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2011 NFL Playoff Predictions

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NFC Wildcard Games


New Orleans Saints at  Seattle Seahawks

The Saints will be too much for the Seahawks. It will be somewhat close until mid-way through the third quarter when the Saints pull away for good and win by 14-17 points.

Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles

Green Bay is hot and the Eagles are not. Vick is fading fast. Unless the Eagles give the ball to McCoy more, the Packers will win this game.

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AFC Wildcard Games

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New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts

This is the hardest game to pick. I’ve been thinking it about it the most. In the end, The Colts are gaining steam. The run offense is coming together and so is the run defense. In the past three games, the Colts run defense stuffed MJD (46 yards), Run DMC (45 yards), and Chris Johnson (39 yards). The Jets pass offense is falling apart and the pass defense is overrated. I think the Colts can stop the Jets run game, which is the only way the Jets can win – by running. Sanchez is hype and the Colts win by 17.

Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs

I like the Chiefs a lot, but the Ravens are going to be much for this young team. However, the Chiefs will be so good next year.

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NFC Divisional Games

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Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons

Green Bay is hot, hot enough to be in the Conference Championship, but they are not hot enough to win against the Falcons without a running game. With that being said, this will be a good game that won’t be decided until late in the fourth quarter, when the Falcons win by 4-7 points. (Oddly, the Falcons are the one team I have not seen play this year. So Falcons picks are based on stats and rumors.)

New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears

I like the Saints a lot. I want to see them in the NFC Championship game, but two road wins in a row will be rough, especially in Chicago, especially with an unreliable running game, and especially with Brees throwing an interception every week. Plus, the Bears are getting it together. Forte is coming together. I see the overrated and underrated Bears sneaking away with a win.

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AFC Divisional Games

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Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers

The Colts aren’t good enough to win this one. Pittsburgh has too much. Manning will throw three picks in this game, two in the fourth quarter, as the Steelers win by 10-14 points.

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots

The Patriots are amazing. They won’t lose to the Ravens, unless the Ravens pass a lot. The Patriots are so weak on the pass. Flacco’s good, but he’s not good enough to carry them on his arm. Patriots win by 7-10 points.

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NFC Conference

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Championship Game

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Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons

I don’t think Atlanta is good enough to go to the Superbowl, but they are the best in the NFC. They are a fairly well-balanced team. The Falcons can handle the Bears at home and win by 14.

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AFC Conference

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Championship Game

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Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots

Pittsburgh has the stuff to beat the Patriots, especially the run defense. They might be able to stuff the Patriots run game, which is oddly pretty good.  I can see the Steelers taking this. I can see Roethlisberger shredding the Pats pass defense, and then letting Mendenhall do the clean up. I really want to pick the Steelers here, but the Patriots are playing too well, plus they are at home. The Patriots don’t lose at home.

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Super Bowl XLV

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Super Bowl XLV

This leads us to:

New England Patriots VS Atlanta Falcons

This seems a safe final pick, which I did not intend. It’s just how it came to be. All the excitement will be in the Wild Card games, then there won’t be anymore upsets.

These teams seem fairly even in offense and defense. However, what this game will come down to is passing. The Falcons and the Patriots passing defenses are both weak. This should be a high-flying passing extravaganza. Can Ryan keep up with Brady? I think he can for a while, but the Patriots will win by two field goals. Patriots 37, Falcons 31.//


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