The NFL keeps the action rolling in this weekends Divisional round with four intriguing match ups. Last weekend I went 2 – 2 in picking the wildcard games and look to improve on that this weekend. In the following I will tell you who I think will continue to roll and which teams the bye week helped and which teams will just be saying goodbye.
The game between these two teams this weekend is going to have more points than a WNBA game. The Cardinals are coming off a game in which they forgot to play defense for the first four quarters and finally showed up for one play in OT to win the game. The Saints on the other hand are coming off a bye and haven’t showed up for game since the week 14 loss to the Cowboys. Neither team features a 1,000 yard rusher but I actually think that the Saints hold a slight edge in this game and will get some big plays out of Pierre Thomas. Drew Brees and Kurt Warner will mostly likely trade TD passes all game and the defenses will end up looking like swiss cheese. This game will come down to a game winning field goal try for the Saints and I believe they will make it.
Tony’s over/under challenge: 15 Total run plays by both teams. UNDER
Prediction: Cardinals 45 Saints 47
If it wasn’t for a pimply faced JV style choke job earlier in the season then the Ravens would have beat the Colts in the regular season meeting. Peyton Manning has turned the Colts in the Atlanta Braves of football. For those of you who don’t know what that is like, it’s like watching the Titanic, you know the ship is going to sink. This is going to be a great game to watch, we’ve got the master mind of Manning verses the under dog intense Ravens D. I feel strongly that the Ravens defensively have the right combination to slow Manning down and there offense features two stud running backs in Ray Rice and Willis McGhee which will be difference makers. Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is going to hit Manning more times than a speed bump in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
Tony’s over/under challenge: 107 audible or changes at the line. OVER
Prediction: Ravens 18 Colts 17
This is toughest game for me because these two teams are both lead by the biggest Jekyll and Hyde quarterbacks. I have attributed Dallas’s great play down the stretch to the departure of two team divas, Terrell Owens and Jessica Simpson. For as bad as Tony Romo has looked on the field at times, that’s nothing in comparison to putting up with a nag in locker room and the bedroom. On the other hand we have the wildly successful Vikings and their own version of a diva, Brett Favre. Both teams have a great running game; go to receivers, stud tight ends, big play pass rusher, and game changers on special teams. All of those reasons are why I have been torn on who I should pick in this match up. During contemplation I looked into my laundry hamper and the answer jumped out at me, it was my favorite pair of Wranglers.
Tony’s over/under challenge: 27 Aikman references to when he was a Cowboy. OVER
Prediction: Cowboys 20 Vikings 23
The Jets are coming off the luckiest three game stretch in my recent memory. They backed into the tournament and got to line up against the team they slapped around the week before. I imagine it’s something like the movies when the bad guy thinks he can keep committing crimes and get away with it. Until the good guys busts in (Chargers) and knock you to the floor while beating the tar out of you, take you away and move on to the next one. Right now everyone is high on the Jets and it would be a great story for them to continue their run, but that’s not going to happen. Although they have a good defense and run game, so does the opponent this time and they can actually throw it too. Jets fans and Cinderella lovers can stop drinking the kool-aid cause this ride is over.
Tony’s over/under challenge: 3 minutes of post game crying from Rex Ryan. OVER
Prediction: Jets13 Chargers 30