The NFL playoffs are upon us and the predictions portion of our site continue. Week 17 I had a record of 11-5 to finish the regular season with a record of 164-92.
This weekend begins the postseason for the NFL and we have four wildcard games on tap. Here are my predictions for these games.
Cincinnati 17 Houston 13
I love the fact Houston has finally made the playoffs. The Texans have had talent for several years now and is finally putting it all together. I don't like the fact Matt Schaub and Mario Williams are out, and that Andre Johnson is one sprint from hurting his hamstring again.
The Bengals are young and nobody expects them to win. Yes they are led by rookies on offense and aren't much of a playoff experienced team as well.
This game should be close and I expect low scoring. I just have a feeling Cincinnati is gonna come through with a victory so I like the Bengals by four points.
New Orleans 45 Detroit 35
This game has all the makings of an Arena Football style shootout. Two high powered offenses meet, and touchdowns should be quite plentiful. The Saints are in such sync right now and I actually think they'll represent the NFC in the Super Bowl this year. So many weapons on offense with Marques Colston, Drew Brees, Darren Sproles, Jimmy Graham, etc, etc. They are also better on defense than most think.
Detroit was everyone's sexy pick in the preseason to make the playoffs and they actually came through. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are the real deal. I'm worried about their running game and playoff experience.
The dome will be rocking Saturday night and I don't see the Saints losing. I like the Lions to hang around and make a game of it, but don't see them getting by the Saints. I like New Orleans by 10.
NY Giants 24 Atlanta 21
Interesting game this weekend in the Meadowlands. Two experienced playoff teams that are actually pretty similar. They both run the ball well and have good quarterbacks with nice receiving weapons.
Atlanta had a great 2010 season only to lose bad in the playoff to the Packers last year. I like Matt Ryan and Roddy White and they have some nice defenders as well.
The Giants are a veteran team who has been there before. Eli Manning is a proven winner and they have some nice options to throw to with Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Ahmad Bradshaw is also a solid running back.
The problem with these teams is you never know which team will show up. Atlanta is not the same team on the road as they are at home. With the Giants it all depends on which Eli will show up.
The Giants are at home so I'll take them by three points.
Pittsburgh 17 Denver 7
Denver is a nice story making the playoffs when most teams saw them as a four or five win team. The problem is teams have started to figure out Tim Tebow.
Pittsburgh is always a tough team to pick against in the postseason. They are so experienced and guys like Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, James Harrison and Troy Polamalu all seem to shine this time of year. The loss of Rashard Mendenhall is tough, but I still don't see Denver getting past them.
I like Pittsburgh by 10 points.