NFL Playoff Predictions: Divisional Weekend

| January 14, 2011 | Comments (0)

New England Patriots (-9) over New York Jets

Yes, New England is the favorite.  Yes, they have home field advantage.  Yes, they beat the Jets by 42 last time.  Yes, they have the most experienced playoff coach.  Yes, they have the most experienced playoff quarterback.  No, they didn’t lead the league in any offensive or defensive category during the regular season.  No, they won’t win by 42 again.  No, they don’t have The Force on their side.

But yes, the Patriots will WIN Sunday night and COVER the spread.   And the NY POST IS HILLARIOUS!!

Baltimore Ravens (+3) over Pittsburgh Steelers

This is poised to be the best match-up of the weekend.  It’s a battle of the two best defenses in the NFL and possibly the best rivalry in the league.  The Raven’s Terrell Suggs holds no grudges, right?

These teams are so evenly matched that their last six games have been decided by an average of three points.  That’s right, THREE points!  The Ravens are coming off of a convincing and inspirational win over the Chiefs last week. (See Ed Reeds emotional game ball and Kelly Gregg’s gut!)

Edge to the Ravens on momentum alone.

Seattle Seahawks (+10) over Chicago Bears

I was down on the Seahawks before last weeks game.  WAY down.  Just goes to show you how unpredictable the NFL can be.

A 7-9 Seahawks team took down the defending champion New Orleans Saints, a week ago in what was the most exciting game of Wild Card Weekend.  Did anyone predict this outside of Seattle?  I don’t expect a repeat, a Seattle win, but I do expect a close game.  Seattle’s Cinderella story will end on Sunday, but they’ll cover the ten point spread.

Da Bears move on.

Green Bay Packers (+2.5) over Atlanta Falcons

A lot of the experts preseason pick for the Super Bowl was the Packers..  As improbable as it looked during the regular season, the Packers are coming together just at the right time to make a run at the trophy.  Step 1 was taking down top QB Micheal Vick.  Step 2 will be taking down top QB Matt Ryan on Sunday.  Matty Ice is almost a lock at home in the Georgia Dome, but I like the Packers and their defensive core.  Green Bay’s offensive stats surprisingly match those of Atlanta, while they lead in five of six defensive categories.

NFL.com Analysis

Look for the ‘PACK to win and all NFC North Divisional Championship next weekend.

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