After a good start to the post season, going 4 and 0 in my picks I am back to see if I can keep the streak going into the Divisional round. This may be the best week of the post season, where the best of the best square off.
The first matchup of the week is the Ravens against the Broncos. The Ravens defense had no problem shutting down Andrew Luck last week. But Payton Manning is on a different level. The MVP and comeback player of the year candidate is coming into the playoffs on a ten game win streak. The Ravens have a lot of momentum going for them, but I am not too sure if it is enough to hold off the number one seed Broncos.
Last week the Ravens won, not behind Ray Rice who coughed the ball up twice, but instead behind some excellent throws by Joe Flacco trying to state his case at being an elite quarterback. If the Ravens want to have any chance at winning both Joe Flacco and Ray Rice have to play at the top of their game. While I expect the Ravens to fight to the end, it will not be enough to hold off the Broncos. Broncos win 31-20
The second game, is the Packers against the 49ers. The Packers had a great win last week against the Vikings who had to start the always dangerous Joe Webb in place of Christian Ponder.
I expect a great game out of these two teams. The 49ers are the favorite on Defense but the Packers have their fair share of play makers on defense. On offense, the Packers are the better team, ever since Collin Kaepernick took over the starting job for the niners the team has not looked the same. Shaky on offense and not much consistency. Alex Smith should still be the quarterback in San Fran. Kaepernick is getting his first playoff snaps and I don’t think he will fair to will against a dangerous Packers D.
In the last game of the night I expect an upset. Green bay will come into Sanfran, and then leave with a win. 28-17 Packers.
Tags: Aaron Rodgers Alex Smith Baltimore Ravens Christian Ponder Collin Kaepernick Denver Broncos Frank Gore Green Bay Packers Joe Flacco Joe Webb NFL Payton Manning Ray Lewis Ray Rice San Francisco 49ers