NFL on CBS analyst Bill Cowher dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Friday to preview this weekend’s playoff action. First up: Seahawks/Falcons, who kick off the divisional round Saturday at 4:35 p.m. ET.
Seattle has been up and down this year but impressed in its 26-6 win over Detroit last week. Now that the playoffs are here, can we expect the Seahawks to flip the switch and play like the elite team they’ve been for the last several years?
“I’ve been watching them all year, and their offensive line has not performed very well,” Cowher said on Tiki And Tierney. “But all of a sudden last week, you see Thomas Rawls running. We know who they played, and all of a sudden this kid, Paul Richardson, comes out and looks like the next coming of the greatest receiver in the National Football League. And we were talking about Russell Wilson, who did not even run with the football last week, which I think you’ll see this week. So they have a pedigree of understanding what it takes this time of the year, and they are a very dangerous team to play. We all know the weapons Atlanta has, but you know as well as I do that when you get into the playoffs, it’s one game, and if you’ve been there before, there’s a lot to be said for that, and I would never put anything past a quarterback like Russell Wilson. It is a very tall task, but Seattle is a very dangerous team to play.”
With all due respect Seattle and Atlanta, though, Packers/Cowboys figures to be the game of the week. The Cowboys are the top team in the NFC, while Green Bay has won seven straight.
Still, as good as Dallas has been, it’ll be interesting to see how its young team handles the pressure of the playoffs.
“Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, those two kids have infused a tremendous energy down there, have created a very high expectation of going to the playoffs,” Cowher said. “But it is different. You know that as well as I do, getting to the playoffs, as much as you want to keep everything the same, don’t forget how you got here, the preparation is the same, there’s a speed that goes with the game at playoff time. There’s a sense of finality. As the game unfolds, you got to just be careful that you don’t get out of your realm and you stay in the moment. No one is a more dangerous guy to play than Aaron Rodgers, but the Dallas Cowboys are very good at home, they’ve got the best offensive line in football, and they just got to continue to do what they’re doing. Dak Prescott seems very mature for his years, but still, this is his first experience and sometimes you just never know what you’re going to get.”
Cowher also weighed in on his former player, Joey Porter, who was arrested last weekend but will be coaching the Steelers in Kansas City on Sunday. Porter faced charges of aggravated assault and simple assault, which were dropped.
“It was just bad judgment,” Cowher said. “Bad judgment. You just can’t put yourself in any position where there’s an altercation of any kind. It’s like you tell your players: you just can’t put yourself in that situation. You walk away from it. You’re held to a higher standard. And so, (if you’re) saying that to the players, then certainly it has to hold true even to a higher level for coaches.”