The NFL playoffs start today. Where did the regular season go? For many it has been over for months, and for a chosen few, it still may have another month left to go.
Here is a look at the final Pick’em Scoreboard.
I was down by 5 games heading into Week 17. I finally caught the expert that is CV3 in the end though. It was a very fun challenge. More of you will have to get involved next year.
After already getting picks from our very own Wesley Kaminsky yesterday, I am now going to give some picks of my own.
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks
The defending champs head to the rainy city to take on an under 500 Seattle team. Yes I said it, the Seahawks are under 500. They won just 7 games this year, and they have home field in the first round of the playoffs? Sorry New York and Tampa. You got shafted. Seattle is a typical 7 win team. They really do not do anything especially well. Get ready to watch Drew Brees run circles around the League’s 27th ranked secondary. This one will not even be close. Saints by 14 on the road as they look to keep their hopes of repeating alive.
New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts
These two teams are polar opposites in every sense of the word. They both are very good at their craft though. The Jets will pound the ball on the ground at you all night, while the Colts will air it out with the best of them. The difference in this one will be the Jets ability to defend against the pass. The Colt’s on the other hand are unable to stop the run. I realize that Indy has home field advantage. I realize that they are led by arguably the best quarterback of all time in Peyton Manning. But it will not be enough on this day. The Jets were my preseason pick to win the Super Bowl. And I have them taking care of business. Indy will get shocked at home today as the Jets exact some revenge from last year’s AFC Championship Game. Jets by 3 in a great game.
Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs
KC rides their two-headed rushing attack of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones every week. They run the ball more effectively than any team in the League. Baltimore on the other hand has had one of the League’s scariest defensive units for over a decade now. Now I do realize that the Chiefs only dropped one home game all year. The Ravens on the other hand finished 5 and 3 on the road. Yet this team is just absolutely loaded in every sense of the word. They have playmakers on both ides of the ball, that I do not see KC being able to keep up with. It has been a great year for the Chiefs and they vastly exceeded expectations. But the Ravens have won 4 games in a row, and do not appear ready to lose this week. The difference will be the experience of the Raven linebackers and their ability to shut down KC’s lethal rushing attack. Baltimore by 3 in a very ugly physical game.
Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles
This may be the most intriguing and highly anticipated matchup of the entire weekend. All year Michael Vick has been a “running” headline. How do you contain the guy? The Eagles are full of playmakers. Jackson, Maclin, Celek, McCoy, and Vick are some of the League’s best and most exciting players at their respective positions. But the Packers have some playmakers of their own. Do not sleep on Charles Woodson anchoring the secondary and Clay Matthews reeking havoc all over the field. Lastly, Aaron Rodgers has not gotten love this entire year. Talk about a Pro Bowl snub. Look for this guy to continue his hot streak and absolutely shred the Eagle’s mediocre secondary. I love watching the Eagles play. But the Packers were my preseason pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Well I got them winning this one. Packers by 1 in the most exciting game of the weekend.
So there you have my picks. Enjoy the two days of NFL games leading up to the NCAA Championship Game on Monday.
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