The first four games of the playoffs have been set and it is my job (and your job as well!) to pick the winners. Footballlocks.com has provided the winners along with the point spread. I will pick the winners both from the standpoint of “just the winner” and from covering (or not covering) the point spread.
The first game will occur at Seattle between the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints (11-5) and the Seattle Seahawks (7-9). The Saints are favored by 10 points. The game will be aired on NBC and will be broadcast Jan. 8 at 4:30 p.m. ET.
I believe the Saints will win by at least 10 points. I doubt this will be much of a game. Keep in mind that Pete “I left USC in a mess” Carroll is the Seahawks’ coach. Reggie Bush plays for New Orleans-he just might want to embarrass his old coach. The Seahawks will lose big.
Next up at 8:00 p.m. ET also on NBC on the 8th will be the Indianapolis Colts (10-6) playing the New York Jets (11-5). The Colts had to win their last three games to get into the playoffs, overtaking the Jacksonville Jaguars, who couldn’t even win their last game to keep their hopes alive. For the Colts’ feat, they have been given a three-point edge over the Jets. I think they will clobber New York. Rex Ryan’s team backed into the playoffs and yet after their win over a lowly Buffalo team, Ryan was shooting his mouth off again. It seems stupid people don’t understand the value of refusing to give other teams extra incentive to beat you.
On Sunday, Jan. 9, the football day starts at noon (Central Standard Time) on CBS with Baltimore (12-4) visiting as a 2.5-point favorite over the (10-6) Kansas City Chiefs. I think the Chiefs are going to shock the pundits and beat the Ravens. I think I have seen some chinks in the Ravens’ game, and I think Kansas City has been underestimated all year.
Finally, the Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) are hosting the Green Bay Packers (10-6) on Fox and are 2.5-point favorites as well. Sorry, the Eagles are beginning to stink. They will lose to the Packers.
So there you have it. The Saints and the Colts will win, and in both cases will cover their spread. The Packers and the Chiefs will upset the Eagles and the Ravens respectively.
And that’s really all I have to say on the subject at this time.
NFL Website, “Standings”
Footballlocks.com Website, “NFL Lines Wild Card Playoffs, NFL Game Lines 1/8-1/9, 2011”
NFL Website, “Schedules”