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NFL Divisional Round Preview
by Pietro DiSante Jr,posted Jan 10 2013 11:02AM
Round 2 of the NFL Playoffs are here and we have a pretty good line-up of games this weekend. Quickly re-capping last week's Wild Card Weekend: I went (4-0) with my picks and I feel that the winners of those games do have a chance this weekend at the #1 and #2 seeds. The Ravens impressed me with their win over the Colts, Green Bay looked strong defeating Minnesota and the Seahawks came back from a 14-0 deficit, to win in Washington by 10. All three teams are great, but I am not too sure about the Houston Texans, who squeaked by the Bengals. I don't see how they can win in New England, but that is why they play the game!
Divisional Round Saturday:
4. Baltimore Ravens at 1. Denver Broncos
The Broncos defeated the Ravens in Baltimore, with ease, about a month ago. The Ravens have new life though, playing for Ray Lewis, so I expect this game to be a little bit close for most of the game. Still, I think Peyton Manning is too good and I am not sure how well Joe Flacco will play. If he does play well, it could come down to the wire. I will say that he won't though and the Broncos get the win: 28-10.
3. Green Bay Packers at 2. San Francisco 49ers
This might be the best game of the weekend and the toughest to predict. The 49ers defeated the Packers early in the season, in Green Bay, but much has changed since then, including their quarterback. The Packers are playing well down the stretch and finally getting healthy too. For me, this game comes down to two things: defensive play and quarterback play. Defense edge goes to the 49ers and quarterback clearly goes to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. It is going to be a very tight, low scoring game. 16-13 Packers.
Divisional Round Sunday:
5. Seattle Seahawks at 1. Atlanta Falcons
Okay, this game is tough to predict too. Something is telling me that the Seahawks will win, but Atlanta can't lose as a #1 seed for the second time in three years can they? Honestly, this is a bad match-up for the Falcons. Seattle's defense can shut down Atlanta's offense and I am still not too sure on Atlanta's defense. I have picked against them all year, so the trend continues I guess. Seahawks 24-21.
4. Houston Texans at 2. New England Patriots Remember when no one gave the Jets a chance to beat the Patriots in this very same spot two years ago? The Jets had lost in New England 45-3 on a Monday Night Game in the regular season, but the difference with the Jets is that they had beat New England earlier that year and knew how to win in New England. I am not sure the Texans do. The offense clearly needs to put points on the board, as we know Brady and the Patriots offense will. All of that is easier said than done though. I see a 42-20 Patriots win, setting up the Manning-Brady Show Down, we have all been waiting for....
If my picks are right that would set up a Patriots-Broncos and Seahawks-Packers Championship Sunday. Hard to imagine both NFC home teams losing this weekend though. We will see. Thanks for reading!