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Topic: Divisional Round Game Predictions
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 01/11/13 14:16
Wild Card Weekend is over and I went 3-1, with my only miss being the Seattle/Washington game. Otherwise, the rest of my predictions came thru. So now it's time to turn attention to what some have dubbed the best weekend of NFL football all season: the divisional round.

Some very interesting games this week. I know many are taking Seattle to beat Atlanta this week. I have to admit it's the worst matchup the Falcons could have gotten, but I have just have a feeling that the Falcons may use the "disrespect" card to get fired up. Seattle was looking very beatable by Washington last week until RG3 aggravated his knee injury late in the in the first quarter helping get a 14-0 lead in favor of Washington. From that drive on, he looked a lot less mobile until the knee finally gave out in the 4th quarter. The biggest concern for me with Atlanta is that they need to produce some semblance of a rushing attack.

Green Bay vs. San Francisco is one that concerns me. While I like the Packers and Broncos for my Super Bowl 47 matchup, I have concerns about the Packers defense and its ability to come up with the big stop when it needs to. This game is going to come down to whether Colin Kaepernick is ready to step up his game. Kaepernick has done well, but hasn't always looked good. Don't get me wrong, I liked Kaepernick a lot coming out of college and thought then he was going to be an excellent NFL QB, but he still seems a bit raw to me. The Packers defense needs to stop Frank Gore and then rattle Kaepernick early to keep him off-balance. If they let Gore gash them like he did back in week 1, the Pacers could be playing every offensive possession playing catch-up.

Just like I thought the inspiration of Ray Lewis last week would triumph over the inspiration of Chuck Pagano for the Ravens to beat the Colts, I think the inspiration of Peyton Manning being back in the playoffs for a Denver team that hasn't had much success since John Elway was their QB will trump Lewis this time around. The Broncos dismantled the Ravens a few weeks back and I think the Ravens (who were my preseason pick to win the Super Bowl this season) just don't have enough to keep up with Denver. I don't think their defense can stop the Broncos from scoring 30 points, and I don't think their offense can consistently move the football on a very solid Denver defense.

Finally, we have the Houston/New England matchup. The Texans have not been anywhere near the team they were 6 weeks ago. Not their offense or defense. To put it simply, the Texans peaked too soon. Now they get to go on the road and face a team that usually doesn't lose home playoff games. The Patriots have had their share of issues this season, but they clobbered Houston a few weeks ago and stand a real good chance of doing it again. Although Arian Foster can gash any team, if the Texans can't keep it close, Foster won't get enough carries to make it happen. Matt Schaub is capable of having big games, but can he outduel Tom Brady? It just doesn't appear likely.

All this said, here are my official Divisional Round Playoff Game's Predictions:

Denver 31, Baltimore 21
Green Bay 28, San Francisco 24
Atlanta 27, Seattle 20
New England 34, Houston 24

If it plays out as I see it here, we'll have these two matchups for the Conference Championship Games:

Green Bay at Atlanta

New England at Denver

And for those who wonder what my Super Bowl 47 matchup prediction is, while I am sticking with my NFC preseason pick of Green Bay (even if I have my reservations), I have decided to change from my preseason pick of Baltimore in the AFC, to Denver. I think a Green Bay vs. Denver Super Bowl would look a lot like the last time these two teams met in a Super Bowl.
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Post Date: 01/13/13 22:47
Well you started out bad, but redeemed yourself with the last two Russ. Although Atlanta was certainly a close call. I can't fault you for picking the way you did though. I don't think many people had Baltimore and the GB/49ers could have gone either way.

Looking forward to the Falcons-49ers game.
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Post Date: 01/15/13 18:10
Apparently the Mayans were right for the wrong reasons, if the 49er's win the Super Bowl it ties my Steelers, if New England wins, it will be the 4th Super Bowl for the Brady/Bellecheck combo tying my Steelers Bradshaw/Noll, and if the Ravens win, well... UGGGH!!!

Only option is the Falcons, but after last weeks performance, it really looks like it's going to be a 49er's Patriots Super Bowl.
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