By Derek Lofland
Overall, I was very pleased with my NFL Wildcard weekend predictions. Going 3-1 in playoff games isn’t bad, with the one miss coming in the toss-up game between the Falcons and Cardinals.
Here is how I see the four opening Divisional playoff games going.
Baltimore (12-5) at Tennessee (13-3)
I love the way the Ravens are playing right now. Ed Reed is the best safety in football. The only other close player is Troy Polamalu. Reed is the better interception guy, and Polamalu is the better tackler. It’s hard to pick against Ray Lewis...
I just think this is Tennessee’s year in the AFC. I like Chris Johnson and LenDale White to be able to get enough going in the rushing game. Kerry Collins has been smart with the ball all year, and I look for that to continue.
I think Albert Haynesworth and that defense put pressure on rookie Joe Flacco and force him into mistakes. Tennessee advances to the AFC Championship Game in a low-scoring, competitive game.