Take It HOME in the Divisional Round

Remember, use my picks to wager $$$ at your own risk. If you lose, I had nothing to do with it. If you win beaucoup $$$, a 10% tip would be cool.  But, I’m realistic. This is just for your entertainment…or not, and for me to keep my sports “mojo” going until “I’m back in the saddle”. Remember the league’s unofficial motto…“ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, MONDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY OR SATURDAY……….

Last Week: 3-1  Season: 158-102

SATURDAY

AFC

#5 BALTIMORE RAVENS +3 @ #2 PITTSBURGH STEELERS  O/U 37 pts

-These AFC North Rivals won on the others home field this past regular season. Both are defined by monster defenses. It’s pretty much even. Steelers Safety Troy Polamalu is a bit banged up and questionable for the game. RIGHT. He’ll play. Ravens LB Ray Lewis is. Well…..he just is. Ravens have moved the ball through the air against the Steelers this season behind QB Joe Flacco. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has a big running attack and can go to the air as well. First mistake by one of these two QBs will determine the winner. RAVENS

NFC

#6 GREEN BAY PACKERS +2.5 @ #1 ATLANTA FALCONS 44 pts

-Packers lost a regular season meeting to the Falcons in the Georgia Dome, 20-17. Hard to pick against the Packers who have played their best football down the stretch. Sometimes, that’s all you need in the NFL Tournament. QB Aaron Rodgers might have as long a career in GB as Brett Favre did. Also hard to Pick against the Falcons who are 20-2 in the Georgia Dome with QB Matt Ryan calling the signals. FALCONS

SUNDAY

NFC

#4 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS +10 @ #2 CHICAGO BEARS 41.5 pts

-Seahawks beat Bears at Soldier Field this past regular season. Bears were having offensive line issues and couldn’t protect QB Jay Cutler. All those issues have been rectified. Seahawks inching towards .500 on their run for the Super Bowl playing with nothing to lose after knocking out defending Super Bowl Champion Saints last weekend. QB Matt Hasselbeck threw four TD passes in the Wild Card win and played well in the earlier win over the Bears. That was a different Bears team. Midnight for “Cinderella”. BEARS

AFC

#6 NY JETS of NEW JERSEY +8.5 @ #1 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 44.5 pts

-A lot of talk off the field during the week. Time to do some walking. Pats QB Tom Brady is on the verge of going to his fifth Super Bowl and playing as he did the previous four. Jets QB Mark Sanchez still learning on the job in his second season. Gaining plenty of experience. Jets got torched by 42 last time they played in Foxboro. Only way they can win is if the Jets control the line of scrimmage, especially on offense to keep Brady off the field.  RBs LaDanian Tomlinson, Shonn Greene and the “O-Line” were able to take pressure off Sanchez and keep the ball out of Peyton Manning’s hands in last week’s 17-16 win over the Colts. Third season will be the charm for Sanchez, next year. PATRIOTS

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