Re: Football2016-2017 season
I think it will be Green Bay and one of the others.
I agree. I'm sticking with Green Bay - Patriots for right now, but the weekend is coming and reality always wins.
So! College football championship game was last night, pitting the favored Alabama Crimson Tide against the Clemson Tigers. Clemson won it a squeeker of a fantastic game in the very last seconds. I have been down on Clemson all year long based on their habit of winning close games in the final second against not-so-good teams. I predicted Ohio State would crush them. Ooops. Clearly we all know why I'm a peanut thrower and armchair QB.
I do compare what Clemson did to how Washington performed against Alabama. Alabama's D is fantastic, but as I've noted before, that is mostly as a result of their line and linebackers, most of which will eventually end up in the NFL. Their secondary isn't all that great, and DeShaun Watson threw for over 400 yards against them. Clemson's defense gave up 31 points, while the Huskies only gave up 17 and held them to less than 350 total yards. So where was the difference?
Clemson was perfectly willing to go up top, and Deshawn Watson isn't afraid to get hit. Huskies QB Jake Browning isn't afraid to go up top, either, and he had the receivers to do it. He just doesn't play well under pressure, and the Tide D brought it all night long. The Husky play calling was intended to get the ball out of his hands quickly, which means dinking and dunking right into the teeth of those Tide linemen and linebackers. Which is why Alabama's linebackers scored on a pick-six and the Huskies couldn't move the ball after Alabama adjusted to their "not going deep" strategy and brought their safeties down close.
Anyway, great game, and congrats to the Clemson Tigers. You'll suck next year!