Saturday, January 16, 2010

NFL Divisional Round Predictions

I was 2-2 on Wild Card weekend because I gave Green Bay's defense and New England too much credit. I'll try to do better in the Divisional Round. Let's do this.

Saturday Games

Arizona Cardinals @ New Orleans Saints

The Cardinals put up 51 points against the No. 2 defense last weekend. The Saints only scored 44 total over the final three weeks. Their offense is no longer balanced, and the defense hasn't gotten the amount of turnovers as earlier in the season. Plus, I'm not picking against perhaps the best post-season quarterback ever, Kurt Warner.

Cardinals 41, Saints 37

Baltimore Ravens @ Indianapolis Colts

The Colts have the best player of all-time in Peyton Manning. It's at home. Joe Flacco is playing hurt. The Colts were once again my pre-season Super Bowl pick. And while the Ravens have destroyed my hopes before, I don't see any reason to go against Indy in this game.

Colts 24, Ravens 17

Sunday Games

Dallas Cowboys @ Minnesota Vikings

This is the hardest game to call in the Divisional Round. The Dallas Cowboys are the hottest team in the League. Their defense is tenacious, Romo isn't making mistakes and the running game is finally clicking. But, the Vikings have a sick run defense and don't rely on the big plays like Philly. Brett Favre will get the ball into the hands of his playmakers and AP will break out of his slump. And Jared Allen will force a Romo turnover. I'm going with Minnesota.

Vikings 24, Cowboys 21

New York Jets @ San Diego Chargers

The Chargers are the most talented team in the League. Rivers (as much as I hate him) is an elite QB and is playing as well as anyone. They're going up against a rookie in Mark Sanchez and will be much more effective against their vanilla offense than Cincinnati last week.

Chargers 28, Jets 17

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