03 January 2011

NFL Playoffs First Round- What To Expect

As we all recover from the “Loser’s Bowl” played Sunday night between the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks, putting the first ever 7-9 team in the NFL Playoffs, let’s look ahead as to what we can expect from the Playoffs.

We’ll start with the red hot Seattle Seahawks, coming off their record setting win over the St. Louis Rams.  The Seahawks will play host to the defending Super Bowl Champions, New Orleans Saints.  In a game that will make us laugh, if for no reason other than the fact the 7-9 Seahawks host a play off game, we’ll see the Saints show us their championship composure. 
            Saints 34 – Seahawks 20

Staying with the NFC, let’s look at the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers.  Philly has been flying high as of late before slipping up the last two weeks.  It won’t hurt the Eagles as they are led in to the post-season by their MVP candidate quarterback, and emotional fan-favorite quarterback, Michael Vick.  In what promises to be one of the better first round games, Philly will show us why they have been red hot.

            Eagles 28 – Packers 27

In the AFC we have some very familiar post-season faces, squaring off in the first round in each bracket.  We have Indianapolis and Baltimore both playing the first round this year.  In the first matchup, Baltimore is going up against the Kansas Chiefs, who last year were in contention for the number one draft pick, and rebounded nicely this year led by point man Matt Cassell.  Kansas City is certainly a team on the upswing, winning 5 of their last 7 games.  They rank 1st in the NFL this season in rushing yards, but 30th in passing, and this will prove to hurt them considerably against a crushing, bruising defense like the Ravens.  Watch for the Ravens to exploit the weak passing game and shut down the rushing game.

            Ravens 24 – Chiefs 10

In the last match up of AFC squads, there is the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Jets facing off in Indianapolis.  In a matchup that puts one of the best defenses, Jets, against one of the best offenses, Colts, we will see two teams play what could be a classic.  Look to see Peyton Manning try to pick open receivers on the Jets stingy defense, but I look to see the Jets answer the call.  Without most of his offensive weapons hurt or banged up, look for Peyton Manning to force a few bad passes and end up paying for it.

            Jets 31 – Colts 24

1 comment:

  1. I agree with all but the last one. I saw some sparks of confidence and swagger from Garcon and White last game. Pair those two with Reggie Wayne and I don't think the Jets defense has enough to cover all three plus the emerging Tamme. In addition Indy has three running backs ready to play at the same time for the first time this season. I am going with Indy over the Jets in a grinding game that will come down to the wire. Jets come up just short losing 24-17.