Friday, January 13, 2012

NFL Playoff Predictions: Divisional Round

Patriots over Broncos
I do think Denver is building a winning team, but not because of its quarterback. The Broncos have a talented defense a very good head coach in John Fox. The jury is still out on Tim Tebow, but his banged-up team has no chance in this one. I believe this is the kind of game that could have Tebow's most ardent supporters questioning their faith.
Patriots 35, Broncos 6

Ravens over Texans
Surely there's no way a third-string rookie quarterback could lead his team into Baltimore and beat the mighty Ravens, so I'm inclined to believe T.J. Yates and the Texans will get thumped. And yet, with their strong defense and ability to run the ball, I wonder if the Texans could be one Joe Flacco implosion away from shocking the football world. I'll take the Ravens in a close game over the Texans.
Ravens 15, Texans 14

Saints over 49ers
I do not understand why the Saints are only a 4 point favorite. The 49ers have such a poor offense, it won't matter if their defense keeps it close. In the end Drew Brees will make enough plays to ensure the Saints win by at least a touchdown.
Saints 31, 49ers 14

Packers over Giants
The Giants have a lot going for them. Their pass rush is ferocious. They're running the ball better than any team in the playoffs. And their recent history includes a stunning win over the Packers in Lambeau Field. And yet, I don't see enough ammunition to keep pace with Aaron Rodgers. I believe this is the game where we'll find out what the Packers are made of. Either their defense will betray their historic offense and the sparkling 15-1 record and 19-game winning streak will be quickly forgotten. Or a blowout will show doubters that this is a Packers team that could go down in history as an all-time great. My guess is the ball-hawking secondary makes a few plays and the Lambeau mystique, which frankly has faded since the late 90s, returns to give the Packers a convincing win.
Packers 40, Giants 21

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