Friday, January 13, 2006

NFL Divisional round: Familiarity breeds comtempt.

The saying goes “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” With this week’s games all being rematches of regular season contests, things will definitely get heated up.

Like last year, three of the four road teams won in last week’s wild card round. But then the home teams made a clean sweep in the 2004 divisional round.

Will history repeat itself in 2005?

As always, the following picks against the point spread are not to be used as a basis for a cash wager.

Redskins (+9) at Seahawks: The forecast this weekend in Seattle calls for showers….especially if Redskins safety Sean Taylor gets into a heated argument with an opposing player.
Hawks win, Skins cover.
Pick: Redskins

Patriots (+3) at Broncos: I know the Broncos are tough at home and I know they’ve had two weeks to prepare for this game. But betting against Pats QB Tom Brady (10-0) in the playoffs? At this point, I’d feel safer investing in Northwest Airlines stock.
Pick: Patriots

Steelers (+9 ½) at Colts: Steelers linebacker Joey Porter isn’t impressed with the Colts style of play. “They don't want to just call a play, get up there and run a play. They want to make you think. They want it to be a thinking game instead of a football game.” Well, Joey. I “think” your team is done after Sunday.
Colts win, Steelers cover.
Pick: Steelers

Panthers (+3) at Bears: In the regular season match-up, the Bears sacked Panthers QB Jake Delhomme eight times! Near the end of the game the Panthers offensive line didn’t even bother to block. Instead, they moved aside and yelled “DUCK”!
Pick: Panthers

Last week: 3-1-0

Overall: 66-58-6

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