Ebs’ Hot Takes: Joel Embiid, Tom Brady, Matty Ice, Sean McDermott, NFL Playoffs Prognostications

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Happy Martin Luther King Day…
CLIFTON PARK, NY – Well, that was a better weekend of playoff football, right? From Matty Ice’s spectacular performance against Seattle and the Houston Texans hanging around as long as they could, to Green Bay’s heck of a win in Jerry World, and Chris Boswell’s performance in KC… Wow, that was fun. Oh, and the Buffalo Bills have a new head coach! And he doesn’t have a brother named Rob. So, that’s a start. Anyway, this week I’m going with a set of Divisional-Round-flavored Ebs’ Hot Takes. Enjoy

Tom Brady is the biggest crybaby in the history of professional – and collegiate – sports history. It’s truly incredible. I’ve never seen a player so good at what he does, like the best to ever do it good, beg and plead to the referees so much. It’s almost embarrassing.

It had to be a low point for Tommy Boy and the New England Patriots faithful when Jadeveon Clowney finished his clean tackle of Brady, and Brady starts pleading his case to the referee about a late hit only to fall back down as he got up. It was one of the highlights of my weekend. And I went skiing in Lake Placid and got my birthday presents from my family, so that should tell you something.

One of these days Brady’s antics are going to come back and bite him in the butt, and I’ll be waiting.

Sean McDermott might be the guy for the Buffalo Bills. When the Bills hired Sean McDermott one Wednesday, they did one thing: They hired the anti-Rex Ryan.

While both coaches are known as players coaches, McDermott has a my way or the highway mentality about him that Ryan never had. McDermott is the exact coach Buffalo needed. He will bring a culture change that the Bills will benefit from.

Now, like McDermott, I’m not going to make any bold predictions about the upcoming season, just like the former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator did at his press conference Friday, but I feel like he’s the guy.

Oh, and I love the hire of Mike Waufle. You might remember him from this past season of HBO’s Hard Knocks.

I still like my Super Bowl picks. With one week left, my selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers Super Bowl matchup is still alive.

In the NFC, the championship is probably going to be first to 50. Atlanta could very well win this game and be the favorite to win the Super Bowl, but I’m still sticking with the Packers.

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Hopefully Green Bay gets Jordy Nelson back, too. Even though they didn’t need him Sunday, Atlanta’s offense is much better than the Dallas Cowboys, and Nelson would be welcomed back with open arms.

After watching the Patriots struggle against the Texans for much of the game Saturday, I feel really good about the Steelers’ chances.

I understand that Pittsburgh didn’t find the end zone Sunday night, but they put up six scores and held the Kansas City Chiefs to two.

Kansas City’s defense is better than New England, and Ben Roethlisberger is a competent quarterback. Sorry, Brock.

The question is, can the Steelers get to Tom Brady with the success Houston had. That’s what will win the game.

Green Bay, 42-38. Pittsburgh, 27-24.

Though, I will say, I’m rooting for the Atlanta Falcons to win it all. Growing up rooting for the Falcons – thanks to Michael Vick – it would be cool to see the Dirty Birds back in the Super Bowl.

P.s… Living in Pennsylvania now, I’ve gotten to see a lot of Philadelphia 76ers basketball. And one thing I can say is, Joel Embiid is a rising star in this league. Click this re his response to Skip Bayless.


Come back tomorrow for baby-bouncing Ben Whitney and please follow us on Twitter at @ByDJEberle & @MeetTheMatts Instagram @MeetTheMatts and like our Facebook page, Meet The Matts.

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DJ Eberle: The youngest of our team, DJ is also the largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native used OT for Western New England University - until he graduated in May of 2014. Like Junoir Blaber, he's a regular on Rugby Wrap Up - his dad played rugby with The Matts. His cross to bear, however, is his love for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. As for baseball and basketball, it's the Yanks and Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on Twitter: @ByDJEberle.

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