I had a bad first week picking games during the playoffs last week as I picked 3 out of 4 games incorrectly. It’s a whole new ball game now my friends. Below are my picks for this weekends Divisional Round.
Saturday, January 10th, 2009 games:
Baltimore at Tennessee
The Ravens crushed Miami last week in their Wild Card game 27-9 while Tennessee had the week off. I think Baltimore have the better defense while Tennessee have a better overall offensive unit. This will be a defensive slugfest. I think the Titans somehow pull it off and advance to the next round.
My Pick: Tennessee
Arizona at Carolina
Arizona are coming off a nice win last week in the Wild Card round as they beat Atlanta 30-24 while Carolina had a buy. I have a hard time foreseeing a win here for Arizona as Carolina have a stronger D and better run game. Arizona must run the ball as well or better than they did last week and get another solid game from Warner to have a chance. I think the Panthers will win by double digits.
My Pick: Carolina
Sunday, January 11th, 2009 games:
Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants
Philly took care of the Vikings last week 26-14 while the Giants were off. I think the Giants will do what they do in this game, run the ball well and consistently and put pressure on the QB. The Eagles will have to avoid turnovers and not give up the big play to have a shot. I like the defending champs at home.
My Pick: N.Y. Giants
San Diego at Pittsburgh
San Diego got by Indianapolis at home last week in the Wild Card Round winning 23-17 in overtime while Pittsburgh were off. I would LOVE to see the Chargers pull this one out and I am going to go on a limb and pick them to upset the Steelers even without LaDanian Tomlinson. San Diego have been playing extremely well of late and the last time these two teams played the Steelers won 11-10 as they snuck by San Diego in the 4th qtr. Go Chargers!
My Pick: San Diego
Week 1 – 8 correct and 7 incorrect. (15 games)
Week 2 – 9 correct and 6 incorrect. (15 games)
Week 3 – 9 correct and 7 incorrect. (16 games)
Week 4 – 5 correct and 8 incorrect. (13 games)
Week 5 – 9 correct and 5 incorrect. (14 games)
Week 6 – 8 correct and 6 incorrect. (14 games)
Week 7 – 10 correct and 4 incorrect. (14 games)
Week 8 – Did not make picks.
Week 9 – Did not make picks.
Week 10 – 13 correct and 1 incorrect. (14 games)
Week 11 – 11 correct and 4 incorrect. (15 games)
Week 12 – 10 correct and 5 incorrect. (15 games)
Week 13 – 7 correct and 6 incorrect. (13 games)
Week 14 – Did not make picks.
Week 15 – 10 correct and 5 incorrect (15 games)
Week 16 – 7 correct and 8 incorrect (15 games)
Week 17 – 10 correct and 6 incorrect (16 games)
Wild Card Round – 1 correct, 3 incorrect (4 games)
My overall record after 17 weeks: 126-78
My overall playoff record: 1-3