My 2008 NFL Playoff Picks
The 2008 NFL season has come to a close. We've seen lots of surprises and disapointments. Records have been set, some bad and some good.
The NFC West was the worst in the NFL. The Dolphins tied the largest turnaround in NFL history. We all know about the Lions, going 0-16.
The Titans overtook the AFC South powerhouse Colts and the favorite Jaguars on their way to home-field advantage.
The Ravens and the Falcons both had rookie coaches and quarterbacks but managed to make the playoffs.
The Cowboys failed to make the playoffs with what could be called another "choke" by Tony Romo (but this time we didn't get Terrell Owens crying about "his quarterback").
The Eagles looked like their season was over after tying the Bengals, quarterback controversy, and getting demolished by the Ravens. But they overcame adversity and won a Wild Card spot on the last week over Dallas.
At the time of the publishing of this article, the AFC West hadn't been wrapped up. The San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos are currently squaring off for the playoff berth.
The reigning champs New York Giants won the home-field advantage in the NFC.
There's no need to explain the whole Favre-saga. The Jets failed to make the playoffs.
Matt Cassell won himself a large contract with a superb season filling in for Tom Brady because of an injury. The Pats failed to make the playoffs, though.
The season was a great one. The following are my playoff picks.
AFC Wild Card Round
(3) Miami vs. (6) Ravens- This game is going to be a close one. The Dolphins are going to run the Wildcat formation against the rock-solid defense of Baltimore. The Dolphins will be able to squeak out enough points due to a better offense. It may come down to a last-second field goal.
Miami 20, Baltimore 17
(4) Chargers/Broncos vs. (5) Colts- My pick for the AFC West is the Chargers, who are up 17-6 right now. But whomever wins the AFC West won't be able to compete with the Colts. Indianapolis in arguably the hottest team in the AFC and Peyton Manning is playing like Peyton Manning. When No.18 in the blue and white is on, so is his team.
Colts 38, Chargers 10
NFC Wild Card Round
(3) Vikings vs. (6) Eagles- Philly is coming off a blowout against Dallas. After an up-and-down year, they will come out victorious against the Vikings. This game may come down to whichever running back does better. Brian Westbrook has the playoff experience to guide his team to a win.
Eagles 27, Vikings 17
(4) Cardinals vs. (5) Falcons- Arizona hasn't been looking to sharp late in the season.Matt Ryan and the Falcons will torch the defense just as New England did. The Falcons will advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Falcons 38, Cardinals 23
AFC Divisional Round
(1) Titans vs. (5) Colts- Tennessee is coming off an improbable season that ended in home-field advantage. Peyton Manning is still a great quarterback and will make a good match up.
The Titans defense is very good and the Colts potent offense pitting up against them will make a good show. Peyton Manning is a great late-game QB and might just win the Colts the ballgame.
Colts 20, Titans 16
(2) Steelers vs. (3) Dolphins- The Dolphins will once again face a tough defense. This time they won't come out on top due to Pittsburgh's good offense putting up enough points to win.
Steelers 21, Dolphins 10
NFC Divisional Round
(1) Giants vs. (6) Eagles- The Eagles are a talented team, but beating the Giants requires much more talent. The Vikings should be an easy task for most playoff teams, but the Giants are above their talent and coaching level. The running game will be won by New York as will the passing game.
Giants 28, Eagles 13
(2) Panthers vs. (5) Falcons- As these NFC South rivals face off in North Carolina, expect a good game. Both teams have good offenses and good defenses as well. This game is almost a toss-up, but I have made a pick.
Panthers 30, Falcons 28
AFC Championship Game
(2) Steelers vs. (5) Colts- Ooohh goodee! What a game! In Pittsburgh, the Terrible Towels will be wavin' and the fans screamin'. Long field goals will be hard to come by for either team and touchdowns will be the key.
"Fast" Willie Parker wil be pitted against a fast Colts defense. Once again, the Colts will be part of a close game. Both quarterbacks have the ability late in the game to keep their teams alive.
Steelers 17, Colts 14
(1) Giants vs. (2) Panthers- In a rematch of the Week 15 battle, these two teams are the cream of the crop in the NFC. Eli Manning and the Giants hope to repeat as the NFL Champions. The Giants running game will spring them to the Super Bowl.
Giants 28, Panthers 24
Steelers vs. Giants- In the regular season, the Giants came out victorious in this game. The Giants will have to rely on their running game to work against the Steelers to win.
Giants 20, Steelers 14
The Giants will be the Super Bowl Champs again.