Jim Nantz, who will be in the broadcast booth announcing Sunday's Patriots-Ravens game on CBS, made an appearance on the Dale & Holley show Thursday morning and talked about the NFL playoffs. Said Nantz: "I keep getting back to the one thing I know about New England. I've seen them so many times. Nobody wants to be matched up against New England. In all of its success, in all of its history of finding a way to win, and the way they game-plan for these games behind coach [Bill] Belichick, I wouldn't want any part of New England if I'm in the AFC playoffs right now."
Nantz said if the Patriots win Sunday it would set up a marquee game the following weekend. "The Patriots know how to really get it done, they know how to get to the promised land, and you've got a team [in San Diego] that thinks it's going to get there," he said. "To me, that would be the blockbuster matchup of the divisional week." Added Nantz: "If you're in San Diego, you've got to be — if you're a fan anyway — frightened of New England coming out West and doing what they did to them a couple of years ago in what ultimately was [Chargers coach] Marty Schottenheimer's last game, when the Patriots went out there and won in the divisional round three years ago."
Talking about teams not giving full effort in the final weeks of the season, Nantz brought up the issue that the league may soon consider adding two more regular-season games to the schedule. Said Nantz: "I don't like it. We're getting too many guys injured as it is. Who's going to be left to play? Does this mean that perhaps instead of two weeks of this folly of teams dressing up but not really playing to win that we're going to have three or four weeks of it? ... I think this is going to be part of the argument against expansion [of the schedule]. That's where this is going to come back and hurt the league."
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