Re: PLAYOFF PICKS
posted at 1/11/2011 2:03 PM EST
In Response to PLAYOFF PICKS
[QUOTE] Even though the play-offs have technically "began", they really haven't begun, until this coming weekend. The pretenders in each conference, save for the Seattle Seahawks, have been eliminated. The contenders remain. Here are my picks: 1.) (13-4) Baltimore Ravens (+3) @ (12-4) Pittsburgh Steelers: Should be yet another bruising heavyweight fight between these two teams. Though the rivalry here isn't that of the Jets/Patriots, these teams don't like each other. The key to this game will be whether the Steelers can generate a running game, and whether Troy Polamalu is anywhere near 100%. My guess is, "no" to both. But for a foolish play call in Baltimore, the Buzzards would have swept the Goths this year. Pittsburgh's OL woes will be telling: PICK: Buzzards; 2.) (11-6) Green Bay Packers (+2) @ (13-3) Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons beat the Packers earlier this season, 20-17, last Nov. 28th, in Atlanta. Though the Packers have the better defense, Atlanta is very tough when playing in a dome. Unlike the Packers, they also have a balanced offensive attack, with a running game, spear-headed by RB Michael Turner. The Packers remind me of the 2007 Giants, as they appear to have gained confidence after losing a competitive game to the Patriots.: PICK: Packers; 3.) (8-9) Seattle Seahawks (+10) @ (11-5) Chicago Bears: I can understand why the Seahawks are being disrespected. But, after an inspiring win over a pretty good Saints team, the spread is still ten points? Some of you may recall that on October 17th, the Seahawks beat the Bears in Chicago, 23-20. I don't think that the Bears are ten points better than almost anybody: PICK: Seahawks; 4.) (12-5) New York Jets (+9) @ (14-2) New England Patriots: Don't expect Rex Ryan or his boys to pop off too much this week. Even they aren't that stupid, having learned a painful lesson last time they visited Foxboro. Look for the Jets to try to ground and pound, against the Pats' injury depleted DL. The Jets have the WRs to keep the Pats' honest on defense. Expect them to get pain in the neck TE, Dustin Keller, heavily involved in the offense. I hope that the Patriots were watching what Seattle did to the Saints. The December 6th 45-3 blow-out means nothing...other than the fact that it gave them home field advantage in this game. The Jets have the talent to play with anybody. Anything less than the Pats' "A" game will result in an embarrassing upset loss. Surely, no one on this team wants to go through another experience like the 17-14 SB loss, in 2007. Spotting a good team like the Jets nine (9) points, is the epitome of arrogance, in what should be a tough game. But, the Patriots have been surprising me all season. Time for them to shut Rex and his boys up, for good: PICK: Patriots Thoughts/analysis/predictions...especially on the Pats game?
Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]
Good analysis, Texas, but for one thing; even another total butt whipping won't shut up the NY blowhards. They'll have excuses. That's just who they are.