CBS Sports NFL analyst Phil Simms was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to preview Sunday's Patriots-Ravens first-round playoff matchup. Simms will be in the broadcast booth when the teams meet at Gillette Stadium.
Simms said he's been impressed with Julian Edelman's ability to fill in for Wes Welker, and the former Giants quarterback expects to see Edelman come through Sunday. "The Patriots can't re-invent themselves here in one week because they've got the same offense, so a lot of that focus is going to have to go to Edelman still, because that's the way it's designed, a lot of pass plays," Simms said. "I think he'll catch footballs and hold his end up."
Regarding the Ravens, Simms said: "Their offense, they've tried to open it up, they do try to throw it down the field," noting that if the Patriots can take away Derrick Mason, Baltimore likely will struggle to score. Added Simms: "When they throw it, they're not looking for five yards. They can run it for five yards. When they throw it, they're looking for 20-30 [yards]."
Reagrding the AFC playoffs overall, Simms said: "I think it's pretty wide open this year. San Diego and Indianapolis deserve to be 1 and 2. But as we have seen, how many close games did Indianapolis play this year? ... It's going to be fun to watch."
As for the NFL playoff team that Simms considers the most dangerous, he said: "The Dallas Cowboys are good. They're fast, they're big and they can pressure. About the only thing they lack is one more wide receiver .. and they do get hurt with a speed rusher there. But overall, there aren't many weaknesses on that team. I've had many, many coaches in the NFL tell me they think the Dallas Cowboys physically are the most talented team in the league."
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