Thursday, January 12, 2012
Walker's Playoff Picks
By James Walker
After a week hiatus for the wild-card round, I decided to get back into prediction mode since we have one AFC East team playing this weekend.
Here are the AFC East blog’s picks for the divisional round:
Denver Broncos (9-8) at New England Patriots (13-3), Saturday at 8 p.m. ET
Skinny: The Patriots got lucky with this matchup. Tim Tebow won't be able to keep up with the scoring pace of Tom Brady.
Walker's pick: Patriots, 34-17
New Orleans Saints (14-3) at San Francisco 49ers (13-3), Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET
Skinny: I'm not buying Alex Smith of the 49ers as a playoff quarterback, especially against New Orleans' Drew Brees. Every year at least one road team wins in the divisional round. This is the where it happens.
Walker's pick: Saints, 24-21
Houston Texans (11-6) at Baltimore Ravens (12-4), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
Skinny: This probably will be the most physical game of the weekend. The Ravens finally earned the right to play a home playoff game, and they won't let that opportunity slip away.
Walker's pick: Ravens, 20-13
New York Giants (9-8) at Green Bay Packers (15-1), Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET
Skinny: Some people think the Giants can be this year's version of the 2010 Packers. But the 2011 Packers are even better than they were last year.
Walker's pick: Packers, 30-20
Two weeks ago (Week 17): 2-0
Overall record: 15-7