09 January 2012

2012 NFL Playoffs: Divisional Picks

The 2012 NFL Playoffs roll on as the Wild Card round has concluded and the Divisional Playoffs are about to commence. Four teams have advanced from the first round with four more clubs coming off a bye. Who do I think will advance to the AFC and NFC Championship Games? It's time for my Divisonal Playoffs picks.
Wild Card: 1-3

Sat., Jan. 14th:
New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers (FOX, 4:30)
What makes this matchup so fascinating is that these two clubs are polar opposites. The Saints have an awesome and incredibly proficient offense led by quarterback Drew Brees but their defense is pretty poor. The 49ers have by far the best defense in the NFC Playoffs and while they have a great running back in Frank Gore, Alex Smith is not the kind of guy you want to lead you in a shootout. But I'm feeling San Francisco and not only because they have the defense to slow down the Saints' offensive attack as well as the running game to keep them off the field, the Saints are not as good on offense in an outdoor venue and Candlestick Park can be very windy.
49ers 24 Saints 22

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots (CBS, 8:00)
It's very tempting to go with the Broncos in an upset in Foxborough. The Patriots' defense is just so horrendously bad and they probably won't be able to slow down a staunch Broncos rushing attack and if Tim Tebow can shred a Steelers defense, he can absolutely tear up the Patriots pass defense in the air. But while the Broncos have a solid defense that can pressure the quarterback, they do not have a strong enough defense to slow down the Tom Brady attack. The Broncos will try their best to keep the ball out of Brady's hands but won't do a good enough job and thus will lose.
Patriots 38 Broncos 27

Sun., Jan. 15th:
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens (CBS, 1:00)
The Texans played much better than I thought they would last Saturday and they blew out the Bengals by three touchdowns. Arian Foster ran the ball extremely well and the defense was alive and attacking, forcing the Cincinnati offense into mistakes. But while the Ravens have been inconsistent this season they have been tremendous at home, not losing a game. And the Ravens have a better defense than Houston's by a smidgen and Ray Rice is an elite back as well. So the difference will come in the quarterback play and while Joe Flacco has mot played well this season, I trust him in a big game much more than T.J. Yates. Ravens in a close one.
Ravens 21 Texans 17

New York Giants at Green Bay Packers (FOX, 4:30)
I think people are forgetting that the Packers did just go 15-1 and I think that's a byproduct of having a bye in my opinion. Aaron Rodgers has been simply awesome this season and the Packers will always score their points. And while the defense was the worst statistically in the league this season, they were an example of bend but don't break as they gave up the 19th fewest points plus they gave up much of those yards in garbage time. But the Giants are a very tough opponent for Green Bay. Their secondary sucks by they have an awesome defensive line, which could really take advantage of a banged up Packers offense line, and they have the weapons and the quarterback to score with the Packers. Remember the last time the Packers and Giants had a rematch in the postseason at Lambeau Field after the Packers won in the Meadowlands?
Giants 23 Packers 20

2 comments:

  1. Giants over the Packers?? I hope so, but I was sure you were gonna pick the Packers.

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