Round 2 of the NFL playoffs begin today with four compelling games. Cardinals vs Saints, Cowboys vs Vikings, Ravens vs Colts and Jets vs Chargers. Good arguments are being made as to why both teams can win in the four matchups we'll see this weekend. I like the Saints, Vikes, Ravens and Chargers to win for what its worth. However, when the dust has settled this weekend, I say look at what quarterbacks got beat up the most this weekend and what teams are moving on.
Guys like Kurt Warner, Joe (don't call me Pat)Flacco, Brett Favre and Mark Sanchez aren't scramblers. The same goes for Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers. Tony Romo is the only guy who can do something running the ball. Thus it is imperative that the offensive lines hold up for all eight teams. Breakdowns will result in sacks.
With players like Dwight Freeney, Terrell Suggs, Demarcus Ware, Jared Allen and Shawne Merriman doing their things, it will make for some great battles along the line of scrimmage.
Whatever quarterbacks emerge with the cleanest jersey likely still have another week or two of action. Whatever ones come out battered and bruised will likely have an off-season to recover and ask questions of what if?
By the way, Manning, Brees, Warner and Rivers were sacked 25 times or fewer this season. That means it might be a wash in the Cardinals-Saints game, but the advantage could swing to Indy and San Diego if this stat holds up this weekend.