Fancy Boys Football Mailbag: Wild Card Weekend

Fancy Boys founder Matt Drufke doesn’t know anything about football. Lucky for him, Brandon Andreasen and Jack Baker do.

Each week, Matt emails Brandon and Jack NFL questions, they then immediately go and make fun of his lack of knowledge in a secret group chat. They then go and answer the questions. Here are those answers.

Well, you guys know football, but predicting games is obviously a little tougher. Jack got both AFC games right and went 2-2, while the Seahawks saved Brandon from being shut out. Let’s talk about the only game you both agreed on, because you each had the Saints beating the Vikings (Nice job, dweebs). So, what happened? Or, here’s a better question: did Minnesota win yesterday’s game or did New Orleans lose it?

Brandon – I was baffled by the Saints game plan yesterday. Until the bitter end, they kept trying to make swing passes to Alvin Kamara work. The Vikings had the edges sealed off all game. Kamara never got anything going. The Vikings were playing like they weren’t afraid of the Saints beating them deep, and the Saints complied by not trying to win that way.

It is a disappointing ending for a team I thought was going to win the Super Bowl.

Jack – Minnesota won the game plain and simple. They have a solid defense, a great running game, and maybe the best wide receiver tandem in football. Kirk Cousins made just enough big plays and that was enough to take down the Saints. 

I thought the Saints would win, but I’m not surprised by the Vikings winning at all. The NFC playoffs are wide open and any of the 6 teams that made it in could have made the Super Bowl.

Let’s focus on the other #6 seed to pull off a victory this weekend and talk about Tennessee, whose quarterback is Ryan Tannehill, the man picked 8th in the 2012 draft. The Titans’ QB threw for less than 80 yards in the win over New England last week, but it, along with a great running game and a good defensive effort, was enough to send the team to Baltimore this week. We’ve seen other NFL teams make the Super Bowl with a quarterback whose role was simply “game management”- just focus on not turning the ball over. But, will that be enough for the Titans to beat the Ravens? Or will Ryan Tannehill need to make some big plays, and is he capable of doing that?

Brandon – Over on Football Absurdity, I said the Titans were going to win and it shouldn’t be considered an upset because the Titans were the better team. Not sure what I was thinking on this site. 

The Patriots were an old animal just waiting to fuck off and die. That is not an issue with the Ravens. They are hitting the playoffs playing as well as any team in the NFL.

The Titans are actually equipped to slow down the Ravens, with speedy linebackers and smart tacklers in the secondary. The problem is, the Ravens just keep coming. They can beat you in a track meet or wear you down by grinding the football.

The Titans offense is going to have to find a way to score 27 points to win, and I just don’t think they will have the ability to do so.

Jack – Tannehill was great after taking over for Marcus Mariota in week 6. He was one of the 5 best QBs in football from that time on and should not be called a game manager anymore. That’s why I picked the Titans to win. Right now, Tannehill is a far superior QB to Tom Brady and it’s not particularly close. 

The Patriots defense went out of their way to take the ball out of Tannehill’s hands. Yeah, they gave up a ton on the ground, but the Titans offense only put up 14 points, so the gameplan worked. 

I think the Ravens will win, but I’m not counting out the Titans or Ryan Tannehill.

Let’s just get into it: 49ers-Vikings, Packers-Seahawks, Ravens-Titans, Chiefs-Texans. Who do you have? 

Brandon – 49ers, Seahawks, Ravens, Chiefs. I look forward to these picks coming back to bite me in the ass, too.

Jack – Give me the 49ers, Packers (this one hurts my soul, but they should win), Ravens and Chiefs.

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