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.
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.