Post-Season Football Picks: Hugs!
Suburban Underground's Post-Season Football Coverage: HUGS!
On the football field, there is no one to hold your
hand. There is no one to tell you it is all going to be okay. There is no one
to reassure you that your bones are not about to be broken, that you're not
about to receive your umpteenth concussion, or that a pile of 300-pound men is not
about to be sprawled over your lifeless body. But, if you're lucky, there may
be someone who will give you something better than all that: a hug.
Here in the playoffs, a hug from a teammate can be the difference between
surrender and triumph. The manly celebration of a job well done can give a
player the guts he needs to get back out there and give it his all. Some teams
recognize this, and regularly administer the full-body bear-hugs that mark the
path to victory. Other teams withdraw from such shows of brotherly affection,
at their peril. After weeks spent observing NFL hugs in action, we are proud to
present Suburban Underground's Post-Season Football
The Hugs! Edition.
Divisional Weekend Picks
|Washington (11-6) at Seattle (13-3)
The Redskins' offense was as weak as its huggage last week, picking up only 120
yards in a victory against the affectionate but ineffective Bucs. The Seahawks
did not distinguish themselves as huggers during the regular season, but if
they are able to turn on even low-power embraces they will defeat Washington to
extend their perfect home record and move one step closer to Detroit.
SU Pick: Seattle
|New England (11-6) at Denver (13-3)
The Patriots stepped up their game to defend their Super Bowl title last
week, with big plays and big hugs from QB Tom Brady. The defending champs got
all the little things right, too, with consistently strong head- and butt-pats
keeping spirits up on the field. Denver quarterback Jake Plummer will have to
keep his cool under the pressure this week to deliver the hug leadership the
Broncos need to snuff out the Patriots 10-game playoff winning streak.
SU Pick: New England
|Pittsburgh (12-5) at Indianapolis (14-2)
The Colts made easy work of the Steelers during their only regular season
meeting. But the Steelers' Wildcard Weekend hugs, lead by Willie Parker and
Hines Ward, will pay dividends this week as they look to frustrate the
Colts' offense with their trademark Steelers' blitz.
SU Pick: Pittsburgh
|Carolina (12-5) at Chicago (11-5)
The Panthers' stifling defense didn't give the Giants much of a chance to hug
last week, shutting out Suburban Underground's top-ranked huggers 23-0 at
Giants Stadium. The Bears have excelled largely on the strength of their
defense this season, but Sunday their offense will be gaining a lightning arm
in the form of oft-injured quarterback Rex Grossman, playing in only his third
game this season. Grossman's hugging is as much of an unknown as the rest of
his play, and the Bears will be looking to their QB to continue the celebratory
head-butts and embraces that have brought them victory during the regular
SU Pick: Chicago
Hug Ranks for January 13, 2006
|8||Washington||4.5||-0.5||Scores range from 10, "Hugs All Around," to 1, "No
Most Huggable Player
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