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NFL Playoffs: The Division Round

I admit that last week even though I didn’t post it I went 0-4 on Wild Card Weekend.  So hopefully I can turn this around.

AFC Games

Ravens @ Colts:  This game could go either way.  There are three keys to this game: 1) Will the Ravens come out like they did vs the Patriots last week, getting tons of pressure on Tom Brady and having the big 82 rushing yard TD from Ray Rice on the first play of the game.  2) The Ravens offense has to show up.  They could have beat the Colts earlier in the year, but they scored ZERO TDs and made five field goals.  3) After their rest, can the Colts offense get back on track early in the game?  If they don’t get in a groove early, the Ravens can squeak this one out. MY PICK: I’m going to say Ravens win this in a close one by getting pressure on Peyton Manning like they did Tom Brady.  Plus, I like the Ravens on the road.

Jets @ Chargers:  This game will be the most lopsided game of the week.  Even though the Jets have the #1 defense in the league, they have no one to cover Antonio Gates.  I also don’t like having a rookie Quarterback in Mark Sánchez going to San Diego against a team that thinks this is their year.  MY PICK: San Diego in a blow out.

NFC Games

Cardinals vs Saints:  This game is expected to be a shootout and very well should be.  Two very good offenses who like to throw the ball will mean a lot of points will be scored.  The Saints are limping into the playoffs finishing the season losing three straight, while the Cards are coming off the highest score game in NFL Playoff history.  MY PICK:  I’m picking the Cards in this game.  The Cards seems like they are still being disrespected after going to the Super Bowl last year and it seems they want to prove they are not a one trick pony.  Plus, you should never pick against Kurt Warner in a shootout type game.

Cowboys vs Vikings: This is probably the most anticipated game of the week with the Cowboys rolling into a building where the Vikings have not lost all year.  This game can go either way.  Both teams have balanced offenses and both defenses get pressure on the opposing quarterback, so it seems like whoever will win this game will either win the turnover battle or have the better special teams.  MY PICK: Vikings just edge out the Cowboys playing in front of their home crowd with Percy Harvin being the X-factor for the Vikes.

January 14, 2010 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL Week 14 Picks

Kurt Warner and his Arizona Cardinals have a chance to clinch the NFC West against the 49ers on Monday Night Football

It’s Week 14 of the NFL season and with the season winding down there are some pretty key games that will help shape the playoff picture in both the AFC and NFC.

Week 14 got off to a crazy start as the Browns somehow upset the Steelers and I would’ve picked a reeling 6-6 Steelers team in a must win situation.  So it’s a good feeling to start off the week 0-1

Saints @ Falcons-With both Falcons QB Matt Ryan and RB Michael Turner questionable for the game, I have to give the game to the Saints as they continue to find ways to win and remain undefeated.

Packers @ Bears- A big rivalry game so throw out the records.  With the way the Packers defense is playing and with Bears QB Jay Cutler prone to interceptions, I go with the Packers and continue their playoff push.

Broncos @ Colts-  The Broncos have gotten hot of late outscoring their last two opponents 70-19, but they are at Indianapolis where the Colts have won their last 12 games.  With home field advantage and Peyton Manning behind center, the Colts remain undefeated.

Bills @ Chiefs- With the way Jamaal Charles has been running the ball for the Chiefs as of late and how bad the Bills run defense is, I have to go with the Chiefs

Bengals @ Vikings- This game should be a must watch for anyone.  With the Vikings Adrian Peterson struggling as of late, having to see the Bengals vicious run defense is not the best thing for AP.  Also, last Sunday night I think the Cardinals showed a big weakness in the Vikings secondary.  I predict Carson Palmer has a big day for the Bengals throwing the ball.  Bengals win this game in a close game.

Panthers @ Patriots-  Patriots try to rebound from back-to-back losses and haven’t lost three games in a row in seven years.  Plus, they are undefeated at home and playing the Panthers, so the Pats get back on track.

Jets @ Buccaneers- Jets will dominate the young offense of the Buccaneers and Thomas Jones should have a big game for the Jets running game.  Jets win easily.

Dolphins @ Jaguars- The Jags have some how won five straight games at home and have the final Wild Card spot as of now, but into Jacksonville come the Dolphins who believe they are better than their 6-6 record and trying to get that final Wild Card spot as well.I have to go with the Dolphins in this game with Chad Henne improving each game at QB adds another element along with the wildcat to the Dolphins offense.

Lions @ Ravens-  The Ravens should be highly encouraged with the Steelers now out of the playoff picture and it’s always more encouraging when the you see the Lions as your next opponent.   Ravens win in a blow out.

Seahawks @ Texans- Both teams are having disappointing seasons at 5-7 and both teams are streaking.  Seahawks are on a two game win streak, while the Texans have lost their last four games.  I expect the Texans to win this game as the Seahawks have a weak secondary, but gotta keep an eye on if Matt Schaub’s non-throwing shoulder is okay after he separated it last week.

Rams @ Titans- The Titans had their five game win streak snapped last week by the Colt, but should start another winning streak as the Rams come to Tennessee.

Redskins @ Raiders- Both teams are coming off opposite emotions from last weeks game.  The ‘skins have to be feeling down after they were literally stripped of a W last week and tried to end the Saints undefeated season.  While the Raiders have to be ecstatic after last weeks win in Pittsburgh.  With Bruce Gradkowski under center for the Raiders, I’m picking them over the Redskins.

Chargers @ Cowboys-  The Chargers are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now.  The Cowboys are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Giants after just giving up two big plays.  Also, it’s December which mean it’s bad news for the Cowboys.  Until the Cowboys win a game in December I will pick against them.  Chargers win in a close and entertaining game.

Eagles @ Giants-  You never know what may happen when these two teams get together.  The Eagles are beat up on both sides of the football.  While the Giants just came off a win against the Cowboys that wasn’t that impressive.  I’m going to go with the Eagles in a very physical game.

Cardinals @ 49ers-  This has to seem familiar to the Cardinals. Just like last year they are really getting no respect and should be after their dismantling of the Vikings last week.  I say the Cardinals win big and clinch the NFC West.

December 12, 2009 Posted by | NHL | , , , , , | Leave a comment