CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to discuss the playoffs.
Esiason predicted the two NFC road teams (Packers and Seahawks) would win this weekend, with the Patriots and Broncos advancing to the AFC championship game.
"The home teams are going to hold serve this week in the AFC," he said. "I never want to take anything for granted, especially when it comes against playing teams twice in the same season and so close to each other. The good news for the Patriots is they have this team at home, Houston. Matt Schaub only completed I think 29 passes on Saturday. Nineteen points is not going to get it done on the road in New England. They're going to have to be so much better than they were against the Bengals."
Added Esiason: "I'm not a big buyer for Joe Flacco against Peyton Manning. I'm not a big buyer for Joe Flacco against Tom Brady. I'm certainly not a big buyer for Matt Schaub against Tom Brady. So, like I said yesterday, this past weekend in the NFL it was rookie weekend. It was the rookie quarterbacks, they were the celebrated ones. There's one rookie quarterback left, and now the big boys get back involved. Now it's Manning, it's Brady, it's Matt Ryan. It's going to be all the better quarterbacks in the league now get involved in the playoffs. We're going to see a lot better football this coming weekend than we saw last weekend, I believe, at least from an offensive standpoint."
Esiason said Houston has "a puncher's chance" for an upset, but it's a slim one, mainly due to the struggles of the offense.
"From the Texans' standpoint, if I were on the Texans team I would be saying that I'm looking forward to this, I'm looking forward to payback, I'm looking forward to revenge," Esiason said. "And then the reality comes in: 'Oh my God, how the hell are we going to score 30 points in this game?' So, if Arian Foster runs for 175 yards, Matt Schaub does not turn the football over, they get a nice return game in their special teams -- all of those little things that go into an upset of this magnitude is going to have to happen for Houston.
"I know that if I were a Texan I would be looking forward to the opportunity of righting what I felt was probably one of the biggest indignities that we went through the entire season."
Looking at this past weekend's action, Washington coach Mike Shanahan is coming under fire for his decision to start Robert Griffin III in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks despite the quarterback's injured knee.
"Mike's going to be under a lot of pressure here. There's going to be a lot of questions as to why this young man was on the field," Esiason said. "I think they can only hope that this is minimal damage to RGIII's knee. I'll tell you what, if it takes him from a 4.3 [40-yard dash] to a 4.5, that's significant. Because this guy was a special guy. When he got around the corner -- as we saw yesterday against Seattle -- earlier in the season he was a playmaker. Yesterday he was anything but that. Especially in the second half of this football game."
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Kirk Minihane's Thursday Headlines welcome interns Tim and Conor to dicuss their trip to the Trump luncheon in downtown Boston.
A guest appearance by Chris Simms on WFAN with Boomer Esiason forces John, Gerry and Kirk back down the DeflateGate wormhole.
The Olympics in Brazil might have a few strange characters around, plus the guys discuss some changes in WEEI management and the sales staff bringing them breakfast
WEEI Bruins Reporter DJ Bean joins Glenn and Lou to talk about the B's waiving Dennis Seidenberg, and the Jacob Trouba rumors.
Glenn and Lou try to figure out what the Sox can do to right the ship
Ugh. Dale and Michael after another crap-fest of a Red Sox game break it all down and listen in to John Farrell and David Price's post game comments.
We close the show out with some of the best cuts of the day.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Ben, Russ and Alex start the show by discussing the breaking news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is headed to Manchester United. They also continue to cover the EURO's and Iceland's improbable run through the tourney. And of course, inevitably, they address Lionel Messi's announcement that he is retiring from Argentina.
Jerry Thornton and "Uncle Buck" Adam Cormack break down the greatest season finale of all-time, the season 6 finale of Game of Thrones. Jerry and Uncle Buck debate if this season was the greatest season in television history.
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