- Regular Season = 153-100-1
- Playoff Record = 4-4
- Overall Record = 157-104-1
NFL Divisional Playoffs Weekend
Saturday, January 10
AFC: 4:30 PM (ET)
Baltimore (11-5) at Tennessee (13-3) (CBS-TV)
NFC: 8:15 PM (ET)
Arizona (9-7) at Carolina (12-4) (FOX-TV)
Sunday, January 11
NFC: 1:00 PM (ET)
Philadelphia (9-6-1) at New York Giants (12-4) (FOX-TV)
AFC: 4:45 PM (ET)
San Diego (7-8) at Pittsburgh (12-4) (CBS-TV)
There is a lot of talk of teams of destiny this week, what with two six seeds moving on to divisional rounds and four road teams favored during wild card weekend. (Both five seeds lost.)
This weekend, I’m staying home with the picks. Logic dictates there is an upset looming; I just can’t find/buy it.
In your twist of the week, all 4 games are rematches of at least one regular-season contest.
TENNESSEE Titans (1) vs. Baltimore Ravens (6): Both teams win with defense, asking their QBs merely not to screw up. Playing at home, against a rookie, I have to go with Kerry Collins having a better chance of minimizing mistakes than Joe Flacco. Titans 17 Ravens 9.
(FINAL SCORE: Ravens 13 Titans 10)
CAROLINA Panthers (2) vs. Arizona Cardinals (4): The Cards played the Panthers tough in Week 8 before losing 27-23. But Arizona’s Anquan Boldin will be hobbled if he plays, and the Cardinals are a different team on the road, having lost its final two away games (Eagles, Patriots) by a combined 95-27. Panthers 31 Cardinals 16.
(FINAL SCORE: Cardinals 33 Panthers 13)
NEW YORK GIANTS (1) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (6): This is the game that smells like a looming upset, but don’t be fooled. The problem with the Eagles, the designated "2008 Giants" team of destiny, is they're playing the Giants. Giants 27 Eagles 20
(FINAL SCORE: Eagles 23 Giants 11)
PITTSBURGH Steelers (2) vs. San Diego Chargers (4): The Chargers will likely be without LaDainian Tomlinson — not a bad thing considering the emergence of Darren Sproes. The rested Steelers defense will be too much for the Chargers, who showed grit winning their final four and beating the Colts in OT last week. Steelers 20 Chargers 13.
(FINAL SCORE: Steelers 35 Chargers 24)
Where is the upset looming? What am I missing?