Divisional Picks – After a very good week of Wild Card Picks, going 3-1, and nailing the score of the Cardinals-Falcons game, I am feeling pretty high on life right now. But, the Divisional Weekend always separate the men from the boys. This week is for seasoned gentlemen only.
Ravens 16, Titans 10 – To me the main difference in this game is that the Ravens aren’t depending on Joe Flacco to win this game, just not to lose the game. On the other hand, I think the Titans are relying more on Kerry Collins to pull another win out and I do not like the chances. The last time Kerry Collins went up against the Ravens in a playoff game was Super Bowl XXXV. He was intercepted 4 times and Ed Reed did not join the Ravens until 2001.
Panthers 31, Cardinals 17 – The last thing that the Arizona Cardinals want to do is travel east again, where they went 0-5 against teams in the eastern time zone. Those games started early. This is a Saturday night game. I think that helps Arizona. What doesn’t help will be Anquan Boldin not at 100%. The Cards played the Panthers tough in their week 8 game losing 27-23. The Cardinals actually outgained the Panthers 425 to 351. Carolina is a better team since then, not sure if you could say the same about Arizona.
Giants 27, Eagles 20 – As it is said in investing when everyone is hot on something, you should back away and go in the opposite direction. I like that advice. Philly seems to be the team that many feel are last year’s Giants. I couldn’t agree less. The Giants aren’t the same without Plax, but they can still beat the Eagles. I can never feel confident in an Andy Reid coached team, the guy makes Herman Edwards look like the best time manager in football. I just can’t see the Giants falling twice to the Eagles at home. I believe the Eagles weak spot on defense are the linebackers, and I am not sure they can control the tandem of Ward and the Jaco-bus. Eli just has to be smart with the football and not give the Eagles hungry secondary anything to eat.
Steelers 20, Chargers 10 – This one is so tempting. The Steelers have been a lousy home team in the playoffs over the last decade or so. Losing 4 AFC Championship games at home, one of them to the Chargers, and losing at home last year to the Jags. But, I think the crushed grass/mud of Heinz Field hurts the Chargers. Darren Sproles who was amazing against the Colts last week, will not be running on a fast track, and will have to carry more than normal, with LaDainian Tomlinson which translated in to Spanish means Carlos Beltran likely out. Big Ben may not be 100%, but I don’t see him handing this one over to the Chargers.
The Steelers do lose at home in the playoffs, but they usually win at home in the divisional round. I will wait until next week for them to lose at home. Hint, hint.