Friday, January 4, 2008

2007 NFL Playoffs Wildcard Weekend

I wanted to get my picks for this weekend's games down so I can't go back on them after the games are over. I'm not going to predict the score, or pick against the spread, just straight up, who's going to win?

Washington @ Seattle - The Redskins are the popular pick. They're riding on emotion and have played very well the last few weeks. The Seahawks have only lost 3 home games in the last 2 years. This is easily the hardest game to pick for me. If Washington continues to play off of all the emotion, they'll win. But I think I have to go with Hasslebeck over Collins. Seattle wins.

New York Giants @ Tampa Bay - I was considering going with the thinking that the Giants played hard through the end of the season and Tampa was mailing it in the last 2 weeks. But following the logic of the last pick, I have to take Jeff Garcia at home over Eli on the road. My biggest worry with this is that I haven't seen a single Bucs game, but I have seen Eli. Tampa Bay wins.

Jacksonville @ Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh got embarrassed at home by the Jaguars at home earlier in the season, and I'd like to think that the Steelers are going to want to avenge that loss. But this word has come up in everything I've seen about the game: Injuries. Pittsburgh is full of them, and I unless they get some kind of special teams or defensive score early and take a lead, they're not going to be able to keep up. Jacksonville wins.

Tennessee @ San Diego - Normally I'd be torn with this pick, just because I'd be worried that my judgment would be clouded by my fandom of San Diego. For this round though, I'm not worried about my pick. Tennessee lost Bo Scaife and Roydell Williams this week. Lendale White and Vince Young are game time decisions (and if Young does play, he may be lacking his biggest weapon: his legs). San Diego had the advantage of some blow-out wins late in the season that allowed them to rest some starters, so I think LT, Philip Rivers, Jamal Williams, they're all going to be that much fresher for this game. San Diego wins.

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