NFL Playoff Predictions
Who is going to win Super Bowl XLIV?
I can tell you 20 teams that will not, but the other 12 teams are about to battle things out in the playoffs.
Last year, the Cardinals were dubbed the worst playoff team in the history of the National Football League. That worst playoff team came within a 100-yard interception return and a Santonio Holmes toe touch in the corner of the endzone from pulling off a huge upset.
Could we see that happen again this year?
Here are my predictions for the entire 2010 NFL playoffs.
Philadelphia Eagles (11-5) at Dallas Cowboys (11-5)
The Cowboys have not won a playoff game since 1996. They have not had a winning December in that stretch either. To top things off, they have never beaten a team three times in a season and Wade Phillips has never won a playoff game.
The Eagles have been to five NFC Championship games within the last ten years. They made it last year after beating the Vikings in Minnesota and the Giants in New York, before losing to the Cardinals.
Every stat shows that the Eagles will win this game.
Eagles 27, Cowboys 10
Green Bay Packers (11-5) at Arizona Cardinals (10-6)
The Cardinals shocked everyone last year. They won the division and took care of the Falcons, Panthers, and Eagles en route to the Super Bowl. Very impressive.
Now they face a Packer team that tore them up in Week 17. The Cardinals may not have Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for this game, which would be a big blow to the Cardinals' secondary.
The Packers are having a great season, but will have to play a near flawless game in order to win. I don't think the Cardinals showed any of their "Cards" to the Pack in last weeks beat down. I also don't foresee Leinart getting any playing time either.
Cardinals 31, Packers 24
Baltimore Ravens (9-7) at New England Patriots (10-6)
Baltimore outplayed New England last time the two team played, but lost. Meanwhile, New England just knows how to win in January. I don't care that New England is beat up. If I asked you, would you want to play the Patriots in Gillette Stadium in January and you said yes, you would end up regretting you decision.
I like what the Ravens have done with Joe Flacco and he will be a top five quarterback in the future, but they just don't have that defensive intensity that they had when Rex Ryan was defensive coordinator.
Patriots 20, Ravens 10
New York Jets (9-7) at Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
The Bengals get to play at home were they are 6-2 on the season. The crowd will be pumped up and ready to go.
Perhaps there was a reason why the Bengals rolled over against the Jets in Week 17. Maybe Cincinnati did not want to see the Texans come back up north, as the Bengals lost to Houston in Week Six at home.
However, after the win last week, the Jets may have the confidence needed in order to pull off the upset. They dominated every facet of the game in Week 17 and bring in a road record of 5-3. This might be the best game to watch this weekend.
Bengals 24, Jets 23
Division and Conference Rounds
The Saints went into Philly early in the season and dominated the Eagles. Even though the Saints lost their final three games I have a hunch that the Saints win 41-33.
The Vikings and Favre are ready for the Super Bowl run that Minnesota has been waiting a very long time for. They won't let this one slip away. Vikings win 28-17.
The Chargers are on fire. The only thing that could stop them is a bye week and the Patriots. Wait, it may be the perfect storm. Just kidding, the Chargers win 16-13.
The Colts may look past this one and worry more about the next week against the Chargers. That will hurt them in the end. Somehow the Chargers actually affected the outcome of this game as the Bengals upset the Colts, 23-21
The Vikings go down to New Orleans and handle business, blowing out the Saints 38-14.
The first game was a great game to watch and I think that this one will be just as good. The Chargers win 30-28.
Now for the Super Bowl
Super Bowl XLIV
The Vikings have what it takes to win the Super Bowl and Minnesota will finally prevail after four failed attempts.
The Vikings beat the Chargers, 21-13.