2010-11 NFL Playoffs Predictions: Against All Odds, Or Not

Gene StrotherCorrespondent IIIJanuary 8, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Todd Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs takes the field before a game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)
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The time has come to make our picks for the NFL playoffs. Some do this at the beginning of a season, which is dicey and mostly an exercise in futility and tomfoolery. (That doesn't keep me from joining them occasionally, of course.)

Now that we know who the participants in the 2010 NFL Playoffs are, and where the odds-makers have set the odds, we can make an intelligent, informed prediction as to each game's outcome. I would tell you to step right up and place your bets, but I advise you to keep your money in your pocket or invest it in your family. That way, you can enjoy the games, cheer for the team you like best and enjoy the pure thrill of competition.

Still, the odds are in and the verdict is still out. So, here goes nothing. ("Nothing" is pretty much what predictions amount to...or nothing much, anyway.)

In the table below, I am making my picks. The winner is highlighted in bold. My pick against the line is underlined. (for example, I like New Orleans to win, but Seattle to cover, thus New Orleans is bold and Seattle is underlined.) The over/under is indicated by the ↑ and ↓ arrow. If you cannot figure out which arrow means which, please stay away from all sharp objects.

Date Favorite Line Underdog Over/Under
1/8New Orleans-10@ Seattle44.5 ↑
1/8@ Indianapolis-2.5NY Jets44.5 ↓
1/9Baltimore-3@Kansas City40.5 ↓
1/9@ Philadelphia-2.5Green Bay46.5 ↑

                                                                                                                                  These are my picks for the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. Next week, we will revisit the picks to see how I did. I will also make my picks for the divisional round at that time.

If you have a different idea about how things will come out, use the comments section of this article, and let's hear your thoughts on the matter.

Happy football!