BY Couchsideshow.com staff
In this week’s episode, the gang recaps the NFL Wildcard round playoff game and looks ahead to the divisional games. The hosts also discuss the BCS national championship. Also, in quick snippets, Craig and Wade chat about Hue Jackson, Paul Westphal, the Washington Wizzards, Prince Fielder and Peyton Manning. Click below to listen to the Couch Side Podcast
BY Couchsideshow.com staff
In this week’s episode of Couch Side, Co-Host Craig Paul makes his debut, joining Couchsideshow.com editor Wade McMillin in a NFL playoff preview. The pair breaks down each weekend wildcard matchup in the NFC and AFC and also examines the top seeds in both conferences. Keep listening and also see Couch Side’s take on quick NFL headlines that include the firing of Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo, Bills defensive guru Dave Wannstedt’s promottion and Rex Ryan’s tears. You won’t want to miss this episode of Couch Side!
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BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor
There is always a handful of NFL teams with mediocre records that have high hopes to make the playoffs each season.
Most of the time, it’s teams with a .500 winning percentage (8-8 overall) or with one win over the .500 mark (9-7) that find the final spots in the playoffs. This season, there are 10 teams that could potentially post barely respectable records and still get in. With two weeks left, five squads from the AFC and NFC, respectively, are still in the hunt. It will make for an exciting finale to a season that was almost cancelled because of the lockout. The playoffs are where the excitement is at, but with so many teams on the bubble, the end of the 2011 season should be action packed.
I will be concentrating on the playoff hopes for the two worst teams of the 10 squads that could be playoff bound. With 6-8 records, it doesn’t seem like the Kansas City Chiefs or Philadelphia Eagles will be able to punch their cards into the wildcard round of the NFL postseason. The Chiefs and Eagles should be able to give others searching for that No. 8 spot a run for their money, though.
Here’s a look at what Philadelphia and Kansas City will have to do in order for the squads to make the playoffs:
BY DEREK BARSNESS, couchsideshow.com writer
As a once longtime Denver Bronco fan, my love for the team dwindled during the past few years.
Maybe it was going from the glory days of Elway to Brian Griese or Jake “The Snake” Plummer that was the catalyst for the loss in passion. Then again, maybe it was just a spark in interest in fantasy football, a hobby that can cause any diehard fan to abandon their own team without remorse. Call me a fair weather fan, but without Elway, the Broncos just aren’t interesting.
While the Broncos didn’t completely fall off the map, the team was never built for deep runs into the playoffs. After an ugly loss in the 2005 AFC Championship, everyone knew Plummer wasn’t the answer, but a young gunslinger from Vanderbilt, Jay Cuter, was thought to be the perfect fit. Garnering praise from scouts and many fans as the next Elway himself, Denver drafted “Baby Face” Cutler with the 11th pick in the 2006 draft. Sure he wouldn’t be able to run the naked boot as good as Plummer, but the arm strength was a fair trade in qualities. After Cutler nabbed the starting spot late in his rookie season, fans were practically booking flights and hotels to Super Bowl destinations for the upcoming seasons.
In the premiere of the sports podcast, Couch Side, hosts Wade McMillin and Jordan Wheeler explore NFL playoff hopes for teams in the tightest divisions; debate if players are still loyal in the NBA; and react to Albert Pujols’ monster contract. Click below to beginning listening to Couch Side.