Last week, TheBoken was 4-0 with their NFL predictions in the Wild Card Round last week. This week poses some harder to predict games due to the closeness of the matchups…
Saturday January 14th
New Orleans at San Francisco 4:30 PM FOX
David Akers (SF) set a record for field goals made during the regular season. That is bad news for San Francisco in the playoffs if that trend continues. The 49ers have a solid defense but Drew Brees is the hottest Quarterback in the league right now and has so many weapons to choose from. Granted the sloppy turf at San Francisco might slow the Saints down a bit but at the end of the day touchdowns are worth 7 points and field goals 3. Even if David Akers has 7 filed goals, 21 points is not enough to beat the Saints.
TheBoken.com Prediction: New Orleans starts a bit slow but the Saints prevail 31-19.
Denver at New England 8:00 PM CBS
The Tim Tebow phenomenon can perhaps best be summarized in this numerology from ESPN’s Adam Schefter…
On Jan. 8, 2009, in the BCS Championship Game, then-Florida quarterback Tim Tebow wore eye black with the inscription John 3:16, a reference to the Bible passage that says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." that he caused millions of football fans to Google the meaning of John 3:16, Tebow played his first NFL playoff game, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- And … Tebow threw for 316 yards. Tebow averaged 31.6 yards per completion, the highest single-game postseason completion average in NFL history.
- Ben Roethlisberger’s second-quarter interception, which led to a Matt Prater field goal and a 17-6 Broncos lead, came on third-and-16.
- The Steelers finished the game with a time of possession of 31:06.
- And at the time Tebow threw the game-winning 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas — the NFL’s longest postseason pass in overtime history
- CBS’s final quarter-hour overnight ratings were, yes, a 31.6.
As great as Tim Tebow’s magical run has been the Patriots offense will just be too much for Denver. I don’t trust the Patriots defense but Tom Brady’s command of the offense will be too much. No one has been able to cover New England’s two premier TE’s all season. The matchups are too much for Denver to overcome.
TheBoken.com Prediction: Brady throws for 350 yards and 3 TDs. Tebow makes some big plays as well with two rush TDs but Patriots win in the end 38-27. The Broncos will likely beat the spread in my opinion.
Sunday January 15th
Houston at Baltimore 1:00 PM CBS
Houston and Baltimore are two teams that are almost mirror images of each other. They both have solid defenses and a power running game. The edge in theory should go to Baltimore as they have the more seasoned QB in Joe Flacco and the home field advantage. I think Arian Foster will have a monster game picking up a lot of his yards receiving. Baltimore should win this game but something in my gut says TJ Yates Houston’s QB will make enough plays to eke out a victory.
TheBoken.com Prediction: Houston wins 24-21 in a scrappy rock em’ sock em’ running game with a few big passing plays.
NY Giants at Green Bay 4:30 PM FOX
I want the NY Giants to win. I really do. I think they can and this game could go either way. Their running game seems to be coming back as well as their pass rush at exactly the right time. They played the Packers close last time and really could have won that game. I think the Packers could start the game a bit rusty but they will have Greg Jennings back and I think Aaron Rodgers will make one more touchdown pass the Eli Manning to seal the victory. Here is hoping I am wrong.
TheBoken.com Prediction: Packers win 38-31. I hope the hell I am wrong.