2002-12-28 / Sports

Rolfe Bets Jets And Giants Can Enter Playoffs

Rolfe Bets Jets And Giants Can Enter Playoffs

Rolfe Bets Jets And Giants Can Enter Playoffs

For the Giants, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Then they went out and played around .500 ball the first month or so of the season before getting hot, improving their record to 7-4, facing a (supposedly) easy game at Houston. They lost that one, then blew a fat lead the next week to the Titans, and were supposed to be dead and buried. Three wins later, they now control their destiny. Win on Saturday, and they earn a Wild Card spot. Lose, and most likely go home (unless New Orleans chokes again).

Meanwhile, back in the preseason, the Jets went undefeated, and the players talked openly about going to the Super Bowl. Then 5 weeks later, they were 1-4, looking at one of their worst seasons in history. But young Chad Pennington led his team back into the playoff hunt, and had won 5 of 7 as of two weeks ago, with a (supposedly) easy game at Chicago. The "Same Old Jets" collapsed that game, and apparently squandered their post-season chances. But a big rebound wins against a slumping Patriot team last week, combined with Miami's annual December swoon, leaves the NYJ with a chance to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row. All they need a W and some help.

Can both New York teams do it? Although Rolfe's predictions haven't exactly been on the money all season, he's betting they can.

Saturday:

GIANTS (+1.5) over Eagles- Who knew that Jim Fassel would turn to "Animal House" for inspiration? The coach's statement of a few weeks ago- "The season's not over til we say it is" sounded a lot like John "Bluto" Blutarsky- "Nothing is over until we decide it is!" Not sure if Fassel thinks it was the Germans that bombed Pearl Harbor...

RAIDERS (-7) over Chiefs- Former UNC Coach Dean Smith had a theory about teams that lost their star player- they'll play over their heads the next game afterwards, but fall off after that. Look for K.C. to struggle without Priest Holmes.

Sunday:

JETS (-1) over Packers- The pessimist (or is it "realist"?) says that Gang Green will pull a "Same Old Jets" routine, and choke here. But Rolfe always looks at the cup as half full (especially if there's Budweiser in it) and he predicts Chad leads the Jetsies into the promised land.

PATRIOTS (PK) over Dolphins- Hard to pick the Patsies after Pretty Boy Tom "Snickers" Brady's two lackluster performances in a row, but the Mammals have a poor recent history on the road, in the cold, and in December. All three of those factors come into play here.

REDSKINS (-6) over Cowboys- Will Parcells be the new 'Boys coach next year? Or has the last week been another one of his tired media manipulations? If Tuna does the Big D job, at least it will get him away from that ESPN buffet table, which has him and Chris Berman looking at the wrong side of 300 lbs.

Bengals (+7) over BILLS- Bengalis upset New Orleans last week on 2 late TDs from Nick Luchey, who before this season was known as Nick Williams. Actually, who are we kidding- before last week, Luchey/Williams wasn't known at all.

Falcons (-1.5) over BROWNS- Hotlanta makes the playoffs if they win this; Dawg Pound needs a W and a few breaks to continue their season. Vick should be too much for the Brownies to handle; which means Tim Couch might throw his second crying fit of the season afterwards.

LIONS (+3.5) over Vikings- Higher number- amount of people who show up to this game; or number of J. Lo pictures shown in the Daily News in 2002?

Titans (-7.5) over TEXANS- A Tennessee victory clinches a 1st round bye; which would be much appreciated by Rolfe's MVP favorite Steve McNair. (Read here next week for the Rolfe Awards)

SAINTS (-7) over Panthers- The 'Aints have given up 20+ points every week this year. No way they let the awful Carolina O put up that many.... right?

STEELERS (-7) over Ravens- Pitt is another team that started off slow, but is now hitting their stride. Definetly not a team you want to face in January.

COLTS (-5.5) over Jaguars- Jax players have looked like they quit a few weeks ago. Colts should get their win and playoff berth without much of a sweat.

BRONCOS (-11) over Cardinals- Sure it's a big number for a team coming off a bad loss and with an injured QB, but Los Broncos can still make the playoffs (just like everyone else in the AFC it seems) with a W and some help.

Seahawks (+3.5) over CHARGERS- Bolts have fallen apart, and the Hawks have been hot ever since their season was over. Is it enough to save Holgrem's job?

BEARS (+7) over Bucs- Remember the old Tampa uniform- bright orange with that logo of a rather effiminate pirate with the sword in his mouth? Seriously, whose idea was that? Anyhoo, the Bucs are another warm weather team that does not play well in the cold on the road; and they sorely miss QB Brad Johnson. Look for the Urlachers to keep it close.

Monday:

49ers (-5) over RAMS- Win, lose or draw, the Niners have the #4 seed in the playoffs. They will look to rest some of their banged up players vs. a St. Louis team that is just as banged up, with nothing left to play for.

(Home Team in CAPS)

Best Bet- Atlanta

Other News-

The tabloids have been writing a lot about a new NYPD hero- Sean, the 8 year-old German Shepherd, who saved a woman from death in that horrific incident in Flushing last week. The Post also ran some of Sean's previous accomplishments, including two cases where he apprehended suspects in the Rockaway area. Not mentioned was his partner during his time on the peninsula- "Look Away Lassie," who may not be big on fighting crime, but does have an infatuation with parking meters...

As of press time (noon on Tuesday) the Yankees were reported to be close to signing both Roger Clemens and Jose Contreras. Apparently Steinbrenner wants the Yanks to lead the league in payroll, starting pitchers and Cuban defectors....

Over in Met-land, GM Steve "Playboy" Phillips inked Cliff Floyd to a $26 million/4 year deal to provide a solid bat in the lineup behind Mike "10-10-220" Piazza and Moo Vaughn; seemingly not worried that Floyd has played more than 122 games only 3 times in his 10 year career. Cliff also joined Tom Glavine in the "If you don't have anything nice to say about someone, wait til they leave the room" club, saying that he wouldn't have come to the Mets if Bobby Valentine was still around....

Speaking of 10-10-220; it's a good thing Piazza has that '80s haircut to fit in with '80s icons Alf and Hulk Hogan. But is it strange to anyone else that out of those three, the one who looks most comfortable in front of the camera is the over-sized stuffed animal?

Patrick Ewing is having his number retired by the Knicks on Feb. 28. Think the girls at Scores are running a discount that night?

 See you next year....

 SEASON RECORD: 110-125-5

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