Saturday, January 10, 2015

PIGSKIN 2014: Divisional Round Weekend


Divisional Round Playoffs

Regular Season Results:
On Vacation! 

Final Regular Season Record:  107-100-5
Wild Card Weekend Record:  0-4
Overall Record:  107-104-5
BAGELS in the Basket:  -2

Yes, I was perfect last week.  I lost all four games.

Divisional Round Weekend
(Friday Line ~ NYDN)

PATRIOTS -7 (Ravens)
After paying the Ravens respect all season, I disrespected them by getting caught up in Big Ben and the Steelers.  Shame on me.  Pittsburgh got spanked, but I'm going to disrespect Baltimore again by taking the Pats at home.  I just don't have the cojones to bet against New England.  I don't necessarily like the rust a bye week can cause, but I like Tom Brady against the Ravens secondary.  New England's defense should also perform better than Pittsburgh's did.  Joe Flacco must contend with Darrelle Revis this week.
Loss; 35-31 Patriots

SEAHAWKS -11 (Panthers)
At least the Panthers redeemed themselves as division winners with a victory.  However, Cam Newton's Wild Card party is about to get crashed by Seattle's 12th man, and the Legion of Boom.   Last week, Arizona's QB situation continually put the Cardinals in bad situations, and the Panthers took full advantage.  But there's a reason the Panthers posted a losing record and will bow out of the playoffs this week.  They're physical enough, but not as skilled as the Seahawks.  Seattle is peeking, and will make few mistakes.
Win; 31-17 Seahawks

Cowboys +6 (PACKERS)
Tony Romo defeated a very good Lions defense; Green Bay's defense is not as good as Detroit's.   You know where I'm going with this... Behind Dallas' offensive line and the running of DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys have the ability to keep Aaron Rodgers off the field, and smash mouth their way to victory.  If they indeed establish the run, Dez Bryant will be freed up to wreak havoc.  Aaron Rodgers is still suffering from a sore calf, and is likely to do less scrambling than normal, which might keep him within range of Dallas' pass rush.  Even if the 'Boys do not win, I still like them to cover.
Win; 26-21 Packers

BRONCOS -7 (Colts)
Andrew Luck is another dude I gave respect to all season, only to turn my back on him last week against the Bengals.  Andrew Luck picked Cincy apart, however, I can't help but think how ridiculously unreliable the Bengals have been in their biggest games.  No one disappoints like they do, and last week was just their latest all-time low.  That said, I'm still down on the Colts because of a soft defense, and a diminished running game.  So, I'll take Peyton Manning over the great bearded grasshopper.
Loss; 24-13 Colts


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