Playoff Time! Divisional Round Playoff Picks

Steve ChottCorrespondent IJanuary 16, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens runs for an 83-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Ravens won 33-14. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The playoffs are in full swing now after the Wild Card Weekend, and it will be interesting to see how this week plays out.

Out of the four teams that rested last week, some have come in strong and some have backed in.

Last week, I went 1-3 on my picks with the only correct prediction being the Cowboys over Eagles.

Here's hoping for a better week.


Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints

There is no ignoring that the Saints struggled in the last month of the season. They lost games to the Cowboys, Buccaneers, and Panthers.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals are coming off a thrilling win over the Green Bay Packers.

But here's why I still like the Saints.

Even with their slide at the end of the year, the Saints are ranked first in PPG, yds per game and they are fourth in the league in pass yards per game.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, aren't a very good defensive team, especially in the passing game where the Saints excel. They gave up 45 points to the Green Bay Packers last week, and I think the Saints could put up even more than that in this game.

I have the Saints winning a close shootout.

My pick: Saints


Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts

The Ravens have really given me fits to pick. Last week I went with the Patriots, and the Ravens went ahead and dominated them.

I'm gonna learn from my lesson last week, and I'm going to take the Ravens.

The Ravens are on fire. They are playing very well on both sides with a very good running game going. The defense intercepted Tom Brady three times last week.

Peyton Manning is in his fourth MVP season, but I think he will fall in the first game just like he did in his third MVP season last year.

Expect a big game from Ravens running back Ray Rice.

My pick: Ravens


Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings

Coming into the playoffs, the Vikings were my representative from the NFC to make the Super Bowl. Now I'm not so sure.

The Cowboys are very hot and are coming off their first playoff win in over a decade. The Vikings, meanwhile, are rested, and their last game was a convincing 44-7 win over the New York Giants.

But the reason I'm going to take the Vikings is because of their defense.

The Cowboys won't have all of the time they had last week, with Jared Allen and the rest of the strong Viking defense pressuring them all day. The Cowboys are going to need to stay on the ground, but even then, the Vikings have the 13th-best rush defense in the league.

My pick: Vikings 


New York Jets at San Diego Chargers 

The Jets are coming into this game with momentum from two-straight wins over the Bengals and one over the Colts.

The Chargers also have momentum from winning 11-straight games.

I wouldn't be surprised if this game came down to the end, but I'm going to take the Chargers.

They have an 11-game win streak, and Phillip Rivers is playing some of the best football of his career. Don't look for Vincent Jackson to have a big game, but Rivers has other options in Antonio Gates and Malcolm Floyd.

My pick: Chargers