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.
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
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