Sunday, January 22, 2012
Strangest doggone thing we've seen this year: A high-powered offense that is centered around not just a tight end but two of them - both second year guys, Rob Gronkowski out of Arizona and Aaron Hernandez of Florida. They combined for 24 TDs, 170 receptions and 2,200 yards receiving. Ridiculous, huh?
Having said that, we like the Ravens getting 7-1/2 against the Pats at home in Foxboro. Call it a hunch but there have basically been 4 teams that have dominated the AFC for the past decade or so (Pats, Steelers, Colts and Ravens) and we just feel that possibly it's the Ravens turn to get back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 11 years.
In the late game, we think the Niners magic carpet ride finally comes to an end. Take the Giants getting 2-1/2 on the road in San Francisco. No one is playing better on both sides of the ball right now so look for the G-men to return to the Super Bowl after a four year absence.
Niner QB, Alex Smith, really came into his own this year under first year coach Jim Harbaugh. It was gratifying to see as we saw Smith play in high school alongside Reggie Bush at Helix High down the road from us here in San Diego.