NFL Playoffs: Divisional Round Predictions

Paxton TaylorContributor IJanuary 13, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Wide receiver Steve Breaston #15 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball past Jarrett Bush #24 of the Green Bay Packers during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Packers  51-45 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Last week I didn't post my playoff predictions, it is a good thing too; because I would have been 1-3, only predicting the Baltimore and New England game correctly.

This week I will be brave and put my predictions up.

Game 1: Cardinals @ Saints

This game may seem like a tough on to pick underneath it all, because the Cardinals just gave up 45 points to the Green Bay Packers; no one takes the time to realize that the Packers also allowed 51 points, they are the 2nd overall defense in the league. Whereas the Saints are 24th. If there is one thing that the Cardinals could easily do, it is take advantage of the bad Saints defense. In return, everytime the Saints force a turnover, they use it to score. They haven't been as tough late in the season, and may not have the momentum that Arizona has. I thought the Saints were overrated all year, and I believe that Cardinals will take this one.

Game 2: Ravens @ Colts

Without a doubt in my mind, the Ravens are tougher than the Colts. When they played earlier this season, Ed Reed "laterally" HANDED the Colts the win. Every game that the Ravens have lost has been everything but a blowout. Penalties have crushed them; and during the time they were losing, their strong pass defense wasn't really showing up. Now they are a whole new team, they have a good momentum, and they have a strong running attack. Something that the Colts have trouble stopping. The Colts have a one-dimensional offense, and where they are strong, the Ravens are made to shut it down. Watch Peyton have turnover party this week, his picked 6 record may even be extended a little. Ravens win.

Game 3: Cowboys @ Vikings

The Cowboys seem to be the toughest team in the league; oh wait, or is that just the bandwagon "experts" screaming in my ear again? The Cowboys won their first playoff game against a team that thay had not only already beaten twice, but a team that has failed to beat ANY other playoff contenders all season.Congratulations on your 3rd slashing of the week eagles, that took part in a weak schedule, and got one of their losses to the RAIDERS. The Cowboys CERTAINLY seem like the hottest team in the league after that statement. The Cowboys also only had to worry about stopping the pass against the Eagles; whereas the Vikings provide Chester Taylor and Aidrian Peterson. The two of them will then lead to quite a bit of play action towards the second best complete receiving corpse in the league that Minnesota has to offer. The Vikings will win it.

Game 4: Jets @ Chargers

The Jets have the number 1 defense in the league, and they have it in a very offensive division. The wildcat in Miami, and the Moss and Welker duo in New England led by a quarterback that is praised by the refs and gets to do what he wants. They also have the best running game in the league (dun dun dunnn). The Chargers are horrible against the run. Fortunately for the Chargers point of view, most of the teams (besides New England) that the Jets played were Running Teams. The Chargers have an absent running game (kind of) and don't have to worry about this anyways. The Jets know that the Chargers will spend a lot of the time in the air, and the Chargers know that Revis (the Jets' best defender) is bad in the vertical attack. Revis is also only one person, who shut down Ochocinco twice. Let me start off by saying that Vincent Jackson is better than Ocho, and that he is also significantly taller than Revis. Jackson won't be shut down in the long game where Revis is weak, and the Chargers are way too powerful all around to have any worries. Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd, and Legedu Naane help Jackson complete the best Receiving corps in the NFL. Also, there is a rare occurance that Mark Sanchez will pass. When he does pass, expect Jammer and Cromartie to eat him up and take advantage of his rookie decisions.

I think this will be the nail biter of the week, but the Chargers will get themselves a win.