelHomme threw a combined for seven interceptions in the first game in a posting an NFC championship game. Those type of things aren't gonna add up against number one. They got a young Ryan. Matt Ryan laughter now they get. -- spirit -- Rodgers who has thrown seven interceptions the whole year but not the blow up. You know themselves in the foot like with the that the doctors and the Panthers -- Lester is not gonna have -- -- that earned their way in this here. And they just aren't physical enough on either side of the ball I don't think to get for -- -- very far in the plant that's a point better quality of opponent probably go and in this here. Couple guys banged up to Anquan Boldin looks like he will not play Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie he's banged up probably 5050. If their big name guys like that play can they even survived one round. I I don't think so even if they're healthy but but given the fact that really the key -- me is Anquan -- He's what makes the Arizona Cardinals offense unique. -- -- got Larry FitzGerald on the outside -- one night he got Steve Breaston on the other side. That means you're the best corner is going up against acorn Boldin may be one of the most dynamic receivers. He's big he's about 220 pounds and got the best forehands early in the top two -- three Perez in the league. He knows how to work the middle of field if he's not in there that means the guy like jury Jerheme Urban have a good player but certainly not an elite type receiver that moves inside. They don't have a dominant run game. What makes them a dominant. Offense is a guy like -- quotable but he's not they're very I don't see it happen. How the Kurt Warner factor that can never be under -- absolute right there is the NFC preview coming up we preview the AFC matchups. As the Verizon Wireless weekend preview roles. Sunday on its. And welcome back the Verizon weekend preview Barrett and Brock Erik Kramer with you we talked about the two NFC games now we go to the AFC and start there knowing that grows and art in New England. Patriots us in the Ravens Patriots beat him back in week -- Haven't what do what pretty competitive game Patriots five an all time what do you think would you like the -- chance at all. To have well you know I think in the playoffs and -- -- -- know -- know what's the weather report to me about 45 degrees and clear. Apartment passing weather which is not good news for the Ravens because. This team has to run the football they're hoping the Patriots have to run the football -- they don't score a lot of points. I'd think that the bet the key here for the Baltimore Ravens. The running game and their profits of one of the best thing they have going for Joe Flacco in the last ten games only. Hit a 200 yard mark four times so it's not like he's winning ball games form. You have to run the football I have to keep it close. Patriots go to build to a ball outside the man looking over both our shoulders right now is named Ray Lewis but another guy from Baltimore Ed Reed got a -- game he's back. Seems like he's always making big plays when the Ravens win this is he the most important defensive play. -- differently I would say soda is the same Baltimore Ravens defense that albeit a little bit older -- bet on his prime but. You look at ray Lewis and some of the other. Up front guys -- still a little bit older don't make quite the impact especially Ray Lewis not a past game that used to but when they do make big plays Ed Reed is usually back there helping out. The last week he was he may not a 100% but he did -- come back against the Oakland Raiders. They let Charlie Frye. Passed for a 180 yards in the first half eighteen to 25 very efficient big chunks to -- passing game. That makes me a little nervous you're going to end of the Ravens typically have always been able to keep games close. To let that offense -- wanna do -- magic in the run game. Not so not so sure about this. Come up against the Patriots other Cohen talk about New England while Baltimore -- and read back the Patriots lose a big big player Wes Welker. They rely on him so much -- third down situations. You know goal line situations is the law of the guy. Who's that valuable to a team enough to and the equivalent of 123. Times and only fourteen games that the lot of receptions we have. Yeah he is the heart and soul of their passing game. Ravi Moss is their big play guy but when it comes time to didn't chunk yardage across the middle of the field keeping drives -- can this Utley that's who they go to. -- back to when he first came to the Patriots are doing all those things in Miami you have the forty pet cat guy at returning punts. -- element is that could be that's happened general he's got Wes Welker is overall ability. But he cut from the same mold he's caught 37 passes in a season -- You know. -- between monster and now Wes Welker and it would all well over 200 catches and he still gets 37 out of -- so now he's gotta jump in that role. What she did begin to get beat and it goes back at the Texas. Artist to play a lot of Texans they get ten Texas. So that's what they're gonna have to do again he's gonna have the payroll this weekend did last actually she's had -- experience that it ten cat is one of three Julian -- out of out can't say it again it does not get much public. Who could be big for the Patriots come playoff time. I'll ask you about the New England. And of them -- and that we've kind of lived with for the last almost decade now that they'll exit. Not to the extent that it did remember back in the middle part of this that is decade. They -- the Roman empire everything they did that the president in the future they have great players they had great players locked up for the future they had. They would personable -- have 21 round draft picks in the next draft. Everything seem to stack up woman since then they've lost the front office personnel. He coaches players have retired -- moved on. So it's really Tom Brady and what they've got left which is not bad but without Wes Welker there's they're they're not the same team they don't have that famous big. Backed up four against the Baltimore Ravens who have the mental disadvantage have never play never beaten the Patriots I have an all time. That new England and Baltimore should be intriguing game the other -- if he matchup -- another rematch. From week seventeen just like a lot of the match -- in the NFC. If the Jets in the bag is Jets beat him down and that was huge butt -- and thirty have enough and game didn't mean much in that but -- now how to they've bounced back as a team whose offense is as struggled big time last half the year I think. Maybe more so than the loss it's self as they have to be nervous that we don't have any big plays come from anywhere. This scored zero points out it's hard to do that when you are trying much let's not try and I I don't think that the that any day of right now. Aren't anywhere near. The mind that. With the type of edge that they had earlier on in the season may not they can go out early in the year and played good run defense and run the ball down people's throats and beat anybody. They beat -- the Steelers twice when they were still good. That's what I think it does this and that that psychological edge if you don't think you can score points in Sicily and make some big down the field plays. That's gonna make a little nervous going against a team lose. So good defensively against the run I don't it's not out I'd be real nervous upon that netted angles going even though were home. And they scored less -- sixteen points per game in the last nine games he's now of course going up against the number one overall defense in the NFL. Cincinnati defense look how about them they put eight in the box and say hey rookie. That beat why not eleven in the bucket because. Really the Jets Mark Sanchez. Throws for 63 yards last week and they win by 37. They're not going into the game the Jets they -- that we gotta have walked and has it been a lot of drives with a lot of downfield throws just make smart plays. Offensively. Through the running game that's what we're gonna get some points we're gonna force Cincinnati over the course of three and a half four quarters in the make him the mistakes offensively. So just don't go in the game mark and lose this game force he's done a pretty good job of that these last several weeks. In the key for him. Don't try to do too much your rookie number one you're on the road in the playoffs just play consistent. Interesting point you bring -- now does does Rex Ryan say all right look what -- -- deal with here -- got a rookie quarterback yet. Team that defense really led the way the whole time today. Kind of rely on the defense and just. Let the offense go out there are not met about -- fight he's got to dictate that by play -- So when they go to game you're gonna see some third and threes early in the game where they run the ball and throat. You're gonna see them on longer down and this is maybe a second fifteen. Run the ball to get try to get all of a bat it's not that they're trying to tell Mark Sanchez. Don't do leading up there but they've also got third -- league's third leading rusher Thomas Jones. That's together going to try to win this game -- coming up we will see who Eric picks for wild card weekend and that it more as the Verizon Wireless weekend preview. Continues its. Sunday on fox. And welcome back the Verizon weekend preview along side our NFL analyst Erick Kramer I am barrel Brock all season long we've gone to you for your pick now you got -- and gets the lines every week. Picked a close game that ate up seven down not bad produced that double. You're one game out of the four you're the one team that you like most this week. Ha -- well. I think the Green Bay Packers against the Arizona Cardinals even though there -- home Arizona's. I like the way the Green Bay Packers attacked the leg last part of the season that Gordon that -- this post season. Confident. Mentally tough they prove themselves they can get over the horrible losing to keep players in -- -- In Al Harris and put together a fun run playoffs. Playing very well both sides of the ball that winner will get a break tradition here and go with all the games so you -- the other game. Philadelphia and I I liked the way Dallas. Dominated double size of the offense and defense of line last week that makes me feel good about teams they got a lot of firepower despite that. I'm a little bit nervous about Philly. Haven't you know it. -- the Cowboys win three times in one season but I think at home in Dallas they get it done. I AF angles to well neither team really good idea too excited about this point we got a rookie quarterback with the Jets. Goal and on the road in his first playoff game at nanny who want not crazy about either because they have no momentum going. I'll put my agent Rex Ryan's basket even though he's a rookie coach to elect a fiery attitude I like the belief he's now instill in this team I'm taking the Jets -- the other game little more intriguing admittedly at the Ravens and Patriots in New England. First of all I never liked the better gives Tom Brady even though he's got a few bullets missed in this week with Wes Welker out. I still like the fact that they all of Baltimore Baltimore's never beat -- at home. Even though the weather's not going to be brutal I think the Patriots are gonna find a way somehow to get it done without Wes Welker. -- -- the pats all right Syracuse football knowledge and experience that. Picked those games that Project Runway is Tim -- on the guy has what she called Arabia fashion forward approach. To pick in the games. Hi everyone I'm Tim -- from -- runway. I can't believe I'm here talking about football uniforms but I -- and I got specifically about. The playoffs that are coming up. The Cincinnati angles and the New York Jets. -- I mean when I wanna say news regarding the Jets uniforms unless. The football field Astrid threw. Who won their right mind would want real whites. You're going to be completely filthy by the other the first quarter. Yeah I guess I don't understand unless you're like I had viewed the sort of stand back and delegates or the players if if Cincinnati in -- is wearing this this black. Uniform they get my vote they're gonna look stunning by the end of the day whether they what are they lose but I think -- the winning uniform and their -- win. The Philadelphia Eagles playing. The Dallas Cowboys is. And once again Dallas Cowboys we have a -- accuracy. We have. Of silvery. Announce. Filthy dirty. The Sox. Were talking -- I don't know like football uniform lingo. But Philadelphia like the green but you're wearing the White -- It's a -- -- under the go to -- Dallas will win. So now we have the Baltimore Ravens versus the New England Patriots. We have Baltimore in any way through -- and black announced the Patriots. You choose him true but only goal in the White House. Oh what I'm gonna go with Baltimore because the black outs and it's closer to ground it's more likely to get trampled. And for me they're they're the winner. The Green Bay Packers the -- that Cardinals. Have a question mean green today. Why is their uniform know that the scenes on it -- right but still way too much. Money and I'm a red. And that this ties with the whole part of that the American Association campaign. I definitely read eras and the Cardinals red uniform they -- they have so what are for me it's no confidence sorry Greenberg. So those are Tim -- -- like that are not all -- -- -- a little performance based. On that -- wanna go back to the -- Cardinals red uniform because red is the symbol. On war and American heart month which is better worry and I'm very proud to have been part of a wonderful wonderful and and on that was once spike fumbles on and we took -- nationwide awareness campaign because. Heart disease as number one -- this nation we're. We've watched the competition. For anyone and everyone to participate in -- people who tells the inspiring story about their health bureau in my case that would be my -- -- And who desire corresponding red dress for an individual. And we've now narrowed -- -- through three finalists and we want all of you who. To help us determine who the winner. By going -- website which is -- -- or dot com you can faster boat we're. Compelling inspiring story correspondents. And with each vote cast Campbell's is donating a dollar the American Association. So it's a great great great clause and the winner will walk the red carpet at the Red -- the -- during your Fashion Week where they're winning design and with me. So please sign onto our web sites -- the pressure -- got column and participate in this and be part of the solution. Thank you'll so much. Okay -- rather interesting way to pick puts -- -- based on the uniforms. I the up playoffs coming up the fantasy football season has just ended. Hopefully I mean you won your respective leagues but you need a little help looking forward to next season here's my -- with his top five player. What are my comment back into the fantasy based -- -- would -- that I know we haven't even with the 2009 team swept under the rug if it was on the way out. We'll start up top five players on -- board about and as it is right now lets you catch it. The offensive life no help in the passing game. Still goes over 1400 yards on the ground victory here this evil little more ball in the passing game can't seem capacities it. But the touchdown total heat for that spot before Ray Rice was over 2000 yards as Willis McGahee still on -- ethical -- Probably going to have to give up ten feet feel like -- week -- probably -- receiving little bit and as a right. -- 75. Receptions on the year but in rushing yardage and once he gets out -- -- forget about it agent if it comes. Regarding. Your life and obviously at the park back and how the offense it. Fourth 2000 and you know I got finished and nearly 1400 rushing yards eighteen touchdowns he has the moment -- problem but on the whole. This is an option. Number two and JP. Again if -- does that help from the past games are out there and mediocre. He's. And offensive line calls and he picked up. Little better defense here before rushing into. Okay. Okay. I'm here on the ground if you want to see it and finally got one half. Of the thunder lightning experiment gotten very quick and painless death LenDale White and -- fact that your game. Constantly awful on the ground and through the air and that you don't like him -- dump -- pass and nobody or listen -- Chris Johnson. For the top spot has now will be visiting this as an enclosure some training camp an -- little something to -- Thanks Mike Harmon and that is gonna wrap up this edition of the wild card weekend preview brought you about a Verizon football zone. Available on vcast on your Verizon Wireless mobile device Verizon football zone for all your wireless football league. For Erik Kramer I'm -- to Brock enjoy the games and. -- --