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This week the two games are drastically different. In the AFC we have two of the favorites all season. On the other hand, in the NFC we have a match-up that no one would have believed prior to the season (Arizona) or even midway through (Philly).

I believe I am 5-3 so far in the playoffs as far as picks go.

eagles@cardinals

A home playoff game in Arizona? On Championship weekend? Really?

I’m not even going to think about the on the field, football aspects within this match-up. You have to take into account the total body of what is happening to accurately assess the outcome.

Arizona is playing out of their minds. That is something that you cannot account for when looking at stats or even looking at the entire season they have played. Remember the Giants last year? This team stumbled into the post-season but once their they have been playing some of their best ball.

Like a good novel, I have a plot twist. You think I’m on the Cardinals but…

You have to look even deeper now. Philadelphia is the current home of the World Series Champion Phillies. They broke the Philadelphia championship drought this fall. Now look at the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox of this decade. Dominate in both sports. History always has a way of repeating itself. Philly has been to 5 NFC Championship games now. What better story than both major Philly teams breaking their loosing streaks in the same year?!

Karma Pick: Philly

ravens@steelers

I’ll actually talk a bit of football regarding this one. This is a football game. A defensive battle between the number one and number two ranked defenses in the NFL this year. Hard hitting and tough old school football for the true football fanatic.

I think that you honestly have to give the edge to the Steelers in every aspect of the game.

One of the more important keys might be that the Steelers have the superior running game with Willie Parker which has proven to be a key aspect of being able to beat the Ravens. Last week Chris Johnson was averaging 6.5 yards per carry before having to leave the game due to an injury.

The teams that the Ravens lost to in the regular season (Steelers, Giants, Titans and Colts) all have dynamic running games. They add an additional dimension to the game that the Ravens older linebackers must account for. It also looks like Suggs will not be able to play and if he does make it on the field he will not be near 100%.

I have thought that the Ravens would be in this game for weeks and weeks. On the outset I saw that the spread in this game was Ravens +6 and I thought that they would certainly at least keep it close. Upon thinking further about it this week I now see the Steelers running away with this one.

The Pick:  Steelers

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Some tough games to pick are on the slate for this weekend. They should be some damn good ones though.

ravens@titans

These two teams played in week 5 and the Titans won 13-10 on a late TD drive. The Ravens are considerably better now. Back in week 5 they had just lost in Pittsburgh, went to  Tennessee and lost and went on to lose in week 6 in Indy–giving them a 3 game losing streak against some tough teams.

The Titans biggest pro has to be that they are rested while Baltimore had to play their physical style of game play just last weekend. The Ravens best asset is still their defense even if not fully rested.

The Ravens cause for concern has to be the rookie QB going against a good Titans defense. On the other hand the Titans have not been playing meaningful games the last several weeks. That can sometimes hurt a team.

The Pick: Ravens

cardinals@panthers

Most people are not giving the Cardinals a snow balls chance in Phoenix to win this game. I’ll tell you right now I’m not picking them straight up but I wouldn’t bury them just yet.

They could be getting as many as 10 points by kick off. The Cardinals already kept it close in Carolina earlier this year and now they have to be playing with even more confidence.

That being said, there is not much to say. The Panthers are the better team.

The Pick: Panthers

eagles@giants

I give the Eagles the best change at getting the road win this weekend. They already beat the Giants in New York in week 14.

It’s hard because you never know which Eagles team is going to show up or should I say which McNabb. At the same time the Giants have struggled for several weeks now.

One key is is Brandon Jacobs is truly healthy. In the Giants loss to the Eagles he was held to 52 yards.

The Pick: Eagles

sd1@steelers

The big question; is Roethlisberger healthy? I do not think that it is going to matter THAT much. The Steelers passing game is not what is going to win the game for them. Compared to last week, I don’t think that the Chargers running attack is going to be as affective against the Steelers.

If this ends up being an ugly, low scoring game again then you have to think that the Steelers and their defense have the upper hand.

The Pick: Steelers

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atl@ ari

Atlanta 24, Arizona 30 but was it really ever that close?

I have always liked Arizona. Maybe it is out of pity or the fact that I am a fan of the Pittsburgh Panthers (Fitz) and Florida State Seminoles (Boldin).

However, I cannot stand this Arizona team. The first problem is Kurt Warner, not a very likable guy. Secondly, it is tough for me to cheer for a team that played so poorly the last 6 weeks of the regular season and had the division handed to them (see San Diego Chargers).

Regardless, they are moving on. How great is it to have that #1 seed in the NFC now? Giants f’d that one up pretty badly.

Also, how the heck did the Cardinal’s know the Falcons snap count ALL game and Atlanta just decided not to change anything they were doing. There was some giveaway that Arizona had on lock.

ind @ sd

The second half was disturbingly ugly in this one. How ugly? The Charger’s punter was awarded the horse trailer player of the game or whatever NBC calls it now.

bal @ mia

No surprise here or so I thought. I watched the end of NFL Sunday Countdown, the ESPN pregame show, and half the analyst’s picked Miami. I was shocked.

This team is going to be hard to beat. Pennington and the ‘Phins had the fewest turnovers in any regular season this year; an amazing accomplishment. Still, the Ravens made them look pedestrian in their ball security.

phi @ min

Philly 26, Minnesota 14 and if not for Adrian Peterson’s 40 yeard TD run in the 2nd it would not have even been that close. A cause for concern could be the amount of field goals that Philly had to settle for but than again the Viking defense is formidable. Aker’s would have put up a 17 point fantasy day (a 50 yarder, 2 40’s, 1 30 and an extra point)–so they have that going for them.

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These Wild Card Weekend match-ups are nothing short of great and all of the road teams are actually favored.

atl @ ari

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.

Pick: Atlanta

ind @ sd

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.

Pick: Indy

bal @ mia

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.

Pick: Baltimore

phi @ min

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.

Pick: Philly

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Three week seventeen games will be moved from 1:00 p.m. EST to 4:15 p.m. EST.

On CBS, the Dolphins @ Jets game will now have a late-afternoon kickoff. while Jacksonville @ Baltimore has also has been moved to a 4:15 p.m. EST start. On FOX, the Dallas @ Philadelphia game has been moved to 4:15 p.m. EST as well. The Broncos @ Chargers game will be the Sunday night game on NBC.

AFC East

The Dolphins control their own destiny. They win and they take the division, just one year after going 1-15. The Patriots need to win and either the Dolphins or Ravens lose. The Jets need a victory coupled with a Patriots and or Ravens loss.

The Patriots could potentially be the first team since the new playoff format in 1990 to have 11 wins and not make the playoffs.

AFC West

The resurgent Chargers earned the right to play for the division title yesterday with help from the faltering Broncos. That’s right, 15 weeks after the Chargers were screwed out of a win against Denver, those same Broncos will travel to San Diego in a re-match for the whole sha-bang.

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I don’t think I’ve routed for the Chargers since Natrone Means suited up in the mid-9o’s.

NFC East

The Cowboys can clinch a playoff birth with a win while the Eagles clinch the wild card with a win against Dallas and losses by Tampa Bay and Chicago.


First, of all this is going to be a heck of a week of games; so much on the line. However, as a Patriots fan, it is awful not controlling your own destiny. The thought of having 11 wins and not making the playoffs is a very difficult one to deal with. A sentiment that Matt Cassel reiterated this morning on the radio.

The AFC West  should forfeit their playoff spot to the AFC East. Even the lowly Bills who are 0-5 in the division are 4-0 against the AFC West.

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eagles2Week 15 ended last night with a convincing win for the Eagles over the lowly Browns.  Donovan McNabb has played great since he was benched in Baltimore throwing 7 TDs compared to one int.  It also helps that they have found a balance between the run and pass.  The eagles are 3-0 in those three games and have put themselves in a position to make the playoffs.  In order to do that they need to win out and have Tampa lose to either San Diego or Oakland or have Atlanta lose to Minnesota or St. Louis.  Who would have thought that after that tie in Cincinatti? Or the embarrassment in Baltimore?

The Carolina Panthers can win home field advantage in the NFC playoffs if they win in the Meadowlands on Sunday night.  That would be huge for a giantspanthersteam that finished its home schedule 8-0 on the season.  They will be facing a reeling Giants team that has lost two in a row to the ‘Boys and Birds without Plaxico Burress and Brandon Jacobs, but it seems like Jacobs will be back for this one.  Crazily enough if the Giants lose this week and the Vikings win, the Week 17 matchup between the Vikings and the Giants would then be for 2nd in the NFC for the all important bye week.

afc-east1The AFC East continues to intrigue everyone as the Jets, Patriots, and Dolphins are all 9-5.  The Jets control their own destiny, if they win out they win the division.  The only problem with that is the Jets have to play on the west coast this weekend, traveling to Seattle.  On the year they are 0-3 in the western time zone losing to San Diego, Oakland, and San Francisco.  In my perfect world the Jets and Dolphins would win this week and then Chad Pennington would march into the Meadowlands and beat the Jets for the division crown on the last day of the season.  On a side note, our hearts go out to the Cassel family after his father’s passing last week.  What a courageous and inspiring effort from Matt in Oakland on Sunday.

Pittsburgh’s latest 4th quarter (allbeit controversal) has put them in position to play for home field advantage in the AFC playoffs.  They will play for it pittsthis weekend against the Titans, after Tenessee lost to Houston last week.  It won’t be as easy for the Titans either becuase Albert Haynesworth will be out until at least the playoffs.  In my eyes this is one of the most impressive regular seasons, Pittsburgh has put together. Here are some of their wins: Baltimore twice, Dallas, Washington, and New England.  Most of these wins have come without Willie Parker and with a banged up Big Ben.

chargersbroncoaLastly, the AFC West still stinks.  The Chargers beat the Chiefs somehow 22-21 to keep their sorry playoff hopes alive while the Broncos are now 0-2 in clinching the division after they got killed in Carolina.  Maybe the Bills are exactly what they need, but I would rather it come down to week 17 when the two teams matchup. Please NFL, LET ED HOCHULE DO THE GAME.

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nflWeek 15 kicks off tomorrow night with a rematch of the 2005-2006 NFC Champiosnhip game between the Bears and Saints in Chicago.  Both teams come in at 7-6 as the loser will be all but eliminated from playoff contention.  The Bears still have a shot to come back and win the NFC North but the saints cannot win their division.  The Saints are 1-5 on the road this season, Bears should win this one.

The Eagles could very well be in the wild card lead by the end of the eagles1weekend.  They are currently behind Dallas and Atlanta who play the Giants and Buccaneers respectively, while Philly hosts Cleaveland on Monday Night.  Who thought that after the tie in Cinicinatti and getting throttled in Baltimore?

afc-eastMiami can win the AFC East.  They are tied with the Patriots and Jets atop the division, with a date in East Rutherford to face the Jets in week 17. They don’t have a tough road to get there either, they host San Francisco and go to KC before that matchup.  You have to commend this squad for what they are doing this season, especially Chad Pennington and Tony Sporano.

The Panthers can play their way into the top seed in the NFC by winning panthersout.  After running all over the Bucs on Monday night, for 299 yards the Panthers have put themselves in good position to make a deep playoff push.  You wouldn’t want to go to Carolina in January as they are 7-0 at home this season. 

The Broncos can win the AFC West with a win or a San Diego loss.  Why are both Western Divisions so bad?

slatonHow good are this years rookie running backs? There are 3 in the top 10 in the NFL in rushing. Those being (in order) Chris Johnson with 1,094 yds, Matt Forte with 1,081 yds and Steve Slaton with 1,024 yds.  That group doesn’t even have the #4 overall pick Darren McFadden who hasn’t been able to get on the field enough to be productive.

Enjoy the excitement of December football.

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