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Some wild-card thoughts

So now that I've had a night to sleep on the weekend's NFL wild-card games, here are a few things that occur to me:

* Biggest shock of the weekend: How woefully unprepared and unmotivated the New England Patriots looked. From first to last, they were absolutely worked by a smarter, tougher, clearly more motivated Ravens' club. The Pats, conversely, looked old, weary and finished. So much for the team of the Aughts.

* Reason why only fools bet on NFL games: The Cardinals' 51-45 victory over the Packers. Seriously, who bets the over on this game? Who in their right mind figures the Cards hang 51 on the Packers' "D." especially without Anqwan Boldwin?

* If you do bet, bet on the veterans in the playoffs: And don't bet against Kurt Warner. The guy's money in these kinds of games. Last night he had one of the greatest playoff games in history -- five touchdowns, no interceptions, 29 completions in 33 attempts, 379 yards. You can scarcely play the quarterback position any better. If I'm the Saints, I'm scared to death at the idea of him coming to New Orleans next week.

* Crazy thought that even the meds can't surpress anymore: The Cowboys could get to the Super Bowl. No, really, they could. Their defense is just overwhelming people right now; Romo's become a much better quarterback since he found Austin Miles. And the Vikings, whom the Pokes get next, haven't exactly looked like a Super Bowl team the last few weeks.

* Sane thought that somewhat balances the crazy thought: I still don't trust Romo when the chips are on the table. Doing it in a blowout is a lot different than doing it when the game's in the balance in the fourth quarter. And the Vikings' game is likely to.

Ben Smith's blog.

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