I'm going to take a crack at predicting the NFL Playoff games against the spread today. This is only for fun as I'm still working on my sports betting skill, so please take these with a grain of salt. I will at least give reasons for why I'm picking the way I'm picking. I really wish I was headed to Reno sometime this month, but sadly, my schedule will not allow it. Let's get it on!
Steelers -3 vs. Ravens - It's funny that all four games are rematches from earlier in the year, with both AFC match-ups are of division rivals that played two times and split. I have to give the edge to the Steelers purely because they are playing at home. These times are quite similar in offense and defense. The key may end up being the health of Troy Polamalu. I can't help myself though- I'm going to take the Steelers winning and covering 17-13.
Falcons -2.5 vs. Packers - Earlier in the year, the Falcons beat the Packers 20-17. I don't think that has much bearing on this game. The Falcons will be fresh having from having last week off, while the Packers played the Eagles just six days earlier. However, I am drawn to the allure of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' defense. Oddly enough, I think the Packers are going to get it done and when thereby covering. Packers win 24-20.
Bears -10 vs. Seahawks - This one is a tough one for me to pick. I truly believe the Bears are the better team and will win. Yet, I'm pretty sure the Seahawks will be prepared and how can any team take them lightly after they beat the Saints. The Bears defense has to 1) stop Marshawn Lynch and 2) make sure Matt Hasselbeck is bothered in the pocket. I'm taking the Seahawks to cover, but the Bears to win 24-17.
Patriots -9 vs. Jets - So much talking, not enough football. Here is the best soundbite out of all the s**t-talking- it's Wes Welker mentioning feet 10 times while the media asked him questions the other day:
Are the Patriots the best team in football? Yes. Are they the scariest match-up for any team? Yes. Do I think they will win on Sunday? Yes. But I have to believe the Jets will cover- this shouldn't be a repeat of the 45-3 curb-stomping they took just a few weeks ago. Patriots win 31-24.
So there you have it- a potential Bears/Packers NFC Championship game sounds mighty nice to me. Have a great weekend and enjoy the games!