Playoff Preview: What To Expect This Upcoming Month

Jason BravermanContributor IJanuary 1, 2009

With scores, I will be predicting each NFL playoff game right up through the Superbowl.

No. 5 Atlanta 31

No. 4 Arizona 17: Expect a relatively high-scoring game from these two, but this stat should speak for itself: The Cardinals are 3-7 outside of division play (the NFC West has the worst winning percentage in the league, as well).

No. 6 Eagles 23

No. 3 Vikings 20: This one I pick a little less confidently.  The Eagles can either be really hot, or really cold.  I don't think that Tavaris Jackson will have that great a game, and Reid and McNabb, who are still on somewhat of a hot-seat, will have to step it up a notch.

No. 6 Ravens 27

No. 3 Dolphins 10: Sorry, Dolphins.  As a Jet fan, I'm rooting for Pennington, and happy you guys won the East over the Pats, but the Ravens are just better.  Shouldn't be much of a surprise to anyone that the Ravens won 27-13 in their regular season meeting.

No. 5 Colts 24

No. 4 Chargers 21: I'm not going to lie, I'm not so confident on this pick.  These are the two hottest teams; Chargers four game winning streak, Colts nine.   This is just a gut feeling, I really don't know what else to say.

No. 6 Eagles 13

No. 1 Giants 30: I like a monster game here from the GMen.  A healthy Jacobs and Ward duo is unstoppable.  I really like the Jints to avenge a regular season loss and move on to the NFC Championship game.

No. 5 Falcons 17

No. 2 Panthers 13 - They split the season series, but I think the Falcons are a better team.  I like Ryan more, and, in a clutch situation, I think I like Turner more.

No. 6 Ravens 23

No. 1 Titans 17: The Titans ended extremely weak, and I think the Ravens are a great dark horse.  Flacco has proved himself, and their defense is like none other, especially Ed Reed.

No. 5 Colts 24

No. 2 Steelers 27: The two best teams in the AFC, at least in my opinion.  A fully healthy Roethlisberger and the Curtain should win.  Now, if Roethlisberger doesn't play, or plays at 75 percent, then this pick could switch.  Better defense and a better running game usually equals a W.

No. 5 Falcons 10

No. 1 Giants 27: Falcons are finally stumped, as Ryan feels the pressure of a championship game.  The Giants make it to their second straight SB as they lock down Roddy White and all other viable options for Atlanta.

No. 6 Ravens 3

No. 2 Steelers 13: In a really boring and defensive game that mirrors their previous 13-9 game in Week 15, the Steelers make their second SB in four years.  Equal defense, better running, and better passing, I see a Pitt. victory.

No. 2 Steelers 16

No. 1 Giants 13: The Steelers make it "one for their left hand," winning their sixth Super Bowl.  This prediction comes largely in part to the fact that I just don't see Eli Manning being capable of leading this team to two championships in as many years, and also, there's no way Jacobs stays healthy the entire postseason.