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NFL Picks: Ravens, Falcons, Patriots and …

January 15th, 2011 by cstark

I was 2-2 last week with my NFL playoffs picks. I picked the Ravens to beat the Chiefs and the Packers to beat the Eagles, but missed the Seahawks-Saints and Colts-Jets games.

If the Seahawks can beat the Saints, anything can happen. Of this weekend’s four games, I’m only confident in one pick. I like the Patriots to beat the Jets. Big.

Here’s my picks for today’s games:

Ravens 23, Steelers 20: This is a classic where both teams will knock the snot out of each other. I really like the Steelers. Roethlisberger’s a big-game performer, the defense is stout. But I think Joe Flacco’s finally come into his own and the Ravens physical defense is every bit as good as Pittsburgh’s.

Packers 27, Falcons 24: This is another toss-up game. The Packers finally got their running game going last week. If they can do it again, they win.

Sunday:

Patriots 37, Jets 10: New England’s going to pour it on the Jets. Too much Brady. Too  much pre-game smack talk from the Jets. Will Bill Belichick will shake Rex Ryan’s hand after the game.

Seahawks 26, Bears 23: Seattle’s loose and there’s no reason to think that the Seahawks won’t build on their efforts of the last two weeks. All of the pressure’s on Chicago. I think the Bears will play tight and make enough mistakes to let the Hawks roll to the NFC title game.

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2 Responses to “NFL Picks: Ravens, Falcons, Patriots and …”

  1. Suquamish Says:

    If you really liked the Steelers, then pick them! But then 0-1 start is your style. Seattle over Chicago? Are you crazy? The Seahawks haven’t won an away playoff game in TWENTY SEVEN years. yes 27 years when they beat Miami in 1983.

  2. mikey Says:

    One for four. Good job Chuck. Considered another line of work lately?

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