I would like to apologize for not posting the simulation results on Friday as promised. As some of you already know, I have made the difficult decision to "retire" from Blogging after the Giants playoff run ends; hopefully with a Super Bowl victory in Tampa, or earlier if the unfortunate should happen.
I need to spend more time with my wife, my kids and focusing on other aspects of my life. As much as I enjoy the camaraderie, the discussions and the writing, I can't hack it anymore; it's either missing out on family time, not focusing properly at work or losing sleep at night. As a result I will not be continuing the simulations as I had originally intended.
For those of you that took the time to respond and post your picks, I played two simulations that I hadn't planned on - Friday night and Saturday morning. Without further ado:
Falcons 41, Cardinals 27: Two Kurt Warner interceptions run back for touchdowns were the difference in this game. Interesting note: I played as the Cardinals, the A.I. controlled the Falcons: In my game, Matt Ryan ended up with 2 TD, 2 INT and exactly 199 yards. The other similarity between virtual and reality were: a low yardage game for Michael Turner (77 yds on 22 carries) and a 68-yard TD for Anquan Boldin.
Colts 27, Chargers 17: In the simulation, I played the Colts and actually went heavily towards Anthony Gonzalez as a primary receiver and used Dallas Clark for alot of underneath crossing patterns - figuring that Cromartie, Weddle and Jammer (from the A.I. perspective) would be all over Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison. Gonzalez finished with 7 receptions for 80 yards and 2 of the 3 Indianapolis TD's; Clark finished with 6 catches for a measly 29 yards but the other touchdown.
SO FAR, 0-2
Dolphins 23, Ravens 20: Chad Pennington actually has a great day and goes 22-37 for 322 yards; Ted Ginn Jr. is the big receiver with 10 catches for 201 yards and a TD. The other TD came off of one of Joe Flacco's 4 interceptions (yes, I was controlling the Ravens). One of Pennington's 2 interceptions was also returned for a TD by Samari Rolle. LeRon McLain had 102 yards rushing but also lost two fumbles.
Vikings 38, Eagles 31: A higher scoring affair than we should expect. Bernard Berrian was the MVP in this one with three long TD receptions from Tavarius Jackson of 72, 32 and 47 yards,. Jackson finished with 310 yards passing and Berrian finished with 187 yards receiving. Strangely enough I couldn't get Adrian Peterson untracked (though I did set up the A.I. for Philly with a primarily run-stopping defense). Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook hooked up big time with 13 receptions for 143 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles almost tied this up with about 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter but a wide open DeShaun Jackson dropped a pass right in his hands. I went to control the cornerback too early and broke him off of Jackson's route. The A.I. didn't seem to think Jackson would catch it though.
We'll see what happens today.
Again, thanks to those who contributed to this concept. And I apologize for not seeing it through to the end; I would have posted all team stats and player stats but if I don't stop myself now I know I'll be right back where I started in Blogging and I need to pull back. It's not just with this site; there are other things I'm cutting back on or elimiating completely. In weighing options and making decisions, the CBS Sports Community - while very enjoyable and entertaining - has little intrinsic value for me in comparison to the things I miss out on that go on around me. In the end, this is an extracurricular activity that is expendable for me. I hope you can appreciate and understand.
Thanks everyone - and good luck to all your teams in the playoffs.