The weekend is here and that means the divisional playoffs are fast approaching. Last week I went 2-2 and the home teams all won. This week could be different...maybe? Let’s take a look.
New Orleans @ San Francisco
"What kind of football do you usually get here?""We have both types, Country and Western." cough. ugh I mean Offense and Defense. Who are you trying to kid? Everybody loves The Blues Brothers... Anyway. I really want to pick New Orleans. Offense is so easy to watch.... But alas it’s not
going to happen. In 5 games outdoors this year the Saints went 3-2 and average 25.8 points. And if you take away the loss to a terrible defense in Green Bay and a win over a terrible defense in Carolina they went 2-1 and averaged only 21.6 points. None of those outdoor road games was against a defense as good as San Francisco’s. The question mark lies in the 49er's offense. Can they score 20 or more points? In 8 home games the 49er's averaged 27.6 points per game while only giving up 10.9 points per game. The 49er's defense will create turnovers and will get off the field on more 3rd downs then not. I think Frank Gore and the offense will score touchdowns on their red zone opportunities and David Akers will come through in the clutch.
San Francisco 23-20 over New Orleans
Denver @ New England
We have seen this before. The Patriots went to Denver and won 41-23. Now they are home and haven't lost a game since Nov 6th. As hard as it is to predict games with da Tebow at quarterback I’m feeling pretty confident here. New England can simply outpace Tebow and company. The Patriots d stinks out loud so expect Denver to put up points, it just won’t be enough.
New England 38-27 over Denver
Houston @ Baltimore
Another game we have seen before. But the last time we saw this game Matt Schaub was playing quarterback for the Texans. The Ravens defense is not as good as they used to be. They are vulnerable to the vertical passing game. It’s too bad Houston doesn't have one. They run the ball and set up play action pass. That won't work here. The Ravens stuff running backs and they won't be fooled by the play action. The Texans' have a good defense as well so don't expect a crazy score from Baltimore.
Baltimore 22-13 over Houston
NY Giants @ Green Bay
The third rematch this weekend and the one I expect to be the least like the regular season. The Packers beat the Giants 38-35 in New York in week 13. This time it will be in Green Bay for the first home playoff game for Aaron Rodgers and the first one in Green Bay since the Giants beat Brett Favre. Green Bay has two weeks to prepare and three weeks of rest. If this offseason was any indicator on how the Packers will play, don't expect any rust. This stadium will be going crazy and Green Bay will be on fire. I expect a huge blowout here. Giants will score points but not like the packers can.
Green Bay 52-27 over NY Giants.
So I’m picking the home teams to sweep. They did last week so that means there is no way it could possibly happen again this week....