NFL Playoff Picks:Divisional Round

It’s not one of those any given Sunday weeks, that’s how I feel.  Surprisingly a lock.  No upset.  My first game is almost not lock Packers over Cowboys.  I know the Cowboys are better, but I see a team like them having troubles in Green Bay.  I also have a scary Pats matchup against the Ravens here in New England, but I bet they can hold on.  Seattle
will most likely defeat Carolina, alhough both teams are on a hot streak.  It’ll make it an action packed game.

Here’s the schedule for this week:

Saturday, January 10, 2015
(6) Baltimore Ravens (10-6) at (1) New England Patriots (12-4) 4:35 PM
(4) Carolina Panthers (7-8-1) at (1) Seattle Seahawks (12-4) 8:15 PM

Sunday, January 11, 2015
(4) Indianapolis Colts (11-5) at (2) Denver Broncos (12-4) 1:05 PM
(3) Dallas Cowboys (12-4) at (2) Green Bay Packers (12-4) 4:40 PM

Lock Of The Week
Green Bay, 41, Dallas, 10
This could be a tough match of the offenses, but I don’t see the Cowboys doing much.  Well, on offense, Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten.  But the Packers have a defense.  Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will take on Witten.  Julius Peppers and AJ Hawk should both be on top of DeMarco Murray.  Tony Romo can’t dominate if he doesn’t have any good passing options.  So, the Cowboys are a bust.
I also don’t think Sean Lee is good enough to sack Aaron Rodgers a bunch, maybe he will once or twice, but that’s it.  He also can’t be good enough to bring down Eddie Lacy every time.  He will sometimes, but other times not.  Barry Church and Morris Claiborne should take Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb though.  So run the ball, Pack.  If the Pack passes, I wouldn’t expect much, but they have running backs.  Also, they have backups.  James Starks at running back, Davante Adams and Jarrett Boykin at wide receiver plus tight ends Richard Rodgers, Andrew Quarless and Brandon Bostick.  Pass pass pass, and Green Bay should win, even though it might not be a blowout, maybe more of a battle of defense, not offense.

Other Games

New England, 41, Baltimore, 24
I know that the Patriots have had past troubles with the Ravens. But the Ravens have changed since Super Bowl XLVII. They lost Ray Lewis and Ray Rice, along with Ed Reed. But Justin Forsett who went from Jaguars dud to Ravens stud, the new Ray Rice, another star running back. The Ravens offense has slowed down though. They have problems. How can you say the Ravens are a playoff team if all they have as a quarterback is Joe Flacco. Vince Wilfork and Rob Ninkovich should work together to try and sack him. They’ll totally ruin Justin Forsett’s day too. Two of them, that’s just a little too much pressure on Forsett. They’re left with Steve Smith, Torrey Smith and Owen Daniels, and Flacco won’t always be available to pass. The Pats also have Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Interceptions and tackling the receivers and tight ends galore. The Ravens offense should be a bust with the defense the Patriots have, that we’ve ignored all season(hint hint). We even sat them when we shouldn’t have in fantasy.
But don’t forget the Patriots OFFENSE. Although their offensive line is falling apart and have Julian Edelman out, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have had a full three weeks of rest. They’ll dominate, although Brady is a sacking target for the dominant Baltimore linebackers. Terrell Suggs along with Elvis Dumervil and CJ Mosley. They also have LeGarrette Blount, who the linebackers might get, but hi, remember Gronk. Look, Brady won’t get sacked every play. Throw Gronk, even LaFell a few touchdowns, but whether it’s Blount, Vereen, even Brandon Bolden or Jonas Gray, all caps, DO NOT RUN THE BALL OR YOU ARE DEAD NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS. Pass-a-thon for the Patriots, bust for the Ravens. That’s how this game should go.

Seattle, 41, Carolina 24
Seattle is going to win. They’re just too strong. Let’s start with their offense. Uh Oh. Luke Kuechly could sack Russell Wilson and tackle Marshawn Lynch and Seattle is out of good receivers and tight ends. But Lynch should score a touchdown or two, and Wilson can throw to Doug Baldwin, Cooper Helfet, Luke Willson, Tony Moeaki and Jermaine Kearse, along with handing off to Robert Turbin or Christine Michael. If even one of these guys surprises us, it could really boost Seattle’s offense. The Carolina defense could be good though, especially star linebacker Luke Kuechly.
On the Panthers offense, things might be hard against a good Seattle defense. Kam Chancellor will take on Greg Olsen, while Richard Sherman takes down Kelvin Benjamin. Bobby Wagner might sack Cam Newton, and then they’re running low on options. They do still have Jonathan Stewart open, but Bobby Wagner could get him, too. Wagner isn’t as good as Kuechly though. The Panthers could still have the edge. They have Fozzy Whittaker, Jerricho Cotchery and Philly Brown. But Seattle has more options, so I think that should give them the edge. They could be nearly een, specially on defense, but the teams are very different. They don’t know each other’s teams that well. So, as I said before, although I have it as a blowout for them, I think Seattle has a very slight edge over the Panthers.

Denver, 41, Indianapolis, 31
Although Andrew Luck and his team are really good, Denver’s offense is just too good for a Colts defense that’s struggling this year. On Denver’s offense, they don’t have any holes. Run to CJ Anderson. Well, Colts linebackers might get him, but pass. If Vontae Davis takes on DeMaryius THmas, try Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders,
or even a little Wes Welker. Wes Welker is good for like, a few catches, but Sanders and Thomas should be a lot better, and score touchdowns. Welker might even get one, but one is all I think he’ll get. I’ve asked people why they think Welker has slowed down when he went to Denver. Some have said it’s because of the catch he missed in Super Bowl XLVI, he’s never been better since then. He’s never been made up for back in New England though. That was Danny Amendola’s job originally but Julian Edelman ended up doing it, but they still need a new wide receiver to fill in. So Denver’s offense will get by the Colts defense.
Even Denver’s defense is good. Andrew Luck will attempt to pass, to TY Hilton, but not if Von Miller and Brandon Marshall, the linebacker, not the star wide receiver can sack him. He’s too good for Marshall though, maybe not Miller however. He will pass sometimes, but don’t run, or there’s no door open for the Colts. Whoever they hand it off to, Dan Herron or Trent Richardson, DeMarcus Ware will go after him. Don’t forget Aqib Talib, who could get Hilton. So, I definitely think the Broncos have the ede here, on both offense and defense.

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