As a life long Birds fan I have had my share of doubts and holes punched in the wall, lol, but I also have had some reason to have hope in Reid and Co. Now bear with me because I am going to have to do some soul searching, but lets begin.
1. The Packers may have won last week, but at what cost. Now, yes they are good and will be a tough test, but these high tempo, bruising high emotionally draining games have their effect. Look at us after that win against NY. We came out flat and misfired all game. (Not to mention having the game moved, which in itself screwed us) You can easily think I am reaching here, but believe it, this things matter. I have a feeling GB will come out flat and Rodgers will be a little off.
2. As much as Andy Reid pisses me off, in the past he has shown very good playoff schemes. He WILL run the ball this Sunday. He WILL have short quick passes for Mike Vick to slow down the blitz. He WILL throw more slip screens and quicks in the flat. The big man usually does what is necessary to win. We have had success in the playoffs and I (gulp) believe he will do what is necessary. Do I think he won't stretch the field, no he will, he'll take his shots, and why not, Vick can launch it, but DJ will take some short stuff.
3. The Minnesota game. Plain and simple. That was the best thing that could have happened to us. How good is Andy off of byes and losses. Don't include yesterdays preseason game. Minnesota had nothing to lose so they threw every blitz scheme they had at us. Have faith in the playcalling and Castillo, we have made it happen most of the year.
4. Vick's "injury." Its a contusion people. I love reading all the blogs and articles, especially Peter King, and how we hope he's healthy. He doesn't have a sprain, he has a bruise. He'll play and he will play at a high level. He just needs to have quick and early reads, which Andy needs to give him.
5. Our defense. (ugh). How can we do any worse. LOL. We can build off that performance yesterday. I have NO faith in McDermott and I personally think he is awful and has no symbol to his coaching. I personally think he will scheme simlar to what people have been doing to Vick. Contain blitz.
My prediction 31 24 Birds