We had a perfect start to the NFL playoffs going 4-0 (100%) against the spread last week and called each game correctly as well with all four winners. We’ve combined some segments into our NFL Wildcard picks as we bring picks on each game from a handicapper.
Check out our projected odds for each team to win their conference and Super Bowl XLVII.
This is how the formula sees the NFL Divisional Playoffs:
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Ravens at Broncos – I think the Ravens will be out to avenge a disappointing defeat at home to the Broncos in the regular season. The Broncos have a solid homefield advantage in this one but I look for the Ravens to run Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce a lot to keep Peyton Manning on the sideline. I think the Ravens keep it to no more than a touchdown difference but the Broncos advance.
Texans at Patriots – Another revenge game as the Texans were blown out on Monday Night Football at the Patriots not long ago. Then they were called out by the Boston media this week. The Texans need to run Arian Foster as Matt Schaub has struggled of late. I expect the Texans hang in from start to finish but not have enough to eliminate Tom Brady and the Patriots this weekend. Take the Texans and the points.
Seahawks at Falcons – This is the toughest game to predict this weekend. Seattle is on a roll but is banged up. Marshawn Lynch hasn’t been practicing but expects to play and Chris Clemons is out at DE for their stellar defense. The Falcons have had two weeks to prepare for this game and must overcome their inability to win in the playoffs. This is the best team Atlanta has had…maybe ever. This has to be the year they get the W in the playoffs or the heat will be on Mike Smith and Matt Ryan like never before next season. I think the play here is the Seahawks and points since it’s a toss up game. Either team could advance but I’ll take the Seahawks to win outright.
Packers at 49ers – I think this is the game the public is missing this weekend. Everyone seems to be on the Packers. I think the Packers are in for a tough game because their offensive line is still not very good. I expect the Niners D to keep the pressure on him and a steady dose of Frank Gore to have San Francisco host another NFC Championship. Lay the points and take the 49ers.