One rookie quarterback remains
The NFL playoffs kicked off last week with a great set of games. The Cardinals exerted their dominance over rookie Matt Ryan and the Falcons. The Chargers knocked the Colts out in overtime. The Ravens forced Miami into five turnovers even though the Dolphins entered the game with the fewest turnovers in the league. The Eagles spooked the league with a stellar defensive performance against the Vikings.
This week, the Giants, Steelers, Titans and Panthers return to action. The Titans and Ravens clash in a battle of top-notch defenses. The Eagles go on the road to take on the Giants in what should be a great NFC East match. Meanwhile, for our experts, Anshul sits just one game back of the leader Kevin. Could this finally be the week he takes the lead?
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Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009
Baltimore Ravens (11-5) at Tennessee Titans (13-3)
As much as I'd like to see the dominant Titans win, the Ravens and the Titans are pretty evenly matched. They have the same point spread over the regular season, outscoring their opponents by a total of 141 points. I foresee a disappointing upset in Baltimore's favor, as the point totals for this game should be low.
Both of these teams have momentum. The Titans have amazing offensive capabilities and the Ravens have an nigh-unstoppable defense. This is almost a tossup. The fact that they're playing in Tennessee could be the tipping point in the Titans' favor.
Arizona Cardinals (9-7) at Carolina Panthers (12-4)
The Cardinals were slightly lucky in that Matt Ryan did not perform last week, only earning a 57.5 passer rating. The Panthers should crush the Cardinals for sure.
The Cardinals have gotten lucky all season, like when they beat the Cowboys. I doubt that they could win against a clearly more dominant team like the Panthers.
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009
Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1) at New York Giants (12-4)
A fun divisional game will occur. The Giants are seemingly declining, earning a measly 1-3 record in their past four games. I'm sure that the Giants have enjoyed their bye week to shape up for the postseason. Rest and the home crowd should lead this team to an easy victory.
I don't want either of these teams here. But I'd like an upset over the Giants over anything else.
San Diego Chargers (8-8) at Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
It's rather sickening that the Chargers even got a playoff spot, as clearly the Patriots are better with the 12-4 record and deserve a postseason run. Thanks to rules, the Chargers proceed because of their terrible division. This game will be lopsided and a late practice game for the Steelers.
L.T.! I CHOOSE YOU! STEELERS USED KILLER DEFENSE! IT'S SUPER EFFECTIVE! THE CHARGERS FAINTED.
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