You know what? I'll take a few of those dares.
New Orleans by 3.5 over San Francisco: The Pick - Saints
|Don't mess with the Breesonator 2000. It|
will kick your ass in Chutes and Ladders.
I'm not buying that the 49ers' defense is elite. They played three good quarterbacks this year (Romo, Stafford and Manning) who averaged over 300 yards and two touchdown passes against them. When you adjust those stats up by running them through the Breesonator 2000, you get 425 yards and 3 touchdowns. Tack on a couple of field goals and . . . Saints - 27, 49ers - 17.
New England by 13.5 over Denver: The Pick - Broncos
So Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas were hanging-out at the Beacon Hill Pub last night (they convinced him that it had the best Bible study group in Boston) and up sauntered Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski wearing sunglasses and Uggs.
|"That's right Golden Boy. I am religious!"|
Tebow: "What's that?"
Brady: "Who's the best quarterback."
Tebow: "Jesus will figure that out."
Brady: "I heard that about you . . . you like Jesus."
Gronkowski: "You're lucky. First the division and then you slide into the Steelers' spot."
Tebow: "Count on it."
Alas, Brady takes the Top Gun trophy this week but then shits the bed like Iceman against the Russians (Ravens) . . . Patriots - 34, Broncos - 20.
Baltimore by 7.5 over Houston: The Pick - Ravens
The NFL did the Ravens a big favor with the 1:00 start time because the crowd should be able to fight-off its alcohol induced coma until at least 4:30 and stay in the game if it's tight in the 4th quarter. (I don't have a wide perspective on this but it seems like Ravens' fans and Eagles' fans lead the league in synchronizing their blackouts with the final whistle and this gets completely thrown off at night games). I have a feeling, however, that this one is going to be over by the end of the 3rd.
|"Arian, I have a feeling we're|
not in Texas any more."
Finally, you have the team that is happy to be here versus the team with much to prove. The pressure is on the Ravens but they've had seven playoff games in the last three years. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed have had two weeks to get healthy and there is simply nothing T.J. Yates can do to prepare for a game in Baltimore where you can feel the venom flowing from the stands toward the opposing players as the crowd treats them like they've come to take their football team away from them again. (Not to mention the creepiness factor of seeing members of the marching band in the end zone stands trying to set worms on fire with magnifying glasses). Ravens - 27, Texans - 13.
Green Bay by 7.5 over the N.Y. Giants: The Pick - Packers
Meanwhile (I need a new segue word), despite having a statistically superior season, leading his team to more wins and beating him straight-up, Aaron Rodgers has had to listen to this Drew Brees MVP crap for three weeks. (Are the people who vote for the MVP really so easily distracted by shiny objects?) Let's not discount the guy who just had the greatest season in the history of the position. Add in the fact that no one throws the ball better with a chip on his shoulder than Rodgers (except maybe Kenny Powers) and you get . . . Packers - 31, Giants - 17.
Playoff Record: 3-1