The playoff games this week turned out rather odd. The home teams lost three of the four games, with only the Indianapolis Colts holding serve.
Minnesota at Green Bay: Turnovers told the story of this game. The Packers played the Vikings about even if you ignore the four interceptions. It is a very rare team that can go -4 in the turnover department and win the game.
Denver at Indianapolis: Peyton was the difference. Jake Plummer actually stepped up and had a pretty good game--a little better than 8 yards per attempt, only one pick. The rushing games were about even. But Peyton was averaging almost 14 yards per attempt
, which is surreal.
Jets at Chargers: There's no outstanding difference in the statistics, just minor advantages to the Jets all around--8.5 yards per attempt passing to 7.6 yards per attempt, one fewer turnover, 126 yards rushing to 100 (on a few less carries).
St. Louis at Seattle: Same as the Jets/Chargers; a lot of little advantages for the Rams.
How did the quarterbacks do? All of the quarterbacks did well with one exception: Number 4 for Green Bay. In all the games, the quarterback with the higher passer rating won. Manning beat out Plummer 145.7-103.1; Culpepper over Favre 137.1-55.4; Bulger bested Hasselbeck 97.5-93.3 and Pennington outdueled Brees, 115.6 to 101.2.