My selections are exactly at .500 for the playoffs, so my super bowl pick will determine whether or not I post a positive record for the 2011 playoffs.
Line: NE -2.5
Selection/Analysis: The Giants have been trash talking all week. Yes, the may be more talented team than the team that was a 13pt. underdog; however, I just don’t see Brady losing again to Manning. Brady and Bilichick are long over due for pay-back against the giants.. NE -2.5
Denver’s defense had a major meltdown and Baltimore’s decision not to kick a chip shot at the 1 yd ended up being the deciding factor. However all things said, my record for the 2011/2012 playoffs is still .500, nothing to brag about, it’s not great or bad.
Line: SF -2.5
Selection/Analysis: Both the G-men and the Niners have been playing at a high level in the playoffs. Both teams have good defenses, with edge on the offensive side going slightly to the Giants, as I would have to take Eli Manning over Alex Smith. I think this game will be played tightly, but I have to give the nod to the home team in a close game. SF -2.5
Line: New England -7
Selection/Analysis: New England has one of the top offenses in the NFL, but one of the worst defense’s in the league as well. On the other hand, the Raven’s have a solid D, but a inconsistent offense. I’m a firm believer that defense wins championships. I think the Raven’s will pressure Brady all day and that Flacco will do just enough to win the game. Bal. +7
The Bengals and Lions let me down last week, but the Giants and Broncos helped me survived wild card weekend 2-2. Here are my selections for this week.
Line: Saints -3.5
Selection/Analysis: the Saints offense started off slow but steam rolled the Lion’s D in the 2nd half last week. Make no mistake, the 49ers’s defense is much more talented than the Lion’s. Look for Patrick Willis to slow down Drew Brees and For the 49ers offense to eat up the clock with their run game and play keep away. 49ers +3.5
Line: Patriots -13.5
Selection/Analysis: Tom Brady may be able to light up the score board, but his defense is one of the league’s worst. Denver has learned a lot about New England from their previous match up and should be able to slow down Brady with pressure from Von Miller and company. Turnovers killed the Broncos in their first matchup, so look for the Bronco’s to focus on ball security and play a conservative and close game. If all goes right Tebow should have an opportunity to win this game in the 4th. Broncos +13.5
Line: Ravens -7.5
Selection/Analysis: The Raven’s defense is the real deal, and I just have a tough time believing that T.J. Yates, a 3rd team rookie qb, has any shot at beating the Ravens, even with the solid running game of Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Ravens -7.5
Line: Packers -7.5
Selection/Analysis: The last time these two met in the playoffs, Eli’s led the Giants to an overtime victory and eventually a super bowl victory. Don’t look for history to repeat itself. Although I believe the game will be close, I believe the Packers are just too good to let this game slip. NYG +7.5