Monday, January 07, 2013

Who is going to win and why in this coming weekend's NFL playoff games

- Baltimore at Denver: Peyton Manning is one of the football’s all-time great players, and definitely keyed the Broncos’ climb to NFL elite status, but it is often forgotten Denver won a playoff game last year with throwing-challenged Tim Tebow at quarterback. Why? Defense. This time that defense could carry the Broncos to the Super Bowl. It will be the difference in this game. Denver 28, Baltimore 14.
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- Green Bay at San Francisco: This is by far the most intriguing matchup this playoff weekend. It has all the makings of a classic. But it is ultimately going to come down to Aaron Rodgers vs. Colin Kaepernick. While Kaepernick is an excellent young quarterback, Rodgers is in the prime of a Hall of Fame career. Also, linebacker Clay Matthews has returned from injury to play some of the best football of his career for the Packers. Green Bay 31, San Francisco 28
Seattle at Atlanta: The Falcons, traditionally, have been two different teams at home and on the road. The fact the Falcons have home field advantage is huge in this game. They have solid defense and an exceptionally balanced offense with quarterback Matt Ryan being able to choose between Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez. Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks will put up a good fight, but… Atlanta 27, Seattle 24
Houston at New England: The Texans, after playing brilliant football early this season, have just been getting by lately. The Texans were fortunate to beat Cincinnati at home Saturday. Tom Brady has the Patriots rolling. New England’s defense, led by middle linebacker Jarod Mayo, is much improved. So is the running game. New England 34, Houston 24


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