Playoff Time

So, the New Year does bring some tough news. Yes, another NFL season is winding down again. How did we get here so fast? It’s hard to believe that it’s been five months since this.

256 regular season games and one wildcard weekend later, we are down to the last 8 standing. In my humble opinion, the Divisional Playoffs might just offer the best weekend on the annual sports calendar. Order the pizza, pick up plenty of your favorite beverage and I’ll give you my predictions on each of the games in a moment.

Before that, though, this seems like a good time to provide some must-read sites for any NFL fan. Bookmark these sites and you won’t need much else to get you through next season. I never miss Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback or Gregg Easterbrook’s TMQ and neither should you.  But those are the obvious ones.

Here are three more for those of you who are interested in digging a little deeper.  I highly recommend Notes From Lombardi on the underappreciated National Football Post, along with The Fifth Down from the NY Times, and Rick Gosselin’s column from the Dallas Morning News, which fortunately branches out far beyond coverage of the so-called “America’s Team”. By the way, can you still be America’s Team when your last playoff victory was over 12 years ago? But I digress…

Predictions, here we go:
Baltimore at Tennessee (Sat, 4:30 EST) – Flacco reminds the world that he is still a rookie from Delaware. I like the Titans, 24-7.

Arizona at Carolina (Sat, 8:15 EST) – No chance for the Cards in this one. I have no idea why this game was chosen for primetime. Panthers 34-14, and that includes a garbage TD for Arizona after most of the country has gone to bed.

Philadelphia at NY Giants (Sun, 1:00 EST) – Toughest pick of the weekend by far and bound to be the best game. I want to pick the Eagles, but the ride comes to an end abruptly. I’ll call this one 23-21 for the G-Men.

San Diego at Pittsburgh (Sun, 4:45 EST) – All of this weekend’s games are rematches and this one provides a reprise of the infamous 11-10 game. I’ll take a shot at an upset here. One roadie has got to win and, amazingly, it will be Norv Turner’s Chargers in another ugly one, 15-13.

That’s all for now.  No picks guaranteed.  Unless I’m right.

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~ by acm213 on January 6, 2009.

One Response to “Playoff Time”

  1. […] Are you ready for some football? I’ve already given you my predictions for this weekend’s games but now I am downright giddy for the games to […]

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