Saturday, January 9, 2010

NFL Playoff Picks: Wild Card Round

After a 27-24 regular season, it's time for the playoffs. I was 2-1 last week, and I'm going to pick all four games this week and throughout the playoffs, so my record could change dramatically.

New York Jets +2.5 over Cincinnati
For my full preview click here. Take the points in this tight defensive battle. The Jets should have the better defense, and that will get them the win.
Jets 13, Bengals 9

Baltimore Ravens +3.5 over New England Patriots

This is a fun game. Baltimore played a lot of good games against great teams, including New England, but they continuously fell short for a variety of reasons. New England's defense is coming apart at the seams, and even though Joe Flacco is far from being a great quarterback right now, he should be able to make some plays against this secondary. But the key will be how well Ray Rice runs the ball. Wes Welker will be out, which is a huge blow for this Patriots team. This will be a hard fought game, and it could go either way. Take the points, it should come down to a field goal either way.
Patriots 28, Ravens 27

Dallas Cowboys -3.5 over Philadelphia Eagles

The Cowboys' January woes have been well-documented, but they are a team peaking at the perfect time. The defense is working on all cylinders, with back to back shutouts to its credit, and the offense is able to pound the ball with the running game and make plays passing the ball with Miles Austin and Jason Witten. They're balanced, and the Eagles have questions on how they can move the ball on a consistent basis. In a rabid atmosphere, the Cowboys should be able to pull this one out.
Cowboys 24, Eagles 14

Green Bay Packers (PK) over Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals have a good football team, and normally I would jump at the chance to take them at this line, but I worry about them probably without Anquan Boldin. The Packers are a dangerous team with a bigtime offense with a strong aerial attack that the Cardinals will have trouble matching up with. The Packers' defense is led by DPOY candidate Charles Woodson who will be matched up all day with Larry Fitzgerald. Both teams run the football okay, so the better passing team will win, and I think that the Cardinals won't disrupt Rodgers enough and the defense will make a few plays, maybe force a Tim Hightower or Beanie Wells fumble, and win this game.
Packers 31, Cardinals 27