Friday, January 15, 2016

This Week's Picks

            Last week saw four road teams win in the wild card round; a first in NFL history. I managed to pick all four of those games correctly sans the scores (Lucky for me that Blair Walsh missed that 27-yard field goal). I don't think I'll be duplicating last week's success. However, let's hope for the best.

Kansas City vs. New England: The Chiefs are riding an 11-game win streak and are playing some of their best football in franchise history. However, the playoff-tested Patriots will scratch out a victory here. Patriots 31, Chiefs 20
Green Bay vs. Arizona:  Revenge will be on the minds of the Packers, who got whipped in their Week 16 loss at Arizona. However, Arizona seems to be too much for Green Bay and is coming off some rest. Too loaded on offense and Patrick Peterson will hold the secondary together. Cardinals 34, Packers 20
Seattle vs. Carolina: Revenge will also be on the minds of the Seahawks, who are hoping to avenge a Week 6 loss at home to the Panthers. The Seahawks' defense has only allowed one touchdown in the past six road games, but Carolina led the NFL this season in Give/Take ratio. This game will come down to who wants it more. Seahawks 19, Panthers 17
Pittsburgh vs. Denver: I would pick the Steelers here. But, Ben Roethlisberger isn't 100% and his best receiver in Antonio Brown is out. Still, this should be a close game since Peyton Manning's not the best playoff quarterback. I will go with the Broncos based on how spectacular their defense has been this season. Broncos 16, Steelers 13

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