NFL Picks: On to round two

Published 10:24 am Friday, January 10, 2014

Here are the picks:

New Orleans at Seattle

If sanity prevails, the Seahawks will dominate this game on both sides of the ball. Their secondary is second to none and their running game can give any defense headaches.

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But these are the NFL playoffs were crazy things happen. I still remember when the 15-1 Packers lost a home playoff game to the 10-7 Giants and it wasn’t even close. You just never know what you’re going to get.

On paper, the Seahawks are the best team in football, but their offense can disappear at times which concerns me.

I’m also impressed with how the Saints won in Philadelphia last week. But I have to remind myself that the NFC East was a terrible division and Philly was probably a little overrated.


Indianapolis at New England

Andrew Luck made one of the bigger plays of the season last week when he scooped up his own running back’s fumble and lunged into the end zone in the midst of a comeback from a 28-point deficit against the Chiefs. Luck truly is at his best when his back is to the wall.

The Patriots defense has struggled against the run this year and if the Colts move the ball on the ground they could give New England a very tough day.

I know Tom Brady is great, but his receiving core is paper thin after a bulk of injuries this season. If the Patriots can’t run the ball to set up the running game, they will be in trouble.


San Francisco at Carolina

The Panthers won the regular season, but I just can’t pick Cam Newton to win his first career playoff game against a tough defense. I have a feeling a single turnover could decide this one and the 49ers have played sound football in the past few weeks.


San Diego at Denver

Peyton Manning is well known for his playoff struggles and a lot of it has been unfair. Football is the ultimate team sport and a quarterback is only as good as his defense and special teams.

I predict a rebound from the Broncos after they fell short in the first round last season.


Playoffs: 2-2; overall: 154-99