NFL Divisional Round Predictions

Arizona at New Orleans

The Cardinals are coming off an insane game vs the Green Bay Packers,  and the Saints are coming off a bye week.  The Big question is are the Saints going to be rusty or are they going to be ready?  The Saints won big in their last game, but that was against the Lions,  so should we count that as a two week bye?  What’s the over-under for this game 100 points?

Ryan:  Cardinals  38 – Saints 34

Matt: Saints 31 Cardinals 30

Baltimore at Indianapolis

Raheem Morris has sat his starters for the last couple games.  They pretty much gave up an undefeated season so they could make sure they weren’t injured.  Good idea?  I don’t think so.  They haven’t had game time speed in a long time.  Moral can’t be the best, because I know players aren’t happy being benched, or losing the chance to make history.

Ryan:  Ravens 31 – Colts 27

Matt: Ravens 27 Colts 21

Dallas  at Minnesota

What?  Dallas won a playoff game?  That has to be a fluke.

Dallas has been playing great the last few weeks, and could be ready to take down the aging Favre and the Vikings.  The Vikings need to get the Romo, but he usually only takes the 3 second drops.  How fast can Jared Allen run in 3 seconds?  Pretty damn fast for a DE.  I expect the Vikings to keep on rolling, and the Cowboys to pass to Roy Williams one too many times.

Ryan:  Vikings 35 – Cowboys 24

Matt: Cowboys 27 Vikings 24

New York Jets at San Diego

Philip Rivers has been lights over the last 11 games of the season.  But were the Chargers just in a weak division?  Mark Sanchez looked like a veteran last week, and if Braylon Edwards could catch the ball he would be doing even better.  LT is getting old, and he has other interests now, like music videos.  Shonn Greene is the new up in coming running back, and I expect to see a lot of him this week.

Ryan: Jets 27 – Chargers 24

Matt Chargers 31 Jets 21

Comments 7

  • all home teams will win this week…i dont think the games will be that close…will be a dissappointing week

    NO 27 ARZ 17
    INDY 31 BALT 14
    MIN 30 DAL 21
    SD 24 NYJ 6

  • This week TheCoach has the Cardinals in a close battle… the reason being is because the Saints simply screwed themselves by benching starters in the last week of the season… They haven’t won a game in a month now with the BYE and haven’t won’t a meaningful game since the Patriots or looked good winning in the process. I don’t trust the way the Saints decided to finished off the season and even if they do win… no way they cover the touchdown spread…

    Indy on the other hand can win this game, it once again will be closer than the touchdown spread predicts though. Baltimore is playing great smash-mouth football but I am concerned at the fact they are playing Peyton Manning who can single handily win a game as we have seen many times.

    Minnesota played out the season and of course we all know what happened, they stomped the Giants 44-7 (who beat Dallas twice this season) but lets be realistic in the fact that Dallas is playing the best football since 1996 but Romo is finally playing football since ditching Jessica Simpson. Good move for his stats!

    Last but not least, I know everyone is saying the Chargers are going to kill the Jets, but again, Vegas is giving to many points here (7.5). The Jets match up so well against the Chargers, Revis blanket whoever he wants, and they stop the run while running the ball against a Chargers team who other than week 17 when they played the Redskins, gave up 100+ on the ground to 6 straight opponents to finish off the season.

    Also, to finish off since 2005, seven teams have won round one on the round and they are 7-0 against the spread in the 2nd round (take Baltimore and New York)

    For a full in depth write up with TheCoach Prediction visit:
    http://www.lionsdenu.com/category/sports/nfl-guide-2009-2010/

    Best of luck to all this week…
    Regards,
    TheCoach

  • I know everyone is saying the Chargers are going to kill the Jets, but again, Vegas is giving to many points here (7.5). The Jets match up so well against the Chargers, Revis blanket whoever he wants, and they stop the run while running the ball against a Chargers team who other than week 17 when they played the Redskins, gave up 100+ on the ground to 6 straight opponents to finish off the season.

    Also, to finish off since 2005, seven teams have won round one on the round and they are 7-0 against the spread in the 2nd round (take Baltimore and New York)

    For a full in depth write up with TheCoach Prediction visit:
    http://www.lionsdenu.com/category/sports/nfl-guide-2009-2010/

    Best of luck to all this week…
    Regards,
    TheCoach

    • I didn’t expect you to come back after getting just one game right last week. Missing horribly on the Bengals, Packers, and Eagles. Unless Shonn Greene runs rampant again the Jets won’t be able to cover the spread.

  • Matt, are you shocked? 34 points against the “great” Dallas D.

    • as a vikings fan I was blown away by the game. The Dallas defense was lights out their past 4 games, allowing 17 to New Orleans then 0 in back to back games versus Washington and the Eagles, then one long TD against Philly in the 2nd time when the game actually mattered. I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised/shocked

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