Saturday, January 16, 2010

NFL Picks - Divisional Weekend

This is the best football weekend of the year. Two days with two games a piece. After this, it's just the two conference championship games and the Super Bowl, so enjoy football while you still can. All four of these games look interesting with the potential for upsets as well, and Jets fans have something to root for at night as a Colts loss would set up a potential home AFC Championship game for the Jets.

Regular Season Record: 27-24
Playoffs Record: 3-1

Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints
Having only five days off before facing Drew Brees and the Saints offense is almost unfair. The Cardinals' defense allowed 45 points last week and there's no reason why there should be any difference this week on the road in New Orleans. The building will be going crazy, and the Cardinals could be gassed. Brees has pretty much all of his weapons available for him, and Arizona won't be able to keep up.
Saints 38, Cardinals 27

Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts
The Colts were 14-0 this year for a reason: they are a really good team. Baltimore has their 4th consecutive road game with just five days of rest before facing Peyton Manning and the Colts. Like the Saints-Cardinals game, that is not a good recipe. The Ravens will run the ball, but the Colts won't let the Ravens score touchdowns, and Manning will be too much to overcome for this Ravens team. It will be close for a while, but by the 2nd half, the rust will be off, and the Colts offense will be working on all cylinders.
Colts 24, Ravens 16

Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings
The Dallas defense has been superb lately, the only one left in the NFC that is quality. Minnesota is a tough team to run up the middle against, but Dallas doesn't need to do that. Felix Jones can break any run on the outside, and he's a big play waiting to happen. The Cowboys have the advantage in the trenches on defense as well, so they should be able to keep Adrian Peterson in check. Favre won't play badly, but Romo will outplay him as Miles Austin should have a field day against the Vikings secondary. This will be a close game, but the Cowboys' defense is the difference.
Cowboys 21, Vikings 20

New York Jets at San Diego Chargers
Preview Coming Tomorrow!