The NFL playoffs continue this weekend which should shape up to be one of the best divisional weekends in some time. Here are my picks:
Ravens @ Steelers – Both of these teams see plenty of each other during the regular season and now they will square off again in the playoffs. Each game was decided by three points or less and I don’t see that changing for this game. Unfortunately this game will come down to which kicker is better in the fourth quarter. I have a hard time picking an away team in the playoffs so I’m going with Troy Polamalu and the Steelers even though Terrell Suggs said this game would be like “The Armageddon.”
Steelers 20 Ravens 17
In the night cap of Saturday’s games the Packers play at the Falcons in a rematch of the regular season where the Packers lost a close one by a field goal (20-17). If the Packers can get their running game going like last game and Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have to pass seventy times, the Pack can win this rematch. Even though Matt Ryan rarely loses at home I will take the more stingy defense and arm of Aaron Rodgers to come out on top.
Packers 24 Falcons 17
On to Sunday’s games with one of the most surprising teams in playoff history, the Seahawks facing the Bears at Soldier field. I’m still not convinced the Bears are a great team and we all know the Seahawks poor record so I think this one stays close for at least a half. All it takes is a few Jay Cutler awful passes to be intercepted to keep the Seahawks close. These teams met in week 6 where the Seahawks beat the Bears at Soldier field. Since then the Bears have improved, and it’s tough to beat the same team twice in the NFL.
Bears 30 Seahawks 23
And finally the last game of the divisional playoffs, shaping up to be one of the more tough games to predict. Will New England come out like they did last game and rout the Jets by 100 points? Or will the Jets stick to what got them there; running the ball and throwing the ball off play-action? The New England defense isn’t built to stop anybody, they’re more of a bend don’t break type defense, and with the Jets superior running game-the Jets may be able to limit the times Tom Brady touches the football. Adding some spice to the mix recently, Antonio Cromartie stated how much he hates Tom Brady, look for whoever Cromartie is covering to have a big day–the Patriots like to pick on players ON the field, just ask Ike Taylor how that went last year. Unfortunately I have to go Patriots and their offense on this one.
Patriots 31 Jets 21