It’s about time Marshawn Lynch got some love. Sure he got a little love his rookie season after his 1,115 yard, 7 TD season, but he’s a top 10 running back that is rotting on a terrible team. First Buffalo and now Seattle, Lynch is prone for the highlight real. His “Beast Mode” reached astronomical heights in the playoffs last year with the infamous run against the Saints. He’s since followed that up with a very strong season (854 yards, 8 TD) that has the NFL buzzing in appreciation.
Born in Oakland, it seems that Lynch often goes unnoticed when talking about the best running backs in the league. He’s not as elusive as Adrian Peterson or as good a receiver as Arian Foster but he’s formidable at both. Is it because he played for Cal? Is it because he’s played for two bad franchises throughout his career? Is it because he scares little children?
The fact he plays in the wretched NFC West has hindered his popularity and awareness through the league. After his primetime performance against the Eagles last Thursday and his continued success on the field we should be hearing A LOT more of Marshawn Lynch in the future. Hopefully in Pro Bowl discussions.
For old times sake…
9-7-0 last week
98-75-5 for the season
Home team in BOLD and CAPS
Browns (+ 14½) over STEELERS – W
Yes this game already happened. Yes the Browns covered. Yes I would have really chosen the Browns to cover 14½ points.
RAVENS (-17) over Colts
I’m always hesitant to choose big spreads, especially after I got screwed last week courtesy of the New England Patriots. The difference here is the Baltimore defense. Baltimore always plays better at home. The Ravens have had some horrible losses this year (JAX, SEA, TEN) but all have been on the road. Expect 27-3. Maybe worse.
Texans (+3) over BENGALS
There are two types of backup QB’s in the NFL: 1) The guy that looks like he doesn’t belong anywhere near a football and 2) The guy that looks like he could be starting somewhere. I’m not saying TJ Yates is better than Schaub, but the team hasn’t lost a step with him behind center. In other words? He’s no Kyle Boller.
PACKERS (-11½) over Raiders
My Twitter companion and fellow sports blogger Bay Area Sports Guy brought up a great point when talking about this matchup. To paraphrase, BASG said that this would be the type of game the Raiders would win. The Raiders would be the ones to screw up the Packers perfect season. Why? Because the Raiders are a screwy team. One game they look like AFC contenders the next they look like bottom feeders. Les we forget they’re playing the Packers this week at Lambeau. I see bottom feeder Raiders this weekend. “My heart….is…telling me YES!!!!….but my mind…is…telling me NO!!!!”
JETS (-9) over Chiefs
I hate Shonn Greene. I was on the fence of the playoffs in my fantasy league: I was in the 7th spot and the top six teams make the playoffs. I needed the 6th seed (my dad) to lose (he was playing my little brother, 3rd seed) and I needed to win against the worst team in the league. I won my match handily, but thanks to a certain Mr. Greene, who scored a blasphemous 29 points thanks to garbage time TD’s, my fantasy playoff hopes were thrashed. What does this have to do with their game against the Chiefs on Sunday? Not a god damn thing.
LIONS (-8) over Vikings
I was watching Sound FX on NFL Network yesterday while they were showing the Vikings-Broncos game. The piece focused on Leslie Frazier and the Vikings sideline. If there was ever a coach that just knew he was going to get fired it would be Frazier. Uninspired, slow and seemingly dead was the Vikings sideline. I feel bad for two elite talents like Jared Allen and Adrian Peterson who are just rotting previous years off their illustrious careers. Let the Bill Cower rumors start in 3…2…1…
Saints (-4) over TITANS
All three of New Orleans losses have been on the road (Green Bay, Tampa Bay, St. Louis). Their largest margin of victory on the road was 16 against a hapless Jacksonville squad. Translation? The Saints are not the same team outside of the Superdome. With this in mind I still like them to cover against the Titans. Chris Johnson seems back to normal but the Titans still are an average team to me despite their 7-5 record. Cortland Finnegan can’t cover everyone either. Take the Saints.
Eagles (+3) over DOLPHINS
I’ve been wanting to bust out my Michael Vick Eagles jersey for the longest time. I got it last off-season and wore it at my offline fantasy draft…a lot of good that did me. Since then its been grabbing dust in my closet hoping for a significant weekend for me to put it back on. With Vick coming back from injury and playing a now formidable Dolphins team I feel like this weekend could be the one. Whether that’s a good thing for the Eagles still to be determined.
Patriots (-9) over REDSKINS
If it weren’t for the Colts the Redskins would easily be the worst team in the league. Why is Mike Shanahan coaching this team? Why is he coaching at all? How is it that Dan Snyder has no GM yet? The Patriots win this one easily.
Falcons (-3) over PANTHERS
This will be a great game. The Falcons must win this game to keep in the playoff hunt. The Panthers are a one man show with Cam Newton looking more and more like a superstar QB. Get this Panthers team a defense and another WR and they’re easily in the playoff discussion next year. For now they’re facing a healthy Falcons offense and a team desperate for a win. I wouldn’t be shocked if this is a push but take the Falcons regardless.
Buccaneers (-1) over JAGUARS
There’s always one game every week that no one really cares about. The game NFL Red Zone cuts to and everyone cries “Why are they cutting to this game?” With Josh Freeman back I like the Bucs to steal one in Florida. Not that it really matters.
49ers (-4) over CARDINALS
Since Thursday I’ve been trying to figure out why this spread is so low. Is Patrick Willis really worth six points to the spread? The 49ers are beyond the “trap game” syndrome and have shown no willingness to let up. A late Patrick Peterson punt return TD aside I see no reason the 49ers shouldn’t cover.
BRONCOS (-3½) over Bears
The Bears were already decimated with Cutler gone. Now add Forte to the injury list and you have a team that resembles the Minnesota Vikings. Forte accounted for roughly 70% of the Bears offense. Sure they still have their defense intact…but does that even matter with Tebow God behind center? Until proven otherwise take Denver.
CHARGERS (-7) over Bills
San Diego is coming off a blowout victory against the Jaguars. The Bills have lost five straight games. Take the Chargers.
Giants (+3) over COWBOYS
The Cowboys don’t have one impressive victory all season. Sure they beat the 49ers but that game was outrageous fluke. The Giants have lost four in a row but three of them to playoff teams (SF, New Orleans, Green Bay). The Giants are clearly the better team and I expect them to get back on track this week, even on the road against a division foe.
SEAHAWKS (- 4½) over Rams
“Beast Mode” indeed. Even with teams stacking the box Marshawn Lynch still is running like crazy. Too bad Lynch has never had a consistent QB or he can be even scarier. Combine the game being played in Seattle, Bradford and Feeley banged up, Lynch beasting and a very underrated Seattle defense and you have a formula for disaster for the Rams. Take the ‘Hawks with confidence.
Ndamukong Suh is quickly becoming one of my favorite players in the NFL.
Maybe it’s my mentality as a Raiders fan where penalties, punches, kicks and slaps to the face are welcomed. Maybe it’s the fact that the NFL has quickly become soft. Maybe it’s the fact that I like my NFL with some swagger.
I’m not justifying his Stomp the Yard like dance move that took place on Thanksgiving, but I also don’t think he needs to be persecuted to the nth degree.
The NFL tries to hard to be what it isn’t: safe. No matter what the NFL rules are the sport will never be safe for the players involved. The NFL is now constantly changing its rules to cater to it’s new “safe” ideology. The problem? The very same rules that are being changed for players safety is taking away from the integrity of the game.
The reason why the NFL is America’s most popular sport isn’t a secret. Americans are enamored with violence, sex and stars. The NFL has 2/3 of those traits.
We love to see people get beaten up, slammed to the ground and knocked out.
The NFL is the biggest hyprocrisy in sports today. They’re changing the ideals that made the sport what it is today.
This isn’t how I want my NFL. I don’t want to stand up and cheer for a big hit when no more than 10 seconds later I have to deal with a 15 yard penalty.
Dear NFL, stop trying to be what you aren’t.
Signed, your fans.
11-5-0 last week
89-68-5 for the season
Home team in BOLD and CAPS
SEAHAWKS (+3) over Eagles
Seattle is never an easy place to play no matter how bad the team is. I can just see it now: Pete Carroll, with his one size too big hoodie on, three seconds left in the game, down by two, the kick is up….IT’S GOOD. Seattle goes crazy and everyone runs to their nearest Starbucks.
Titans (+3) over BILLS
Eeek. Did you know that Stevie Johnson is from the Bay Area? Born in San Francisco, Johnson is quickly becoming the new Braylon Edwards of the NFL: gifted, troubled and known for his drops. The Bills actually played well last week against the Jets, but they’re division foes and know each other very well. Even though the Bills are at home I like the Titans. Watch out for Nate Washington.
BEARS (-7) over Chiefs
The Chiefs put up a pretty good fight against the Polamalu-less Steelers last week at Arrowhead. A sign of things to come? No. The Bears are extremely tough to beat at home no matter who’s at QB. Hanie starting helps the Chiefs but the Bears defense alone should account for one score. Take the Bears with confidence.
Raiders (+3) over DOLPHINS
Vegas sees this as an even matchup, I don’t. The Dolphins are definitely playing better since their horrific start but the Raiders have the superior defense and QB. Palmer has surpassed my expectations. Of course it helps when Michael Bush is carrying the load in the backfield (I may regret using those words) and shredding defenses each week. The Raiders win this game but it will be close throughout.
STEELERS (-7) over Bengals
I had a perfect week going last week with my picks (Cardinals, Panthers, Broncos). The Steelers were 10½ point favorites, facing a depleted Chiefs team coming off one of the largest blowouts of the season. I thought the Steelers were now on their playoff mode. I thought Big Ben and Co. would throw all day on the Chiefs secondary. I thought the Steelers defense would shutout Tyler Palko.
That game cost me at least $300. Are the Steelers in my betting doghouse a la Baltimore? No. They’re getting there though. Take Big Ben at home this week.
Ravens (-7) over BROWNS
If the Ravens can’t beat the Browns by double digits than they have no business being in the Super Bowl discussion. We’ve all seen Baltimore on the road before though…I’ll give them one more chance.
Jets (-3) over REDSKINS
The Jets were my pre-season pick to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
We all make mistakes.
The Jets should win this game on talent alone. Mark Sanchez should find a way to actually complete passes. Darrell Revis should shut down whoever is opposite him.
Saving Private Ryan should’ve won Best Picture too.
TEXANS (+3) over Falcons
The Falcons have shown a willingness to screw with betters this whole season. Because of this I’m choosing the Texans, who if I recall, still have Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and the league’s best defense.
BUCCANEERS (-3) over Panthers
The Panthers actually won a game last week…now it’s time they turn back to losing.
SAINTS (-9) over Lions
This game would be a lot more interesting if Mr. Suh was playing. The Lions haven’t been playing particularly well the last month and the Saints…well…have. The Saints are the best home team in the NFL. The trend of easy victories continues against a reeling Lions team.
Broncos (+1) over VIKINGS
Rams (+14) over 49ERS
The 49ers must be relieved. Going from a short week matchup (on the road no less) against the NFL’s best defense to the Rams is a early Christmas gift. Then again any matchup against the NFC West is an early Christmas gift. Regardless, the 49ers will win this game easy. Frank Gore should tear up the Rams run defense. I expect Brandon Lloyd to have a solid day against his old team but it’s not enough.
Cowboys (-4½) over CARDINALS
If the Cowboys are truly going to earn my respect they have to blow out the Cardinals this week. After a near loss at home on Thanksgiving the Cowboys need to man up. Do they? Yes.
Packers (-7½) over GIANTS
Every time I pick the Packers to cover it seems they don’t (against the Panthers earlier this season, the Bucs). The only concern for the Packers here is Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. If there’s one glaring weakness on the Packers it’s their pass defense. Cruz has quickly become one of the best big play threats in the league. It will continue this week but the Packers find a way (hopefully) to cover.
PATRIOTS (-21) over Colts
I really wanted to pick the Colts here. Then I realized they’re the Colts.
JAGUARS (+3) over Chargers
With every Monday Night Football game comes another stinker. Seriously…what is ESPN thinking? I can’t remember two MNF games this year that A) Were competitive or B) Were worth my time. The Chargers are a walking carcass and the Jaguars are playing with one guy on offense. The Jaguars defense is actually good but…ugh…I’m already bored of this game.
It will never be “the best trade in the history of football” as Hue Jackson stated, but on Thursday night Carson Palmer looked like the QB the Raiders envisioned when they traded a 1st and 2nd rounder for him just weeks ago.
Palmer showed the ability to throw the long ball (with some help from Denarious Moore), showed he could lead a receiver with a nice touch pass and showed that he could go through a game with less than three interceptions. Progress is progress!
Many, including myself, chose the Chargers to win on Thursday (I did take the Raiders and the points though). With both sides of the ball in flux since the Palmer trade, I thought the Chargers would win in a close game. I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome, especially with Palmer.
Just three weeks since the trade Palmer looked like he had been with the team for mini camps, training camp and the entire duration of the season. Calling audibles, leading receivers perfectly and even moving around in the pocket were all great signs for the Raiders as they make their playoff push in the AFC West.
With help from Michael Bush, Denarious Moore and the sinking ship that is the Chargers, the Raiders were able to pull off their most impressive victory of the season. With tough games coming up against the Vikings, Packers, Bears and Lions, the Raiders will surely be tested as to their validity as a true playoff contender. For now, they sit on top of their division with their best offensive weapon hoping to come off the sidelines next week. Optimism is now high in the Nation, for how long will be the question.
9-5 last week
66-47-4 for the season
Home team in BOLD and CAPS
Steelers (-3) over BENGALS
I’m not convinced by the Bengals. They’ve beaten the Browns, Bills, Jaguars, Colts, Seahawks and Titans while losing to the Broncos and 49ers. Dalton has played well but I attribute some of his success to the weak schedule. The Steelers are coming off a crushing loss at home to the Ravens. Big Ben has been playing really well and throwing it 40+ times a game. I see a Steelers blowout here and a reality check for the young Bengals.
Broncos (+3½) over CHIEFS
It’s not that I hate Tim Tebow but I just can’t stand ESPN’s constant’s coverage and love for the guy. ESPN is single handily making me despise his name just because of over exposure. With that said until someone (not named Detroit) stops Tebow’s option plays I’m rolling with him. Especially against the VERY weak Chiefs. I love that half point too. Take the Broncos, just watch out for the week long Tebow-lovefest if he beats the Chiefs.
JAGUARS (-3) over COLTS
Until the Colts prove that they’re worthy of taking an NFL field I’m going with the opposition. Bottom line. Can you really blame me?
Bills (+5½) over COWBOYS
I went back and forth on this one. While I don’t think the Bills are for real I also don’t think the Cowboys are any good. The Cowboys just lost Miles Austin to another injury, their defense isn’t anything special and Romo will always be Romo. The Bills are coming off a tough loss to New York but that’s the best defense they’ve played all year. I like the Bills to AT LEAST cover the points and wouldn’t be surprised at all if they won outright.
TEXANS (-3½) over BUCCANEERS
The Texans are quietly rolling to a three game win streak and putting up tons of points. Meanwhile the Bucs are sporting a two game losing streak and struggling to put up points. What gives? Even though the Texans are on the road, always a tough task in the NFL, I don’t see the Bucs putting up enough points to keep up with them. Take the rising Texans.
PANTHERS (-3½) over TITANS
Another Panthers game, another chance to gloat at my Cam Newton fascination before the season started. The Newton-Smith connection has been one of the best in the league this year and the Titans defense is always susceptible to the big play. P.S., this isn’t the week that Chris Johnson is going to “break out”. That day is not coming this year…maybe not ever.
DOLPHINS (-4) over REDSKINS
My belief that the Chiefs were still a very weak team were proven last week with the Dolphins beating them down to a pulp. The Redskins? Ugh. I thought Rex Grossman was given an unfair shake earlier in the year when he was benched after one bad game. The Redskins were at least respectable (and some predicted a division victory) and they at least put up some points. It tells you something when a 1-7 team is favored by four over a team: they must be pretty bad.
FALCONS (-1) over Saints
The Saints are the better team. The Saints have the better defense. The Saints have the better offense. On the road? They’re a completely different team. We all remember the horrific loss to the Rams in St. Louis that ruined thousands of suicide pools in the process. The Falcons are playing better (winners of three straight) and Julio Jones adds the deep thread dimension they were missing in his absence. With their run-first, pass-later mentality and I like the Falcons by a TD.
Lions (+3) over BEARS
OK, the Bears looked good on the road against the Eagles on MNF, I’ll give them that. The three point favorite is the typical Vegas line if both teams are fairly even. Basically the three points are simply for the home field. The Lions have not lost a road game this year. Yes, believe it. They already beat the Bears earlier this year in Detroit too. I see no reason why they shouldn’t win again.
Rams (+3) over BROWNS
What a way to lose last week for the Rams. Damn. I had them +3½ too. A close game throughout the Rams just had to make a FG at the end of regulation…no good. All they had to do was give up a FG in OT and they still cover…no good. Instead the improbable happens: a 99 yard interception return to kill my bet and make history at the same time. Just brutal. For this game? Take the reeling Rams because the Browns have the ugliest uniform/logo/city combination in all of sports.
B.T.W. is there any other team in the major sports that needs a new logo/uniform than the Cleveland Browns? Just awful looking.
EAGLES (-12) over CARDINALS
My Eagles disappointed me last week! A tough game against the Bears definitely, but the offense looked out of sync and the defense looked like one of the worst in the league. Ugh. The best cure for a bad loss? A game against the Cardinals. Expect big days from the offense AND defense, I expect both sides of the ball to score. Take the Eagles in a blowout, comeback victory.
RAVENS (-7) over SEAHAWKS
The Ravens always seem to come up short with the spreads. Most of the time because they can’t cover a larger spread against a weaker team. This game fits the bill. So why am I taking the Ravens? They’re confidence is back. When Flacco’s confidence is high the team just looks a lot better. I believe he has turned the corner from bad-Flacco to good-Flacco. Expect a big day from the defense and a lot of Ray Rice. Ravens in an easy one.
49ers (-3½) over GIANTS
GAME OF THE WEEK!!! Who would have thought the 49ers would be in this position? Nobody. Not even the die-hard 49ers fans thought this was possible. The Giants present a unique problem for the 49ers: a dynamic passing attack (with Nicks back) AND a pounding rushing game. The Lions had neither. The Eagles run side to side and not up and down the field. Regardless, the 49ers sport the best run defense in the league, not allowing a rushing TD all year (wow). Until the 49ers fail to cover the spread (6-0-1 ATS) than I’m taking them.
Patriots (+1) over JETS
The last time the Patriots lost three games in a row was the 2002 season after their Super Bowl season. I can’t see them losing three in a row. The Patriots have the worst pass defense in the league but the Jets don’t have a good enough offense to exploit those deficiencies. I expect a high scoring game even if they know each other really well. I like the Pats to bounce back against Sanchez and the Jets.
Vikings (+14) over PACKERS
I’m usually a big proponent of taking the Packers and the points. In my weekly pool you’ll find me more often than not picking the Packers to cover whoever they’re playing. It seems like they’re NOT covering those big spreads more than they ARE covering them. Few weeks ago the Packers plays the Vikings in Minnesota and won a tight one. 14 points is a lot for a team playing pretty well with their new QB and the best RB in football. The Packers defense isn’t that great either. I like the Vikes and the points.
My expert predictions for the upcoming NFL season. Go ahead and put your life savings on these picks. You can trust me.
Philadelphia Eagles – 11-5
Dallas Cowboys – 9-7
New York Giants – 8-8
Washington Redskins – 4-12
I really like the Eagles this season…but I don’t love them. The Cowboys will be better. With Tony Romo back and the emergence of Dez Bryant they’ll be explosive, too bad their defense won’t be. The Giants are…well…bleh. They don’t excite me at all. They’re not bad but they’re not good. They’re just there. As for the Redskins…Rex Grossman or John Beck? How about slitting your wrists or hanging yourself?
Green Bay Packers – 13-3
Chicago Bears – 9-7
Detroit Lions – 8-8
Minnesota Vikings – 6-10
The Packers are still the cream of the NFL crop. An explosive offense and tenacious defense is usually a formula for success. This year will be no different. The Bears can’t be great with Jay Cutler as QB. You throw any elite QB on the Bears and their Super Bowl contenders, but with the mopey looking Cutler they’re only slightly above average. Everyone is jumping on the Lions bandwagon but I don’t see them making the jump this season. If Stafford stays healthy I could easily see them making the playoffs and causing teams trouble. But when do “Stafford” and “healthy” ever coincide? The Vikings are Adrian Peterson’s team but the McNabb trade will pay dividends…and by “paying dividends” I mean not being Tavaris Jackson.
Atlanta Falcons – 11-5
New Orleans Saints – 10-6
Tampa Bay Buccanears – 8-8
Carolina Panthers – 4-12
A tough division to pick. I can see either the Falcons or the Saints taking the South. I like the Falcons simply because of Julio Jones. That guy looks like a man possessed out there. Expect big things from Julio this season. The Saints are the Saints: great offense, better than average defense. The Bucs are interesting. They snuck up on the NFL last year but have looked awful this pre-season. Yes it’s preseason but the NFL now knows who Josh Freeman and Mike Williams are. I really like Cam Newton as an NFL prospect. If he had decent options around him they would be a six or seven win team. Too bad he doesn’t.
St. Louis Rams – 9-7
Arizona Cardinals – 7-9
San Francisco 49ers – 5-11
Seattle Seahawks – 4-12
Ugh. Do I really need to pick this division? I guess I pick the Rams but honestly any team could win this division. It’s awfully wide open. The reason I have the Rams on top: they have the best QB in the division. This division is like picking the best looking chick in a molecular engineering class.
New York Jets – 11-5
New England Patriots – 11-5
Miami Dolphins – 5-11
Buffalo Bills – 4-12
The Jets have the swagger don’t they? I think the Plaxico Burress signing will pay more dividends than people think. He’ll take some pressure off Santonio Holmes (which would help my fantasy team) and gives Sanchez another huge target. They’re defense is one of the best in the league too if you haven’t noticed. If Sanchez plays decent they can go along way. The Patriots will be good as they usually are. The Dolphins will be they’re slightly below average, boring selves. I guess I have to mention the Buffalo Bills…so there it was.
Pittsburgh Steelers – 12-4
Baltimore Ravens – 10-6
Cleveland Browns – 6-10
Cincinnati Bengals – 3-13
I love Pittsburgh. The uniforms, the stadium, their defense, Mike Wallace, Mike Tomlin and the Harrah’s in Tahoe. The prototypical sports franchise will once again take the AFC North. The Ravens have everything they need for a Super Bowl run but an elite QB. I don’t trust Flacco when it counts. People are getting a tingle from Colt McCoy this pre-season. Too bad he plays for the Browns. Peyton Hillis will be a bust this year, hence why I didn’t choose him for any of my fantasy teams. The Ginger will lead the Bengals to victory…three times. Honestly though: how does Marvin Lewis still have a job?
Indiannapolis Colts – 10-6
Houston Texans – 8-8
Jacksonville Jaguars – 7-9
Tennessee Titans – 6-10
Peyton Manning looks like he’ll miss Week 1. Even if he comes back Week 2 it’ll take some time for him to get back to his normal self. I still like the Colts. Houston is once again a sleeper this season, and I’m not falling into the “It’s their year!” talk. They have an extremely talented offense but their defense is still horrid. Add Wade Phillips and the fact they can’t close out games and you get 8-8. The Jags seem to always just be average. Garrard at times looks like he could be someone…then quickly looks like no one. The Titans are platooning Matt Hasselback and Jake Locker? No thanks.
Oakland Raiders – 10-6
San Diego Chargers – 9-7
Kansas City Chiefs – 6-10
Denver Broncos – 5-11
BOOM! My homer pick? Yes. Possible? Absolutely. Probable? Maybe. Would I put money on it? No. The Raiders swept the division last year, something EXTREMELY hard to do. I see a little Rex Ryan in Hue Jackson. Just a little. The Raiders hopes lie in Jason Campbell and that secondary. The Chargers might be the most talented team in the NFL. They also have the mentally anemic coach in the NFL. You think if Bill Bellichick coached the Chargers they wouldn’t have won at least two Super Bowls by now? The Chiefs had their “Wow where’d that come from!” season last year. I don’t like them this year at all. John Fox was an interesting choice for the Broncos. Tebow WILL be traded. Brandon Lloyd will NOT be as good as last year. Kyle Orton IS under-appreciated as an NFL QB. That DOESN’T mean they’ll be good.
NFC Wild Card
Saints over Rams
Let’s be real here…
Falcons over Cowboys
Actually think this is closer than people think. Both QB’s are unproven in the playoffs. Falcons are the more complete team, they pull it out.
AFC Wild Card
Patriots over Chargers
Great game. Pats take it in a shootout.
Ravens over Raiders
The Raiders fought to make the playoffs, and unfortunately are shown the door early. The better team wins.
NFC Divisional Round
Eagles over Saints
Love this matchup. Eagles take it at home.
Packers over Falcons
Rematch of last year’s playoff matchup. The Falcons won’t get blown out like they did last year but Packers still win.
AFC Divisional Round
Steelers over Ravens
The best rivalry in the NFL. Steelers have had the Ravens number and it doesn’t change here.
Jets over Pats
Another juicy one. Jets take it with a late FG.
NFC Conference Finals
Packers over Eagles
The Packers defense is too much for Vick to handle. Rodgers spreads it around and beats The Dream Team.
AFC Conference Finals
Jets over Steelers
Just a grinder game here. Very little offense. Rex finds a game plan that works in an epic battle.
Packers 31 — Jets 24
A repeat? Yes. The Packers are returning 11 starters. 11! Rodgers will once again prove why he’s the best QB in the league. Tons of options, a great defense and the best QB in the league prove too much for Sanchez and the Jets. Maybe next time Rex. Time for a foot rub.
MVP/Offensive Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers
Defensive Player of the Year: Ndamukong Suh
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Julio Jones
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Marcell Dereus
Coach of the Year: Hue Jackson