It’s playoff time in the NFL. What a great time of year. Time to forget about the Browns (who reports are they can only get one or the other out of coach Eric Mangini or GM Scott Pioli and they should go with Pioli if that is the case) and all the reason you hated watching football after Week 6. Now it’s time to watch good football, hopefully. At the least it should be entertaining. There are some good match-ups, intriguing match-ups. I don’t know if it’s true (I’m pretty sure it is and I don’t feel like looking it up) but all four road teams this week are the favored team. So, do you do the easy thing and take the favored team? Or do you say the homefield advantage counts for something and pick them? I think it’s easy to make a case why each team would win the game. So who is going to win? Only one way to know for sure, read Beanie’s predictions (and do the opposite).
For the year I complied a 142-98-1 record, or a .592 win percentage, good to make the playoffs in only both West divisions.
WILD CARD WEEKEND
I’m a little bit sad I won’t be in Myrtle Beach for Wild Card Weekend like I have been the past three years. This year, the Myrtle trip will be during Divisional Weekend. So no post round football nap/snuggle with Moffit this year. It will have to wait one more weekend.
ARIZONA vs Atlanta – I want Atlanta to win but I don’t think they do. Everyone is going to pick ATL but I think Arizona gets the job done. They are going to throw all over the Falcons and Kurt Warner is going to be happier than he was in 1999 with the Rams, but not happier than he is while staring at his ugly wife in church. Atlanta has a rookie quarterback, rookie head coach and a running back who have never been the man. I know they’ll be good all year but a home team is going to win this weekend and Arizona has the best chance.
INDIANAPOLIS at San Diego – Both teams are on a roll. The Chargers have been the playoffs the last four weeks and having been playing great. The Colts have won 9 in a row and Peyton’s going to be your MVP. What it comes down to is who can you trust? Call me old fashion but I’d take Peyton over Phil Rivers in any game every time.
MIAMI vs Baltimore – No reason to pick this upset. Baltimore is the better team no question. However, no one has thought anything of Miami all year and all they do is win and surprise people. They’ve won 9 of their last 10. Baltimore has a rookie quarterback. Weak reason to pick against them but I’m going with Chad Pennington and Dolphins. Baltimore dominated Miami earlier this year, completely shutting down the Dolphins wildcat offense. I expect to see a few new winkles in the wildcat for this game. If the game goes how I think it will, Miami will be nursing a 24-17 lead late in the game. They pick up an important first down and make the Ravens use their last time out when Ray Lewis, over come with pissed-off-ness, that he starts trying to stab people with a knife he had been hiding in his sock. This would result in only a 15-yard penalty and no fine from the NFL. However, the hand to head slap he gives Pennington during Ray’s heart-felt apology results in a $50,000 fine and a two-game suspension to start next year.
PHILADELPHIA at Minnesota – The Eagles have been on and off all year and I think they may be on for a few more weeks. Minnesota is a one man team offensively and defensively they are missing two of their four linemen, their strongest part. That equals a big day for Westbrook and McNabb. I think Minnesota should do what is being reported Ohio State may do, use both quarterbacks on the field at the same time. How pathetically bad would that be with Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte on the field at the same time? Is it possible to have an interception and fumble on the same play?
INDINAPOLIS at Tennessee
CAROLINA vs Arizona
PHILY at New York Giants
PITTSBURGH vs Miami
INDIANAPOLIS vs Pittsburgh
CAROLINA vs Phily
CAROLINA vs Indy
There you go. Put your money on Carolina. Or, if these prediction are like my others, put your money on Atlanta or Baltimore.