Tuesday January 10, 2012
Welcome to the second round of the NFL Postseason. Last week, Tim Tebow showed up and led the Broncos past the Steelers in overtime. The Giants dominated against Atlanta. Houston won their first playoff game in franchise history. The Saints showed the world why they are the best show on turf. This week brings familiar matchups on a playoff level.
I went 2-2 last week. Let’s see how these games will play out this weekend. Check local listings for all games.
#4 New York Giants at #1 Green Bay Packers: the defending Super Bowl champions enter the fray against a familiar team. They beat the Giants during the regular season 38-35 thanks to a Mason Crosby field goal as time expired. The Packers are well rested, as well as Aaron Rodgers, who is having a superb year.
The Giants defense, however, seems to be resurrected. They dominated their last three games against the Jets, Cowboys and Falcons. Can they dominate this week? If they show up against Green Bay’s offense, they can win this game. But don’t expect the Packers to give up without a fight.
Prediction: Packers 28-26
#3 New Orleans Saints at #2 San Francisco 49ers: the 49ers have a tough test at home. They must defeat a Saints team who offensively is on a roll. The Saints’ defense is also better than the last time they won the Super Bowl. It was the Saints who beat the 49ers during the season, but that was at New Orleans. New Orleans does have problems on the road, which could give San Francisco the advantage.
The 49ers’ defense will be tested against this offense. Despite a core defensive line and veteran linebacker leadership in Patrick Willis, it is unlikely the 49ers can pull this one out. Expect the Saints to prove they can indeed win on the road.
Prediction: Saints 35-30
#4 Denver Broncos at #1 New England Patriots: the Patriots and Broncos meet again. This time, it could lead to different results. The Broncos’ defense has seen Tom Brady before, with disastrous results. No one should deny that their second encounter could be tougher than their first.
The real question is the Patriots’ defense. They were able to shut down Tebow, but it’s different now. Tebow just beat the best defense in the league. Add that to the Patriots’ woes on the defensive front and it could spell bad news for New England. Many fans have faith in Tebow and the Broncos to win. Experts prefer having faith in the mad genius that is Bill Belichick.
Prediction: Patriots 28-14
#3 Houston Texans at #2 Baltimore Ravens: Houston is coming off an impressive victory over the young Cincinnati Bengals. Now, they must take on the veteran Ravens. They are hungrier than ever, and they believe their time is now.
Their questions don’t arrive on defense but on offense. Is Joe Flacco a quarterback that can lead them to the Lombardi Trophy? The same can be said for Texans QB T.J. Yates, who is only a rookie and was the third string quarterback before Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart were injured. Defense wins game, and the Ravens’ defense should win this one for Baltimore
Prediction: Ravens 10-3
That’s it for today. Good luck to your picks and teams this week. Don’t forget to like the update of Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Todays-Sports-Update/136729589760548?sk=wall&filter=1 and follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/SebastianTSU. See you next time for the Championship games.
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