Here we go with my Divisional Round picks for this weekend.
Saints at 49ers - I honestly have no idea which way to go in this game. I'm not sure if the Saints can score 40 points or if San Francisco can hold them to 20. I'm also not sure even if the 49ers do hold them to 20, they can score 21. Jim Harbaugh seems like he can preach the "No one thinks we have a chance" thing to his team better than anyone, so I see the 49ers coming out pissed off, especially on defense. My line of thinking always seems to go back to the team with the better QB though, and that one's obvious here. Saints 23-17
Broncos at Patriots - I've decided this: if the Broncos win this game and Tebow does it again at the end, this would be factual evidence that God really does exist. There's no other way to explain how this keeps happening. And if it happens against this team, at this time, on the road I give in. It's like God is saying, "No one believes I exist? Fine. Watch this. Divine Intervention bitches." Tebow's like a prophet or something, I dunno anymore. Having said that, I compare Tom Brady to Kobe in this way - everytime the media keeps asking him about someone else, he says the right things and reacts the right way. But you can see that he gets sick of hearing about it and wants to say, "The next person who asks me about this guy is getting punched in the face. For real." Only then they both come out and put up 50 points or 400 yards and 5 TDs instead. I can't see Brady doing anything other than that, and the Denver Tebows can't keep up. New England 38-24
Texans at Ravens - I didn't think the Texans would beat the Bengals last week. For some reason I forgot how good their defense and running game are. Therefore, this is my upset pick of the week. Can anyone honestly tell me Joe Flacco is that much better than T.J. Yates? Or that the Ravens running game is any better than the Texans? Or that the Ravens D is much better than the Texans? No, no, and no. And the Ravens NEVER seem to make it through a playoff run without blowing a game somehow. All signs point the the Houston upset, and instead of talking about how a third-string rookie QB made it to an AFC Championship game, we'll probably be hearing about what happened to Tebow in the othre AFC matchup. Thanks, ESPN. Houston 17-14
Giants at Packers - Alright, here comes my rant about the Giants. It's been brewing. How do the so called "experts" keep picking the Giants? Have they forgotten that the Packers came within one crap game of going 16-0? (in a Herm Edwards voice) THEY ONLY LOST 1 GAME ALL YEAR. HELLOOOOOO! Then we hear about the Giants pass rush and how great Eli Manning is playing. Is anyone better equipped to get off quick passes against an average secondary all game long than Aaron Rodgers? Remind me, which of the Giants linebackers can cover Jermichael Finley? And the Packers lead the league in interceptions for a reason. What's Eli's only major issue that keeps him from being an elite QB? Interceptions, at crucial times. And this big "run" the Giants have been on? Week 14, Dallas pisses away a win, Tony Romo misses a deep throw to ice the game when it counts. Aaron Rodgers doesn't miss that throw. Week 15, Giants lose to the hapless Redskins. Week 16, they beat a Jets team that was clearly falling apart at home. Week 17, Dallas doesn't show up in a must-win game. Then last week, everything goes right for them and everything goes wrong for Atlanta, but somehow they get all the credit for a "great defensive performance." Total domination of a team that couldn't do anything, woo hoo congratulations.
I had to get that out. Having said all that, I think the game will be extremely close and it kind of worries me to be honest. But the Packers are a 15-1 team with 21 of 22 starters back and healthy from opening day, and all they're hearing about is how the Giants have what it takes to beat them. Rodgers lives off hearing that kind of stuff, and McCarthy would love to use it as motivation. Packers 41-34 I guarantee it, JPP.