Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

January 12, 2013

AARON SNYDER: Don’t count teams out



Seahawks at

Falcons, 1 p.m.

They’re without their best pass rusher in Chris Clemons, they’ve got a rookie quarterback, Russell Wilson, and they were down 14-0 to a team with an ailing quarterback.

Yet everybody wants to pick the Seahawks!

Look, I know they’ve got two great cornerbacks who could very well hold the excellent Falcons receiving corps in check, but Atlanta is the better team here.

And I understand that Wilson is no ordinary rookie.

However, the No. 1 seed is at home, and QB Matt Ryan, as much of a playoff flop as he’s been, will turn it around now. He’ll go to Tony Gonzalez early and often in what is the future Hall of Fame tight end’s farewell tour.

Gonzalez finally gets that ever-elusive playoff win to help cement his legacy.

Atlanta must establish some kind of running game, and it will.

Snyder says: Falcons 26, Seahawks 20.

Texans at Patriots, 4:30 p.m.

OK, so the Texans lost three of their last four regular season games and their offense was fairly lackluster against the Bengals.

But when the whole world is against you, that’s when it’s time to shine.

Tom Brady and the Patriots sliced and diced the Texans during the regular season.

And I’m taking the Texans why?

Arian Foster and J.J. Watt, their offensive and defensive leaders.

The Texans have to strike first, and if they do, they’ll gain control and eat up time of possession by using their running backs and tight ends as they did against Cincinnati.

Snyder says: Texans 24, Patriots 21.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Salyers shoots 75 for title at Lakeside

    Baylee Salyers of Flatwoods shot a 3-over par 75 at Lakeside Golf Course on Thursday to win the Girls Open division of the Walmart Kentucky PGA Junior Tour event.

    July 24, 2014

  • 0724putnamwebshot.JPG Laying the foundation Workers are finishing the foundation for the locker room on the home side of Putnam Stadium on Tuesday. The Ashland Tomcats open the football season on Aug. 22 against Newport Catholic.

    July 23, 2014

  • Genuine throwback

    Todd Eastham is disproving the old cliche, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”

    July 23, 2014

  • MARK MAYNARD: Looking for those who inspire

    Inspirtation, they say, comes from within. It is defined as an inspiring or animating action or influence.

    July 22, 2014

  • 0722KYPGA_152.jpg Jones tops Gillum in playoff at Eagle Trace

    Ashland senior golfer Logan Jones didn't shoot his average Monday.
    He didn't mind.
    His three-over par 75 and one-hole playoff win over Elliott County junior Ryan Gillum gave him the Boys Open division title in the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour stop at Morehead State University's Eagle Trace Golf Course.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • 102213_329a.jpg Raceland tabs Clark as new girls basketball coach

    Jason Clark has a reputation of being — to use his word — “passionate” on the Raceland volleyball sideline.
    He plans to bring that same approach as the Lady Rams’ new basketball coach.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0305region2_389.jpg Pass the Mayo: East sophomore PG, Lady Raiders preparing for winter run

    East Carter sophomore point guard Kristen Mayo has played basketball for as long as she can remember.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0718spinda.jpg Steelers super fan Spinda to be recognized in Florida

    Shawn Spinda doesn’t have to use speech to profess his passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    All it takes is a quick glance for a person to get the picture.
    But to absorb the whole picture, you’ll need to clear your schedule.
    Spinda is one of several fanatics who will be recognized at the Sports Fans Conference in Orlando, Florida, which is set for Aug. 28-Sept. 1 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. He is a “What a Fan” NFL Fan of the Year nominee.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0703rfLL0204.jpg Little League State Baseball: Ready to run

    Morehead 11- and 12-year-old All-Star baseball manager Toby Gardner collectively likened his team to a racehorse.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0717prokick1.jpg Prokicker.com camp Eleven Ashland Tomcat football players were part of the Ray Guy Prokicker.com camp at Huntington High. The high-profile camps are put on all over the country. Rick Sang, an Ashland native who befriended Guy 20 years ago, is the camp's founder.

    July 16, 2014