Thursday, January 13, 2011

NFL Playoffs - 2010 Divisional Round of Rematches

It's time for the divisional round... and they are all rematches... let's see what we've got:


Jets @ Pats - The Jets won in NY at the beginning of the season, and the Pats went into Cobra Kai mode and showed no mercy in beating the Jets 45-3 near the end of the season. These rubber matches where the teams have split are complete crapshoots... but I like the Patriots and the homefield advantage.
Pick: Pats

Baltimore @ Pittsburgh - These teams also split... the difference here is that these players and fans hate each other so much that they literally maim and injure each other every time they play. As a Browns fan, I despise both teams so much I can't even watch this game. I will be curious to see who wins, but the winner will probably suffer from a "winning the battle, losing the war" problem as they will be missing key players for next week. Interestingly, the Steelers beat the Ravens in 2008 and 2001 in the playoffs. Does this mean, it's the "third time is the charm?" Your guess is as good as mine.
Pick: Pittsburgh


Seahawks @ Bears - The Seahawks are going for .500! Honestly, I still don't respect the Seahawks to do anything. Yes, they beat the Saints last week, but a big key is that crazy homefield advantage they have in Seattle. They don't have that any more (short of the insane scenario of a Seahawks win and a Packers win). The Bears fans have to be loving this draw. Thank the Eagles for blowing that game against Minnesota at the end of the season.
Pick: Bears

Green Bay @ Falcons - This is the game of the week. A game that I've been drooling over. Great offenses, great defenses, teams that both deserve to go far. The Falcons edged out Green Bay during the season by a field goal, and anything is possible in the dome (which should also benefit the speed of Greg Jennings). Soon, we shall see if that Green Bay running game is for real... I still like the Falcons to hold serve in this one.
Pick: Falcons

Last week: 2-2 (missed the Seahawks epic win, and missed the Packers over the Eagles)


MJ said...

I'm taking the Patriots, Steelers, Bears and Packers.

Of the four, I actually feel least confident in the Patriots. I could easily see the Jets beating them.

In any case, those are my picks and it keeps my preseason Steelers-Packers prediction alive.

Last week: 3-1 (no one predicted a Seachicken victory)

Mighty Mike said...

I'm taking the same as MJ. Of the four I'm least confident about Falcons and Packers.

Last Week: 2-2

Gutsy Goldberg said...

I should have listed them by confidence. I'm least confident about: Falcons, Pittsburgh, then New England. However, despite New England being my third least confident team, I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Jets were to win. I know the Pats are 14-2, but I don't trust them at all.

Hitman said...

I agree with Gutsy's picks, though I am wary of going with all four home teams. In order of confidence: Pats, Bears, Falcons, Steelers.