These Wild Card Weekend match-ups are nothing short of great and all of the road teams are actually favored.
Atlanta has a good passing game as well as a very good running game. On the other hand, Arizona has only a productive passing attack. At the same time, Arizona (6-2) has been good at home while Atlanta (4-4) has struggled on the road.
It comes down to Michael Turner and the Falcons running game; if they can run the ball than they can control the clock and keep the ball out of Warner’s hands.
Both of these defenses are pretty bad. The key point is that Atlanta tends to give up fewer points even though they allow more yards.
These are two extraordinarily hot teams. The Chargers have won 4 straight while the Colts are on a 9-0 run.
Initially I was all over the Colts in this one (really against anyone). Now that I have had a week to think about it, it is way harder than I first thought.
Still I think this one will go down differently than last years playoff showdown. All the Chargers “match-up” well against the Colts talk should be used by Tony Dungy to further motivate his team this week.
Yes, the Ravens handed it to the ‘Phins back in Week 7. What people are forgetting it that this is a much different Miami team now. That being said; I’m taking Baltimore. Chad Penning is Chad Pennington. The Ravens defense is the Ravens defense. On this wildcatcard weekend Pennington will fall back off the wagon.
I like to think that this is an easy call; Philly. However, it might not be. I believe that the Eagles defense will handle the Vikings offense (especially passing wise). However, a key is the Eagles willingness and ability to run the football. Minnesota is the best team in the league against the rush. The Eagles tend to get into trouble when they shy away from the rush.
I cannot have faith in Tavaris Jackson however. And I think that is the biggest key.
This is what Michael Silver had to say about this game:
Expect Gus Frerotte to go in for a struggling Tarvaris Jackson. Philly looked great vs. the Cowboys, but the Eagles are one of the league’s most inconsistent teams. Jared Allen validates the Vikes’ trade for him by hounding Donovan McNabb all day.
And he did pick the Vikings although it barely reads as that being the case. I just can’t pick a team that has nothing to offer at quarterback.
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