We love gathering up predictions here from more than just one person and for this year's NFL playoffs we've decided to open up the predictions to some of the community. For this round, we're featuring predictions from myself, Josh, and Jim Gaudet, an IT guy living in Costa Rica who also guest posts here every now and then.
Without further ado, let's get to the picks for the Wild Card Round of the 2010 NFL playoffs.
Let me start by saying that I lost in ALL of my fantasy leagues this year. Basically losing all my playoffs in the first round and coming in second in Gridiron Challenge for the fifth stright year! I did have the best record in my ESPN league, but that really doesn't matter when you lose the playoffs 🙁
So if you are a betting person, please DO NOT take my advice. There's my disclaimer, not let's move on to my 2010 NFL Wild Card Round Predictions.
Listen here, I like the Jets. I do, but I just can't see the only rookie quaterback in the league winning this week. Chad 85 (whatever his name will be next week) didn't catch a pass last week for the first time in 120 games. I trust he will get his catches this week. The Bengals will be run blitzing all day forcing Sanchez to throw the ball. With the cold weather this adds up to turnovers for the your QB.
Bengals over Jets 20-17
The Cowboys are coming off a record breaking month. Meaning, they actually won in December! Their offense has been looking good with Roy Williams finally showing some signs of being a football player. The 'boys haven't won 3 games in a row all year, and I am not sure about this, but I don't think it is easy to beat one team 3 times in the same season. However, it all happens for the Cowboy's this week.
Cowboys over Eagles 23-16
Let's face it, New England just doesn't lose at home. Well, they haven't yet this season and I don't expect that to change. Wes Welker is a big loss, but that doesn't mean Brady isn't going to be able to throw the ball. The problem will be third down and red zone production and that is why there is such a low score. I like Ray Rice and if he has a great game this one would go to over time and end up 23-20 NE.
Patriots over Ravens 20-13
Arizona can get hot, they have proven that already. But, the Packers have been a fine tuned machine all year behind Aaron Rodgers arm and their defense. In turnovers/takeaways Green Bay has a plus-24 differential while Arizona is minus-7.The Cardinals have 18 fumbles and 18 interceptions this year and I feel that this helps the Packers to win a close game at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Packers over Cardinals 27-23
The Pats are back in the playoffs, joy! I'm p
The Jets are filled with confidence headed into the Wild Card round, fresh off their stomping of the Bengals in week 17. That confidence will tend to hurt the Jets, who should play safe with a rookie quarterback. Cincinati will be out to prove that the 37-0 trouncing was an aberration. It'll be a close game but the Bengals will pull away at the end.
Bengals over Jets 31-21
The Pats have not lost a game at home all season and they'll keep the streak going with their second win over the Ravens this season. It's going to be a lot closer than any Pats fan would like, and I see the Pats finally overcoming their second half woes with a last minute win over Ray Lewis and his gang of Ravens with a 24-23 nail-biter.
Pats over Ravens 24-23
I flipped and flopped and tossed and turned with this pick, but in the end decided to go with the Cowboys purely because Bill Simmons went with the Eagles. Otherwise, Bill and I would end up with the same exact picks and that just didn't sit right, so we're going with the Cowbys over the Eagles, 35-17.
Cowboys over Eagles 35-17
Going 3-3 to finish up the season (with two of those wins coming agains the Rams and Lions), the Cardinals feel like a team that simply put is running out of gas. Plus, the Packers have an added motivation to face the
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Packers over Cardinals 38-10
The 2009-2010 Playoffs, the first Super Bowl of the new decade and the New England Patriots have a shot at winning their 4th Super Bowl in an eight year span. That's 50% for you mathletes. The Patriots are the NFL Team of the Decade and they will close out the season by proving so. All the haters of that 4th & 2 call, this post season is why we made that call.
Rex Ryan and the J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets are travelling to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals in a week 17 rematch of their 37-0 shellacking of Carson Palmer and Chad Johnson (who should be legally changing his name back after getting shut down by Revis). I see the Jets taking it to them again and Revis winning round two on the injured Chad Johnson.
Jets over Bengals 27-17
The Patriots beat the Ravens in Foxboro earlier this season and I don't see Joe Flacco making this outcome any different, even with Wes Welker out, Julian Edelman can fill the void in the slot and Fred Taylor will help take the load off of L-Mo. The Pats defense has also gotten a lot tougher to score against since the season has progressed and I expect nothing better from Belichick on Sunday.
Patriots over Ravens 38-13
For the third time this season and another week 17 rematch, the Eagles and how 'bout them Cowboys are facing off in the Big D. Dallas has won both games against the Eagles this season, but Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb are far better than Wade Phillips and Tony Romo in the playoffs. I see DeSean Jackson being a deciding factor in a close one as Philadelphia walks away winner.
Eagles over Cowboys 35-31
Aaron Rodgers has done an amazing job replacing Brett Favre as the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers franchise. The returning Super Bowl losers won't advance past the first round, especially without Anquan Boldin. The Packers are an all around better team this year and Arizona doesn't have the magic they had last season. Kurt Warner is showing his age and he won't have all his available weapons on the field, plus, Hightower is a bum.
Packers over Cardinals 17-3