Thursday, January 16, 2014

This Week's Picks (Conference Championships)

I went 2-1-1 last week, which put me in second place to my friend Henry, who went 3-0-1. The Seahawks did a number on me late by letting the Saints back in the game. That meant they tied the line exactly, turning my 3-1 victory into a merely mediocre second-place performance.

Anyway, I could still pull out a playoff win (to match the one I had in the Regular Season), but it'll be tough with only three games left to play.

New England (+6) at Denver
A lot depends on the weather, and unfortunately, I don't think that it's necessarily going to be as cold as it needs to be to bring out "Bad Peyton."  But I still like Tom Brady better than Manning in the playoffs, and I think six is an aggressive line. Also: LaGarrette Blount was a legitimate force last week, and I think he can be again. If the Patriots are running and winning, then they're beating you without even using their best asset. That's what happened last week. 

I don't feel great about the pick, but I'll take the Pats. 

Pick: Patriots

San Francisco at Seattle (-3.5)
This game gives me pause because Russell Wilson has played like such crap lately. But I'm a believer in Marshawn Lynch, and the game is in Seattle, a considerable advantage as we saw last week. Moreover, Carolina lost because they let Kapernick get outside the pocket. Seattle's not going to make that mistake. 

Pick: Seahawks

I've got Monday off and a four-pack of Clown Shoes' Hoppy Feet already in place for the game. Regardless of how things come out, I'm ready for some football come Sunday afternoon. 


  1. My husband is and has always been a Broncos fan. So, I'm hoping for a Broncos win. They didn't seem to be playing their best last week! I'm praying they can get it together.

    Fingers crossed in California

    1. If Manning plays his best ball, then I expect you don't have much to worry about. As a quasi-New Englander, I think the Pats best chance is that he has an off-game and lives up to his rep as a choke-artist.